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NBA 2K19 MyGM: Tips for Budding General Managers

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NBA 2K19 MyGM: Tips for Budding General Managers

As players dive into NBA 2K19 and explore everything the game has to offer, many will find themselves wanting to try their hand at running an NBA franchise. Many here at Operation Sports are true franchise mode players, and NBA 2K19 has brought back its fantastic MyGM mode for another run at the hardwood. With endless customization options and a dense set of menus, this mode can be daunting for the uninitiated. Here are some tips to set you up for success whether you’re bringing the Lakers back to prominence or rebuilding past marquee franchises like the New York Knicks.

Try Out The Story At Least Once

Even if you didn’t play the first story in the MyGM mode from last year’s game, NBA 2K19 gives you an overview of what took place and even allows you to choose between a few critical options that help set the stage for the follow up this year. It’s scripted so your goals will be the same if you choose to play more than once, but the story does a good job of walking players through the basics of MyGM.

The story itself is presented through text and does take awhile to get started, but there is more than one scene that was entertaining and unexpected. For the most part, characters are written consistently and making choices in reaction to what different characters propose or say is a good time. I won’t spoil the plot here, but it’s definitely worth a look.

Keep Your Word

When starting a standard MyGM without the story mode, players are tasked with picking the franchise they want to run. Each team has an owner with a different personality type. Owners will be concerned with things like team image, making money, being involved in the day to day, and so on. Don’t worry if your team has an owner whose personality you aren’t happy with as there is a randomize button you can press until you get the owner to have the personality you prefer.

After picking your team, you will have an initial meeting with your owner where he will outline your goals for the season. You can either tell him you’ll accomplish the goal, maybe get it done, or flat out tell him you can’t do it. Would-be GMs should typically be non-committal about their goals, save for one or two you’re sure you can accomplish over the course of the season. Flat out denial isn’t advised at any point, and make sure that if you promise something you follow through. Failure to follow through will cause a large hit in the confidence your owner has in you to do your job.

Take Your Time

The NBA season is an 82-game marathon, and in MyGM this is evident in the sheer amount of things there are to do. The menus are intimidating but are vital to success. It’s important to take your time and go through each menu to see what each does. With the ability to game plan for every team in the league, scout college prospects, change your staff, and even relocate your franchise, NBA 2K19 allows you to change anything and everything about your franchise.

If that seems like too much, you’ll also have the ability to automate as much or as little as you’d like. You can play the full 82 or simulate games that you don’t want to play. You can even schedule team practices or decide to rest your players. Everything is here but can be easily missed if you don’t take the time to explore the mode.

Check In On People

Your owner, staff, and players all have different personalities and needs that will often be brought to your attention. Maybe a player thinks he should be starting or your head coach wants to change the game plan against a certain star player. It’s important to figure out the best way to manage the different types of people under your watch. Maybe the player needs some tough love rather than being coddled. Blowing off your coach could mean his morale drops. Confidence plays a big role in helping your team run smoothly.

There is a team status menu that will tell you of any change in morale, and you can choose to use MyGM perks that you unlock with each level you progress to help keep confidence and happiness high. By playing games, meeting goals, and handling other tasks, your GM XP bar will fill up and with each level you will be given a choice of multiple boosts to help you out. Some are single use while others are permanent, but these will be vital in keeping everyone happy.

Plan For The Future

Make sure you explore the players on your team and review the abilities of your coaches beyond just the current season. LeBron may be the best player in the game now, but he’s also 33 with a huge contract. How long do you keep him versus trying to move him at peak value for youth? The same goes for expiring contracts versus long-term deals. It’s probably not a good idea to trade for an aging vet with three years left on a max deal when you can clear your cap for the upcoming free-agent class.

You can also choose to stockpile draft picks or use them as a bargaining chip at the trade table. Sometimes draft picks will be more valuable to other teams than some pretty good players you may have on your roster, and could mean the difference between getting the player you want or getting summarily rejected. Also be mindful that the players you’re potentially looking at drafting are the real deal.

Exploring your staff and making changes for better coaches, scouts or even a financial officer is also an important piece of the puzzle. You may be running the show but you can’t do it all on your own. Maximizing return on each investment you make is fun but can be difficult if you’re hamstringing yourself with poor parts around you.

Final Thoughts

Running an NBA franchise can be hard, but in NBA 2K19 any tool you might need to get the job done has been provided. MyGM is a deep, complex and engaging mode in which you can do as much or as little as you want. The sandbox provided is chock full of different ways to lead your team to the Larry O’Brien trophy, whether you play the story or make your own. If you follow these tips and trust the process, you’ll soon be able to give Jerry West a run for his money and become the next great NBA executive.

