NBA Playgrounds is Bringing One Hell of a Roster This May

Saber Interactive and Mad Dog are bringing 2-on-2 basketball to the Switch next month.

NBA Playgrounds is a brand new arcade-style basketball game coming to the Nintendo Switch as a digital-only release in May 2017. It’s able to be played solo, with friends in local or online multiplayer, or even against the world in online tournaments – and there are hundreds of awesome dunks to try out, alongside plenty of lively playgrounds to throw them down on.



As for the roster, it features all 30 NBA teams – as well as a rather large roster of current and retired players you can level up over time. Below is the full list of launch players, so have a look and make sure your favourites are on it.

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


While that’s all for now, it should be noted that there will be hundreds more players to come after release. If you find that your favorite player isn’t listed, you should keep an eye on the game’s website and social media accounts for updates.

NBA Playgrounds is out this May for $19.99US; are you almost ready to play some ball?

  • Getting a serious NBA Jam vibe from this. Sounds like a good game to have on the road or to whip out whenever friends are around.

  • Steve Jaworski

    It may not be NBA Jam, but if this is just as fun, money down from me!