Browsing Instagram to keep tabs on our favorite NBA teams or to get inspiration is the daily move. But with all the feeds to choose from, we’ve compiled a list of top hoops accounts. Get your fill of classic basketball photography, art/installations, and courts from your outdoor pick-up game dreams. Grab your phone and tap the follow on these next ten feeds.
Name: Jon Harary
“Shooting Hoops Everywhere” is the tagline of this first Instagram account dedicated to curating photographs of basketball courts from all over the world. @Local_Hoops firmly believes that even though a standard basketball hoop has a backboard, rim, and if lucky, a fresh net — no two hoops are the same.
Each photographed court consists of a unique backdrop and a brief story which usually represents a community or family. Over the past 12 months, Jon has been determined to provide a steady feed of aesthetically invigorating, culturally representative basketball hoops with an ultimate goal of growing “Basketball Communities” and building courts in impoverished areas across the world. Jon is currently working on a few collaborations with other basketball-related brands and startups.
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Name: Thai Neave
This feed by Australian photographer, director, and broadcast journalist Thai Neave is a purely holistic look at the sport of basketball. Sticky notes on basketballs act as bite-sized positive motivation. Thai shoots global locations on his travels, from sun-drenched Venice Beach courts to those stuck in crumbling, post-revolutionary Havana alleyways. Check his feed for particularly inspiring shots of youth on court.
Name: Franchise Magazine
Franchise is all about basketball culture. This colorful feed is the digital version of the actual quarterly glossy, filled with interviews, cult artwork, design, and photography. Franchise was launched in 2016 but already made the rounds at All-Star Weekend, and is probably coming to a court near you.
Larry Bird and his new running mate Aleah Morgan team up for an easy transition layup. Kevin McHale two steps too slow, scoring average down, in a contract year, looks shook. @mrstreetpeeper + @kalen_hollomon in our Issue #2 fashion editorial. Order Issue #2 linked in bio or at some of our retail partners like @openingceremony @kith @daikanyama.tsutaya @vendor_insta @bookshopoakland @tomomags @shopacrimony @americantwoshot etc etc. Shipping ??? #franchisemagazine #basketball #balldontlie #ballislife
Name: New York Sunshine // John Margaritis
New York Sunshine pushes the boundaries of the beautiful and unusual, using basketball as the focus. Their recent Hoop Dreams installation made waves (literally) at Art Basel Miami Beach as a live installation of a hoop was dragged into the ocean overnight and weighed down with sandbags, leaving the sun to reveal the swirling “court” in the morning.
Name: Victor Solomon (@victorsolomon)
Literally Balling is artist Victor Solomon’s feed for his basketball-inspired artwork. This opulent account features standard basketball iconography and hardware, but elevated. Think stained-glass backboards, crystal nets, and 24-karat rims. This is the type of stuff you put on your apt decor wish lists if you want to ball out (ahem) — we already have. Last fall, Nike invited Victor to create an experience to welcome KD to the bay, so since the swoosh co-signed, you know this one is worth a follow.
Name: Yassine Hajji
Parisian photog Yassine Hajji’s feed is inspired by his love of basketball, hip-hop, and street culture. Paris is a picturesque backdrop for any imagery, but we love Yassine’s captures of the latest footwear drops against technicolor Pigalle courts, pastel walls, and cotton-candy skies. His portraits evoke a fresh youth culture vibe, and we hit up this feed just to see his latest shot of courts with lazy clouds passing by.
Name: Theophilus Mensah
We’re often inundated with basketball photography from cities like New York, Chicago, and Paris. But basketball is truly a global sport these days. This feed is full of vivid photos from Ghana’s courts. While they can sometimes be seen fading in color or cracking under the hot sun, it makes it all the more incredible. More importantly, the energy of the subjects playing the game doesn’t seem to let up. Get a taste of African hoops, local villagers, and street culture via this stunning feed.
Name: Asphalt Chronicles
Asphalt Chronicles is French photographer and documentarian Kevin Couliau’s ode to pick-up basketball. Street hoops at its finest. He writes, “Some compete for the pride and social status earned on the blacktop, others use it to heal the wounds or escape the daily routine.” Whatever your reason, this is pure hoops at its greatest, free of the the hype and straight to the asphalt.
This Park was Our Church. Sad news for all the Parisian ballplayers, Bir Hakeim the legendary battleground facing the Eiffel Tower has been replaced by an ugly piece of sports equipment mixing soccer and basketball. This court was among the most beautiful courts in Europe with a consistent run every summer. Many events happened on this asphalt, many NBA players came even Wilt Chamberlain dunked in 1958 on this same hoop, and he was wearing a suit !!!! A piece of our history and basketball culture just disappeared because the city of Paris didn't consult the people before removing the court. – #theparkismychurch #asphaltchronicles #hasselblad #mediumformat
This girl’s feed is next-level, as Paris continues to churn out serious photog talent. Hlenie has photographed everyone from rapper Wiz Khalifa, to legends Kobe and KD. She’s been tapped to shoot for Nike/Jordan Brand and branched out into other sports like soccer as well. Check her feed for editorial-worthy hoops visuals.
Last, but not least, this account features a bright aesthetic that brings hoops to sharp contrast. Filled with shots of courts from around the world, combined with gorgeous travel photography in all seasons, this account is the minimalist adventurer’s dream.