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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.

Huh, I didn't realize the  2k17 mycareer storyline was that popular.

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31 minutes ago, Breesus mode said:

Huh, I didn't realize the  2k17 mycareer storyline was that popular.

Confused?

And slightly drunk.

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Opening Day Roster - Year 2
Position Name OVR Potential Age Years Remaining Current Annual Salary (mil)
PG Kris Dunn 76 A 24 2 $4.22
SG Nik Stauskas 76 B+ 25 2 $2.72
SF Denzel Valentine 77 A 24 2 $2.28
PF Lauri Markkanen 80 A 21 3 $4.54
C Dewayne Dedmon 78 B+ 29 1 $6.30
             
PG Jerian Grant 76 B+ 26 1 $2.64
PG Cameron Payne 76 A 24 1 $3.26
SG Justin Holiday 75 B 29 1 $4.38
SG Paul Zipser 75 B 24 2 $1.54
SG David Nwaba 75 B 25 1 $1.84
SF Deandre Bembry 71 B+ 24 2 $1.63
SF Luol Deng 74 A- 33 2 $18.00
SF Wesley Iwundu 73 A- 23 2 $1.38
PF John Collins 78 B+ 21 3 $2.30
C Omer Asik 69 B+ 32 2 $11.29
 

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*TRADE*

Memphis Grizzlies Receive

SG Justin Holiday (73)

SF Wesley Iwundu (71)

 

Chicago Bulls Receive

2022 Grizzlies 1st Round Pick (unprotected)

C Cristiano Felicio (74)

 

Felicio is back lol!  The Grizzlies are paying me a future first to take his contract and I'm going to oblige them.  The two players I'm giving away are nothing special.    

 

*TRADE*

Washington Wizards Receive

PG Cameron Payne (76)

 

Chicago Bulls Receive

2020 Wizards 1st Round Pick (top 3 protected)

PG Langston Galloway (75)

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Top 10 Prospects According to Draft Express - Year 2
DE Rank Position Name Age Height Weight Wingspan School Badges OVR Potential
1 PG/SG Leo Smith 20 6'6" 186 6'8" Michigan 21 88 A
2 SF/PF Josh Cheeks 22 6'7" 226 6'11" FSU 11 84 B+
3 PG Dedric Perkins 22 6'0" 184 6'4" Iowa 10 82 B+
4 SG Lamar Davidson 19 6'6" 229 6'10" Washington St 8 80 B
5 PF Dillon Nance 20 6'9" 263 7'1" Kansas St 5 76 A
6 PF/C Greg Drew 23 6'10" 270 7'5" UNC 6 69 A+
7 SG Davor Klimov*2 23 6'5" 218 6'6" Russia 7 67 A+
8 PG Alexi Gornev*1 19 5'10" 156 6'4" Ukraine 4 70 B+
9 C Carson Meeks 19 7'2" 307 7'10" Xavier 5 73 B-
10 PG Cory Kerr 19 6'0" 174 6'8" Miami 4 74 B-
 

 

Wow this is one heck of a first class.  Leo Smith is one of the most amazing PG prospects I've ever seen, he's 6'6" with 94 SPD, 90 ACC and 94 lateral quickness.  Add on to that his 88 OVR rating and whopping 21 badges and he will be a Superstar the minute he enters the league.  Cheeks is a really good wing prospect and amazing shooter.  PG Perkins has 99 SPD, 99 ACC.  SG Lamar Davidson is the best wing defender in the draft and a decent shooter.  Greg Drew is a really interesting interior defender, and Carson Meeks is a MASSIVE Center prospect.  

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All Star Break Update

I’m currently a VERY surprising 32-25, which is 7th in the East.  I’m winning way more games than I thought.  I have some decent prospects but they should be losing a lot more than the CPU is simming.

All the winning is screwing up my draft pick for next year.  I don’t have any chance of winning it all, so might as well shoot for a rebuild. 

 

*TRADE*

Denver Nuggets Receive

SG Nik Stauskas (75)

 

Chicago Bulls Receive

2020 Nuggets 1st Round Pick (top 10 protected)

PF Darrell Arthur (72)

 

Stauskas is solid but not in the long term plans.  Arthur is on an expiring contract.

 

Other Deals Made at the Deadline

- Hornets traded SF Nicolas Batum to the Rockets for PF Ryan Anderson and a 2019 1st round pick.

- Knicks traded SG Tim Hardaway Jr. to the Mavericks for PF Kenneth Faried and C Robert Banks.

