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Let Us All Celebrate NBA 2K's Terrible Voice Acting

Things have mostly improved in recent years, but there was a while there 3-5 years back where the developers of NBA2K were more interested in getting NBA players into the recording studio than in checking whether they were actually any good at voice acting first.


As an example, here’s how excited everyone was at getting Dion Waiters into the game back in NBA 2K13, to the point 2K made a whole trailer about it:

Two years later, here’s Waiter’s now-infamous in-game performance:

Oh dear.

That clip’s infamy is a little unfair on Waiters, a man who is paid millions to ball, not act, and who was neither the first nor the last NBA player to discover voice acting was not their calling in life. To help spread the burden, then, Slam put together a montage video showing other players like Eric Gordon and Markieff Morris doing their best to also collect an easy paycheck.


Luke Plunkett is a Senior Editor based in Canberra, Australia. He has written a book on cosplay, designed a game about airplanes, and also runs

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Yes, the voice acting is HORRENDOUS but the writing is just as bad if not worse. From the terrible names (seriously, Frequency Vibrations??!??!?) to the annoying Fellow Kids references to the just plain annoying side characters that they felt compelled to add into the game, everything about MyCareer’s plot is terrible.

This is alongside the fact that the experience in MyCareer outside of any story is worse every year. The neighborhood is so inferior to just having menus and clearly is aimed at peddling more ads and microtransactions to you. It’s gross.