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2 More NBA 2K18 Classic Teams Announced - '07-'08 Nuggets & '11-'12 Thunder

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2 More NBA 2K18 Classic Teams Announced - '07-'08 Nuggets & '11-'12 Thunder

NBA 2K18 is adding 16 more classic teams this year. Today, they revealed the ’07-’08 Nuggets and ’11-’12 Thunder.

Which teams are you hoping make the list this year?

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  1. I was pulling for the 2009 Nuggets squad that went to the Western Conference Finals but still cool enough. That'll mean no Chauncey Billups and Chris Andersen but it does mean Allen Iverson and Marcus Camby (and Kenyon Martin, J.R. Smith, Nene, and of course, Pepperdine's finest, Yakhouba Diawara). Still a cool squad.
    Also, I think most of us knew the 2012 Thunder were coming. Solid pick.
    Nuggets Melo should be nice. Probably would have a ring if it wasn't for Kobe.
    Hopefully, they don't overrate Harden on that OKC team. Should be in the 80s. But OKC wins that matchup.
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    VDusen04
    I was pulling for the 2009 Nuggets squad that went to the Western Conference Finals but still cool enough. That'll mean no Chauncey Billups and Chris Andersen but it does mean Allen Iverson and Marcus Camby (and Kenyon Martin, J.R. Smith, Nene, and of course, Pepperdine's finest, Yakhouba Diawara). Still a cool squad.
    Also, I think most of us knew the 2012 Thunder were coming. Solid pick.

    Ye, I was expecting that 08-09 Nuggets team because that team is better. But it's fine, I guess.
    Vinsanity115
    They always feel like a year off in their recent retro 2000s teams..
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    They went 2007-08 Nuggets because of Iverson. Probably figured people would rather play with AI than Chauncey Billups.
    Glad they went with 2008 Nuggets over 2009 with Camby! 11-12 Thunder were a given too. Funny how some we can completely see coming, while others not so much. Solid classics!
    08-09 were obviously a little better, but this was Iverson's last great year in the league so pairing him with a prime Melo was too much to pass up.
    This will be an amazing 2K team.
    Excited about the nuggets team! I just hope the get the jerseys and gear colors correct by the time they release it
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    Thunder with Durant, Westbrook, Harden, Ibaka, Reggie Jackson, Sefolosha, Collison, Kendrick Perkins and DEREK FISHER. With the 04 Lakers and this team, plus 2 other Lakers teams, I think D-Fish will be back to the game!!:59:
    LeBronistheKing
    They went 2007-08 Nuggets because of Iverson. Probably figured people would rather play with AI than Chauncey Billups.
    Yeah I get that.. I'm just saying I always expect like all the more memorable teams for the fanbase.. Which makes more sense to me. Like the Jason Kidd Nets, the 01' Raptors, the '14 Mavericks, etc. I just always get a bit confused, best example the first Shaq Lakers team they put in was with like a raw Kobe and not the finals team.
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    I'm excited for these 2 teams, and I'm not criticizing 2k, but it would be extremely lame if they don't update hairstyles etc for some of these teams.
    Melo needs the cornrows with Denver or it ain't Denver Melo. Russ needs the short buzz.
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    And the Nuggets with Melo, Iverson, Nene, Najera, Hunter, J.R. Smith and I believe Chucky Atkins (also on 06 Grizzlies), Camby (99 Knicks), Kenyon Martin (All time Nets and PLEASE 02 Nets)
    SkillzFromThe6
    So I'm assuming Marcus Camby, Kenyon Martin will be in the game. That's confirmed right? All 13-15 will be actual players and not John Smith's?

    If they got KMart then I assume that a Nets Finals team is maybe likely as well. Would be nice to play with a prime Kidd, KMart and a uber athletic high flying Richard Jefferson.
    SkillzFromThe6
    So I'm assuming Marcus Camby, Kenyon Martin will be in the game. That's confirmed right? All 13-15 will be actual players and not John Smith's?
    No sir. I believe the 15-man rosters were confirmed for the All-Time teams, not the classic teams.
    I'd say we still need to prepare for some tough gaps on some of these rosters. Someone like Kenyon Martin is probably going to be missing here or there, just like Rasheed Wallace was missing on the 2000 Blazers and 2004 Pistons. It's just a matter of who wanted to make things complicated for us.
    Moreover, even if most rotation players are accounted for, each retro team is likely going to have at least a few John Smiths.
    VDusen04
    No sir. I believe the 15-man rosters were confirmed for the All-Time teams, not the classic teams.
    I'd say we still need to prepare for some tough gaps on some of these rosters. Someone like Kenyon Martin is probably going to be missing here or there, just like Rasheed Wallace was missing on the 2000 Blazers and 2004 Pistons. It's just a matter of who wanted to make things complicated for us.
    Moreover, even if most rotation players are accounted for, each retro team is likely going to have at least a few John Smiths.

    K-Mart was on my team in 2k17, so I think he will be on this team, and still hope for 02 Nets
    SkillzFromThe6
    So I'm assuming Marcus Camby, Kenyon Martin will be in the game. That's confirmed right? All 13-15 will be actual players and not John Smith's?

