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NBA 2k18 Franchise - Now GM of the Pistons

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Ok let's try this again.  My first Franchise mode in NBA 2k18 was a disaster this year due to some poor slider choices by me and some glitches that needed patching that were beyond my control.  The glitches should be patched, and I'm running default sliders this time.  

 

Welcome to my NBA 2k18 GM Mode franchise.  I previously ran franchises in 2k17, and 2k16. You can see them here:

http://www.footballsfuture.com/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=586067 

And here:

http://www.footballsfuture.com/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=572757 

 

Here are the rules I’ll be playing by to make things more interesting:

-          The regular seasons are way too long.  I will only be playing playoff games myself.  This means I could be potentially simming several seasons before I ever play a game. 

-          I will only accept trade offers sent from the computer or offers from the computer in the trade block.  If I do manual trades its too easy to manipulate the computer into lopsided offers. 

-          All draft classes will be auto generated.

-          I cannot trade for any picks after the lottery (so essentially I’ll never know the exact pick I’m trading for).

-          I will not trade UP in the draft ever.  Trading down is fine.  If I trade up a bunch of times and always land superstar players it makes the rebuild too easy.

-          I’ll be playing on Superstar difficulty with 6 minute quarters (set to alter stats to full minutes).  Simmed games are full 12 min quarters. 

 

These are my standard rules I’ve been running for 2 years now, I’m also going to implement this rule for this year:

-          Since this year’s MyGM first draft class is scripted and seriously overpowered, I will be skipping the first draft altogether.  This will really slow down my rebuild, but I don’t want to have the scripted players on my team.

So you may be asking why do MyGM instead of just running a MyLeague?  I like the normal interactions with the owner and leveling my GM.  I understand that the leveling adds bonuses which help a lot, but that is why I’ve created so many rules to increase the difficulty. 

 

Slider Settings

DEFAULT.  Seriously don't screw with the sliders, it messes everything up. 

New Forum

Please be patient with me as I test out the format of this thread and the options the new forum provides.

Team Selection

I have decided to start my franchise as the GM of the Chicago Bulls. The reason I'm choosing the Bulls is because I don't care about keeping any of their roster, and I plan on replacing the entire roster with CPU generated players.  

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League Results

Year 1 - Bulls GM, 32-50, 12th in East, missed the playoffs

Year 2 - Bulls GM, 40-42, 8th in the East, Lost Round 1 to Nets

Year 3 - Bulls GM, 41-41, 8th in the East, Lost Round 1 to Cavaliers

Year 4 - Bulls GM, 32-50, 13th in the East, missed the playoffs

Year 5 - Bulls GM, 47-35, 7th in the East, Lost Round 2 to Magic

Year 6 - Bulls GM, 52-30, 2nd in the East, Won NBA Title against Suns

Year 7 - Bulls GM, 59-23, 1st in the East, Won NBA Title against Trailblazers

Year 8 - Pistons GM, 35-47, 12th in the East, missed the playoffs

Year 9 - Pistons GM, 23-59, 15th in the East, missed the playoffs

Year 10 - Pistons GM, 39-43, 9th in the East, missed the playoffs

Year 11 - Pistons GM, 51-31, 3rd in the East, Lost Round 1 to 76ers

Year 12 - Pistons GM, Playing Now

 

 

 

 

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Opening Day Roster - Year 1
Position Name OVR Potential Age Years Remaining Current Annual Salary (mil)
PG Jerian Grant 75 B- 25 2 $1.71
SG Zach Lavine 81 A 22 1 $3.20
SF Quincy Pondexter 76 B+ 29 1 $3.85
PF Nikola Mirotic 77 B+ 26 1 $7.23
C Robin Lopez 78 B+ 29 2 $13.79
             
PG Kris Dunn 73 B 23 3 $4.05
PG Cameron Payne 72 B+ 23 2 $2.20
SG Justin Holiday 76 B- 28 2 $4.62
SG David Nwaba 73 C+ 24 1 $1.31
SG Paul Zipser 73 C+ 23 3 $1.31
SF Denzel Valentine 74 A 23 3 $2.19
PF Bobby Portis 77 B 22 2 $1.52
PF Lauri Markkanen 76 B+ 20 4 $3.82
C Cristiano Felicio 74 B 25 4 $7.84
C Diamond Stone 69 C+ 20 2 $1.31
 

