Kobe Bryant, in NBA 2K10, is the most famous player to appear on the cover of these games. It was actually an important addition to the series due to one major reason. It was the entry that introduced the MyPlayer mode, which remains loved by fans even 10 years more.
Of course there were some problems to solve, however, it was well-received as a new addition to the franchise. Summer League and sideline reporter Doris Burke were also welcome additions. However, there were some technical problems with the game especially after its release.
The ESPN license was added to the series in an enormous way through ESPN NBA Basketball prior to when ESPN NBA 2K5 arrived. This was an important entry since it was the final NBA game SEGA released before the company sold.
While the ESPN presentation was certainly the best, it was eventually discontinued. Ben Wallace was the first person to host the game, and he was also Allen Iverson's first. The game had two modes: 24/7 and Association. Both were met with mixed reviews. The gameplay was excellent and it came with a price of $20 mark, which was a great value.
Four games are tied with an 87 rating. NBA 2K14 through 2K16 all got the same score, which highlights the regularity of this franchise. 2K14 introduced the LeBron James: Path to Greatness mode, Euroleague teams, and an excellent soundtrack. 2K15 did not introduce a lot of innovation, but it was a great addition to what was working. 2K16 made a huge impact in introducing the idea of MyLeague adapting to changes like changing franchises. It let players get the feeling of designing completely distinct leagues. MyCareer mode also offered an experience that is unique in the present day.