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If there was ever a way for a game to purposefully play it safe with a championship pick, NBA 2K14 has done just that by declaring the Miami Heat the future NBA Champions according to a next-gen season simulation.

The sim had the Heat besting the Spurs 4-1 -- however once you look under the hood some interesting results become apparent. The West saw the Spurs take the #1 seed, with the Warriors getting the second seed. The Clippers and Thunder tied on record -- with the Clips getting the nod over the Thunder for the third seed.

In the East, the Heat ran away with the top seed with 66 victories on the year. The Nets also had quite a bit of distance between themselves and the Bulls in the three seed. Three teams from the east made the playoffs in the sim with losing records, with both Washington and Cleveland making the playoffs with 37 total

Conference Standings

Western Conference
1. San Antonio Spurs 51-31
2. Golden State Warriors 49-33
3. Los Angeles Clippers 47-35
4. Oklahoma City Thunder 47-35
5. Houston Rockets 46-36
6. Portland Trailblazers 45-37
7. Los Angeles Lakers 42-40
8. Minnesota Timberwolves 40-42

Eastern Conference
1. Miami Heat 66-16
2. Brooklyn Nets 62-20
3. Chicago Bulls 59-23
4. Detroit Pistons 45-37
5. New York Knicks 44-38
6. Indiana Pacers 40-42
7. Washington Wizards 37-45
8. Cleveland Cavaliers 37-45

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Member Comments
# 1 the_future420 @ 10/29/13 12:53 PM
Those WC records don't look too promising in terms of the sim engine that we will be getting. Only one team over 50 wins? When was the last time, if ever that happened?
 
# 2 Gosens6 @ 10/29/13 12:54 PM
That Nets screen is a thing of pure beauty. Good find JWill
 
# 3 apollooff320 @ 10/29/13 12:55 PM
I actually thought I was looking at real photos until it got to Rose and Kobe.
 
# 4 Gosens6 @ 10/29/13 12:56 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by the_future420
Those WC records don't look too promising in terms of the sim engine that we will be getting. Only one team over 50 wins? When was the last time, if ever that happened?
In 2011-2012, only the Spurs had 50 wins in the West, and only Chicago had 50 in the East. Happens more often than you think. (Sans the lockout of course)

And last year, only New York, Miami, OKC, San Antonio and Memphis and Denver had over 50. It fluctuates based on the talent level in the league.

And in the sim, 4 teams went over 50 wins, only TWO less than real life last year. I know you were trying to find something to hate on, but come on man.
 
# 5 SouthBeach @ 10/29/13 12:59 PM

My god...
 
# 6 seanbarkley @ 10/29/13 01:01 PM
Wow at that Nets bench photo...I thaught it was a real picture.
 
# 7 SouthBeach @ 10/29/13 01:03 PM
The Heat's regular season record seems a bit too high given how injury prone Wade is and the absence of Mike Miller defensively.

And I'm surprised the Raptors weren't simulated into the 8th spot or 7th.

And the Pacers at 6th? Hahaha. Okay. This must have been simulated with Roy Hibbert starting at point guard.
 
# 8 cthurt @ 10/29/13 01:04 PM
Never been more impressed looking at the back of players heads before, but that Nets pic is simply amazing.
 
# 9 Cowboy008 @ 10/29/13 01:05 PM
Looks great.
 
# 10 SouthBeach @ 10/29/13 01:06 PM
Where are the people that were saying Rose didn't look good in next gen 2K14?

Granted, his body is a bit on the slim side, his face looks great.
 
# 11 Gosens6 @ 10/29/13 01:06 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by SouthBeach
The Heat's regular season record seems a bit too high given how injury prone Wade is and the absence of Mike Miller defensively.

And I'm surprised the Raptors weren't simulated into the 8th spot or 7th.

And the Pacers at 6th? Hahaha. Okay. This must have been simulated with Roy Hibbert starting at point guard.
The Heat had the exact same record last year in real life, and this year, D. Wade is in the best shape he's been in years. No reason that can't match that record again.

