NBA 2K simulation of 2017-18 season predicts shocking Finals matchup

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theScore's NBA team simulated the 2017-18 regular season using the NBA 2K18 video game. Injuries and trades were turned off, allowing for a more precise analysis of what each team is capable of at full strength as currently constructed.

Here are our results:

NBA All-Star Rosters

Eastern Conference

Team Player
Toronto Raptors Kyle Lowry
Toronto Raptors DeMar DeRozan
Milwaukee Bucks Giannis Antetokounmpo
Cleveland Cavaliers LeBron James
Cleveland Cavaliers Kevin Love
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Washington Wizards John Wall
Washington Wizards Bradley Beal
Boston Celtics Gordon Hayward
Miami Heat Hassan Whiteside
New York Knicks Kristaps Porzingis
Orlando Magic Nikola Vucevic
Brooklyn Nets D'Angelo Russell

Western Conference

Team Player
Oklahoma City Thunder Russell Westbrook
Houston Rockets James Harden
Golden State Warriors Kevin Durant
Minnesota Timberwolves Karl-Anthony Towns
New Orleans Pelicans DeMarcus Cousins
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Golden State Warriors Stephen Curry
Portland Trail Blazers C.J. McCollum
Oklahoma City Thunder Paul George
New Orleans Pelicans Anthony Davis
Utah Jazz Rudy Gobert
Houston Rockets Chris Paul
Portland Trail Blazers Damian Lillard

Final Standings

Statistical Leaders

Points: Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors (30.8)

Rebounds: Rudy Gobert, Utah Jazz (13.5)

Assists: Chris Paul, Houston Rockets (11.8)

Year-End Awards

Most Valuable Player: Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors

  • Note: Curry also set a new NBA record by converting 440 3-pointers, shattering the previous record of 402 that he set in 2015-16.

Rookie of the Year: Lonzo Ball, Los Angeles Lakers

Defensive Player of the Year: Rudy Gobert, Utah Jazz

Most Improved Player: Jerian Grant, Chicago Bulls

NBA Sixth Man of the Year: Jeremy Lin, Brooklyn Nets

NBA Coach of the Year: Steve Kerr, Golden State Warriors

2017-18 NBA Playoffs

  • The conversation about the league lacking parity can be put on hold, as two teams not named the Warriors and Cavaliers will duke it out in The Finals for the first time since 2014.
  • The Cavaliers were swept out of the playoffs by the same team they swept themselves the year prior in the Toronto Raptors. Revenge is truly a dish best served cold.
  • The Melo-less Knicks sneaking into the playoffs is one thing, but shocking the No. 2-seeded Washington Wizards in the opening round? Was the game functioning properly?
  • This marks the Raptors' first appearance in a Finals, and Houston's fifth.

2017-18 NBA Champions: Rockets over Raptors in 6

Finals Most Valuable Player: James Harden

(Photos courtesy: NBA 2K18)