NBA 2K17 Articles RSS Feed | GameSkinny.com NBA 2K17 RSS Feed on GameSkinny.com https://www.gameskinny.com/ en Launch Media Network NBA To Open Their Own eSports League https://www.gameskinny.com/qi9hq/nba-to-open-their-own-esports-league https://www.gameskinny.com/qi9hq/nba-to-open-their-own-esports-league Sun, 12 Feb 2017 10:41:16 -0500 Jeffrey Rousseau

Recently, it was announced that the NBA will have its own official eSports league, launching in 2018.

With the NBA partnering with Take-Two Interactive Software to launch the NBA 2K eLeague, this will be one the first eSports leagues to be operated by one of the major pro sports leagues i.n the United States.

As noted by the press release:

The NBA and Take-Two Interactive Software announced early Thursday morning that they are bringing some of the world's best gamers together to compete while representing actual NBA teams, a competition Commissioner Adam Silver hopes will continue to expand his league's global brand.

Commissioner Silver has expressed that everyone may not be able to be a professional basketball player, but they may have the skills to be a professional gamer.

The league will launch with eight to 12 teams, with all 30 NBA teams eventually being represented. Teams will consist of five players, and the recruit process and seasons will mirror that of the real-life NBA. An entire season consists of 82 games and then the playoff season. 

Ultimately, the partnership will bring more interest to both professional gaming and the NBA from a younger audience.

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10 Best Reviewed Games of 2016 https://www.gameskinny.com/ofkn2/10-best-reviewed-games-of-2016 https://www.gameskinny.com/ofkn2/10-best-reviewed-games-of-2016 Tue, 24 Jan 2017 00:40:28 -0500 Curtis Dillon

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And there you have it! 2016 is officially in the rear view mirror and, after a list like that, we can agree it was a heck of a year.

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From blazing the trail in Madagascar with Nathan Drake, to building your own world in Stardew Valley -- with a few sausages in between -- 2016 offered up some pretty amazing experiences.

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If nothing else, this list proves the sheer diversity in video games these days, what with a racing game, two sports titles, a VR experience, and several indie games. There really is something for everyone on this list and that's representative of gaming as a whole these days. We're spoiled with variety like no other time in history and maybe we should remember that the next time we get mad about Assassin's Creed's next location, or Death Stranding being many years away.

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We gamers like to gripe about the little things sometimes, but every now and then it's nice to sit back and take a look at the truly amazing adventures we partake in. Developers spend hundreds, thousands, of hours toiling away on some of these titles and they deserve our thanks every now and then. So hop on to Twitter and send a nice word the way of Naughty Dog, or Playdead, or Increpare. Of course, before you do that you should let us know what your favourite game of 2016 was! And, as always, stay tuned to GameSkinny!

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1. Uncharted 4: A Thief's End

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Metacritic Score: 93 (User Score: 7.9)
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Ahhh Naughty Dog, the unquestionable rulers and masters of the video game universe. Colin Moriarty of Kinda Funny often says that Naughty Dog operates on a level that no other developer even comes close to, and I'm inclined to agree.

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The Uncharted series is among the very finest in all of video games, with 2 and 3 being both genuine masterpieces (and the original no slouch either). Then came The Last of Us which, for all of Uncharted's plaudits and achievements, cemented Naughty Dog as a step above everyone else in every way. The Last of Us is one of the greatest pieces of art and storytelling ever, in video games, movies, TV, whatever. It's that good.

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So with Naughty Dog returning to Uncharted, and calling it Nathan Drake's last adventure, it's fair to say expectations were high. Well, Naughty Dog proved to everyone once again, that pressure and expectations mean little when you have a story to tell and the chops to make it good. And that it the biggest difference between Naughty Dog and many other developers, they don't just make a video game for the sake of it, they tell stories with compelling characters, the finest dialogue around, unparalleled graphics, and awe-inspiring set-pieces.

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Uncharted 4: A Thief's End had all of those elements and more. Naughty Dog presented us with a more mature Uncharted; one we weren't sure we wanted but made total sense when we played it. Gunfights were scaled back in lieu of more exploration, driving sequences, and environmental storytelling. It was the perfect marriage of Uncharted and The Last of Us.

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Nathan Drake's final adventure was a thrilling, emotional journey that cemented him, and Uncharted, as gaming royalty. I don't believe we've seen the end of Uncharted but, for now, Nathan Drake bows out on the highest of high notes. What more can be said about another masterpiece from the best developer in the industry? Uncharted 4: A Thief's End was the very best game of 2016, bar none.

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2. Inside

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Metacritic Score: 92 (User Score:7.9)
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We waited 6 years for the next game from Limbo developer, Playdead, and boy was it worth the wait.

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It can be very hard for a game to live-up to the expectations of a wait like that, especially an indie game because they are smaller games that tend to only last an hour or two, so that makes it even more impressive when they exceed those expectations. Inside did just that.

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Receiving absolute critical acclaim, Inside evolved the formula of Limbo and, some would say, perfected the puzzle platformer. The visuals were perfectly artsy, the animations were highly-impressive, clever puzzles, and the story intriguing and just the right amount of vague. Some could argue that the puzzles in the game left a little to be desired but they weren't the focus of the game, Inside is about narrative, and the tale it weaves will leave you reeling for some time.

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4. Out of the Park Baseball '17

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Metacritic Score: 92 (User Score: 3.2)
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Just like last year, Out of the Park Baseball '17, ahem, knocks it out of the park and scores high on the year's best list.

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Simply put, OOTP Baseball series is the go-to game if you want a baseball simulator. I mean, just look at the amount of information on screen (as seen above). The game puts you in the shoes of a baseball GM and tasks you with rising through the ranks, managing finances, trading/scouting, negotiating contracts, and all the standard GM mode affairs. However it's the insane amount of depth that OOTP '17 really shows-off.

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For example, you can play as any team, from the major league to the minor league... or any team from the past 150 years. Yep, any baseball team in the frickin' history of the sport. The game doesn't feature any new modes worth mentioning, so unless you were a huge fan, you could stick with '16 and be fine. But for the hardcore fans out there, OOTP Baseball '17 is yet another entry in the finest sports sim around.

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4. Forza Horizon 3

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Metacritic Score: 91 (User Score: 7.4)
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Every year Microsoft releases a new Forza game, be it Motorsport or Horizon, developed by Turn 10 or Playground Games, respectively. And with every passing year, Forza has slowly but surely replaced Gran Turismo as the King of the racing genre -- on consoles anyway.

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Forza Horizon 3 is the latest instalment in this amazing franchise, and it genuinely took the series to new heights. Horizon is the more open of the two series', allowing players to drive a variety of vehicles and race in wide open environments. This time around, the fast-action was taken down under to the land of Australia where players got to race in beautiful, exotic locales.

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The sheer breadth of activities, tracks and vehicles gives the game a ton of replay value but really the fun gameplay and stunning visuals are the real reason to go on this trip. Playground Games reminds us that driving games can be simply fun for those who aren't masters of the genre. You're up Turn 10, let's see what 2017 brings.

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5. Overwatch

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Metacritic Score: 91 (User Score: 6.8)
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I think we all know what Overwatch is; a stylised team-based shooter from Blizzard. And we all know that it's pretty much unrivalled in the genre.

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2016 was looking to be the year of the "hero-shooters," what with Battleborn, Paragon, and Overwatch duking it out for the crown. Now, at the start of 2017, I think we can all safely say that Overwatch wiped the floor with its competitors.

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Featuring fantastic characters, slick visuals, and an addictive one-more-match mentality, Overwatch set itself apart from the other hero-shooters. Sure those games tried the same thing but they lacked that special Blizzard-level of polish and swagger. Overwatch is as good as it gets right now on the competitive multiplayer scene, and was voted game of the year by many an outlet.

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6. Stardew Valley

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Metacritic Score: 90 (User Score: 7.5)
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You would have to have been living under a rock to not have heard of Stardew Valley. Releasing in February of 2016, Stardew Valley slowly spread like a forest-fire via word of mouth. The groundswell around this little title was reminiscent of Undertale last year.

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What seems like a fairly innocuous farming simulator with charming graphics, Stardew Valley repeatedly peels back layer-after-layer of story and new gameplay elements. Like a cross between Harvest Moon and Animal Crossing, this game created solely by Eric Barone, is a heartwarming life-simulator that threatens to eat-up hundreds of hours of your life.

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7. NBA 2K17

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Metacritic Score: 90 (User Score: 6.0)
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Sometime in the past 5-6 years, 2K's NBA series snatched the crown of the best sports game and refuses to give it back. The series boasts unmatched graphics, career mode, commentary, and pure gameplay.

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The caveat with the NBA series is that it's far from easy to just pick-up and play. The controls for the game are deep and quite complicated, unlike EA's Fifa, and that can be a barrier to entry but for those who take the time, find incredibly diverse gameplay that offers many hours of replay value.

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The devil is in the details, as they say, and NBA is unrivalled. Every team plays exactly like their real-life counterparts, the crowd looks fantastic, guest-commentators keep things fresh, and many new and tweaked gameplay modes, are the reason NBA 2K17 retains the crown of best sports game.

