One of the best things about NBA 2K22 is how you can customize certain things so you can enjoy it the way you want to. So, that’s exactly what I did by creating a TWICE WNBA team.
Creating teams and players on basketball simulation games is a long-time hobby I shared with my brother. This dates back to the days of EA Sports’ NBA Live franchise being the more popular game. Back then, we created every notable player from the animé Slam Dunk.
Fast forward to a few decades years later, I’m putting a new spin on the hobby. I’ve been enamored with K-Pop girl group TWICE for close to four years now. Thankfully, NBA 2K introduced WNBA in NBA 2K21 and improved upon it in NBA 2K22, letting me do what possibly no one else will.
Character creation rules
TWICE aren’t exactly that tall, so for this exercise I added one foot (12 inches/ 30.48cm) to their listed heights. At least, that’s what I did for members listed at around 162cm and up from various, and mostly inconsistent sources online. For the tiny TWICE line — I shaved off a few inches to match better with the average height of point guards in the WNBA. I’m sorry Jihyo, Dahyun, and Chaeyoung!
For their faces, it was impossible to recreate the actual visuals of TWICE just from the tools provided by 2K. So, forgive me if they look nothing like the real deal. TWICE, after all, are visual queens.
When it comes to the rest of their looks, I compiled and took inspiration from some of their sporty or sports-related outfits. As for the hairstyles, this one is tricky since it frequently changes. So, I just picked a mish-mash of personal favorites as well as the more colorful ones for each member to make them more distinct. The hair options are also limited so I did what I could.
For their skills and abilities, I intended to scale their abilities to existing WNBA stars. I enlisted the help of sportswriter Levi Verora Jr. who’s been following the WNBA for years now to make this happen. I listed the characteristics of each TWICE member based on various information we know of them. I then asked Verora to provide names of players that fit the bell in terms of skills and abilities.
These skills and looks are all detailed below. As usual, we’re going by age order so that’s: NaJeongMoSaJiMiDaChaeTzu.
TWICE as basketball players
Nayeon — Position: Guard/Forward
There’s something about Nayeon that just screams STAR. Yes, she sings the line “I’m gonna be a star” over and over but “gonna be” doesn’t seem accurate because she’s always been a star. Being TWICE’s center and face of the group, it seems fit that she will be this WNBA team’s ace and star player. In basketball, it sometimes comes to a point where the play breaks down and one player has to make something out of nothing. This is Nayeon’s role. When it’s late in the shot clock, get her the ball, get out of the way, and watch her work.
Shades of: Sabrina Ionescu, New York Liberty
Jeongyeon — Position: Power Forward/Center
Jeongyeon has always been known as the member who loves cleaning and looks after the rest of TWICE. There’s a term called glass-cleaner which means a person who’s great at getting rebounds. This is Jeongyeon’s best skill, controlling the boards so TWICE can control the game. She’s also their best post operator. If the team needs a basket in the paint, Jeongyeon is their go-to person making her an unstoppable Interior Force.
Shades of: Jonquel Jones, Connecticut Sun
Momo — Position: Forward
Momo is a tweener with a unique blend of attributes. As the main dancer, she’s physically gifted and moves with absolute grace and precision. She plays defense the way she dances — giving it her all without any wasted movement. In one of the episodes of Time To TWICE (the group’s own variety show on YouTube), she’s also displayed the ability to shoot the long ball. She’s a 3-and-D player of the highest caliber.
Shades of: Candace Parker, Chicago Sky / Elena Delle Donne, Washington Mystics
Sana — Position: Forward/Center
Versatile and a boundless source of energy with a killer stage presence, Sana is often the X-Factor whenever she’s on the floor. In the same manner that she captures attention while performing on stage, she always comes up with big plays that make the crowd go wild. She also excels in a lot of the things that don’t always show on the statsheet. You should always be wary of Sana’s presence because as fellow member Mina once said, “Sana is dangerous.”
Shades of: A’ja Wilson, Las Vegas Aces
Jihyo — Position: Point Guard
Jihyo is TWICE’s main vocalist and leader. She plays the role of the floor general directing traffic and loudly calling out plays. Jihyo manages the game unlike any other, knowing when to get her teammates going and when to take matters into her own hands. Jihyo can pass, score, and defend. She’s a primary playmaker that literally does it all earning her the nickname Point God Jihyo.
Shades of:: Sue Bird, Seattle Storm
Mina — Position: Forward/Guard
Ever heard of the saying “she makes everything look easy”? Well, Mina makes everything look pretty. An image of absolute perfection and elegance, Mina lulls defenders to sleep with her moves on the court. She has the prettiest jumper and has the fanciest finishes. Also known as the smartest member of the group, her basketball IQ is off the charts moonlighting as a secondary playmaker to keep the flow of the offense moving.
Shades of: Diana Taurasi, Phoenix Mercury
Dahyun — Position: Guard
Dahyun is one half of TWICE’s deadly DubChaeng combo. An underrated ace, Dahyun is an all-around talent that gives opponents hell on both offense and defense. She’s a crowd favorite that never fails to get the fans going. But her unique skill — derived from her known ability to spot cameras everywhere — is her Eagle Eye that lets her map the floor. With it, she knows exactly where everyone is on the basketball court at any given time giving her and her team a tactical advantage.
