With the 2018 NBA season set to get rocking and popping soon, the good folks at 2K Games thought it necessary to simulate the season beforehand and see how well its own under-the-hood design holds up in NBA 2K18 for predicting who will actually walk away the champions in 2018, and it's the Golden State Warriors.
There's a Facebook note detailing the process that 2K went through in simulating the NBA finals, and how it managed to reach that end goal with the final two teams. The studio ran a MyLeague season simulation and came up with the final showdown between the Boston Celtics and the Golden State Warriors.
The post goes through the painstaking detail of how the finals came about between the two hot shot basketball teams. First, there's the drill down of how the top eight were selected for the NBA 2K18 playoffs. Oklahoma City Thunder made the cut, and was quickly eliminated in a 52-30 game.
Chris Paul took the Houston Rockets to one of the other slots to dwindle down on the competition and move one step closer toward the finals. While the team managed to knock off the Oklahoma City Thunder, they took a fall to the Golden State Warriors in the Western Conference Finals.
On the other side of the states the Eastern Conference Finals saw the Boston Celtics and Cleveland Cavaliers going head to head, with the Celtics managing to win the rivalry. While Lebron had a strong showing, it was Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward that supposedly made the difference in determining whether the Celtics would move on or end their conference run at the hands of King James.
The Celtics may have had a comeback story to tell in the NBA 2K18 simulation, and they surely may have managed to best the Cavaliers, but it wasn't enough to dethrone the Golden State Warriors.
In the simulation, things ended after five games, with the Warriors taking home the crown in the playoffs.
There's an interesting unfolding of events laid out in the article that seems to point toward a lot of individual characters making drastic differences to overall team performance. While we've seen this happen in real life with some teams, you have to wonder how accurate NBA 2K18 is when it comes to predicting the the 2018 playoff season?
EA Sports has been predicting the Super Bowl for years now, and sometimes the games were almost eerily identical to the real-life results, especially Madden NFL 15 and the Super Bowl XLIX prediction, or how close Madden NFL 17 came to predicting Super Bowl LI, which actually mirrored real-life to some degree when the Patriots were down heading into the fourth and Brady would manage to make some impossible passes to cinch the win.
We'll see if 2K Sports has finely tuned the gameplay experience for NBA 2K18 to properly predict what will unfold next year during the NBA 2018 season playoffs, or if the engine under the hood is a bit off and will lead to vastly different results.