NBA 2k16 might have found a solution to its Steph Curry problem

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A few weeks ago, it became apparent that Stephen Curry's incredible season was causing problems for the NBA 2k16 video game.

Essentially, the Golden State Warriors star's real-life ability to make seemingly impossible baskets with relentless efficiency was throwing the carefully designed metrics of basketball's most popular video game out of whack. 


In particular, Curry's long-range shooting is so unnaturally good this season that the game has struggled to keep up. Now, though, it looks like the people behind the 2k series might have figured out a way to solve the problem:

Speaking during an appearance on the Press Row podcast, via Polygon, Visual Concept's Mike Wang said a specific 'Steph Curry badge' could be in the pipeline:

"If 99 percent of the league is going to shoot worse when they're contested, and shoot better when they're open, if that's the rule, then you obviously don't have to make a rating to support that rule," said Wang.

"So it's more, let's create something to break that rule...That's what the badges are designed to do.

"They're designed to say 'Here's an exception, or a special context in the game for someone who excels at something and can do it better than anyone else,' and that's what we're looking to do with Steph."

Game changer

With Curry making two-thirds of his shots between 29 and 50 foot, the issue for the 2k team is how far they go with this badge.

They have to credit the Dubs star's insane ability to make what are effectively hail-mary shots, but they have to do so in a way that doesn't mean any fan playing with a Steph Curry badge has essentially already won.

It certainly seems like the right way to go as a general upgrade on long-range shooting wouldn't separate Curry from the rest of his NBA peers.

Whatever the end result, the mere fact the game's designers are planning a re-think based solely on one player's performance pretty much sums up Curry's otherworldly level this season.

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