Yeah, I know 2k10 isn't out yet (but it will be in 4 days... I need to finish up some homework by then!), but for 4.99 (download, so need internet) you can download the 2k10 Draft Combine game. Basically, you get to create a guy (very customizable) and run him through 6 games and 6 drills. He will be imported into 2k10 and you can do a "superstar" version.
I've been playing around with the combine and I will be trying out the whole ordeal in 2k10. I'm having a fair bit of fun right now trying to get my guy drafted.
It's not easy. I've created two guys, a 6'8 SF is "All-Around" and a 6'6 SG who is an "athlete". I had to delete the SF to make room for the SG though, which is a shame.
It's worth noting that the guy you create it TERRIBLE. My SG athlete has the athleticism (70 speed, 73 quickness, 70 vert) I'd expect from a 6'8 SF who isn't considered an athlete, and my SF seems about as athletic as a 6'10 post playing PF. The SF couldn't hit an open jumper to save his life - I was probably averaging 30% on open Js. The SG has done a little better, but that might be because I am using Durant's release and it seems to work well for hitting deep midrange and 3point shots... but "well" is a funny term, I am still awful at hitting the open looks. Both guys are in the 40s for overall ranking.
SF would've been a late 2nd round pick, but I didn't really know what I was doing for the first few games. One thing that is kind of cool (and annoying) is that you get a grade based on how good of a teammate you are. Ball-hogging, forcing up bad shots, calling for the ball a lot, letting your man score (... at all) gets you dinged. Dunking, defense, passing well, setting screens, tipping and stealing passes, that all gets you good marks. There's incentive (skill points to raise your attributes) to being a team player, plus supposedly it'll help you get drafted.
Through 2 games, Kyle "Radja" (sounds almost like a bad pronunciation of my last name) is averaging 20pts, 4 assists, and 4 boards while playing lights out defense while also being a great teammate (A- grade). Of course, I'm expected to go in the 2nd round at pick 21 (San Antonio, Trav) right now. I'm hoping to push myself into the first with 4 more good games, but we'll see. It's hard to imagine playing any better when I'm supplying half my team's offense and holding my opponent to about 4pts a game. Offensively, I do a bit of everything because I don't do anything well enough to rely on it alone. Defensively, it's actually pretty easy to shut your man down, if you play tight defense he won't get many looks. Big-men look to have things a little easier, might be worth trying at some point.
Anyone else playing this or looking forward to 2k10?
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