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NBA 2K18 MyLeague/MyGM: What's Hot and What's Not

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NBA 2K18 MyLeague/MyGM: What's Hot and What's Not

Beyond the unresolved Kyrie Irving situation, we are finally and officially in the NBA dead period: after free agency but before training camps.  So you know what that means, right?  Time to talk about NBA 2K. With the recent news dump of MyGM and MyLeague upgrades, let’s take a look at what’s hot and what’s not so hot.

What’s Hot

Moratorium Period

It’s almost as if the good folks at 2K read my article a few weeks ago. Almost. Of course, this is the natural progression of 2K. Each year, it becomes more and more realistic. Including the moratorium period is just another example of that. There wasn’t much information provided on how the moratorium period will work, but we do know that it will last three days and verbal agreements can be made before they are finalized once free agency officially starts. 2K did go out of its way to clarify there would be no DeAndre Jordan moments, so the moratorium period will likely be fairly straightforward — at least for this year, that is. It will be interesting to see how many players, especially big name players, verbally commit during this time compared to how many use it to simply to test out the market and rule out certain teams.

“There are many, many layers to NBA free agency, and the inclusion of cap holds adds yet another layer of realism to the 2K experience.”

Cap Holds/Renounced Rights

This was perhaps the most prominent missing item from the free agency period. A big part of front office work, especially in the days leading up to the start of free agency, is taking a look at your current free agents and how they impact who you might target during free agency. If there is a player on your roster you want to keep only if you can’t scoop up your top free agent target, then your player’s cap hold will reduce your available cap space to sign free agents. There are many, many layers to NBA free agency, and the inclusion of cap holds adds yet another layer of realism to the 2K experience.

G-League/Two-Way/Prospect Stashing

For people like me who enjoy playing some sim-only franchises, the addition of the G-League is huge. Gone are the days of your draft prospects rotting on the bench. You can now send them to the G-League where, even though the games themselves aren’t playable, you’ll be able to scout players based on their performance. This adds even more authenticity to your front office’s scouting abilities as you can now make decisions that are stat-based (hello, new analytics tool) instead of just ratings-based. And of course, two-way contracts made their way in, which will give you even more control and flexibility over your roster decisions.

“The draft itself has felt stale in recent years, so including these items along with the ability to finally trade draft rights will pump some life back into this feature.”

Draft Improvements – Trade Rights, Prospect Stashing, Improved Draft Class Generation

Prospect stashing is one of the things I am personally most excited about. This addition has the potential to finally make the draft interesting. Along with more realistic player ratings, the inclusion of overseas prospects who won’t be available to you right away will make your draft-day decisions even more difficult. Is your team ready to win now? Then you probably want to take a rookie who can contribute immediately. But if your team is in rebuilding mode and you don’t anticipate competing for a playoff spot for a few years, then it’s worth taking a risk on a potential international star, even if they won’t be available to you for a few more years. The draft itself has felt stale in recent years, so including these items along with the ability to finally trade draft rights will pump some life back into this feature.

Even More Realistic CBA

In recent years, 2K has stepped up its game by implementing as many of the CBA quirks as possible. 2K18 looks to be another big step in that direction. In addition to capturing much of the new CBA, including super-max contracts and properly adjusted raises for rookies and vets, 2K will also include for the first time the stretch provision and over-38 rule. The stretch provision is especially big because if you find yourself needing cap space to chase a star free agent, you can waive one of your bigger contracts and “stretch” the cap hit over several years.

What’s Not

No Contraction

Given that the 2K franchise progressed from adding relocation to adding expansion, I was hopeful that we would see contraction added this year. But alas, no dice. I’m no expert, but it seems to me that it would take no less work than was required to add in expansion. Obviously, I could be wrong. But I also wonder if, from a creative license perspective, the NBA is hesitant to allow this feature into the game.

Contraction is fun from a fantasy perspective, but it’s rarely talked about in the real NBA. In fact, the current thinking in league circles is that more expansion is inevitable due to all of money flowing into the league.  If a team (or multiple teams) had to contract, it would most likely be due to a lack of finances, so you could understand why the NBA would be lukewarm to adding this feature.

But who knows what the real reason is here. For all we know, it could be something as simple as the 2K team doesn’t see the need for adding this feature. But for me? The thought of contracting four or so teams and having a fantasy draft for those players would add a lot of fun and intrigue to the franchise modes.