    They've added two Marcus Camby teams this year, so I'm going to bet he's in.
    Him being in is probably why they included the 07/08 team and not the better 08/09 team.
    TonGunne
    K-Mart was on my team in 2k17, so I think he will be on this team, and still hope for 02 Nets
    I like the sound of that. I was just using him as a hypothetical example though. If it's not Martin, it's going to be someone else. And the rosters won't be hitting 13-15 authentic players. Both of those things are totally understandable because you can't implore a player to participate, but it's just something worth preparing for.
    BA2929
    They've added two Marcus Camby teams this year, so I'm going to bet he's in.
    Him being in is probably why they included the 07/08 team and not the better 08/09 team.

    Nah, it's Iverson, but Camby is a bonus because he was also not on the team anymore in 2009.
    VDusen04
    I like the sound of that. I was just using him as a hypothetical example though. If it's not Martin, it's going to be someone else. And the rosters won't be hitting 13-15 authentic players. Both of those things are totally understandable because you can't implore a player to participate, but it's just something worth preparing for.

    I agree, but I really think we will have 9/10 players on both teams
    Nuggets with Melo, Iverson, Camby, K-Mart, Nene, J.R. Smith, Najera, Steven Hunter, Chucky Atkins (also on 06 Grizzlies). I hope both Anthony Carter and Linas Kleiza is in.
    Thunder with Durant, Westbrook, Harden, Ibaka, Reggie Jackson, Sefolosha, K. Perkins, Mohammed, Collison, Aldrich and maybe Derek Fisher (3 Lakers teams missing him and now this Thunder)
    yellow86
    Nah, it's Iverson, but Camby is a bonus because he was also not on the team anymore in 2009.

    If it was solely about Iverson, why didn't they have this team previously? He's been in the game quite awhile now.
    I think they just secured Camby so they're trying to get the most out of him.
    But I guess we're just arguing over semantics now. This team is in and I'm excited about it. Can't wait to use a young Melo.
    Kstat
    7 if we're including the 1993 Nets leak

    Thanks bro, Theres still hope for a 93 suns and mid 90s pacers team , I like these additions tho...I think the 07 warriors are a lock also
    Cleve07103
    I'm just hoping for a Drazen & Kenny Anderson nets team and a Jason Kidd nets team and I will be happy lol
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    i would love that and a grant hill pistons squad. (97 please.) also we need a prime t-mac team! 03 magic!
    BA2929
    If it was solely about Iverson, why didn't they have this team previously? He's been in the game quite awhile now.
    I think they just secured Camby so they're trying to get the most out of him.
    But I guess we're just arguing over semantics now. This team is in and I'm excited about it. Can't wait to use a young Melo.

    Because they need to make choices and they cannot put in every team. They would've included this without Camby ;) it's about the AI / Melo combo. That's why 08 and not 09 ;)
    The 2007 Warriors I think are a lock too, also 02 Nets and 07 / 05 Spurs and 11 Mavs, but starting to worry about the chance of a late 90s Grant Hill Pistons team. I don't see any chance of Suns and Pacers. Still hoping for an outside team like 98 /01 Hornets, 97 Hawks, 95 Spurs, an Artest team and 02 / 06 Clippers.
    11 Thunder was a given. Really interested to play with this Nuggets team tho.
    Young Melo / AI ?! :cheers444 Let's just hope the player models are accurate and feel like themselves.
    I think the 10 Hawks is a possibility here with Bibby, Horford, J-Smoove, Teague, Marvin Williams, Zaza, Joe Johnson and Jamal Crawford already in the game.
    And I do believe we will have a 90/00 Pacers team. They need players to the all time Pacers, and the 13 Pacers just have Paul George and Danny Granger. So, I think they will add the team that got to the final even without Reggie Miller. They already have Smits, Rose, Perkins, Mullin and Mark Jackson. I would be happy with Dale Davis, Bender, Croshere and Harrington.
    TonGunne
    I think the 10 Hawks is a possibility here with Bibby, Horford, J-Smoove, Teague, Marvin Williams, Zaza, Joe Johnson and Jamal Crawford already in the game.
    And I do believe we will have a 90/00 Pacers team. They need players to the all time Pacers, and the 13 Pacers just have Paul George and Danny Granger. So, I think they will add the team that got to the final even without Reggie Miller. They already have Smits, Rose, Perkins, Mullin and Mark Jackson. I would be happy with Dale Davis, Bender, Croshere and Harrington.

