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NBA 2K League Tip-Off Tourney Preview

It must be said of the Tip-Off Tournament that there is far more that we don’t know than stuff we do know. There are no standings from last season to draw on, no sense of how each team generally fares in tournaments, no helping hands to make predictions.

It must be stated that the highest franchise outlook rankings in no way indicate that a team will succeed in the Tip-Off Tournament. Gameplay takes place on a totally different game build. It is competitive, it is engaging, and it is very much worth watching.

So here’s a preview of the inaugural NBA 2K League tournament. It contains a few things: what we know, what we can expect, and what we don’t know. That third category, by far the biggest, is the most exciting. It’s what we’ll find out. I can’t answer that — only tuning into the tournament on Twitch can answer it.

What We Know

All 17 teams are participating in the tournament. There are three groups of four teams and one group — Group D for death — of five teams. All groups play all their group games in one day, except for group D, which plays a few games Thursday and most on Friday. The top two teams from each group move on to the elimination rounds, which all take place on Saturday, when a champion will be crowned in the final game of the day (7pm-8pm). The winner earns a steel banner—the first in the “Tréfecta,” the three-banner chain for the three tournaments.

Whew.

All players and commentators will wear HyperX headsets; the league just announced a partnership with HyperX. Games will take place on PC, with players able to use their own preferred console controllers (Xbox One/PS4). Dirk_JDR, who provided the draft commentary, will commentate throughout the season, beginning with the Tip Off Tournament. Games are to be played in Brooklyn Studios in Long Island City, just across the East River from Manhattan. Many teams arrived in New York this past Sunday.

What We Expect

I expect very competitive games. It’s time, if you haven’t already done so, to realize that NBA 2K gaming has never been so even and equalized. Players have to deal with a new build and a very new environment. They have coaches, they have set plays, they have a whole new focus on the game. Nonetheless, we have absolutely nothing to draw on in predicting gameplay. Based on the one scrimmage I’ve seen, from which little can safely be inferred, watch for a lot of teams to play 4-1 on offense. Rebounding is going to be big.

Here’s a very rough sketch of each group.

Group A: Pistons GT, BucksGG, Kings Guard Gaming, Cavs Legion GC

Here are a few storylines to keep an eye on. Pistons GT and BucksGG will play the very first game in league history, giving them the first crack at the record books. First-round picks colliding: Lets_Get_it_Ramo for Pistons GT and Drake Griffin of BucksGG. For Kings Guard, it’s all about their self-determined big three of Mootyy, Worthingcolt and Timelycook. Cavs Legion’s first two picks are some of the league’s best, according to players. This should be fun, especially if Shaq is in the house.

Group B: Wizards DG, Jazz Gaming, Knicks Gaming, Warriors GS

Day two is a fun slate. The Wizards, whose court ESPN’s Zach Lowe deemed the best in the league, and the Jazz feature first-round point guards in DemonJT and third-overall pick Yeah I Compete. Knicks Gaming (check back for an article on them soon!) and Warriors GS went with forwards in the first round.

Group C: Magic Gaming, Raptors Uprising GC, Blazer5 Gaming, 76ersGC

All teams with plenty to prove. This will be the chance for Magic Gaming’s first round pick KontruL to shine and disprove doubters. It’s hard to offer much speculation here of what to watch. We’ll see if Tfreshyy of 76ersGC has arrived, as he proclaimed upon being drafted. We’ll see how Canada’s team performs. Blazer5 Gaming’s OneWildWalnut was one of the youngest picks in the first round, so we’ll see how he handles the pressure of the big stage.

Group D: Pacers Gaming, Heat Check Gaming, Grizz Gaming, MavsGG, CLTX CG

Group D for death? The top two picks go up against each other when MavsGG plays CLTX GC. The Mavs haven’t had much if any practice time together, which has allowed Dimez to make appearances on Conan and ESPN. Don’t sleep on the other teams, though, as FamousEnough leads a dangerous Heat Check team, Pacers Gaming has a deep roster, and Winner_Stayz_On leads a Grizz Gaming team with lots to prove. Playing four games rather than three in the group round will, I think be helpful, simply because it will allow teams to get a better feel for the tournament. One further thing to consider is how much of a factor rest will play. Elimination games are all on Saturday, so the top two Group A teams will be sitting for a few days. Group D teams will be rushed right into the playoffs the day after competing.