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8. Stephen's Sausage Roll

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Metacritic Score: 90 (User Score: 5.6)
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Let me guess, you haven't even heard of this one. Well don't feel bad, neither had I. Stephen's Sausage Roll was definitely not a title I expected to come across in the Metacritic best games of 2016 list, and yet here it is.

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The gist is; you roll a sausage around a map until you reach the cooking area, and attempt to keep it there, without burning it, until done. Pretty straightforward stuff but if you've played, or watched, I Am Bread or Surgeon Simulator, you'll know it's anything but. The game gives you little in the way of instructions and forces you to figure certain things out on your own, a nice breath of fresh air in the days of over-complicated tutorials.

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The ingenuity of the level design and the way the game teaches you things without you even realising are where this game succeeds most. It's a difficult game, but not an unfair one, and you'll be shocked by how very long it is. The game costs $30, which may sound a little much, but there is dozens of hours of content and the game consistently reveals new things and upends your expectations. It was a surprise that Stephen's Sausage Roll made this list but the real surprise is just how damn good it is.

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9. Dark Souls III

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Metacritic Score: 89 (User Score: 8.6)
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Dark Souls was born from the ashes of Demon Souls -- a game that Sony had exclusive rights to but didn't see any potential in -- and what a spiritual successor it turned out to be. I for one would have considered the art of being relentlessly killed to turn many gamers off, but apparently we are gluttons for punishment. Dark Souls was a big success, then Dark Souls II released to less fanfare. Soon thereafter, Sony, releasing the error of its ways, rekindled its relationship with the studio to make Bloodborne. The PS4-exclusive was another huge hit and proved that lightning could strike twice.

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Which brings us to Dark Souls III. Once again rising from the ashes, the From Software team resurrected the series from the limp corpse of Dark Souls II, added what they learned from Bloodborne, and created their finest adventure into madness yet.

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Dark Souls III is a masterclass is world design, boss battles, visuals, and character progression. Sure the frame rate can wobble here and there, and the difficulty spikes are egregious, but those are two small complaints in what is a fantastic game. From Software, and creator Miyazaki, say that Dark Souls III is the end of the series -- although we will get more Bloodborne -- thus the series leaves us the way it came in; with a mighty punch in the face.

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10. Rez: Infinite

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Metacritic Score: 89 (User Score: 7.2)
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Here we have the only VR game that makes the top 10 list. Rez: Infinite almost didn't make the list however because it is technically a revamped version of the PS2 game, Rez. However Infinite is a significantly improved and changed version of the game that's more than just a remaster.

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Rez is an on-rails shooter that pits you as an AI in a computer system, with humans as the enemy injecting viruses into the system to destroy you. Making use of a lock-on mechanic and bombs, you blast your way through many levels of electronica-infused colour spasms that threaten to induce you in a coma.

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Indeed Rez: Infinite is an experience like few others; don't get me wrong, many have tried but none have succeeded. Somehow the Rez formula still holds up to this day and just so happens to find new life inside a PSVR helmet.

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It's January 2017 and that means it's that time of year when we all get nostalgic for the year that was. We like to take a look back and remember what we played, list our favourite games of the year, and even have a chuckle at the very worst the year had to offer.

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So that brings us to the very best 2016 had to offer. It's fair to say a lot of people left 2016 feeling a little disappointed -- at least on the AAA front -- especially when you glance back at the star-studded 2015. However, once you dig a little deeper and look past the Mirror's Edge's, Mafia 3's, and No Man's Sky's, you'll find a lot of great titles that surpassed expectations, or came out of nowhere to blow us away!

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Before we dive in to this list of greatness, the games are listed by their Metacritic score. Several games scored the same average, and are therefore ordered by their user score. There is no bias on this list, it's all based on the compiled reviews of critics, but don't be afraid to jump into the comments and let us know what your favourite games of 2016 were!

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NBA 2K17 All-Star Uniforms Have Arrived https://www.gameskinny.com/x6xou/nba-2k17-all-star-uniforms-have-arrived https://www.gameskinny.com/x6xou/nba-2k17-all-star-uniforms-have-arrived Wed, 11 Jan 2017 09:19:29 -0500 Marc Anthony

NBA 2K17 has officially released its All-Star uniform package this week, after being previously leaked in September. The Eastern and Western conference uniforms are now available for your NBA All-Stars to wear.

According to the NBA league and its apparel associates:

"The carbon and red Western Conference, and light granite and blue Eastern Conference [uniforms] incorporate aged metal treatment across the jersey font outlines and adidas logo, as a nod to the French-inspired ironwork displayed throughout the city of New Orleans." 

The league has given many props to hometowns with their uniforms in more creative and artistic fashion in the past, leaving these uniforms lacking a certain flair that's come to be expected of the all-star season.

The game itself will have to carry the weight of the more exciting nature of the all-star weekend break instead, but still the release of these uniforms plays a unique role in defining the success and branding of all-stars this season.

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Five NBA 2K17 Teams You Should Start Your Season With Right Now https://www.gameskinny.com/er147/five-nba-2k17-teams-you-should-start-your-season-with-right-now https://www.gameskinny.com/er147/five-nba-2k17-teams-you-should-start-your-season-with-right-now Sat, 07 Jan 2017 06:53:25 -0500 JakeElman

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Chicago Bulls (18-18, seventh in the Eastern Conference and only one and a half games behind the Hawks for fifth place).
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Best Player: Jimmy Butler, G (90)

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Needs: Getting rid of Rajon Rondo; an identity; breakout players.

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The Bulls need to get rid of Rajon Rondo and find a point guard, but they also need an identity -- meaning they need to figure out if they're going to blow everything up or build around Jimmy Butler -- and they need players with serious potential to do so.

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At 18-18 and with an uphill battle in the Eastern Conference, players can pick between going for the playoffs or dealing every piece they have to start a new era in Chicago.

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With that said, I'm sticking with the idea of building around Jimmy Butler and an aging Dwayne Wade, thank you very much.

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Like with Cousins, you're not going to get that mega package for Butler that the Bulls would in real life because this game is seemingly afraid of trading draft picks. So keep him around and make him your star. 

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Between Denzel Valentine, Michael-Carter Williams, Doug McDermott and Nikola Mirotic, there is enough young value on this team to build them into contenders around Butler.

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Quick Fix: Trade Rajon Rondo (77) and a 2018 2nd round pick to the Utah Jazz for Rudy Gobert (82). Trade Taj Gibson (78) and Robin Lopez (77) to the Houston Rockets for Patrick Beverly (76) and Ryan Anderson (75), then flip Anderson to the Toronto Raptors for Bruno Caboclo (66) and Lucas Noguiera (69). Sign Yi Jianlian (75) from free agency. 

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Do you want to be paying Ryan Anderson $80 million? If you do, go for it. But I don't. I'd rather just flip him for two young players I can put through training camps and slowly develop alongside Denzel Valentine as pieces for your future. 

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I still don't know how I managed to get the CPU into offering me Gobert for Rondo, but fine. I'll definitely take that after all of that praise I gave the Stifle Tower earlier. 

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It seems to be a general consensus that the Toronto Raptors are the second best team in the Eastern Conference behind the Cleveland Cavaliers, but the Bulls and a new-look lineup of Beverly, Wade, Butler, Nikola Mirotic and Gobert may soon be gunning for them.

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Which NBA team do you want to -- or already have -- taken a chance with in the Start Today feature? Make sure to let us know in the comments section below!

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Sacramento Kings (15-20, eighth in the Western Conference, half-game lead over Portland Trail Blazers)
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Best Player: DeMarcus Cousins, Center (93)

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Needs: Long-term stability in the back court; cleaning out the excess amount of bigs; figuring out the DeMarcus Cousins situation. 

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The Kings are a team that can be handled one of several ways, but it all comes down to whether or not you want to keep DeMarcus Cousins. In-game, I think keeping him is the way to go because you won't get the insane package that Sacramento wants in real-life; trading Cousins for Isaiah Thomas and Jae Crowder, to me, isn't worth it if the Celtics won't give up some of their many draft picks.

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So, let's say you keep Cousins on the 15-20 Kings, who are currently eighth in the Western Conference and fighting for a playoff spot. Seeing as their January schedule includes two bouts with the Cavaliers, road trips to Houston and Charlotte, and home duels with the Warriors and Thunder, we should likely know by February 1 if the Kings will be buyers or sellers.

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To some people, the thrill of the hunt is awesome. We already know the Thunder and Jazz are going to make the playoffs, but taking control of the Kings who have a legitimate hill to climb and several teams to hold off is appealing enough in my eyes. 

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Even then, why would you want to trade Cousins in this game? He is the best center in the league, one of the league's elite players, and he's a 93 overall -- with a long time of dominance left. Playing with Cousins should be enough of a reason alone to play with the Kings, but their realistic chance at the playoff hunt doesn't help either.

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Quick Fix: Rudy Gay (82), Willie Cauley-Stein (72), Ben McLemore (70), and a 2017 2nd Round pick to Milwaukee for Khris Middleton (81), Michael Beasley (74), Steve Novak (72), and a 2017 Unprotected 1st Round Pick; Omri Casspi (72) to Dallas for Seth Curry (72).  

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Doing this trade gets rid of an expiring contract in Gay and two young players -- one of whom is blocked by DeMarcus Cousins -- for a 25-year-oldd shooting guard who can also play the three, a big man in Beasley who can start at the four, and a sharpshooter in Novak. This deal will also give you an unprotected first-rounder that, while it likely won't be amazing as the Bucks are headed for a playoff berth, could help when it comes to moving up in said draft.