    One of the best points made on this forum recently. There will be a 90s-2000s pacers team. That PG/Granger team wouldn't cut it for the all time team so they will add all time greats and no reason they wouldn't just turn them into a classic team.
    8 spots remain. Here's my opinion of the % chance we get these teams.
    '93 Nets- 98% (due to heavy speculation)
    '00s Spurs- 80%
    '03 Nets 67%
    '11 Mavs 65%
    '11 Bulls 62 % (No Boozer that we know of)
    '08 Hornets 56%
    '09 Magic 54%
    '07 Warriors 50%
    ---cut off---
    '09 Lakers 46 % (No Bynum / Odom that we know of)
    '13 Pacers 43%
    '07 Jazz 30% (Again, no Boozer)
    '02 Wizards 20%
    '14 Spurs 15%
    '93 Suns 1% (obvious)
    '90's Pacers 1% (obvious)
    This is awesome...i can remember not havin classic teams at all. I can remember it being simply an ode to Jordan at one point...now its waaaay more inclusive of many more players who may not have been MJ caliber players but still fan favorites for the better. Im buyin live 18 mainly because i love videogames and basketball/football, so im that guy that buys ALL the lives maddens &2Ks. What a time to be a gamer.
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    I'd take the late 80s mavs over the '11 mavs and I loved that team.
    I still need the 93 nets, 2002 nets, a Grant Hill Pistons team, 93 suns, reggie pacers and the 2000 bucks.... be good to me 2k :y220:
    Just give me that '11 Bulls 2K. The rest of this is just gravy for me. Delicious gravy because these are teams I've wanted in no doubt. But I need that MVP Rose to make this all complete for me.
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    Cowboyfan_19
    8 spots remain. Here's my opinion of the % chance we get these teams.
    '93 Nets- 98% (due to heavy speculation)
    '00s Spurs- 80%
    '03 Nets 67%
    '11 Mavs 65%
    '11 Bulls 62 % (No Boozer that we know of)
    '08 Hornets 56%
    '09 Magic 54%
    '07 Warriors 50%
    ---cut off---
    '09 Lakers 46 % (No Bynum / Odom that we know of)
    '13 Pacers 43%
    '07 Jazz 30% (Again, no Boozer)
    '02 Wizards 20%
    '14 Spurs 15%
    '93 Suns 1% (obvious)
    '90's Pacers 1% (obvious)
    Love the precise percentages. Might also be worth noting that 2K's knocked off four of the eight franchises that did not have a classic team coming into this season (if we include the Thunder, who technically share with Seattle):
    Memphis Grizzlies
    Oklahoma City Thunder
    Sacramento Kings
    New Jersey Nets (leaked by Kenny Anderson)
    Los Angeles Clippers
    Washington Wizards
    Indiana Pacers
    New Orleans Hornets
    With seven slots left, I still think there's an outside shot 2K goes for it and tries to put together a squad for every franchise to align with their 30 All-Time team push. In that case, four of those last seven could come from those teams mentioned above.
    In that case, I'd be a little conflicted because I'm still really pulling for a 2002 Nets, 2007 Warriors, and 2000's Spurs. Also, knowing the struggle with convincing Reggie Miller to jump aboard, I feel as though including a Pacers team is going to be underwhelming, especially if it's a 2013 squad. I'm also a little worried about the feasibility of a classic Wizards team if Gilbert Arenas, Rod Strickland, or Rasheed Wallace aren't on board.
    Perhaps worth considering all the same.
    Why not the 78 Bullets? Hayes and Unseld are on my team.. let's just dream about it
    As I said before, I think we could be with a Miller less Pacers team, don't make sense 13 team, the Pacers would not have players for the all-time team.
    World1
    One of the best points made on this forum recently. There will be a 90s-2000s pacers team. That PG/Granger team wouldn't cut it for the all time team so they will add all time greats and no reason they wouldn't just turn them into a classic team.

    Lol wait. You really think PG isn't an all time Pacer great? I'd say Granger is too. The guy was amazing before injuries.
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    GoDucks1224
    Lol wait. You really think PG isn't an all time Pacer great? I'd say Granger is too. The guy was amazing before injuries.
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    I think he is saying that with the 13 Pacers, only PG13 and Granger will be on the All time Pacers, and because of it, probably we will receive a 90/00 team with Rose, O'Neal, Smits, Jackson, Dale Davis and so
    TonGunne
    I think he is saying that with the 13 Pacers, only PG13 and Granger will be on the All time Pacers, and because of it, probably we will receive a 90/00 team with Rose, O'Neal, Smits, Jackson, Dale Davis and so

    Ohhh that makes more sense. I misinterpreted that post. It sounded like sour grapes to me. Haha.
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    barond57
    Hoping to see
    Rose MVP bulls
    Ray's 01 bucks
    07 warriors
    07 wizards
    01 clippers
    08 hornets
    09 Magic
    With the 7 spots left

    Take out the Magic and put in 02 Nets with prime Kidd, Martin, Jefferson, Kittles
    I'm in for all the others and I like this Magic team to, but not before we have Jason Kidd
    Smirkin Dirk
    Apologies, it was LD.
    Watch from 23.55
    Clutch find. The full quote, for the lazy, came after the host said she spoke with Baron Davis at the NBA Celebrity Game and she said it'd be awesome if he were in. The response:
    "We have teams that span across the history of the NBA. Fifty plus years and fans still want more and more and more. And we believe, that there could be some more teams coming."
    VDusen04
    Love the precise percentages. Might also be worth noting that 2K's knocked off four of the eight franchises that did not have a classic team coming into this season (if we include the Thunder, who technically share with Seattle):
    Memphis Grizzlies
    Oklahoma City Thunder
    Sacramento Kings
    New Jersey Nets (leaked by Kenny Anderson)
    Los Angeles Clippers
    Washington Wizards
    Indiana Pacers
    New Orleans Hornets
    With seven slots left, I still think there's an outside shot 2K goes for it and tries to put together a squad for every franchise to align with their 30 All-Time team push. In that case, four of those last seven could come from those teams mentioned above.
    In that case, I'd be a little conflicted because I'm still really pulling for a 2002 Nets, 2007 Warriors, and 2000's Spurs. Also, knowing the struggle with convincing Reggie Miller to jump aboard, I feel as though including a Pacers team is going to be underwhelming, especially if it's a 2013 squad. I'm also a little worried about the feasibility of a classic Wizards team if Gilbert Arenas, Rod Strickland, or Rasheed Wallace aren't on board.
    Perhaps worth considering all the same.