This is going to be a great start to the league. Tune in on Twitch and be sure to follow @OperationSports and @AJ113_OS for live coverage.

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  1. Nice read Josiah.
    Well i would like to point out my thoughts about the tip-off been made.
    Overall it was good fun and i'm totally entertained watching 2K in a big stage and with great commentary, wow the commentary was GOOD, very well done. (Boy that reminded me that while saving videos or streaming from PS4 we need commentary sounds, leave the soundtracks out just give us the commentary back for NBA 2K19 please 2k solve it, please.)
    As far as the competition i'e seen that teams are not really ready, they have either didn't really practice much or they don't know how but this will be seen in the future.. It's just so new i'll give them to that and it was a proimising and fun start.
    My thoughts on what we saw and didn't in the first day is as below. And 2k developpers need to check it out in order for 2k19 to better in my opinion.
    Things we didn't see in 1st day of Nba 2k League
    -Ball movement
    -Set plays
    -Offball movement
    -Post-Up
    -Inbound Plays
    -Crossovers with RStick
    -Team defense and philosophy
    -Advanced RStick shots
    -Offball screens
    -3out2in / 4out1in
    -Different type of passes
    Overall i didn't see ADVANCED stuff and what i expect to see in the future is a higher level of competitive gaming with advanced controls (rstick shots, post-ups, different crossover moves) and more basketball like competition, they have to have a philosophy about playing beatiful so that it can be more watchable otherwise...
    Things we saw most in the 1st day Nba 2K League
    -A lot of left stick exploits,nearly all movement. (Right-left, forward-back etc. it was so hard to watch it.)
    -5out
    -Good 1on1 D
    -P&R Offense
    -Dunks and treys, (give us some hook shots some more controlled layups..)
    -Ballhogging - man why do they have a coach behind if they hog the ball this much
    -Bad passing angles mostly due to 5out
    So yeah these are my first impressions from day one. I expect nothing but better in the future and i'm hopeful. It was a good entertaining start a lot of things are missing but it's promising.. :y220b:
    Good job NBA 2K League.
    What i’ve seen is close to 0 basketball. It was a group of people trying to exploit the game. To win you don’t need to know how to play basketball, you need to know how to play 2k.
    I hadn't intended to watch any of it, but caught the kings/cavs and some of the cavs/bucks game last night.
    Have to say I was disappointed with the standard on display. The guy in the cavs who was being over praised for his left/right/forward/backward BS was ridiculous to watch.
    I'm no fan of "dribble gawds", but I'd rather watch Steezo destroy someone in a 5-out than wat was on offer yesterday. Maybe when teams settle down and clear their nerves it may improve, but not sure if I'll bother watching anymore of it.
    Yesh2k
    I hadn't intended to watch any of it, but caught the kings/cavs and some of the cavs/bucks game last night.
    Have to say I was disappointed with the standard on display. The guy in the cavs who was being over praised for his left/right/forward/backward BS was ridiculous to watch.
    I'm no fan of "dribble gawds", but I'd rather watch Steezo destroy someone in a 5-out than wat was on offer yesterday. Maybe when teams settle down and clear their nerves it may improve, but not sure if I'll bother watching anymore of it.

