If you ever want to know what is going to happen in the future of the NBA, the easiest way to find out is using NBA 2K13’s Association Mode.
That is just what I did. Using the default roster, I simulated the entire 2012-13 season on the game to get a little glimpse into the NBA’s future.
Here is what happened, with an emphasis on the Oklahoma City Thunder of course.
- The Thunder finished the season with the best record in the league winning 61 games. The Heat won 58 and the Lakers won 57. The 76ers won 55 and then the Nuggets came in with 52 wins. The biggest surprises were the Celtics winning only 33 games and the Timberwolves winning 45.
- Kevin Durant won the MVP. He averaged 29.1 points, 8.8 rebounds, 3.6 assists, 1.5 steals and 1.3 blocks per game. He shot 48.4 percent from the field and 42.4 percent from three. His PER was 27.9.
- Durant did not win his fourth straight scoring title because Russell Westbrook won his first instead averaging 29.9 points to go with 7.3 assists per game. Westbrook had a PER of 27.8 and led the league in usage rate at 34.0 compared to 31.1 for Durant.
- James Harden was the Sixth Man of the Year again averaging 16.2 points per game. His PER was 20.0 and he once again led the league in true shooting percentage at 62.8.
- Anthony Davis won the Rookie of the Year Award averaging 16.1 points, 9.8 rebounds and 1.9 blocks per game.
- Josh Smith won the Defensive Player of the Year Award and simply had a monster year statistically. He averaged 22.6 points, 10.0 rebounds, 3.8 assists, 1.6 steals and 1.8 blocks per game.
- Goran Dragic won the Most Improved Player Award and averaged 13.2 points and 10.1 assists per game.
- Scott Brooks was the Coach of the Year.
- The All-NBA First Team was Westbrook, Deron Williams, Durant, LeBron James and Dwight Howard. The Second Team was Derrick Rose, Kyrie Irving, Carmelo Anthony, Kevin Love and DeMarcus Cousins. The Third Team was Kobe Bryant, Brandon Jennings, Blake Griffin, LaMarcus Aldridge and Andrew Bynum.
- The All-Defensive First Team was Paul George, Dwyane Wade, Josh Smith, Tyrus Thomas and Dwight Howard. The Second Team was Kobe Bryant, Stephen Curry, Paul Millsap, LeBron and Anthony Davis.
- The All-Rookie First Team was Davis, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Damian Lillard, Thomas Robinson and Bradley Beal. The Second Team was Harrison Barnes, Dion Waiters, Terrence Ross, Jeremy Lamb and Tony Wroten.
- Serge Ibaka had a big drop off in blocking shots averaging just 1.8 per game after 3.7 in real life last season. He also averaged 10.4 points and 7.5 rebounds per game.
- The fifth leading scorer for the Thunder was Daequan Cook averaging 4.2 points per game.
- Kendrick Perkins averaged 1.9 points, 8.2 rebounds and 1.5 blocks per game.
- Rookie Perry Jones III hardly played averaging 2.1 points and 1.1 rebounds per game.
Here is how the playoffs went up until the NBA Finals:
1OKC over 8DAL in 7
5LAC over 4MEM in 5
3DEN over 6MIN in 6
2LAL over 7SAS in 7
1MIA over 8WAS in 7
5BKN over 4IND in 6
3CHI over 6NYK in 7
7DET over 2PHI in 6
1OKC over 5LAC in 4
2LAL over 3DEV in 6
1MIA over 5BKN in 5
3CHI over 7DET in 6
1OKC over 2LAL in 6
1MIA over 3CHI in 5
- As you can see we have ourselves a rematch of last year’s NBA Finals between the Thunder and Heat with the Thunder once again having home court advantage.
- The Thunder would win the first two games of the Finals then lose the next three in Miami. Westbrook was a monster at home in the first two scoring 35 in Game 1 then 51 in Game 2.
- The Thunder won Game 6 at home to force a Game 7. The home team won each of the first six games of the series with no final scores being within 11 points.
- The Heat dominated in Game 7 to capture their second straight NBA title winning 119-86 behind 28 points, 13 rebounds and eight assists from LeBron. Westbrook went 7-for-24 from the field in Game 7. Durant had 26 on 9-for-21 shooting.
- LeBron was the Finals MVP averaging 21.1 points, 7.8 rebounds and 6.8 assists per game.
- Let’s hope this plays out a little differently in real life.