2K Sports once again sets the standard for basketball video games.
My only gripe about the game is that defense is still hit-or-miss and somewhat imbalanced. For some reason, it's really easy to play the passing lanes and steal passes but it's almost impossible to steal the ball from a dribbling opponent without picking up a reaching-in foul. Furthermore, the computer will hit nearly impossible shots FAR too often on the higher difficulty levels. There will be plent of times in which you'll play 23 seconds of great defense only to have the computer regularly throw up desperation shots with defenders in his face and hit nothing but net.
Overall, this is the best NBA game on the market and all fans of basketball video games owe it to themselves to buy it!