The Best PS3 Basketball Games

Over 200 Ranker voters have come together to rank this list of The Best PS3 Basketball Games
Voting Rules
Games don't have to be console exclusive, as long as they were released for PlayStation 3 at some point.

If you owned a PS3 at any time during your life, then it's safe to say there were probably a few Basketball games in your collection. With so many great options to choose from, there was never a shortage of games to play for fans of the genre. Since some games were much better than others, we've decided to rank the best PlayStation 3 Basketball games of all time. Basketball video games have always been a big thing, but with the stunning graphics and effects available on the PS3, the games have never been better. 

This list will feature the most popular and best selling Basketball games that were released for PlayStation 3. While many of these games were console exclusive, we're allowing non-exclusives to be a part of the list as well. This poll features NBA Live 08, College Hoops 2K7 and more. Vote for your favorite video games below, and feel free to add any that you think deserve to be on the list.

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  • NBA 2K11
    120 votes

    NBA 2K11

    Oct 05 2010

    As a groundbreaking game in the series, NBA 2K11 revolutionized the basketball gaming experience with its exceptional attention to detail and true-to-life gameplay. The introduction of Michael Jordan as a playable character was a monumental move, allowing fans to step into the shoes of His Airness and relive classic moments from his illustrious career. Moreover, the comprehensive My Player mode was expanded, providing gamers with endless hours of deep, personalized progression and customization. Undoubtedly, what truly sets NBA 2K11 apart is its fantastic presentation, making it feel like you are watching an actual NBA broadcast.

  • NBA 2K13
    113 votes
    Oct 02 2012

    Bursting with even more improvements, NBA 2K13 takes everything great about its predecessors and elevates it to new heights. The newly implemented, highly intuitive control stick system enhances gameplay by allowing players to execute complex moves and shots with increased precision and ease. In addition, the MyTEAM mode offers an engaging card-collecting experience, complete with drafting, trading, and building your own unstoppable roster. Top it all off with Jay-Z himself curating an electrifying soundtrack, and you've got a basketball game that's nearly impossible to put down.

  • NBA 2K12
    68 votes
    Oct 04 2011

    NBA 2K12 strikes a balance between realism and entertainment, creating an immersive and captivating experience for basketball enthusiasts. The game introduces the fascinating "NBA's Greatest" mode, which lets players recreate historic performances from legends like Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, and Bill Russell. Furthermore, the refined gameplay mechanics, complemented by incredible visuals and animations, make every match feel distinct and true to the sport. Lastly, the detailed signature styles and tendencies of real-life athletes add an extra layer of authenticity, showcasing NBA 2K12's dedication to capturing the essence of basketball.

  • NBA 2K14
    79 votes

    With LeBron James gracing the cover and the magnificent "Path to Greatness" mode, NBA 2K14 is truly a standout game in the series. By blending simulation-style basketball with spectacular moments, this mode allows players to guide LeBron through alternate NBA scenarios, revealing a unique and engaging narrative. The gameplay itself is also finely-tuned, featuring new blocking mechanics that add an extra layer of challenge to matches. Rounding out this great package is the MyGM mode, where players can take full control as the General Manager and make crucial decisions for their team's success.

  • NBA Jam
    53 votes
    Oct 05 2010

    An unapologetic arcade-style experience, NBA Jam is a thrilling and over-the-top basketball game that keeps you coming back for more. Filled with fast-paced action, flashy dunks, and humorous audio commentary, this blast from the past embraces the playful side of the sport. Featuring a roster of recognizable NBA stars, each game session becomes an unpredictable, chaotic whirlwind of fun. It's not just a game about stuffing the stat sheet; it's about setting the court ablaze with style and swagger.

  • NCAA Basketball Series
    33 votes
    Dec 11 2007, Jan 16 2007, Oct 11 2005

    The NCAA Basketball Series is a unique offering on the PS3, providing players with the chance to immerse themselves in the exciting world of college hoops. With a vast array of authentic teams, arenas, and mascots, gratification is guaranteed for any fan of the sport. The detailed Dynasty mode captures the intricacies of building and maintaining a successful program, complete with recruiting future stars and guiding your team to greatness. And with the addition of the "March Madness" tournament, players can experience the nail-biting intensity of college basketball's most iconic moments.