 No Mention Of Improved Trade Logic

This is one of the most frustrating aspects of MyGM/MyLeague. If you’re a frequent player of the franchise modes, you have no doubt run into some head-scratching trades. Far too often, the trades proposed to you by other teams make little sense. Teams offer you far too little for your own stars and they do not value first-round picks as highly as they should, for example. The 2K team clearly put a lot of time into this new analytics tool, which will be a great asset going forward. That same effort would be appreciated in shoring up trade logic as well.

“The thought of contracting four or so teams and having a fantasy draft for those players would add a lot of fun and intrigue to the franchise modes.”

 No Mention Of Contract Improvements

The market changes so rapidly that it’s difficult to nail this down with real-time realism, but with 2K17, you see good, solid role players sign for far cheaper than they ever would in real life.  The top dollar guys are, for the most part, handled appropriately. But once you get past max-level guys, there are way too many head scratchers.

During contract negotiations, it would be nice to see the player’s agent reference the deal of similarly skilled players. So if you try and sign Marcus Morris to another cheap contract, his agent would point out that similar players are making closer to $10 million or more per year.

What About MyGM?

The changes outlined above and in the blog should apply to both MyLeague and MyGM. As for MyGM itself, little was said other than it will be storyline-driven, with the caveat that you will still be able to manage your franchise the way you want. As I’ve said numerous times, I like the idea of MyGM more than I like the execution of the mode. I find it to be too cumbersome and it forces you to make choices where there are sometimes no good options. That being said, the blog emphasized that they are excited about the changes to this year’s mode, so I am looking forward to giving it a good test drive once I get my hands on the game.

“I like the idea of MyGM more than I like the execution of the mode.”

Overall

This isn’t necessarily groundbreaking but, as they said in the developer blog, it’s less about one particular improvement than it is about the sum of everything put together. Other than the new storyline-driven MyGM, as of now, everything else appears to be getting a nice polish as opposed to a clean restart. 2K has been great about making enough tweaks and improvements each year to keep fans excited about the series. And I, for one, am excited to get my hands on NBA 2K18.

What about you? What did you think of the MyGM/MyLeague details? What are you most excited about? What do you feel is missing? Let us know in the comments!

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  1. Trade logic is a huge one for me. Its just awful as is. Rookie draft the other day and Magic select Michael Porter Jr. All is normal until they offer him up for the 10th pick and a second rounder. I just quit. It doesnt have to be perfect but man its just terrible right now.
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    Wow all these new photoscans are great they even got Steve Kerr in from Nba2k35...:p
    MyLeague is gonna be spectacular this year. In future editions, I wouldn't mind seeing the MyGm owners in the mode with their different philosophies and have that affect coaches/player. Then, every so often a new owner with a different philosophy takes over. Just something to add a more dynamic element.
    Yea trade logic is something that can always improve. The idea of having guys demand the same money or more than comparable players is really dope, hope they implement that.
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    Trade logic is a hard one for me because not so long ago the Suns had 4 Point Guards.
    Demarcus Cousins went to the Pelicans for a bag of marbles.
    Boston depleted their roster to get Gordon. Hell the C's were talking Isiah Thomas trades after he got them to the ECF.
    Literally no current All Star other than LeBron/Irving are in the East anymore to the best of my knowledge.
    Kyrie Irving wants out of going to the Finals every year, 2 years after hitting the Game 7 championship game-winner for the franchise that drafted him.
    Hawks gave away the best 3 point shooter in the league to their ECF rival for nothing.
    Philly drafted Center after Center after Center.
    This is every day stuff that makes ZERO sense to me, so other than LeBron going to Orlando, it's really not all that bad.
    MoodMuzik
    Trade logic is a hard one for me because not so long ago the Suns had 4 Point Guards.
    Demarcus Cousins went to the Pelicans for a bag of marbles.
    Boston depleted their roster to get Gordon. Hell the C's were talking Isiah Thomas trades after he got them to the ECF.
    Literally no current All Star other than LeBron/Irving are in the East anymore to the best of my knowledge.
    Kyrie Irving wants out of going to the Finals every year, 2 years after hitting the Game 7 championship game-winner for the franchise that drafted him.
    Hawks gave away the best 3 point shooter in the league to their ECF rival for nothing.
    Philly drafted Center after Center after Center.
    This is every day stuff that makes ZERO sense to me, so other than LeBron going to Orlando, it's really not all that bad.