    Ha. Rather than fix cheesy exploits, embrace them.
    ataman5
    Nice read Josiah.
    Well i would like to point out my thoughts about the tip-off been made.
    Overall it was good fun and i'm totally entertained watching 2K in a big stage and with great commentary, wow the commentary was GOOD, very well done. (Boy that reminded me that while saving videos or streaming from PS4 we need commentary sounds, leave the soundtracks out just give us the commentary back for NBA 2K19 please 2k solve it, please.)
    As far as the competition i'e seen that teams are not really ready, they have either didn't really practice much or they don't know how but this will be seen in the future.. It's just so new i'll give them to that and it was a proimising and fun start.
    My thoughts on what we saw and didn't in the first day is as below. And 2k developpers need to check it out in order for 2k19 to better in my opinion.
    Things we didn't see in 1st day of Nba 2k League
    -Ball movement
    -Set plays
    -Offball movement
    -Post-Up
    -Inbound Plays
    -Crossovers with RStick
    -Team defense and philosophy
    -Advanced RStick shots
    -Offball screens
    -3out2in / 4out1in
    -Different type of passes
    Overall i didn't see ADVANCED stuff and what i expect to see in the future is a higher level of competitive gaming with advanced controls (rstick shots, post-ups, different crossover moves) and more basketball like competition, they have to have a philosophy about playing beatiful so that it can be more watchable otherwise...
    Things we saw most in the 1st day Nba 2K League
    -A lot of left stick exploits,nearly all movement. (Right-left, forward-back etc. it was so hard to watch it.)
    -5out
    -Good 1on1 D
    -P&R Offense
    -Dunks and treys, (give us some hook shots some more controlled layups..)
    -Ballhogging - man why do they have a coach behind if they hog the ball this much
    -Bad passing angles mostly due to 5out
    So yeah these are my first impressions from day one. I expect nothing but better in the future and i'm hopeful. It was a good entertaining start a lot of things are missing but it's promising.. :y220b:
    Good job NBA 2K League.

    Bro, you are fooling yourself if you think in teh future you will see the things you listed that you didn't see now. What you saw is standard and will be on display for rest of this game. Nothing will change until 2k fixes their game and cuts out the cheese and animation domination.
    silverskier
    What i’ve seen is close to 0 basketball. It was a group of people trying to exploit the game. To win you don’t need to know how to play basketball, you need to know how to play 2k.

    And this is what any person with common sense expected this league to be.
    I don't play NBA 2k but after watching the first two days of the tip-off tournament I'm pretty interested. I understand this doesn't replicate legitimate basketball in any ways but I love the thought of there being no AI players on the floor. I feel like if I were to get a squad of players that I trusted and could play some decent ball with then this mode would be a ton of fun. I'll be sure to keep an eye on how this league continues to play out to see if it's worth following.
    Its crazy/comical to see the announcers get excited or say something akin to "What a pass!" when the ballhandlers force a lead pass into traffic and possibly through bodies.
    Well in the 3rd day i've seen i guess Hotshot from Heat gaming played some post-up doing the business at least it's something and i've also seen some more ofball picks and kinda like setplays not so advanced but at least something.
    I'm hopeful for the days ahead not just for this season but the years to come and with developpers to build better games along the way.
    2KLeague and all the teams should know and emphasize to their players that they should play better basketball not just a better exploited game and advanced games and show something different than the casual gamers.
    Competitions such as this one and with all that NBA force behind them will always be watchable at some sort but the games played better and more basketball like will get you more viewers and fans around the globe.
    Just watched the Mavs/Heat game on Twitch. That Mavs team is scary good! Seems to me like a perfect blend of talent across the board. I haven't followed the pro scene at all before this week but I can see why Dimez went #1 overall. His ability to get everyone involved and run the offense while also getting is was pretty enjoyable to watch. The bigs and shooters were getting easy looks all game long. On top of that, I loved their defensive pressure and think that they have to be considered the favorite to win this Tip-Off Tourney.
    ataman5
    Well in the 3rd day i've seen i guess Hotshot from Heat gaming played some post-up doing the business at least it's something and i've also seen some more ofball picks and kinda like setplays not so advanced but at least something.
    I'm hopeful for the days ahead not just for this season but the years to come and with developpers to build better games along the way.
    2KLeague and all the teams should know and emphasize to their players that they should play better basketball not just a better exploited game and advanced games and show something different than the casual gamers.
    Competitions such as this one and with all that NBA force behind them will always be watchable at some sort but the games played better and more basketball like will get you more viewers and fans around the globe.

    I understand what you're saying completely but at the end of the day these guys are on $32k or $35k contracts and are going to do whatever it takes to put more cash in their pockets which means exploiting the game however possible. I can't say that I blame them.
    With that said, I heard the commentator say that the Mavs got their first practice in together the day before their first game. I think overtime there will be more familiarity with each other and we will see a better semblance of true basketball from time to time. I think the future is bright if the NBA continues to push this as one of its child leagues.
    Honest question - which league has a better future in the eyes of the NBA: 2k League or WNBA?
    Iasounis
    It's on PC.

