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Qualifying For the NBA 2k League: 5 Things To Remember

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Qualifying For the NBA 2k League: 5 Things To Remember

The grind is real. Winning 50 games in NBA 2K18’s Pro-Am mode is no simple task, either when playing with pre-existing teammates or playing with random gamers. Some players have already hit the 50-win plateau; some draft hopefuls have actually gotten some sleep and are not yet at that mark. There’s still plenty of time: players need to have etched their name in the win column by January 31. This league, though, is a life-changing opportunity and a huge goal for many people, and so pressure is bound hang overhead.

That being said, here are five things to keep in mind as you proceed toward your 50th win.

Words To Play By

To quote Brendan Donohue, the league’s marketing director and main public face:

“It’s all about commitment — the fact that you’ve won 50 games is what shows us that commitment. February will be more focused on in-depth analysis of player skills.” (via Reddit)

Let’s elaborate on that a little bit.

Winning More Than 50 Games Is Not Necessary

You don’t need to exert yourself after you’ve hit the 50-win mark. The NBA 2K League and its individual teams are not more likely to draft a player who wins 100 games than a player who wins “only” the requisite 50. Yes, the baseline was established to find those who are more dedicated, but the league isn’t looking for only the most dedicated players. Anyone who meets the requirement in a month will have demonstrated that they are sufficiently dedicated. Far better to improve in areas you may be weak in than to continue to grind away unnecessarily.

February Tryouts Are Far More Important

This is where the field will truly narrow itself down. Tryouts will involve games and drills on equal footing in order to flush out the best 2K players, not just those with talent enabled by high overalls. The level playing field (level playing court?) will exhibit the league’s objective of competition determined by the user — not computer-given — skill. It is based on this, not on January performance, that the league’s teams will be able to identify desired players. League coaches and officials will have access to behind-the-scenes analytics to determine the best players in the world and those worthy of being drafted. These tryouts are where you will make your mark.

If You’re Getting Your Name Out There, Be Mature

Remember the Sportscenter commercial where Stuart Scott (RIP) and Karl Ravech lecture then-rookies Kobe and Keyshawn Johnson on interacting with the media? Theirs is perfect advice not to take. If you’re getting your name out there in the hope that your exposure will improve your draft stock (about which more anon), be mature. Teams aren’t looking for self-centered ballhogs, and they aren’t looking for people who curse up a storm or constantly scream at their teammates. Avoid the actions, or more precisely the temper tantrums, of other esports players. Teams want the people they select to be marketable, and that means being more professional than infantile.

Exposure Is Good, But Not Imperative

This is perhaps the most contentious point so far. The unscientific theory out there is that teams have their draft boards set based on popular Twitch streamers or YouTubers. This is false. Teams may be aware of players already based on previous exposure, but more exposure does not equal better draft stock. The league is not looking to attract only people who already follow NBA 2K games; it is looking to attract as many fans as possible, which is more easily done with high quality play. They want the best players, not necessarily players with previous access to markets that the league will naturally attract. If your name is out there, great. If not, just worry about hitting 50 wins and performing well in February.

What are your thoughts on the state of the NBA 2K League thus far? What are your hopes, dreams, questions, concerns and angry rants?

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  1. Just want to remind everyone that 99.999999% of you aren't going to make this league, so don't be toxic to your teammates while grinding to 50 wins. In the end, you're just going to be stuck with how you interacted with people in the game, because you aren't going to be getting paid to play this game. 
    Bring on the February tryouts. I have an average teammate grade of A+ in pro-am because all you have to do is play the right way, play the game the way basketball is supposed to be played in real life. 
    BA2929
    Just want to remind everyone that 99.999999% of you aren't going to make this league, so don't be toxic to your teammates while grinding to 50 wins. In the end, you're just going to be stuck with how you interacted with people in the game, because you aren't going to be getting paid to play this game.*

    At the end of the day, for me, video games are supposed to be fun.
    I like it when I have to sweat sometimes ... competition is great ... but there gets to a point when I don't need it to actually be stressful on my damn life.
    ph33
    At the end of the day, for me, video games are supposed to be fun.
    I like it when I have to sweat sometimes ... competition is great ... but there gets to a point when I don't need it to actually be stressful on my damn life.

    Agreed . This game can be stressful as is lol . This isn’t for me but I’ll watch here and there.
    BA2929
    Just want to remind everyone that 99.999999% of you aren't going to make this league, so don't be toxic to your teammates while grinding to 50 wins. In the end, you're just going to be stuck with how you interacted with people in the game, because you aren't going to be getting paid to play this game.*

    That's how I look at it. Sure, I'll go through the tryout stage and play my game and see how I stack up. However, I'm not making any plans on relocating over the next few months.
    If anyone is trying to make it you have to be really involved with the community. Some of the teams are hosting 2k events so it'll be wise to attend those if you are serious about getting you're name out there. You don't want to be the guy that has all the skills but gets overlooked because you didn't establish yourself in the community.
    Just got my 50th win and so do we just wait for an invitation to the next tryouts? I feel like with a high winning percentage and an Average Teammate grade of an A there is no way I wont at least get a chance to try out. Does anyone know if we get any kind of notice beforehand of will they just throw it at us in February when the second round of tryouts start
    Bringbackourgame
    Just got my 50th win and so do we just wait for an invitation to the next tryouts? I feel like with a high winning percentage and an Average Teammate grade of an A there is no way I wont at least get a chance to try out. Does anyone know if we get any kind of notice beforehand of will they just throw it at us in February when the second round of tryouts start

    So you think you are special now with 50 wins and a teammate grade of A, that the teams NEED to invite you? There will be hundres if not thousands of players out there that can say the same about themselves^^ The teams cannot invite thousands of players.
    Bringbackourgame
    Just got my 50th win and so do we just wait for an invitation to the next tryouts? I feel like with a high winning percentage and an Average Teammate grade of an A there is no way I wont at least get a chance to try out. Does anyone know if we get any kind of notice beforehand of will they just throw it at us in February when the second round of tryouts start
    Make sure to register the form. After that you wait for the 2nd round tryouts which everyone who reached 50 wins and signed the form on time will be a part of.
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    jk31
    So you think you are special now with 50 wins and a teammate grade of A, that the teams NEED to invite you? There will be hundres if not thousands of players out there that can say the same about themselves^^ The teams cannot invite thousands of players.

    To answer your question Yes I do think I'm special. Here's a question for you, Do you want to get ran out the gym so you can see how special I am yourself. GsUpHoesDown503 Mr. JK31 if you think your better
    Bringbackourgame
    To answer your question Yes I do think I'm special. Here's a question for you, Do you want to get ran out the gym so you can see how special I am yourself. GsUpHoesDown503 Mr. JK31 if you think your better

    Lol, I never said I am better. I don't even play MyPlayer/ProAm/Park stuff, as I am more of a 5on5 basketball type of guy. I just said that I think there are thousands of people (other than me...) out there who achieved the same thing as you.
    Other than that, I don't think you play the game on PC, so there isn't even the possibility to show me your game.
    Bringbackourgame
    To answer your question Yes I do think I'm special. Here's a question for you, Do you want to get ran out the gym so you can see how special I am yourself. GsUpHoesDown503 Mr. JK31 if you think your better

    Lol aww. Aren’t you cute and obnoxious. I thought I was bad.
    Sent from my iPhone using Operation Sports
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