1  The basketball details

1 Baden Elite Indoor Game Basketball, NFHS Approved

Baden Elite Indoor Game Basketball

1.1 Description

  • ELITE – Baden’s Elite basketball with a moisture grip gives you superior ball control throughout your game
  • DESIGN – The Elite’s proprietary composite microfiber cover provides superior grip and tack for optimum ball control. Its patented Cushion Control Technology (CCT) creates a softer feel, truer bounce, and longer life
  • PERFECTION – The Elite’s Perfection Symmetrical design was engineered to provide a perfectly balanced ball and its smooth rounded edges ensure you won’t feel lumps or get inconsistent bounces
  • ADVANTAGE – This is a ball that you can trust from the inside out. Whether you’re putting in hours practicing your free throws, passes, or draining three’s, this ball will help you reach your full potential on the court
  • AVAILABLE – Intermediate Size 6 (28.5”) and Official Size 7 (29.5”), NFHS Approved and Ships Fully inflated

1.2 The best review

I have used a lot of different styles of the evolution and what I liked about this ball is that out of the box it is soft and ready to be used. The bounce is better than all the other ones out there.
My only complaint is that the ball is slightly lighter than the other balls used at our gym so after using this as the primary ball for practice, everyone goes back to the evolution for the game balls and adjusting your shot because they are heavier. I do like the quality and would recommend this to the average player who is not doing a lot of game play but for just practice.

2 Spalding NBA Varsity Outdoor Rubber Basketball

Spalding NBA Varsity Outdoor Rubber Basketball

2.1 Description

  • Traditional rubber cover
  • Official NBA size and weight
  • Designed for outdoor play

2.2 The best review

Great basketball for the price. Have purchased it several times over the years for my son. One did come deflated and it was replaced immediately things Amazon 🙂

3 Spalding NBA Street Phantom Outdoor Basketball 

Spalding NBA Street Phantom Outdoor Basketball 

3.1 Description

  • Premium Outdoor Cover with Durable Soft Grip Technology
  • Wide channel design improves recognition
  • Official NBA size and weight

3.2 The best review

This arrived perfectly round and ready to go, right out of the box. It has a great, true bounce on it, not at all like cheaper rubber balls that end up flying all over the court and clanging off of rims. I love the grip on it, this is one of the few balls that I can actually palm somewhat easily on. It has held up well to concrete court play, and the color scheme makes it pretty visually distinct, and keeps it from getting mixed up with balls from other players on the court. The only downside is the black color makes it so you can’t mark the ball as your own in case it does get mixed up with other similar balls.

4 Spalding NBA Zi/O Indoor/Outdoor Basketball – Official Size 7

Spalding NBA Indoor Outdoor Basketball

4.1 Description

  • Official-size basketball designed for indoor and outdoor use
  • Zi/O composite leather cover looks and feels genuine
  • Full ball pebbling provides soft, tacky feel
  • Meets the NBA’s stringent ball specifications
  • Measures 29.5 inches; official NBA ball weight

4.2 The best review

I wanted a moderately priced ball to play outdoors at a nearby park during a brief 10 week stint in NYC so I scoured Amazon and was able to purchase this item for around $22.xx. To my surprise, the ball could actually work better as an indoor ball. It’s no Wilson Evolution, but it is closer to a TF-1000 than one might imagine.

I used it outdoors a few times and given that the court was a bit dirty, the ball caught a coat of dust and became a bit slippery at times. I’m looking forward to playing indoors again where I think the ball will excel.

For the price and the quality of the ball, I definitely think this is a great purchase.

5 Wilson Killer Crossover Basketball

 Wilson Killer Crossover Basketball

5.1 Description

  • For indoor or outdoor play
  • Optima rubber cover with 16 panel construction
  • Ideal for the recreational player
  • Sizes: Official (29.5”)
  • Wilson is the official basketball of the NCAA Tournament
  • For indoor or outdoor play
  • Optima rubber cover with 16 panel construction
  • Ideal for the recreational player

5.2 The best review

Ordered this basketball for my 5 y/o son’s first basketball season. Arrived inflated in the usual sturdy basketball product box. As usual, it had the aroma of rubber (imagine a new set of tires); if you have asthma or are sensitive to strong odors, you might want to have someone else open the packaging and place it outside for a few days.

Wilson’s selling point on this ball is that “super-wide channels increase player’s grip and control.” I guess that is what spurred the name for this ball being ‘Killer Crossover’.

