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Go Baller With These Basketballs

B-cos B-ball’s not just a sport; it’s also fashion and lifestyle.

By Chris Ong      2 March 2021

The marriage between basketball and fashion is a familiar one. Basketball shorts + top + shoes combos are now common style outfits for anyone into street wear, while basketball enthusiasts are looking fire both on and off court in their exercise gear. Now, how about the one, most important item in your arsenal that qualifies you as a legit fashion and sports player? This is how you slam dunk it in the game and in the fashion stakes – by arming yourself with any of these 8 basketballs, that you can choose to play or just pose with.

Note: Some of these products are available online but may not be able to be shipped to SG (boo!) so you might have to go through proxy or third-party forwarding options. Or, check with local sporting goods stockists for availability.

Wilson MCM x Chicago Limited Edition Basketball
MCM x Chicago Limited Edition Basketball, $389.50 (USD $295), Wilson

While you may not be able to get your hands on the ultra-hyped luxury brand basketballs, you can still order this one online. Part of sporting brand Wilson’s second collab with leather goods maker MCM, it’s made to celebrate MCM’s first store opening in Chicago, and is all about low-key luxe: it features MCM’s signature Visetos monogram pattern on leather, with “Chicago” and “Wilson” scripts outlined in red.

Available at wilson.com

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Spalding x Sprayground 94 Series Diamond Basketball
Spalding x Sprayground 94 Series Diamond Basketball, $79.20 (USD$59.99), Spalding

Here’s how you can shine bright like a diamond (on court at least). This limited edition item from the collaboration capsule collection between the basketball specialist and street-style backpack maker is printed with a kaleidoscopic all-over diamond pattern, giving new meaning to showing off the different facets of your on-court skills.

Available at spalding.com

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Chinatown Market Smiley Globe Basketball
Smiley Globe Basketball, $105, Chinatown Market

You can not only go on courts with this, you can also play “spin the globe” games and educate yourself and your kiddo about geography while you’re stuck at home on rainy days!

Available at thechinatownmarket.com


Versace Barocco Print Basketball
Barocco Print Basketball, $360, Versace

Here’s a luxury brand item you can throw around. Showcasing Versace’s signature Barocco print, this is the showy sportsperson’s go-to accessory for that ultra flashy OOTD (and 3-point) shot. Just clean after use (it’s made of rubber) and keep next to your Chanel rugby ball and Louis Vuitton volleyball (yes, they exist).

Available at versace.com

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Chinatown Market CTM x Absent Basketball
CTM x Absent Basketball, $120, Chinatown Market

This collab between streetwear labels Chinatown Market and Absent, and the Smiley brand, is too cute not to be featured. As to whether you can actually dribble with it – it measures 27 inches and made with premium composite material, but comes adorned with two extra horns – well, your guess is as good as ours.

Available at thechinatownmarket.com


Wilson Luminous Glow Basketball
Luminous Glow Basketball, $39.50 (USD$29.99), Wilson

Like to shoot hoops in the dark? Wilson’s Luminous Glow can help you hit that shot. It’s also fun to use, since you can light up patterns on its surface using your phone’s flashlight at night, or have it glow bright in the sun.

Available at wilson.com

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Nike Global Exploration (East) Basketball
Nike Global Exploration (East) Basketball, $69.90, Nike 

This has got to be one of the prettiest basketballs out there. Inspired by the ancient silk jacquard tradition of Asia, this size 7 black beauty showcases a Team Orange-coloured dragon winding through multi-coloured flowers. It’s the perfect weapon of choice for you “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” type players.

Available at Nike stores and brand stockists, multiple locations, nike.com/sg

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BONUS: SAFRA members can receive 15% off regular-priced footwear & apparels at Nike stores. Click here for more details. 


Dior and Daniel Arsham Future Relic Eroded Basketball

Dior and Daniel Arsham Future Relic Eroded Basketball, $15, 840 (USD$12, 000), Dior

Okay, we saved the best, most expensive, most rare, most awe-inspiring “basketball” for the last. It’s also completely unplayable. Sculpted by artist Daniel Arsham for Dior Men, this round pièce de résistance is made from white and pink hydrostone and quartz crystal, measures 24.2cm in diameter and weighs 10.25 kg. Limited to just 250 pieces, this art work is meant for the royal court that is your house, and not the basketball court. But, you could always try and bounce this – we dare you.

Available at dior.com

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All products are subject to availability and prices are subject to change. Prices stated are correct as of time of posting and is based on current exchange rates.

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