NBA Live 16 Week 12 Roster Update Details

NBA Live 16: Aaron Gordon

The Week 12 roster update for NBA Live 16 has come through, featuring all of the deals from the 2016 trade deadline. Jersey numbers and the accessories for 33 players have also been updated in the latest roster. For a complete breakdown, check out this spreadsheet.

A handful of All-Star Weekend participants have also received some ratings boosts in the latest roster:

  • Paul George (OVR 89): +6 3-Point Shot (89), +2 Mid-Range Shot (80), +1 Shot Off Dribble (80)
  • John Wall (OVR 89): +12 Layup (97), +10 Pass Accuracy (80), +8 Dunk (95)
  • Steph Curry (OVR 95): +6 Contested Shot (96), +5 Shot Off Dribble (94), +4 Mid-Range Shot (90)
  • Russell Westbrook (OVR 93): +10 Inside Shot (90), +7 Dribbling (95), +3 Dunk (93)
  • Anthony Davis (OVR 88): +10 Inside Shot (88), +10 Shot Off Dribble (79), +5 Mid-Range Shot (85)
  • Chris Paul (OVR 93): +9 Mid-Range Shot (80), +6 Shot Off Dribble (92), +4 Court Vision (99)
  • James Harden (OVR 91): +8 3-Point Shot (93), +7 Mid-Range Shot (79), +7 Shot Off Dribble (93)

Slam Dunk Contest participants Aaron Gordon, Zach LaVine, and Will Barton have also received boosts to their dunking ratings. Runner-up Gordon and winner LaVine are now sitting at 99, while Barton’s dunk rating is now 90. Additionally, all three players have been given enhanced dunk packages.

Speaking of dunks, as we discussed in Episode #147 of the NLSC Podcast, there has been an issue with this year’s rookie crop not being able to dunk in NBA Live 16. The latest roster includes fixes for some of those players (including Karl-Anthony Towns, Kristaps Porzingas, and Bobby Portis), ensuring that players with dunk ratings of 60 or higher will be able to dunk in appropriate situations.

Any thoughts on the latest NBA Live 16 rosters? Feel free to post them in the comments section below, as well as in this thread in the Forum. While you’re in the mood for posting feedback, don’t forget that we’re also compiling our NBA Live 17 Wishlist, so be sure to get your suggestions in ASAP!

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NLSC Podcast – Episode #147

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It’s time for this week’s episode of the NLSC Podcast! In Episode #147, Arcane and I discuss another NBA Live 17 tidbit, reflect on our past week in basketball gaming, react to the 2016 NBA trade deadline, and more.

On this week’s show…

  • Basketball skill development coach and former Harlem Globetrotter Derick Grant revealed that he has been participating in some motion capture sessions for NBA Live 17.
  • Unfortunately we can’t play it ourselves, but NBA Live Mobile has been receiving some positive reactions from gamers.
  • We discuss an unfortunate bug in the NBA Live 16 rosters that is affecting this year’s rookie crop.
  • The NBA Live 14 and NBA Live 15 servers are still up and running. As you’d expect though, there’s not a lot of activity.
  • Mike Wang’s comments on Stephen Curry causing problems in the development of NBA 2K leads to some thoughts on realism in basketball video games.
  • More MyCAREER and Ultimate Team tales as we discuss our week in basketball gaming.
  • We talk about the reasons people go back and patch older games like NBA Live 08, and our enthusiasm for getting involved every once in a while.
  • The trade deadline did not exactly live up to our expectations…or for that matter, our predictions. We recap all the recent player movement.
  • Shockingly, the Portland Trail Blazers handed the Golden State Warriors a 32 point loss. They’re still on track to challenge 72-10, though.
  • It’s not looking promising for Chris Bosh, as he’s on the verge of being shut down for the second straight season due to health problems.
  • Sean Marks has become the first Kiwi to get an NBA GM gig. As Aussies, we ponder how we can piggyback on the achievement.
  • We wrap up Episode #147 of the NLSC Podcast with this week’s Bold Predictions.

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Have some thoughts on the latest episode? Sound off in the comments below, or here in the Forum. Also, if there’s a topic you’d like us to discuss on the next episode of the NLSC Podcast, feel free to hit us up in this thread.

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File Additions for NBA 2K16

NBA 2K16 Cover Art - Stephen Curry

Here are the latest file additions for NBA 2K16 PC, which include player faces, a couple of shoes, and a jersey update for the Boston Celtics. Please see below for all the download links.