    I guess that makes sense. Probably the most stable online network and everyone can play with whatever controllers they want.
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    I might be off here, but I agree with others here as it was hard to watch. I think what would be cooler IMO is seeing single players in a E league playing as a team and that 1 player representing that city and team, so that we can see some real basketball that includes plays and legitimate styles of play like an online league. Having each team having there own playbook, etc... I think that would also be a better representation of the game as well. I think it could draw a bigger audience as it would be funner to watch as it could / would look more like real life basketball. It's amazing to see some guy try and use his stick skills head to head versus a guy who runs plays and using strategy. I doubt some of these guys could translate over to that style. IDK just my .02... I won't be watching again I know that...
    silverskier
    What i’ve seen is close to 0 basketball. It was a group of people trying to exploit the game. To win you don’t need to know how to play basketball, you need to know how to play 2k.

    go pull up my post history in regards to this league, the combine, and the top pro am teams. I warned you guys that this would be the case. at least early on.
    What people call the best in the game are necessarily the highest hoop iq guys. or they can have great basketball IQ's but the way the game rewards bad IQ when it's paired with 2k glitchy animations IQ. You were bound to have what you and the first reply said.
    In my little paper application I submitted to 2k. I told them, that I would be one of the few people who could make the game PLAY like REAL Professional basketball. And thats with running specific plays or not. I dont need to chese to play well. These guys do because thats how they have reach the highest of heights in the game. My instinct is not to abuse exploits. It's to use my basketball IQ to defeat my opponent.
    This is what i said it was going to be. An exploit abuse war. What 2k should be doing is using this as a beta testing ground where they keep tweaking things to get it right to the point where abusing exploits are no longer rewarding, but actual basketball savvy is.
    The reason some guys are scoring so much is because they have athletic archetypes, probably paired with a shot creator. and they are abusing the 5 out offense. meaning, one guy is going to the rack from a slight angle and the defense is so afraid of the kick out for 3 due to 2ks overrated 3pt shooting ability and a lack of tipped passes or stolen passes when someone makes that pass even if a defender in the passing lane. This is how they end up so wide open even in the half court to dunk a lot.
    With all the above said. I do have a few suggestions.
    2k is a basketball game. It's not FPS or a RP game.
    This means take off the headsets. both teams. Basketball is played where all 10 players can hear one another. thats real basketball. this is something that needs to be emulated in the 2k league.
    Now if you do this. you will get all the team internal banter as well as the mano y mano back and forth from one offensive guy to the next defender or vice versa. let guys talk. mic them up.
    This is a part of real basketball. sure i see the guys getting hyped but all i hear is the commentators(who are great) telling us what the guys are saying. nope. dont try to play it safe. let us hear these guys go back and forth. lets us hear them getting into their teammates or just getting hyped about the last play.
    While you're doing this 2k should have each person's audio linked to a player to record that talking. This is the kind of talking that needs to be placed into 2k 19's banter. This is basically mo-cap but for the voices. audio cap.
    I see why they went with the super powered PC's to run the game. it looks great, it plays smooth. more responsive. and they can have a larger crowd without it affecting game play(which is why the crowd is so small in walk on.)
    I really want to see if this actually brings in more viewers over time or starts to fall off. It started strong on Day 1 with 10k viewers and fell down to as low as 3k viewers for the playoff/single elimination rounds. There were definitely some good games especially on Day 1. I noticed quite a few folks complaining about the camera angle during stream. Broadcast isn't the most appealing from a video game perspective IMO. I'd much rather watch from the 2k angle if possible.
    So, these guys are the "best" players out there? Most of them seem to don't have any clue about basketball...Just skipped through some of these games and didn't see anything that makes these players more special than the random proam guy...
    vannwolfhawk
    I might be off here, but I agree with others here as it was hard to watch. I think what would be cooler IMO is seeing single players in a E league playing as a team and that 1 player representing that city and team, so that we can see some real basketball that includes plays and legitimate styles of play like an online league. Having each team having there own playbook, etc... I think that would also be a better representation of the game as well. I think it could draw a bigger audience as it would be funner to watch as it could / would look more like real life basketball. It's amazing to see some guy try and use his stick skills head to head versus a guy who runs plays and using strategy. I doubt some of these guys could translate over to that style. IDK just my .02... I won't be watching again I know that...

