The graphics are fantastic in this years 2k. The gameplay is pretty fluid. I only have a few problems with the game. The 2k servers aren't so great. I run into "2k servers unavailable" more than i would like to. "The Park" is a great game mode when playing with friends online. All in all the game is good and its worth giving it a try. Not to mention there aren't many other basketballs games out.
It's a great and fun game to play but when compared to 2k13 it hasn't change that much at all...2k13 from 2k12 was a bigger jump at the time and 2k12 was perhaps the most innovative NBA 2k game in the last few years but if you really love NBA games then get this or if the last you got was like 2k12