- Thunder traded PG Julius Randle to the Kings for C Willy Cauley-Stein and PF Zach Randolph.  

 

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End of the Season – Year 2

Final Record 40-42, 8th place in East, and 12 games out of first place.  I made the playoffs?  What is going on?  Apparently the team won games with stellar defense, as the Bulls allowed the 2nd fewest points scored in the NBA this season.  Unfortunately the Bulls also scored the 2nd fewest points in the league this year, and are statistically one of the worst shooting teams in the league.

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 2
West East
Seed Team Record Seed Team Record
1 Thunder 55-27 1 Nets 52-30
2 Warriors 51-31 2 Cavaliers 52-30
3 Timberwolves 47-35 3 76ers 50-32
4 Trailblazers 47-35 4 Magic 49-33
5 Clippers 47-35 5 Celtics 46-36
6 Lakers 46-36 6 Raptors 45-37
7 Rockets 45-36 7 Bucks 44-38
8 Nuggets 42-20 8 Bulls 40-42
9 Grizzlies 40-42 9 Pistons 38-44
10 Pelicans 37-45 10 Heat 38-44
11 Jazz 34-48 11 Wizards 37-45
12 Spurs 33-49 12 Pacers 35-47
13 Suns 33-49 13 Knicks 31-51
14 Mavericks 31-51 14 Hornets 28-54
15 Kings 30-52 15 Hawks 27-55
*Indicates I have their first round pick

 

Award Winners

MVP – Russell Westbrook, Thunder (this is his 3rd MVP)

ROTY – SF Jackson Baldwin, Magic (of course)

6th Man of the Year – Milos Teodosic, Clippers

Defensive POTY – Draymond Green, Warriors

Most Improved Player – Kyle Anderson, Knicks

Coach of the Year – Billy Donovan, Thunder

Executive of the Year – Thunder GM

 

1st Team All NBA

G – Russell Westbrook, Thunder

G – James Harden, Rockets

F – Jackson Baldwin, Magic

F – Lebron James, Cavaliers

C – Karl-Anthony Towns, Timberwolves

 

2nd Team All NBA

G – Kyle Lowry, Raptors

G – John Wall, Wizards

F – Giannis Antetokounmpo, Bucks

F – Draymond Green, Warriors

C – Nikola Jokic, Nuggets

 

3rd Team All NBA

G – Chris Paul, 76ers

G – Isaiah Thomas, Cavaliers

F – Kevin Durant, Nets

F – Blake Griffin, Clippers

C – Mirko Petrovic, Nets

 

All Rookie 1st Team

F – Jackson Baldwin, Magic

G – Freddie Staples, Lakers

C – Mirko Petrovic, Nets

G – Howie Eaton, Bucks

F – John Malkmus, Celtics

 

All Rookie 2nd Team

F – Odell Shepard, Cavaliers

F – Elden Flory, Mavericks

G – Billy Richardson, Suns

F – Patrick McInnis, Hawks

G – Victor Sharpe, Pelicans

 

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Playoff Rotation - Year 2
Rotation Spot Position Player Name OVR Minutes
Starter PG Kris Dunn 79 30
Starter SG Paul Zipser 76 28
Starter SF/SG Denzel Valentine 79 30
Starter PF Lauri Markkanen 80 36
Starter C Dewayne Dedmon 78 28
6th Man PF John Collins 78 28
7 PG Jerian Grant 76 22
8 SF/PF Luol Deng 75 18
9 SF Deandre Bembry 75 12
10 SG David Nwaba 74 8
11 PF Darrell Arther 73 0
12 C Omer Asik 71 0
13 C Cristiano Felicio Injured 0
14 PG Langston Galloway Injured 0

 

I don't really understand how this is a playoff team.  

