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NBA 2K12: Managing the Heat

 

An owner of the Miami Heat in NBA 2K12 doesn’t have to do too much to get the franchise in position to compete for an NBA title. In the video game world this truly is a Dream Team, but that doesn’t mean the roster is good enough as is, even with the Shane Battier signing. 

Here are a few moves that can be made to set the Heat up for greatness, this season and beyond.
 
 
Release Juwan Howard
A long, long time ago in an NBA galaxy far, far away, Howard was good. Howard, a 55-rated power forward, gives you absolutely nothing. Plus, it will give you an open roster spot for a certain gun-toting point guard, which leads to the next step.

Sign Gilbert Arenas
While there is no option in 2K12 to install metal detectors at the locker room door, signing Arenas is still a good move for the Heat. One of the team's weaknesses is the glaring hole at point. Sure, you have Mario Chalmers (69 overall rating), Eddie House (62) and rookie Norris Cole (64), but none of them provide the overall talent that Arenas can bring to South Beach.

Arenas signed at a reasonable price and to a one-year deal, which is a great bargain for someone who averaged nearly 30 points a short while ago. He is not a guy you want long-term, especially with Cole and his high potential waiting in the wings on your roster. However, Cole's ratings jump after the first year, especially if he is free to get valuable minutes as a backup to Arenas.

So with the signing of Arenas, House and Chalmers are both expendable which can lead to a certain trade:
 
 
Trade Chalmers and House to the Denver Nuggets for Chris Anderson and 2013 first-round pick

With Arenas and Cole, both Chalmers and House are no longer needed. A great feature in 2K12 is the trade finder and when you plug Chalmers into it and you get 29 offers. The best one, arguably, is the Nuggets' offering.

The trade helps another weakness, Miami's rebounding, down low. Anderson has an A- rating for rebounding, and he radically ups the tattoo quotient and, well, the cool factor of your roster.

That 2013 first-round pick can come in handy later, either as trade bait or to land a top rookie in the third year of your franchise. I know some of you think this is unrealistic, but this is a video game. Have some fun with it.

Trade Mike Miller for J.J. Redick

Miller isn’t the sharp shooter he used to be, in real life or on the digital court. Redick, though, is money from 3-point range. Outside shooting is the third and final relative weakness of the Heat that gets shored up before the opening tip of the season.

Now, go win not one, not two, not three -- you get the picture.

Season results

I played through a season with these moves, playing roughly half of the 82 games schedule.

Predictably, the Heat finished with the best record in the NBA with a 63-19 mark, overcoming an 8-10 start.

LeBron James averaged 27.4 points, 6.6 rebounds and 5.8 assists per game to win the MVP. Dwayne Wade averaged 24 points, Chris Bosh 16.1 and Arenas 14.4 points per game (and zero gun arrests).

Interestingly, as I was playing the season, the Lakers offered a trade that I nearly accepted. L.A. offered Kobe Bryant and Metta World Peace (the artist formerly known as Ron Artest) for Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh. I declined, however, but for a minute I considered it for the shear spectacular coolness of having Kobe, LeBron, Metta World Peace, Arenas and Anderson on the floor at the same time.

The Heat, though, came up short in the playoffs, losing to the Bulls in seven games in the conference final.

Oh, well. No ring again for King James.

Better luck next year.

How would you tweak the Heat to get LeBron that ring he craves?
 

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# 1 cmebfresh @ 12/23/11 11:36 AM
tHIS IS DUMB
 
# 2 Gosens6 @ 12/23/11 11:42 AM
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Originally Posted by cmebfresh
tHIS IS DUMB
This is ironic.

Anyway, the only move I don't like from that article is trading Mike Miller for JJ Reddick. Only because I don't think any team in their right mind would take old, injury prone MM for young JJ Reddick.
 
# 3 DirtyNeedles @ 12/23/11 11:44 AM
you would even contemplate a trade of wade/bosh for old *** kobe/artest and sign gilbert arenas who has bad knees? lol if this was nba 2k5 these trades would look great too bad its nba 2k12
 
# 4 bballdude17 @ 12/23/11 11:56 AM
did u know if you include wade in the reddick deal and add in d12
the heat break the bulls record of single season wins by 2 going 74 - 8
thats all simmed as well
 
# 5 tril @ 12/23/11 01:25 PM
fun article,
but instead of getting reddick, I would have made a move for Korver.
I would have nevere considered the Kobe trade.
and insteda of getting ANderson, I would have gone for a more verstaile big man. one who could play both the center and pf position.
based on this game and not reality, a good virtual alternative wouldbe Chris Wilcox.
Wilcox has been a solid backup in the 2k series for the paste several years.
 
