Top Basketball Games for Android

Enjoy fast-paced basketball action on your smartphone

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Whether you want to fill in the time between games during the NBA season or you just can't make it to the court, developers have created plenty of basketball-themed games for your Android device. While everyone else is chasing Pokemon, you can dribble a basketball, land spectacular dunks, or build a championship team.

These Android apps are all available at Google Play. 

All the apps below should be equally available no matter which company makes your Android phone, including Samsung, Google, Huawei, Xiaomi, etc.

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NBA JAM: Action Packed Pro Basketball

Screenshot of NBA Jame game for Android.


What We Like

  • Fast action.

  • Multiplayer mode.

What We Don't Like

  • Outdated rosters.

  • Glitchy on some newer phones.

Can you say "Boomshakalaka?" If so, you may be "old school" and feeling the 90s nostalgia as you play this hot, hot, on-fire arcade basketball game. Jam with your favorite stars from all of the NBA teams. Play solo, with a single friend online, or go big and play multiplayer. Kaboom!

"NBA JAM" offers four modes of play. You can select a team and jump right into the game. Set your sights on beating all the other teams to win the championship. If you play hard, you'll unlock legends, hidden players, and cheats.

This game is huge (300MB+), so connect to the internet before you download it.

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Stickman Basketball: Fun Basketball with a Cartoon Feel

Screenshot of Stickman Basketball app for Android.


What We Like

  • High replay value.

  • Good graphics and controls.

What We Don't Like

  • Can be too easy for experienced players.

  • Too many ads.

When you're ready for something different, fire up "Stickman Basketball" and enjoy the WBCBL teams. This fast-paced game has tons of action and lots of replay value. It has more than 115 teams and gives you the option of having full control over your players with manual running and shooting or using automatic mode. 

Play in "Party" mode with up to four players on one device or play multiplayer mode with up to four controllers. Smooth animations make this game a pleasure to view.

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NBA Live Mobile Basketball: Take Your NBA Team to the Top

Screenshot of NBA Live game for Android.


What We Like

  • Realistic graphics.

  • Frequent updates.

What We Don't Like

  • Uses a significant amount of data.

  • Can be laggy.

"NBA Live Mobile Basketball" app offers fantasy basketball and connects to the NBA with daily challenges. Choose your own team to dominate opponents and beat opponents in head-to-head matches to up your reputation.

Choose from several outdoors blacktop scenarios to play with no shot clock and no rules. Compete against NBA legends on blacktops from Brooklyn to Chico or Venice Beach. 

It requires an internet connection.

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Flick Basketball: Arcade Style Basketball

Screenshot of Flick Basketball game for Android.


What We Like

  • Fun pastime.

  • Simple and straightforward.

What We Don't Like

  • Requires permissions that you may find intrusive.

  • Ad-supported.

Combine your love of basketball and arcade games with "Flick Basketball." It's a simple game that requires you to shoot infinite basketballs to the hoop as fast as you can. Each shot that goes in earns points. The more points you get, the longer you can play. Win coins and add new basketballs to your collection.

The interface is an arcade-inspired rendition of a pop-a-shot arcade sports game. It sounds simple to play, and it is, but it takes skill to level up in the game. 

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Real Basketball: Test Your Free Throw Skills

Real Basketball for Android

What We Like

  • Really simple to play

  • Fun customization option to unlock

  • Quick pace

What We Don't Like

  • Full page 30 second ads are AWFUL

Real Basketball has been around for a while, and its a very popular game. Part of that, no doubt, is due to the overall simplicity of what this game is. With Real Basketball, you're not controlling a whole team or even a single player. You're shooting baskets using swipe gestures on your device's touchscreen. That's it.

That simplicity doesn't make this game boring, though. It has several different modes that help shake things up. Trying to race against the clock or keep the same ball in play without missing a shot can actually prove challenging and keep you engaged.

The one major downside of this game is the ads. Not only does it have full page ads in between games, they're 30 second commercials that you can't skip.

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BIG WIN Basketball: Manage Your Own Team

BIG WIN Basketball for Android

What We Like

  • Interesting take with the management aspect

  • Fun interactive games

  • Easy to get started

What We Don't Like

  • It'd be nice to control players directly too

Playing BIG WIN Basketball is more like being a coach than a player. This game lets you manage your team, set your lineup, and send them out on the court. You're not actually playing.

Instead, you can watch your team play and help out with special cards that you choose before the game starts. The cards influence your players and the game. If you're confident in your lineup, you can always just skip to the end to find out the outcome.

BIG WIN Basketball has a certain strategy component that makes you want to keep trying new things to improve your team. There's definitely potential for hours of fun with this one.

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Basketball Battle: Addictive Small Team Games

Basketball Battle for Android

What We Like

  • Fun controls

  • Unique play style keeps you in the game

  • Good game modes

What We Don't Like

  • Energy system can leave you lagging

Basketball Battle puts you in the shoes of a player, using a series of swipes and touchscreen presses to play your way to glory. This game really is a battle, where you face off against other players in small basketball games, stealing the ball and dunking over their heads.

Basketball Battle's controls may be simple, but they're flexible enough to allow for a ton of different actions, all of which cost you energy. The energy system is interesting. On one hand it adds another dimension to the game, a planning component. On the other, it clan leave you stranded and unable to do a whole lot.

However you look at it, this game is a ton of fun, and it really feels like the most addictive apps and web games of years ago.