    Its going to be hard to make an all time pacers team without new pacers legends and if they have them we'll be getting a new classic team.
    I can see a bullets team or MJ wizards tbh -- I dont think the wizards classic team is dependent on those guys
    TonGunne
    Take out the Magic and put in 02 Nets with prime Kidd, Martin, Jefferson, Kittles
    I'm in for all the others and I like this Magic team to, but not before we have Jason Kidd

    How about we take out the lakers 04 and replace them with the nets
    GoDucks1224
    Lol wait. You really think PG isn't an all time Pacer great? I'd say Granger is too. The guy was amazing before injuries.
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    "Lol wait." Reread it. Thats not what I said at all. I said you cant make up an all time great Pacers team with just those two....therefore the the 12/13 pacers team wont be enough to fill out that Pacers all time team...
    World1
    I can see a bullets team or MJ wizards tbh -- I dont think the wizards classic team is dependent on those guys
    I'd definitely take an MJ Wizards classic (if a '97 squad weren't possible) but I was looking through the lens of which players are already included in the game. A lot of the new classics seem to have a base of players 2K's already had on other classic teams or on MyTeam and from what I can tell, the '02 and '03 Wizards have always been a bit light on licensed players. Aside from Jordan, Tyronn Lue, Charles Oakley, and Richard Hamilton, I'm struggling to remember who else on those rosters are already on the game.
    Of course, perhaps 2K would just go out and get the guys they need. That's always a possibility, too.
    World1
    "Lol wait." Reread it. Thats not what I said at all. I said you cant make up an all time great Pacers team with just those two....therefore the the 12/13 pacers team wont be enough to fill out that Pacers all time team...
    He acknowledged he mis-read your post later in this thread.
    World1
    "Lol wait." Reread it. Thats not what I said at all. I said you cant make up an all time great Pacers team with just those two....therefore the the 12/13 pacers team wont be enough to fill out that Pacers all time team...

    I've already responded to that and said I misinterpreted it. Go back a page.
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    RunRickyRun24
    Question - was Darius Miles in 2k17? Because I saw his card in the MyTeam video for 2k18 - maybe the Clippers are in??
    Just checked TonGunne's list. Looks like Miles was in last year.
    Here's the rest:
    TonGunne
    Here is the list with my team exclusive players from NBA 2k17
    Dave Cowens
    Bob Cousy
    Reggie Lewis
    Nate Archibald
    Kenny Anderson
    Jason Kidd
    Kenyon Martin
    Rick Barry
    Derrick Coleman
    Keith Van Horn
    Micheal Ray Richardson
    Bernard King
    Bob McAdoo
    Allan Houston
    Mark Jackson
    Bobby Jones
    Maurice Cheeks
    Jerry Stackhouse
    Clint Richardson
    Jalen Rose
    Artis Gilmore
    Jay Williams
    Elton Brand
    Terrell Brandon
    Lenny Wilkens
    Grant Hill
    Dave Bing
    Bob Lanier
    Rik Smits
    Michael Redd
    Flynn Robinson
    Bob Pettit
    Shareef Abdur-Rahim
    Eddie Johnson
    Glen Rice
    Rex Chapman
    Dan Majerle
    Bo Outlaw
    Wes Unseld
    Elvin Hayes
    Chris Webber
    Gheorge Muresan
    Manute Bol
    Brendan Haywood
    David Thompson
    Alex English
    Kiki Vandeweghe
    Spencer Haywood
    Fat Lever
    Antonio McDyess
    Christian Laettner
    Jack Sikma
    Tom Chambers
    Xavier McDaniel
    Darius Miles
    Adrian Dantley
    Mark Eaton
    Sleepy Floyd
    Stephen Jackson
    Jason Richardson
    Jamaal Wilkes
    Corey Maggette
    Larry Drew
    George Mikan
    Cedric Ceballos
    Kevin Johnson
    Connie Hawkins
    Peja Stojakovic
    Mike Bibby
    Rolando Blackman
    Jamal Mashburn
    Ralph Sampson
    James Posey
    With the addition of the all time teams, I believe many of them will be included in this all time teams.
    "Culture" clippers - Miles, Q, and Maggette and Brand in MyTeam still need Odom ... I'll even CAP him if I have to! Give me hip hop clippers!!!
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    VDusen04
    Just checked TonGunne's list. Looks like Miles was in last year.
    Here's the rest:

    Thanks man. I played my team a little bit last year ... really liked it. Question - what other mode would I be able to use these players in? Only MyTeam? Or in some other mode?
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    MarkWilliam
    I'll forever be salty about KD leaving :) but I may just HAVE to use this OKC team...... once...... maybe.....