    I’m not particularly interested in this but watching a game controlled by mostly bots would be even more dull.
    splashmountain
    go pull up my post history in regards to this league, the combine, and the top pro am teams. I warned you guys that this would be the case. at least early on.
    What people call the best in the game are necessarily the highest hoop iq guys. or they can have great basketball IQ's but the way the game rewards bad IQ when it's paired with 2k glitchy animations IQ. You were bound to have what you and the first reply said.
    In my little paper application I submitted to 2k. I told them, that I would be one of the few people who could make the game PLAY like REAL Professional basketball. And thats with running specific plays or not. I dont need to chese to play well. These guys do because thats how they have reach the highest of heights in the game. My instinct is not to abuse exploits. It's to use my basketball IQ to defeat my opponent.
    This is what i said it was going to be. An exploit abuse war. What 2k should be doing is using this as a beta testing ground where they keep tweaking things to get it right to the point where abusing exploits are no longer rewarding, but actual basketball savvy is.
    The reason some guys are scoring so much is because they have athletic archetypes, probably paired with a shot creator. and they are abusing the 5 out offense. meaning, one guy is going to the rack from a slight angle and the defense is so afraid of the kick out for 3 due to 2ks overrated 3pt shooting ability and a lack of tipped passes or stolen passes when someone makes that pass even if a defender in the passing lane. This is how they end up so wide open even in the half court to dunk a lot.

    I liked the part in bold a lot and i believed/hoped when i heard the league that this 2K League will help us having better basketball like more real life basketball iq's created in game by the great developpers as they see it in first hand here.
    splashmountain
    go pull up my post history in regards to this league, the combine, and the top pro am teams. I warned you guys that this would be the case. at least early on.
    What people call the best in the game are necessarily the highest hoop iq guys. or they can have great basketball IQ's but the way the game rewards bad IQ when it's paired with 2k glitchy animations IQ. You were bound to have what you and the first reply said.
    In my little paper application I submitted to 2k. I told them, that I would be one of the few people who could make the game PLAY like REAL Professional basketball. And thats with running specific plays or not. I dont need to chese to play well. These guys do because thats how they have reach the highest of heights in the game. My instinct is not to abuse exploits. It's to use my basketball IQ to defeat my opponent.
    This is what i said it was going to be. An exploit abuse war. What 2k should be doing is using this as a beta testing ground where they keep tweaking things to get it right to the point where abusing exploits are no longer rewarding, but actual basketball savvy is.
    The reason some guys are scoring so much is because they have athletic archetypes, probably paired with a shot creator. and they are abusing the 5 out offense. meaning, one guy is going to the rack from a slight angle and the defense is so afraid of the kick out for 3 due to 2ks overrated 3pt shooting ability and a lack of tipped passes or stolen passes when someone makes that pass even if a defender in the passing lane. This is how they end up so wide open even in the half court to dunk a lot.
    I wrote the same thing in application.
    This cheeseres are nothing special...
    And yes stealing passes and overal defense is just bad and non logical...
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    I've enjoyed the league so far and am hopeful that over time we will begin to see better basketball being played from a team standpoint and seeing these guys run actual plays to free themselves for open shots.
    splashmountain

    The reason some guys are scoring so much is because they have athletic archetypes, probably paired with a shot creator. and they are abusing the 5 out offense. meaning, one guy is going to the rack from a slight angle and the defense is so afraid of the kick out for 3 due to 2ks overrated 3pt shooting ability and a lack of tipped passes or stolen passes when someone makes that pass even if a defender in the passing lane. This is how they end up so wide open even in the half court to dunk a lot.

