Best Apps To Have For The NBA Season: The 2018-19 NBA season is almost here, and at this point this seems more noteworthy than ever. Just as the NFL has shown signs of struggle, the NBA has thrived, not just as a basketball league but as a sort of shared social experience among millions upon millions of fans, some casual and others hardcore. An article at the National Review did a nice job of summing up what exactly is going on with NBA culture, and spoke to the idea that perhaps more than anything else in modern society, professional basketball allows us to share moments of pure joy.
Given all of this, and how exciting it makes the dawn of a new season, it’s time for anyone interested in the NBA to start preparing. And these days, that means downloading the best apps to go along with professional basketball interest. These are the ones we’d suggest.
ESPN App – The ESPN app covers all different sports, but it’s still the best app you can get for basic score updates and push notifications. If you simply want to be up-to-date on NBA scores, box scores, and basic news, the ESPN app is one of the best ways to do it. You can also set a custom list of teams that interest you to make it easier to navigate past all the other content. And on top of all this, the ESPN app also offers some streaming options that allow you to watch basketball, though it’s hard to say exactly what’s available and when.
NBA – If you want the basic score and box score access of the ESPN app without everything else, the NBA app does a nice job. The app also features the latest news stories, some editorial content, a free agent tracking tool, and access to the League Pass streaming service. This is a subscription-based service, so it costs money, but it allows you to watch just about all the NBA content you could want, including extended highlights and replays of games you missed.
FanDuel – With the rising popularity of the NBA, betting on the sport seems to have become more and more common. Supporting this argument, even a betting guide for the league pointed out that the cast of characters and storylines has never been stronger, which makes for more intrigue and drama. Actual sports betting is still somewhat inaccessible for a lot of people though, which is what makes FanDuel so great. This is a daily fantasy app in which you can pick a lineup of players every single night of the season, place real money on your lineup, and hope it performs well enough to earn a payout. Games range from conservative to ambitious, so there’s something for everybody, and it’s a great way to play along with the season.
NBA Jam – At $4.99 in the iTunes app store, NBA Jam isn’t the cheapest app for NBA fans. But it might be one of the most fun. Built in the exact image of the iconic arcade game, complete with classic players and the same sound effects, it’s unquestionably among the best NBA-related games you can get on your phone. Granted, the gameplay gets a little repetitive, but if you love basketball it’s fun to play around with as you try different lineups and win different competitions.
The Athletic – Getting back to news and information, The Athletic is the fastest riser in sports journalism. It started as a fairly small company with a goal of providing local coverage for different sports teams with an affordable subscription model. Now, it’s become a legitimate competitor on the national sports scene. Numerous experienced writers and reporters who have worked previously at places like ESPN and Yahoo Sports produce content on a daily basis. So, if you like to read about basketball as well as watch it, this is another essential app these days.
NBA 2K – The NBA 2K series has become for basketball what FIFA and Madden are to soccer and football, respectively. And with 2K19 just out, it’s been reaffirmed as still the king of basketball sims. None of these games work quite as well on mobile as they do on consoles, but the mobile versions of 2K are still beautifully rendered with all kinds of fun gameplay. If you want to play along with your favorite team or have your own simulated career going as you pay attention to the forthcoming NBA season, this is the app you need.
Twitter – Perhaps it’s not the most exciting idea, but Twitter really is one of the most valuable apps you can have as a fan of any sports league. If you simply follow relevant accounts, you’ll get incredibly up-to-date news throughout the entire season. For the NBA, we’d recommend Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn), Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania), Bill Simmons (@BillSimmons), Zach Lowe (@ZachLowe_NBA), and Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) to start.