The Rookie Showcase and Draft
After you’ve finished creating your player, he’ll be put
into the line-up of the Rookie Showcase game. This is where you’ll have a
chance to improve your draft stock by showing all the GMs in the league just
what kind of contributor you can be in the NBA. Your player will be a part of the
starting line-up, and will only come out of the game for brief moments. There’s
plenty of time for you to make a name for your fledgling pro during the
This is also the first time you’ll be able to see how you
earn experience in NBA 2K13. Every game, your player will start out with a “C”
rating as a teammate. Making good passes, playing good defense, taking and
making good shots, and rebounding will earn you a better grade. Likewise,
taking poor shots, turning the ball over, and allowing the man you’re guarding
to score will cause your grade to decrease. Better ratings earn you more VC
(NBA 2K13’s currency) to spend on upgrading your player.
During the Rookie Showcase, it’s important to put on a good
show for the scouts, but it’s also important to get a good grade by the end of
the game. Not only will you look more attractive to potential teams, but you’ll
also earn valuable VC to give your player a boost just in time for his pro
debut. The best way to succeed is to grab rebounds and play good defense.
Getting rebounds should provide you with high-percentage shots on the offensive
side of the court, so you won’t have to worry about taking too many risks with
a low-rated shooter.
During halftime, you’ll get a quick glimpse at where your stock
is in the upcoming draft. You can adjust your playstyle accordingly during the
second half, and continue to follow the gameplan, or start focusing on key
stats you’d like to reach double digits. Once the game is over, you’ll find
your player in the locker room. There he’ll meet with three GMs of potentially
interested NBA teams.
Each GM will ask you a few questions about how you fit with
their franchise. Depending on how you feel about playing for a given team, you
can either answer these questions honestly, or completely sabotage your chances
with terrible answers so the team won’t draft you. No matter what team you end
up on, you’ll be fighting for playing time at the start of the season, and will
have to work extremely hard to break into the starting lineup during year one.
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