    Definitively agree and sum that with each and everyone of us having our own unique views on how things should be handled and players valued and it just make sense to go an alternative route ... set some guidelines for teams management stances (drafting, signing, trading, assigning rotations, etc), like: value picks, get rid of vets, value near future capspace, value vets, go after superstars, after complementary role players, play rookies and youngsters over vets, draft position of need, draft best available, draft best player with X skill, etc, etc ... and give us the users the tools to edit those guidelines per teams as well as give us the tools to edit players preferences for signing or trades (join: big markets, superstars, contenders, up coming teams, home, coach/system X, or go after big payday, etc).
    Trade value is subjective, from team to team, season to season, player to player ... therefor, give us more tools for us to manage such subjectiveness and make them fit our views.
    MoodMuzik
    Trade logic is a hard one for me because not so long ago the Suns had 4 Point Guards.
    Demarcus Cousins went to the Pelicans for a bag of marbles.
    Boston depleted their roster to get Gordon. Hell the C's were talking Isiah Thomas trades after he got them to the ECF.
    Literally no current All Star other than LeBron/Irving are in the East anymore to the best of my knowledge.
    Kyrie Irving wants out of going to the Finals every year, 2 years after hitting the Game 7 championship game-winner for the franchise that drafted him.
    Hawks gave away the best 3 point shooter in the league to their ECF rival for nothing.
    Philly drafted Center after Center after Center.
    This is every day stuff that makes ZERO sense to me, so other than LeBron going to Orlando, it's really not all that bad.

    As someone once said...
    "The difference between fiction and reality? Fiction has to make sense."
    MoodMuzik
    Trade logic is a hard one for me because not so long ago the Suns had 4 Point Guards.
    Demarcus Cousins went to the Pelicans for a bag of marbles.
    Boston depleted their roster to get Gordon. Hell the C's were talking Isiah Thomas trades after he got them to the ECF.
    Literally no current All Star other than LeBron/Irving are in the East anymore to the best of my knowledge.
    Kyrie Irving wants out of going to the Finals every year, 2 years after hitting the Game 7 championship game-winner for the franchise that drafted him.
    Hawks gave away the best 3 point shooter in the league to their ECF rival for nothing.
    Philly drafted Center after Center after Center.
    This is every day stuff that makes ZERO sense to me, so other than LeBron going to Orlando, it's really not all that bad.

    Just feel the need to point out that Isaiah Thomas, Giannis and Derozan are all all stars in the east :/
    I get where you're coming from tho
    Most important things i will look for in MyLeague, in order of personal preference:
    1. Player progression A.I. (peaks, which attributes are easier/harder to improve via training or playing time, which attributes rise up first as a player develops and which attributes are the first to decline? How much variance is there? How often does a player spike up and break out? I.e. have a 6-7 ovr rating spike. Need more of that).
    2. Generated players (the way they look and the identities/gamestyles they have).
    3. Teams and players having accurate self-awareness in regards to decision making (did they expand player personalities? How well do teams know their own roster?).
    4. How coaching systems influence the game.
    5. Scouting reports (whether they made it more in-depth or not)
    6. How does the game express itself when a team wins a championship? And how does it express itself when something else notable happens (outside of the twitter feature, which is too saturated to bother reading)
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    I couldn't care less about things like Moratorium period and all the little Cap details. They're good additions, but not essential to optimum experience imo. Gotta get the core things down first.
    To me, the AI handling of their staff is the biggest concern for me. I agree w those who say allowing teams to extend during the season would help, tremendously.
    Aside from that, this is still the strongest franchise mode experience found on a console.
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    Mike Lowe
    To me, the AI handling of their staff is the biggest concern for me. I agree w those who say allowing teams to extend during the season would help, tremendously.
    Aside from that, this is still the strongest franchise mode experience found on a console.
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    Ya I wish coaches had their real life contracts. And no more seeing the Spurs not renew Pop when his 1 year deal expires after the first season and seeing him signed by the Knicks or something. They seem to give the coaches random deals to start a franchise and like half of them are up after the first year and the new teams they go to make no sense. And there's too many good generic ones to choose from as a user team and that goes for all staff positions, but the CPU hires the terrible ones mostly.
    I agree that franchise in this game is amazing compared to the field. But a couple other things I think would be huge is a FA approval option like the trade one so you can veto stupid signings by CPU teams for those that don't wanna spend 8 hours an offseason doing 30 team control. And also the simulation difficulty slider should be different for every team, so you could set the good teams difficulty lower and the bad ones higher and get realistic standings and playoff teams each season by setting those manually. Also the ability to set each teams mode of thinking per say per year (rebuilding, contending, etc) to see them act accordingly in the moves they try and make. And lastly I think if possibly statistic sliders for league leaders would be amazing so you could adjust how high or low in general each stats leaders numbers range from. Say the assist leader is only getting 9 per game, adjust the slider up a bit and now you're seeing 11 a game for the league leader. That stuff would be amazing for me.
    MoodMuzik
    Trade logic is a hard one for me because not so long ago the Suns had 4 Point Guards.
    Demarcus Cousins went to the Pelicans for a bag of marbles.
    Boston depleted their roster to get Gordon. Hell the C's were talking Isiah Thomas trades after he got them to the ECF.
    Literally no current All Star other than LeBron/Irving are in the East anymore to the best of my knowledge.
    Kyrie Irving wants out of going to the Finals every year, 2 years after hitting the Game 7 championship game-winner for the franchise that drafted him.
    Hawks gave away the best 3 point shooter in the league to their ECF rival for nothing.
    Philly drafted Center after Center after Center.
    This is every day stuff that makes ZERO sense to me, so other than LeBron going to Orlando, it's really not all that bad.