As for the Pacers, who knows if they'll be able to match what they did last year. That was a phenomenal team performance. They're gonna need to click, and click good again to match what they did. Especially with Miami, Chicago, Brooklyn and New York there.

Them getting the 6th seed can very well happen.
 
# 12 alabamarob @ 10/29/13 01:07 PM
Grizzlies and pacers have losing records. Is this an omen that the small market defensive teams will get screwed again? Sometimes the small things can tell a lot.
 
# 13 blingballa333 @ 10/29/13 01:10 PM
I like...those screens are gorgeous.

Maybe the Pacers had some injuries? That's my guess.
 
# 14 VDusen04 @ 10/29/13 01:12 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by Gosens6
In 2011-2012, only the Spurs had 50 wins in the West, and only Chicago had 50 in the East. Happens more often than you think, buddy.
You may want to ease up a little, guy. There was a lockout prior to the 2011-2012 season, resulting in a much shorter schedule, hence the lower win totals.
 
# 15 Gosens6 @ 10/29/13 01:13 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by VDusen04
You may want to ease up a little, guy. There was a lockout prior to the 2011-2012 season, resulting in a much shorter schedule, hence the lower win totals.
True, but even last year, 6 teams had over 50 wins, in the sim, it was 4. Is it REALLY that big of a difference?

It really differentiates. Sometimes you have 12 teams with over 50, sometimes 6. You never know what you're gonna get. Then you have to factor in injuries, trades, all that kinda stuff
 
# 16 RangersCruz @ 10/29/13 01:15 PM
Is that Nets picture real or in the game?

look at D12 and Harden so realistic...ugh nov 15 come on!!
 
# 17 SouthBeach @ 10/29/13 01:15 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by Gosens6
The Heat had the exact same record last year in real life, and this year, D. Wade is in the best shape he's been in years. No reason that can't match that record again.

As for the Pacers, who knows if they'll be able to match what they did last year. That was a phenomenal team performance. They're gonna need to click, and click good again to match what they did. Especially with Miami, Chicago, Brooklyn and New York there.

Them getting the 6th seed can very well happen.
That's true.

As for the Pacers, I look at Granger being injured as a blessing in disguise for them.

Maybe the game sees it that way as well due to Lance Stephenson's emergence as a defensive/offensive threat.
 
# 18 PiNOYPANDEMiK @ 10/29/13 01:18 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by SouthBeach
The Heat's regular season record seems a bit too high given how injury prone Wade is and the absence of Mike Miller defensively.

And I'm surprised the Raptors weren't simulated into the 8th spot or 7th.

And the Pacers at 6th? Hahaha. Okay. This must have been simulated with Roy Hibbert starting at point guard.
 
# 19 hargroverichie @ 10/29/13 01:19 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by the_future420
Those WC records don't look too promising in terms of the sim engine that we will be getting. Only one team over 50 wins? When was the last time, if ever that happened?
2011-2012 Season? lol day opener. Kidding by the way. Yeah I hope they have a better sim engine as well, guys who play 40 min. a game should play 40 min. a game on average. It hurt the player stats, had a lot of seasons with the leading scorer with 24 points per game or less.
 
# 20 VDusen04 @ 10/29/13 01:22 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by Gosens6
True, but even last year, 6 teams had over 50 wins, in the sim, it was 4. Is it REALLY that big of a difference?

It really differentiates. Sometimes you have 12 teams with over 50, sometimes 6. You never know what you're gonna get. Then you have to factor in injuries, trades, all that kinda stuff
The objection was the lack of 50 win teams, not an exact replication of 50 win teams. The flurry of teams coming in under the 50 win mark in the west suggested a level of mediocrity from within the conference that has not been seen for as long back as one would be willing to click "previous season" in the standings section of basketballreference.com.

I am not very interested in the simulation results shown here. However, I caught the post where you said a single 50 game winner in the west "Happens more often than you think, buddy" and I felt compelled to clarify. My goal here was merely to inform.
 

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