NBA 2K15 Guide: How to Get A and A+ Teammate Grade Easily

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Even though we’ve discussed a lot of strategy in the NBA 2K15 My Player guide a while ago, getting that perfect teammate grade in the game might not be too easy. Therefore, I have decided to share with you a bunch of tips and tricks that will help you improve your overall game and, most important, get the A or A+ Teammate Grade easily in NBA 2K15. Because, no, it’s not all about being the best scorer in your team in order to become a legend!

So if you’re struggling with your ratings or you simply want to take your game to the next level, check out Vgamerz’ guide on how to get A and A+ Teammate grades in NBA 2K15!

1. Play for your team
Simulation games are getting more complex and closer to reality as the years go by and NBA 2K15 is a great example for that: it no longer works if you want to be the “Mr. do it all” and win the games on your own. No, instead be a team player and work together with your teammates and you’ll already be on your way to improving your teammate grade a lot. Pass the ball, wait for the pass, stick to your man in defense and don’t try to do everything by yourself because you will fail, turnover the ball, foul, miss and so on, negatively influencing your final grade.

2. Watch out for turnovers
Turnovers hurt your rating the most and you should do your best to eliminate them from the game. In order to do so, play smart and don’t rush things out. Don’t hurry to pass the ball when you’re not sure it’s going to reach its destination and you’ll probably already reduce your turnovers by 80%!

3. Learn to box out
An extremely easy thing to do if you’re playing the right position – learn to box out properly and you will get a ton of rebounds in the game or, even better, you will force your opponent to commit a foul which will give you an extra bonus. So learn to do this and make sure you get as much as possible from it in every game.

4. Good shot selections
OK, I know you’re Mr Perfect and you can score anytime from anywhere, but just don’t do it in NBA 2K15 if you want a better teammate rating! Shoot according to your position and skills in order to get the good shot selection bonus and make sure you never shoot randomly to get a penalty. For example, if you are an expert sharpshooting point guard, seize the moment when you are alone behind the three point line and take your shot. Even if you miss, you’ll still get a rating increase (even though chances are that you will score too!)

5. Set screens
This was a great way of improving your rating in the previous versions of the game and it still is. It’s also the easiest thing to do in order to get some extra teammate rating juice, so make sure that every time you’re in offense, you set up one or two smart screens for your teammates to get a bonus. A bit here and a bit there is what results in a perfect A+ rating!

6. Perform combos
Pass the ball, set a screen, get the ball back, break your opponent’s ankles with a crossover and finish strong with a wide open slam dunk. This is a combo that bags you a ton of teammate rating juice and you should always go for combos like this (or simpler ones) in order to increase your rating. Make sure to perform some of those special moves and chain them together in order to become a real legend!

7. Pick and roll
Part of the tip above, the pick and roll is the easiest possible move to try out in NBA 2K15, but it’s also extremely efficient. You will get a ton of assists this way and an amazing rating so make sure you don’t shy away from the classic pick and roll!

8. It’s not all about the offense
I know that that’s where the fun part is, but you can bag a ton of points from playing a smart defensive game. I’ve already told you about boxing out, but there’s more about that. Try to stick to your man and try to block all his shots to get the good defense bonus even if he scores. I sometimes use this trick: I retreat a little bit to give the fellow the impression that he’s about to have an easy open shot, and right when he starts shooting, I sprint towards and try to block the ball. Your timing has to be perfect though: if you do this too soon, he will no longer shoot and if you do this too late, you won’t get your bonus (or worse, get a penalty).

Another strategy to get this good defense bonus is for longer attacks from your opponents. As soon as the shot clock gets to 4 seconds, leave your man behind and sprint towards the one with the ball. He will be forced to take the shot so you don’t risk him sending a pass and if you get there and jump on time, you will either block the shot or at least get the Good Defense bonus.

And there you have it – my tips and tricks to get a perfect teammate grade in NBA 2K15. Do you have other strategies that work well? Comment below to let us know!

NBA 2K15 My Career Guide: Tips & Tricks for a Perfect My Player

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My favorite game mode in the NBA 2K series – and I am sure I am not the only one – is My Career, where I try to take My Player and turn him into an NBA legend. This year’s game makes no difference, and with a pretty big change in the approach of this game mode, the NBA 2K15 My Career is better and more interesting than ever. It is also just as difficult as ever and I am sure that some tips and tricks won’t hurt if you want to make quick progress. And I am here to share that with you with a complete NBA 2K15 My Career guide and tips for a perfect My Player.