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As for flipping Casspi for Curry, that's just adding another dimension to your back court while getting rid of another wing. 

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Without any additional changes, the Kings lineup then turns into Darren Collison at the point, Curry at the two, Middleton at the three, Beasley or Kousta Koufos at the four, and DeMarcus Cousins back at the center position.

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Is that good enough to beat Golden State? Probably not. Is it good enough to make the playoffs? Definitely. 

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Utah Jazz (22-15, fifth in the Western Conference and 1.5 games behind the Los Angeles Clippers for fourth place)
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Best Player: Gordon Heyward, F (87)

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Needs: Figuring out Heyward's future in Utah; point guard of the future

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The rise of the Utah Jazz has finally arrived thanks to a young nucleus of Gordon Heyward, Rudy Gobert, Rodney Hood and Derrick Favors.

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Everything that this team needed to see happen -- more development from Gobert, who's quickly becoming one of the league's best true centers, Hood breaking out and the development of a suffocating defense that is holding opponents to a league-best 95.3 points per game -- has resulted in the team starting 22-15 and jumping onto the national stage.

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You will not want to pass up playing with Gobert, a defensive monster in the paint who has finally added some offense to his skillset. He may not be the Greek Freak, but there's still a sense of athleticism on the offensive end that could completely change the momentum of games.

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I also have quite a soft spot for playing with both Gordon Heyward and Joe Johnson, even if one of the two doesn't have the All-Star skills he may have had in Brooklyn.

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Still, there's more this franchise needs to do to make sure this year doesn't become a fluke...

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Quick Fix: Trade Dante Exum (72) and Jeff Withey (73) to the Houston Rockets for Clint Capela (79) and Patrick Beverly (76); move Rodney Hill to the small forward position (he becomes an 81 overall) and explore trades for Derrick Favors -- but don't rush it.

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It's hard to pass up getting Beverly and Capela (who is quickly making a name for himself) for two players who are a 73 or lower. Beverly is also on a relatively cheap deal at two years for $11.51 million and a team option for the 2018-19 season. 

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If you wanted to, you could even have Beverly start at point guard and move George Hill to the sixth-man position, giving you a lineup of Beverly, Rodney Hood, Gordon Heyward, Derrick Favors and Rudy Gobert. It's not much different, but that's also why you landed Capela in the deal with Houston. 

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Washington Wizards (16-18, one game behind the Chicago Bulls for eighth place in Eastern Conference)
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Best Player: John Wall, G (89)

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Needs: True sixth man; forwards; a big man of the future.

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On the borderline of the Eastern Conference playoff picture, the Wizards can either start prepping for 2017 with trades or make a run to the playoffs. But really, why not do both?

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You may be surprised to think that of all the teams on this list, I think Washington is the most balanced in terms of play style, depth and how you can approach the season's final weeks. At 16-18, and with numerous trade assets like Marcin Gortat, Otto Porter, Ian Mahinimi and more, you can blow up the Wizards' roster entirely and try stockpiling on draft picks for John Wall... who you can also try trading. 

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However, I advise players not to blow up the roster by trading the team's best player. Why? Because you will not get the "insane" package you're looking for. It's just not out there right now.  

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So if blowing up the roster isn't your style, then do your best to take Wall and friends to the playoffs. Otto Porter is enjoying a breakout year, Bradley Beal is on pace to set career-highs in both offensive and defensive rating and win shares, and the only real glaring hole on paper is the Wizards' sixth man, a problem that can easily be fixed in free agency by grabbing someone like Lance Stephenson or Jarrett Jack. 

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And while Wall may not have the scoring prowess of Westbrook or the video game-like skills of Stephen Curry, that doesn't mean the former number one overall pick is a bad point guard to use in 2K. Just watch some of his dribble moves and crossovers when you play someone online.

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Quick Fix: Trade Otto Porter (79), Trey Burke (74), a 2017 first-round pick, and a 2020 first-round pick to the Philadelphia 76ers for Jahlil Okafor (78).

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I just pissed off every Sixers fan and every Wizards fan, but wait, I can explain! We may laugh at 2K's trade logic, but the inability to take anything in the trade finder for Jahlil Okafor, despite three big men being seemingly available means we have to improvise.

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Acquiring Okafor gives the Wizards their center of the future, though I suggest playing him at the four while you still have Marcin Gortat putting up solid numbers as a center. Moving Okafor full-time to the power forward position raises his overall to a 79, so there's that too.

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With that said, you're left with a lineup of Wall at the point, Bradley Beal at the two, Kelly Oubre Jr. at the three, Jahlil Okafor manning the four (for now), and Marcin Gortat as your center. You could move Marcus Thornton to the starting shooting guard position and have Beal play the three - or even pursue a trade for a true small forward - but this is an acceptable lineup for the final few months.

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Oklahoma City Thunder (21-16, seventh place in the Western Conference and half a game behind the Memphis Grizzlies)
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Best Player: Russell Westbrook, G (95)

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Needs: RETAINING RUSSELL WESTBROOK IN TWO YEARS AND KEEPING HIM HAPPY; a small forward; cleaning out the excess of big men.

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Who needs Kevin Durant when you have Russell Westbrook and his triple-double statline? Can you keep it alive while also fixing the problems plaguing OKC's current roster?

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Picking a "powerhouse" like the Thunder, who have arguably the league's best player in Russell Westbrook -- and trust me, Russ has more of an argument as league's best player than Stephen Curry ever did -- may seem like an odd choice to start this list. However, the allure of continuing Russell Westbrook's triple-double statline and making sure he can finish the season with double-digit averages in points, rebounds and assists per game should be enough to make you want to control the 'Zombie Sonics'.

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Also, this team isn't really a powerhouse when you take Westbrook out of things. Victor Oladipo, Steven Adams, Enes Kanter and Andre Roberson are all nice pieces that you can build around as a core, but none of them have the true firepower of Russell Westbrook.

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Taking control of them in a tighter-than-expected Western Conference is a challenge, but with Westbrook and a quick fix (below), it's certainly doable.

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Quick Fix: Trade Domantos Sabonis (72) to the Chicago Bulls for Nikola Mirotic (76) and a 2017 top-10 protected first-round pick.

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The Thunder do have assets like Andre Roberson and Cameron Payne that they could go for a decent enough return (trading Roberson and Enes Kanter to Miami will net you Tyler Johnson and Josh McRoberts), but they're not the trades OKC needs right now.

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And as boring as this may sound, the best thing you can do with the Thunder in year one is play it safe. I like the Mirotic move best because you get him and a first-rounder from it, but other than that? I would say wait until free agency, try to land Rudy Gay or Tyreke Evans -- or, bring back Kevin Durant -- and just play it safe.

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Besides, Westbrook can do it all on his own. That's exactly what he's doing right now, isn't he?

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NBA 2K17 is a game that is somehow enjoyable despite its gameplay flaws. How can that be possible, you ask? The game has addicting modes, what can I say?

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Lately, I've become addicted not to MyTeam or MyCareer, but MyLeague's Start Today sub-mode, which does exactly what the tin reads.

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You start on the real-life NBA season's current real-world date, whether it's with the Golden State Warriors as you somehow try to finish the season strong and maybe break the record again, or with the New York Knicks and appease parts of your fanbase by trading Carmelo Anthony, which yeah, good luck getting a solid return with NBA 2K17's trade finder on that one.

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But either way, today we're here look at five teams you may want to consider taking over on the current date in NBA 2K17. In addition, I'll also walk you through some quick fixes that range from blockbuster trades to in-season free agency moves.

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How to Fix Common Errors in NBA 2K17 https://www.gameskinny.com/fd8wm/how-to-fix-common-errors-in-nba-2k17 https://www.gameskinny.com/fd8wm/how-to-fix-common-errors-in-nba-2k17 Thu, 15 Dec 2016 00:36:29 -0500 JakeElman

The NBA 2K series is known for its in-depth franchise mode, engaging career modes, and game-breaking bugs online.

Between the server issues that seem to plague every game, as well as the annoying update message that refuses to go away unless you go to the main menu, inconsistency with things outside of gameplay and modes is something you can always expect with this series.

This week, NBA 2K17 has been plagued by another online issue as the 'EFEAB30C" and "4B538E50'" glitch has returned. What this glitch does it prevents gamers from accessing online modes that include MyPark, MyCareer, and Pro-Am.

But, fear not, there's an easy fix for this situation. In fact, Mike Stauffer of NBA 2K explained the fix on the game's official website earlier this week.

“If you’re trying to play NBA 2K17 but are receiving a message with the error codes ‘EFEAB30C’ or 4B538E50’, a common reason for seeing these errors is because you don’t have the latest update downloaded. When that happens, it means you can’t continue on to play until you’ve got the most recent update downloaded."

Stauffer also advises players, "Generally, playing a couple of games in "Play Now" mode is enough to trigger the download. When your game is completed, NBA 2K17 should prompt the update message in the corner which requires backing out to the main menu."

A check of the NBA 2K servers page at this time revealed that servers on PlayStation, Microsoft, and PC are all active at this time.

