Alright basketball fans, it's time to crack open Google Play
Basketball season is starting off today, and fans will want to stay up-to-date with the latest scores and otherwise get into the spirit of things. We've dug through Google Play to see what's big, and though hardcore fans may already be familiar with what's available, there may be a few hidden gems here.
We go through the standard apps that help you keep tabs on scores and news, but there are a few games and social tie-ins that really complete the experience of basketball season. Let's take a look, and don't be shy about letting us know which apps you use regularly for this kind of stuff.
NBA Game Time
NBA Game Time is the official NBA app with all of the important information at your fingertips: latest scores, team stats, play-by-play info, and with a League Pass, you can watch games live or on-demand. Sprint also has their own app with a handful of exclusive features. Either way, this is where you’ll want to go if you want to catch videos of the game. Just keep in mind before getting that league pass that around playoffs, there’s likely to be blackouts in the app’s video stream.
Download: NBA Game Time (Free, some subscription content)
If you’re looking to catch up on news after the game, The Score is widely regarded as the best app out there. You can follow specific teams, get home screen widgets for the latest information at a glance, and notifications when things get crazy. The best part is, you can keep tabs on any other sports you might happen to be into.
Download: theScore (Free)
If you just can’t get enough basketball when there isn’t a game on, you can enjoy the classic arcade game, NBA Jam. It’s goofy, irreverent, and tons of fun. It’s two-on-two, with a career mode and local multiplayer over Wi-Fi or Bluetooth if you’ve got some time to kill with buddies before the real game starts.
Download: NBA Jam ($4.99)
Yahoo Fantasy Basketball
Hardcore fans will probably already be well-entrenched with the Yahoo Fantasy Basketball league. With the Android app, you can manage your roster, keep an eye on live stat updates, talk with other managers through message boards, and figure out who you’re going to play next.
Download: Yahoo Fantasy Basketball (Free)
NBA 3D Live Wallpaper
Even when you’re just idly messing around with your phone, you can enjoy some ball from your home screen. The NBA 3D Live Wallpaper gives you a net, court, and basketball to take some shots at. Branding can be tweaked to show off the colors of your favorite team, though you'll have to pay $3.49 for each team you want.
Download: NBA 3D Live Wallpaper (Free with IAPs)
If you care to get social about your game, GetGlue has full support for sports check-ins, including a liking system for individual teams. Folks on GetGlue are eager to talk about the game as it happens. Around the playoffs, GetGlue usually offers exclusive collectible stickers, too. Under the Guide section, you'll get a full listing of upcoming games and the comments folks are leaving about them. You can also use GetGlue to check into and share whatever TV shows and movies you're watching, too.
Download: GetGlue (Free)
How many of you guys keep an eye on basketball? What are your go-to apps? Are there any team-specific apps that you use a lot?