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  1. Thank God!  I needed this.  I am returning to franchise play after almost 8 years so this mode, while awesome, looks so intimidating.  Now I will take my time to learn it.  This is great advice.  Thanks again.
    By the way, does anyone know where I can find a good MyGM tutorial or overview?  Thanks.  Sometimes I wonder if I should make one on YouTube. LOL!
    I'm deep into a MyGM save and loving it but "The Saga Continues" story mode is like a dull visual novel.
    There literally should be a warning before starting the story that there will be at least 2 or 3 hours of reading text before actually getting into things. The writing is average at best which is funny because MyCareer has legitimately great writing, characterization and direction. "The Saga Continues" struggles to be engaging most of the time so you're just sat there reading dialogue while watching looped animations for minutes at a time.
    Good article with some great tips but I had to get that off my chest about the story version, it has a nice premise but the execution is very weak.
    ZoneBlitz
    Thank God!* I needed this.* I am returning to franchise play after almost 8 years so this mode, while awesome, looks so intimidating.* Now I will take my time to learn it.* This is great advice.* Thanks again.
    By the way, does anyone know where I can find a good MyGM tutorial or overview?* Thanks.* Sometimes I wonder if I should make one on YouTube. LOL!

    I would just run a few test my gms before you get started on your main one that's the best way to learn.
    I started the myGM saga continues and got to the point of doing team logos and uniforms. Is there any way to download like you can in my league? I already made my uniforms, arena, etc in my league. I uploaded it so I could just use it in myGM but is that not an option? Do I have to do it all again? Thanks!
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    TheBigTee
    I started the myGM saga continues and got to the point of doing team logos and uniforms. Is there any way to download like you can in my league? I already made my uniforms, arena, etc in my league. I uploaded it so I could just use it in myGM but is that not an option? Do I have to do it all again? Thanks!

    In my opinion, this is the mode's ONLY big problem.
    Designing a jersey from scratch brought everything to a screeching halt.
    Trackball
    In my opinion, this is the mode's ONLY big problem.
    Designing a jersey from scratch brought everything to a screeching halt.

    I don’t mind doing it (although it seems like a tremendous oversight not to include an option to download other previous uploads), but I definitely didn’t want to go through the hassle of doing it all to get to the end and find there is an option to just download it later (like you can do at any time in myLeague).
    If it’s not possible at all I will recreate my team from scratch.
    Thanks for the reply. It seems that answers my question.
    Sent from my iPhone using Operation Sports
    I have a few questions about myGM-The Saga...
    How do we get our myGM to have hair!?
    Can we edit our team information or uniforms down the road or is the initial design final?
    Can you add an alternate jersey like you can in my league?
    Can we import draft classes in the first season?
    Can we edit the original settings and sliders throughout the year or are the initial settings final?
    Sorry for all the questions but I spent about 2 hours tonight and haven’t gotten anywhere. Depending on some of the answers to the above questions I may not even bother going forward.
    Thanks for any answers anybody may be able to share.
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    The design you make in MYGM story is final and you can't download custom teamdesigns in storymode.
    you can't use a custom roster or custom draft class.
    Best mode is traditional MYGM, but MYGM story-mode is a nice addition! :cheers:
    Fredette
    The design you make in MYGM story is final and you can't download custom teamdesigns in storymode.
    you can't use a custom roster or custom draft class.
    Best mode is traditional MYGM, but MYGM story-mode is a nice addition! :cheers:

    I started the myGM story mode last night, but I am thinking I may just do the traditional myGM which I have always liked (and was disappointed that we couldn't do last year).
    After the first season of the story mode myGM does it just transition to the traditional mode anyway? If so I think I will definitely just go traditional.
    Detroit Red
    I'm deep into a MyGM save and loving it but "The Saga Continues" story mode is like a dull visual novel.
    There literally should be a warning before starting the story that there will be at least 2 or 3 hours of reading text before actually getting into things. The writing is average at best which is funny because MyCareer has legitimately great writing, characterization and direction. "The Saga Continues" struggles to be engaging most of the time so you're just sat there reading dialogue while watching looped animations for minutes at a time.
    Good article with some great tips but I had to get that off my chest about the story version, it has a nice premise but the execution is very weak.

    They did discuss that complaint in the MYGM Blog prior to release and last year's was pretty much the same so those who played it should know what to expect but I get where you're coming from.
    Seriously though lack of being able to download a jersey/team design is a TREMENDOUS oversight. Pretty sure you can AFTER the story mode "ends" though, but still lol.
    TheBigTee

    After the first season of the story mode myGM does it just transition to the traditional mode anyway? If so I think I will definitely just go traditional.

    I think that's exactly what happens :cheers:
    MoodMuzik
    They did discuss that complaint in the MYGM Blog prior to release and last year's was pretty much the same so those who played it should know what to expect but I get where you're coming from.
    Seriously though lack of being able to download a jersey/team design is a TREMENDOUS oversight. Pretty sure you can AFTER the story mode "ends" though, but still lol.

    I expected it to be the same formula but I'm pretty sure there was nowhere near as much of an exposition dump to start the mode in 2k18.
    The pacing is just all over the place as to when the narrative kicks in and you have to read for a while, I don't mind it if the writing is engaging but it would really help if there was some notification that a story beat is about to occur.
    It's also only plays out during your first season so like 2k18 once you're farther than that it's all pretty inconsequential. I did sim my way through twice out of curiosity to see what making other choices resulted in, but sadly there's not much of a meaningful difference whatever direction you take.
    It's a neat idea but I doubt few will even touch it and fewer will see it through to the end.
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