The NBA 2K series – and other basketball simulation video games series in the past – has the traditional feature of giving players the option to use teams that are not part of the NBA’s current 30-team stable. But most of those alternate teams are just comprised of players from older generations, regardless whether they were teammates or not (i.e. a 1990s-themed team might feature Michael Jordan, Charles Barkley, and Karl Malone). They’re sort of similar to All-Star teams, but with retired players. 2K Games changed things up back in NBA 2K13 when they added the US National Team – specifically, the 1992 and 2012 teams, both Olympic gold medal-winning teams.
Now, the developer has just announced that another national team will be included in the upcoming NBA 2K17: the Australian National Team or the Australian Boomers.
The team will be comprised of Australian players both from the NBA and from other basketball leagues around the world. Some of the most notable names on the roster are: former Golden State Warriors and now Dallas Mavericks center Andrew Bogut, Milwaukee Bucks guard Matthew Dellavedova, Utah Jazz guard Dante Exum, and San Antonio Spurs guard Patrick “Patty” Mills. The complete roster is as follows:
The latest annual release in the popular NBA 2K series will be available for multiple platforms this September. The game will come in two versions: the standard edition which has Indiana Pacers superstar Paul George – now a member of Team USA for the 2016 Rio Olympics – on the cover and a Legend Edition which has the just-retired Los Angeles Lakers icon Kobe Bryant out front. The latter comes with an $80 price tag.
Fun fact: George was chosen partly because the developers wanted a player somewhat connected to Bryant – he grew up idolizing the Black Mamba and initially wore jersey number 24 in his honor.
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