Several NBA teams underwent major changes this offseason, and with the forthcoming release of NBA2K14 on Oct. 1, gamers should be pumped to take control of their new-look rotations.
The biggest free agent acquisition of the offseason was the Houston Rockets landing Dwight Howard, who should continue to be a beast in the paint with his third team in three seasons.
Cleveland Cavaliers general manager Chris Grant did some aggressive spending of his own this offseason in addition to landing No. 1 overall pick Anthony Bennett in the draft.
The Los Angeles Clippers didn't make quite the waves that the Rockets and Cavs did on the open market, but they made notable improvements to their roster for first-year head coach Doc Rivers.
Below is a closer look at each of the three aforementioned squads and what will make them so exciting to control in the latest release from 2K Sports' popular video game franchise.
Note: Rosters are courtesy of ESPN.com.
Even outside of Howard, the stacked backcourt is headlined by superstar shooting guard James Harden, who thrived as one of the Association's top scorers in his first opportunity to be a surefire starter.
The defensive shortcomings of point guard Jeremy Lin should be bolstered by feisty backup Patrick Beverley and the presence of Howard. The big man's level of play in NBA2K14 should be even higher with a youthful, explosive supporting cast.
On top of that, small forward Chandler Parsons is one of the game's rising stars.
Parsons should gain more recognition with the Rockets expected to make a more legitimate push for a deep postseason run in 2013-14.
Expectations are high, but from the sentiment Harden expressed on Rockets' media day, the merging of forces with Howard should be fun-filled and not tense:
Harden embracing having fun, says they're young not going to be strict. Says he and Dwight mesh well together on and off the court.— Yannis Koutroupis (@YannisHW) September 27, 2013
How this team deals with the enormous pressure and adversity will determine how jubilant Howard and Harden are, but in a video game, that doesn't really matter.
Doses of fun will be aplenty for gamers having this loaded lineup in control of the sticks.
GM Daryl Morey spent wisely in free agency outside of Howard, netting veteran center Marcus Camby, ex-Rockets PG Aaron Brooks and Ronnie Brewer to bolster Houston's second unit.
The young backcourt of top-flight draft picks Kyrie Irving and Dion Waiters makes the Cavs exciting enough, but several additions make the roster even more formidable.
Andrew Bynum's health may still be in question, but the newly minted Cleveland center is among the league's best when he's on the hardwood.
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Bennett is an X-factor who will come off the bench and provide a spark as an athletic, stretch 4 who can spread the floor and give Bynum room to operate and also open up lanes for Irving and Waiters.
Former Golden State Warrior standout Jarrett Jack also joins the fold, giving the Cavs another dynamic combo guard in the rotation.
The deep front-court also consists of Tristan Thompson, who averaged nearly a double-double in his second NBA season, and Tyler Zeller, a skilled seven-footer with a soft touch and good instincts.
Earl Clark also gives Mike Brown a bump in rebounding from the small forward position, and the aggressive moves by GM Chris Grant should pay immediate dividends in NBA2K14.
Los Angeles Clippers
"Lob City" will be in full effect with Chris Paul feeding Blake Griffin for monster dunk after dunk.
What stands out is how much depth the Clippers were able to build beyond their star-studded starting five featuring Paul, Griffin, DeAndre Jordan and new additions Jared Dudley and JJ Redick.
Jamal Crawford should continue thriving as a sharpshooting sixth man, while lengthy swing man Matt Barnes helps the cause on the perimeter.
Paul's new backup, Darren Collison, has to be considered among the best point guards not starting. In fact, Collison believes he can start on any team. It would take an injury to Paul for that to happen, but Collison should still be a huge contributor.
Minutes may be hard to come by for first-round pick Reggie Bullock, but his abilities to score in bunches and defend the 2 and 3 make him an intriguing prospect.