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NBA 2k20: 1-Year Simulation Results

NBA 2k20 is on shelves for all basketball fans to enjoy. The game is known as the best annual basketball video game allowing players to play a variety of game modes. Some of the most popular game modes are MyLeague and MyGM, which allows players to call the shots of running an NBA team. In these modes, you can either play every game or simulate them. How accurate is a one-year simulation in NBA 2k20?

Note: All transactions made in this simulation were done by the computer. Nothing was done manually.

NBA MVP: Giannis Antetokounmpo, F, Milwaukee Bucks

2k20 1-Year Simulation Results
Giannis Antetokounmpo (Photo by youtube.com)

Giannis Antetokounmpo won his second-straight MVP award in the simulation. He put up a crazy stat line of 31.4 points, 13.8 rebounds and 5.9 assists per game. Antetokounmpo also played well on the defensive end of the season with 1.7 steals and 2.0 blocks per game.

His play could result in these numbers, but that is still a huge increase over his season last year. He averaged 27.7 points and 12.5 rebounds per game. It is reasonable that Antetokounmpo could take another leap forward and if he does, and leads the Bucks to the third seed as he did in the simulation, he should be the MVP.

Rookie of the Year: Zion Williamson, F, New Orleans Pelicans

To no one’s surprise, Zion Williamson won the Rookie of the Year Award. Williamson had 21.3 points, 9.3 rebounds, 3.2 assists, 1.3 steals and 0.7 blocks per game. The Pelicans would be through the roof if Williamson put up that stat line in his first year.

Williamson did well for a rookie in every statistical category. He will be the focus of every defense so it will be hard to put up a stat line like that, but he is one of the most talented draft prospects in the last few years, so he can manage it.

Sixth Man of the Year: DeMarcus Cousins, C, Los Angeles Lakers

Cousins may be out for the season with an injury and have off the court issues to deal with, but in this simulation, he won the Sixth Man of the Year Award. He scored 19.0 points per game and also had 8.2 rebounds per game.

This is obviously not possible now, but if they Lakers chose to bring Cousins off of the bench, it would be realistic. Los Angeles likely would’ve started Cousins though.

Defensive Player of the Year: Kawhi Leonard, F, Los Angeles Clippers

NBA 2k20: 1-year simulation results
Kawhi Leonard (photo by forbes.com)

The “KLaw” returned as the Defensive Player of the Year in the simulation. His numbers weren’t groundbreaking, as he had 2.1 steals and 0.8 blocks per game. In real life, shutdown defense is rewarded, but in the simulation, it would be more likely that a player who put up more stats would win.

If Leonard and Paul George are locked in, the Clippers could have a great defensive team. Leonard is fully capable of winning the award again, which would make it his third Defensive Player of the Year Award in his trophy case.

Most Improved Player: Marvin Bagley III, F, Sacramento Kings

In his second season in the league, Bagley won the Most Improved Player Award in the simulation. He scored 15.9 points per game and averaged 8.0 rebounds per game. Another eye-popping stat that he had was his 2.1 blocks per game.

Bagley put up 14.9 points and 7.6 rebounds per game as a rookie. His improvements of one extra point and .4 extra rebounds make him winning the Most Improved Player a little unreasonable. At that rate, there have to be a lot of players who had much larger improvements from last season to this simulation.

NBA Coach of the Year: Doc Rivers, Los Angeles Clippers

Doc Rivers has been around the block before and this year he’ll have his most talented roster since his Boston days. In the simulation, he led the Clippers to a 65-17 record to finish second in the Western Conference.

This would be his first Coach of the Year Award since his first year as a coach with the Magic in 1999-2000. He did a fantastic job with the Clippers last season, getting them to the playoffs when no one really expected them to get there. This year he could take the Western Conference by storm with his star players and win the award again.

Playoff Teams

East (in seed order): Philadelphia 76ers, Brooklyn Nets, Milwaukee Bucks, Indiana Pacers, Toronto Raptors, Boston Celtics, New York Knicks, Detroit Pistons

West (in seed order): Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Clippers, Los Angeles Lakers, Oklahoma City Thunder, Portland Trail Blazers, Golden State Warriors, Denver Nuggets, San Antonio Spurs

The Oklahoma City Thunder surprisingly made the playoffs even though they are in a rebuild mode. New York also shocked and made the playoffs. The Spurs made the playoffs, again. Golden State did slip down to the sixth seed, but that is possible given Klay Thompson’s injury.

NBA Champions: Los Angeles Lakers

NBA 2k has simulated the Los Angeles Lakers as the NBA champions. This is possible, but it will take LeBron James and Anthony Davis meshing well together. It will also take a lot of role players fitting in well and maybe playing better than they are accustomed to.

James won the Finals MVP award with 30.6 points, 7.6 rebounds and 10.0 assists per game. The way James has proven to play in the Finals, this stat line is a little extreme, but tangible.

The Lakers defeated the 76ers in five games.

 

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