Player’s NBA 2K21 Wishlist, What Part of The Wishlist is Necessary?

General

  • 2020 All-Star game. Elam ending as a rule change option for MyLeague.
  • Presets to save coaching strategies and adjustments. This takes unnecessary time at the start of every PNO or MyTeam game.
  • Playoff atmosphere improvements. The crowd doesn’t react to big dunks or game-winners any more than they do in the regular season. The playoffs drag out the same crowd animations and audio used in the regular season except everyone is wearing matching shirts.
  • A post-championship celebration needs a better presentation. The same speeches and cutscenes are played, new banners aren’t added in the arena the next season, and the gold tab on the back collar of jerseys is not added or updated.
  • Much-needed audio update for arena audio, crowd audio, and arena PA systems. Much of the in-game audio is outdated and has been reused this entire console generation. 
  • Add new Blacktop courts (lots of cool hidden courts have been discovered in the game files, even those would be nice).
  • Option to turn on the uncensored version of the soundtrack for 18+ system accounts, the same way some online modes can be turned off for underage accounts.
  • Allow solo queue for ASTU
  • Bring back Create a Legend

Gameplay

  • Real-life referees call fouls for shooters a lot more now (not giving space to land, for example) and that hasn’t been implemented in-game.
  • Suggestion/Add an option to prevent matching up with the same team online in modes like Play Now Online.
  • Add a presentation option similar to the one in MLB The Show where overlays and camera cuts that slow down the game are minimized to focus only on basketball rather than live game presentation.
  • Add post-move packages like how there are dunk and dribble move packages. Hakeem, Dirk, McHale, etc. Gives players more control over animations in the paint.
  • Pause count and time allotted for pauses in online modes should scale with quarter length.
  • Add the ability to pick who you want inbounding the ball.
  • Add a way to skip or fast-forward when the ball is kicked all the way to half-court before inbounds. When this happens, the inbounder slowly jogs to get the ball and then slowly jogs back. A ref or closer player should be able to help out.
  • Bring back the open/moving shot attribute types. There are players who can make wide-open shots but not off-balance moving shots. Players who excel at those shots (Kyrie, Lou Williams, KD, etc.) should be differentiated.
  • Add a “Quick” presentation mode similar to the one in MLB The Show, where overlays and camera cuts that slow down the game are minimized to allow for faster games that focus only on basketball rather than live game presentation.

MyCAREER

  • Bringing back MyPark affiliations gets brought up every day, though it should be mentioned here.
  • Co-op MyCareer with a friend is always requested, maybe more realistic to add it to MyPlayer Nation?
  • A post-championship celebration needs a better presentation. The same speeches and cutscenes are played, new banners aren’t added in the arena the next season, and the gold tab on the back collar of jerseys is not added or updated.
  • Add a mode in the Neighborhood where players can go to test their maxed out MyPlayer builds against each other online. No VC/rep/anything earned in this mode — purely an online version of the existing MyPlayer Builder Tester.
  • MyCareer has become stale. Aside from stuff like orange juice or takeover and an annual new story, the mode has been the same for many years. The story should have more continuation into MyCareer. Right now, stories flame out at the end of what’s basically a short film and completely die out by the end of Season 1. If mo-cap cost/time is an issue, MyGM-style conversations with voice recording would be a nice compromise.
  • Add a single-player online mode for all players similar to the 2K League combine with preset builds, etc.
  • Suggestion/When testing a build, implement the 95-99 OVR +1 increases and allow testing at 99.9 as well for the full +5. In addition, allow players to customize how they allocate their attributes at each OVR as they can in the full game.
  • During the first few weeks of the season, allow players to switch their archetypes/build once. A user suggested it can be implemented into the story by having the coach tell you he doesn’t like the way you’ve been playing and you can choose to change your playstyle or keep it the same.
  • Keeping a square Neighborhood is understandable, but a user suggested a new court layout: three 3s courts, two 2s courts, one 4s court, and one 1v1 (or 21) court. Similar to 2K17’s Sunset Beach layout.
  • Suggestion/MyPlayer should get a complete team wardrobe for free from their current team as real NBA players very likely do. Hoodies, shirts, sweats, jackets, etc.
  • More new nicknames to choose from, the current list hasn’t been updated in years aside from Che, Prez, Freq, etc.
  • VC investment opportunities with the chance to make or lose VC, could be cool if balanced and done right.
  • A user put together his suggestions for 2K21’s MyCareer story including a traditional and dynamic path. Including his PDF since it looked like the effort was put in. 
  • Suggestion/Add back the Transaction Report (like Injury Report) because the phone social media is too messy.
  • Suggestion/Add option to normalize played minutes to six minutes. This would be purely visual and have no effect on player progression or VC earnings.
  • Suggestion/Add option to turn off the camera cut to the crowd, we get the +1000 Fans in the HUD already.
  • Suggestion/In The Rec, allow the primary playmaker to run plays for the team with PlayVision turned on by default. Others can ignore it, but at least it would be there as an option.
  • Give players an option to have their name be written one way but said like a name that is supported by the announcers. For example, if a player’s name has a different spelling than the supported version but sounds the same.
  • Suggestion/Allow players to change their body type. NBA players change their body type very frequently (ex. Giannis when he entered the league vs. Giannis now). Maybe have it unlock after a certain # of weeks straight doing Gatorade Training Facility workouts?
  • Option or court for Park matchmaking that groups players together by rep/OVR.
  • Co-op connected MyCAREER online

