Guides to Beginner in My NBA 2K18
It’s not basketball season yet. Heck, it’s not even hockey season yet, and for some unknown reason, the men who take to the ice in the NHL return to action even sooner than the hardwood warriors of the NBA.
Be that as it may, 2K is already thinking hoops, as evidenced by the fact that the company has already had Cat Daddy games release My NBA 2K 17, which just so happens to have shot right to the top of the U.S. App Store charts.
It could be fulfilling some pent-up demand for basketball during the dog days of the summer, but more than likely, it’s just that fans enjoy the card game aspect of it while also checking out its console functionality (albeit before NBA 2K17 itself is out).
We dig it, so we figured we’d whip up this beginner’s guide to My NBA 2K17 to help newcomers get into it. Veterans of the series won’t need any assistance, seeing as it’s pretty darn similar to last season’s game.
Let’s get to it!
Your team choice matters
Not in the long run, mind you, because the object of My NBA 2K17 is to build the best possible team regardless of whose shirt they wear in real life. You certainly can chase all rare cards from your favorite squad, but early on, you won’t have that luxury.
You do start out with one rare card from your favorite team though, so that initial decision matters. Represent for your favorite franchise.
You might be down with “positionless” basketball in the current NBA, but in My NBA 2K17, you need a PG, SG, SF, PF and C just like God intended. Or Naismith. You know what I mean.
In most game modes, you get a stat bonus for placing players in their correct positions — something that is helped for some of them by having dual eligibility, like PG/SG or PF/C. Since the gameplay always comes down to a comparison between stats on one of your player card and one of your opponent’s cards, it behooves you to play guys in position. Every little boost counts.
How to get more cards
Unlike the majority of card-based games, you don’t really rely on “buying” new cards in My NBA 2K17 to build the bulk of your team, even though there is in-game currency that makes that an option.
Instead, you’ll earn the bulk of your cards as “draft picks” at the end of games. As few as one in a loss, but more if you win. The number of draft picks also depends on the game mode, and you’ll also be presented with an opportunity to earn a few more by watching videos.
Draft picks are made from a face down selection of cards that resets once you’ve hit a card that is rare or better. Cards you don’t want can be used to level up the ones you like in stereotypical card game fashion.
There’s more to learn, but you’ve now got a solid foundation of fundamentals. Have fun hooping it up, even though it’s still hot outside.