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The Best NBA Commentators Ever

Updated November 5, 2019 1.6k votes 173 voters 1.7k views31 items

List RulesVote up the basketball announcers you love listening to.

The best NBA commentators have contributed to the game by greatly enhancing the television viewing experience. A great commentator can help make viewers feel like they are at the game, and their announcing helps fans appreciate the game on another level. These amazing announcers have created lasting legacies with their work for both local and national TV audiences.

Marv Albert and Mike Breen are known nationally for their incredible commentary on networks like ABC, TNT, and ESPN. However, a legend like Chick Hearn did his best work just for the Los Angeles Lakers, crafting a legacy with the fan base in LA that was as impressive as Albert's and Breen's. Other broadcasters split their time, as Ian Eagle works for the Brooklyn Nets and also calls national games for TNT.

So check out this list of the top basketball commentators of all-time. Vote up the announcers who have added the most to the game from a broadcasting role.

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    Kevin Harlan

    Kevin Harlan
    Photo: NBA / YouTube

    Years active: 1982–present
    Network(s): TNT
    Team(s): Kansas City Kings, Minnesota Timberwolves

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  • Mike Breen
    Photo: NBA

    Years active: 1991-present
    Network(s): ABC, ESPN, TNT
    Team(s): New York Knicks

    91
    30
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  • Marv Albert
    Photo: Mike McGregor / Getty Images

    Years active: 1962–present
    Network(s): TNT, NBC
    Team(s): New York Knicks, New Jersey Nets

    71
    30
    A great announcer?

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  • Years active: 1957–2002
    Network(s): KTLA, KHJ-TV, KCAL-TV
    Team(s): Los Angeles Lakers

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    18
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