6 Wilson NCAA Replica Game Basketball

Wilson NCAA Replica Game Basketball

6.1 Description

  • Wilson is the official basketball of the NCAA Championships and March Madness
  • Patented laid-in channels deliver unmatched gripability and ball control
  • Cushion Core Technology offers an exceptional feel and more consistent bounce
  • Designed for Indoor and Outdoor Play
  • Replica of the NCAA Official Game Basketball
  • A favorite of competitive players everywhere

6.2 The best review

I have been a Spalding guy for 30 years (if you’re in your 40’s you might remember the old Dr. J/Rick Barry ads on the back of old comic books), but this Wilson NCAA outdoor ball is better than any of the recent versions Spalding has produced. Great tack, feel and bounce.
Had it a month or so and haven’t had to adjust the air pressure. One interesting feature (and maybe this is on all Wilsons) is that the pebbling is on the ribs too, which provides an added bit of grip for free throws and other set shots. Glad I bought it and would recommend it to friends.

7 Wilson Evolution Indoor Game Basketball

Wilson Evolution Indoor Game Basketball

7.1 Description

  • SUPERIOR GRIP from thousands of micro-pebble touchpoints.Patented Aqua-Grip laid-in channels replace traditional rubber with pebbled composite leather to enhance gripability
  • ENHANCED CONTROL through a moisture-wicking laid-in channels
  • EXCEPTIONAL FEEL by a Cushioned Core
  • GAME READY right out of the box

7.2 The best review

These are hands down the best game balls you can buy. I’ve been playing and coaching basketball for at least 30 years and I LOVE Wilson Evolutions. I’ve had Spalding TF-1000s (these used to be the best), Badens, Nike, and Wilson Evolutions. The TF-1000s were amazing when they first game out in the 90’s, but the ones they make now just don’t feel as good as the original TF-1000s.
Baden basketballs feel nice, but out of the dozen or so that we purchased for our program, probably 33% of them didn’t hold air after just one season. Badens also seem to become lopsided quite easily. Nike game balls feel nice, but are just too expensive. They also don’t feel quite as good as the Evolutions.

The Evolutions strike the right balance between grip and soft feel. They are durable (last for many, many seasons) and can be found for reasonable prices. After having tried all the major brands, we’re sticking with the Wilson Evolution.

8 Spalding NBA Street Basketball Pink Purple Intermediate

Spalding NBA Street Basketball Pink Purple Intermediate

8.1 Description

  • New Pink and Purple NBA Street Basketball, Size 6 (28.5″)
  • Performance Outdoor Cover
  • Wide Channel Design for Incredible Grip & Feel
  • Designed for Competitive Street Play
  • Note: Balls can deflate over time

8.2 The best review

Very pleased, no problems with this purchase. Good price. Arrived inflated well. Sturdy. Learning to play catch again to improve balance, flexibility, strength and overall fitness. This exercise is to stand with feet together and catch the ball without moving feet. My friend quickly agreed to play with me – great pass-time outdoors in the pleasant weather. Continuously mesmerized by the wonderful colors! It also bounces well for those who want to play basketball!

9 Spalding NBA Zi/O Excel Basketball

Spalding NBA Excel Basketball

9.1 Description

  • Zi/o composite leather cover looks and feels genuine
  • Full ball pebbling provides soft, tacky feel
  • Measures 29.5 inches, official nba ball weight
  • Indoor/outdoor composite leather basketball
  • Indoor/outdoor composite leather basketball
  • Deep channel design for better dribble control
  • Foam backing under the full-ball pebbling for precise ball handling
  • Official NBA size and weight
  • Official play size of 29.5 inches

9.2 The best review

Excellent quality leather and workmanship on this basketball. It was a Christmas gift a year ago and it has performed beautifully. It feels great when dribbling, shooting, and passing, and it has not worn down due to weather.

This is a top notch choice for anyone looking for a basketball that is durable and breaks in well.


10 Spalding NBA Courtside Team Outdoor Rubber Basketball

Spalding NBA Courtside Team Outdoor Rubber Basketball

10.1 Description

  • Rubber
  • Made in USA and Imported
  • Team Logo
  • Boston Celtics
  • Durable Outdoor Material

10.2 The best review

My brother loves this basketball and has been using it for about a year now. It does get flat on occasions if we do not pump it for long period of times. He loves the design and I gave it to him for Christmas. He enjoys using it during practice and it is distinguished and unique.

Overall, great quality and would consider buying again. However, as all basketball tend to do, overtime, the color does fade away and the design dulls a little. Still a great buy and a basketball to play with.


2 The basketball list

Produce Price


1 Baden Elite Indoor Game Basketball, NFHS Approved $49.99 ★★★★☆
2 Spalding NBA Varsity Outdoor Rubber Basketball $9.25 – $28.40 ★★★★☆
3 Spalding NBA Street Phantom Outdoor Basketball


4 Spalding NBA Indoor Outdoor Basketball $44.99


5 Wilson Killer Crossover Basketball $17.70


6 Wilson NCAA Replica Game Basketball $22.50 – $65.90 ★★★★
7 Wilson Evolution Indoor Game Basketball $64.19


8 Spalding NBA Street Basketball  Pink Purple Intermediate


9 Spalding NBA Excel Basketball


10 Spalding NBA Courtside Team Outdoor Rubber Basketball