Top 5 Most Played Teams in NBA Live 15

EA has released some telemetry data on gamer engagement and habits from October to December last year. The infographic includes the Top 5 Most Played Teams in NBA Live 15, which are as follows:

  1. Cleveland Cavaliers
  2. Golden State Warriors
  3. Chicago Bulls
  4. Houston Rockets
  5. Oklahoma City Thunder

Given the strength and/or enduring popularity of those teams, the results shouldn’t be too surprising. It’s also clear that gamers follow LeBron James, as the Miami Heat have previously been one of the more popular teams to use in basketball video games.

You can check out the NBA Live 15 infographic below, and as always, feel free to join in the discussion of NBA Live 15 here in the NLSC Forum.

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Hassan Whiteside Now Rated 77 Overall in Latest NBA 2K15 Roster

Following a couple of unremarkable seasons with the Sacramento Kings, and stints playing in the D-League and China, Hassan Whiteside is beginning to capture the attention of NBA fans after stringing together some impressive performances for the Miami Heat. After stepping into a more prominent role, Whiteside is averaging 12.3 ppg, 8.6 rpg, and 4 bpg for the month of January. He also registered a triple double with 14 points, 13 rebounds, and 12 blocks in the Heat’s 96-84 victory over the Chicago Bulls on Sunday.

Whiteside’s recent play certainly has the makings of feel-good story, the tale of a player finally finding his place in the big time and turning heads with some unexpected performances. His exploits certainly haven’t gone unnoticed at 2K Sports, as the latest roster update for NBA 2K15 has seen his overall jump a whopping 18 points, from 59 to 77.

As it stands, that’s one of the biggest boosts since the “Linsanity” craze saw Jeremy Lin’s overall jump from 56 to 69 back in NBA 2K12. And in some ways, Whiteside’s recent run is a little reminiscent of Lin’s emergence three years ago, from grabbing the attention of basketball fans to its impact on basketball video games.

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File Additions for NBA 2K14

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We have one new file addition for NBA 2K14 PC today: a fictional NBC scoreboard. Check it out at the link below.

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Fantasy NBC Scoreboard

New Poll: Winning Championships in Basketball Video Games

We’ve just posted a new poll, which asks: How often do you win championships in basketball video games?

Do you win the championship every time you play? Have you played through an entire season (ie every game, regardless of quarter length), only to come up short or even miss the Playoffs? Or do you have up and down years? Cast your vote, and discuss the topic in the comments section below, as well as in the NLSC Forum.

Our previous poll asked Who is your pick for MVP so far? Stephen Curry was most people’s pick, garnering 49% of the vote. James Harden and Anthony Davis were the next most popular choices at 14% and 12% respectively. 6% voted for Jimmy Butler, 5% picked Damian Lillard, 2% chose Blake Griffin, and 1% were in favour of LaMarcus Aldridge. 11% of voters felt that another player entirely is the leading candidate for this year’s MVP.

File Additions for NBA 2K15

Manni has released a new Washington Wizards court for NBA 2K15 PC, which updates the tiles and logos. Download it at the link below!

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Washington Wizards Court

File Additions for NBA 2K14

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We’ve had a few more file additions come in for NBA 2K14 PC in the past 24 hours or so, including new face and jersey updates, along with a couple of new courts. Please see below for all the download links.

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2015 Miami Heat Black Tie Uniform
Travis Wear Face

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Bilbao Arena in Bilbao, Spain
CRS Hala Zielona Gora in Zielona Gora, Poland

NBA Live 15 PlayStation 4 Giveaway Winner

Congratulations to mp3, who is the winner of our NBA Live 15 PlayStation 4 giveaway! We’ll be sending you your prize shortly.

Thanks to everyone who entered the giveaway. As I said in the previous bulletin, we’ll try to get our hands on a few more copies of the game for some more giveaways, ideally for both PlayStation 4 and Xbox One next time. Stay tuned, and remember you can click the Contests link at the top of the page to keep track of any contests that we’re running.

File Additions for NBA 2K14

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Medevenx has released another new version of his current roster update for NBA 2K14 PC; check it out at the link below!

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Med’s Ultimate Roster Appdata Files (Updated to v1.3d)

File Additions for NBA 2K15

Our community has a few new releases for NBA 2K15 PC today, including a new SweetFX tweak, a face update for Tracy McGrady, and an eight player tattoo pack. Pick them up at the links below.

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“Stratus” Atmosphere Effect (by goldenstate77)

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Tracy McGrady Face

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8 Player Tattoo Pack

Details on January 23rd Roster Update for NBA Live 15

A new roster has been pushed through for NBA Live 15, which includes updated lineups and ratings. At a glance, it appears as though the rosters are more or less completely up to date, save for a couple of players who are on 10 day contracts and haven’t played a game yet.

James Harden and Brandon Jennings are two of the players who have received significant boosts in the latest roster, as Harden is now rated 91 overall, while Jennings’ overall has been increased by two and now sits at 83. Conversely, Dwight Howard’s overall has dropped by two points to 88.

A full list of the changes in the latest roster update can be seen in this spreadsheet. If you have any feedback on the rosters, please feel free to post it in this thread in the NBA Live 15 section of the Forum.