    What team was running 5 out during the tourney? I don't recall any. People are starting to confuse spacing the floor with "5 Out". These league sliders are no where near the regular PRO-AM sliders. Majority of the points came from the paint or mid range area so that whole 5 out offense idea is pretty non existent in the 2k League. It's hard to run a 5 out with a athletic finisher at the 4 and a Rim Protector at the 5. I noticed a lot of teams running the PNR or playing inside out basketball.
    Korrupted
    What team was running 5 out during the tourney? I don't recall any. People are starting to confuse spacing the floor with "5 Out". These league sliders are no where near the regular PRO-AM sliders. Majority of the points came from the paint or mid range area so that whole 5 out offense idea is pretty non existent in the 2k League. It's hard to run a 5 out with a athletic finisher at the 4 and a Rim Protector at the 5. I noticed a lot of teams running the PNR or playing inside out basketball.

    These dudes are TRYING to run a 5 out-ish offense and finding out due to the league sliders. it aint working like they thought it would. probably a lot less open 3's. but because of this 5 outish offense. you see the athletic finishers killing everyone because its so much open space to run in and dunk.
    I'm pretty much giving them a mulligan this first year. These things typically take time to iron out the wrinkles so I'm not about to make my mind up after the first week of the first year. However, like others have said I saw too much of the worst of 2k. I saw a ton of:
    Snatchbacks
    spamming pump fakes
    trying to take charges outside the 3-pt line
    5-out that solely consisted of either high p-n-r or iso
    Too often the commentators (who did a good job btw) mentioned a player drafted high that hadn't scored because the team wasn't trying to run something to get them open. These guys were typically wings and right now the league is dominated by a primary ballhandler and a big. Wings are left to sit in the corner and wait for the ball.
    I saw some good but too much was overshadowed by the bad.
    Dyslexicphish
    I'm pretty much giving them a mulligan this first year. These things typically take time to iron out the wrinkles so I'm not about to make my mind up after the first week of the first year. However, like others have said I saw too much of the worst of 2k. I saw a ton of:
    Snatchbacks
    spamming pump fakes
    trying to take charges outside the 3-pt line
    5-out that solely consisted of either high p-n-r or iso
    Too often the commentators (who did a good job btw) mentioned a player drafted high that hadn't scored because the team wasn't trying to run something to get them open. These guys were typically wings and right now the league is dominated by a primary ballhandler and a big. Wings are left to sit in the corner and wait for the ball.
    I saw some good but too much was overshadowed by the bad.

    I'm with you on this one. It's in its infancy stage, so it's going to take time to flesh this thing out into a fully growing/thriving eLeague. I haven't played 2k18 before yesterday, so I don't know any of the glitches that players exploit so I guess it helps that I'm oblivious to that stuff so far.
    A lot of the teams aren't really running a 5-out because they don't have the bigs to stretch the floor with, but it has a 5-out look to it because of the spacing. I don't know any of these "pros" from a hole in the wall, so I had zero expectations for any of these players going into the tournament but I did notice that the commentators were keying in some higher round picks that weren't scoring like they expected. You are absolutely correct that this particular tournament was being dominated by point guards and athletic finishing bigs and shooters were lucky to get many/any looks from deep.
    I'm hoping that going forward they will be tweaking sliders to find a much better balance to allow all players and archetypes to be viable in the league rather than the current "meta" we saw in the opening weekend.
    As for the commentators, I've seen a lot of people hating on them (whether that was here or on Reddit, I forget). One specific example that someone brought up was when one guy said "whoa what a beautiful pass!" as a PG threw a pass between two defenders for a dunk. The post went on to complain that they were getting excited over a pass that probably shouldn't have been thrown, let alone completed, because there would most likely in real life have been a deflection. News flash: it's a video game! These commentators' jobs are to get excited and hyped over video game actions! For them to do that and actually get me emotionally invested in the game is a hell of an accomplishment.
    ---
    For me, my enjoyment in this league thus far has hinged on me going into it expecting it to be a video game league where basketball was the source of entertainment and not the other way around. For those expecting to see set plays run from the get-go and actual legitimate defensive rotations were setting themselves up for disappointment. I'm (very) hopeful that in the future this league will continue to grow to the point where more structure is not only implemented but almost mandatory for a team to be successful to some degree, but that will come in time.
    If they want us to watch this stuff, which imo, is horrible; they're gonna need something a lot more entertaining. The playoffs are on, I can watch good basketball there. Or, you know go outside and play since it's nice out.
    Why not just get some of the big name youtubers in a thing..people with a personality some of us recognize.
    Just a thought.
    I mean I watched about 5 minutes of a stream and was like yeah this is the type of stuff I hate playing against..why would I watch 2 teams do it to each other
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    Johnnythelegend

    Expected?