The NBA 2K series is no stranger to server issues, as fans have struggled with getting online since NBA 2K14, the first edition on the next generation of consoles. Longtime NBA 2K fans will remember that 2K14 was nearly unplayable without an online connection, something that the developers fixed with the next edition.

Those who are still on NBA 2K16 seemed to have the same issues, as Staffuer posted the exact same message on last year's game page last night.

This error may have had something to do with the latest NBA 2K17 patch, which released on PS4 earlier this week to fix the following issues:

  • Support for the NBA 2K17 European All-Star Tournament as well as the forthcoming NBA 2K17 All-Star Tournament.
  • Performance increase for users playing in the Old Town, Sunset Beach, and Ante-Up parks.
  • Reduced the effectiveness of shooting after excessive dribbling to achieve better game balance.

The recent server issues are bad news for 2K, as the company just announced the return of 'Road to the Finals,' an e-sports tournament that has a grand prize of $250,000. 

Alfie Brody, NBA 2K's Vice President of Marketing, explained 'Road to the Finals' in a recent statement from the company.

"NBA 2K16 Road to the Finals proved that our fans have an appetite for competitive gaming, and we are excited to deliver another opportunity for Pro-Am teams to go head-to-head during the new All-Star Tournament. Thousands of teams participated in our NBA 2K16 Road to the Finals competition, and we expect this tournament to attract great talent and inspire more of the intense action we witnessed in the first.”

Greg Thomas, president of developer Visual Concepts, seemed to share Brody's enthusiasm.

“The NBA 2K development team is thrilled to expand the brand’s footprint in the evolving world of eSports with the All-Star Tournament. We’re raising the stakes with this competition, and can’t wait to see new rivalries emerge and the action unfold.”

'Road to the Finals' will officially start December 31. Mure to stick to GameSkinny for all of the latest NBA 2K news -- and how to fix the glitches that will appear more often than not.

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How To Improve NBA 2K's MyGM Mode https://www.gameskinny.com/p6emq/how-to-improve-nba-2ks-mygm-mode https://www.gameskinny.com/p6emq/how-to-improve-nba-2ks-mygm-mode Sat, 24 Dec 2016 05:00:01 -0500 JakeElman

Welcome to basketball season.

To a majority of NBA fans, Christmas day is the 'true' start of basketball season -- though the season has been going on for two months -- because we already have a good idea of our contenders, our pretenders, and the what started off as a crawl essentially becomes a race to the finish

As is expected with the Christmas season, a popular game like NBA 2K17 will be under plenty of X-mas trees this year. But, while players will immediately hop into MyLeague and MyCareer, don't expect too many to hop on the MyGM train.

While MyLeague is more of a focus on the NBA itself -- total customization, 30-team control, etc -- MyGM is more about being a general manager. The truth is, this mode should be enjoyable in year four of MyGM, but even simming through for a couple of test runs felt like a major chore.

I understand that this is supposed to be a general manager simulator, so people are going to come into your office every day; however, I don't see the appeal in how 2K managed this to where I'd rather be doing anything else.

Today, let's look at some fixes and additions that we'd like to see incorporated in NBA 2K17's MyGM mode to make it more palatable to the average (or even hardcore) player. 

Revised Goals

Simply put, goals are how you know what needs to be done. As soon as you start MyGM, your owner -- who will have their own unique personality and wants -- will give you goals that range from winning a certain amount of games to keeping the team morale above a certain number.

I'll give 2K credit here because the varying goal system is great, but I want more. With how much of a role analytics and advanced stats play a role in the NBA (or all of sports, for that matter), I'd love to have goals given -- whether by an owner or someone else in the front office -- pertaining to advanced stats.

Casual fans may get turned away by "math and super stats," but analytics are just so important to today's game. This could also be a feature that gets turned off, but as a sports nerd, I want some harder goals.

Also, I wouldn't mind a feature where I could sit down with a player -- since I did the Rockets for my main sim, let's say Ryan Anderson -- and work out some season goals with him. Whether it's something simple like "shoot over 45 percent" or "finish in the top three on the team in win shares," give us some more goals other than "I want to win X games" or "I want a bigger role."

Contractual Control

In defense of MyGM, this is also a problem with MyLeague, so this is more of a "2K issue." First off, we need a return of the D-League and ten-day contracts, especially given that players like Seth Curry and Tim Fraizer -- both of whom were D-League All-Stars just two years ago -- are in the process of cementing themselves as NBA mainstays thanks to the ten-day deal that came after development.

A big part of this is licensing and the D-League being willing to appear in NBA 2K18, but why wouldn't they? It's more money all around!

Sticking with ten-day contracts, being a general manager should mean the ability to do more unique contracts, including adding things such as clauses and incentives. Given that we live in a time in the sports world where players like Kevin Durant and Yoenis Cespedes are signing contracts that allow them to opt-out after a year, adding this to NBA 2K18 might be an interesting way to handle the offseason

During a run I did with the Chicago Bulls, I brought Yi Jianlian in as a free agent during the season for some negotiations. Currently, the screen looks like this:

Why not add an incentive that pays Jianlian more money if he makes a certain number of his shots? How about an opt-out clause to that deal if he wants to pursue other interests? I'll talk more about other options for contract talk in a bit, so keep this on your mind.

Improved Trade Logic/Control

I get it, MyGM means I'm only supposed to control my team, but there needs to be an option that lets me approve or deny the CPU's trades. I don't want to see Tony Parker and LaMarcus Aldridge getting dealt to the Brooklyn Nets for Brook Lopez and Anthony Bennett, nor do I want to see the Celtics dealing Isaiah Thomas for a couple of veterans with big contracts that Boston doesn't need.

Free agency? Fine, that I can live with because there are some major surprises every year. But to give us a true general manager experience, then the trade logic needs to be improved majorly and we need to be able to approve or decline CPU trades. 

Some MyGM fans may argue, "Well, that takes you out of the experience as a general manager," but if you're playing for realism, do you really want to see a trade where the Lakers deal Brandon Ingram and Julius Randle for Greg Monroe and Matthew Dellavadova? Maybe you do want to see those crazy trades, but for the rest of us, it's a major turnoff. 

Just give us the option to manage CPU trades, 2K. Please?

Make Work Pay Off

You know what, I get it. Some people don't have all of the time in the world to grind their guy up so they just want to buy their way to the top. 

Truth be told, I'd rather everything in MyGM be dependent on your level and your "respect" when it comes to pitches and interactions, not how much VC you have. Why is a superstar going to easily trust you based on a simple 'promise' you make with VC?

The more good you do as a general manager should determine your interactions with players and other general managers. I can't say it any easier than that. Contacting the Warriors, offering some players in the high 70s to low 80s, and being able to acquire Draymond Green just by way of a "Jedi Mind Trick" is ridiculous.

Maybe I'm just being a purist and anti-fun. Maybe I like it when my games present me with a challenge. But please, 2K, enough of letting us buy our way to the top through daddy's credit card and VC. 

Make MyGM A Proper GM Sim

Honestly, this is what 2K should have probably done once they introduced the concept of MyLeague for NBA 2K15. With how well text-sims like Out Of The Park have done in recent years by focusing on the business side of things rather than the actual gameplay, NBA 2K should have done the same with MyGM.

Now, I'm not saying to entirely forgo the gameplay, but I am saying that the gameplay should take a backseat to the things that really make MyGM 'MyGM.' In a way, they did by putting that bigger emphasis on morale, meetings, and more.

The problem is that the mode is just so poorly executed that if this is what being a general manager is like, I think I'd rather just be the lowest guy on the food chain. 

Other Stuff and Things:

2K, add these things ... please! 

  • Introduce international ball and the threat of players leaving, as well as players coming back. 
  • Contract buyouts. 
  • CPU trying harder to keep 'icons' and not let them slip through free agency. Dirk Nowitzki could leave the Mavericks, but we're talking about an organization not even trying to keep the greatest player in history.
  • Draft interviews/a live draft war room. 
  • Improved free agency system during the offseason, including more desires from the player and an ability to actually talk with them.

What do you want to see added to NBA 2K's MyGM mode? Make sure to let us know in the comment section below!

 

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NBA 2K17: Five Studs You Need For Your Franchise Team https://www.gameskinny.com/xua7g/nba-2k17-five-studs-you-need-for-your-franchise-team https://www.gameskinny.com/xua7g/nba-2k17-five-studs-you-need-for-your-franchise-team Thu, 08 Dec 2016 05:31:48 -0500 JakeElman

For all of the complaints that fans of the NBA 2K series have about stale gameplay or issues in the community, there's no denying the fact that NBA 2K17 offers the most diverse franchise mode in all sports games. Between the customization of MyLeague -- which allows for expansion and relocation -- the challenge of MyGM, and even the ability to start your season today (good luck getting New Orleans to the playoffs!), there's enough in 2K's latest basketball showing to keep you making virtual trades in hopes of a virtual championship. 

But, to take down the league's super-teams that reside in Cleveland, Golden State, and Houston, you'll need some help -- especially if you're a rebuilding team like Brooklyn or Denver. Free agency and waiting for that big fish -- the Stephen Curry, the Paul George, even the LeBron James -- isn't always a guaranteed strategy, nor is stockpiling draft picks and filling out the roster with D-League players.

