“NBA 2K17” features the ability to begin a season with the current day’s standings and statistics. By utilizing “Start Today” we can get an idea of what the game’s simulation engine would project for the Cavs going forward with Love vs. Anthony and determine which player is favored for the run at a second straight title.
Five full simulations were run with Anthony and five run with Love. J.R. Smith was kept inactive until late in the season, but otherwise injuries were turned off to ensure that potential randomness would not affect the results.
Kevin Love is rated 87 Overall in “2K17” while Carmelo Anthony has dipped to 84 Overall. Love offers better 3-point shooting and better rebounding, while Anthony is a better finisher, more effective with contested shots, and slightly better defensively.
Third baseman Travis Shaw smacked his 23rd home run, while collecting two hits with three RBIs and two walks. The All-Star snub already has 73 RBIs this season, which must have members of the Red Sox front office writhing in agony after trading him away during the offseason.
While Shaw dominated at the plate, Brewers pitcher Zach Davies tossed 7 2/3 scoreless innings with seven strikeouts to stifle Washington’s potent lineup. Davis improved to 12-4 on the season with the win, and he had a direct message to the competition after the game.
“Making a statement against a good team like that is to say that we’re here to stay,” Davies told reporters after the game.
Milwaukee has been linked to almost every name floating around the rumor mill this summer, proving they are ready to see how far they can take things this year.