NBA 2K17 MyTeam Explained: What You Need to Know

Makers of sports video games have had decades now to hone their titles. Each year’s new releases bring tweaks and a few gameplay features, but entire simulation systems aren’t redone – they’ve already been honed to perfection. Video game publisher 2K Sports and developer Visual Concepts had time come up with an all new way to make players feel connected to the players that make up the teams of the National Basketball League. Some years ago the two struck gold when they came up with MyTeam. This year’s entry in the franchise, NBA 2K17, adds new enhancements to MyTeam.


At its core, MyTeam is a digital trading card game. Each of the digital cards includes a member from a real NBA team. By building out their deck of MyTeam cards, players of NBA 2K17 are able to put together their favorite players across the league and create their own squads. Gamers then take those squads and hold online scrimmages against other players that have also put together their own MyTeam.

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Here’s everything that you need to know about NBA 2K17 MyTeam.

NBA 2K17 MyTeam: Cards Explained

The MyTeam cards themselves are straight forward. A picture of the athlete the card is for dominates each MyTeam Card. Along the bottom are their position on the team they played and their number. It’s the left edge that you want to pay attention to. Each card has an overall rating score that helps you put all of your MyTeam cards into perspective. Below that number is a gem that also helps you get a mental picture of how good that card is. Just below the gem, some cards have a symbol with two players.

Visual Concepts will release new MyTeam Cards celebrating the specific moments in a player’s career. Sometimes these moments are fun breakout games in which the player did well. Other times they’ll span entire seasons of play, Visual Concepts confirms.

The overall ratings on MyTeam Moments Cards evolve over time. MyTeam Historic Cards can be based off an entire era of that player’s career.

Card Levels


To help you gauge how great a card is at a glance, each card has a color and level. Bench warmers that hardly see any play time have Bronze cards. From there, Silver, Gold, Emerald, Sapphire, Ruby, Amethyst, Diamond and Pink Diamond are available. Pink Diamond cards are the rarest and most coveted of all MyTeam Cards.

NBA 2K17 MyTeam: Duos & Free Agent Trials

New for NBA 2K17 MyTeam are two advancements. First, there’s that special symbol that sometimes appears just below a player’s gem. That symbol is to help you identify Dynamic Duos.

Dynamic Duos are players that work well together on teams in the real world. These cards have matching players, together they can have a devastating effect on rival teams. MyTeam players will notice a boost as they play online with both members of a Dynamic Duo in the game. Look for cards with a two-person symbol along their right edge. Some of the Dynamic Duos are based on real-life pairings. Others are theoretical pairings that could be massively successful.


Trial cards are another new development for MyTeam. They basically allow you to get a feel for a player before you spend time and resources trying to acquire them. Everyone gets 1 of 5 different high-profile Free Agent to use initially.

You can have two sets of NBA 2K17 MyTeam Dynamic Duos on the court at the same time. Teams can benefit from two sets of Dynamic Duos being in-game at the same time.

Games can’t have more than one card from a specific player active in their MyTeam line-up officially. For example, you can make an entire team out of Michael Jordan MyTeam cards. That being said, workarounds have allowed some gamers to do exactly that in the past.

NBA 2K17 MyTeam: Black Top & Challenges


Challenges let you take your favorite MyTeam cards and complete activities for prizes. You get these prizes by redeeming enough Challenge Tokens. Completion rewards get NBA 2K17 MyTeam collectors in-game rewards for putting together entire teams of players.

For MyTeam Blacktop, you get a player from your pack of cards, plus two randomly chosen players to compete with.

NBA 2K17 MyTeam: How to Get New Cards

You can get new NBA 2K17 MyTeam Cards in a number of different ways. Some MyTeam cards come as rewards for completing specifically challenges in the game. That’s likely not the primary way you’ll acquire them though.

Those that don’t have time to grind for new MyTeam Cards individually can purchase VC. VC is the Virtual Currency that NBA 2K17 uses to let gamers purchase items in its many stores. Themed MyTeam Packs let users get cards all related to a specific thing.

Good luck mastering NBA 2K17 MyTeam.