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'16-'17 Warriors & '18-'19 Raptors Added to Classic Teams in NBA 2K21

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'16-'17 Warriors & '18-'19 Raptors Added to Classic Teams in NBA 2K21

2K has added the ’16-’17 Golden State Warriors and ’18-’19 Toronto Raptors to the classic teams list, available to play in NBA 2K21.

If 2K hasn’t removed any of the existing classic teams from NBA 2K20, the list of classic teams available in NBA 2K21 are as follows:

  • ’64-’65 Boston Celtics
  • ’64-’65 Los Angeles Lakers
  • ’70-’71 Milwaukee Bucks
  • ’70-’71 Los Angeles Lakers
  • ’71-’72 New York Knicks
  • ’76-’77 Philadelphia 76ers
  • ’84-’85 Milwaukee Bucks
  • ’85-’86 Chicago Bulls
  • ’85-’86 Boston Celtics
  • ’85-’86 Atlanta Hawks
  • ’86-’87 Los Angeles Lakers
  • ’88-’89 Detroit Pistons
  • ’88-’89 Chicago Bulls
  • ’89-’90 Cleveland Cavaliers
  • ’90-’91 Chicago Bulls
  • ’90-’91 Los Angeles Lakers
  • ’90-’91 Portland Trail Blazers
  • ’90-’91 Golden State Warriors
  • ’92-’93 Chicago Bulls
  • ’92-’93 Charlotte Hornets
  • ’93-’94 Houston Rockets
  • ’93-’94 Denver Nuggets
  • ’94-’95 New York Knicks
  • ’94-’95 Orlando Magic
  • ’95-’96 Chicago Bulls
  • ’95-’96 Seattle Supersonics
  • ’96-’97 Miami Heat
  • ’97-’98 Chicago Bulls
  • ’97-’98 Utah Jazz
  • ’97-’98 Los Angeles Lakers
  • ’97-’98 San Antonio Spurs
  • ’98-’99 New York Knicks
  • ’99-’00 Toronto Raptors
  • ’99-’00 Portland Trail Blazers
  • ’00-’01 Philadelphia 76ers
  • ’00-’01 Los Angeles Lakers
  • ’01-’02 Sacramento Kings
  • ’01-’02 New Jersey Nets
  • ’02-’03 Dallas Mavericks
  • ’02-’03 Phoenix Suns
  • ’03-’04 Los Angeles Lakers
  • ’03-’04 Detroit Pistons
  • ’03-’04 Minnesota Timberwolves
  • ’04-’05 San Antonio Spurs
  • ’04-’05 Phoenix Suns
  • ’05-’06 Memphis Grizzlies
  • ’05-’06 Miami Heat
  • ’06-’07 Cleveland Cavaliers
  • ’06-’07 Golden State Warriors
  • ’06-’07 Washington Wizards
  • ’07-’08 Boston Celtics
  • ’07-’08 Denver Nuggets
  • ’07-’08 Houston Rockets
  • ’09-’10 Portland Trail Blazers
  • ’10-’11 Chicago Bulls
  • ’10-’11 Dallas Mavericks
  • ’11-’12 New York Knicks
  • ’11-’12 Oklahoma City Thunder
  • ’12-’13 Memphis Grizzlies
  • ’12-’13 Miami Heat
  • ’13-’14 San Antonio Spurs
  • ’13-’14 Indiana Pacers
  • ’13-’14 Los Angeles Clippers
  • ’15-’16 Cleveland Cavaliers
  • ’15-’16 Golden State Warriors
  • ’16-’17 Golden State Warriors
  • ’18-’19 Toronto Raptors
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  1. Makes sense.
    Limited additional assets required and hence super easy to create and add. Plus, the previous modern classic Warriors team was pre-KD, so it's sensible to have a version with Durant, too (not to mention, the '17 team actually won it all).
    VDusen04
    Makes sense.
    Limited additional assets required and hence super easy to create and add. Plus, the previous modern classic Warriors team was pre-KD, so it's sensible to have a version with Durant, too (not to mention, the '17 team actually won it all).
    Oooh low key low blow lol jk
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    "Classic"
    Really?!? These teams are but a few years old and can be easily replicated/created on our own if need be. This is really scraping the bottom of the barrel.
    Guess 2K isn't really invested in proper retro teams anymore.
    Thanks, but no thanks.
    Do we know for sure if these are the only 2 new teams. I would hope they have more or on next gen they will have more. Saw on Twitter that Ronnie asked for help getting in touch with Andrew Bynum, they almost everyone secure but Bynum.
    daveberg
    "Classic"
    Really?!? These teams are but a few years old and can be easily replicated/created on our own if need be. This is really scraping the bottom of the barrel.

