Five Things That Could Make NBA 2K12 The Best Game Ever

Joey MillsContributor IOctober 10, 2010

Five Things That Could Make NBA 2K12 The Best Game Ever

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    10 Jun 1998:  Michael Jordan #23 of the Chicago Bulls looks on during the NBA Finals Game 4 against the Utah Jazz at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois.  The Bulls defeated the Jazz 86-82. Mandatory Credit: Jonathan Daniel  /Allsport
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    Even before its release on October 5th, basketball video game fans were already saying that NBA 2K11 would be the greatest basketball game of all time, and it has not disappointed.  The game play, graphics, and unique player traits have been hugely upgraded from NBA 2K10.  Even though this game seems like it is the best that there ever could be, there are some changes, or rather additions, that 2K Sports could make in NBA 2K12 to make people completely forget about Michael Jordan and NBA 2K11.

5. Make Wingspan Another Factor in Player Creation

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    KANSAS CITY, MO - OCTOBER 08:  Kevin Durant #35 of the Oklahoma City Thunder walks back to the bench during the game against the Miami Heat on October 8, 2010 at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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    Whenever you create a new player in the NBA 2K games, you can edit their height, but you can't make it so that they have Kevin Durant or Lamar Odom-like arms.  If they added this, then not only would it make the player creation more flexible, but it would make the NBA players more realistic because the 2K developers could give them longer arms than other players.

4. Allow You To Edit Home and Away Accessories

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    SALT LAKE CITY - APRIL 25:  Carmelo Anthony #15 of the Denver Nuggets dribbles the ball against the Utah Jazz during  Game Four of the Western Conference Quarterfinals of the 2010 NBA Playoffs at EnergySolutions Arena on April 25, 2010 in Salt Lake City,
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    In Madden, you are allowed to change the uniforms and accessories for your players for both their home and away uniforms, and you should be able to do that with the NBA teams as well.  Even though 2K has already made it so that the shoes change, the other accessories like headbands, sleeves, and wrist bands don't.  The game has made it so that your sleeves and wristbands will change colors depending on home or away, but you can't make it so that it is a team color on the road and white at home, and a lot of the times when I'm playing with a player such as Carmelo Anthony, his arm band won't be the same color as his jersey.  If they did this, then it would make the already extremely realistic game a little more realistic.  Also, the head bands you can't change the color of at all right now.

3. Allow You To Play My Player Mode As An Actual NBA Player

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    PHOENIX - MARCH 12:  Adam Morrison #6 of the Los Angeles Lakers in action during the NBA game against the Phoenix Suns at US Airways Center on March 12, 2010 in Phoenix, Arizona.  The Lakers defeated the Suns 102-96.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowle
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    Every NBA fan wonders what it would be like to be Kobe Bryant or LeBron James, but no basketball game has allowed them to do that yet.  If they were able to add this feature to NBA 2K12, then players would be able to make an NBA player's legacy how they wanted it.  Whether it be make Darko Milicic a career 20/10 guy, or making Adam Morrison the leagues leading scorer, this game mode would allow you to do that, without having to make a fake character to completely change the NBA.

2. Add International Teams

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    MADRID, SPAIN - AUGUST 22:  Ricky Rubio of Spain watches on during a friendly basketball game between Spain and the USA at La Caja Magica on August 22, 2010 in Madrid, Spain.  (Photo by Jasper Juinen/Getty Images)
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    The only thing that I like about NBA Live is that they include the International teams.  I think that being able to play games with Spain, Brazil, and Argentina, because it would be fun to see how they match up with NBA teams and the players would learn more about international players that they might have never heard of before.  But, since having too many teams would be hard to do on the game, I think they should only have 8 international teams.  Here are the teams I think they should have:


    Why: Always the 2nd or 3rd best basketball team in the world and they have a ton of NBA players


    Why: Always the 2nd or 3rd best basketball team in the world and they have a ton of NBA players


    Why: One of the best teams, and they gave the USA trouble


    Why: All the NBA players and they are always good


    Why: Yao Ming and Yi Jianlian


    Why: The best NBA players


    Why: Dirk Nowitzki and Chris Kaman


    Why: One of the best international teams

1. Add Classic Teams

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    1989:  Center Kareem Abdul-Jabbar of the Los Angeles Lakers shoots a sky hook during a game at the Great Western Forum in Inglewood, California.   Mandatory Credit: Stephen Dunn  /Allsport
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    Although the additions of some of the best '90s teams are nice, they were sort of a disappointment to me, because some of them were repeated, and the others weren't there for any other reason than to be in the Jordan Challenges.  If NBA 2K12 wants to surpass NBA 2K11, then this is where they could make the biggest difference.  If NBA 2K12 could just have 9 classic teams and 2 special teams, then fans of the video game franchise would be very happy.  Here are the teams I think they should have:

    1996-1997 Utah Jazz

    Why: John Stockton and Karl Malone and they lost to the Bulls in the Finals

    1995-1996 Chicago Bulls

    Why: They won 72 games and the NBA Championship

    1995-1996 Seattle Supersonics

    Why: One of the best teams never to win a championship and famous players

    1993-1994 Houston Rockets

    Why: NBA Champions and Hakeem Olajuwon

    1993-1994 New York Knicks

    Why: Patrick Ewing and the other famous Knicks

    1988-1989 Detroit Pistons

    Why: NBA Champions and all the famous Bad Boy Pistons

    1986-1987 Los Angeles Lakers

    Why: NBA Champions and one of the most famous Lakers teams of all time

    1985-1986 Boston Celtics

    Why: NBA Champions and one of the most famous Celtics teams of all time

    1985-1986 Philadelphia 76ers

    Why: Moses Malone, Charles Barkley, and Julius Erving

    All-Time Lakers

    Why: All of the great players

    All-Time Celtics

    Why: All of the great players

    I wanted to include Bill Russell, Jerry West, and Wilt Chamberlain teams in the game, but since that was so long ago it would be hard to get some of the players in the game and a lot of the players on those teams wouldn't even be able to play in the NBA today, so it would be hard to give them ratings.