# 6 Freak123 @ 12/23/11 02:34 PM
No moves really need to be made for this team.

Only move I would consider is trying to package Mario Chalmers for someone like DeJuan Blair, Robin Lopez, Darko Milicic, or Cole Aldrich. Not because I don't like Chalmers, I love the way he plays in real-life and I hope he is on the Heat for his entire career as one of our main guys, but I suck with him a lot in the game for some reason.

Otherwise, this team is set as I am great with Haslem, Miller, House, Cole, and Joel Anthony is a big-time shot blocker and energy player. Also, with the additions of Battier and Curry, it'd be pretty hard for me to not win a title with this team.
 
# 7 SouthBeach @ 12/23/11 02:50 PM
I'll put it this way:

Last year's Miami Heat team made it to the finals without an elite point guard and without an elite center. Defensive principles got them that far.

Trading defense for offense is going backwards in the eyes of Miami.

So, to me, these trades are moving backwards.
 
# 8 ATLMIATEX @ 12/23/11 02:54 PM
i traded Chalmers and Haslem for Emeka Okafor from New Orleans, he is a GREAT rebounder while playing games. he averaged 12.2 rebs-a-game of the games I played, only with 8.7pts though, the Heat dont really need a scorer at all. I also signed Arenas , It was a good move. got 13.3pts 3.5rebs and 5.9asts, good PG. Wade:26.6pts 4.8rebs 6.1asts.Bosh:20.5pts 10.1rebs 2.1asts.James:27.2pts 7.7rebs 7.5asts.Okafor 8.7pts 12.2rebs 1.1asts.Arenas 13.3pts 3.5rebs 5.9asts.Battier 8.1pts 3.8rebs 3.1asts 48% 3ptr. But I couldn't stop D-Rose until game 7. then beat OKC 4-2 in the Finals.
 
# 9 fatleg3 @ 12/23/11 04:09 PM
The Heat only need to make 1 move if any at all. That would be to get a big body that can bang, and rebound, and maybe a good sixth man. They may have that with Battier. Haslim seems like he is a shell of his former self. Then again he was injured last year.

If Bron would have showed up in the finals then they more then likely would have won it all.
 
# 10 willIam9387 @ 12/23/11 04:28 PM
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Originally Posted by fatleg3
The Heat only need to make 1 move if any at all. That would be to get a big body that can bang, and rebound, and maybe a good sixth man. They may have that with Battier. Haslim seems like he is a shell of his former self. Then again he was injured last year.

If Bron would have showed up in the finals then they more then likely would have won it all.
I agree drastically changing roleplayers isn't the answer. A good group of roleplayers is supposed to complement the stars, and the Heat's current group is solid. What let them down was Lebron not playing anywhere near to his potential. I'd say if anything maybe get a defensive big man, but for the Heat to win the title it comes down to whether or not Lebron shows up.
 
# 11 EccentricMeat @ 12/23/11 04:32 PM
Why do people keep saying that the Heat need a PG?

They have Lebron and Wade, two guys that need/want the ball in their hands at all times. These two would NOT both play off-ball, so a PG would be completely worthless.

All they need at the PG position is someone who is a good perimeter defender, and who can drain the open 3. A good SG would work at the point for this team, because he doesn't need to be able to pass. Deshawn Stevenson would do wonders for the Heat as their PG.

As for their other needs, all they need is a rebounding and defending C.

So in my associations, I just go out and sign Samuel Dalembert and Deshawn Stevenson. After those two moves, this team is NASTY.

PG - Stevenson/Chalmers/Cole/House
SG - Wade/Miller
SF - James/Battier/Jones
PF - Bosh/Haslem
C - Dalembert/Anthony
 
# 12 ryan36 @ 12/23/11 04:44 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by EccentricMeat
Why do people keep saying that the Heat need a PG?