Boston Celtics Fictional “Pride” Jersey

Andre Iguodala Face

Karl-Anthony Towns Face

Jordan 29 Photo Reel
Jordan 7 Bourdeaux

Jared Sullinger Face

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Wayback Wednesday: NBA Live 2004’s Extra Teams

The Charlotte Bobcats vs, Spain in NBA Live 2004

Welcome to Wayback Wednesday, your midweek blast from the past! This is a feature where we look back on yesteryear, dig into the archives, indulge in some nostalgia, and in some cases, wonder just what we were thinking. Check in every Wednesday for features and retrospectives on old basketball video games, old NLSC editorials published as-is with added commentary, and other flashback content.

These days, we’re used to extra content in basketball video games, such as the historical squads in the NBA 2K series. While NBA Live currently doesn’t include any historical content outside of Ultimate Team (aside from retro jerseys, of course), the series used to feature All-Star teams comprised of players from the 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s, and 90s, along with a pool of Legends that could be placed on the current rosters. Of course, that’s not counting the historical teams that were intended to be in NBA Live 08, which were ultimately scrapped.

NBA Live 2004 featured the usual lineup of Decade All-Star Teams, which incidentally is the last time that Michael Jordan has (officially) appeared in an NBA Live game to date. However, NBA Live 2004 also featured two other bonus teams: the Charlotte Bobcats, who weren’t set to join the NBA until the following season, and the Spanish National Team. The former was revealed before NBA Live 2004’s release and available out of the box, while the latter had to be manually unlocked.

It was a somewhat unique situation as far as bonus content in NBA Live is concerned, so let’s take a look back…way back…

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NLSC Podcast Episode #147 Mailbag Call

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This is a last call for any and all topic suggestions and mailbag questions for Episode #147 of the NLSC Podcast. This week’s show should be recorded and posted at the usual time tomorrow, so in addition to the latest NBA Live, NBA 2K, and NBA news, and our past week in basketball gaming, we want to know what you’d like to hear us talk about.

As always, we’ll consider any and all suggestions, but we do ask that you keep them along the lines of our core content (NBA Live, NBA 2K, NBA Jam, and basketball gaming), the real NBA, and the NLSC community. We really appreciate the interest that our listeners have taken in the show and submitting topic suggestions these past few months, so please keep the ideas coming!

If you do have any suggestions, post them in the comments section below, as well as in this thread in the NLSC Hub section of the Forum. You can also hit us up on Facebook and Twitter. Be sure to connect with us there if you haven’t already.

Thanks as always for your continued support of the NLSC Podcast; Arcane and I certainly enjoy recording it every week, so it’s good to know there are folks who enjoy listening to it! If you haven’t caught Episode #146 of the NLSC Podcast yet, tune in here. Don’t forget that you can also find us on iTunes, as well as Stitcher.

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Derick Grant Providing Mo-Cap for NBA Live 17

Derick Grant's NBA Live 17 Mo-Cap Session

Another interesting NBA Live 17 tidbit has come out recently, as basketball skill development coach and former Harlem Globetrotter Derick Grant has been taking part in motion caption sessions for this year’s game. Derick Tweeted out a short clip of a recent session at EA Sports’ studio in Vancouver, in which he sizes up a defender off the dribble before taking a shot.

One of the most common complaints about the NBA Live series following its reboot with NBA Live 14 has been the quality of the animations. As such, it’s promising to see EA bringing in talented individuals to mo-cap new animations for NBA Live 17. It’s also nice to get a few tidbits like this in the lull before the preview season properly tips off.

Thanks to 22cedric for the heads up. What do you think of EA bringing in Derick Grant to mo-cap for NBA Live 17? Have your say in the comments section below, as well as join in the discussion here in the NLSC Forum. Don’t forget that we’ve started compiling our Wishlist for NBA Live 17, so if you have any constructive feedback that you’d like us to send along to the development team, be sure to post it in this thread ASAP.

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Monday Tip-Off: Support for Basketball Games, Then & Now

We’re at midcourt, and the ball is about to go up…it’s Monday Tip-Off! Get your week started here at the NLSC with a feature that’s dedicated to opinions, commentary, and other fun stuff related to basketball video games.

