NBA 2K simulation of 2018-19 season has Warriors failing to reach Finals
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theScore's NBA team simulated the 2018-19 regular season using the NBA 2K19 video game. Injuries and trades were turned off, although long-term injuries to noteworthy players like DeMarcus Cousins, Kristaps Porzingis, and Dejounte Murray were accounted for.

Here are our results:

NBA All-Stars (Team Stephen vs. Team Giannis)

Eastern Conference

Team Player
Boston Celtics Kyrie Irving
Toronto Raptors Kyle Lowry
Milwaukee Bucks Giannis Antetokounmpo
Toronto Raptors Kawhi Leonard
Philadelphia 76ers Joel Embiid
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Cleveland Cavaliers Kevin Love
Detroit Pistons Andre Drummond
Washington Wizards Bradley Beal
Washington Wizards John Wall
Boston Celtics Gordon Hayward
Indiana Pacers Victor Oladipo
Philadelphia 76ers Ben Simmons

Notable snubs: Al Horford (BOS), Kemba Walker (CHA), Blake Griffin (DET), Kristaps Porzingis (NYK), Jayson Tatum (BOS), Goran Dragic (MIA)

Western Conference

Team Player
Golden State Warriors Stephen Curry
Oklahoma City Thunder Russell Westbrook
Los Angeles Lakers LeBron James
Golden State Warriors Kevin Durant
New Orleans Pelicans Anthony Davis
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Houston Rockets James Harden
Minnesota Timberwolves Jimmy Butler
Denver Nuggets Nikola Jokic
San Antonio Spurs LaMarcus Aldridge
Houston Rockets Chris Paul
Oklahoma City Thunder Paul George
Minnesota Timberwolves Karl-Anthony Towns

Notable snubs: Damian Lillard (POR), Draymond Green (GSW), Klay Thompson (GSW), Donovan Mitchell (UTA), Rudy Gobert (UTA)

Final Standings

Eastern Conference

Rank Team Record
1 Toronto Raptors 68-14
2 Boston Celtics 52-30
3 Philadelphia 76ers 50-32
4 Milwaukee Bucks 48-34
5 Miami Heat 41-41
6 Brooklyn Nets 41-41
7 Atlanta Hawks 41-41
8 Indiana Pacers 39-43
9 Detroit Pistons 38-44
10 Cleveland Cavaliers 37-45
11 Chicago Bulls 36-46
12 Charlotte Hornets 36-46
13 Washington Wizards 34-48
14 Orlando Magic 27-55
15 New York Knicks 24-58
  • With the addition of Kawhi Leonard, Toronto sets a new franchise record for wins in a season, breaking their previous mark set in 2017-18 by nine victories.
  • Biggest jump in East: Hawks (+17)
  • Biggest dip in East: Cavaliers (-13)

Western Conference

Rank Team Record
1 Oklahoma City Thunder 61-21
2 Golden State Warriors 58-24
3 Houston Rockets 58-24
4 Minnesota Timberwolves 45-37
5 Portland Trail Blazers 44-38
6 Los Angeles Lakers 43-39
7 Dallas Mavericks 43-39
8 Utah Jazz 42-40
9 Los Angeles Clippers 38-44
10 Denver Nuggets 34-48
11 Phoenix Suns 34-48
12 San Antonio Spurs 33-49
13 New Orleans Pelicans 33-49
14 Memphis Grizzlies 28-54
15 Sacramento Kings 24-58
  • The Spurs fail to qualify for the playoffs for the first time since 1996-97, ending their historic streak at 21 years.
  • Biggest jump in West: Mavericks (+19)
  • Biggest dip in West: Pelicans (-15)

Statistical Leaders

Points: Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors (38)

Note: Curry's points per game average is the highest by a single player since Michael Jordan averaged 37.1 for the Chicago Bulls in 1986-87.

Rebounds: Andre Drummond, Detroit Pistons (14)

Note: This marks the sixth year in a row that Drummond has finished either first or second in the Association in rebounds per game.

Assists: Chris Paul, Houston Rockets (11.1)

Note: Paul finishes as the league's assists leader for the fifth time in his career, joining Oscar Robertson, Bob Cousy, John Stockton, Jason Kidd, and Steve Nash as the only only players to do so that many times.

Year-End Awards

Most Valuable Player: Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors

Note: Curry set a new league record by converting 558 3-pointers, shattering his previous record of 402 set in 2015-16.

Rookie of the Year: Luka Doncic, Dallas Mavericks

Defensive Player of the Year: Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks

Most Improved Player: D'Angelo Russell, Brooklyn Nets

Sixth Man of the Year: Tyreke Evans, Indiana Pacers

Coach of the Year: Nick Nurse, Toronto Raptors

Note: Nurse becomes the third coach in franchise history to win Coach of the Year, joining Sam Mitchell (2006-07) and Dwane Casey (2017-18).

2018-19 NBA Playoffs

  • The upstart Hawks shockingly advance all the way to the Eastern Conference finals after bouncing two favorites in the Celtics and Sixers.
  • The Raptors go unscathed en route to their first-ever Finals berth, sweeping the Pacers, Heat, and Hawks.
  • The Lakers' first-round exit at the hands of the Rockets is the earliest a LeBron-led team has been eliminated from the playoffs.
  • In a rematch of last year's Western Conference finals, the reigning two-time champion Warriors fall short in six games to the Rockets in the second round.

2018-19 NBA Champions: Toronto Raptors

NBA Finals Most Valuable Player: Kawhi Leonard

Note: Leonard becomes the 12th player to win Finals Most Valuable Player on multiple occasions, joining a list which includes Kobe Bryant, Tim Duncan, Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

(images courtesy: NBA 2K19)

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