NBA 2K21 MyCAREER Wishlist: Changes, Features, Next Gen & more

Contrary to popular belief, NBA 2K games don’t just add the MyCAREER mode for Chris Smoove to play.

by Brandon Ridgely
NBA 2K21 MyCAREER wishlist

Many players may see MyCAREER as the way to get your MyPLAYER ready for online play, but there’s a lot of potential behind this underrated game mode.

And while players are missing out on stories featuring the likes off Idris Elba, there’s also room for improvement.

So let’s go over the things we want to see in NBA 2K21’s MyCAREER.


Better voice acting, voice options

Voice acting in the NBA 2K series has been some of the most unintentionally hilarious content in a sports game. This includes some famous flubs and recording issues with NBA 2K15.

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While things have come a long way from that in NBA 2K20, we expect some more progress for NBA 2K21.

As it stands, your created player will always have the same, default voice. That means 7 foot centers and 5’10 guards sound exactly the same, regardless of where they’re from.

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There needs to be more voice options for created players in MyCAREER for NBA 2K21. And maybe even more voice acting from NBA players to create storylines around.

This could get complicated however thanks to coronavirus quarantine.

No more default nicknames

Sports games for years have included unique names that announcers can actually say on commentary. Not so for NBA 2K20.

In NBA 2K20, you’re stuck with “Che” until you finally get to the league and unlock the ability to change it. And even then, you’re stuck with one of a selection of pre-made nicknames for announcers to say rather than the names they’ll use for everyone else on the floor

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For the premier basketball franchise this is simply unacceptable when other games have been doing real names for years.

Even if real name choices only allow for a small selection, having actual names that characters can say is very important to achieving any level of immersion. “Che” doesn’t come anywhere close to cutting it, and NBA 2K21 needs to fix this.


Keep the storylines going

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MyCAREER starts with an exciting and engaging storyline of the main character fighting a corrupt college coaching environment. This fight goes all the way to draft day, but that’s where the excitement stops. Sure there are brand deals and product placements, but any complex storytelling is done before you even make it to the NBA.

For a mode that kicks off with Idris Elba as the main antagonist, falling into the same no-action cutscenes before and after games from then on is a disappointment.

We can’t expect all the time in the world to be dedicated to one of NBA 2K’s less played modes, but a bit more could go a long way to changing how players treat MyCAREER in NBA 2K21.

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Next gen capabilities

While NBA 2K21 will likely beat the release of next gen consoles by a few months, most fans are more excited to see how next gen improves NBA 2K.

If the game is optimized for the powerhouse PS5 and Xbox Series X, we’re likely to see MyCAREER be the biggest beneficiary.

This is because enhanced processing power will better generate background elements like crowds, environments, teammates and more. Massively improved graphical quality will also mean hugely immersive cutscenes in MyCAREER’s story.

These elements combined just might make MyCAREER one of the best game modes in NBA 2K21.

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Brandon Ridgely

US Editor, but I cover a bit of everything. Current favorite games: NBA 2K20, MLB The Show 20, EA Sports UFC 3.