Me and my friend who love NBA history have a few questions about the selections of the classic teams in NBA 2K and since the classic teams have mostly stayed the same for the past few years this applies to previous editions of NBA 2K as well as 2K21:
Biggest complaint is why is there so few 1950s/1960s/1970s classic teams?
-1967 76ers (one of the greatest teams ever) has never been represented in 2K
-1967 runner up Golden State Warriors (Rick Barry, Nate Thurmond) also would have been nice
-1960 Celtics with arguably a better roster than the 1965 version, never been represented in 2K
-1960s Cincinnati Royals team with prime Oscar Robertson and Jerry Lucas would have been nice
-No 1950s teams (no Mikan, Schayes, Pettit, Arizin led teams etc) have ever been represented in 2K
-None of the 1970s championship Celtics team (led by Hondo and Cowens) has ever been represented in 2K.
-None of the Unseld led 1970s Bullets teams which went to 4 Finals in the 70s have ever been represented in 2K
-A 1970s Bulls team (with Bob Love, Jerry Sloan, Norm Van Lier etc) would have been nice
-A 1970s Suns team (Connie Hawkins, Paul Westphal, Walter Davis etc) would have been nice
-1970s Sonics team (Jack Sikma, Dennis Johnson, Gus Williams etc)
-1977 Blazers (Bill Walton, Maurice Lucas etc) – especially odd since the runner up 1977 76ers is always included
-NO ABA teams are represented. ABA is part of NBA history (they merged) so I think ABA teams should get some representation. Plus when you have Euroleague and WNBA teams on here I think definitely historical ABA teams deserve a fair shake considering it’s actually part of the NBA. I think one of the 1970s Pacers teams that’s part of that dynasty (Mel Daniels, Roger Brown, Freddie Lewis, George McGinnis) should be represented. Also that powerhouse 1975 Kentucky Colonels team (Artis Gilmore, Dan Issel) should be on here. And a 1970s Nets team as well led by Dr J. They deserve to be on here they were part of NBA history.
Then, some questions about the existing classic teams
-Why the 1985 Bucks and not the 1983 version with Marques Johnson added?
-Why so many non championship Chicago Bulls teams? Is there that many people that want to play as rookie MJ?
-Why is the 1998 Spurs on here but not the championship 1999 version?
-Why is the 1998 Lakers on here but not the championship 2000 version?
-Why is the 1994 Nuggets on here but not the arguably more fun to play 1988 version with Alex English and Fat Lever? or the post ABA 1977 version with Dan Issel, David Thompson, Mack Calvin and Bobby Jones? That was a loaded Nuggets team.
-Where is the 1983 76ers (Dr J, Moses)??? Or any 80s version of the 76ers? That team went to 3 Finals in that decade! I remember they used to have the 1985 version because they thought they could get Charles Barkley in but they couldn’t and went with the watered down version of that team, but that’s at least betting than omitting that team entirely!
-Odd selection of teams. what’s so special about the 2014 Pacers, 2013 Grizzlies, 2007 Wizards, 1995 Knicks, 2003 Mavs, 2010 Blazers, 2003 Suns?
It’s especially odd when you consider they have most of the players to construct these classic teams, they are all in the all-time team versions, but for those of us who want to play with the actual classic team, we have to make a custom roster and we still miss most of the role players that played there. So it’s not the same. Just a huge head scratcher.
It’s weird that a lot non championship, non Finals teams are on here but a huge chunk of the 50s/60s/70s championship teams are missing.
If you were to ask me the top 5 teams I would most want to add to the NBA 2K roster here are my picks: