Top 10 NBA Video games of All Time

10. NBA Courtside 2: Featuring Kobe Bryant

NBA Courtside 2: Featuring Kobe Bryant

Initially released on:   Nintendo 64 NBA Courtside 2:  Featuring Kobe Bryant was a huge improvement from its predecessor, the NBA Courtside. The series features a young Kobe Bryant early in his Hall of Fame career.

9. NBA 2K1

 NBA 2K1

Initially released on: Dreamcast NBA 2K1 is one of the highest-rated NBA video games in Metacritic with a 93 rating. This game was the first one to put online gameplay via SegaNet. It also included iconic street courts such as Rucker Park, The Cage, Goat Park, and Franklin Park.  

8. NBA Live 95

NBA Live 95

 Initially released on:  Sega Genesis, Super Nintendo  NBA Live 95 is one of the first games to allow the trading of players .This game also introduced the 30-degree perspective and the turbo button for a temporary speed boost. These features laid the foundation for the Live series. 

7. NBA Live 2003

 NBA Live 2003

Initially released on: PlayStation, PlayStation 2, Xbox, GameCube, and Microsoft Window NBA Live 2003 introduced the first-ever freestyle control in basketball video games. A pioneer of games, this game changed the gameplay of basketball on consoles and it revolutionized player movement. 

6. NBA 2K 14

NBA  2K 14

Initially released on:   PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, and Microsoft Window The game having LeBron James as its cover athlete, NBA 2K14 featured a lot of gameplay and graphical improvement. The new game mode was loved by fans since it allowed casual play with friends outside an organized basketball setting. 

5. NBA Live 2005

NBA  LIVE   2005

Initially released on: PlayStation 2, Xbox, Nintendo GameCube, and Microsoft Windows  The introduction of the All-Star Weekend was a game-changer for NBA Live 2005 back then. It featured the annual three-point contest, dunk contest, and the All-Star game that other NBA basketball games lacked at the time.  

4. NBA 2K 16

NBA  2K16

IInitially released on:  Microsoft Windows, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4, and PlayStation 3  NBA 2K16 was the pinnacle of innovation for 2K games. It featured one of the best MyCareer stories one could ever see. The game also included the iconic ProAm, MyLeague, and MyGM game modes catering to all basketball fans out there. 

3. NBA Jam


Initially released on:  Arcade It’s the highest-earning arcade sports game—having made more than $1 billion to date. This game was perfect for casual gamers who don’t know anything about basketball and are just looking for fast-paced action 

2. NBA  Street Vol.2


Initially released on:  PlayStation 2, GameCube, and Xbox The game featured great graphics, smooth gameplay, an amazing soundtrack, and the addition of various NBA street legends. Basketball fans simply loved the playground-style format offered by the game.

1. NBA 2K 11

NBA  2K11

Initially released on: Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Portable, Xbox 360, and Nintendo Wii  Along with combining nostalgia and innovative gameplay, the game also included Legendary squads such as the 89-90 Pistons, 85-86 Celtics, and 99-01 Lakers . This made it immersive enough to be widely considered the best NBA video game of all time.