Top Basketball Games for Android

Enjoy fast-paced basketball action on your smartphone

Hands Dunking a Basketball in a basketball hoop

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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 Android devices. 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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Action Packed Pro Basketball: NBA JAM

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  • Outdated rosters.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 the NBA teams. Play solo, with a single friend online, or go big and play multiplayer. Kaboom!

NBA JAM offers four modes of play. 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 (300+ MB), so connect to the internet before downloading it.

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Fun Basketball With a Cartoon Feel: Stickman Basketball

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

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 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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Arcade Style Basketball: Flick Basketball

Screenshot of Flick Basketball game for Android.
What We Like
  • Fun pastime.

  • Simple and straightforward.

What We Don't Like
  • Requires permissions that may be 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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Test Your Free Throw Skills: Real Basketball

Real Basketball for Android
What We Like
  • Really simple to play.

  • Fun customization option to unlock.

  • Quick pace.

What We Don't Like
  • The full-page and 30-second ads.

Real Basketball has been around for a while, and its a very popular game. Part of that 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 the device touchscreen. That's it.

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

The one major downside of this game is the ads. It displays full-page ads between games, and there are 30-second commercials that you can't skip.

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Manage Your Own Team: BIG WIN Basketball

BIG WIN Basketball for Android
What We Like
  • Interesting management aspect.

  • Fun interactive games.

  • Easy to get started.

What We Don't Like
  • Can't control players directly.

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

Instead, you 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 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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Addictive Small Team Game: Basketball Battle

Basketball Battle for Android
What We Like
  • Fun controls.

  • Unique play style.

  • 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.

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

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.