I have been playing NBA 2K games since the beginning, with The Answer on the cover back in the Dreamcast days. Back then, 2K was the most "fun" and had a great presentation, but was light on the true simulation side. I believe it peaked between 2K7 and 2K15 and reached the peak of what a basketball game should be: the perfect combo of arcade type gameplay and deep simulation statistics and management. For the past few years 2k has gone deeper down the simulation rabbit hole, forsaking the great pick up and play mechanics of earlier games and moving more towards something that casual fans will find hard to play. Some of these changes do result in tighter control, and the ability to do things you couldn't in any previous basketball games, but it also makes it harder to just pick up and enjoy a game for people who are not familiar with the brand.
The presentation is still top notch and I enjoy the game a lot, but trying to play with my son or friends not well versed in bball or 2K games doesn't go so well. Also, the shift towards microtransactions is annoying and only getting worse each year. We already pay enough for these games that sometimes are nothing more than the previous year's game with updated rosters. This is not a 2K problem per se, but an issue with the games industry as a whole. Overall, still an enjoyable experience but starting to decline. NBA Live is getting better and better (and is just plain FUN to play) and may take back the crown if 2K doesn't start to get back that magic it once had.
yes: I recommend this product