5 iPhone apps to tip off the 2013-14 NBA season
Summer’s just about over, and basketball season is quickly bearing down on sports fans who can’t wait for the season’s first tip off. But if you really want to get the most out of the 2013-2014 season, you ought to pull in the use of your iPhone. With tons of great mobile apps out there, your iPhone can function as a second screen, a reference guide, a lifeline to keeping you up-to-date on your favorite teams, and even a way to get in to the game yourself (kind of).
We’ve got five great iPhone apps you should check out this NBA season, each with its own useful features.
Get in (and stay in) the game
The best feature of your iPhone is its ability to keep you up to speed on what’s happening in the season, even if you can’t watch every game you want to. First and foremost is ESPN ScoreCenter (free), which brings stats, game rundowns and news, scores and lots more information on a number of sports, including basketball. It’s a great way to stay current on everything you care about.
You’ll also want to grab NBA Game Time (free), the league’s official app. It hasn’t been updated for this year’s season just yet, but it’s only a matter of time. You can use the app to get notifications on games, check out stats and news, and more, or you can upgrade to a “Plus” account and access game highlights, radio broadcasts, video recaps and tons of other features.
Die-hard superfans won’t just want information about this season, however, but every season of pro basketball, and that’s where Pro Basketball Pocket Reference ($0.99) comes in. The app includes stats from every player and every game ever played in the sport of professional basketball, from the inception of the NBA in 1946, all the way through to the 2010-2011 season.
If you’re a participatory kind of fan, you might want to snag a couple of apps to help you get your game on. ESPN Fantasy Basketball (free) is a great app for fantasy players who want to stay up on trades, stats, player performances and how their own teams are performing against their opponents, provided your league uses EPSN’s fantasy features (if not, check for a fantasy basketball app from your favored service provider).
For something a little more 3-D, try NBA 2K13 ($7.99). The mobile version of the popular video game series puts players in the game, allowing them to control a whole team and compete in games against both computer opponents and other players across an Internet connection.
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