When you’ve been playing video games for a long time, you can’t help but marvel when you look back at the games you used to play, and realise just how far gaming has come since then. This is particularly noticeable when it comes to genres that tend to see annual releases, as is the case with basketball games and other spots titles. Sometimes, it’s difficult to notice the changes and truly appreciate the improvements that basketball games make, until you go back and play an old release, or make side by side comparisons. While there’s still room for improvement and innovation, basketball games have undoubtedly come a long way.

Most of the improvements are obvious once you make a comparison, and they have been frequently spotlighted and discussed over the years. However, one improvement that arguably remains a little underappreciated is post-release support, specifically bug fix updates and new content. That’s not to say that there aren’t still problems and controversial practices, and I will touch on them as well. But looking back, you can see a steady improvement in this aspect of basketball games, which is encouraging as we look ahead to future releases.

So, what has the support for basketball video games been like, then and now?

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File Additions for NBA Live 2005

NBA Live 2005 Cover Art

We’ve got a couple of new file additions for NBA Live 2005 today, as 94222qjh has uploaded a complete 30 team jersey update pack, and I’ve updated my team logo boot screen patch with all of the latest logos. Download them both at the links below.

NBA Team Logos Bootup Screen 2005 (Updated to v9.0)

NBA 2015/2016 Season 30 Teams Jerseys Patch

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File Additions for NBA 2K14

NBA 2K14 Cover Art

Today’s new and updated file additions for NBA 2K14 PC include All-Star courts, updated 2016 season rosters, and a new face for Stephen Curry. Check them all out at the links below!

2016 Air Canada Centre (NBA All Star Game)

Fictional NBA All-Star 2015 Outdoor Court
Fictional NBA All-Star 2016 Outdoor Court

Stephen Curry Face #[SUPERSUB47]

2K14 U R Basketball V42 [32 Complete Seasons Mods] + Accurate 15-16 Roster/Rotations [ALL Transactions 20/02/16] (updated to v42)

2KShiftLeader’s (Tha2KProphet) 2016 Roster *Trade Deadline Update* (Updated to v6.1)

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Week 11 Roster Update for NBA Live 16

NBA Live 16: Kawhi Leonard

This week’s roster update has come through for NBA Live 16. While it is a post-All-Star Weekend update, it appears as though it was finalised before the trade deadline, which means none of the deadline deals are included. Chris Bosh is also still active on the East All-Stars squad, while Al Horford hasn’t been added as yet.

Five players on the way up in this week’s roster are Kawhi Leonard (+2 to 95), Carmelo Anthony (+2 to 89), C.J. McCollum (+2 to 82), Kyle Korver (+2 to 77), and Draymond Green (+1 to 91). Conversely, five players on the way down this week are Willie Cauley-Stein (-3 to 75), Kevin Garnett (-2 to 75), Luis Scola (-2 to 74), Ryan Anderson (-2 to 73), and Brandon Bass (-2 to 71). At 95 overall, Kawhi Leonard and Stephen Curry are the highest rated players in NBA Live 16, and there are nine players rated 90+ overall, as of the latest roster.

The latest roster also includes gear updates for twelve players. For more information on the changes that have been made in the newest update, check out this spreadsheet. If you’ve got any thoughts on the rosters, any feedback that you’d like to share with the development team, feel free to post it in the comments section below, as well as in this thread in our NBA Live 16 Forum. Don’t forget that we’ve also started our NBA Live 17 Wishlist, which you can find here.

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The Friday Five: 5 Worst AI Problems in Basketball Video Games

The Friday Five

Welcome to this week’s edition of The Friday Five! The Friday Five 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.

We’ve tipped off our Wishlists for both basketball games, and as I do every year, I’ve been making sure to put out a few reminders about the best way to provide feedback. The most common mistake when posting suggestions for NBA Live or NBA 2K is failing to provide relevant details: saying things like “deeper modes”, “better gameplay”, or “improved AI”. While these are certainly things that we do want to see, they don’t describe what we specifically want to see improve, or the problems that need to be addressed. It’s like going to a restaurant and ordering “tasty food”; there isn’t nearly enough information to work from.

Basketball has a lot finicky nuances that we want to see realistically portrayed in NBA Live and NBA 2K, and when our expectations aren’t being met, we need to be able to identify all those annoying quirks in the AI. Those moments of frustration we have when we’re playing a game, because the CPU is doing something that’s not quite right? Those are the issues that we need to bring up. To demonstrate what I’m talking about, here are five of what I feel are the worst problems with AI in basketball video games, along with some relevant examples.