To win and build a dynasty, you need a strategy. And you need cheap players that will get the job done while also having space to grow. Regardless of whether you're a middle-of-the-road team or a rebuilding team, there are plenty of players in NBA 2K17 who, with a bit of research and effort, would fit comfortably into your team and its future.

The first thing to keep in mind with this is that these are all players who, more often than not, will be available with little to no bargaining early on in your franchise. With one of these players, you may have to give up a player making a lot of money to compensate for the salary cap, but these aren't guys you're going to have to offload everything for.

Also, keep in mind that if you're really trying to build a franchise team, use the offseason workouts to your advantage. Because these players all have potentials in the mid-to-high 70s, you'll want to use the 'Untapped Potential' camp to raise that grade up a level (i.e. C will go to C+, C+ will go to B-, etc).

There's one final disclaimer, and that's that all ratings below come from the latest official NBA 2K17 roster update. With that said, pick up your phone, open up your analytical spreadsheet, and let's figure out who you need on your team to build the newest dynasty.

PG: Michael Carter-Williams, Chicago Bulls

75 overall, but currently a 72 due to a knee injury
  • Opening Night Age: 25
  • Contract: One year, $3.18 million
  • Notable Ratings: 86 Shot Close, 74 Off Dribble Shot Mid-Range, 75 Driving Layup. 82 Passing IQ, 84 Hands, 75 Steal, 78 Potential

At this point in his career, the Michael Carter-Williams who had three triple-doubles in his first three games for the Philadelphia 76ers in 2013 feels like a ghost that's never coming back. It's sad, really, that all of the scouts and executives who were skeptical about the 2013-14 NBA Rookie of the Year's future as an NBA starter were right on the money.

Since February 2015, the former Syracuse guard has played for Philadelphia, Milwaukee, and as of this year, Chicago -- where he's currently out with an injury, which the Chicago Sun-Times reported Tuesday may keep him out for a bit longer.

In-game, though, none of that matters if you can land MCW on your roster. Chicago normally seems open to trading him because of their depth at guard and his cheap contract, so check in with the Bulls and see what you can get for a point guard that has a 75 steal rating.

While I do have a slight Syracuse bias, I will say that Carter-Williams is enjoyable to use in the passing game, especially when he can thread the needle to his big man. There's also that 75 Driving Layup rating, which will lead to some fun plays on offense -- especially when you can get some of the higher-rated guards to mess up and allow you to score.

For those wary about the former Syracuse star's durability, some have suggested using Carter-Williams as a stopgap point guard with point guards like Markelle Fultz (Washington), Dennis Smith (NC State), and Lonzo Ball (UCLA), who are all available in the 2017 NBA Draft. It's a strategy that could work, especially if you try turning MCW into a sixth man, Shaun Livingston-type of point guard. But I would see what he can do for you as a starter before making that decision.

SG: Sean Kilpatrick, Brooklyn Nets

78 overall 
  • Opening Night Age: 26
  • Contract: One year, $980,000
  • Notable Ratings: 87 Shot Close, 79 Open Shot Three, 85 Offensive Consistency, 65 Defensive Rebound, 82 Speed, 78 Potential

Leave it to the Nets, a team who mortgaged nearly all of their draft picks for Deron Williams, Joe Johnson, Paul Pierce, and Kevin Garnett (not to mention the March 2012 trade for Gerald Wallace that led to Portland drafting Damian Lillard) to find one of their future key pieces by way of not even needing a draft pick.

Undrafted out of Cincinnati in 2013, Kilpatrick bounced around the D-League and NBA before landing with the Nets last season. Now, set to turn 27 in just under a month, Kilpatrick ranks behind only Brook Lopez (82) on Brooklyn's overall roster on 2K17.

But, thanks to a cheap contract and the Nets having a plethora of guards in-game, acquiring Kilpatrick is easier than you'd expect. Make sure you have enough space on your roster, though, as Brooklyn may try to get you to take on another player like Anthony Bennett or Randy Foye. Don't worry about Brooklyn being stubborn!

Kilpatrick is faster than you'd expect with the 82 speed rating, and he'll get you some needed stops on defense. The one thing you won't get from Kilpatrick, though, is sharpshooting -- especially not from long-range. He does have a 79 Open Shot Three rating, but don't let that fool you into thinking you can use him the way you would Stephen Curry or Ray Allen.

SF: Demarre Carroll, Toronto Raptors

76 overall 
  • Opening Night Age: 30
  • Contract: Three years, $44.40 million
  • Notable Ratings: 80 Open Shot Three, 82 Standing Layup, 71 Driving Dunk, 83 On-Ball Defense IQ, 81 Pick and Roll Defense IQ, 92 Hustle, 78 Potential

The problem that people have with Carroll is simple: that contract, which is paying him close to 15 million a year, is ugly -- and that's even with some of the more recent NBA contracts out there. Toronto, whether it's because they already have 77 overall Terrence Ross at the forward position on the roster or because Carroll's overall is fairly low, always seems willing to trade the former first-rounder to whoever will bite.

Like with Kilpatrick, Toronto may want you to take another player and you yourself may have to give up a player to compensate for the salary, but acquiring Carroll will do big things for your team. The guy is an all-around small forward -- not in the way that LeBron James and Kevin Durant are where they dominate with their athleticism, but instead with his defense and his hustle.

As you know if you've seen Carroll play, the guy's defining feature is his hustle, which is why they call him the Junkyard Dog. Even when all seems lost, this is the type of guy who will run after loose balls, chase down opponents, and have the best locker room pranks. Sadly, NBA 2K17 doesn't have locker room pranks, but they do have Demarre Carroll doing big things. You will want this guy on your team, believe me.

PF: Yi Jianlian, Free Agents

75 overall

  • Opening Night Age: 29
  • Contract: N/A (sign him to whatever he'll accept!)
  • Notable Ratings: 84 Open Shot Mid-Range, 78 Open Shot Three, 72 Driving Layup, 87 Hands, 76 Defensive Rebound, 79 Potential

Because Yi is a free agent, I don't have to talk about what it takes to acquire him, so we can keep this short. During his first stint in the NBA from 2007-11, Yi struggled, especially on those dismal New Jersey Nets teams where it seemed like he, Devin Harris, and Brook Lopez were going to become a dominant big three.

Now back after some time overseas, Jianlian brings some much-improved offensive skills to the table, including an 84 Open Shot from Mid-Range rating and a 78 Open Shot Three. Unlike other big men, Yi also has great hands, coming in at an 87 in that category -- meaning the point guards who try to get greedy and force the ball out are instead going to wind up with a foul.

With a guy like this who you can realistically sign to a cheap deal and who is still young enough to have some big years ahead of him, going after Yi instead of holding out for a star big man in free agency is probably your safest bet.

C: Jusuf Nurkic, Denver Nuggets

76 Overall

  • Opening Night Age: 22
  • Contract: One year, $1.92 million
  • Notable Ratings: 84 Shot Close, 70 Open Shot Mid Range, 75 Standing Dunk, 79 Offensive Rebound, 85 Defensive Rebound, 89 Boxout, 80 Shot Contest, 76 Potential

Those ratings should say it all, as should Nurkic's age. If you're able to land this kid in a trade, you are getting a young and dynamic center who could easily fit in as your cornerstone big man. With an 85 Defensive Rebound and an 89 Boxout, Nurkic should grow into that bullying, frightening type of big man within a training camp or two.

But, to get him, you may need to give up something valuable. Most trade attempts I had trying to get Nurkic involved one of my higher-rated guards (with the Knicks, it was Brandon Jennings; with the Trail Blazers, it was Allen Crabbe, both of whom are 75 overall), a second-round pick, and some type of prospect big man. Denver also wanted me to take on Jameer Nelson, but that's fixable by acquiring him and then immediately selling him off for some type of asset.

Could you be facing a point where you have to consider giving up something big to get someone big? Sure, but let's be honest: that's normally how NBA champions are built.

That wraps up my list of the five guys you need to pick up for your franchise team in NBA 2K17. Who else have you had luck with in your drafts? Let me know down in the comments!

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PlayStation Partners with ESL to Bring Tournaments Feature to PS4 https://www.gameskinny.com/4vwk2/playstation-partners-with-esl-to-bring-tournaments-feature-to-ps4 https://www.gameskinny.com/4vwk2/playstation-partners-with-esl-to-bring-tournaments-feature-to-ps4 Thu, 20 Oct 2016 04:49:24 -0400 Kris Cornelisse (Delfeir)

Sony has just announced a new Tournaments feature for the PS4. Partnering with ESL, the feature will deliver numerous ESL organised tournaments to a wide variety of games. You'll be able to sign up to these tourneys directly from the PlayStation 4's Events menu, and the system will automatically prompt you when it's time to play your matches.

The feature is set to go live immediately with an NBA 2K17 tournament slated to run from October 27 to November 26, with major cup rounds taking place every Saturday. Signups for this event open today. More events will follow in the near future, with titles such as Mortal Kombat X and Project CARS already stated to be joining the ranks.

Global integration is confirmed, with 15 languages already supported. At present, the feature only supports 1 on 1 matches, but updates and enhancements will be sure to follow. Be sure to check out your Events menu on the PS4 to see it in action.

The official PlayStation statement has been posted on the official PlayStation blog.

What kind of games would you like to see receive this tournament support? Let us know in the comments.