    Absolutely. The online play vs other people this year is truely a horrible experience. If this was 2k16 proam I'm sure way more people would tune in to watch it. The gameplay has literally turned into basketball for dummies.
    Constant blowbys by the offense with no counters by the defense. Snatchbacks pushing defenders back for easy shots. Dunking and finishing over defenders or getting bailed out with fouls constantly inside. Shooting 3pt shots 30ft+ out every game like it's nothing. Passing out of shots with ease. Contesting shots and having very little affect on the outcome. 5 out basketball while everyone watches a pg cheese a defender one v one. It's arcade basketball at it's finest this year.
    It's boring to play and even more boring to watch with how unbalanced everything is.
    born2playball
    Absolutely. The online play vs other people this year is truely a horrible experience. If this was 2k16 proam I'm sure way more people would tune in to watch it. The gameplay has literally turned into basketball for dummies.
    Constant blowbys by the offense with no counters by the defense. Snatchbacks pushing defenders back for easy shots. Dunking and finishing over defenders or getting bailed out with fouls constantly inside. Shooting 3pt shots 30ft+ out every game like it's nothing. Passing out of shots with ease. Contesting shots and having very little affect on the outcome. 5 out basketball while everyone watches a pg cheese a defender one v one. It's arcade basketball at it's finest this year.
    It's boring to play and even more boring to watch with how unbalanced everything is.
    They left us with this version of the game and hoped we are stupid enough to play it sorry 2k but your audience is leaving you.
    2k league is too boring i rather watch how people play mario on pegasus than this.
    Also all their animations they using we know them for like 5 years or even more...
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    A few things about this 2K esports thing.
    1. Sports games in general never attracted a huge viewership on Twitch, unless that streamer was playing ultimate team. You can look at all of the sports games, nobody on Twitch is playing the base game. They all playing ultimate team and even then, they don't get a lot of views. Sports games last too long for Twitch. Twitch is for fast paced, heavy action, each game lasts maybe 10 minutes or less type of game play.
    2. Twitch is dominated by Fornite right now. This is the worst time to try to introduce a new esport right now. You going up against King Kong. Also Ninja, the king of Twitch and the reason Fornite is so popular right now, held an event last night on Twitch. You not going to win going up against Ninja live streaming at the same time.
    3. 2K esports is suffering from not having anybody known on Twitch. They really should have a couple of well known Twitch streamers in their league for the first year to draw in the viewership. 2K highly under estimated the power of being well known Twitch streamer and what it can do for your game.
    I know this would never happen but it would be interesting if this league forced the players to run play styles similar to the NBA teams they represent. Could make for a more interesting watch. This would also make the draft more meaningful as teams would have a blueprint to how/who they draft..
    Gotmadskillzson
    A few things about this 2K esports thing.
    1. Sports games in general never attracted a huge viewership on Twitch, unless that streamer was playing ultimate team. You can look at all of the sports games, nobody on Twitch is playing the base game. They all playing ultimate team and even then, they don't get a lot of views. Sports games last too long for Twitch. Twitch is for fast paced, heavy action, each game lasts maybe 10 minutes or less type of game play.
    2. Twitch is dominated by Fornite right now. This is the worst time to try to introduce a new esport right now. You going up against King Kong. Also Ninja, the king of Twitch and the reason Fornite is so popular right now, held an event last night on Twitch. You not going to win going up against Ninja live streaming at the same time.
    3. 2K esports is suffering from not having anybody known on Twitch. They really should have a couple of well known Twitch streamers in their league for the first year to draw in the viewership. 2K highly under estimated the power of being well known Twitch streamer and what it can do for your game.

    I agree on the Twitch streamers part. The only Twitch streamer I recognized was TifeWorld since I'm following him on the platform.. Speaking of Tife, I don't think he's still part of the the League. He disappeared right after the 76ers team won the championship.
    Somebody that posted earlier had a better idea. Just have a bunch of 1v1s where each player represents a certain team in the league. The 2K twitch community has something like this going on called KoK. Would love to see 2K get behind the KoK thing.
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