    Just focus on the good times he gave y'all and let me enjoy our first time in the sun since 1975 without calling me a bandwagoner all over social media.
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    GoDucks1224
    Just focus on the good times he gave y'all and let me enjoy our first time in the sun since 1975 without calling me a bandwagoner all over social media.
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    I'll play nice..... but technically your first time in the sun since 1975 was 2015 haha.
    Second time now? Come on, play fair.....
    Haha all good fun.
    Darius Miles had a MyTeam card? What was he the worst you could get? Legitimately asking because I don't play MyTeam. I'd imagine his overall would be about a 68 lol. He was literally good at nothing. Wasn't even all that athletic either considering he was so tall/long.. he was always propped up to be an elite athlete, I'm pretty sure even KD with his similar build is more athletic than Miles.
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    ojandpizza
    Darius Miles had a MyTeam card? What was he the worst you could get? Legitimately asking because I don't play MyTeam. I'd imagine his overall would be about a 68 lol. He was literally good at nothing. Wasn't even all that athletic either considering he was so tall/long.. he was always propped up to be an elite athlete, I'm pretty sure even KD with his similar build is more athletic than Miles.
    I don't know how the MyTeam cards work but I think his base was 80 (saw some others that said 83).

    That's a bit steep. I guess I have to give him credit for striking while he was hot though. He didn't really have a discernible standout skill. My glowing scouting report would be that he seemed to do a lot of things pretty average to good sometimes. He was pretty much a quintessential early 2000's non-star. Full of young potential and just kind of running around out there and doing some things.
    I can't really figure out how he ever actually scored 47 points in a game so I'm going to go check out that video in a moment and maybe build some knowledge.
    Edit: His career-high is actually a pretty fun watch. Granted, the Nuggets played just about no defense whatsoever (ah-hem, Carmelo) but I guess I tip my cap to him for running his lanes and taking advantage. He even hit four or five jumpers. This had to have been just prior the micro-fracture situation because he was still bouncing everywhere:
    Smirkin Dirk
    I hope the 07 Warriors are in.
    And the 67 win 07 Mavs are in aswell, and I'd gladly spend my time with 2K18 playing the series over and over until we win.

    '07 was the widest window in Mavs history to win the title.
    Knowing that all that stood in front of Dallas would've been the inexperienced Jazz, a moderately old Spurs team, and the lowly Cavs is just a punch in the gut in hindsight.
    After that, Boston big 3 formed, Kobe got help in L.A, Miami big 3 forms a little later........I'm just so grateful the '11 team got it done before the OKC team became the force they would become & Miami got more chemistry.
    VDusen04
    I don't know how the MyTeam cards work but I think his base was 80 (saw some others that said 83).

    That's a bit steep. I guess I have to give him credit for striking while he was hot though. He didn't really have a discernible standout skill. My glowing scouting report would be that he seemed to do a lot of things pretty average to good sometimes. He was pretty much a quintessential early 2000's non-star. Full of young potential and just kind of running around out there and doing some things.
    I can't really figure out how he ever actually scored 47 points in a game so I'm going to go check out that video in a moment and maybe build some knowledge.
    Edit: His career-high is actually a pretty fun watch. Granted, the Nuggets played just about no defense whatsoever (ah-hem, Carmelo) but I guess I tip my cap to him for running his lanes and taking advantage. He even hit four or five jumpers. This had to have been just prior the micro-fracture situation because he was still bouncing everywhere:

    lol @ 80. Did Lamar Odom have a card? Must have been 90+.
    What always cracked me up about Miles is he never actually jumped all that high but he would pull his body or legs up on every dunk to I guess make it appear better. Then you see it in slow mo replay and he's about wrist level with the rim. He's been doing that since HS, check his McDonalds tape lol.
    But yeah you're right he had no standout skill really. Too small/frail to play inside on offense or defense, couldn't shoot, didn't rebound well, didn't do anything from a playmaking standpoint. He was pretty decent at running the floor. Get himself a couple dunks, get a chase down block every once in awhile. Horrible outside shot and horrible free throw shooter. He's one of the guys who destroyed the HS level with athleticism and size but had no noticeable skills, and poor IQ.
    I think that year or so with Portland was about the best of his career. Tried to catch them as often as I could to get a glimpse of Telfair, but he ended up very underwhelming as well. Miles wasn't what I would call a bust but fell massively short of his hype while on the Clippers. And he was absolutely horrible and selfish in his short stint with Ricky Davis in Cleveland. I don't know his numbers but wouldn't surprise me at all if he took more shots than points scored and joined the 30/20/60 club during that Cleveland run.
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    Miles did have one skill. That head knock celebration he used to do with Quintin Richardson all the time. I had NBA league pass in 2001 and watched the Clippers all the time. They were a really fun team.
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    midwestking100
    Doesn't look like will be getting any more 90s teams soon 😔

    Yep, and that SUCKS.
    Oh well, it is what it is. at least we've got the Heat & the Knicks. That's SOMETHING.
    Why aren't there any 50s teams? I get that it was way before our time, but they are the pioneers of the game. Without George Mikan, there be no Shaq, who said that himself when he passed away. Come on 2k. Show some respect and put in the 50s Lakers.
    thefranchise03
    Why aren't there any 50s teams? I get that it was way before our time, but they are the pioneers of the game. Without George Mikan, there be no Shaq, who said that himself when he passed away. Come on 2k. Show some respect and put in the 50s Lakers.