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5 games to look forward to in September https://www.gameskinny.com/tc9uy/5-games-to-look-forward-to-in-september https://www.gameskinny.com/tc9uy/5-games-to-look-forward-to-in-september Wed, 07 Sep 2016 02:00:01 -0400 Sweat___

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For the first time ever in FIFA, live your story on and off the pitch as the Premier League’s next rising star, Alex Hunter. Play on any club in the Premier League, for authentic managers and alongside some of the best players on Earth in "The Journey". Experience realistic football/soccer on September 27th, with new features like direct free kicks, player controlled throw-ins, new corner kicks and new penalty kicks.

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Here's a full list of the different editions of FIFA 17 being released and what each contains:

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FIFA 17 Standard Edition includes:

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September's not the biggest month for game releases but there's still some titles to look forward to, especially for sports game fans. Aside from that there's lots of good changes coming to Destiny in the new DLC and it's a good time to get into popular titles like Elder Scrolls Online and BioShock. If you're back to school this September maybe it's a good thing that there isn't a lot of major releases to distract you!

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If you have not yet played The Elder Scrolls Online, an MMORPG from Zenimax Online and Bethesda, or you're thinking about playing again, this fall may be the time. You'll have a lot of content to play through for the cost of the original release. The Gold Edition is already available for pre-order, but will release at most major retailers for PC, PS4, and Xbox One on September 9th.

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Return to the cities of Rapture and Columbia this September! Coming to PC, Xbox One, and PS4, BioShock: The Collection contains all the single-player content from BioShock, BioShock 2, and BioShock Infinite, remastered in 1080p. Experience the award-winning franchise again in its' entirety, or perhaps for the very first time, on September 13th.

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Welcome to the new NBA 2K season. The wildly popular NBA game is back with it's most realistic NBA experience ever. In NBA 2K17, you can create teams from real player rosters, compete in tournaments and more. Return to the courts on PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One starting on September 20th

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Since there will be a few different editions of NBA 2K17 releasing here's a straightforward buyer's guide explaining exactly what you get with each edition. Plenty of collectibles for the die hard NBA and Kobe fans out there!

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 This September you can look forward to kicking some balls, shooting some hoops, and shooting some aliens! Featuring some major sports title releases, a couple re-releases, and a major expansion to a popular FPS.

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Destiny: Rise of Iron
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Releasing: September 20th 2016

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Destiny: Rise of Iron is the next highly anticipated expansion to the Destiny universe coming to PS4 and Xbox One. It features an all new cinematic story campaign set within The Plaguelands, a brand new location on Earth. Under the command of Lord Saladin you'll face a new faction of Fallen Devils, the Splicers, while unravelling the mystery of the Iron Lords. 

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NBA 2K17 Will Feature League Expansion Option in MyGM and MyLEAGUE Modes https://www.gameskinny.com/wry41/nba-2k17-will-feature-league-expansion-option-in-mygm-and-myleague-modes https://www.gameskinny.com/wry41/nba-2k17-will-feature-league-expansion-option-in-mygm-and-myleague-modes Tue, 19 Jul 2016 10:34:23 -0400 Cody Drain

The team at 2K Sports and Visual Concepts behind NBA 2K17 has finally released the first tidbit of news about the game, and it's a doozy. Senior Producer Erick Boenisch (aka SimBaller) wrote on Facebook today that the game's MyGM and MyLEAGUE modes will now feature a league expansion option, allowing for players to expand the league from its current 30 teams up to a maximum of 36 teams. Even better, players will have unparalleled freedom when selecting which teams they want to add to their league.

The real-life NBA hasn't expanded since 2004, when the Charlotte Bobcats (now the Charlotte Hornets) were added to the league, making 30 teams total. Players, however, will be able to expand their league at will.

According to Boenisch, players will have three approaches to choose from when starting a new MyGM or MyLEAGUE: starting with the 30-team NBA as is; starting with Expansion, with the option to choose the number of teams to add, and their designs; or starting with a custom league, which can still feature up to 36 teams, including Expansion teams, classic rosters, Euroleague teams, and so on.

According to Boenisch, players who want to add new expansion teams without much hassle will find it easy to do so:

"If creating all the art assets for the team logo, arena, and uniforms is more than you can handle, I have two alternatives for you. First, we have 10 pre-built fictional franchises (complete with full audio and commentary support) built right in to the game. Pick your favorite one and off you go. Alternatively, you can now download complete team designs from the community in NBA 2K17. For example, if you know that you want your expansion team to be a Seattle Supersonics franchise, you can search through community uploaded team designs and instantly download one right into your new MyGM/MyLEAGUE. It couldn't be simpler."

Creating a team's logo, arena, and uniforms was a concept first introduced in last year's Team Relocation feature, where players could take any team and move them to an entirely different city (and thus conference and division). However, it's encouraging to hear that players looking to build a custom league with new expansion teams won't have to spend hours building those teams if they don't want to. In addition, the NBA 2K community might come up with some truly cool designs, so being able to download them and add them to an expanded league is a big plus.

In addition, Boenisch detailed how every aspect of these modes have been retooled to accommodate this exciting new feature:

"The entire experience surrounding the game has to support it. We've covered every detail required for a proper league expansion, including player protections, expansion drafts, and much, much more.

A considerable amount of time was spent this year building an NBA schedule creation tool that dynamically generates balanced schedules with respect to your 31/32/33/34/35/36 team leagues. We then created dynamic menus for every menu in the game including the Draft Lottery and the Draft, with respect to how many teams are in the league. For example, when you have a 32-team league, that means that you now have 16 teams in the lottery (up from the current 14), and all the mathematical odds of getting the #1 pick that go along with that new Draft Lottery format need to be updated.

Simply put, we left no stone unturned, and we did all for your enjoyment. Immerse yourselves."

This level of detail covered here sounds like sim basketball at its best. If all of this is any indication, players with a specific vision of their league will be able to build it to their heart's content, and then watch it unfold in both expected and unexpected ways. Hopefully all of these new features mean that leagues play out in unique and surprising ways, which would maximize replayability. 

Finally, Boenisch also explained that the league expansion feature isn't a one-time feature, as well:

"League Expansion isn't just a feature you can use when setting up your league. You can dynamically expand your league in the offseason, even after the mode has already started! Additionally, the league will approve expansion franchises dynamically on its own as you get further into your franchise. When that happens, you'll need to make tough decisions about which of your players you want to protect, and which will need to be exposed for the impending Expansion Draft. It won't happen very often, but when it does, it will shake up your league, without a doubt!"

As Boenisch mentions, when a team is added to the league, an expansion draft is held, where teams can only "protect" a certain number of players on their roster. In 2004, that number was 8. The expansion franchise can then draft a full roster from those players who were not protected. Obviously, an expansion draft can "shake up the league" by forcing championship contenders to let go of valuable replacement players. That each league will expand automatically at some point should introduce an air of urgency, therefore, into each player's attempt to win it all.

This may only be the first piece of news about what's new in NBA 2K17, but it's a promising sign that everyone involved wants to build upon what worked in NBA 2K16 and make something even better, rather than rest on their laurels. Maybe, just maybe, upcoming announcements about the game will feature news about classic teams, or even a Kobe-centric game mode.

Is there are particular change or feature you want to see in NBA 2K17? Talk about it in the comments below!

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5 Classic Teams That Should Be Added to NBA 2K17 https://www.gameskinny.com/kwmpr/5-classic-teams-that-should-be-added-to-nba-2k17 https://www.gameskinny.com/kwmpr/5-classic-teams-that-should-be-added-to-nba-2k17 Mon, 18 Jul 2016 11:11:06 -0400 Cody Drain

Perhaps one of the most enduring contributions NBA 2K11 made to the NBA 2K series is the inclusion of classic rosters alongside current ones. With the Jordan Challenge, a fairly large number of classic Bulls teams and their opponents were made available, and more teams have been added every year.

For basketball junkies, there's something undeniably fun about putting yesterday's best teams against today's stars. It's the closest we can get to finding out how legendary, but impossible, matchups would play out -- like the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls against the 2015-16 Golden State Warriors, or Bill Russell's Boston Celtics from the 1960s against Magic Johnson's Los Angeles Lakers of the 1980s.

With that said, there are always more teams that are worthy of being added to this ever-expanding list. With the NBA off-season in full swing, here are 5 classic teams that should be added to NBA 2K17. Win totals and playoff results are listed below each team.

The 1994-95 Indiana Pacers

52 wins, eliminated in the Eastern Conference Finals

This isn't the Pacers team that made the NBA Finals -- that would be the 2000 Pacers, who lost in 6 games to the Lakers -- but it is the one responsible for one of the most iconic and improbable plays in NBA history. Down 6 with less than 20 seconds left in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals against the New York Knicks (who eliminated them the season before), superstar Reggie Miller buried two straight 3-point shots and then hit two free throws to win the game. The sequence was immortalized in the ESPN 30 for 30 film Winning Time: Reggie Miller and the New York Knicks.

From a gameplay perspective, there's a lot to love about this Pacers team. Reggie Miller hit the second-most three-point shots all time, holding the record until Ray Allen passed him several years ago. Mark Jackson, the point guard, was a skilled passer, and center Rik Smits was a capable scorer. Reggie has refused to allow his likeness to be used, but perhaps he can be convinced at some point.