From starting out and selecting your first team to becoming a starting player and eventually earning your MVP trophy, all our tricks will help you out a lot so let’s check out our NBA 2K15 My Career guide below and let’s get ready for the spotlights with My Player!

Creating your player & player management

Unlike the previous games where you had a lot of control regarding your player’s stats, in NBA 2K15 things are a bit different. You start out by choosing just the physical appearance of your player and an important element: the height. It’s all common sense now: if you want to play PG, don’t get your height too high. If you want to rule under the rim, get your player over 6.7. And that’s the only thing that you can control before heading to the first game and given a chance to be in the NBA.

If you manage to get selected for a team with the 10 days contract, things will get more interesting and you will have access to a bunch of other customization options.

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First start with the animations and make sure you select the ones that seem like the best to use in the game. You want quick, good moves that will confuse the defender, so select what seems best. Crossover 2 seems a good place to start, but you can try them out and see where it goes.

Then, the most important thing follows: upgrading your attributes. You start with a specific set of attributes based on the position you have chosen (and probably your height) and, unlike the previous games, in NBA 2K15 you upgrade them in batches. There are six categories and each upgrade gives you extra points in each area. The Athletic category, for example, improves your standing and driving dunk, Speed, Quickness, Vertical, Strength, stamina and Hustle. So a lot of skills to improve in one go, but unfortunately you don’t have a direct control on what to focus on.

Still, the six categories are pretty good and they still allow you to specialize. Now, depending on what you want to do in the game and what your role is, there are more options. I would personally recommend to spend all your coins on upgrading the attributes and none on getting “fashion” items for your player. It makes a lot of sense: you want to become a good player first, and only later on sport the best headband in town.

So my suggestion regarding attributes would be to get a few upgrades on the Athlete pack (get it at least to level 3), then the jump shooter (level 5) because being able to score really is important in the game. Finally, I would suggest you invest some coins in the Defender pack and maybe the Rebounder, depending on your play style. The advantage of skills coming in packs is that they are overall cheaper than in previous games, where just increasing your speed by one point was insanely expensive.

Choosing the best team in My Career

Things have changed a bit in NBA 2K15 when it comes to choosing a team and you will have a set of 10 to choose from. They are most likely randomly generated each time, but one thing matters the most: the required teammate rating required to be accepted. My personal suggestion would be to go for those looking for a C or low B, because you have higher chances of meeting the requirements (remember: you are just a starting player with no skills, there are slim chances you’ll get an A+). Plus, the best part about choosing a mediocre team is that you’ll break into the starting five easier and you’ll earn more coins to spend on upgrading your skills. And that’s exactly what you need to grow your player even more!

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Turn My Player into a Legend

The most important season in your game will be the Rookie year, because that’s when you will grow the most. So make sure that you are a team player, that you put in some amazing performances and everything will go as planned. Work hard, think like a pro, be liked by the fans and your teammates and everything will be fine.

At first, you won’t get too much play time, so it’s extremely vital to get the most out of the few minutes that you get. Do what you’re specialized in doing and get your grade up as much as possible, as this increases your play time in the long run. Remember that being a team player is extremely important, so you might not want to try to become the superstar yet. So don’t take all shots, don’t keep the ball only for yourself: work hard in defense and stick to your man, getting a block or two, maybe a rebound or two to increase your rating. Pass the ball around and don’t rush things. Pick and roll remains one of the best moves in the game, and setting screens for fellow players keeps your player rating high. There’s a multitude of ways to keep that rating high without having top skills, and put them to good use. The whole point of the game is to get a great team rating and then more play time, which results in more coins to spend on attributes. An A+ team rating with 10 points scored is way better than a B rating with 40 points!

Practice your moves and get badges: focus on your favorite move at first, then increase the number. The more times you use a move, the closer you get of earning the Bronze Badge for that move, which will give you increased chances of that specific move succeeding. For example, using the size-up dribbles often will give you after just a few games the bronze pet move size-up badge which will allow you to break your defender down more easily when driving to the basket. The same goes for the other moves in the game as well. Finally, you can upgrade the badge to Silver and Gold from the Attribute upgrades menu.

So follow these tips, work hard and be a team player, playing real basketball and pretty soon you will become an All Star!

If you have other NBA 2K15 My Career tips and tricks for My Player fans over the world, don’t hesitate to share them with us!