5 Best Leather Basketballs
5 Best Leather Basketballs
5 (100%) 7 vote[s]
Wilson Evolution Game Basketball
29.5 inches
Grip and Durability
NFHS Approved
Spalding NBA Zi/O Indoor-Outdoor Basketball
29.7 inches
Foam backed design
Official NBA size and weight
Wilson NCAA Replica Game Basketball
28.5 inches
Moisture absorbing material
Indoor/Outdoor Use
Spalding Rookie Gear Indoor/Outdoor Composite 27.5 Youth Basketball
27.5 inches
15% lighter
Indoor/Outdoor Use
Under Armour
Under Armour 495 Indoor/Outdoor Composite Basketball
Womens Size
Grip and Durability
Indoor/Outdoor Use

How To Pick The Right Leather Basketball

The three categories we’re going to talk about are composite balls, rubber balls, and leather balls. So within composite balls we have two types. We have game balls, and then we have practice balls. Composite game balls are meant to be used on indoor courts, preferably to be used for games or at a competitive team level. Using these balls outdoors on pavement will likely kill the lifespan as they have defined pebbles, which are strictly meant for smooth surfaces. If used outdoors, the pedaling and the exterior of the balls will start to deteriorate much faster due to the uneven bumps on the pavement. Composite Gables typically range in price from $40 to $65 due to their quality. Overall, if you’re looking for a good quality composite game ball, then the Spalding TF-1000 and the Wilson Evolution are the way to go.

Now if you’re looking for a good indoor ball for practise purposes, you’re going to want to reach for the Spalding TF-500 or the Baden Contender. These are also composite balls, but they are slightly lower in quality than the game balls. Nevertheless, they’re a great quality ball that is perfect for indoor teams that need them for practice. They are also more affordable than the composite game balls. They range in price from $20 to $40, so they’re a great affordable ball for schools.

The next category is rubber basketballs. Now, these are good for outdoor use for every day, and they’re good for recreational purposes for things like recess or for small camps. A rubber basketball that we sell is a Spalding TF-150. This is also a more economical option as the price range for rubber balls is around $8 to $20. A majority of our basketball brands that we carry offer a rubber basketball option, so if you like a certain name brand, you will likely be able to get it as a rubber basketball. This is ideal for the walk-in customer that’s looking for a basketball for their kids to just tossing around with outside.

The last category is leather basketballs. On the opposite spectrum of rubber balls, we have leather balls, which are the highest quality ball that you can purchase here. They are made of genuine leather and provide an excellent grip. They are on the pricier side due to their overall quality and material, which is why they make a great gift for the basketball enthusiast in your life. This type of basketball is only to be used indoors as taking it outdoors would drastically decrease the lifespan of the ball. They have extremely detailed peddling, which is why they have such an amazing grip. The price for leather balls typically ranges between 100 to $200.

Video Tutorial: How the Official NBA Basketball Becomes Game Ready

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