    Thenolder the team the harder it is to assemble I would imagine.
    We'll still have most of the ones that were already in the game right?
    I'm still holding onto the hope that they look and move much better. I don't really need much more if I can ball with ANY Jordan squads with an improved MJ (and co.).
    When can we see him is the question? Haha....
    RunRickyRun24
    Question - was Darius Miles in 2k17? Because I saw his card in the MyTeam video for 2k18 - maybe the Clippers are in??
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    Thats the thing i truly hated about the whole MYTEAM deal...there seems to be a ton of players locked in the game but can only be accessed thru myteam. I remember being able unlock legends or codes. Nowadays you gotta play a million hrs or purchase them and still cant use them freely
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    dilladawg4
    Thats the thing i truly hated about the whole MYTEAM deal...there seems to be a ton of players locked in the game but can only be accessed thru myteam. I remember being able unlock legends or codes. Nowadays you gotta play a million hrs or purchase them and still cant use them freely
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    Agreed. A game changer would be access to the legends pool from my Team fully editable and customizable accross all modes. As well as an improved create a player so we are able to create more accurate classic players. Something like the WWE 2k games would be ideal. You are able to have extremely accurate create a players and can fully customize your experience playing the game. There are people who have created full throwback "Monday night Wars" rosters of 90s WCW and WWF, with fully accurate themes, arenas, sets, rings created superstars with near scanned level likenesses and accurate costumes and ring gear as well as taunts and movesets.
    Everything is in place for this level of customization in our NBA 2k experience. Wouldn't it be fantastic to create old arenas and courts near photo realistic players and correct uniforms to essentially replay whichever era you choose.
    thefranchise03
    Why aren't there any 50s teams? I get that it was way before our time, but they are the pioneers of the game. Without George Mikan, there be no Shaq, who said that himself when he passed away. Come on 2k. Show some respect and put in the 50s Lakers.

    Yeah, there were 4 hall of famers on that vintage Lakers team that would be worth having in 2K. And they're all dead. 2K has the rights to one guy. Now go out and get the other 3, along with another 3-4 role players nobody ever heard of that retired 65 years ago.
    Getting likeness rights to deceased players is very difficult. See Moses Malone, Anthony Mason, etc. You don't even know who to negotiate with in many cases.
    I wish people would think before complaining, as if it never ever dawned on 2K with lifelong Laker fan LD2K at the helm and 8458216142 different Lakers teams in the game already that the 50s Lakers would be a possibility. Thank you for this earth-shattering Nugget of information.
    There are certain things out of 2Ks hands. Player likeness rights is one of them. They know who all the great players are and they have read over and over who the most requested historic teams are. Stop blaming them for things they can't control.
    billygun
    Do you guys think melo will have his cornrows or not ?
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    No, I don't think when there's several versions of players they do much besides changing the ratings. . Maybe because Carmelo is still playing, they can do it more easily though. Kobe had his little fro on the 98 Lakers so you never know. Chris Webber might point towards 2k not being thorough though.
    thefranchise03
    Why aren't there any 50s teams? I get that it was way before our time, but they are the pioneers of the game. Without George Mikan, there be no Shaq, who said that himself when he passed away. Come on 2k. Show some respect and put in the 50s Lakers.

    Thing is, it's a video game and not the hall of fame. I figure they pick teams based on who they think will get the most usage. That a team isn't in the game isn't disrespect. I also don't think of it as an honor when 2k uses a team. If they put teams in the game based on accomplishment, you'd have a lot more Celtics teams.
    The 50's had such a drastically different style of play. I honestly wouldn't know what moves to do. Would be cool to limit yourself to that style though.
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    billygun
    Do you guys think melo will have his cornrows or not?

