The 2k server is acting up really bad on XBox so I can't see how my file is doing, or play anybody online. I'm a little edited out today. So I'm gonna start a Sixers association (since they're the only team I 100% completed).
Last season: 40-42
Average Age: 26
Team Salary: 67.24M
Cap Room: -8.56M
#42 Elton Brand (PF)
Personality: Laid Back
Contract: 5 yrs / 79.79M
#9 Andre Iguodala (SG)
Personality: Laid Back
Contract: 6 yrs / 80.00M
#7 Andre Miller (PG)
Contract: 1 yrs, 10.00M
Overall, a solid core. Iggy's entering his prime, Brand is still there, and Miller is just exiting his. The younger two are signed long term, while the Sixers will potentially have a tough decision to make with Miller going forward.
Rest of team
81 Samuel Dalembert (C)
78 Louis Williams (PG)
77 Willie Green (SG)
76 Thaddeus Young (SF)
76 Marreese Speights (C)
74 Kareem Rush (SG)
73 Reggie Evans (PF)
73 Theo Ratlff (C)
72 Donyell Marshall (PF)
72 Royal Ivey (PG)
70 Jason Smith (C)
A nice combination of role players and depth. Shooting is the team's weakness. Only Marshall and Rush truly excel at it but are fairly one-dimensional. The one player who could really thrive here is Lou Williams. Fyi I'm starting Green over Young as I anticipate the "Young" one is better suited to an energy role off the bench. Green doesn't mesh too well with Lou Williams off the bench since they both provide guard scoring.
Enough. You guys know the deal with Philly. Let's just sim a game already!
October 29th: Philadelphia vs Toronto
76ers squeak by Raptors 123-122 in OT (Oct 29)
What a start to the season! Every other Atlantic team lost their first game so Philly is in 1st place. I'm doing a great job! :P
Green: 25 pts (11-17 FG), 28 mins
Brand: 21 pts, 13 rebs, 4 ast, 3 stl, 4 blk (9-17 FG)
Iggy: 20 pts, 4 reb, 3 ast, 5 TO (8-19 FG)
Young: 14 pts (5-7 FG, 4-4 FT), 24 mins
Miller: 14 pts, 6 ast (4-12 FG, 6-6 FT)
Dalembert: 7 pts, 11 reb, 3 blk
Rush: 7 pts, 10 mins
Speights: 2 pts, 6 reb, 9 mins
Solid showing from Mr. Green, and Brand played like a star. The team had a very balanced effort. Young sparked the bench and had the highest +/- rating on the team (+21)
Bosh 28 pts, 10 reb, 4 ast (11-22 FG)
Parker 24 pts, 10 reb, 3 ast (8-14 FG, 5-6 3pt)
Bargnani: 20 pts (8-18 FG, 4-5 3pt) 23 mins
O'Neal: 19 pts, 6 reb, 2 ast, 3 stl, 3 blk (8-18 FG)
Calderon: 7 pts, 12 ast, 3 stl (3-12 FG)
Toronto shot 14-19 from 3pt range! Unfortunately, they only shot 33-82 on 2pters.
Let's sim the season.
END OF SEASON AWARDS
MVP: Dwyane Wade (26.5 ppt, 3.6 rpg, 8.0 apg, 1.5 spg, 0.2 bpg, .512 FG%, 82 games played)
ROY: Russell Westbrook (15.4 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 5.7 apg, 1.6 spg)
6MY: Rashard Lewis (19.0 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 28.0 mpg) CUZ 2k has him and Turkoglu at SF that's why!
DPY: Kevin Garnett (20.1 ppg, 9.8 rpg, 4.4 apg, 1.4 spg, 2.5 bpg)
MIP: Steven Hunter (3.1 ppg, 7.7 rpg, 2.1 bpg) (I guess that beats 2.1 ppg, 1.5 rpg, and 0.3 bpg from year before)
All-NBA First Team: Paul, Wade, LeBron, KG, Howard
All-NBA Second Team: Kidd, Roy, Melo, Dirk, Brad Miller
All-NBA Third Team: Deron, Manu, Pierce, Bosh, Bynum
All-Defense First: Kidd, Iguodala, J-Smoove, KG, Howard
All-Defense Second: Paul, Manu, AK47, Al Jefferson, Bynum
All-Rookie First: Westbrook, Mayo, Greene, Beasley, Oden
All-Rookie Second: Chalmers, Lee, Gallinari, Love, B. Lopez
COY: Erik Spoelstra (Heat)
EOY: Danny Ainge (Celtics - No, it's not really Ainge, some guy named Cameron Park)
Lorenzen Wright + 2nd Rounder for Theo Ratliff
Grant Hill + 1st Rounder for Thaddeus Young
Maurice Ager + Trenton Hassell for Reggie Evans
Joey Graham + 1st Rounder for Thaddeus Young
Brent Barry + Steve Francis for Louis Williams
Bill Walker + Glen Davis for Jason Smith
Francisco Elson + 2nd Rounder for Jason Smith
Julian Wright + 1st Rounder for Marreese Speights
Alando Tucker for Royal Ivey
Devin Brown + 2nd Rounder for Kareem Rush
C.J. Miles + Jarron Collins for Reggie Evans
Hassan Adams for Theo Ratliff
Andres Nocioni + Aaron Gray for Samuel Dalembert
None of these were particularly appealing. I thought about Grant Hill for a second but ultimately turned it down because I figured the 1st rounder would only be in the 20s. Young ultimately has more upside and he has to be looked at as the SF of the future.
Yep, we disappointed and are the 7th seed again. Good thing we faced the Bobcats, who were dispatched in 6 games!
SECOND ROUND BRACKETS
8 Warriors (yep, they did it again)
Ick, the divsion champs. They swept Philly including a 51 point blowout in game 4. Actually every game was a blow out, "best" loss was by 11.
Lakers/Spurs are nothing new. Heat led by MVP Wade and Beasley against the Big 3 should be an interesting one.
Lakers vs Celtics
FINALS MVP: Kobe Bryant (26.8 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 5.5 apg, 1.9 spg)
Bout time M I RITE?
RETIREMENTS: Cassell and Mutombo
COACH RETIREMENTS: Oh joy, my least favorite feature returns!
Yeah, I agree, this is one of the stupidest features in a video game ever. Cheeks just signed an extension in real life btw. He was also only an 8 year coach. WHAT THE HELL. Just like that 5 NBA coaches GONE. NO ****ING SENSE WHATSOEVER.
Ahem. Miller agreed to re-sign for cheap (13 million over 2 years) so I brought him back. I wouldn't have had the cap room to sign another free agent guard. Linas Kleiza signed for the MLE. He and my two rookies essentially replaced Rush, Marshall, Ratliff, and Ivey on the roster.
What did we learn from this? Well, the Sixers aren't a sure thing to have a huge improvement. They still managed to get to the 2nd round, which is what the team is ultimately expected to do this year, so it wasnt a total lost year.
That Rashard Lewis thing pissed me off right away, that's something you should notice right away in game testing. Lewis was a PF the entire year last year, why wouldn't you change his position?
Oh, Elton Brand. They didn't edit him at all between this year and last. His tendencies were exactly the same, which means he doesn't take enough shots (shot tendencies mostly went up to differentiate further the stars and scrubs). This isn't to say I hadn't updated his tendencies when I edited him - I should make it clear I'm editing both tendencies and ratings - it seems I didn't update him enough. Then again, maybe I edited him perfectly, because coming off surgery at age 30 he may not be a 20 pt guy anymore. We won't really find out until they start playing the games.