The best basketball for sale is one that will perform indoors on the wooden court as well as outdoors on the asphalt. There are a lot of basketballs out there so it’s not always easy to determine which one is best for indoor and outdoor use. That’s why we researched some of the most popular and best-selling products available and put together this basketball buying guide. Before we get started, let’s take a look at some important features.
Official Size: Official size can mean a few things. It’s either NBA official, NCAA official, or, in one case, FIBA official. Official size refers to both the diameter and weight of the ball, which is different for each league.
Color: Believe it or not, there’s a lot of variety here. While most of these are available in the standard orange color that comes to mind when you think about a basketball, there are other colors available, too.
Pieces Included: You might be thinking, pieces? But this is a ball, how many pieces does a ball have? And that’s a good question. Some of these come in kits that include a pump, needles, nets, or even wristbands.
League: If the ball is league official, we’re going to tell you what league it's for. The NBA is really popular, as is the NCAA. If you’ve never heard of FIBA, it’s the International Basketball Federation which is based in France.
Cover Material: Material varies quite a bit from real leather to composite to rubber to microfiber. What’s most important about the cover is that it has a good grip. Also, the more durable it is, the better it will be to use outside.
Warranty: Unfortunately, a lot of these balls don’t come with a warranty because they get pretty beat up quickly when played with a lot. That said, there are 2 balls in our list which are covered for one year after purchase.
Now that you know a little more about the features to look for, let’s move into our reviews. Whether you’re looking for the best Spalding outdoor basketball or something to use for your league, you’ll find it here. Our top and budget picks are right at the top of the list so start there and keep reading if you can. We really found a wide range of choices for you! Alright, ready. Let’s get started.