    yellow86
    No, I don't think when there's several versions of players they do much besides changing the ratings. . Maybe because Carmelo is still playing, they can do it more easily though. Kobe had his little fro on the 98 Lakers so you never know. Chris Webber might point towards 2k not being thorough though.
    I think Carmelo Anthony with cornrows is a little too obvious for 2K not to include on a classic Nuggets team. Some of the classic players they added in 2K16 had some issues—such as Tracy McGrady on the Raptors looking like a 32-year-old Tracy McGrady heading toward the end of his run—but that was a little more of a subtle difference since McGrady didn't really undergo any kind of drastic hair situations throughout his career.
    The big changes, such as Vince Carter being clean shaven in 2000 and sans beard, were accounted for in 2K17, even if people didn't like his model altogether. Generally speaking, teams and players added in 2K16 on forward have had an infinitely better touch than any classics created for 2K14. There's still issues (super skinny Kevin Willis) and I'm still expecting some of the smaller differences not to be accounted for (someone's going to come out looking like their older self, it's just a matter of who) but I think it's relatively safe to assume the big things like Melo's rows should be there.
    jmarcguy
    The 50's had such a drastically different style of play. I honestly wouldn't know what moves to do. Would be cool to limit yourself to that style though.
    That's what made 2K12's Legends mode so great. The 1960's Lakers-Celtics battle included era-specific rules and two teams who played a similar style of game, so it was a totally unique experience. A lot more sweeping hooks, an increased emphasis on working the ball inside (since there was no 3-point line and thus little reason to shoot far away from the basket), and a bevy of set shots. It was actually one of the cooler video game basketball experiences I've ever had.
    With that in mind, if 2K were to add any more teams from that era or prior, I feel like they'd have to re-institute at least some of those features to re-gain that authentic feel. It also might make sense to offer a few new teams from that era in that case so they could battle one another. 2K12 wouldn't have been the same if they only offered the 60's Celtics and not their Lakers counterpart from the same year.
    Kstat
    Yeah, there were 4 hall of famers on that vintage Lakers team that would be worth having in 2K. And they're all dead. 2K has the rights to one guy. Now go out and get the other 3, along with another 3-4 role players nobody ever heard of that retired 65 years ago.
    Getting likeness rights to deceased players is very difficult. See Moses Malone, Anthony Mason, etc. You don't even know who to negotiate with in many cases.
    I wish people would think before complaining, as if it never ever dawned on 2K with lifelong Laker fan LD2K at the helm and 8458216142 different Lakers teams in the game already that the 50s Lakers would be a possibility. Thank you for this earth-shattering Nugget of information.
    There are certain things out of 2Ks hands. Player likeness rights is one of them. They know who all the great players are and they have read over and over who the most requested historic teams are. Stop blaming them for things they can't control.

    Simple answer is we didnt see them play nor was it nearly as exciting a game in the 50s...60s...70s...at least thats my take.
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    dilladawg4
    Simple answer is we didnt see them play nor was it nearly as exciting a game in the 50s...60s...70s...at least thats my take.
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    The average score in the 60s was in the 120s. It was the most fast break-happy era basketball will ever see. Not sure what else you'd want.
    jmarcguy
    Thing is, it's a video game and not the hall of fame. I figure they pick teams based on who they think will get the most usage. That a team isn't in the game isn't disrespect. I also don't think of it as an honor when 2k uses a team. If they put teams in the game based on accomplishment, you'd have a lot more Celtics teams.
    The 50's had such a drastically different style of play. I honestly wouldn't know what moves to do. Would be cool to limit yourself to that style though.
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    The 50s Lakers had 4 all-time great players that would be useful today.
    Mikan- no explanation needed.
    Mikkelsen- double double machine. Good mid range game and a nice low post hook.
    Pollard- Athletic freak SF. Could dunk from the FT line in the 1940s. Another guy that sacrificed to play off of Mikan.
    Martin- Legit 2-way point guard. Gary Payton 40 years before Gary Payton. Not only a good scorer but made his name on defense by making other guards miserable.
    All of these guys would be worth having in 2K and they'd be better than a lot of teams in the game right now. It's just not realistic to think you could assemble enough deceased players from a team that played in 1950 to make a workable roster.
    People would be shocked at how "modern" some of the past greats were. No, the league was not nearly as deep as it is today, but if you have the opportunity to watch game film some of the all time greats, it's easy to see certain things that would translate even today.
    thefranchise03
    Why aren't there any 50s teams? I get that it was way before our time, but they are the pioneers of the game. Without George Mikan, there be no Shaq, who said that himself when he passed away. Come on 2k. Show some respect and put in the 50s Lakers.

    World1
    Thenolder the team the harder it is to assemble I would imagine.

    jmarcguy
    Thing is, it's a video game and not the hall of fame. I figure they pick teams based on who they think will get the most usage. That a team isn't in the game isn't disrespect. I also don't think of it as an honor when 2k uses a team. If they put teams in the game based on accomplishment, you'd have a lot more Celtics teams.
    The 50's had such a drastically different style of play. I honestly wouldn't know what moves to do. Would be cool to limit yourself to that style though.
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    The problem is I don't think they're all that interested in adding teams that played before the Shot Clock was invented, which was 1955.
    dilladawg4
    Simple answer is we didnt see them play nor was it nearly as exciting a game in the 50s...60s...70s...at least thats my take.

    This isn't true, anything post-shot clock was entertaining cause every team played at a seven seconds or less speed.
    daveberg
    Yep, and that SUCKS.
    Oh well, it is what it is. at least we've got the Heat & the Knicks. That's SOMETHING.

    I blame the kids that complain on twitter for this smh.
    midwestking100
    I blame the kids that complain on twitter for this smh.

    and kids 20 years ago didn't want to hear about the players in the 60s and 70s. Kids aren't supposed to have an appreciation for history. If anything the historic teams we already have are a passion project from the creative team that really isn't moving the needle for them financially.
    Kstat
    The average score in the 60s was in the 120s. It was the most fast break-happy era basketball will ever see. Not sure what else you'd want.