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Round 1 Eastern Conference Playoffs

Round 1 Eastern Conference Playoffs
Bulls VS. Nets
Position Player Name OVR   Position Player Name OVR
PG Kris Dunn 79   PG D'Angelo Russell 85
SG Paul Zipser 76   SG Caris LeVert 77
SF Denzel Valentine 79   SF Kevin Durant 97
PF Lauri Markkanen 80   PF Chris Bosh 83
C Dewayne Dedmon 78   C Mirko Petrovic 85

Final Score

198-92 Nets Win

Players Stats

3 Most Impactful Players From Each Team
Nets
Position Player Name Points Rebounds Assists Steals Blocks Field Goals
SF Kevin Durant 66 8 6 0 4 26-36
PF Chris Bosh 30 14 2 4 0 10-18
C Mirko Petrovic 20 20 12 4 6 10-10
Bulls
Position Player Name Points Rebounds Assists Steals Blocks Field Goals
PF Lauri Markkanen 26 2 0 2 0 8-26
SF Deandre Bembry 14 4 4 0 0 6-18
PF Darrell Arthur 14 10 2 0 0 6-6

Team Stats

Team Game Statistics
Stat Bulls Nets
Points 92 198
Field Goal % 33% 65%
3 Point % 14% 50%
Free Throws 22/24 22/22
Fast Break Pts 8 46
Points in Paint 52 88
Bench Points 58 50
Assists 26 48
O Rebounds 20 20
D Rebounds 24 50
Steals 8 18
Blocks 2 12

Summary

Lol, that score is not a typo.  Keep in mind though that I'm playing 6 min quarters and the computer doubles the stats to make them "normalized". What a disaster.  I have no idea what I’m doing in the playoffs, my team is awful.  The Nets are a monster.  Their entire starting lineup can shoot 3 pointers, including their Center.  Kevin Durant is unstoppable, but the rest of their roster is amazing too.  D’Angelo Russell runs the show, he finished with 16 assists and 28 points.  Chris Bosh (yes he’s still playing) killed me on the boards and was draining mid-range shots all game.  Bosh is a good defender too.  Their rookie Center is one of the top 3 scripted picks from the first draft, and he’s a 7’1” monster shot blocker that rebounds like crazy and can shoot.  The Nets are really really good.

My team is a joke, I’m not going to waste any more time playing these games.  I’m going to sim this out and head to the offseason. 

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Offseason Happenings

The #1 seed Thunder won the NBA Championship over the #1 seed Nets.

Russell Westbrook won Finals MVP.

Notable Retirements: Vince Carter, Jamal Crawford, Pau Gasol, Deron Williams

Staff Retirements: Jacque Vaughn

HOF Inductees: Vince Carter

Jersey Retirements: None

 

Year 3 Budget

Player Payroll - $167.08 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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I have two picks in the lottery this year.  However, the Pelicans pick (which is the 11th odds) is top 3 protected, so I actually don’t want that pick to hit the lottery.  I also have the Hawks pick, which has the #1 best odds.  The top 5 odds are:

1.       Bulls via Hawks (25.0%)

2.       Hornets (19.9%)

3.       76ers via Kings (15.6%)

4.       Mavericks (11.9%)

5.       Knicks (8.8%)

Who’s it going to be…..

My pick from the Pelicans held at 11.  The Jazz jumped from 8 into the top 3, wow they had less than 3% chance.    The Mavericks fell to 6th, meaning the Knicks have jumped into the top 3.  This isn’t looking good for me.  The Hornets fell to 5.  My pick has fallen to 4.  UGH.  The Knicks landed the #3 pick, the Jazz are #2 and the 76ers won the Lottery.  Wow.    

I have picks 4, 11, 15, & 29 in this draft.

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2019 NBA Draft

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Draft Picks

Round 1 – 4 overall

Round 1 – 11 overall

Round 1 – 15 overall

Round 1 – 29 overall

God dropping out of the top 3 in the lottery really hurt.  This is a deep draft though and I should be able to get a stud at 4.  I’d really like to take a Forward with the pick, as I prefer to build around a star forward than PG.  But I’ll have to take what the draft gives me.  I’d love to be able to take Center Carson Meeks at 11, but he’ll probably be gone. 

#1 overall is PG Leo Smith to the 76ers, he’s a stud and will be a Superstar.  The 76ers are going to be dangerous.  SF Josh Cheeks goes #2 to the Jazz, crap I was hoping he’d fall.  The Knicks take PG Dedric Perkins #3 overall.  I’m on the clock. 

 

Here are the top players available at 4:

SG Lamar Davidson

DE Rank Position Name Height Weight Wingspan School OVR Potential
4 SG Lamar Davidson 6'6" 229 6'10" Washington St 80 B
                 
INS MID 3PT INS D PER D PLMK REB IQ PHYS
B- B B- C A C+ C- B+ A-

He’s the best perimeter defender in the draft and he has great length for his position.  He’s a pretty good athlete, and a decent shooter that should develop into a better one over time.  He’s basically the ideal 3 & D prospect.  At his size he can probably guard some SFs.  He has the Charge Card, Defensive Stopper, Hustle Rebounder, Putback King and Up & Under Specialist badges.  His potential rating for a top 5 pick isn’t ideal. 

