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11 Best Basketball Documentaries on Netflix Streaming

For all you ballers (and wannabe ballers) out there, we have a treat today, a list of the 11 best basketball documentaries on Netflix Streaming in 2015.

When Dr. Naismith decided to hang two baskets on the walls of his gym so that his football players could stay in shape during the winter, he couldn’t have imagined that he invented a new sport. From such a humble beginning, the second-most popular sport on the planet was born. Today, basketball is played all over the world and is only surpassed by soccer in terms of global popularity. As such, it spawned many movies about the people who play it and the sport itself. White Men Can’t Jump, He’s Got Game, Hoosiers, and many more are considered a must for every true basketball fan.

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But besides fiction, we enjoy watching basketball documentaries as well. Unlike Hollywood blockbusters, these tell true stories and follow real people. They share some elements with their Hollywood cousins, like drama and romance, but most of all, they depict a love for the game and the sacrifices required to become a real player. Basketball (like other sports) is a meritocracy, unlike the privilege on display in the 11 best business documentaries on Netflix Instant in 2015. Lives of the two best NBA players today, LeBron James and Stephen Curry, couldn’t be more different. One is born to a 16-year-old single mother, while the other is the son of an NBA star. Yet they both reached the NBA finals in 2015 and played against each other there. Talent and dedication always trump privilege, at least in basketball. That is why the ball is life.

When you get to the top of the list, you’ll see one name missing – Hoop Dreams. The reason for its absence is that we covered it in our best sports documentaries on Netflix article.To rank best basketball documentaries on Netflix streaming in 2015, we had to devise a system. Going simply by IMDb rating just wouldn’t cut it, although we did include it in our final ranking. We also went over several lists on most popular sites in order to get an accurate feel on public opinion. We mixed it all together and came up with a genuine Insider Monkey ranking. Let’s see who made it to our list of 11 best basketball documentaries on Netflix streaming in 2015.