What are the best NBA 2K Games?

The NBA 2K games have been one of the longest-running sports games that 2K Games have ever produced dating back to 1999. We have seen some great NBA games over the years and here is a list to help narrow down your search for the best ones ever.

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    #1NBA 2k16

    NBA 2k16
    NBA 2k16 is the successor to NBA 2K15 in the NBA 2K franchise, a basketball simulation video game developed by Visual Concepts. In this game, players simulate the experience of NBA, as they play with real or created players and compete against other teams in various game modes.

    Windows, Playstation 3, Playstation 4, Xbox 360


    Ronald Kennedy
    Written on May 2, 2019
    "I didn't regret at all that they had a free digital copy of 2k16 after I already brought a physical. The cover was awesome as well with The Beard and Curry. This was really one of the best 2k games as I really took playing to the next level beginning on this game"
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    #2NBA 2K17

    NBA 2K17

    NBA 2k17 is a basketball simulator game developed by Electronic Arts that includes leagues, tournaments, championships, legend mode, in which you can play with legendary players and teams.


    Playstation 4, Xbox One

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    Wayne Baker
    Written on June 30, 2018
    "@Sergio, I know the cheese was dumb but once it was removed it was back to its normal great game self, especially the MyTeam mode. Man that was awesome! I practically made the Celtics unstoppable in that game and I enjoyed it very much."
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    #3NBA 2K11

    NBA 2K11

    NBA 2K11 introduces some new features, several of which involve cover athlete Michael Jordan. The "Jordan Challenge" is a game mode that follows ten of Jordan's career accomplishments. Also included in NBA 2K11 is the ability to play with some classic teams from the past, for example, the 1986 Boston Celtics or 1998 Chicago Bulls.


    Windows, Playstation 3, Xbox 360


    Liu Ma
    Written on June 30, 2018
    "2k11 was the first NBA 2k game that I played and I enjoyed it very much, especially the My Career mode where you get to control the careers of any NBA star, for a challenge I tried to make a shooter out of brick-laying machine Ricky Rubio and I succeeded, probably one of the best feelings of success in my gaming history!!! "


The game NBA 2K is developed and released annually since 1999. This series of basketball simulation video games was published by Sega, short for service games, now it's published by 2K sports, an American video game publisher that published several famous sports games like WWE 2K, a series of professional wrestling video games and NHL 2K, a series of hockey video games. The NBA 2K series consists of eighteen installments and several spin-offs. All NBA 2K series aims to imitate the National Basketball Association

The player will be controlling a whole team or select a certain player. It has the same rules and regulations with basketball. Remarkable NBA teams and players have been featured in the game. The NBA 2K covers features at least one NBA player. The first to appear was Allen Iverson in the original NBA 2K. Shaquille O'Neal, Michael Jordan, Kevin Durant, Blake Griffin, and Derrick Rose have also appeared on NBA 2K covers. According to Steam Charts, NBA 2K17 has 1,247 average players and 2,307 peak players for the whole month of May 2018. The latest installment, NBA 2K18 had more players for that same month. NBA 2K18 had 7,932 average players and 14,423 peak players.

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    #4NBA 2K14

    NBA 2K14

    The NBA 2K14 edition features LeBron James, who has an entire game mode devoted to him. Also, 2K Sports and EuroLeague signed an exclusive multi-year deal to include teams in the game.


    Windows, PS4, Xbox One

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    Nathan Wood
    Written on June 30, 2018
    "Happy to see the best NBA 2K game on the top of this list. I know the graphics and some features have improved in the latest versions of 2k, but the career mode in 2k14 is just the best, better than 2k13 and 2k11, which are both also very good. I have already played around 10 characters in the 2k14 career mode and each one of them is as enjoyable as the other. My fave was my character that was 6'10" and a 3pt specialist! 7-time MVP!!!"
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    #5NBA 2K15

    NBA 2K15

    NBA 2K15 features a number of significant gameplay improvements, including approximately 5,000 new animations, all-new defensive AI, shooting systems, new team-specific play sets, and more control over rebounding, steals, and blocks making players feel engaged in every basketball decision and action.


    Windows, Playstation 4, Xbox One

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    Richard Warren
    Written on September 29, 2017
    "I really like playing sports games on PS4, but most of all I like basketball. Of all the NBA 2K games I've played, and I've played them all, NBA 2K15 is the best. Best graphics, best commentary, best everything."
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    #6NBA 2K13

    NBA 2K13

    Featuring an enhanced MyCAREER mode and all-new gameplay features, NBA 2K13 let gamers pit the best players in NBA history against the new dynasty of talent, including the much-debated matchup between the 2012 U.S. Men’s National Team and the 1992 “Dream Team.” 


    Windows, Playstation 3, Xbox 360

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    Kai Long
    Written on January 3, 2017
    "The problems with this solution is that 2K13 isn't actually considered one of the better games in the 2K series. While the description does give a run down of new features, it completely ignores the fact that these features were only considered new when the game first came out. Subsequent versions of the game have retained these features, refined them and then added more features on top."
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    #7NBA 2K9

    NBA 2K9

    The 2k9 edition was one of the most acclaimed of the series. With new features like iso-motion Pro, Shot Stick Advanced, Adaptive AI, All-New Broadcast Team and better replays & cut scenes, created for a best immersive experience.


    PlayStation 2 , Playstation 3

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    Jean Morgan
    Written on June 30, 2018
    "As a throwback game this will be great, especially for a Laker fan like me. It featured one of the best periods in the Boston-L.A. rivalry, when Kobe-Gasol-Odom went toe-to-toe with the Celts' (bought) Big 3 (LOL) Don't @ me Boston fans. "
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    #8NBA 2K18

    NBA 2K18

    NBA 2K18 is a basketball simulation game from Visual Concepts and 2K Sports. It is the 19th installment of the NBA 2K series and was released in September 2017. It features the new game mode: Run the Neighborhood mode.


    Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch


    Elizabeth Valdez
    Written on September 29, 2017
    "By the time you get to the 19th installment of pretty much anything, you know the maker of the game is basically just pushing out a sequel because they can. If you own any of the other recentish 2K games, this just isn't worth it as it offers very little in new game play and everything else is just transport."


Best What are the best NBA 2K Games
1NBA 2k16Games 98 Paid
2NBA 2K17Games 98 Paid
3NBA 2K11Games 80 Paid
4NBA 2K14Games 76 Paid
5NBA 2K15Games 73 Paid
6NBA 2K13Games 67 Paid
7NBA 2K9Games 57 Paid
8NBA 2K18Games 48 Paid

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