Having signed for your first team in the NBA following the draft, you’re ready to embark upon your long and historic career.
Unlike the PS3/Xbox 360 version, next-gen MyCAREER carries many cutscenes that involve dialogue choices which will dictate the type of player and personality you will become. This guide will help you break into the starting line-up, make the most of your minutes and become a dominant force in your very first season.
Before reading on, take a look at our NBA 2K14 Starter Tips as that will give you a good insight about how to hit the ground running in the Rookie Showcase and how to build your character.
Play your position
If you are a centre, then play as such. Grab rebounds, work the post and get to the free-throw line as much as possible. Don’t worry about getting assists or bringing the ball up the court, focus on playing the game that is natural for your position. It pays to learn the most popular plays that your team employ, which is best achieved by turning on the floor plan which allows you to see the movement of players and where you should be.
You will find yourself isolated if you aren’t in the correct position on offense, and failing to score or even receive the ball. Equally on defence, you’ll lose points for leaving your assignment, or allowing your man to score, so just focus on handling your job and let other players do theirs.
It will take a few months before you become a starter in the team. There will be a series of repeated cutscenes with your head coach where he will inform you of gaining additional minutes in the team up until you reach the position of “Sixth Man”. Even if you continue to put up good numbers from the bench, the maximum amount of minutes you will get is 28 (in full game time, which will be scaled based on the amount of time you set for each quarter).
At the turn of the year, a series of cutscenes will occur that will lead to you becoming a starter, one of which will involve your GM saying he’s holding you back for a few games, in spite of your coach believing you’re ready for a starting slot. You can choose to react positively or negatively, depending on how your relationship currently stands with the GM, but it doesn’t hugely affect the delay in you becoming a starter.
In your meetings with the GM, don’t continue to ask for more minutes once you hit the ceiling of 28, as this will affect your relationship with him, and you simply cannot gain more until this series of cut-scenes occurs.
Accept your first season will suck
If you played well in the Rookie Showcase, then you will be picked high in the draft, and thus be chosen by a bad team. This means that you aren’t going to be challenging for a championship in your first year or two. Just focus on improving your game, earning VC and building your numbers to attract the top teams when you enter free agency.
If you need to earn extra VC to progress quicker, check out our guide to earn thousands of free VC every day in NBA 2K14.
You can always ask for a trade, but it’s best to wait until the end of at least your first season. You have a two year contract with your first team, with a further two-year team option. You can view how interested each team in the league is in trading for you in the menus (found under My Career – Team Interests). If there’s a team you wish to join that is highly interested in recruiting you, it could be worth gambling on asking to leave sooner, especially if they lack quality in your position.
Think about your responses
Throughout your first season, the cutscenes will give you a series of dialogue choices to make. The basic premise of these choices are whether you are a team player, focused on getting your team wins and working for the good of the whole, or a selfish athlete, more worried about his own numbers and becoming one of the stars of the league. The latter will lead to a more arrogant portrayal of your character, while the former will create a more limited athlete on the court, perhaps holding back some of your talents for the greater good at certain points in the season.
Whichever path you take, just make sure you remain consistent in the choices.