NBA Playgrounds Official Roster Revealed

The acrade-y basketball game is coming to PS4, Xbox One, and PC with a full list of some of the NBA's biggest talent.


Many years have passed since the last arcade-style basketball game came out for home consoles, but it's a niche that NBA Playgrounds is hoping to fill. Gameplay videos of the in-development title have shown its ridiculously proportioned characters, an official NBA license, and high-flying aerial stunts. And now, we also know the complete character roster.

Playgrounds is being developed by Saber Interactive--one of the studios behind the Halo: The Master Chief Collection and a co-developer of the upcoming Quake Champions. An arcade-y basketball is a very different development direction to take for the development team, but it seems to have the full support of the NBA, and the game will include a roster of current and historic NBA superstars. Here's the list as it stands so far:

  • Aaron Gordon
  • Al Horford
  • Al Jefferson
  • Alex English
  • Allen Iverson
  • Alonzo Mourning
  • Andre Drummond
  • Andrew Wiggins
  • Anfernee Hardaway
  • Anthony Davis
  • Ben McLemore
  • Ben Simmons
  • Bill Laimbeer
  • Bill Russell
  • Bill Walton
  • Billy Cunningham
  • Blake Griffin
  • Bradley Beal
  • Brandon Ingram
  • Brook Lopez
  • Buddy Hield
  • CJ McCollum
  • Carmelo Anthony
  • Chandler Parsons
  • Chauncey Billups
  • Chris Bosh
  • Chris Mullin
  • Chris Paul
  • Chris Webber
  • Clyde Drexler
  • Damian Lillard
  • Danilo Gallinari
  • Danny Ainge
  • David Robinson
  • DeAndre Jordan
  • DeMar DeRozan
  • DeMarcus Cousins
  • DeMarre Carroll
  • Dell Curry
  • Derrick Rose
  • Dikembe Mutombo
  • Dirk Nowitzki
  • Dominique Wilkins
  • Dragan Bender
  • Draymond Green
  • Dwight Howard
  • Dwyane Wade
  • Elfrid Payton
  • Emmanuel Mudiay
  • Enes Kanter
  • Eric Bledsoe
  • Evan Turner
  • Frank Kaminsky
  • George Gervin
  • George Hill
  • George Mikan
  • Goran Dragic
  • Gordon Hayward
  • Grant Hill
  • Greg Monroe
  • Hakeem Olajuwon
  • Harrison Barnes
  • Hassan Whiteside
  • Ian Mahinmi
  • Jabari Parker
  • Jahlil Okafor
  • Jakob Poeltl
  • Jamal Crawford
  • Jamal Murray
  • James Harden
  • James Worthy
  • Jason Kidd
  • Jaylen Brown
  • Jeff Teague
  • Jeremy Lin
  • Jimmy Butler
  • Joel Embiid
  • John Stockton
  • John Wall
  • Jonas Valanciunas
  • Jordan Clarkson
  • Jrue Holiday
  • Karl Anthony Towns
  • Karl Malone
  • Kawhi Leonard
  • Kevin Durant
  • Kevin Johnson
  • Kevin Love
  • Kris Dunn
  • Kris Humphries
  • Kristaps Porzingis
  • Kyle Lowry
  • Kyrie Irving
  • LaMarcus Aldridge
  • Larry Johnson
  • LeBron James
  • Luis Scola
  • Luol Deng
  • Magic Johnson
  • Marc Gasol
  • Marcus Morris
  • Marcus Smart
  • Marquese Chriss
  • Mason Plumlee
  • Matt Barnes
  • Maurice Cheeks
  • Michael Beasley
  • Michael Kidd-Gilchrist
  • Mike Conley Jr.
  • Mitch Richmond
  • Monta Ellis
  • Nenê
  • Nerlens Noel
  • Nicolas Batum
  • Nikola Jokic
  • Nikola Vucevic
  • Oscar Robertson
  • Otto Porter Jr.
  • Patrick Beverley
  • Patrick Ewing
  • Pau Gasol
  • Paul George
  • Paul Millsap
  • Paul Westphal
  • Rajon Rondo
  • Ray Allen
  • Reggie Jackson
  • Ricky Rubio
  • Robert Parish
  • Roy Hibbert
  • Rudy Gay
  • Rudy Gobert
  • Russell Westbrook
  • Scottie Pippen
  • Shaquille O'Neal
  • Shawn Kemp
  • Shawn Marion
  • Spud Webb
  • Stephen Curry
  • Steven Adams
  • Thon Maker
  • Tim Hardaway
  • Trey Burke
  • Ty Lawson
  • Tyreke Evans
  • Victor Oladipo
  • Vince Carter
  • Walt Frazier
  • Willis Reed
  • Wilt Chamberlain
  • Zach LaVine
  • Zach Randolph
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You can see a sampling of how a few of those characters will be portrayed in the gallery above, and even more characters will make their way into the final game. NBA Playgrounds is currently scheduled to release digitally for Xbox One, PS4, Nintendo Switch, and PC sometime in May for $20.

