Basketball Cost

Regardless of what is your game skill, the basketball will allow you to train and organize games with family and friends. You can find balls made of the right material and with the adapted size on the market, to take full advantage of this team sport.

How Much Is a Basketball?

A basketball price will be affected by factors such as the retailer you get it from, the brand, and the type of ball. Plan on spending around $10 for a simple rubber ball, while the cost of an official basketball would be around $110.

It is recommended to purchase a cheap rubber ball like the Voit Indoor/Outdoor rubber youth basketball if you are searching for an outdoor basketball for your kid. The price of this type of ball is around $10.50.

On the other hand, if you are searching for a decent basketball that you can use to practice indoors, a good option would be a ball like the MacGregor X100 microfiber indoor ball. The cost of this ball would be anywhere between $25 and $35.

A good ball for a game would be the Spalding ZK Pro or TF-1000 ZK, which costs anywhere between $45 and $55.

The cost of a genuine leather basketball, like the Spalding Official NBA Ball, would be anywhere between $65 and $120.

You can find a basketball at a wholesale retailer. For instance, you can purchase a high-rated basketball such as a MacGregor official-sized ball from Walmart for almost $9 or a Wilson Evolution high school ball for $60.

Also, Target has similar prices for basketballs. For example, you will have to pay around $20 for a Spalding Streetball and more than $38 for a Spalding Premier 29.5-inch basketball.

In the table below you will find the average costs of different basketball brands.

Basketball Brands Price Range
Wilson Evolution Indoor Ball $50 to $75
Spalding Street Basketball $12 to $25
Spalding Outdoor Rubber Ball $15 to $33
Spalding Indoor/Outdoor Basketball $33 to $50

Basketball overview

The material

There are two main types of basketballs, for indoor playing and for indoor/outdoor playing. The indoor/outdoor basketballs are made of rubber or a durable composite while the indoor basketballs are made from composite or leather.

You might also like our articles on the cost of football helmets, soccer goals, or ski equipment.

The sizes

Depending on the age of the player, there are three available sizes for the basketballs: five, six, and seven.

  • Basketballs of size five weigh 18 ounces and have a circumference of 27.5 inches. These are designed for children up to age 11.
  • Basketballs of size six weigh 20 ounces and have a circumference of 28.5 inches. These are designed for children between 12 and 16 years old.
  • Basketballs of size seven weigh 22 ounces and have a circumference of 29.5 inches. These are designed for people 17 years old and up.

Top brands to take into consideration


Leather BasketballWilson basketballs are made of composite materials and are designed to hold moisture when used in games. This brand is the official basketball of the NCAA and is known for its flagship ball, the SOLUTION.


These basketballs are made of composite or leather and are marketed under the “Elite Competition” line. Also, this is a Japanese brand that offers the official game balls for all FIBA championships.


This brand produces basketballs since 1876 and is one of the most popular basketball brands. They are producing different basketballs and are the official manufacturer of the NBA.


This manufacturer creates many recreation basketballs. Also, it has a contract with the Union of European Leagues of Basketball.

What are the additional costs?

You should buy an air pump for the balls which don’t come equipped with a self-pump. The cost of a pump is around $7.

The basketballs that have a high school or an official NBA seal are more expensive than those that don’t have a seal.

Important things to consider

The basketball was originally made of 8 segments of leather around the air chamber. Today, the innovative technology and materials used allow multiple combinations to adapt to each user. The official men’s basketball size is size 7. For women, the recommended size is size 6, also used in the American Women’s Basketball League.

Basketballs can be made of different materials, such as natural leather, synthetic leather, rubber, or technical plastics, for outdoor use. Professional basketballs are made entirely of genuine leather. When purchasing the basketball, choose it according to the place of practice.

If you play outdoors, choose a more durable rubber basketball made especially for the street. If you play both in a gym and outdoors, opt for a synthetic leather basketball for optimal ricochet.

How can I save money?

Most sports stores have promotions and sales where you can save more than 40% on your purchase. Take into consideration getting coupons from eBay and/or looking for coupons online.

In case you purchase basketballs for a team, it is recommended to purchase a set of basketballs (in general 12 or 15) to save money. The majority of the companies charge less per basketball when you purchase more than ten.

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