MyTEAM

  • Unranked, no-contract mode to play against others online. Some players just want to play no-stress games with their fantasy team and the only way to do this currently is Play With Friends against someone you know.
  • Weekly Challenges that have varying difficulties (and rewards to reflect that).
  • Add tutorials for beginners. The amount of customization and different things the player has to control are intimidating for a brand new MyTeam player.
  • Suggestion/The current matchmaking system can easily be exploited to give the player a favorable matchup against someone who does not have a very good team (ex. player using all-Bronze bench). One suggestion is implementing a system where the game matches players based only on the 5 best cards on the roster with some ranked matchmaking aspects.
  • Many players love the Evo card mechanics and would like to see them return with some changes: “The Spotlight challenges have not only provided some great cards to budget ballers who enjoy the grind but some awesome challenges that really showcase what a player has been through in their career. It’s been a GRIND, but loving the work I’m doing”
  • Draft mode similar to 2K17 Pack & Playoffs with rewards similar to MTU and short quarters.
  • Allow players to get all win count’s rewards (12-0 would get rewards for 12, 11, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, and 1 wins).
  • Allow players to unlock different looks for players (ex. headbands or hair).
  • Add MyCareer Ante-Up style wagering to MyTeam.
  • Evo-cards are great fun, but the mode is too much simply grinding Evo-requirements, it takes the fun out of it.
  • Skill-based matchmaking rather than team rating-based matchmaking.
  • Suggestion/Add quick option to re-list a player for the same price/time. Ex. I try to sell Paul Pierce for 50K but he doesn’t sell after 4 hours. I press A/X and then press RT/R2 to re-list him the same price and at the same time.
  • Suggestion/Add TTO to the Play with Friends menu.

MyLEAGUE/MyGM

  • Sign-and-trades, 10-day contracts, and two-way contracts.
  • 4-way trades like we saw with the Rockets-Timberwolves-Nuggets-Hawks this season.
  • Potential should be dynamic and change based on player performances, adding more variety to every league. The current system doesn’t account for potential drops after years of mediocre-ness or potential increases after a stretch of big performances (ex. Kendrick Nunn, Shake Milton). Madden uses a mix of potential, rating, and performance to predict a player’s future.
  • New Historic MyLeague mode. Right now, players can load in a historic draft class and roster but it still feels like 2020. Adding a historic presentation would help with this. Limiting it to 5 or 10 years ago would help with the problem of getting licenses for all the retired players.
  • More customization for draft class quality. For example, right now there is no way to make only the top of the class amazing or add extra gems after the lottery, etc.
  • Allow players to retire/unretire jersey numbers.
  • Make G-League games playable with their special jerseys and courts and everything.
  • Allow the creation of online MyLeagues with under 30 teams.
  • Save/Load Playbooks. The same way as you can save and load advanced rotations it would be great to be able to do the same with playbooks. Right now you have to create your playbook in every quick game or in every MyLeague.
  • Add offensive settings menu in coach gameplan. Right now you have to change freelances or your custom series/quick plays in every game again.
  • It would be really cool if buyouts played more of a factor. Each season, contending teams in the NBA add important players that get bought out.
  • Suggestion/MyGM community wants to have these options re-added in exchange for being taken off the leaderboards. “Skill tree and storylines are cool, keep that in. But the severe restrictions on this mode in exchange for leaderboards has made the mode unrecognizable.”

Art/Likeness

  • For the last two years, the hoodie on the warm-up jackets is glued to the shoulders. Any way this can be improved?
  • Add a gallery to share and download MyPlayer CAPs like you can with custom team designs. Many YouTubers already upload their CAPs so this would be a natural quality-of-life progression.
  • Add custom shoe creation for Li-Ning, New Balance, and Peak.
  • Better on-court audio like the ball bouncing on the court and shoes squeaking.
  • Better bench reactions and animations. Right now, they mostly just sit there and clap and rarely get out of their seats.
  • Add the option to dye the tips of your hair.
  • Add fit options to clothes. For example, for pants, the options could be cuffed/tucked into socks/loose fit.
  • Allow players to design a signature logo for their shoes.
  • Add more overlays and color patterns for the shoe creator, they have stayed the same for a few years now.
  • Add an option to change MyPlayer torso length. Only a visual change, ex. Mo Bamba torso length vs Eric Bledsoe torso length.
  • Allow layering of clothes (ex. jersey on top of hoodie)
  • Allow players to change their body type. NBA players change their body type very frequently (ex. Giannis when he entered the league vs. Giannis now). Maybe have it unlock after a certain # of weeks straight doing Gatorade Training Facility workouts?
  • Allow players to earn a temporary boost to their attributes per category. This would give Team Practice a real use after maxing all badges. Players could earn +1 to +3 on attributes in a category similar to earning +1 to +3 on physical attributes from the Gatorade facility. There would need to be limitations on this to prevent OP builds.
  • Suggestion/Make the CAP, MyPlayer, and NBA player editing suites be the same, and include the body types, short length slider, and body sliders for all players.