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10 Youtube Channels to follow if you are a diehard basketball fan

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It's been a boring day at the office. You've finished your daily quota of work and would do anything rather than wait for your shift to end and punch out from the time clock. Thus, you resort to the Internet to help you finish your shift. What would you rather do as a basketball fan that sates your appetite for the game?

Chances are, you turn to YouTube for some refreshing, insightful basketball content. After all, you are a fanatic follower of the NBA, and basketball is the primary sport you watch on television.

To help you out at such drab dull and boring times, we have compiled a list of YouTube channels worth subscribing to. These channels, taken together, will spice up your YouTube homepage feed with solid content worth watching. Without further ado, here are 10 channels you need to follow:

Note: These are not ranked.

10. FreeDawkins

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Channel URL: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEjOSbbaOfgnfRODEEMYlCw

If you're looking for season-wise footage of a top offensive player, look no further than FreeDawkins, who is one of the most aggressive basketball fanatics on YouTube. With over 9400 videos already up and running, FreeDawkins (whose Twitter handle is DawkinsMTA) is one of the largest collections of basketball footage available on YouTube.

Dawkins specializes in uploading duels between individual players. But you'll also find footage of epic comebacks (he did a video of Kyrie and LeBron scoring 41 each in Game 5 of the 2016 NBA Finals, for instance), players taking over a specific game and play-by-play footage of some historically exciting NBA games.

Dawkins also goes vintage from time-to-time. Only last week, he uploaded a video of LeBron James destroying his competition in a high school dunk contest.

9. MLG Highlights

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Channel URL: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCoh_z6QB0AGB1oxWufvbDUg

Were you late at work and consequently missed a game you wanted to watch (if you're in USA)? Are you a late riser in India who's missed an unmissable game played early in the morning by Indian Standard Time?

Fear not, because MLG Highlights has you covered. Every play that led to a field goal (well, often the uploader has to remove a couple of unspectacular plays to abide by the NBA rule prohibiting videos with NBA content from having a playtime longer than 10 minutes) is separated from the rest of the footage, and cast into a video between 9 to 10 minutes by this channel.

Every game in the regular season is covered by the uploader, whose Twitter handle is STAYHLS. These videos come up within an hour of the said game's final dribble. MLG Highlights also does videos of the 1st quarter highlights, 1st half highlights and post-game interviews.

A big shout out to whoever is running this channel.

8. Dom2k

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Channel URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IE9vuVAOLvY

Dom2k is one of the best channels to use as a reference when you get together with your homeboy to debate any number of historical debates on NBA basketball. Dom2k has done videos on highly debatable takes like 'Steph Curry's terrible habit that may damage his legacy'.

The channel also features some highly informative videos like 'How the rift between Ray Allen and the Boston Celtics got so big' and '9 of the scariest injuries in NBA history'. Finally, Dom2k also makes pretty good mixes, as he did with a video on Paul George's return after his freak injury in the USA basketball camp.

7. How U

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Channel URL: https://www.youtube.com/user/99nmrasdf

This is an old channel on which the last upload was on 23rd January 2015 but the content on this channel is the kind which you are hard-pressed to find on any other YouTube channel. How U is basically a fascinating collection of plays run by nearly every NBA team from that timeline, as well as some from other leagues.

Nearly every video on this channel has background music with amazing vibes, and the plays have been mixed extremely well for the average basketball fan to understand. Generally, the titles of the video may be misleading, and can even sound cryptic to the casual NBA fan, but the entire package as a whole is a breathtaking watch.

6. Bballbreakdown

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Channel URL: https://www.youtube.com/user/bballbreakdown

Coach Nick, the primary expert, does all the videos on Bballbreakdown. He has coached the triangle offense to high school teams. He also has a website which goes by bballbreakdown.com - they publish podcasts and blogs with in-depth discussion on the NBA.

Bballbreakdown is one of the best YouTube channels which breaks down players' games, team tactics. They also go a step ahead and discuss hot NBA topics, often featuring Ronnie Nunn, who was the Director of NBA officials for 5 years and blew the whistle on NBA games for 19 seasons.

Bballbreakdown is particularly receptive to YouTube comment suggestions for topics to be covered on latter videos, and if you wish to watch Nick and Nunn break down a topic for you, it is likely that your comment on the video (with enough upvotes) will be given credence.

5. basketballprosworkouts

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Channel URL: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC68sYdCyXKaMJlKntWTE9vA

For young and budding ballers who wish to watch a high-energy video with good background music before a practice session, basketballprosworkouts is probably the best YouTube channel to use.

Other than his workout videos, which are his most popular uploads, the channel is a good mix of non-NBA basketball footage and player footage from games cast to background music. The bonus on this channel is his footage of players recovering from freak injuries, and also his footage of players taking on non-NBA opposition.

4. Mike Korzemba

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Channel URL: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCp3dgMf1OUP2XqOpyOY2bzQ

This is one of the few YouTube channels which covers topics on players' growth in the NBA. Korzemba has a flair for the dramatic and does throw in hot takes from time to time, as demonstrated by his video on 'Why Russell Westbrook will not be the 2016-17 NBA MVP', which was proved wrong later in the voting results.

However, Korzemba's content is, by and large, palatable, informative and to the point. Very little, if any, of his content is punctuated by bad footage, wrong reading of plays or incorrect premise. If you want some serious, real talk about NBA in depth, Korzemba is high on most fans' recommendation lists.

3. Ball is Life

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Channel URL: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC_zgOsTPdML6tol9hLYh4fQ

Ball is life primarily focuses on players plying their trade in high school and college, and is an informative channel if you want to follow players likely to make the NBA, and are probably going to be good at that level. They have a long history of this, having covered players like Kyrie Irving and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist when they were in high school.

Ball is life has a variety of recent content which features athletic prospects like Zion Williamson (a 6'6" high school player who has a LeBron-like physique at 270 pounds) and Mac McClung (a dominant high school player from Gate City, Virginia). It also throws in tutorials on how to play like current NBA stars from time to time.

If you want to be wowed by new NBA prospects, Ball is Life is a channel you should definitely subscribe to.

2. Handles UP

Channel URL: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5drCY5-jzPk1XP-XeR9bwA

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Channel URL: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5drCY5-jzPk1XP-XeR9bwA

Handles UP is different from the rest of the channels we've talked about before this. The uploader has done videos on the stories of players like John Wall, LeBron James and Russell Westbrook. This channel covers players from an angle which few other YouTubers do.

Although inactive since the turn of the year (the last video uploaded on the channel was 2 months ago), the 52 videos Handles UP uploaded were wildly successful and brought him a sizeable subscription base of 140,000+ YouTube users, so it is likely that new content will be published sooner rather than later.

Handles UP focuses primarily on NBA and NCAA basketball.

1. JxmyHighroller

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Channel URL: https://www.youtube.com/user/andergra000

JxmyHighroller is one channel that approaches NBA basketball from a holistic point of view. The uploader has done videos on topics ranging from an explanation of why shorter players are better shooters to 'The basketball prodigy who almost lost all of his college offers because of his brother'. Having played basketball in a division 1 college, the uploader has enough experience of elite-level basketball to know what he's talking about.

JxmyHighroller's conversational style of narration has much to do with his success as a YouTuber - he has nearly 350,000 subscribers with 125 videos up on his channel. He is also a receptive uploader, taking feedback from comments seriously, responding to them and welcoming suggestions for new video ideas.

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