    Bruh. These are teams that will be part of the game for the next decade (and beyond). It's a no-brainer to add them. There is little benefit to waiting some arbitrary amount of time. The team breaks up? Add them the following year.
    Some people would rather complain than critically think. It's 2020, not 2002.

    I honestly do not feel like Andrew Bynum should make or break 2K from adding a 08, 09, or 10 Lakers team. He was injured a lot and the team ran a lot of Gasol and Odom front court lineups. So I am hoping they add one of those teams even if Bynum isn’t available.
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    Rashidi
    Bruh. These are teams that will be part of the game for the next decade (and beyond). It's a no-brainer to add them. There is little benefit to waiting some arbitrary amount of time. The team breaks up? Add them the following year.
    Some people would rather complain than critically think. It's 2020, not 2002.

    So folk would rather 2k waste resources putting in a team full of current players that we already have access to instead of giving us teams and players that we don't have?
    Not sure I follow that logic.
    I preferred it when 2k basically classed 'classic' teams as retro squads from past eras, not teams we watched play not more than a few years ago, 'critically' speaking.
    Seems like a total waste to me when we can easily replicate these squads ourselves.
    daveberg
    So folk would rather 2k waste resources putting in a team full of current players that we already have access to

    What resources did they waste????? I don't think you understand what the word "resource" means. They literally have the rights to these players. They are literally using their available resources, and you are vilifying them.
    instead of giving us teams and players that we don't have?

    This requires significantly more "resources". At least that's how I would define acquiring new assets for legal use.
    I preferred it when 2k basically classed 'classic' teams as retro squads from past eras, not teams we watched play not more than a few years ago, 'critically' speaking.

    Okay Karen, sorry their effort isn't catered specifically to your whims.
    Seems like a total waste to me when we can easily replicate these squads ourselves.

    How easy will it be next year? The year after that? The year after that? The year after that? (Don't mind me repeating myself ad nausea, since that's exactly what you did w/ this post).
    Adding a championship team after they break up is what they're supposed to do. It's what they did w/ the 13 Heat, the 16 Cavs, the 16 Warriors. You're asking them to wait what, 5 years, so you can feel fuzzies? Get outta here with that nonsense.
    daveberg
    So folk would rather 2k waste resources putting in a team full of current players that we already have access to instead of giving us teams and players that we don't have?
    Not sure I follow that logic.
    I preferred it when 2k basically classed 'classic' teams as retro squads from past eras, not teams we watched play not more than a few years ago, 'critically' speaking.
    Seems like a total waste to me when we can easily replicate these squads ourselves.
    I get the sense it probably doesn't take much time to put together classic teams that involve almost all recent player.
    I dont think them NOT doing it would get you closer to having older teams. You would just be without the older teams still and not have the newer classic teams.
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    Jrocc23
    I honestly do not feel like Andrew Bynum should make or break 2K from adding a 08, 09, or 10 Lakers team. He was injured a lot and the team ran a lot of Gasol and Odom front court lineups. So I am hoping they add one of those teams even if Bynum isn’t available.

    2K requires a minimum of SIX players likeness rights to keep a Classic team in the game.
    By my count, they only have FIVE players.
    RIGHTS: Kobe, Gasol, Fisher, Odom, Walton
    NO RIGHTS: Andrew Bynum, Metta World Peace, Shannon Brown, Jordan Farmar, Sasha Vujacic, Josh Powell, DJ Mbenga, Adam Morrison
    IMO, it is fair to be critical of 2K if they fail to put this team together. Kobe died 7 months ago and 2K knew they were putting him on the cover the day it happened. They are more than okay with profiting off his likeness and memorializing him. If they couldn't take this money and put it towards ensuring they got the rights to bench players, it's disgraceful.
    Rashidi
    2K requires a minimum of SIX players likeness rights to keep a Classic team in the game.
    By my count, they only have FIVE players.
    RIGHTS: Kobe, Gasol, Fisher, Odom, Walton
    NO RIGHTS: Andrew Bynum, Metta World Peace, Shannon Brown, Jordan Farmar, Sasha Vujacic, Josh Powell, DJ Mbenga, Adam Morrison
    IMO, it is fair to be critical of 2K if they fail to put this team together. Kobe died 7 months ago and 2K knew they were putting him on the cover the day it happened. They are more than okay with profiting off his likeness and memorializing him. If they couldn't take this money and put it towards ensuring they got the rights to bench players, it's disgraceful.

