Right here’s the place it will get unusual. I had skipped previous the Rookie of the Yr winner as a result of I didn’t have any rookies. Seems that the opposite groups didn’t have any both. In actual fact, the choices for one of many NBA’s extra notable postseason awards had been so low that the Cleveland Cavaliers’ Dylan Windler took residence the trophy. Windler, a second-round choose within the 2019 NBA Draft who missed this season as a consequence of damage, remained a rookie as a result of he didn’t seem in any video games, not like real-life winner Ja Morant or No. 1 general choose Zion Williamson. What makes Windler such a wierd award winner are his season averages: 0.Zero factors, 0.three rebounds, 0.Zero assists, 0.Zero steals, 0.Zero blocks.
The MyLeague modes provide no various to beginning within the 2020-21 season with none new rookies. Effectively, it does current an choice to “Begin In Offseason,” however it’s designated as “NOT AVAILABLE” for some cause. Meaning you possibly can’t choose to do a 2020 NBA Draft to inject new blood with made-up gamers. For that matter, there’s no free company interval earlier than the season begins, and all upcoming free brokers are handled as in the event that they signed one-year offers. My Raptors had only one participant nonetheless below contract after profitable the championship: Pascal Siakam. Each different roster spot was open.
I do know MyLeague and MyGM get brief shrift yearly, however NBA 2K21 highlights how a lot of an afterthought these modes had been. I do know loads of individuals who love the sequence however haven’t purchased a brand new version in years as a result of so little has modified in these modes. I don’t blame them, and I might encourage anybody trying to play these modes within the new sport to assume twice about shopping for.
The entire non-gameplay improvement effort went into new methods to work together with the card-collecting, microtransaction-soliciting MyTeam. And, to be truthful, those that are all about MyTeam needs to be happy with what’s new in NBA 2K21. Devoted gamers can chase rewards throughout new seasons, which appear to final about 40 days or so judging by the preliminary providing. Those that can earn 150,000 XP earlier than time runs out might be rewarded with a 96-rated Stephen Curry, plus 39 different rewards ranges alongside the way in which. It’s the sort of tangible loot chase that’s far more tolerable than counting on RNG to ship one thing helpful from packs bought with in-game MyTeam foreign money or Digital Foreign money (VC).
VC deserves it’s personal paragraph, though it is perhaps extra apropos to speak about VC in each paragraph owing to its invasive presence in most modes of play in NBA 2K21. This isn’t a brand new grievance concerning the sequence, which has by no means settled for the money move that comes from being one of many perennial prime sellers in console gaming when it comes to models bought. Whether or not upgrading your MyCareer participant or trying to purchase a MyTeam pack, VC is in your face.