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Strategy This Season - Year 1

The strategy this year is to make a bunch of trades and get future first round picks.  As I won't be drafting anyone in this first stupid scripted draft, there's no reason to intentionally tank but I'm sure I'll be awful anyways.  I would also like to unload the contracts of Robin Lopez and Cristiano Felicio.  

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*MEGA TRADE*

Atlanta Hawks Receive

SG Zach LaVine (80)

C Cristiano Felico (73)

SF Quincy Pondexter (73)

2021 Bulls 2nd Round Pick

 

Chicago Bulls Receive

PF John Collins (73)

SF DeAndre Bembry (70)

C Dewayne Dedmon (77)

2019 Hawks 1st Round Pick (unprotected)

2020 Hawks 2nd Round Pick

 

Lol I think this is one of the biggest trades I’ve ever made as far as moving parts are concerned.  The Hawks offered me their 2019 first and PF John Collins for LaVine, I countered, asking them to take Felicio’s contract in the deal, and they countered back with the final deal you see.  Obviously the big get here is the 2019 unprotected Hawks pick, which has a great chance of being a top 10 pick.  Collins is a decent PF prospect, and Bembry isn’t awful either.  Dedmond is solid too, I might try to flip him again once the 30 day waiting period is over.

 

*TRADE*

New Orleans Pelicans Receive

PF Nikola Mirotic (76)

 

Chicago Bulls Receive

2019 Pelicans 1st Round Pick (top 3 protected)

C Omer Asik (71)

 

This is a great trade for the Pelicans as it rids them of Asik's contract and gives them a decent big off the bench this year.  I'm getting the first from the Pelicans for taking Asik's awful contract, and it probably won't be a lottery pick.  Mirotic is on an expiring contract and I have a ton of PFs so no reason to keep him around.  

 

 

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Top 10 Prospects According to Draft Express - Year 1
DE Rank Position Name Age Height Weight Wingspan OVR Potential
1 SF/PF Jackson Baldwin 19 6'10" 250 7'4" 85 A+
2 C/PF Mirko Petrovic 19 7'1" 230 7'9" 84 A+
3 PG/SG Freddie Staples 20 6'2" 200 6'9" 81 A+
4 SF Odell Shepard 20 6'8" 225 7'6" 81 A+
5 SG/PG Art Horsley 20 6'5" 205 6'8" 79 B
6 PF John Malkmus 20 6'10" 230 7'1" 76 B+
7 SG/SF Ross Starks 21 6'6" 217 6'7" 73 A-
8 PF/C Jevon Kent 21 7'0" 235 7'8" 72 B-
9 PG/SG Harry Hawkins 22 6'3" 166 6'8" 65 A-
10 SG/PG Frederick Ward 19 6'7" 214 6'11" 71 B+
 

 

The stupid scripted draft class for Year 1.

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*TRADE*

San Antonio Spurs Receive

PF Bobby Portis (77)

2020 Bulls 2nd Round Pick

 

Chicago Bulls Receive

2020 Spurs 1st Round Pick (top 3 protected)

SG Darrun Hillard (71)

 

Portis was complaining about not having enough minutes so I moved him.  The Spurs pick again is probably not a lottery pick, but should bring in a solid prospect.  Hillard is on a 2-way contract so I can play him in the D league.  

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All Star Break Update

I’m a surprisingly respectable 23-34 at the break, which is 12th in the East.  But, I’m only 1 game behind the 8 seed Knicks, so somehow the playoffs are obtainable.  I don’t really have any interest in playing the playoffs games this year, so I’m going to try to dump Robin Lopez. 

OMG my idiotic owner in the scripted story traded the Spurs 2020 first round pick I acquired along with C Diamond Stone for C Marreese Speights and SF Wesley Iwundu.  I hate MyGM this year. 