The 1992-93 Phoenix Suns

62 wins, eliminated in the NBA Finals

This offensive juggernaut lead the NBA in wins, and featured the 1993 Most Valuable Player, Charles Barkley. While they became another 90s team to fail against Michael Jordan (who never lost a NBA Finals series in his six appearances), they featured an athletic, sharpshooting squad.

Despite his size, Barkley could be a monster rebounding the ball, and players like Kevin Johnson, Dan Majerle, and Danny Ainge were all skilled scorers. This team, in the right hands, could dominate the virtual hardwood. Unfortunately, Barkley (like Miller) has been unwilling to appear in the series, only allowing it for NBA 2K13 as a member of the 1992 Olympic team, more commonly known as the "Dream Team."

The 2009-10 Los Angeles Lakers

57 wins, won the NBA Finals

I've mentioned before how it's a personal wish of mine that this team eventually be added to the list of classic rosters, but there's no question that they belong. Kobe Bryant won his last championship with this team, following an unforgettable NBA Finals series, going the full seven games against the hated Boston Celtics.

Everything came to a head in a deciding Game 7, an extremely close game that made me a basketball fan for life (as it probably did for others out there). Dominating with Kobe or throwing the ball into Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum would be just as fun in NBA 2K17 as it was in NBA 2K10 and NBA 2K11.

The 2001-02 Sacramento Kings

61 wins, eliminated in the Western Conference Finals

Here's a team that has been featured in a few of the most recent NBA 2K titles, but not in last year's installment. This team lost an infamous series against the Lakers in the Western Conference Finals, and many people believe that the series was rigged to insure the Lakers would go on to win their third straight championship.

From a gameplay perspective, this team shares some of the same enticing characteristics as those 1993 Suns: elite shooting from Mike Bibby, Hedo Turkoglu, and Peja Stojakovic, and a fantastic inside presence in superstar Chris Webber. It should be noted that Webber, like Miller and Barkley, has been opposed to appearing in game.

The 1999 New York Knicks

27 wins (lockout-shortened season), eliminated in the NBA Finals

You're probably wondering "why this team?" after you saw that these Knicks only won 27 games. That's 27 wins out of 50 games, in a season shortened by a labor lockout. Still, this team only barely made the playoffs, securing the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. From there, they went on to make history, becoming the first 8-seed to reach the NBA Finals. They lost in a relatively short five-game series against the San Antonio Spurs, but not before Larry Johnson provided an iconic moment in Knicks history, completing a ridiculous four-point play to win Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Indiana Pacers.

This team would be a lot of fun on the digital hardwood, with two quality scorers in Allan Houston and Latrell Sprewell, players like Larry Johnson and Marcus Camby, and an aging star in Patrick Ewing (who was injured early in their playoff run).

Was your favorite classic team overlooked? Have any other teams not mentioned here that you think deserve to be added? Talk about it in the comments!

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NBA 2K17 Is Going To Have a Warriors Problem https://www.gameskinny.com/pba5l/nba-2k17-is-going-to-have-a-warriors-problem https://www.gameskinny.com/pba5l/nba-2k17-is-going-to-have-a-warriors-problem Thu, 07 Jul 2016 09:27:45 -0400 Cody Drain

The NBA is currently in the middle of its free agency period, when players not under contract can negotiate and sign with any team they choose. And earlier this week, on America's "birthday," no less, the best free agent on the market this year announced a bombshell decision. Kevin Durant, formerly of the Oklahoma City Thunder, will be joining the Golden State Warriors (the 2015 NBA Champions, and the team that set the best regular-season record of all time, 73-9, last year).

The resulting tidal wave of reactions, as you would expect when one of the best players in the league joins arguably the best team, mostly revolved around the question "how is anyone going to beat these guys?" And as media personalities and regular fans alike tried to comprehend just how good this team could be, a sudden realization set in...

This team's dominance will be two-fold: in the real-world NBA, and the digital one.

You see, NBA 2K17 is very much going to have a Warriors problem, because their roster is as close to "broken" as possible. And yesterday, fans, NBA players, and even sports media personalities all expressed the same sentiment: nobody wants to play against that team in 2K. Nothing demonstrates this better than the Twitter feed of Ronnie 2K, the popular spokesman for the NBA 2K series. He compared this new Warriors team to the Miami Heat under LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh:

He also retweeted a Vine of ESPN's Bomani Jones on SportsCenter yesterday, who agreed that this team won't be fair in next year's game:

And finally, Detroit Pistons superstar center Andre Drummond insisted that using this new Warriors team against him would end friendships immediately:

To be sure, the Golden State Warriors next year will be extremely frustrating to face in a game against friends. In offline matchups, it's easy to just place them "off-limits" and pick other teams in good faith. But what about online play, one of the biggest factors behind the game's longevity, and perhaps its most popular mode amongst many of its players? What can stop strangers from picking a clearly OP team and decimating the competition without mercy?

NBA 2K16, as it turns out, set something of a precedent in this regard. In the head-to-head Play Now Online mode, teams were placed into tiers. Wins, naturally, contributed towards reaching new league seeds and better, more experienced competition. In an interesting twist, however, players were given bigger rewards for winning with teams of a lower tier than their opponent. In other words, it created a system that rewarded players for challenging themselves, which in turn encouraged them to pick teams other than the two or three best at the time. You can watch the full reveal above, but the most important point is those tiers, as you can see below:

Of course, the Warriors are already a Tier 1 team. So are the Cleveland Cavaliers, this year's champions. But with the acquisition of Durant, I'm not sure a system like this will be good enough to stop people from picking Golden State anyway. I think the system of tiers is a good start, but it might need some tweaks to better reflect just how overwhelmingly powerful that team could be in the right hands.

So, how about this: why not put Golden State -- and maybe Cleveland, while we're at it -- in a tier of their own? After all, some sports journalists are already conceding that next year's championship will come down to those two teams (assuming they remain healthy). So why not reward players handsomely for defeating those teams with inferior squads, while at the same time limiting just how rewarding those teams are to use?

I don't think that Golden State should be so unrewarding to choose that nobody does, but at the moment it definitely seems as if some major safeguards need to be in place so that online play doesn't just turn into a Warriors onslaught day after day. An environment like that could really anger the community and damage the quality of online play as a whole.

And of course true Warriors fans shouldn't be unjustly punished for how good their new team is, even if it feels like this video by Bleacher Report:

But placing the Warriors in their own tier, along with the Cavaliers if need be, might create the perfect balance between "fun" and "balanced."

Players who don't worry about league seeding can use the Warriors as they please but won't flood the highest levels of play, while aspiring 2K stars have a reason to pick other teams and embrace the challenge. Because the most important thing to remember is that even if the real NBA season turns into a year-long Warriors coronation, there's no reason why NBA 2K17 has to, as well. 

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Quit Hating On Sports Games https://www.gameskinny.com/d39m2/quit-hating-on-sports-games https://www.gameskinny.com/d39m2/quit-hating-on-sports-games Mon, 06 Jun 2016 05:51:46 -0400 RobotsFightingDinosaurs

Listen, I get it. I really do. 

The people good at football, at basketball, at really any other sport -- those were the people who were popular in high school. They generally didn't eat lunch at the same table as us. They didn't join in the conversations we were having about how to unlock the Master Board in SSX Tricky, and would make fun of us if they overheard them. It makes sense that kids who grew up with video games might not be the biggest sports fans in the world.

And even if you were fortunate enough not to be bullied, made fun of, or teased by jocks when you were a kid, sports aren't for everyone. Again, I get it. 

But at the end of the day, you don't have to be a sports fan to appreciate how sophisticated sports video games have become. Each major sports gaming franchise features insanely deep levels of customization, strategy, and polish. Which is why as a gamer, a sports fan, and a lover of sports games, I urge you to resist making these common, wrongheaded arguments about sports games. Honestly, just don't listen or engage. You'll only be helping fracture the gaming community, and you'll also sound incredibly ignorant at the same time.

"Why Pay $60 For A Roster Update Every Year?"

This is perhaps the most common argument levied against sports video games -- the argument that each yearly installment is pretty much the previous year's installment with a fresh coat of paint.

The reason this argument gets made so often, in my opinion, is that in terms of gameplay mechanics, sports games really can't change that much on a basic level since the rules have already been written. So on the surface, yes, Madden 13 will visually look a lot like Madden 16. But that doesn't mean nothing has changed. In the case of the Madden games, in the past few years EA Sports has developed a complex physics engine that allows for more realistic tackling, keyed in on the defensive aspect of the game to rebuild it from the ground up, retooled the way receivers can catch passes, and much more.

Each of these changes fundamentally alters the way the game is played. Sure, Madden 13 and Madden 16 might look alike, but they play completely differently. For fans of the sport, each year offers a more realistic simulation through visual changes, yes, but also through massive gameplay tweaks.

I mean, when Madden 17 comes out later this year, it will come complete with an advanced ball physics engine that promises to (once again) change the way the game is played. Sure, your goal will remain the same, but the way you'll go about it will have to change, as the ball won't just snap to receivers anymore. It'll be as bouncy and lively as the breasts in a Dead or Alive game, or the football in a normal NFL game. That will necessitate deep changes in strategy both on offense and defense, since the ball could pop out at any time. (Well, assuming Tom Brady hasn't had his buddies deflate it.) Maybe they'll add that in Madden 18.