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I got a kick out of Harden being legend status, but Durant only being epic. Something's definitely wrong with that. Larry Bird, Julius "Dr. J" Erving and Kobe need to be added to the game ASAP, as well. Other than that, AWESOME game. Totally addictive.

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Why no Larry Bird? If you're going to have Magic you need to have Bird. Those two going at each other was one of the best things about the NBA in the 80s.

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They got Pippen, LeBron, Westbrook. Three of my favourite players. Having Jordan wouldn't be fair anyway haha. Overall, good list.

I'm an older gamer, so this is right up my alley. As long as it's addictive and fun I'm going to be super happy playing this especially online or against friends. One of my favourite basketball games of all time is still Run and Gun from the arcades so this will go down well if it's quality.

Despite having all consoles (PS4, XB1 and now Switch) and a PC, I'm going to get it on Switch!

Quick rant/

I haven't bought 2K since 2K16. I bought that ever year since like 2004 and swore this year I wouldn't buy another, until they:

- change the look of the game

- not recycle the same commentary from like 2008 every damn year

- did I mention it looks exactly the same for like 10 years minus very minor details. Admittedly the 2K that first came out on next Gen xb and PS4 obviously got a big overhaul on on graphics (but it was still massively the same game).

Adding little crappy details each year is simply not worthy of buying a whole new game. Just release DLC for $20 if all you do is that.

Anyway, let's hope this is good!

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If anyone is wondering, Jordan will not be in the game. He has an exclusive deal with 2K.

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@H0RSE: the GOAT

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how about Klay Thompson? No luck for me?

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Why is everything coming out digitally? I want physical copies of games!

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Giannis Antetokounmpo @nbaplaygrounds

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@alimbaydoun: Giannis or no buy :)

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I can't wait to see what kind of stats they give to Oscar, Hakeem, Clyde etc Buying day one just not sure if I should go Switch or Steam

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@IrishSJ23: I thought Hakeem's stats were a bit underwhelming in all honesty. Same with Wilt. Wilt averaged nearly 5 blocks a game in reality, but is only an 8 in blocks on here, I believe. A lot of people consider Hakeem the greatest player ever in the paint, just think he needs a bit of a ratings boost.

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No Kemba Walker?

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@devinup: @nbaplaygrounds

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And wait a minute, why'd you leave out the Switch version at the top? Get it together GS.

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Was really hoping for Jordan and Bird... ah well... At least they got Pippen. I used to love playing as him.

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Was really hoping for Dr. J.

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@H0RSE: Yeah, no Doctor J, kind of a huge letdown!

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They said they will be releasing new players/rosters in DLC, so I'm sure we will get him, just not at launch.

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Anyword on the cost of DLC's ? First day purchsse for sure

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Now if only they would hurry up and announce a release date for Shaq Fu... which weve been waiting for for MUCH longer and havent heard anything about since Sept

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Was happy when I saw David Robinson, but no Tim Duncan? Nah I'm good... :(

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@Silver17: Duncan is coming too. He is in DLC 1 because he had to join the reitirement association before we included him

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@nbaplaygrounds: Tracy McGrady?

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Wow, thanks for confirming that info... :)

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I'm not gonna lie, this game is officially on my radar to check out, just because of the customer support alone.

Seriously, who does that? It's like Twitter/Reddit (maybe Youtube comments) and can't be bothered by anything else...

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No Isaiah Thomas?

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@chiefwiggum16: he is coming in the first DLC

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Where the hell is the Black Mamba?!?

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@enzyme36: son, you don't want me to get the black mamba......LMAO

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@darthrevenx: lol... but could you handle the mirror match??!!

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@enzyme36: Mirror's don't work on me.....they did up to a few years ago......and garlic, for some reason i hate garlic....

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No Dennis Rodman?! Im good

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Wonder if there will be more players you can unlock like Dr J, Jordan and Bird that they haven't announced on the list?

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@ohjtbehaaave: yes, more are coming,..

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No Jordan (nobody can ever get his license, most popular NBA player in History and he stays cooped up like a hermit making money off his damn shoes), and No Reggie Miller.

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@Veltoro: this is just the first list. More are coming in the first month.

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Danny Ainge?! First-day purchase CONFIRMED.

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Magic in but Larry not. No Mary Jane. And no Duncan. Very sad day. Oh well Magic, Malone and Wilt

I'll pay $10 for each!

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How did Steph Curry wrong you that you made his head look like that?

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so like NBA Jam then???? if it's better than EA's hot mess from a few years ago I might try it out....buuuut.....IDK any of the players.....

in the 90's I knew of a few but these days IDK any of the players LOL I knew Barcaley, Jordan, Rodman, Shaq and more from the same time and Magic Johnson, Larry Bird & Kareem Abdul Jabar [knew him from Airplane mostly LMAO]

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@darthrevenx: the old school nba jam was truly arcade fast paced. i thought the EA version couple years ago was really weird in terms of the move timing execution-wise. I hope this game is not similar to EA.. if it is more of old school nba jam i know a group of grown men who would shell out cash for this game, myself including hah