 

*TRADE*

Philadelphia 76ers Receive

C Robin Lopez (77)

2020 Bulls 2nd Round Pick

 

Chicago Bulls Receive

SG Nik Stauskas (74

 

This is a salary dump.  Lopez is old and expensive, he’s not in my long term rebuilding plans.  I’m basically paying the 76ers to take his contract with a 2nd round pick.  Stauskas is on an expiring, but if he’s reasonably priced I might try to resign him in the offseason. 

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End of the Season – Year 1

Final Record 32-50, 12th place in West, and 25 games out of first place. 

In the future I will post end of the season stats for my players, but since I made so many trades (which mixed up my rotation a lot), and have no players of note I don’t see the point in posting them for this season. 

 

Final Standings

End of the Season Standings - Year 1
West East
Seed Team Record Seed Team Record
1 Warriors 68-14 1 Raptors 57-25
2 Thunder 59-23 2 Cavaliers 49-33
3 Rockets 55-27 3 Bucks 44-38
4 Clippers 52-30 4 Wizards 43-39
5 Timberwolves 52-30 5 Hornets 43-39
6 Spurs 47-35 6 76ers 43-39
7 Nuggets 46-36 7 Pistons 38-44
8 Jazz 41-41 8 Celtics 38-44
9 Trailblazers 40-42 9 Knicks 37-45
10 Suns 38-44 9 Heat 34-48
11 Mavericks 34-48 10 Pacers 34-48
12 Pelicans 33-49 11 Bulls 32-50
13 Grizzlies 33-49 12 Magic 29-53
14 Kings 31-51 13 Hawks 25-57
15 Lakers 31-51 15 Nets 24-58
*Indicates I have their first round pick

Wow, very interesting result for the Raptors winning the East.  The Celtics also struggled and finished 8th.  The Lakers were completely awful in the West which is surprising.  

 

Award Winners

 

MVP – Russell Westbrook, Thunder

ROTY – Lonzo Ball, Lakers

6th Man of the Year – Jeremy Lin, Nets

Defensive POTY – Hassan Whiteside, Heat

Most Improved Player – Myles Turner, Pacers (watch out NBA)

Coach of the Year – Steve Kerr, Warriors

Executive of the Year – Rockets GM

 

1st Team All NBA

G – Russell Westbrook, Thunder

G – Stephen Curry, Warriors

F – Giannis Antetokounmpo, Bucks

F – Lebron James, Cavaliers

C – Karl-Anthony Towns, Timberwolves

 

2nd Team All NBA

G – Chris Paul, Rockets

G – DeMar DeRozan, Raptors

F – Kevin Durant, Warriors

F – Anthony Davis, Pelicans

C – Hassan Whiteside, Heat

 

3rd Team All NBA

G – John Wall, Wizards

G – Damian Lillard, Trailblazers

F – Kawhi Leonard, Spurs

F – Paul George, Thunder

C – Nikola Jokic, Nuggets

 

All Rookie 1st Team

G – Lonzo Ball, Lakers

G – Markelle Fultz, 76ers

F – Ben Simmons, 76ers

G – Milos Teodosic, Clippers

G – Dennis Smith, Mavericks

 

All Rookie 2nd Team

G – De’Aaron Fox, Kings

F – Josh Jackson, Suns

F – Lauri Markkanen, Bulls

F – John Collins, Bulls

F – Jonathan Isaac, Magic

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Offseason Happenings

The #8 seed Pistons won the NBA Championship over the #1 seed Warriors (That isn’t a typo.  The Pistons beat the Raptors, Wizards, 76ers then the Warriors to win the title lol.  They made no in season moves, there roster is their IRL roster).

Avery Bradley won Finals MVP. (wow)

Notable Retirements: Dirk Nowitzki, Paul Pierce, Jason Terry, Joe Johnson, Manu Ginobili, David West, Matt Barnes

Staff Retirements: Kurt Rambis

HOF Inductees: Dirk Nowitzki, Paul Pierce

Jersey Retirements: #41 Dirk Nowitzki (Mavericks 98-18), #20 Manu Ginobili (Spurs 02-18), no Pierce?