    If that’s the case, I still believe it easily can be done without Bynum. You could use the 2009 team and add Ariza since he’s in the game now or you could reach out to any of the other players you listed like Artest, Shannon Brown (Who was a major part of my 2K11 team), or Farmar. I am sure at least one of them wouldn’t mind being compensated to be in a video game they’d probably accept to be in for free.
    I agree. If they do not find a way to put at least one of those teams together and also improve Kobe’s likeness from the videos of him in that trailer, they deserve criticism.
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    Rashidi
    What resources did they waste????? I don't think you understand what the word "resource" means. They literally have the rights to these players. They are literally using their available resources, and you are vilifying them.
    This requires significantly more "resources". At least that's how I would define acquiring new assets for legal use.
    Okay Karen, sorry their effort isn't catered specifically to your whims.
    How easy will it be next year? The year after that? The year after that? The year after that? (Don't mind me repeating myself ad nausea, since that's exactly what you did w/ this post).
    Adding a championship team after they break up is what they're supposed to do. It's what they did w/ the 13 Heat, the 16 Cavs, the 16 Warriors. You're asking them to wait what, 5 years, so you can feel fuzzies? Get outta here with that nonsense.

    I won't get out of anywhere, thanks.
    Not my fault you're bent out of shape over someone else's opinion, but thanks for the further attempts to antagonize. Not sure what the need is, but whatever floats your boat.
    Feel free to get excited all you want over 2k's offering. That's up to you. Not everyone's gonna be on the same page.
    I'll merrily sit back here and keep hoping for something a little more deserving of the 'classic' title instead of a bunch of recent teams.
    16-17 warriors is good for competitiveness of play now online because most players are just using lakers 24-7 in 2k20. I remember beating a lot of all time teams with just using warriors with durant back in 2018 or was it 2019. lol
    daveberg
    I won't get out of anywhere, thanks.
    Not my fault you're bent out of shape over someone else's opinion, but thanks for the further attempts to antagonize. Not sure what the need is, but whatever floats your boat.
    Feel free to get excited all you want over 2k's offering. That's up to you. Not everyone's gonna be on the same page.
    I'll merrily sit back here and keep hoping for something a little more deserving of the 'classic' title instead of a bunch of recent teams.

    Ignore him, he enjoys trolling and talking down to people, but trust me when I say he cant take disagreeing with him. Hurts his feelings. He blocked me on Twitter a couple years ago because I called his bull crap. Lol.
    The addition of these teams is a JOKE as Classic teams. Instead of wasting those Player slots they could have added More GLeague players as they already have rights to them.
    Jrocc23

    I honestly do not feel like Andrew Bynum should make or break 2K from adding a 08, 09, or 10 Lakers team. He was injured a lot and the team ran a lot of Gasol and Odom front court lineups. So I am hoping they add one of those teams even if Bynum isn’t available.
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    BUT Blazers, pistons without Rasheed and spurs without Ginobili is LEGIT right?!?!:brickwall:brickwall:brickwall
    vtcrb
    Ignore him, he enjoys trolling and talking down to people, but trust me when I say he cant take disagreeing with him. Hurts his feelings. He blocked me on Twitter a couple years ago because I called his bull crap. Lol.
    The addition of these teams is a JOKE as Classic teams. Instead of wasting those Player slots they could have added More GLeague players as they already have rights to them.

