The podcast era has brought about an unprecedented amount of access to our favorite sports personalities. This has been especially true for the NBA, where many current and former players have taken up the microphone to share their thoughts on the league’s past, present and future.

The real advantage for fans who have started listening to these podcasts, compared to previous generations, is that we now have a chance to hear from people who actually palyed in the league. That kind of perspective is very different from listening to journalists who have covered the league but never played.

Since there are so many available podcasts to choose from, we decided to sift through some of our choices for the best NBA player podcasts. You’ll can read our list below, in no particular order.

Editor’s note: This list will be updated from time to time as we discover more enjoyable NBA player podcasts.

JJ Redick

JJ Redick played in the NBA from 2006 to 2021 and was one of the best shooters in the game. He’s got plenty of fun takes on the NBA and consistently brings on interesting guests.

There’s a reason Redick is starting to get plenty of media gigs. He’s articulate, thoughtful, and even if you might not agree with some of what he says, he’s able to make a good argument for his stances most of the time.

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Kevin Garnett

Kevin Garnett brings the same unfiltered take as an podcaster that he did when he was one of the most vocal on-court players during his stellar career. As one of the true legends of the game, and an NBA champion who was one of the stars of his title-winning Boston Celtics squad, listening to KG is like a throwback to the 90s and 2000s NBA.

He’s often joined by Paul Pierce, but to be honest, Pierce can get a bit annoying. Garnett, though, always has a way to make you want to listen. That’s what makes his show one of our picks for the best NBA player podcasts.

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Kevin Durant

As polarizing as Kevin Durant has been because of how he’s moved around the league over the years, it’s hard to argue against his knowledge of basketball. Durant is a bonafide NBA nerd and loves the game more than most people, and on podcasts his thoughtful delivery of his takes on his career, other players, and the league in general are worth listening to.

Durant is a superstar, but he doesn’t often portray that when he’s on the podcasts. When he’s on the mic, his joy for the game and respect for his peers is always apparent.

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Patrick Beverley

Speaking of controversial, there are very few players in the league that as beloved and hated as Patrick Beverley. Pat Bev is the kind of guy that you love to have on your team but absolutely detest when he’s on the other side.

Beverley has never minced his words on the court or with the media, and that’s stayed true for the most part when it comes to his podcast.

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Jeff Teague

Jeff Teague played in the NBA for 12 seasons, and while he was never a true star, he sure was surrounded by a few of them. He’s one funny motherfucker and his personal account of what Jimmy Butler did to the Timberwolves in practice is one of the most hilarious things you’ll ever watch.

Teague has a self-deprecating sense of humor that is very relatable. If you want to be entertained, Teague’s your guy.

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Matt Barnes and Stephen Jackson

Matt Barnes and Stephen Jackson’s ‘All the Smoke’ podcast has been around for a while and their take on the NBA as long-time roleplayers on championship teams is interesting.

The two sometimes take turns making nonsensical hot takes, but for the most part, they deliver a solid amount of information and stories in their podcasts.

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Dwyane Wade

Dwyane Wade is one of the greatest shooting guards to ever play in the league, and although his podcast only started in 2024, it’s already provided a few memorable moments.

Wade doesn’t just cover the NBA, he also takes a look at fashion, music and business. His podcast is only going to get better with time. If his podcast career follows his NBA career in any way, there’s no doubt that with time he will be able to put on one of the best NBA player podcasts around.

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