 

PF Greg Drew

DE Rank Position Name Height Weight Wingspan School OVR Potential
6 PF Greg Drew 6'10" 270 7'5" UNC 69 A+
                 
INS MID 3PT INS D PER D PLMK REB IQ PHYS
C D+ F C C C- B+ C B-

Drew’s skillset is pretty old school.  He’s a massive PF that should be a big bruising body inside, and should develop into a premier interior defender.  He’s pretty raw right now, but has A+ potential rating.  He’s not the ideal modern PF as he can’t shoot, but he does have an intriguing 83 SPD rating and 77 lateral quickness which are very high for a guy his size.  He has the Pick & Roller, Putback King and Rim Protector badges. 

 

C Carson Meeks

DE Rank Position Name Height Weight Wingspan School OVR Potential
9 C Carson Meeks 7'2" 314 7'10" Xavier 73 B-
                 
INS MID 3PT INS D PER D PLMK REB IQ PHYS
C- B- F C+ C C- B- C+ D+

Meeks is a monster, coming in a 7’2” 314 lbs with a 7’10” wingspan.  You can’t train size, and Meeks has got it.  He need work on his interior defense and rebounding, which will be his primary responsibilities, but he has surprisingly decent perimeter defense and mid-range shooting for a Center.  He’s the guy I’m like drooling over, I really think he’d be a reach here at 4.  He has the Brick Wall and Bruiser badges.  I think there’s practically no way he falls to 11. 

  

So Davidson is the best OVR pick now, and he has a very good all-around skillset.  Drew has great Potential but he’s raw, honestly I think he’s a reach here.  It’s down to Davidson vs. Meeks, and I think Meeks is probably a reach here too.  If I were going to take Meeks I’d probably like to trade down first. 

 

With the 4th pick in the NBA draft the Chicago Bulls select:

SG Lamar Davidson, Washington State

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He’s the right pick, even if Meeks doesn’t fall to 11.      

 

The Hornets take PF Dillon Nance at 5.  PF Greg Drew is the 6th pick by the Mavericks.  7th is SF Eric Hoffman by the Pistons.  The next pick is Center Carson Meeks to the Spurs.  NOOOOOO.  Of course the Spurs took him, they are one of the smartest organizations in the NBA.  SG Davor Klimov goes 9, and PG Cory Kerr goes 10.  I’m on the clock. 

Here are the top players available at 11:

PG Alexi Gornev

DE Rank Position Name Height Weight Wingspan School OVR Potential
8 PG Alexi Gornev 5'10" 156 6'4" Ukraine 70 B+
                 
INS MID 3PT INS D PER D PLMK REB IQ PHYS
C- B- B- D- C C+ D+ C- B+

He has decent shooting ability but needs to work on his passing.  He’s pretty short, but I don’t really care about size on PGs.  He has 99 SPD but only 68 ACC.  His potential rating is one of the highest left in the draft, but he plans on staying overseas for another year.  He has the Chase Down Artist badge, but at his height I doubt that means anything.  I think he could develop into a starter over time. 

 

SG Luther Hart

DE Rank Position Name Height Weight Wingspan School OVR Potential
14 SG Luther Hart 6'7" 212 7'3" UCLA 67 B+
                 
INS MID 3PT INS D PER D PLMK REB IQ PHYS
C- C+ D D C C D B- C-

Hart is a really raw prospect with elite size.  His athleticism isn’t ideal for a wing with 74 SPD, 66 ACC.  He’s not a good shooter, and seems to be more of a long term defensive specialist prospect.  He doesn’t have any badges.  His Potential rating is the 2nd highest left in the draft. 

 

SF Mel Grant

DE Rank Position Name Height Weight Wingspan School OVR Potential
19 SF Mel Grant 6'8" 231 6'11" NCST 65 B+
                 
INS MID 3PT INS D PER D PLMK REB IQ PHYS
C- C D+ D+ C C- C- C C-

Grant is a solid overall prospect that isn’t particularly good at anything at this point.  He’s raw but has a good potential rating, and he has pretty good size.  His 73 SPD, 66 ACC isn’t ideal.  He has the Pick & Roller and Pick Dodger badges. 

