The Best Basketball Ball Designs

Best Basketball Ball

  • The number one thing to remember when choosing the right is to consider the type of court you play on most often
  • There are countless basketball designs to choose from when considering the right one for your game


Today there are several manufacturers such as Nike, Molten Wilson, and Spalding that produce basketballs in dozens of models and designs. The NBA, NCAA and FIBA all declare official basketballs for their respective leagues. So how does the average fan choose the best basketball ball for their games? It all depends on several factors including court location, court type, and frequency of use, just to name a few.

Despite the fact that there are several companies that produce numerous models the basic design of the basketball has remained pretty consistent over the years. A rubber bladder is surrounded by layers of fiber and covered in a surface that’s easy to grip. Usually a synthetic material or leather is used and arranged in an eight, ten or twelve panel design. The panels are separated by “ribs”, which are usually a contrasting color from the surface of the ball.

The similarities end there as the surfaces of the ball can vary greatly from model to model. Leather was the original material used by Spalding and it remains in use by the company today. In fact, in 2006 Spalding switched the material used in the official NBA ball from leather to a composite material. The players disliked the new ball and the complaints reached such a level that beginning in 2007, the NBA reverted back to the original leather ball. Leather covered basketballs are predominantly used for indoor games played on wooden courts.

Wilson has developed a basketball called the Solution which has become the official basketball of the NCAA Men’s and Women’s Tournament. This basketball is also quite popular in high school leagues across the nation. The main difference between this ball and its competitors is its ability to absorb moisture as players feel it helps them maintain a better grip. This basketball is considered best suited for indoor use as well, even though its moisture resistant.

The best basketball ball to use when playing outdoors on asphalt courts and concrete playgrounds would be a synthetic covered ball. Just about every company produces some variation of a synthetic ball that’s best suited for outdoor use. Today’s synthetic basketballs can re-produce the feel of leather and other tacky surfaces. These balls have demonstrated over time that they withstand the harsh use playing outdoors on asphalt courts can bring. It’s no wonder that these types of basketballs are the most popular among consumers.

The ball in basketball is the most important piece of equipment required to play the game. With so many companies available, a person could find a basketball in any design and color imaginable. Basketballs are now available in various colors such as black, the multi-colored ball, and the traditional orange ball. No matter what your needs, the best basketball ball for your game is at your local sporting goods store.

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7 Responses to “The Best Basketball Ball Designs”

  1. Tony says:

    I still prefer to play basketball with a true leather ball. I’ve got one from when I was a kid and it still blows up like it is brand new. The composite ones are great, but there is nothing like the feel of a leather basketball.

  2. Carla says:

    Thanks for the tip on all of the types of basketballs on the market. My sons have been talking about the Solution basketball you mentioned and the information here has convinced me to get one for them.

  3. Kenny says:

    I have found that synthetic covered balls really do not bounce as well as a leather ball even if they are recommended for asphalt. I may have to replace my basketball once a year because I play so much outside, but the leather balls just seem to have more oomph.

  4. Allen says:

    Can we just stick with a leather ball and a peach basket nailed to a pole!

  5. PigskinAssassin says:

    Personally I prefer the design of the old ABA ball.

  6. shay says:

    thanks this help me alot

  7. Jason says:

    Thanks for all this info, it really helped me choose my new basketball!

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