    Thanks for the heads up, man. Appreciate it. I won't lose any sleep over him, if that's the way he rolls. Nothing more than a difference of opinion.
    I agree with you. It is a joke. I don't see what's 'classic' about them? Just because they won a chip? Is that the criteria now? If that's the case, we should be LOADED with teams at this stage.
    Like I said earlier, in my eyes, I always thought classic meant 'retro'. Of course, that was never clarified anywhere, but was the trend earlier on with 2k. Now it's just 'Let's bundle together a team of current players and slap them on a team that were together no more than a few years ago and call it classic'
    I understand the nature of the beast, in terms of the difficulties of acquiring rights for certain players, so cobbling together teams from past eras is no doubt problematic, but calling these two new additions 'classics' is a little much.
    Still keeping my fingers and toes crossed for that Bryant/Gasol Laker squad, or at least another random addition from the 80's or 90's.
    A guy can dream.
    Does anyone even use the 05-06 Grizzlies? They are missing so many players it's ridiculous. They should just have the 12-13 Grizzlies instead.
    01-02 Nets still need Lucious Harris & Jason Collins.
    05-06 Nets with Kidd, VC, & Richard Jefferson would be cool too.
    RoyalKrimpet
    Does anyone even use the 05-06 Grizzlies?

    I do, actually.
    I may be the only one outside of hard-core Grizzlie fans, lol
    Love those jerseys. Wish the squad was more filled out.
    TheRizzzle
    I get the sense it probably doesn't take much time to put together classic teams that involve almost all recent player.
    I dont think them NOT doing it would get you closer to having older teams. You would just be without the older teams still and not have the newer classic teams.
    That's always my take on matters as well. I imagine, relatively speaking, that making two new classic team slots for teams that already have all players accounted for, all jerseys accounted for, and all court art likely still accounted for likely isn't much of a burden. I don't think their inclusion is at the expense of much of anything else.
    Same goes for when people keep suggesting that 2K take classic teams out because a key player or two is missing. I also think it's a bummer that Rasheed Wallace and Tayshaun Prince are missing, but removing the 2004 Pistons altogether would just deprive us of Ben, Rip, Corliss, Darvin, Darko, Chauncey, and the Palace and its corresponding court art too. At least now people like me can fill those gaps with created players and make a killer experience out of it.
    RoyalKrimpet
    Does anyone even use the 05-06 Grizzlies? They are missing so many players it's ridiculous. They should just have the 12-13 Grizzlies instead.
    01-02 Nets still need Lucious Harris & Jason Collins.
    05-06 Nets with Kidd, VC, & Richard Jefferson would be cool too.

    The 2013 Grizzlies are there, unless you mean they should only have the 2013 Grizzlies. I filled out the '06 roster and it came out pretty well. There's a rad looking Chucky Atkins tutorial out there.
    Jason Collins is chilling in one of the draft classes and can be brought over to be added to the Nets roster.
    I'd love an '06 Nets team too. I made them myself this year and there was a lot of leg work involved because that team doesn't have a lot of representatives in the game beyond the three you mentioned.
    daveberg
    I agree with you. It is a joke. I don't see what's 'classic' about them? Just because they won a chip? Is that the criteria now? If that's the case, we should be LOADED with teams at this stage.

    2019 Toronto is the only championship team in it's franchise history. The only other Classic Raptors team is a 45-win team from 20 years ago. Meanwhile there are like 6 Jordan teams, including some bad ones. This is some tunnel vision clown **** you're engaging in.
    Just because a team isn't important to you, doesn't mean it isn't important to other people.
    that was never clarified anywhere, but was the trend earlier on with 2k.

    Fast forward NINE YEARS, and here we are. Things are different now.
    Now it's just 'Let's bundle together a team of current players and slap them on a team that were together no more than a few years ago and call it classic'

    They usually add 6-8 teams. These were added out of sheer simplicity and common sense. There is a difference between complaining about 2K not doing enough, and complaining about 2K doing what they're supposed to do.
    but calling these two new additions 'classics' is a little much.

    Given that you're still going on about this, yet have not expressed an actual length of time you feel is appropriate to wait, nor a compelling reason for them to do so, you're just crying for the sake of it.
    Complaining that new content is being added to the game is just lacking common sense.
    Rashidi
    2019 Toronto is the only championship team in it's franchise history. The only other Classic Raptors team is a 45-win team from 20 years ago. Meanwhile there are like 6 Jordan teams, including some bad ones. This is some tunnel vision clown **** you're engaging in.
    Just because a team isn't important to you, doesn't mean it isn't important to other people.
    Fast forward NINE YEARS, and here we are. Things are different now.
    They usually add 6-8 teams. These were added out of sheer simplicity and common sense. There is a difference between complaining about 2K not doing enough, and complaining about 2K doing what they're supposed to do.
    Given that you're still going on about this, yet have not expressed an actual length of time you feel is appropriate to wait, nor a compelling reason for them to do so, you're just crying for the sake of it.
    Complaining that new content is being added to the game is just lacking common sense.

