The 15 Best Basketball Shorts to Shop in 2022
When it comes to the conversation of basketball apparel, basketball shorts are often left out of the mix. Some people think that basketball shorts are only necessary if you are an actual basketball player. Not true at all. There are a lot of different reasons for adding a mixture of basketball shorts to your athletic/gym wardrobe, including versatility (which we’ll get into in a few).
When choosing a pair of basketball shorts, quality is the most important factor as you want to make sure you're comfortable. Price checking/comparing is also important as cheaper doesn’t always equal quality, and spending a fortune doesn’t mean you are getting a solid pair of shorts. You’ll want to make sure you read the reviews thoroughly before purchasing, while also taking a look at your closet to see what the specific set of shorts you are looking at goes along with. This leads us to our next point.
Other Uses for Basketball Shorts
Okay, so we already know the importance of basketball shorts for hoopers, but what about the other things they can be used for? For starters, the gym, outdoor exercising, walking your dog, etc. Basketball shorts can also be used for casual errands, especially during the fall when you can pair the shorts with hoodies. Basketball shorts are also good for the airport, and even lounging around.
So now that we know why you should own multiple pairs. Let’s get into some of the best available.
1. Men's HBR Basketball Shorts
BUY NOW, $26.25
A short that blends style and performance perfectly, with sweat-wicking technology and bold flourishes. Additional features include: Hand pockets, Swoosh design cut, then sewn into place, Dri-FIT technology to wick away moisture, and more.
Pros: Pretty inexpensive and relatively good quality.
Cons: The loose fit may prove to be trouble for some.
2. Nike Women's Fly Crossover Basketball Shorts
Best For Women
BUY NOW, $34.97
The standard fit on these shorts make them a suitable choice for playing in. The basketball shorts also feature Nike® Dri-FIT™ technology for premium moisture evaporation, along with the standard Nike swoosh at the bottom.
Pros: Made exclusively for women, so no worries in that department. Also tons of colors to choose from.
Cons: Might run big. So it’s possible that you might have to buy a smaller size.
3. Eastbay Half Court Basketball Shorts
BUY NOW, $20
The cut of these shorts make them designer for an easy relaxed fit. The laidback fit is also great for those hooping casually as it doesn’t get in the way or create an annoyance. Plus, there are a bunch of different colorways available with these shorts as well.
Pros: Once again, the pricing is excellent and the reviews are solid. You definitely get the bang for your buck.
Cons: The sizing options are relatively limited depending on which colorway you go with.
4. All That Basketball Shorts
BUY NOW, $44.99
This is definitely the 1990s baby coming out of us for sure, but aren’t these super cool. 90s nostalgia seems to be back in full swing once again, so this is a nice pick up for those in the millennial generation. There’s also the ability to have your name put onto the shorts.
Pros: A unique design that can definitely bring back the fun for those who are All That fans.
Cons: Could be too “generation specific,” and lacks the technology that other shorts such as Nike and adidas have to make them versatile and top quality.
5. AND1 Mens Flash Cut Basketball Shorts
BUY NOW, $9.97
Features include: secure and comfortable elastic waistband and drawstring, a cool design, the legendary AND1 Logo, and the ability to machine wash on your own if you have the proper settings. The black and red design also make the shorts pairable with just about anything.
Pros: As mentioned earlier, the design gives you a lot of options in terms of what you can pair the shorts with, and you may not find a better price on basketball shorts than these.
Cons: A little on the longer side, so that could be a problem for those that are shorter. They have also been known to run big.
6. Champion Mesh 9" Pocket Short
BUY NOW, $15.19
Champion has a pretty nice deal on their basketball shorts that you should definitely look to take advantage of. The side pockets come in handy if in the instance you choose to wear the shorts casually, and the mesh is a nice additional feature.
Pros: There’s five different colorways to choose from (black, navy, scarlet, athletic grey and athletic royal), and the shorts are very comfortable with a multi-needle waistband with internal looped drawcord in case they are too loose.
Cons: There aren’t too many cons with this one. They could run too big along the waistline, but that’s fixable with the drawcord. There’s still a chance that they could run big though, so that could end up being a problem.
7. Mitchell and Ness Swingman Grizzlies Basketball Shorts
BUY NOW, $76.50
Mitchell & Ness has quite a few of these variations available with different teams/team colors. Features include: 100% polyester mesh fabrication, side seam pockets, an elasticized waistband, and NBA logos. These shorts also have the ability to be paired with team jerseys as well.
Pros: You can pair the shorts with a team jersey to look like an actual player on the team.
Cons: A little on the pricier side when it comes to basketball shorts (however you are getting a Mitchell & Ness exclusive), and there’s only a few teams available in this collection.
