Don’t squander your opportunity to take your superstar to new heights. Follow these few basic tips to maximize your potential.
Go to a bad team
There’s a little inside joke in sports drafts: no one wants to go to the worst team. Often than not, that team is usually the one ahead of the pack in the draft order as they ranked lowest in the previous season. It could also be the one with the most money to throw around, as bad teams usually have more cap space to work with.
Against all of the lessons you’ve been taught in life, we’re here to tell you that this is not a bad thing in NBA 2K20. Going to a bad team can have its benefits for a star on the rise. You’re likely to get more playing time, which means you’ll get more chances to prove yourself, which means you’ll become a starter faster, which means you’ll make more money. Your dream might be to play alongside Lebron James on the Lakers but think about how much money you could make if you were tasked with pulling a franchise like the Detroit Pistons out of mediocrity.
You can still go to a team that has superstars on it and make out OK in the long run (especially when some of those older guys start retiring), but don’t even think about joining one with a star at the same position as yours unless you like riding the pine.
Only buy what you need
If you’re not going to be spending any real money in MyCareer, then it’s important to be smart with your VC. (On the flipside, if you’re not interested in grinding for the VC, then be smart with your real money.)
Especially in the early going, you’ll want to use every point of VC you get to improve your character’s ratings and abilities. The shoes, tattoos, jewelry, haircuts, and all that other stuff will tempt you for sure, but there’s no sense in being a well-dressed basketball player who can’t exactly play basketball.
Go for the badges you want early
Go through the list of possible badges you can earn and identify the ones you think will benefit your character the most. When you find those badges, equip them and level them early. Aside from raw attribute points, badges offer you the most significant source of improvement (and you won’t even need to spend any VC to get them).
Choose the most lucrative sponsorships (and do them)
Don’t gloss over sponsorships as some sort of side game that doesn’t mean anything. Sponsorships can net you more VC per game, a bonus on big, nationally televised games, and free gear. This is especially important if you aren’t spending real money on VC, as the grind to improve your character is brutal otherwise.
To that end, pay close attention to the choices you make in MyCareer. Each choice and action will get you more fans, more media exposure, or alter the chemistry between you and your teammates, all of which will factor into both your player and sponsorship contract negotiations.