The Friday Five: 5 Ways Basketball Games Haven’t Improved

The Friday Five

Welcome to this week’s edition of The Friday Five! This is a feature that I post every Friday in which I give my thoughts on a topic that’s related to basketball video games, the real NBA or another area of interest to our community, either as a list of five items or in the form of a Top 5 countdown.

Last week, I talked about the ways in which basketball video games have improved over the years. I still stand by that, and believe it to be true; beyond the advances in graphics and technology that have benefitted video games in general, basketball games have come a long way in replicating the sport. However, there are also still areas in which they leave something to be desired.

That’s what I’m taking a look at this week: five ways that basketball games haven’t improved, or at the very least, haven’t improved to the extent that we would like. They’re the nagging, lingering issues that I believe detract from games that we otherwise enjoy. Issues such as…

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NLSC Podcast – Episode #107

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Episode #107 of the NLSC Podcast is out now! Arcane and I are your hosts this week, as we catch up on the latest news, start our Wishlists for this year’s games, and discuss the past week in the NBA.

  • We recap the latest content updates for NBA Live 15, which include new rosters and Ultimate Team Legends.
  • Da_Czar has posted another NBA 2K15 play improvements video, this time focusing on handoff plays.
  • In a bizarre turn of events, we’ve both released updates for NBA Live 08!
  • Since it’s a while before NBA Live 16 and NBA 2K16 news starts coming out, we begin our Wishlists.
  • Which features would we take from NBA 2K, and put into NBA Live? Which NBA Live features would we add to NBA 2K?
  • Moving on to the real NBA, both of our favourite teams are struggling. Clearly, we jinxed them.
  • The Rising Stars Challenge is adopting a USA vs The World concept. Do we like that change?
  • Potential participants for this year’s dunk contest have been revealed…but does it matter, if the format is the same as last year?
  • Brandon Jennings has registered the first 20+ point, 20+ assist game since Steve Nash in 2009. Meanwhile, the Playoffs are actually looking like a realistic goal for the Pistons.
  • The Knicks have finally won again. In fact, they have a winning streak going!
  • Shawn Marion has announced his retirement at the end of the season. Will Kobe Bryant join him?
  • Will Ferrell films a movie at a Pelicans game, and Not Bill Walton provides us with another gem to end the episode.

Click Play to listen to the show!

Have some thoughts on the latest episode? Sound off in the comments below, or here in the Forum. Mailbag submissions and topic suggestions are also welcome, so feel free to hit us up in this thread.

Upcoming Legends in NBA Live 15 Ultimate Team: Chambers, LJ, Petrovic

The next three Legends who will soon be available in NBA Live 15’s Ultimate Team have been revealed: Tom Chambers, Larry Johnson, and Drazen Petrovic.

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After a successful European career, Petrovic was well on his way to NBA stardom when he was tragically killed in a car accident at the age of 28. Petrovic averaged 22.3 PPG in his final NBA season.

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The first overall pick in the 1991 NBA Draft, “Grandmama” made two All-Star Games with the Hornets before moving on to the Big Apple, where he helped lead the Knicks to the 1999 NBA Finals.

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Chambers was a four-time All-Star, with three of those appearances coming as a member of the Phoenix Suns. He averaged more than 18 PPG and 6 RPG in his career.

All three players will be randomly available in packs starting this weekend. As always, feel free to join in the discussion of Ultimate Team here in the NBA Live 15 section of the Forum.

Fictional Basketball League Mod Demo for NBA Live 08

A little while ago in an edition of The Friday Five, I talked about some projects that I always wanted to do, but never got around to doing. In the interest of doing some cool stuff for our upcoming 20th Anniversary of NBA Live content, I’m starting out by giving one of them a try.

I’ve released a demo of a Fictional Basketball League mod, which would replace the entire NBA with completely fictional players…as well as a few characters from films and television shows that are related to basketball. This two team demo replaces the rosters for the Los Angeles Lakers and Milwaukee Bucks with characters from movies and TV, including a few that were portrayed by NBA players.

In the full version, these players would be more evenly distributed, and outnumbered by completely made up players. Depending on whether anyone else is interested in getting involved in the project, the NBA teams themselves might also be replaced with fictional equivalents. I’d also be looking to convert the mod for use with NBA Live 2005, NBA Live 06, and NBA Live 07.

Download the FBL demo here, and post any feedback or suggestions in the comments below, as well as in my release thread in the NBA Live 08 section of the Forum. Please see the included readme file for more information.

Mailbag & Topic Submissions for Episode #107 of the NLSC Podcast

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We’ll be recording Episode #107 of the NLSC Podcast within the next couple of days, so I wanted to put out one last call for any mailbag submissions or topic suggestions before we do so.

It’s been a bit of a slow week as far as basketball gaming news goes, as we’re in that period where we’re a few months past the release of the latest games and have covered them in-depth, but still a few months out from having news and details on the upcoming games to discuss and speculate upon.

As such, if you have any topics you’d like us to discuss, or questions you’d like us to answer – be they about NBA Live, NBA 2K, the real NBA, or something else to do with basketball or basketball gaming – feel free to hit us up in the comments below, as well as in this thread in the Forum.