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Basketball lovers know well that the sport is much more than the NBA. He also knows that among the main "oranges" on the market is the Nike basketball.

Beautiful and innovative, Nike basketballs are made to meet the most different uses, from the most unpretentious half court in the park to the most focused gym workout. In the Guide below, you follow all the lines, features and varieties that make this possible, and have all the information at hand to choose the ideal ball.


  • Nike has not only several basketball models, but several lines, each with its own ideal use and set of features.
  • Regardless of line, the most basic division of Nike basketballs is between Outdoor (outdoor use) and Indoor (indoor use) models.
  • The price of a Nike basketball ranges from $60 to $400.

The Best Nike Basketball: Our Picks

Buying Guide

Nike makes its range of basketballs a representation of the whole brand: diverse, innovative and of the highest quality. From the camera to the lining, everything is designed to enhance the game and improve the user's experience.

It is up to you to choose the ball that combines the characteristics that best suit your game. These characteristics and much more can be found in the Shopping Guide below.

Imagem mostra um jogador treinando em um ginásio, com auxílio de outras duas pessoas. Ele está no centro da quadra, alternando o drible de duas bolas, uma em cada mão.

From football to training: Nike basketballs are perfect for any use and any game. (Source: Isaiah Rustad/

Where to use a Nike Dominate basketball?

On all Nike Dominate balls is stamped the phrase"Outdoor Competition", right below the Nike Swoosh, the brand's traditional logo. This means that they are balls made for outdoor use, and with the composition required to perform in a competition.

They are made of almost 90% rubber, which makes them very resistant, and they are manufactured in such a way as to maintain their shape for longer periods of time, even when exposed to the bad weather outside.

Imagem mostra o momento de um jogo de meia quadra num parque. Um jogador, sem camisa e de costas para a câmera, que segura a bola, é marcado por um homem de óculos escuros. Ao fundo, outro jogador sem camisa, desfocado.

The Nike Dominate ball is ideal for outdoor courts. (Source: Tim Mossholder/

Nike basketball: LeBron or Jordan?

Although Nike does not supply balls for the NBA, there is no need to discuss the extent of the brand's interest in the world's biggest league. There are several players under contract with the American giant, including two of the greatest players in history, Michael Jordan and LeBron James.

Since LeBron debuted in the NBA, endless debates have been held about who is/was the greatest, the best, the MVP. Nike didn't tip its hand in the argument, but brought it into its product catalogue, "gifting" each star player with their own line of basketballs.

Michael Jordan is not only an older player, but his brand is far more established. Therefore, there is a much wider variety of models in his range. The most recent models use the Jordan Legacy brand, which seeks to rescue the history of the star - with, for example, the classic Jumpman logo - but also seeks to innovate in its materials and designs, even to pay tribute to his legacy.

The Jumpman logo comes from a photograph of Jordan for Life magazine, published just before the 1984 Olympics. The following year, the player repeated the photo, but for Nike

LeBron is no boy, but his line of balls and even products in general is somewhat less developed than Jordan's.

The models bet more on visual appeal, but always with the quality of material and design of Nike. They are balls with a more clean style in relation to prints, only with the Nike Swoosh and the player's logo, the"King James" crown.

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Why is the Nike Versa Tack basketball so versatile?

Many of the users of Nike basketballs don't have a single place to play. For them, there is the Versa Tack line, which performs equally well on indoor and outdoor courts.

Among its adaptations for this versatile use, the composition that mixes rubber, polyamide and synthetic material stands out, to be resistant, durable and soft in the right measure.

Imagem tem a câmera na altura da tabela de uma quadra de basquete, e mostra um jogador, sem camisa e com uma bola de basquete Nike apoiada na cintura, posando no garrafão da quadra.

The Nike Versa Tack ball performs equally well on any type of court. (Source: Maik Kleinert/

How much does a Nike basketball cost?

The wide variety of lines and models of Nike basketballs generates a wide range of values, even more so considering the materials used. Nothing much different, however, from the American brand's standard prices.

You will find ready-to-game balls, that is, with at least one size 6, starting at $60, especially in the older releases. The more recent balls, with high-performance materials and other special editions, can cost up to $ 400.

Buying Criteria: Choosing Your Nike Basketball

The number of points to note on a Nike basketball may surprise you, but with the explanations in the following list, it will really help you leave the shop, physical or virtual, with the best "orange" in hand.


A good starting point for choosing your basketball is the line to which it belongs. Nike has several "brands" of basketballs, each with a name, a specific use, and a set of features, materials, and technologies.

There are really a lot of lines. There is the Elite, the Versa Tack, the Baller, the Jordan (which has several sub-lines), the Dominate, the Lebron James, among others, which gain more or less prominence as their editions are released.

Find out, therefore, about the particularities of the lines that most caught your attention, and choose the edition that best fits your use.

Imagem mostra um manequim de uma loja da Nike segurando uma bola de basquete da marca, da linha Elite.

There are several lines of Nike basketballs, each with a use and a set of specifications. (Source: TEA/


The number 7, the largest, measures between 74 and 75 cm in circumference.

The measurement is a simple point of your Nike basketball, but it is very important when it comes to buying, especially if the purchase is made over the internet, a situation in which, depending on the site, the information is not made available, just as the images may confuse the real dimensions of the models.

Anyway, Nike works more with two ball sizes, the 6, which is the smallest, measuring approximately 72 cm in circumference, and the 7, the largest and professional, measuring between 74 and 75 cm in circumference.

Lining material

The choice of the lining material of a basketball is very important, since this aspect dictates much of its use, i.e., in which type of court it can be used, its durability and handling. At Nike, this choice is a little simpler, since many models have rubber in their composition.

The variation in the American brand's catalogue is, in fact, between 100% rubber models and models that combine rubber and synthetic materials, especially leather. The first group is more resistant, while the second is more durable and has a softer touch.

Imagem mostra um homem em meio a uma multidão assinando uma bola de basquete da Nike, que já tem diversas outras assinaturas.

Almost all Nike basketball models have rubber in their composition. (Source: Fred Kearney/

Indoor or Outdoor

A very objective way to select your Nike basketball is to note its ideal environment, between indoor and outdoor. This information is usually very easy to find, stamped on the lining of the models, as Indoor (indoor) or Outdoor (outdoor).

The idea is, first of all, to think about in which environment you will use the ball more, whether, for example, in your neighborhood park or in the gym of your gym. Also look out for the most versatile models, with similar performance in both environments. In this case, try to find out from your salesperson or from the product description on the website.

(Featured image source: chelsea ferenando/