In order to fulfil your potential and one of the best athletes in the history of the NBA, it’s important that you understand the basics of MyCAREER. This guide will help get you started by providing an overview of the first few hours in the mode, and how to make the most of your chance to shine.
Basic player information
When first setting up your player, your his position dictates his vitals. Below is a list of a couple of the best players in each of the positions on the floor, along with their height and weight:
Kyrie Irving – 6″3′ – 181 lbs
Steve Nash – 6″3′ – 173 lbs
Dwyane Wade – 6″4′ – 220 lbs
Kobe Bryant – 6″6′ – 205 lbs
LeBron James – 6″8′ – 250 lbs
Paul George – 6″9′ – 220 lbs
Tim Duncan – 6″11′ – 255 lbs
Blake Griffin – 6″10′ – 210 lbs
Dwight Howard – 6″11′ – 255 lbs
Marc Gasol – 7″1′ – 265 lbs
This should give you an idea of how you should build your player. A 7″ tall centre should not way less than 200 pounds, equally, point guards shouldn’t be much bigger than 6″6′. Heavier players move slower up and down the floor and are less effective at beating defenders off the dribble. Think about your approach to matches based on your set-up. Bigger guys in the post, smaller guys attacking lanes off of pick-and-rolls and looking for assists (quick tip: pressing and holding circle or B as the ball handler will bring a player to screen the defender for you, it really helps as a point guard).
There are a ton of different shooting animations to choose from in the player creation suite, and it’s important to take your time when doing so. The reason this is such an important decision is your animations affect your shot timing. This in turn has an impact on your shooting percentages, which is one of the big parts of your performance. Choose an animation that fits what you’re accustomed to. Play a few team matches and see what NBA players you feel comfortable using and score frequently with, then choose the animation that closest matches their style. Choosing whether to shoot “Quick”, “Normal” or “Late” will determine the timing of when you should release the ball during a jumpshot. The same applies to free throws. Watch each animation and choose one that you think you will be most successful with.
You can always change your selections throughout MyCAREER, so don’t worry if you aren’t happy with your first choice, head into “Edit Player” and try out some of the other options.
Your first game
The rookie showcase is where college players get to show there skills to NBA scouts ahead of the draft. The better you perform in this game, the higher up the draft you’ll get picked. Be aware: The higher you’re selected, the worse the team performed the previous season. That’s the way it works in the NBA, but as a rookie, you’re not going to be setting worlds on fire anyway. Getting more minutes with a bad team is better than being stuck on the Miami Heat’s bench.
Post game interviews with scouts
After the game, you’ll have three interviews with different teams, which will give you an idea of where you will roughly be drafted. Choosing the right answers gives you a better chance of being picked by one of these franchises. Some interviewers may ask if you are willing to move to a different position. If you’re not, choose a bad answer to force the team to consider another player. No matter what, you’ll get picked, it’s NBA 2K14, there’s no GAME OVER scenario. Focus on joining a team that is looking for a player in your position, and give whatever answers are required to make that happen.
The point of post game interviews is choosing the response that will help boost three different stats: Team-mate chemistry, fans and local fan support. Remember, you’re a big shot in the NBA now, so modesty isn’t always the best approach. Accepting defeat, admitting your opponents were the better team or focusing on the positives will likely lose you either fans or local support, but boost team chemistry. Choosing the answers that seem arrogant or boastful will often give you a boost in popularity, but could hurt your connection with the team and local supporters.
Attributes and VC
As you play matches and drills, you’ll earn Virtual Currency (VC) which can be spent on improving attributes, buying outfits, signature animations and other goodies that can develop your player. During the early part of your career, focus on building up the key attributes that affect your position the most. So for point guards: passing, ball security and some shooting are the most important, while centres should focus on strength and their post moves. Don’t skip your early matches and go straight to key games, as most of the stats are cheap to improve and playing through the early part of your first season will quickly help you become a competent player.
Don’t waste time saving up VC on expensive items like Signature Skills, as you are still in the early stages of your career, so your focus should be on the fundamentals.
Since NBA 2K monetised the training system to VC, the variety of training drills on offer has become pointless, as you’ll only be using the Dribble Course (unless you’re a big, heavy centre). In previous NBA 2K entries, different training drills improved different stats, now, all drills reward you VC depending on your performance. Dribble Course is probably the easiest and quickest drill to get through. NBA 2K14 has improved the drills menus to make it much easier to repeat drills to use your training allocation throughout the season.
Wait for free agency
If you’re a high draft pick, you may find yourself with a team that ends the season way below .500, but stick with them and see your contract out. Demanding a trade from the GM means that you don’t get to choose your next team. See your contract out with your first club, even if they pick up your option on an extension, and then test the free agent market. If you have made a name for yourself with some good performances, the big names will start hunting your signature and you can finally start chasing that championship ring.