NBA 2K14 My Player Guide: Strategies and Tips for a Perfect My Career

Basically the only game mode I play in NBA 2K14 is MyCareer, where I try to take My Player to the top of the NBA leaderboards – and with some patience and smart play, that’s not going to be too difficult. Therefore, I am here to share with you an NBA 2K14 My Player guide and hopefully guide you through great seasons, tons of SP to spend and an easy way to ultimate glory. Because Lebron might be the official legend of the game, but we’re about to create a new one.

So if you are like me and you love to spend all your game time in the My Career mode, this NBA 2K14 My Player guide should come in handy. So let’s get this started with… the beginning!

Creation of your player

You start by creating the MyPlayer persona as soon as you load NBA 2K14 for the first time, but after starting the MyCareer mode, there’s more (and extremely important) tinkering to do. We usually spend a lot of time (at least I do) on the aesthetic part and tend to ignore what matters the most: skills, attributes and height – position ratio.

In other words, if you want to be a fast PG, then you need a short player and if you want to rule under the rim, get your player over 6.7. Height, however, is not the only important aspect in basketball and NBA 2K14: position and play style also matter a lot. We have three special styles for each position and three that are identical to all positions and the biggest mistake, in my opinion, would be to go for an “all around” player. Your MyPlayer guy will be pretty sucky at first and it’s better to have him specialize early to earn points in specific areas easier and therefore make it easier to invest in your player’s future.

I would recommend going for the shooting skills, especially because being a top scorer is the most fun way to play the game, right? The choice still goes hand in hand with the position you’re playing – don’t get the 3 point expert skill for a Center who would do better with an increase in the Rebound skills, for example. So, in the end, think at how you’re most likely going to play the game and specialize in those skills. Becoming a good all around player will take time.

How to choose the best team

I didn’t pay much attention to this, I tried to offer the best answers to all interviews and I ended up being selected by Portland. Now they do have a good team for the future, but they won’t win many games at first, and you need a team that wins in order for you to get that nice boost from the wins bonus.

You will have three interviews and the teams will select you (or not) based on your performance during the Rookie Challenge. The best idea would be to have a mediocre performance (B to B+) in order to get drafted after the first 10 players and have bigger chances of getting a better team. Although you won’t know what teams are interested in you, there’s a trick if you find one that you’d like to play: offer the best answers to it and then completely snub the others. You will know if you gave the right answers at the end of the interview, when the GM will say something like “we really liked your answers”.

The Most Important Season: Your Rookie Year

Earning a ton of skill points (and spending them wisely) is what matters the most during your Rookie Year and if you play your games right, you can easily become a top player early on. We’ll start earning skill points with the drills system – which is even worse and more boring than in NBA 2K13, but every bit of extra SP helps, so you’ll have to do these on a weekly basis. And make sure you win them – so go for the easiest drills for your player (in my case, the shooting challenge). Just make sure you always get at least a Bronze reward, because otherwise it’s just wasted time and a loss of valuable Skill Points.

Fortunately, it’s not the drills that matter that much, it’s the games you’ll play. At first, you won’t get too much play time so instead of trying to be the star player (which you won’t be able to be, because your stats are really low), try to get the best possible rating by being a good team player: perform well in defense by sticking to your man, hit those good passes and set a lot of screens for your teammates. Play it safe and nice, stack up some skill points and most important, contribute to getting more minutes: the better your rating, the sooner you’ll become a starting player.

The focus during your Rookie Season is to improve your main skills based on the type of player that you are. If you want to be a scoring freak, focus on those cheaper mid range shots or lay ups and traffic shots and ignore the three pointers because they are so expensive. You will also need to invest a little in your ball skills and passing, but otherwise pretty much ignore everything. The better your shot ratings are, the more likely you are to get the “Good shot selection” bonus, which matters a lot for improving your overall rating.

Only after you’re a true specialist in your area, start piling up the SP and using them on shaping the true superstar you really are.

Don’t forget about the GM meetings

We also have the GM meeting feature in NBA 2K14, and you should take advantage of it: you can get more play time or even help taking a player you don’t like out. Or when you feel that it’s time to move on, that’s where you will have to start your search. So the general idea here is: if you don’t like something, go speak with the GM!

Be a Team Player & Play Real Basketball

I know that being a one man show is the most entertaining thing you could want from a game, but NBA 2K14 is a simulation and it challenges you to be a real basketball player. So play for the team, stick to your assignment, pass to your teammates when they are in open positions and have them score too. Especially during the first couple of seasons, you won’t be able to win games by yourself and you need to win games for the best SP rewards. So if you really want to make it big, make sure you are a team player!

So for now, this would be my guide for the NBA 2K14 My Player – My Career mode. Do you have further advice to offer? I’ll be more than happy to hear it in the comments section below!

56 Comments

  1. Thanks!

    Having never played basketball myself, nor watch it ever, I really struggle to be a good position player. Very frustrating at first, when your player basically sucks..