They have Lebron and Wade, two guys that need/want the ball in their hands at all times. These two would NOT both play off-ball, so a PG would be completely worthless.

All they need at the PG position is someone who is a good perimeter defender, and who can drain the open 3. A good SG would work at the point for this team, because he doesn't need to be able to pass. Deshawn Stevenson would do wonders for the Heat as their PG.

As for their other needs, all they need is a rebounding and defending C.

So in my associations, I just go out and sign Samuel Dalembert and Deshawn Stevenson. After those two moves, this team is NASTY.

PG - Stevenson/Chalmers/Cole/House
SG - Wade/Miller
SF - James/Battier/Jones
PF - Bosh/Haslem
C - Dalembert/Anthony
So you're saying the Heat Don't need a PG and so that's why you sign one?
 
# 13 Dashdagreat @ 12/23/11 04:56 PM
The fact this team is already almost unfairly loaded and people still talking about how to further load them is funny to me. How to make the Heat better? The question is If you need to make the heat better, you need to make YOU better! I refuse to play with a team that good. Its nothing exciting about playing with the Heat to me in 2k. Including 2k11, ive NEVER played with them.
 
# 14 Alfro0925 @ 12/23/11 05:16 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by EccentricMeat
Why do people keep saying that the Heat need a PG?

They have Lebron and Wade, two guys that need/want the ball in their hands at all times. These two would NOT both play off-ball, so a PG would be completely worthless.

All they need at the PG position is someone who is a good perimeter defender, and who can drain the open 3. A good SG would work at the point for this team, because he doesn't need to be able to pass. Deshawn Stevenson would do wonders for the Heat as their PG.

As for their other needs, all they need is a rebounding and defending C.

So in my associations, I just go out and sign Samuel Dalembert and Deshawn Stevenson. After those two moves, this team is NASTY.

PG - Stevenson/Chalmers/Cole/House
SG - Wade/Miller
SF - James/Battier/Jones
PF - Bosh/Haslem
C - Dalembert/Anthony
Lol at the thought of Lebron and Deshawn on the same team
 
# 15 EccentricMeat @ 12/23/11 05:38 PM
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Originally Posted by ryan36
So you're saying the Heat Don't need a PG and so that's why you sign one?
Stevenson is an SG, but I put him at the point.
 
# 16 EccentricMeat @ 12/23/11 05:39 PM
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Originally Posted by Alfro0925
Lol at the thought of Lebron and Deshawn on the same team
Why?

Putting Deshawn "The Lebron Stopper" Stevenson on the Heat kills two birds with one stone!
 
# 17 Alfro0925 @ 12/23/11 05:50 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by EccentricMeat
Why?

Putting Deshawn "The Lebron Stopper" Stevenson on the Heat kills two birds with one stone!
I'm not gonna lie I'd already signed him in my Association. I actually like Stevenson. I haven't been able to get him to do the "can't feel my face" taunt after a three ball yet. I bring in Patrick Ewing Jr. too and hire his dad to replace bob mcadoo on the coaching staff
 
# 18 EccentricMeat @ 12/23/11 05:59 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by Alfro0925
I'm not gonna lie I'd already signed him in my Association. I actually like Stevenson. I haven't been able to get him to do the "can't feel my face" taunt after a three ball yet. I bring in Patrick Ewing Jr. too and hire his dad to replace bob mcadoo on the coaching staff
With the Heat? How is he doing at PG for you?

And why'd you get Ewing Jr.? I've never used him before, and he always looked like he was pretty worthless in the game.
 
# 19 Alfro0925 @ 12/23/11 08:30 PM
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Originally Posted by EccentricMeat
With the Heat? How is he doing at PG for you?

And why'd you get Ewing Jr.? I've never used him before, and he always looked like he was pretty worthless in the game.
I just like to play with him. He doesn't have much of a jumper but cutting to the rim he can't be stopped. As for Stevenson I only play him when I rest Wade. Chalmers is my starter at the 1
 
# 20 EccentricMeat @ 12/23/11 08:41 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by Alfro0925
I just like to play with him. He doesn't have much of a jumper but cutting to the rim he can't be stopped. As for Stevenson I only play him when I rest Wade. Chalmers is my starter at the 1
Ah you start Chalmers. I would, but I just can't knock down his jump shot consistently enough. He's pretty good off the bench though.
 

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