    Oh please. Get over yourself.
    Not everyone is going to be jumping for joy at these inclusions. Some of us would prefer teams from older eras - I guess in your invisible rule book, that constitutes us as being villains. Damn me all to hell for wanting something different - what a travesty! How dare I!?! What audacity, to want different teams!! Quick - someone accuse that guy of 'crying!'
    I'll fire your logic back at you - just because other people think these new additions are important, doesn't mean I should. Works both ways. Easy enough to understand, yes?
    Difference being, I acknowledge the fact that some folk will be more than happy with this, which is great for them, despite the fact I'm not thrilled, yet I'm not about to sit up in here and ride anyone's sack for it, because that's simply their opinion. Not rocket science, is it, old bean? Try to keep up.
    I don't like these inclusions? Big deal. What harm does it do you? Again - not everyone's gonna be singing from the same hymn sheet - Put those big boy pants on and deal with it. No-one should be having to tell you this, but here we are.
    It's nice and all that you're just trying to instigate a reaction from me, for attention, which is what I've merrily provided (I'm nice like that) but it's time to move on now, sunshine.
    Turn that frown upside down, big fella.
    Some of you are making this a bigger deal than what it really is. I think the "classic teams" are more about the PNO experience than the offline. It just gives PNO players more teams to choose from. Offline will always have the option to add the missing players whereas PNO players don't have that luxury. Plus, it just makes sense to have more recent teams as they're losing more and more rights to the older players for whatever reason.
    It's that simple.
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    ksuttonjr76
    Some of you are making this a bigger deal than what it really is. I think the "classic teams" are more about the PNO experience than the offline. It just gives PNO players more teams to choose from. Offline will always have the option to add the missing players whereas PNO players don't have that luxury. Plus, it just makes sense to have more recent teams as they're losing more and more rights to the older players for whatever reason.
    It's that simple.
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    I agree. And I wonder how much of a percentage those really older teams got selected in PNO.
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    daveberg
    Oh please. Get over yourself.

    Quick reminder that this is the 2nd time you took things personally rather than address or acknowledge any topical points.
    I'm not the one who has a problem with being wrong.
    ksuttonjr76
    Some of you are making this a bigger deal than what it really is. I think the "classic teams" are more about the PNO experience than the offline.

    Correct. 2K uses these teams in various modes. If I'm not mistaken, Classic teams are part of Domination and other MyTeam Challenge content.
    Rashidi
    Quick reminder that this is the 2nd time you took things personally rather than address or acknowledge any topical points.
    I'm not the one who has a problem with being wrong.

    Having a preference is wrong, is it?
    Your material is golden, dear sir.
    From where I'm sitting, the only one with issue, is you, my man, but feel free to keep biting back. Show everyone what you've got, Tiger!
    If we're doing reminders, perhaps I should usher the audience back to your initial retorts, where you clearly set a precedent for the candor of this conversation - That's all on you, buddy.
    Little life lesson - I understand personal preference can be a frustrating subject for some, A tricky premise, right? but try to understand, not everyone wants the same things as you do, chief - and you know what? That's ok.
    You go knock yourself out with these new teams when the game drops. Have a ball, my good fellow!
    For the rest of you - apologies for high jacking this thread over something so trivial.
    The floor is yours.
    The 17 Warriors are arguably the greatest basketball team of all time lol. They’re the definition of classic.
    I’d rather have them than some obscure 80s and 90s teams I’ve never seen play. I’m 25, I want more of these teams from the late 2000s and 2010s that I grew up watching.
    daveberg
    Having a preference is wrong, is it?

    Your OP:
    Really?!? These teams are but a few years old and can be easily replicated/created on our own if need be. This is really scraping the bottom of the barrel.
    Guess 2K isn't really invested in proper retro teams anymore.

    Having an opinion doesn't make it immune to criticism. Your opinion was not an informed one, for all previously stated reasons.
    I am big on not misinforming people w/ biased & emotional reactions.

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