Released: 2001
Developer/Publisher: Visual Concepts for SEGA
Platform(s): PS2, XBOX, GC, DC

They might add graphical bells and whistles every year, but the core gameplay of the consistently impressive 2K franchise has barely changed from the 2002 edition, which basically set the benchmark for all hoops titles to follow. It's why many still claim—including us—that 2K2 is the best basketball game ever.

YOU AUGHTA KNOW:
Iverson appears on the cover of the first five NBA 2K games. Damn, he used to be good.