 

Year 2 Budget

Player Payroll - $165.41 mil

Staff Payroll - $15.00 mil

Arena Operations - $13.95 mil

Team Operations - $40.00 mil

Promotions - $7.50 mil

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Draft Lottery

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The lottery doesn’t mean anything to me this year except trade value as I won’t be selecting a player in this draft.   The top 5 odds are:

1.       Cavaliers via Nets (25.0%)

2.       Hawks (19.9%)

3.       Magic (15.6%)

4.       Kings (11.9%)

5.       Lakers (8.8%) – must stay in top 5 otherwise goes to 76ers

Who’s it going to be…..

My pick held at #6 overall.  The Lakers jumped from 5 into the top 3, and the Cavaliers fell to 4.  The Hawks landed #3, the Lakers have #2 and the Orlando Magic won the #1 pick

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Staff Hirings/Firings

I fired my entire staff and decided to start fresh.  Here’s the new crew:

CFO – Garry Harris – Business (A), Potential (C), Economical Badge, Marketer Badge, Bully Badge – 4 years, $1.50 mil

AGM – Abraham Navarro – Contracts (A-), Trading (B+), Potential (C ), Recruiter and Wingman Badges – 4 years, $600,000k

Head Coach – Stephen Dawkins – Offense (B), Defense (B-), Potential (B), Teacher Badge – 4 years, $3.50 mil

Assistant Coach – Dirk Nowitzki – Offense (D+), Defense (C+), Potential (A+), Former Player Tactician Badges – 4 years, $1.10 mil

Head Scout – Don Carter – Scouting (A), Potential (B-), Dedicated and Careless Badges – 4 years, $400k

Trainer – Jimmy Lynch – Training (A), Potential (B-), Fitness Guru and Preparer Badges – 4 years, $450k

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*TRADE*

Brooklyn Nets Receive

#6 overall pick

 

Chicago Bulls Receive

2019 Nets 1st Round Pick (unprotected)

SF Luol Deng (74)

 

I'm trading out of this draft, and the Nets unprotected pick for next year is a big get.  The Deng contract sucks, but I have a ton of cap room.  

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1 hour ago, MKnight82 said:
Top 10 Prospects According to Draft Express - Year 1
DE Rank Position Name Age Height Weight Wingspan OVR Potential
1 SF/PF Jackson Baldwin 19 6'10" 250 7'4" 85 A+
2 C/PF Mirko Petrovic 19 7'1" 230 7'9" 84 A+
3 PG/SG Freddie Staples 20 6'2" 200 6'9" 81 A+
4 SF Odell Shepard 20 6'8" 225 7'6" 81 A+
5 SG/PG Art Horsley 20 6'5" 205 6'8" 79 B
6 PF John Malkmus 20 6'10" 230 7'1" 76 B+
7 SG/SF Ross Starks 21 6'6" 217 6'7" 73 A-
8 PF/C Jevon Kent 21 7'0" 235 7'8" 72 B-
9 PG/SG Harry Hawkins 22 6'3" 166 6'8" 65 A-
10 SG/PG Frederick Ward 19 6'7" 214 6'11" 71 B+
 

 

The stupid scripted draft class for Year 1.

That is a stacked class.

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2018 NBA Draft

I’m not selecting anyone in this draft because its scripted and dumb. 

 

The Orlando Magic select PG Freddie Staples #1 overall.  That is bizarre, as Jackson Baldwin is obviously the best player in this class.  OK, the Magic then trade Staples for the #2 pick and take Baldwin!  Wow, they’ve immediately won this draft even though that’s really dumb lol.  The Hawks take Center Mirko Petrovic #3 who is a the final superstar in this scripted draft. 

Nothing else to report form this draft. 

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2 minutes ago, Breesus mode said:

That is a stacked class.

It's scripted though.  Its the first class every time you start a MyGM mode in 2k18, which blows.  I've already played several and are burned out on those players.

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