    I promoted to being a starter for Indiana in the second game of the second season, but man can this game be frustrating… Love it haha

    • Glad to hear it was useful, Rob. Pretty soon, you’ll be an all star!

    • Yea do u know where there is a break down for what team needs what player? Kind of like mlb the show told u each teams need. Like I want to play for the kings but just don’t know what position to go for. Any help would be great. Thank you

  2. In NBA 2K14, I am a SF/PF rookie (PLAY STYLE: ALL-AROUND)playing for the Milwaukee Bucks. I have 2 questions?
    1. For the Euro Step Layup, the Hop Step Layup, and other types of layups, I start each of them off with a 55 rating. When I looked through all abilities I can increase (OFFENSE, DEFENSE, PHYSICAL, and MENTAL), those types of layups are not there. How do I increase the ratings of each of them.
    2. For most of my Athleticism abilities (Vertical, Stamina, Durability, etc.), the max is 90. In fact, none of my abilities at all can get to 99; the highest I can get on some abilities is 92 (except for Emotion – for some reason, I was already given a 99 out of 90 on that). When I look at other players at my position in the game, some of their abilities go past 92, in fact, I saw some 99′s for some players. How do I get mine past 90 or 92, or whatever the number might be?

    • You have to buy the Acrobat signature skill, because it says you get a boost to your Euro Step Layup, Hop Step Layup and other finishing moves for every level you increase. It’s really expensive though around like 5000 VC

    • Increase shot in traffic and lay ups it will improve euro n hop steps

    • for number 1 u make your lay ups to the max and it wil do it to all the lay ups

  3. How do I increase max SP levels? Want to get posterizer and I have dunk maxed, but it maxes out at 85.

    • You don’t. You can get around it though with skills and your own shoes you make when you get them. Some skills will like one man fast brake that boots your speed and quickness by up to 5. Your shoes can be any thing you want. To change what your skills max out at you have to make a new player with a different role, like be a all around player or a 3 point guy.

  4. My tv is a bit broken, so I cant see my challenges during games when it pops up, is there any way to see these in the pause menu or something ? I Keep failing the challenges cuz I dont know what they are lol

    • During play, hit start to pause the game. Go to performance and scroll down to the bottom the screen where your dynamic challenges are displayed.

  5. what type of signature skills would you recommend for athletic point guards??

  6. I’ve played about 6 seasons with my PG/SG. His current status is Starter but is there a way i can change the status to Star? I’ve won assist titles and scoring titles but it still won’t let me.

    • To be a star you have to be chosen for the all star team a couple of times. By that I mean you have to be a starter. I got to be a star after my third time.

  7. You are probably eating your words now. Portland won’t be able to win many games, eh? Third best record in the league after 12 games. They’re a very sold and deep team.

    • Yeah, but in my game they’re still not doing very good :))

    • I agree, I wasn’t too glad to get picked to the Blazers as a SF (all-around) with Batum at SF starting, took me about 20 games (10-12 min quarters) putting up insane scoring numbers (69%FG 50%3pt 93%FT) on 38ppg, 5rpg, 5apg, 2.0spg, 1.1bpg in just 24 minutes a game too. But the game really is smart. After I played 3 games in a row of 30ppg, 10+rpg, 10+apg, 3+spg, 3+bpg my guy finally took over starting SF, though Batum is no longer a 6th man and they don’t seem to trade him (how the hell do I trade him for value?)

      But the Blazers and my career are 22-6 right now, 1 game ahead of the Heat for best record in the game. Lillard, Mathews, LMA, MoWill, Batum, all great shooters, Lopez and TRob nice inside.

      I am curious to why the MyCareer GM AI sucking. We won 11 in a row with Lopez starting at Center getting 32mins (anchoring the D and 14ppg 11rpg 2.5bpg) but now Lopez is like 12th man with 2k beast Thomas Robinson starting at PF and Aldridge at C. We still have maintained a great record, but most the games are close now as we have no shot blocking Lopez to anchr the D…. I WANT TO TALK TO GM!

  8. I have a question. If i want to be a good shooting guard, like Kobe Bryant or James Harden, wich length, lbs and play style i need? And in wich atributes i need to spend my skill points on?

    • Your length should be 6’5 or 6’6, your lbs should be 200 lbs too 216 lbs. You should also spend you attributes in the mental category the CONSISTENCY thing, yeah you would be like a combination of D-Wade and James Harden…. :)

  9. How can i start again a new career?

    • On PC go to start menu (windows 7) and in Search program and files type %appdata% with % ! in roaming folder find Nba folder and in save folder delete everything you want.That is for creating a new player. New carrer start in game mode -> new game. dunno what you meant xD

  10. Please help!
    Im a 6’7 sg slasher and i want to know how to increase my vertical from 55, i know you can buy 10+ for 5 games, but how do i max it out?

