As some of you may know, we’re doing a simulation of what’s left of the Lakers’s season on NBA 2K20 in a series appropriately titled SIM SZN. While our simulation hasn’t finished just yet, NBA 2K’s official simulation, and the Los Lakers are your 2020 NBA Champions.
How did we get here?
First, the Lakers swept the Memphis Grizzlies in the first round. After they beat the Grizzlies, they went on to face the Houston Rockets in the Western Conference Semifinals. The Rockets beat the Oklahoma City Thunder in seven games in the first round, and their series against the Lakers went to seven games too. Unfortunately for them, they were on the losing side of the series in the second round, and the Lakers advanced to the Western Conference Finals against the Clippers, who beat the Utah Jazz and Dallas Mavericks en route to their first-ever Western Conference Finals appearance.
Surprisingly, the Lakers had more trouble with the Rockets than the Clippers, the latter of whom they beat in just five games, In the series, James averaged 31.6 points, 9.6 assists sand 7.8 rebounds per game — sounds pretty realistic to me. In the Eastern Conference Finals, the Milwaukee Bucks took care of the Boston Celtics in six games, setting the stage for an NBA Finals between the Bucks and Lakers.
The Lakers started the series off with a huge 129-89 win in Milwaukee, but they apparently exerted too much energy in the first game because they lost the following three, putting them in a tough position, down 3-1 in the series.
But we all know what happens when James goes down 3-1 in the Finals. With their championship dreams on the line, James and Davis combined for 68 points and 16 rebounds to beat the Bucks on the road in Game 5. James followed up his 37-8-8 game in Game 5 with a 40-point, 10-rebound performance in Game 6.
Game 7 was close, but the Lakers held off the Bucks and their fans in the final minutes of the game, and beat them 103-101. Anthony Davis tallied 32 points, 17 rebounds and 3 blocks. He was named Finals MVP with averages of 27.6 points, 14.3 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 1.7 steals and 1.6 blocks per game.
Here’s what Davis had to about the simulation, via 2K’s press release:
“The Lakers winning the NBA Finals in the #2KSim is really fun. Given the realism of NBA 2K and their past predictions, it’s cool to see our potential get recognized. It makes you excited to get back on the court and try to bring a real ring to Los Angeles!”
Obviously it’s just a video game, but it is a little exciting know that’s a scenario that could happen this season, with maybe the exception of the Lakers beating the Clippers in five games — there’s no way that series doesn’t go to seven games. Stay tuned for the completion of our own simulation, and we’ll see if the Lakers can make it two in a row.