Sorry this is long, but I have a lot to say and I think it will be worth the read for those really looking into a minimalist basketball shoe.
I played basketball twice a week in VFF for a year and a half. I struggled with blisters on the ball of my foot and big toe the entire time even when using toe socks with the VFFs. You'd think that would have stopped me, but I loved the liberating feeling and using them has cured my chronically bad ankle. My ankle was so bad in fact that even with an ankle brace and high top shoes I would actually dislocate it and have to pop it back into place at least once a month while playing. Doctors all suggested surgery. No way. After switching to vibrams and using Dick Hartzell "Don't ice that Ankle Sprain" approach to preventing sprained ankles, I haven't rolled my ankle since. Needless to say, I firmly believe now that the modern basketball shoe and the R.I.C.E. treatment cause and worsen ankle injuries.
Anyway, when you walk onto a court wearing vibrams, everyone feels a need to comment and give you advice not to wear them. The most common comments are that: 1) you'll roll your ankle. 2) you'll destroy your arches. 3) you'll break your toes if someone lands on your foot. 4) you'll get stress fractures on you heel and shins due to the pounding.
I've already spoken to the first comment about ankles. The second comment is disproved by all the barefoot marathon runners. The third is partially a real concern. I've had my foot landed on many times and it does hurt more than if you were wearing a traditional shoe and I did get a bruise on my foot once, but I never had anything broken. The bigger issue is that you instinctively pull your foot out from under the other person's foot which yanks all your toes out of their places and making it very hard to continue playing without having to sit down and reposition your toes. This of course gives everyone plenty of opportunity to make smart remarks about your shoes. The final comment is also partially a real concern. You'll need to build up your foot strength and learn to run and land cat quiet. I did happen to have a couple bad landings and come down hard on my heel a couple times. It hurts, but you learn quickly how to land like a cat.
VFFs don't stand up to basketball very well so, eventually the VFF shoes lost all grip and fell apart and so I went on an extensive search for a replacement. I found the Merrell Bare Access shoe. They are much better than the VFF shoe for basketball and here's why:
-The bottom of the shoe has a basketball shoe like tread giving it much more traction than the VFF.
-It doesn't have the individual toes, which makes you look less ridiculous on the court and eliciting fewer comments. It also prevents the toe repositioning mentioned earlier. At the same time the toe box is very wide and provides ample room for the toes to splay.
-The traditional shoe laces allow a much better fit and have prevented the blisters.
-The shoe has a slight bit more cushion which saves the foot if you land wrong from a jump.
So for anyone looking for a minimalist basketball shoe, I'd suggest the Merrell Bare Access as the way to go.