So, this didn't go as we expected it would.
John Wall – 90
Earl Monroe – 87
Bernard King – 86
Elvin Hayes – 95
Wes Unseld – 94
Bradley Beal – 87
Chris Webber – 87
Larry Hughes - 86
Rod Strickland – 86
Rex Chapman – 85
Richard Hamilton – 84
Gheorghe Muresan – 84
Manute Bol – 82
Marcin Gortat – 82
Otto Porter – 81
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Okay, let's start with the biggest surprises that aren't on the list. How about Gilbert Arenas, Caron Butler and Antawn Jamison? Where is Phil Chenier? And Michael Jordan? Ever heard of him?
Not having Arenas and Jordan, in particular, makes this team a lot less fun than it could have been. But it does have some redeeming qualities. The fact Marcin Gortat and Otto Porter made it is pretty cool and shows how stacked the current, real-life roster is. Plus, Rex Chapman, Gheorghe Muresan and Manute Bol are three very fun players from the franchise's past.
Other omissions would include Walt Bellamy and Gus Johnson, two guys in the Hall of Fame. Also, despite the fact he played only two seasons with the Bullets, Moses Malone could have been included. He made the All-Star team twice with them and is arguably a top 20 player of all time.
This is going to start some serious debates on Twitter, but it should be noted that 2K Sports can't just put together their ideal teams. It's a bit more complicated than that, as Bertz explained in this tweet:
Negotiating the rights for retired players can be tricky, which probably why no Arenas.— mattbertz (@mattbertz) August 24, 2017
Still, Arenas and others would have been fun to play with. And that excuse doesn't hold up for Jordan, who is on the Chicago Bulls' team.
For the rest of the NBA 2K18 all-time rosters, click here. And to hear more about NBA 2K18 and NBA Live 18, listen to this recent Wizards Tipoff podcast with Bertz as the guest:
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