    The NBA 3pointer was introduced in Magic's rookie year (1979-1980).
    That's a big difference in style, most people want the thrill of the 3.
    gu8lal8
    The NBA 3pointer was introduced in Magic's rookie year (1979-1980).
    That's a big difference in style, most people want the thrill of the 3.

    And the 3 pointer was almost never used as a main weapon until long after magic and bird retired. Bird was the premiere shooter in the NBA and even he didn't really start shooting them until his 7th season. Last I checked, the bird/magic era was pretty damn popular.
    Having 60s teams doesn't mean you have to play by 60s rules. They had guys that could shoot from 3 point range too.
    Jrocc23
    Nuggets Melo should be nice. Probably would have a ring if it wasn't for Kobe.
    Hopefully, they don't overrate Harden on that OKC team. Should be in the 80s. But OKC wins that matchup.
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    Only 1 conference finals in his career, what makes you think that since he wasn't going to beat Spurs, Mavs, Lakers. He's a prolific scorer but Melo is not a leader or team player.
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    Arod2k9
    Only 1 conference finals in his career, what makes you think that since he wasn't going to beat Spurs, Mavs, Lakers. He's a prolific scorer but Melo is not a leader or team player.
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    Have no idea why you're bringing up Spurs and Mavs.
    I am talking about the year he did make the WCF's. Which during that time he knocked off the Mavs 4-1 lol. If no Kobe, I believe they make Finals and beat Orlando.
    I am not here to debate you about Melo. You can feel how you'd like to feel about him. All I know is he was a beast and believe if no Kobe, he'd have a ring in '09.
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    Arod2k9
    Only 1 conference finals in his career, what makes you think that since he wasn't going to beat Spurs, Mavs, Lakers. He's a prolific scorer but Melo is not a leader or team player.
    I don't support the "probably would have had a ring if" argument in this case, as "probably" seems a bit too strong, almost as if it would have been a foregone conclusion. It wasn't.
    That said, Carmelo Anthony and the Nuggets were two games away from making a Finals appearance in 2009 (they lost to the Lakers in six in the Western Conference Finals). They dropped the Mavs in five in the second round and in all honesty, if the Lakers hadn't existed (as the original post suggested), I don't think it's far-fetched to see that Nuggets team advancing to the finals and taking out Dwight Howard and the Magic.
    I actually thought Anthony had a pretty great team-based run in the postseason that year. Nice supporting cast, Chauncey Billups held up his end of the bargain, Kenyon Martin, Nene, etc. Hypothetically speaking, Carmelo may have not been as far off from participating on a championship team as you think.
    dilladawg4
    Thats the thing i truly hated about the whole MYTEAM deal...there seems to be a ton of players locked in the game but can only be accessed thru myteam. I remember being able unlock legends or codes. Nowadays you gotta play a million hrs or purchase them and still cant use them freely
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    I agree. That's why I am glad they seem to have copied from Madden with the Draft Champions idea. So at least you don't have to grind hard or pay money to play with players you'd otherwise most likely never play with.
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    That would've been a blast of a Finals.
    Nuggets/Magic.
    If you look back and think, hey we got 90's Heat, 90's Knicks, 08 Nuggets, Big 4 Thunder, Superteam Lakers, 02 Kings and Grit and Grind Memphis... that's a pretty good set list of new teams.
    And we still have 8 teams to go.
    Good upside given that the teams will likely get better and better these next reveals. I couldn't imagine them dropping "Last teams revealed are 05 and 13 Grizzlies!!" Lol, they're more than likely saving the best for last.
    Only ones that truly seemed odd were Grizzlies, the rest of these teams fit the bill tbh.
    Overreaction is strong on this forum.
    MoodMuzik
    That would've been a blast of a Finals.
    Nuggets/Magic.
    If you look back and think, hey we got 90's Heat, 90's Knicks, 08 Nuggets, Big 4 Thunder, Superteam Lakers, 02 Kings and Grit and Grind Memphis... that's a pretty good set list of new teams.
    And we still have 8 teams to go.
    Good upside given that the teams will likely get better and better these next reveals. I couldn't imagine them dropping "Last teams revealed are 05 and 13 Grizzlies!!" Lol, they're more than likely saving the best for last.
    Only ones that truly seemed odd were Grizzlies, the rest of these teams fit the bill tbh.
    Overreaction is strong on this forum.

    2009 Magic vs. Nuggets would've indeed been cool. It's so unfortunate that we tend to forget some of these great teams of 2005-2015, because they didn't win or were in the Finals. Even the 2009 Magic were kind of an anomaly and the East was pretty weak too. Would've been nice though if we had another winner + more various teams in the Finals.
    True! Last reveal with 2k16 was the 2007 Cavs and 2004 Twolves, not necessarily the most exciting ones though the 2004 Wolves were heavily coveted. 2007 Cavs was unexpected, but pretty meh..maybe this year will be different ;)
    That 2008 Nuggets team was such a good squad. It's a shame they ran into Spurs their 1st year and Lakers in the 2nd. People would have viewed that team differently if they had a healthy team and faced anyone else beside those two teams.
    I always thought the 07-08 Nuggets were such a sure thing for the game, but the longest shot of actual being in it at the same time due to 2 straight first round exits lol. I'm over the moon excited, give me cornrows Melo!
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