8. adidas 3G Reversible Shorts
BUY NOW, $27
Basketball shorts, but make them reversible. The 3G features sweat-wicking fabric to sweep moisture away from your skin. One side of the shorts is made of breathable polyester mesh and the other of durable polyester doubleknit. There’s also a waistband for added comfort.
Pros: Tends to be a perfect fit for most. Also very stylish and versatile since they are reversible.
Cons: No pockets. So if you are wearing these out to run errands, you’ll have to find someplace else to put your keys and wallet.
9. adidas Creator 365 Shorts
BUY NOW, $28
Consider this a clutch assist from us. There are only seven of the Creator 365 shorts left, and at the moment, it doesn’t seem like adidas plans on restocking anytime soon. Obviously if they are being snatched up like this, they are high in-demand, so you may want to order now.
Pros: The colorway options are vibrant and litty (throws up the fire emoji). The fit is comfortable, and the pricing isn’t too shabby.
Cons: Doesn’t come in tall sizes, so may not be suitable for those above a certain height.
10. Iverson Basketball Fleece Shorts
BUY NOW, $34.97
Allen Iverson doesn’t just make basketball shoes, he makes basketball shorts as well. The A.I. style comes with a graphic that mixes a printed net with an embroidered design, a sewn-on Reebok and I3 logo label, a flexible cut, and cushiony fleece. Plus, they’re on sale right now.
Pros: Good quality shorts for a good deal, and they go along nicely with most of A.It’s shoe releases.
Cons: Could be a little too big in terms of fit. That appears to be the only negative however.
11. Nike Girls' Fly Crossover Training Shorts
Best for Kids
BUY NOW, $19.97
We’ve got another one specific for the girls/ladies. The Crossover Training Shorts have all the standard features that come with any Nike shorts. You’ve got the standard relaxed fit, the adjustable elastic waistband to help a custom fit, and, of course, the Dri-FIT® technology.
Pros: There’s literally tons of sizing options. Tons. There are also multiple colorways to select from depending on what you are feeling style wise at the moment. Additionally, Dicks Sporting Goods was kind enough to give three different outfit combos for these shirts, so perhaps you can check them out for some style inspiration.
Cons: Again, not too many complaints here, but similar to the adidas 3G Reversible Shorts, there are no pockets with these specific Nike shorts, so that could be a negative if pockets are a dealbreaker.
12. Men's Tek Gear® Basketball Shorts
BUY NOW, $20
Buy one get one for $1 sounds like a pretty nice deal huh? Well that’s exactly what Kohls is offering on their Tek Gear basketball shorts. With eight different colors to choose from, you could end up being the king of the court with your two pairs of Tek Gear shorts.
Pros: Once again, this is basically a buy one get one free deal. You can’t get much better than that. You also have a bunch of different colors at your disposal.
Cons: From a quality/technology standpoint, these may not be as good as some of the others we have listed above. There have been some reports of the shorts not washing well, but majority of the reviews have been positive, which means most are not having this issue (you may have to hand wash or run on delicate). Either way, it’s worth a shot to still try.
13. PUMA Spin Move Men's Basketball Shorts
BUY NOW, $45
Puma has some of the most uniquely designed basketball shorts in the history of… well, ever. The Spin Move Shorts are a newly released pair of shorts that caught our attention due to the orange sun kissed summertime vibe. The shorts are also reasonably priced, and could even be worn to the pool or beach. Not bad if you ask us.
Pros: There’s so much range with these shorts. Like we said earlier, you could wear them for a little hooping session, or you could use them for a pool day.
Cons: Unfortunately since the shorts are so new, there’s no real way to know for sure if they are a perfect match unless you take a chance and spend the money. No reviews or real-life pictures means nothing is guaranteed.
14. Mitchell and Ness Men's Chicago Bulls Big Face 2.0 Basketball Shorts
Mitchell & Ness
BUY NOW, $70
We’re back at it again with the Mitchell & Ness vibes. Obviously if you are a Chicago Bulls fan these are perfect with their retro 1980s/1990s design. Additional features include: 100% Poly Mesh fully lined, Officially licensed NBA gear, 2 inch flat waistband with rounded drawcord, and…side pockets. Mitchell & Ness we’re also kind enough to give multiple outfit combos for the shorts as well.
Pros: The vintage style design is a plus. The durability on Mitchell & Ness is also an added bonus as well.
Cons: The pricing on these are also a little on the expensive side. It does appear to be worth the investment however.
15. Rue 21 Trippy Vibes Mushroom Graphic Mesh Shorts
BUY NOW, $12.97
We’ll make this last one fun. Trippy Vibes Mushroom sounds like a 4/20 esque short, and they are definitely a vibe. It’s really the mushroom graphics that take it home for us.
Pros: Awesome design with a bunch of different sizes available.
Cons: May run small.
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