Shades of:: Kelsey Plum, Las Vegas Aces
Chaeyoung — Position: Guard
Chaeyoung is the other half of TWICE’s DubChaeng combo. She’s often at the wrong end of height jokes, but what she lacks in size she more than makes up for in talent. Chayoung is also an underrated ace that can do absolutely anything and everything on the floor. This makes her an undeniable pintsize powerhouse. She’s also extremely fast — as she demonstrated that one time on ISAC — leaving defenders biting her dust before they know what hit them.
Shades of:: Arike Ogunbowale, Dallas Wings
Tzuyu — Position: Center
Tzuyu’s often meek demeanor betrays her colossal stature. As the tallest member TWICE, she is their Tower of Power protecting the paint with savage blocks that sends shivers down opponents’ spines. Players often think twice before attacking the rim when Tzuyu is patrolling it. On offense, she leaves the paint and spaces the floor as an archer with an accurate aim from long distance with a picture perfect catch-and-shoot release.
Shades of: Liz Cambage, Las Vegas Aces
What about the other roster spots?
Typically, there are 12 to 15 roster spots for each team. That meant there are three active roster spots and three more reserve spots to fill. I initially toyed with the idea of adding Itzy to the lineup but having to put two from Itzy in the reserve list didn’t sit right with me.
I also thought about selecting three members from Sixteen that were in the final stage but weren’t selected. Ultimately, I decided it was too much work and just left three players from the Last Vegas Aces with the least overall rating.
Why the Las Vegas Aces?
Actual team creation isn’t exactly allowed for the WNBA unlike for the NBA. For the NBA version, NBA 2K lets you upload your own assets. Since I couldn’t do this, I just picked the team that I thought had the closest color scheme to TWICE’s. Also, the name “Aces” seems to fit TWICE, don’t you think?
For their jersey numbers, each member has their favorite number listed on various sources. These are numbers they’ve had since debut according to Twitter user @misayeon — a kor-eng translator fan account that’s a known reliable source for updates on TWICE.
Can I play as them too?
The roster file is available to download for PlayStation 5 players (not sure about PlayStation 4) with the name TWICE WNBA under username setshotrod.
Here’s a quick gameplay video:
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There’s plenty to do!
Tablets are always a convenient tool for users to enjoy, whether they’re looking for entertainment or simply unwinding.
As the holiday season is fast-approaching, Huawei is offering customers gift bundles for its MatePad tablet series for them to score exciting promos while saving on huge freebies.
Whether it’s a gift for yourself, an early Christmas gift, or an investment for the next year, the Huawei gift bundles campaign includes everything from budget tablets to premium ones to help grant those wishes.
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With more than 141,000 apps available on AppGallery, users can unlock new ways to be entertained and inspired at their fingertips especially nowadays with safety guidelines outside still in place.
As the year winds down, here are five ways to begin a new journey in 2022 with the HUAWEI MatePad series:
1. Reconnect with your loved ones online
Stay connected to your friends and family over the holidays with a variety of essential social media platforms ready for download on AppGallery and Petal Search.
That includes WhatsApp, Telegram, Facebook Messenger, Tiktok, Facebook, Instagram, Reddit and Twitter!
2. Catch a movie marathon
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Apps that you could consider include HUAWEI Video, Netflix, Disney+, Amazon Prime Video, Spotify, and Twitch so you don’t miss out on safe and sound Christmas bonding sessions at home.
3. Maximize productivity
With apps like Zoom, Slack and Microsoft Office, Teams, and Outlook at your disposal, staying productive amidst the Christmas rush is a breeze.
You can also keep an eye on your kid’s tablet use with a smart monitoring solution like Plano or amp your multi-tasking game with Huawei’s multi-window and multi-screen collaboration feature on the tablets.
4. Explore your creative side
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Whether you’re a pro or just starting to find your inner artist, the Huawei M-Pencil gives a realistic drawing experience equipped with pixel-level precision.
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Huawei has four packages available depending on what plans you have for a tablet. All deals include a free gift bundle worth as much as SG$ 396.
|MatePad model||Retail price||Free gift bundle||Best for|
|HUAWEI MatePad||SGSG$ 448
(U.P. SGSG$ 498)
Get it for only SG$ 398 during the Lazada Huawei Brand Sale from October 26 to 28
|Smart Magnetic Keyboard worth SG$ 148||Families looking for a
for work and for fun.
Includes a Kirin 820
chipset, Wi-Fi 6 and
|HUAWEI MatePad 11||SG$ 698||Worth SG$ 346:
||Young adults and
students looking for a
Includes a 120 Hz
refresh rate for a
experience and a DCI –
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|HUAWEI MatePad Pro 10.8”||SG$ 998||Worth SG$ 254:
productivity machine at
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Includes 10.8 inch 2K
Display with a 4.9mm
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Up to 11 hours of
|HUAWEI MatePad Pro 12.6”||SG$ 1,398||Worth SG$ 396:
Features a powerful
capacity and a large
12.6 inch OLED
Pricing and availability
The promotion will run from October 26 to November 30, 2021 and will be available at all Huawei Authorized Stores, selected consumer electronic stores including Best Denki, Challenger & Hachi.tech, COURTS, Gain City, Harvey Norman, Sprint-Cass, and Huawei official online stores in Lazada and Shopee.
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