Shorter days and turning leaves means one glorious thing for sports fans: the NBA season is back! No more preseason games in Brazil, disjointed practices, or baseless speculation on how good the Cavaliers look. With the real NBA season finally underway, fans now have the ability to keep track of all their favorite teams and players as they vie for the coveted Larry O’Brien Championship Trophy.
More important than finding out if this is the year Damian Lillard takes his game to another level, or if Derrick Rose stays healthy, is where you’ll watch all the exciting NBA action unfold. To help find a solution to this problem, we’ve found the best resources around the World Wide Web for keeping up with each of the NBA’s 1,230 regular season games. So grab your favorite Mitchell & Ness throwback jersey and find a comfortable seat, here’s a rundown of our favorite sites to stream NBA games all season long.
ESPN features several broadcasts of NBA games on both its ESPN and ESPN2 channels, which also stream online on its web player, WatchESPN. Viewers only have the ability to access WatchESPN’s streaming service by entering valid account information from one of the many supported cable providers. If you subscribe to Comcast, Dish Network, DirecTV, or a host of other providers (or know someone who does), simply input the required information when the Watch ESPN site prompts you, and you’ll then have access to the available NBA broadcasts.
Like ESPN, TNT features weekly broadcasts of NBA games of which it also streams online via a web client. Though not a daily provider of NBA action, TNT typically broadcasts two games every Thursday evening, with a game or two occasionally broadcast on Mondays or Tuesdays. Again, only subscribers of valid cable providers have access to the Watch TNT streaming service, which also grants access to anything airing on TNT West or TNT East each day. Simply input your cable information into the TNT site when it prompts you, and you’ll have access to TNT’s NBA broadcast’s, TV shows, and movies.
The only “free” option of the bunch — you do still need an Internet connection — TNT Overtime provides NBA fans with a unique game watching experience. While it doesn’t feature the exact TNT broadcast version of the games, it does give you several viewing options for following along. Viewers select either a chosen player cam, the backboard camera, or an “action” cam which features four different angles. Leading up to the game, the TNT Overtime website also allows fans to vote on which of their favorite players they’d like to watch and follow during the games. Further, fans have access to the TNT Overtime experience on either a computer, smartphone, or tablet.
Questionable streaming sites
There are a wide variety of online streaming sites which grant access to many live sporting events. These sites provide multiple streams, but most of them come packed with spam, malware, and pop-ups. We don’t recommend these sites.
Sites like First Row Sports or VIPBox Sports are some of the most popular picks when it comes to watching streams of sporting events online. While these might be of use, the hassle of having to avoid spam and deal with low quality streams makes these services more of an inconvenience than a help.
As a rule of thumb, never click on any link which asks you to download any HD Players, update your streaming software, or install any “required” media players. These are often just spam links which could infect your computer with malware.
The NBA subreddit provides fans with an incredible amount of NBA content ranging from funny pictures or GIFs, to various conversations about players and teams. The site also occasionally provides a link or two to various NBA games which, like the questionable streaming sites, have the ability to come from unsafe sites. Still, the amount of content users post on a daily basis is sure to satiate your desire for anything and everything NBA. Heed this warning though, it’s easy to waste handfuls of hours perusing the rest of Reddit’s random content.
Though not a video option, ESPN does offer its signature play-by-play Gamecast presentation for each NBA game every day. Just navigate to the NBA scoreboard page via the ESPN website, click the game you’d like to follow, and a Gamecast window opens. This feature shows real-time events including whenever a player takes a shot (and from where), lists the team stats and box score, and provides links to all other currently playing games.