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for a More Immersive Experience

Step 01) Choose a Vision

Choose from one of the supplied 2KShare vision files, or create your own. Decide whether you want to play Sim or RPG; play as the Owner or GM; and whether you want to be a good soldier, or carve your own path risking your job in the process.

Step 02) Establish an Identity

Scout the league, review your roster, as well as your staff, and make an honest assessment on where you currently stand. Consider your options, and choose from any of the 4 Identities: Contending, Buying, Selling, Rebuilding.

Step 03) Formulate a Team Philosophy

Whether you've chosen RPG or not, it's always nice to invest some time in the "character" that you're playing as. Edit your GM. Give them a name, an appearance, and mold their philosophy in which you aim to build your team. Choose the top 3 priorities you look for in players. Preferences between Offense/Defense, Guards/Forwards, Inside/Outside, in addition to selecting a Preferred System.

Step 04) Review & Bolster your MyStaff

Based on your Vision, Team Identity, and Philosophy, take a moment to review your Staff. Are there vacancies you need filled? Do they align with what you're doing? Are you locked in long-term? Also, depending on the Vision you've chosen, you may or may not have access to your Staff Budget (I personally max it out), so you can always open up the checkbook if need be.

Step 05) Invest in your Roster

Look over your roster, determine who fits moving forward, and who doesn't. Add players to the Untouchables List, as well as the Trade Block. Take the time to edit all of your players' accessories, get them looking game ready. Hop into Freestyle or Scrimmage practice to get a feel for some of the lesser know players. Invest in the G-League, always keep 2 players down there. Check in on them, Simcast a game here or there, check stats, and stay up-to-date on them. Also, if playing with RPG elements, don't forget to utilize Chit Chat, as a helpful Player Morale tool.

Step 06) Individual Training [Skill Development]

This is where you want to specifically focus each player's skill development. Typically, I like to choose an area that fits the team's system/scheme. That way, whether you choose an Individual workout or Team workout on the Training Schedule, they're always improving in the right places. I also tend to choose a skill where they may be less likely to develop on their own. For example, an Offensive Threat, is going to improve (to an extent) on their shooting, finishing, and ball handling regardless of the Individual Training assigned, just based on how the progression system works.

Step 07) Player Mentorship [Badge Development]

This is where you want to invest a roster spot, or two, into some aging players with badges to spare. It's basically free badges, every year, if the relationship between the Mentor and Mentee meet the key criteria. Role-player specialists are good Mentors for a year (2 max) for the majority of 1st and (some) 2nd year players. Aging superstars are the best case scenario. Always invest in some youth at the same position as your aging superstar, for the best results!

Step 08) Build out your Training Schedule

The default Training Schedule is mediocre at best. You'll want to fill this out manually, for best results. Beyond year 1, the Training Schedule is empty, and you'll have no other option but to manually do it, or abandon it's benefits altogether. I would advise taking your Team Identity, as well as your Team Staff, into consideration when putting together this schedule.

Step 09) Setup your Simulation Strategy

Team Identity, check. Team Philosophy, check. Staff compliance, check. You're not going to be playing every game, so you're going to need to setup some parameters to keep your simulation in-line with your envisioned path. Set your bench depth, bench reliance, primary scoring options, as well as your offensive and defensive mentality. These can all be tweaked however often throughout the season, based on injuries, or any other implied storylines.

Step 10) Scouting Department [optional]

Dive into the Draft Prospects. Build out your Draft Board. Scout the league, create your Target List. Dive into Player Comparisons, for extra depth and information you won't normally come across from the Player Cards. This tab is especially useful if you have Finances enabled, because it gives you access to each player's Marketability rating.

Step 11) The Playoffs [optional]

Yes. The Playoffs. Where bench depth goes to die, and you're able to dive into the X's & O's. My favorite time of each season, where you're locked in, one opponent at a time. It's where you get to ditch your Global Gameplan, and jump into the Team Specific and Individual Specific defensive gameplans. To keep things fair, I limit each series to a 2 user game maximum. Thats 2 full games, or 2 Simcast Jump-Ins, doesn't matter, they both count as user games.

Step 12) Off-Season Progression [optional]

Completely optional, and 100% personal preference. Felt the need to fill the gap for the lack of "Offseason Training Camps", so I decided to create a few of my own. All with requirements and stipulations to be met prior to application. They are: "Untapped Potential (25 & Under), "Fountain of Youth (30 & Over), "MAMBA Mentality (87+ OVR)", and the "DAWG Mentality (85+ OVR). Also created some criteria, to make up for the lack of growth amongst the Staff, giving them opportunities to earn 1 badge point each year. Also have upgrade packages available per each Season Reward (MVP, ROTY, 6MAN, DPOY, MIP, Coach of the Year).

Step 13) The Summer League [optional]

Entirely optional, but it's always fun to get a feel for the guys at the end of the bench, who you rarely get to play with. Can also be used as a storyline builder for young guys. Give players who played well, the opportunity to crack your rotation early in the season, regardless if their rating says they should be there or not.

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