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NBA 2K13 My Player Guide -- Building A Better Champion

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Posted October 4, 2012 - By Jonathan Deesing


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NBA 2K13 is all about My Player mode. As one of the best player simulators out there, it makes sense why 2K Sports put so much of their focus on My Player this year. But just because it’s good doesn’t mean it’s easy. So we put together a pile of tips to make sure your player is an all-star in no time.

Making the man

Right when you boot the game up, you’re directed to the player creator. This simply deals with aesthetics. However, after you finish this, select My Career from the main screen; this is where the real character editing takes place. As a rookie, you’re already at a disadvantage, but don’t fall for the temptation to choose “All-Around” for your play style. Instead, choose a certain skill set (shooting, passing, athleticism) instead.

Truthfully, the best and most fun skill set is shooting. Even though this may mean your player suffers in other areas such as his passing skills, these can be fixed later. It’s much better to excel in shooting and be able to earn more skill points quicker than it is to have a low rating for every other attribute. In this same vein, it’s good to expend points on one attribute and get it really high out of the gate. More on that later.

As far as the physical attributes of your character, this again is somewhere you want to make a hard commitment. If you want to be at an advantage under the rim, put your height up around 6’7” and your weight over 250 lbs. However, if you plan to be a quick player who can put a double move on someone and shoot mid-range shots, then a shorter, skinner player would be a better move. It all depends on your play style. I have a tall, skinny point guard who can move relatively quickly, but still shoot over shorter players. However, I often get bullied under the rim due to my smaller frame.

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Rookie of the year

Your rookie year can either catapult you into stardom or seriously set you back. It all starts with the rookie showcase, which occurs after you finish creating your player. This game isn’t a make or break scenario, but it can be helpful. As such, it’s a good idea to warm up first in some practice drills and make sure you can play an amazing game. Personally, I performed so poorly in my rookie showcase that I simply quit the game and played it again. There’s no shame in trying to get on the right team.

After hopefully playing the game of your life (try to get double digit points and a great teammate grade), you’ll move onto team interviews. You’ll have a selection of around three teams to interview with and each will ask two questions. This is where you need to exercise your knowledge of the NBA. If you want to play point guard, try to nail your interview with teams with only one point guard. Conversely, if you’re speaking to the Bucks (who have a deep bench in point guards) try to come off like a jackass so they won’t be tempted to pick you up.

Be smart. If you are playing small forward, it’s going to be easier to compete with C.J. Miles in Cleveland than it is to compete with Lebron James in Miami. If you do get picked up by a team that’s deep at the position you want to play you run the risk of either not getting any playing time or being forced into playing another position. Again, don’t stress too much if you get picked up by the wrong team, you can always fix that later.

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The really important part of your rookie season is how you play. Because the skill points awarded by drills have decreased so dramatically this year, they’re only worth doing right when you’re starting out and not getting much playtime. As for spending these skill points, don’t try to spread out your skills too much at the start. If you’re a shooter, dump all of your points in “shot medium” and “shot close.” Practice those shots, and they will pay for themselves in a matter of a few games. If you try to spread those skill points out evenly, you’ll end up being mediocre at everything and good at nothing.

While playing in these early games, make sure to go for the easy skill points. You can’t do much out of the gate other than be a great teammate, so go for that. Play great defense, box out during rebounds, and work on giving great assists. All of these are relatively simple and easy, but can jack up your teammate grade, and as such, reward more skill points. As you get better, make sure not to play outside your skill set. If you’re a shooter, take good shots. But if you’re a big center, don’t try to drain 3-pointers in your rookie season.

Make sure to utilize this year’s feature “Meet with GM” to direct where your career is headed. If you’re playing shooting guard and the point guard isn’t passing to you, feel free to bitch about it to the GM. If you want more play time; tell him. Full disclosure; I’m not sure how much effect this feature has on coaching decisions, but I imagine it’s significant enough to not ignore.

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Onward to the hall of fame

When you get to the end of your rookie year, it’s time to look over where you are and where you want to go. Did you do well in your rookie year? How do your stats look? How many Twitter followers do you have? How do your fans feel about you? If you got off to a slow start, didn’t get off the bench as much as you would have liked; perhaps double down and try to improve your status with your current team. However, if you’re playing well and the coach still has you riding the pine, it’s time for a change.

Keep in mind that asking for a trade is a risk/reward thing. If you are confident in your abilities and popularity throughout the league; go for it. However, if you’re asking for a trade because you don’t like the color of your jersey—reconsider. If you ask for a trade, your teammates and coaches will begin to hate you. Your play time will suffer, and don’t expect as many passes from teammates. Further, the fans will boo you just about every time you step foot on the court. You will be LeBron’d. So if you’re doing this all just to end up on yet another crappy team it’s not worth it. Only when you’re a certified superstar should you ask for a trade.

In your later years

So by now, you’re certainly the greatest player in the history of basketball. After your rookie year, it’s a great idea to start evening out your player’s stats and rounding out his skills. It’s also good to make sure you’re on the right team, as the longer you stay on the same team, the better it is. Your influence grows with the GM (allowing you more options in dialogue with him) and your playtime reaches its max. From there, the hall of fame is a slam dunk. I will not be apologizing for that pun.

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