Oh, and if that weren't enough, they're re-building defensive AI from the ground up. No biggie.

Sure, I've been talking about Madden, but similar things happen every year in each sports title. Calling entries in sports games "roster updates" doesn't do justice to the changes that are made to these games every year, and frankly, insults the developers that spend countless hours making these big changes.

"It's Just A Mindless Sports Game!"

This is an argument made by people who have likely never watched sports in their life, since the argument implies that sports themselves are mindless -- and that's just patently not true. Most, if not all sports (and therefore sports games) require insane amounts of strategy, planning, and micromanaging if a player or coach is to succeed. Team sports are especially reliant on strategy, and that's why all the major sports video game franchises offer deep career and franchise modes for players that want to be able to truly delve deeply into these strategies. 

Soccer, football, basketball, baseball, boxing... almost every major sport requires more planning and strategy than a Fire Emblem game, so why don't we treat sports video games with the same respect? I mean, if you really think about it, NBA 2K16 is a team-based strategy game with 5 classes, each working to deliver a payload to a target. Based on the personnel a coach decides to use -- whether they choose to send out smaller, quicker characters that can deliver damage from a distance, choose to favor height and size, or go with a more traditional approach that splits the difference -- a wide variety of strategies and plays can be employed.

And hey, just like in Overwatch, if a strategy isn't working, simply sub in another player and try something different. By the end of the match, the team who has bested the other in terms not just of skill, but of strategy, will always come out on top. 

Watching sports can often be a mindless activity, and this is coming from a fan. It's great to lie down on the couch with a beer and half-pay attention to a baseball game you don't really care that much about. That doesn't mean that playing sports games is similarly mindless. Anybody who grew up with siblings that loved sports games can tell you that throwing Hail Marys on every play, taking shots 150 feet from the goal, or jacking up three pointers on every possession -- it just won't work. Unless you're playing as the Golden State Warriors. But I digress.

Getting good at these games requires knowledge. You really do have to learn the sport to learn the game, and sports are complicated! There are countless companies that have skyrocketed to success by simply explaining the ins and outs of sports to people who aren't experts. That's what analysis is. If these games weren't complex, how do you explain that?

So, please, respect sports games for what they are, even if they're not for you. We all know that the gaming community has become fractured and broken. The only way to fix it is to drop some of the elitism that we have unfortunately become known for in the past few years and treat fellow gamers with respect no matter what they play -- whether it's Flappy Bird, FIFA 16, Forza 6, or Far Cry 4. But that's another article for another day.

That said, if I haven't done my job yet, if you're still hell-bent on treating sports video games with disdain, at least allow me to offer a legitimate argument for you so that you don't sound ignorant to your friends when you blast them for buying NHL 17.

"Sports Video Games Benefit Corrupt Organizations That Actively Collude To Keep Money Out Of The Hands Of Their Star Players And Use Taxpayer Dollars To Pay For Arenas That Historically Have Not Benefited Their Cities At All."

Yeah, to be honest, I've got nothing to refute that one. But sports games aren't really to blame for the corrupted institution, are they?

What are your thoughts on sports games? Love them? Hate them? Hate them with the burning passion of ten thousand suns? Let us know in the comments, or on Twitter @GameSkinny! Trust us, we can take it -- it'll take more than a tweet or comment to deflate our balls here.

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NBA 2K17 releases September 20th, early tip-off confirmed https://www.gameskinny.com/qk05o/nba-2k17-releases-september-20th-early-tip-off-confirmed https://www.gameskinny.com/qk05o/nba-2k17-releases-september-20th-early-tip-off-confirmed Thu, 02 Jun 2016 18:03:49 -0400 Eric Adams

Pacers Guard/Forward Paul George was revealed as the NBA 2K17 cover athlete last night at the NBA 2K16 "Road to the Finals" tournament. Along with the cover, a release date of September 20th was given. Also returning is the early tip-off weekend option for those who pre-order the game. This means that a pre-order of NBA 2K17 will allow you to receive the game four days earlier on September 16th.

Fans who pre-order the standard edition will receive the following:

  • 5,000 virtual currency
  • MyTEAM Bundle 

More pre-order bonuses will be revealed at a later date. Also available for pre-order are the Kobe Bryant Legend Edition for $79.99 and the Kobe Bryant Legend Edition Gold for $99.99. The Legend edition includes:

  • 70,000 additional virtual currency
  • 2 Additional MyTEAM packs (guaranteed Michael Jordan card)
  • Nike Kobe shoe collection (in game, not real life)
  • Special Kobe lenticular cover insert 

NBA 2K17 will hit retailers on September 20th, 2016 and will be available for last and new gen consoles as well as PC.

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Paul George Will Be On The Cover Of NBA 2K17 https://www.gameskinny.com/k70tc/paul-george-will-be-on-the-cover-of-nba-2k17 https://www.gameskinny.com/k70tc/paul-george-will-be-on-the-cover-of-nba-2k17 Thu, 02 Jun 2016 07:59:33 -0400 Cody Drain

Just prior to the NBA 2K16 "Road To The Finals" championship game, 2K Games announced that Indiana Pacers forward Paul George will be the cover athlete for the regular edition of NBA 2K17. Newly retired Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant, as previously announced, will be on the cover of the $69.99 Legend Edition of the game, which will include both physical and digital Kobe-related items.

Not long after breaking his leg in an exhibition game for the USA national team in 2014, George had a career year for the Pacers, averaging 23 points a game, along with 7 rebounds and 4 assists. He also scored a game-high 41 points in the 2016 NBA All-Star Game in Toronto, Canada, one shy from tying Wilt Chamberlain for the all-time record. His Pacers were eliminated by the Toronto Raptors in Game 7 of the first round of the Eastern Conference playoffs. George also made an appearance in the "Legends Live On" trailer announcing the Legend Edition of the game, which you can view above.

No official release date for NBA 2K17 has been announced yet, but the game is expected to be released in late September.

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NBA 2K17 Should Include A Kobe Challenge Mode https://www.gameskinny.com/0o3cr/nba-2k17-should-include-a-kobe-challenge-mode https://www.gameskinny.com/0o3cr/nba-2k17-should-include-a-kobe-challenge-mode Thu, 26 May 2016 18:52:49 -0400 Cody Drain

The NBA playoffs are in their latter stages now as the conference finals continue to progress. The defending champions, and now the team with the best regular-season record of all time (73 wins in 82 games), the Golden State Warriors, are on the ropes against the Oklahoma City Thunder, while the Toronto Raptors have evened their series against the heavily favored Cleveland Cavaliers. Meanwhile, this Los Angeles Lakers fan sat through a miserable regular season: the worst in Lakers history, and the last in the illustrious career of guard Kobe Bryant.

Bryant is arguably the closest player to Michael Jordan the NBA has seen since Jordan's second (and final) retirement in 2003. He entered the league in 1996 and won five championships in L.A., from 2000-2002 and 2009-2010. Injuries massively reduced his effectiveness in the final seasons of his career, but he left the basketball world on a high note, scoring 60 points in his final NBA game in April.

Kobe won't be on the court next year, but he will live on in the excellent NBA 2K series. The Legend Edition of NBA 2K17 features Kobe on the cover, a position held by none other than Jordan last year. The Legend Edition comes with a wealth of Kobe-related content, both physical and digital, but as of yet there hasn't been any indication that the game will include a dedicated mode. However, a precedent has already been set in this regard, and a good one at that: in NBA 2K11, a game which again featured Jordan on the cover, 2K included two popular Jordan-themed game modes.

The first was the "Jordan Challenge," a series of ten iconic moments from Jordan's career wherein players were challenged to match his accomplishments or surpass them. Completing the "Jordan Challenge" (or using a cheat code) unlocked the second mode, "MJ: Creating a Legend," where players were given the opportunity to take control of a rookie Michael Jordan and place him on any modern roster of their choosing, then play out his entire career. In addition, all the old Chicago Bulls rosters, along with those of the teams they faced in the "Jordan Challenge," were made playable in other game modes.

These game modes resonated with fans, and even though the number of classic team rosters offered with each subsequent installment has continued to grow, they remain memorable. When I consider all of this, and Kobe's recent retirement, I come to a simple conclusion: I want to see a "Kobe Challenge" in NBA 2K17. I mean, it feels like a no-brainer: the third-highest scorer in NBA history and an icon has just left the game; why not give fans and all players the chance to relive his best moments and use some great classic teams in the process?

And to be sure, there are plenty of moments to choose from: Game 7 of the 2000 Western Conference Finals, his 48-point game against Sacramento in the 2001 playoffs, his 81-point game against Toronto in 2006 (the second-most points scored in a single game in NBA history), his 62 against Dallas in three quarters during the same season, the 2010 Finals, his last game this year...the list goes on and on. Considering that most of the advertising for the game has centered on Kobe--as the above promotional video demonstrates--I would be genuinely surprised if there isn't some sort of gameplay addition for him this year, whether it be some classic teams (I keep waiting for that 2009-2010 Lakers team...), an entire game mode, or both.

NBA 2K16 was a strong offering, and another reason to believe that the NBA 2K series might be the best sports game franchise on the market. Considering how passionate and talented the 2K team is, a "Kobe Challenge" mode seems like the perfect addition to this year's iteration, and perhaps the chance to take an already great game and make it legendary.

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