NBA 2K13 already has a wealth of options, and that includes 35 classic teams, but if you give a gamer an inch, we'll clamor for a mile. In the spirit of that, I can think of a few legendary teams from the past that would have been great additions to the game.
As good and robust as the options and classic teams are, there are a few notable omissions from the existing squads. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar isn't on the 1986-87 LA Lakers or the 1970-71 Milwaukee Bucks roster. Chris Webber isn't on the 2000-01 Sacramento Kings roster, and if anybody cares, Eric Snow isn't on the 2000-01 Philadelphia 76ers squad.
Before you go bonkers about those, or any other player absence, you have to understand how many moving parts are involved in these license agreements and negotiations. One guy or his representative can drive a hard bargain and place a higher price tag on the license of his likeness.
That could drive the budget allocated for this aspect of the game too high, thus taking away from some other part of the game. The company has to make a decision and place a cut-off somewhere. However, all may not be lost on this front.
With the possibility of downloadable content, late additions are far more feasible. No 2K developer or marketing person has mentioned any details about the DLC or classic roster updates, but extra teams are genuinely a popular and well-received add-on.
Beyond filling a few gaps with the existing classic teams, here are a few squads that would surely satisfy a host of gamers.
1992-93 Phoenix Suns
This is the most obvious choice. Charles Barkley's license was finally included as a part of the 1992 Dream Team, but as of now the classic Suns' team isn't an option.
Sir Charles isn't the only draw from this roster. Kevin Johnson, Tom Chambers, Jeff Hornacek, Dan Majerle and Richard Dumas were also part of this squad. They reached the NBA Finals and lost to the Chicago Bulls in six games.
If any classic team gets added, this should be the one. As you can see from this NBA 2K12 video, I've been waiting for this to happen since last year:
1999-00 Indiana Pacers
You can't hear me, but I'm chanting: "Reggie! Reggie! Reggie!" Reggie Miller is the last great player from the past 20 years that hasn't been included in a recent NBA 2K game. It's time for the game's greatest clutch three-point shooter to be a playable character.
That Pacers team made it to the NBA Finals and lost to the Lakers in six games. Some people may not realize this, but Jalen Rose was the team's leading scorer at 18.2 points per game, Miller averaged 18.1 that year.
They had Rik Smits in the middle, Mark Jackson at the point, an old Chris Mullin and a young Al Harrington. This would be a fascinating and fun team to have included.
1987-88 Dallas Mavericks
Am I going too far back for you? Wake up the basketball historian inside you, because this team was really good. Mark Aguirre was the leading scorer, and he's one of the most underrated players from the 1980's.
He averaged 25.1 points per game that season. This Mavs team also had Rolando Blackman, Derek Harper, Sam Perkins, Detlef Schrempf and the glass-eating Sixth Man of the Year, Roy Tarpley.
Which team would you rather see added to NBA 2K13?
They played an up-tempo game and had a regular season record of 53-29. They lost to the Lakers in seven games in the Western Conference finals.
I'm sure there are other teams that I didn't mention, but these three squads would make for an amazing DLC package. I sure hope 2K Sports is listening.
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