One of the most popular modes in NBA 2K18 is ‘MyTeam’, where players build a roster out of collectable cards and take on every team in the NBA, historically great rosters, and other users online. It’s really fun!
But it can also be overwhelming, for beginners or even savvy vets of the franchise. There are a ton of cards to choose from, and the biggest stars in the NBA, like Anthony Davis and LeBron James, are typically very expensive. Unless you plan on dropping another $100 bucks on extra VC (virtual currency), you’re going to start with limited resources, which means you’re going to need to win some games with NBA role players and cheaper cards before you can start building your powerhouse squad.
If you’re wondering what budget cards you should be looking for, we’ve got some suggestions that can help you pick up some early Domination wins, without breaking the bank.
Silver: There are a ton of point guard options at the Silver tier, and who you should target depends a lot on what you need from your point guard for your style of play. Do you need a guard who can stretch the floor with his shooting? Do you need a clamps-focused defensive guard? Do you need speed?
At the Silver level, across basically all positions, you’re not going to find affordable players who can do all of those things well, but there are a few specialists. Darren Collison has an 84 open shot three rating, making him a great floor-stretching option. De’Aaron Fox has outstanding athleticism ratings (93 speed, 93 acceleration), making him a great option to zip around the court, although he’ll struggle to shoot. For an all-around option, Reggie Jackson and D’Angelo Russell won’t break the bank.
Gold: Dennis Schroder is one of the cheapest gold players on the auction house right now, and has great athleticism ratings, but his cold zones and blah defense hurt his playability. For the money, George Hill is a very good option, giving good shooting (82 open three), defense (82 on ball) and playmaking, for a card you can probably grab under 1,200 MT.
Silver: There’s not a ton of great options, and cards like JJ Redick or Dion Waters, who are strong three-point shooters, may not be very cheap. Depending on who you have as your point guard, a combo guard (like Malcolm Brogdon or Victor Oladipo) may be useful. Just make sure at least one of your guards has some size.
Gold: Devin Booker is a popular choice, but he often goes for 2,000MT or more, and doesn’t shoot that well from three without being paired with Eric Bledsoe, his Dynamic Duo card. A much more affordable and more well-rounded option is Gary Harris, who has a better three-point shooting rating, and is a much better defender. If you don’t need shooting from your two guard, Dwyane Wade is very cheap, and can even play point in a pinch.
Silver: The pickings are a little slim here, so you need to decide what exactly you need from this card, rather than going for all-around. Terrence Ross is the best outside shooter of the group, with no cold zones from three, but is a poor defender and rebounder. Andre Iguodala defends at a very high level, but won’t be able to drive to the basket (also, he’s not typically very cheap). Glenn Robinson III is affordable, a good shooter, is fast enough to drive to the basket, and may be worth a look.
Gold: Carmelo Anthony is probably the best overall card from this group, but he goes for 2,000MT, if not more, so if you don’t pack him, he’s not a great budget option. Jae Crowder, on the other hand, goes for about 500-600MT less than Anthony, is a better defender, and can hit open threes in transition. Otto Porter is the best shooter of the whole group, and is worth checking out in the Auction House as well.
Silver: There are two great stretch four options at this level, Dario Saric and Jared Dudley. Saric comes with the Pace and Space starter packs, and Dudley often goes for under 1,000 MT. Both players can run the floor decently and hit open threes, although neither are excellent rebounders. If that’s the biggest priority, Alan Williams will gobble up boards.
Gold: Kristaps Porzingis and Dirk Nowitzki seldom go for cheap, but Serge Ibaka and Zach Randolph are both affordable and very solid cards. If you need a space-eating screen machine, Z-Bo is your card. If you need a card that can space the floor a little better, grab Ibaka, even if you have to pay a little extra.
Silver: At this level, there aren’t many great scoring options at center, but if you run pick and rolls correctly, you can get offensive production even from more limited players. The best silver center is clearly Thon Maker, one of the best dang cards, period, but you’ll have to be lucky to get him for under 2,000MT. Cheaper options could include Mason Plumlee, Tyson Chandler, or Ian Mahinmi. All three can rebound, protect the rim, and move well enough to finish a PnR.
Gold: There are tons of great options here, depending on your play style. Myles Turner is one of the cheapest gold cards and is a very well-rounded offensive player, with even the ability to hit the occasional three. Dwight Howard should never take a shot outside of five feet, but is an elite rebounding card (and has a great Dynamic Duo with Kemba Walker). And Tristan Thompson can move better than most Gold centers, defend the paint, and finish inside.
Making strategic investments in the right gold and silver players is a winning strategy if you’re just starting MyTeam. You can easily win the first few Domination games with a crew just from this list, allowing you to save MT for making a run at some of the much more expensive Emerald cards, or for completing a set to earn a Ruby reward.