 

There isn’t anyone who’s screaming out to me at this pick, but I’ve looked at trade options and nothing’s looking appealing.  I think due to his speed Gornev is probably the biggest upside play here, so I think I’m going to roll the dice on him. 

 

With the 11th pick in the NBA draft the Chicago Bulls select:

PG Alexi Gornev, Ukraine

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I have to wait a year for him to come over, but I think he’ll end up being a good prospect for me. 

 

Time to sim to my next pick at 15.  Luther Hart gets selected at 14 by the Celtics, I’m on the clock. 

So Mel Grant is still on the board but I’m going to look around and see if anyone else catches my eye. 

 

C Malik Flowers

DE Rank Position Name Height Weight Wingspan School OVR Potential
31 C Malik Flowers 7'2" 282 7'8" Arizona St 65 A-
                 
INS MID 3PT INS D PER D PLMK REB IQ PHYS
D F F C D- D- B D+ D

Flowers would probably be considered a reach here, but a guy with his size and A- potential rating at this point I have to consider.  He’s a decent rebounder and will need to work on his interior defense, but he seems like a solid Center prospect. 

 

I’d rather take a chance on a high upside big than a slow wing. 

 

With the 15th pick in the NBA draft the Chicago Bulls select:

C Malik Flowers, Arizona State

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Should at least develop into a quality backup. 

 

I have one more pick.  I usually don’t take 4 first rounders in a single draft so I’ll entertain trade options for this pick.  But, since its 29 overall I doubt I’ll get anything decent for it. 

Mel Grant has fallen all the way to 29.  Pretty obvious he should be the pick here. 
 

With the 29th pick in the NBA draft the Chicago Bulls select:

SF Mel Grant, North Carolina State

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His athleticism will limit him to a bench role, but at 29 that isn’t a problem. 

 

That wraps up my first draft.  I’m disappointed I couldn’t land Meeks but I think Davidson was the right pick. 

*UPDATE*
SG Lamar Davidson actually has A Potential rating.  

 

Edited by MKnight82

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Player/Team Options

PF Lauri Markkanen (80) – $5.30 mil – He’s a good prospect that should net me a good return when I trade him. 

PG Kris Dunn (79) - $5.35 mil – Might as well keep him around since I didn’t replace him in draft.  

SF Denzel Valentine (79) - $3.38 mil – Valentine is the other valuable trade chip I’m hoping to cash in soon. 

PF John Collins (79) - $2.69 mil – He’s pretty mediocre but I need bodies to fill the roster. 

SG Paul Zipser (76) - $1.68 mil – Will likely backup the rookie this year. 

SF Deandre Bembry (75) - $2.60 mil – I have a soft spot for Bembry because he played in the A-10 in college so I’ve seen him play a bunch.

C Omer Asik (72) - $11.98 mil – Ugh he had a 1-year player option that he accepted. 

 

Qualifying Offers

PG Jerian Grant (76) - $3.76 mil – If he leaves I’d have to sign another backup PG, so might as well make an offer.    

SG David Nwaba (74) – no offer – don’t really need him anymore. 

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Free Agency

PG Jerian Grant agreed to his tender.

SG Tyler Dorsey agreed to a 1-year, $850k contract.  Young 3 point shooting prospect. 

 

Major Contract Signings:

PF Paul Millsap – Nuggets – 4 years, $137.83 mil

C Hassan Whiteside – Heat – 5 years, $159.54 mil

PF Kevin Love – Cavaliers – 5 years, $178.54 mil (I don’t think I’ve ever seen 2k resign him to Cavs)

SG Khris Middleton – Grizzlies – 3 years, $68.87 mil

SG Devin Booker – Suns – 5 years, $144.89 mil

C Clint Capela – Hornets – 3 years, $76.19 mil (too much money for him IMO)

PG Kemba Walker – Hornets – 5 years, $173.94 mil (way too much for him too IMO)

C Jusuf Nurkic – Trailblazers – 3 years, $53.27 mil

SF Lebron James – Cavaliers – 4 years, $165.20 mil (was curious if he’d leave, guess not)

C Nikola Vucevic – Magic – 3 years, $56.82 mil

C Nerlens Noel – Mavericks – 3 years, $64.34 mil

PF Kenneth Faried – Knicks – 3 years, $51.53 mil

PG Chris Paul – Pelicans – 1 year, $27.17 mil (back home!)

PG Kyrie Irving – Spurs – 2 years, $47.86 mil (wow this might be the signing of the offseason)

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