  11. How do I request a transfer on 2K14? I am a Rookie SG but want to move any chance of helping?

  12. Hi!

    I recently started my NBA 2K14 career, but when does the market in My Team open so I can buy players?

  13. If i retired in my career , but now how do i keep upgrading my player.Because if i make a new career the player starts with low stats.

  14. Is there any ways of seeing what teams are interested in you before you ask for a trade. Or can you change your mind about the trade if u see u will go to a poo team.

    • Your manager asks what team you’d like to play for, then when you ask to be traded it shows you who’s interested. Then you pick 3. I got traded to a team I didn’t select.

  15. Ok.. Is there a way to change signature skills in career mode ? I’ve bought more than 5 before I knew 5 was the limit.

    • Yes, you go below where it says player upgrades. It say equip upgrades. Go in there and it will be the first thin that comes up.
      (Xbox 360) Don’t know about PC.

  16. When do you get the opportunity to get rod of 2k shoes ? I’m a 6’7 pg average 29-6-11 at 84 overall .

  17. Hey, so I’m a 94 overall center and I still have a quench to get better. I maxed out almost all of my stats. How can I get a higher overall, or make my center better???

  18. Im in my first season. im a PG for the miami heat. im a starter. we are currently 25-3. My rating is at 89^1 ima beast!

    • I would recommend doing the dribbling drill through the cones, very easy to get gold every time. On the dummy guards a simple spin is a good way to get around them.

  19. is there a specific play that got you all those easy assists. I’m also an athletic PG/SG

    • I’m an all around pg/sg player for OKC. I usually do pick&rolls with center/pf (like Ibaka). Once i come out the that pick, either i slide to the basket or slide out to make a pass to the sliding player or inside to the player near the rim. Works well for me.

  20. how do i increase my abiltiy ratings?

  21. So I have a 6’5″ Athletic PG, I’ve won 2 Nba titles, selected to all three all-star games since rookie year, MVP 2 times, Three point contest winner, League leader in points, assists, blocks, rebounds, & steals 2 years running. I’ve gotten nearly all of my achievements for retirement. Play all 82 games with 12 minute quarters, but the most they’ll offer me is 1625 SP for 5 years with a player option. I just wanna know what’s the most they’ll offer before I accept the GM’s offer. BTW I play for the Pistons. Another question I’m wondering is why are all my teammates ratings taking a negative impact even though team chemistry is at 100%? Is anyone else having the same problem?

    • Im same problem and same team.

    • Ya same problem, different team, but have had negative ratings for the last half season. 90% team chemistry and still retarded. Ranging from -1 to -3. Try to get them involved, I pass to everyone, get the ‘Good ball movement’ all the time, but nothing has helped. Haven’t tried doing a team dinner or meeting yet, maybe that would help.

  22. Any advice on which team to go to as a rookie pg?

  23. I lead the league in assists but all my teammates skills are declining. How do I prevent that from happening and make go back up to normal

  24. Best Advice… basically everything he said was correct….. im 6`3 pg i average around 42 a game 8 apg and a huge huge huge ratings maker steals about 12 a game. I played sh*tty in my rookie showcase game it was between pacer or clippers i hate lebron so went with clippers 23rd pick i start in my second year lead league in scoring and steals trying to get selected in the dunk contest and three point contest any advice plzzz. O get finisher and ooper as special attruibutes

  25. Tht rlly dosent help its jus like 2k13 jus differrent jumpers and dunks.

  26. Can you skip anything man? doont get me wrong i like the game, but i dont want to play all 82 games playing 41 mpg. the lack of control in my career mode is absurd. any ideas?

    • well, in your menu, go in play, and then select play next key game instead play next game, the key games you have to play

  27. Ive got 4 rings 4 season mvps 4 scoring titles 1 defensive team 6 all star games starting and still arent at star status how do i get it?

  28. Get the NBA 2K14 app for your phone log in every day and get your daily vc bonus it varies from 500 to 2000 easy money and has helped me tremendously.Just started my second season and im 1st in my position and 4th overall

  29. i did well in the rookie showcase and i went to the okc, season 2 miami, 3 spurs, 4 cavaliers and 5 cavaliers, i’m point guard 6’4” but even in my fifth season i still 80 in the overall rating, any suggestions?

  30. If you get 101skill points u can get max ratings by buying animations and stuff and when you do you have minus money stay in upgrades and get every thing and max out.I am 6’3 scoring of and best position second best in the game. average 58 points 9 assists 6.7 rebounds and 4.1steals in second year.rookie of year and defense of year(oh and1.1blks)43 and 3 with the hawks.

  31. Hi I have a really good PG with a 97 overall rating and a starter for OKC and I was hust wondering if anybody had advice as to what play types would be best for my PG player? Which 4 play types should I pick out of them? ( isolation, p&r ball handler, p&r roll man, post up low, post up high, cutter, mid range, or 3 pt?) please reply instead of submitting a new comment. Any feedback would be very appreciated. Thank you

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