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File Additions for NBA Live 08

NBA Live 08 Cover Art

We have a handful of new file additions for NBA Live 08 today, as S_Brat has added two new face packs for the Charlotte Hornets and New York Knicks, while Freddie has uploaded a couple of portrait packs. I’ve also updated my team logo bootup screen to reflect this year’s new logos. Check them all out at the links below!

NBA Team Logos Bootup Screen 08 (Updated to v9.0)

2015/2016 Team Portraits Part #1
2015/2016 Team Portraits Part #2

2015/2016 Charlotte Hornets Team Update
2015/2016 New York Knicks Team Update

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NLSC Podcast – Episode #146

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Tune in to Episode #146 of the NLSC Podcast! This week, Arcane and I discuss some NBA Live 17 news, react to the 2016 NBA All-Star Weekend, speculate on this year’s trade deadline, and more.

On this week’s show…

  • NBA Live 16 received a new patch last week, including the All-Star court and jerseys, and new Ultimate Team challenges. BIG Moments have also finally been updated!
  • A few more people seem to be playing LIVE Pro-Am, which is promising.
  • NBA Live is returning to the mobile platform with a free game. Since the list of platforms is expanding, can we get a PC version, please?
  • NBA Live 17 will reportedly add venues for the Goodman League, Drew League, and Dyckman Basketball Tournament. Sounds good to us.
  • What do we think NBA Live 17 needs to do to grab attention and generate interest among basketball gamers?
  • Our Week in Basketball Gaming includes more Ultimate Team stories, and some MyCAREER advice.
  • The 2016 NBA All-Star Weekend is in the books. We loved the Slam Dunk Contest; the All-Star Game, not so much.
  • We list our top three favourite All-Star Weekends of all-time. Yes, there are some old school picks in there.
  • Chris Bosh is reportedly facing another health scare, though the Miami Heat are insisting otherwise.
  • Who’s changing address at the trade deadline? We run down some of the rumours making the rounds.
  • We wrap up Episode #146 of the NLSC Podcast with this week’s Bold Predictions. One of us really, really needs to turn things around.

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Have some thoughts on the latest episode? Sound off in the comments below, or here in the Forum. Also, if there’s a topic you’d like us to discuss on the next episode of the NLSC Podcast, feel free to hit us up in this thread.

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NBA Live Mobile Available in Canada

NBA Live Mobile Screenshot

A new mobile version of NBA Live – not to be confused with the NBA Live companion app, which allows you to scan your face into NBA Live 16 – is now available for iOS and Android devices. The game is free, but is currently only available in Canada. Details on the game are as follows:

NBA LIVE Mobile connects you to the NBA every day, all year long. Instantly tap into brand new challenges and incredible rewards every day with live events, evolving matchups, Head-to-Head and Seasons modes, and more – all based on the real NBA!

Select your favorite NBA franchise and become GM. Acquire real NBA players from the past and present by opening packs, or by working the auction house. Collect blockbuster legends and current stars like Russell Westbrook. Upgrade your roster your own way, then take your team out on the court to compete against friends.

Play through fast-paced NBA seasons to build your powerhouse franchise. Unlock special abilities for your team members, dominate friends, and take your franchise to the next level.

NBA LIVE Mobile brings real NBA events and next-generation hardwood action straight to your fingertips. Are you ready to rise to the top?

This app: requires a persistent Internet connection (network fees may apply); requires acceptance of EA’s Privacy & Cookie Policy, TOS and EULA; includes in-game advertising; collects data through third party analytics technology (see Privacy & Cookie Policy for details); contains direct links to the Internet and social networking sites intended for an audience over 13.

*Facebook login required. Must be 13 years or older.

If any further information on a wider release is made available, we’ll be sure to post it.

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File Additions for NBA 2K16

NBA 2K16 Cover Art

Check out the latest file additions for NBA 2K16, featuring a handful of player faces (including Slam Dunk Contest finalist Aaron Gordon and champion Zach LaVine), and an arena update for the Houston Rockets. Download them all at the links below!

3 Face Update Pack
J.J. Redick & Kyrie Irving Tattoos
Aaron Gordon & Zach Lavine Faces
Jeremy Lin Face

James Harden Hair Update

Manni Live
Houston Rockets Toyota Center HD Court

Shaquille O’Neal 2010 Face

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