    In my MyLeague 2k17 I started in the offseason and KD stayed put and Lebron joined the Warriors lol. After first season in the offseason draft Celtics traded Thomas to the Nets for Lopez and a draft pick.
    NYJin2011tm
    In my MyLeague 2k17 I started in the offseason and KD stayed put and Lebron joined the Warriors lol. After first season in the offseason draft Celtics traded Thomas to the Nets for Lopez and a draft pick.

    I messed around with a league where KD went back to OKC lol
    One thing I would add to the Hot List that the author didn't is adding created players mid-My League. That's going to be clutch, especially for guys that want to get started with MyLeague right away.
    MoodMuzik
    Trade logic is a hard one for me because not so long ago the Suns had 4 Point Guards.
    Demarcus Cousins went to the Pelicans for a bag of marbles.
    Boston depleted their roster to get Gordon. Hell the C's were talking Isiah Thomas trades after he got them to the ECF.
    Literally no current All Star other than LeBron/Irving are in the East anymore to the best of my knowledge.
    Kyrie Irving wants out of going to the Finals every year, 2 years after hitting the Game 7 championship game-winner for the franchise that drafted him.
    Hawks gave away the best 3 point shooter in the league to their ECF rival for nothing.
    Philly drafted Center after Center after Center.
    This is every day stuff that makes ZERO sense to me, so other than LeBron going to Orlando, it's really not all that bad.

    Great post. I'm pretty sure that after the trades we've seen in the past 6 months or so if you go back and read the Trade Discussions threads many of us (myself included) would look like fools. I'm not even sure how to approach giving advice in that thread anymore. :y220d:
    In regards to the bold: I don't think that the guys who complain about LeBron going to Orlando or Philly or another random team really understand what was happening or why it was happening... and it's really two fold. The first reason is the teams that LeBron would go to in real life don't have the cap space to sign him after the first season in 2K17. The second reason is in real life the teams that would try to sign him (or any other big name FA) would generally try to make a trade in order to make room for him. 2K doesn't have the function nor the logic for CPU teams to make those types of deals. Maybe someday the CPU will have the ability to make trades before Free Agency starts, however I kind of doubt a CPU will ever be smart enough to make those types of moves. I'd certainly love to see it though.
    Mike Lowe
    To me, the AI handling of their staff is the biggest concern for me. I agree w those who say allowing teams to extend during the season would help, tremendously.
    Aside from that, this is still the strongest franchise mode experience found on a console.
    Sent from my SM-G930P using Tapatalk

    The hiring and firing of Head Coaches is a big problem for me and it's something that I pretty much take control over. The worst is in-season firings where one coach gets fired early, then gets hired by another team before the season is over.
    The great thing about MyLeague is that it's so easy to just take over certain aspects of the game and control it a bit yourself. You might have to use a little imagination and/or some House Rules (like for in-season firing once a team reaches 10 losses in a row I automatically put them on the Hot Seat and use Random.Org to determine if they're fired). For the offseason, you can easily make coaches like Pop or Kerr stay if you want or if you want them to go to a new team you can random by giving them offers from different teams and letting them (the cpu) make their own decision etc. In a perfect world maybe we shouldn't have to do that, however, it's really not that time-consuming and makes for a better league/more enjoyable MyLeague experience so it's worth it to me.

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