The guys at 2K Sports ran a 2013-2014 NBA season simulation with the next-gen version of NBA 2K14.
This means that every game of the NBA season was played out and 2K Sports shared wih us the records of playoff teams, saw who won the championship and pointed out a couple story-lines from the simulation.
1. San Antonio Spurs 51-31
2. Golden State Warriors 49-33
3. Los Angeles Clippers 47-35
4. Oklahoma City Thunder 47-35
5. Houston Rockets 46-36
6. Portland Trailblazers 45-37
7. Los Angeles Lakers 42-40
8. Minnesota Timberwolves 40-42
1. Miami Heat 66-16
2. Brooklyn Nets 62-20
3. Chicago Bulls 59-23
4. Detroit Pistons 45-37
5. New York Knicks 44-38
6. Indiana Pacers 40-42
7. Washington Wizards 37-45
8. Cleveland Cavaliers 37-45
The Miami Heat managed to stay focused in the year of the three-peat. They had a league-best record of 66-16. This shows that in-game, the Heat were able to continue building chemistry each season of the big-3 era.
The Brooklyn Nets has a new, inexperienced head coach and a line-up mostly consisting of old/aging veterans. They showed the league that they aren’t done yet and finished with the second best record league-wide (62-20).
The Houston Rockets managed to lure Dwight Howard away from the Los Angeles Lakers this off-season. Just the combo of James Harden and Howard alone is enough to put this team in championship contending conversations. Houston fans were treated to a successful season and a 5th seed in the Western Conference.
The Chicago Bulls had Derrick Rose return after injuring himself in the 2011-2012 playoffs. Rose managed to score 26.4 points per game and lift the Chicago Bulls to the 3rd seed in the Eastern Conference. With a record of 59-23, the Bulls proved that they can continue to contend with Miami and the rest of the league.
The Los Angeles Lakers came into the season with low expectations. Kobe Bryant was injured, Dwight Howard left, Steve Nash and Pau Gasol are aging and the team didn’t commit to any free agents in order to preserve cap space for this upcoming off-season. In the simulation, Kobe returned on Christmas Day and played at an elite level all season. The Lakers managed to make the 7th seed and finished with a record of 42-40.
The Minnesota Timberwolves finally found themselves in the playoffs after a long drought. Even with a 40-42 record and an 8th seed in the West, the team must be happy. Ricky Rubio and Kevin Love were finally healthy enough to begin the season together. Maybe this can help convince Kevin Love not to leave Minnesota in free agency.
The Portland Trailblazers, Detroit Pistons, Washington Wizards and Cleveland Cavaliers were also able to make the leap to the play-offs this year. Three new teams in the Eastern Conference shows how well the younger players in the league are developing.
The playoff brackets and results are shown in the image above. Here is 2K Game’s analysis of the playoffs:
Everyone came ready to battle once the playoffs started and it was a fierce competition each and every night. We saw Houston pull a huge upset over OKC, defeating them in an epic 7-game series in the first round! We also saw the Battle of Los Angeles take over Staples Center and the Western semifinals with the Clippers defeating the Lakers 4-1. But despite the heart-stopping series in LA, the Spurs stood victorious on top of the West once again.
In the East, Miami advanced by defeating the upstart Cavs, flashy Knicks, and retooled Nets to return to the NBA Finals for the fourth year in a row.
The biggest question was if they could pull off the elusive three-peat, something that had not been done since the Lakers in the early 2000’s. Regular season MVP LeBron James and the Miami Heat quickly answered this question in the affirmative by dominating the series and earning their third title in a row. LeBron’s crown is secure for at least one more season, while contenders across the league are left wondering what changes are needed to dethrone Miami’s dynasty.