Good morning (or afternoon, or evening) ballers!
This year in NBA 2K16, we've changed things up a little with Emerald Players. In order to avoid confusion, check out the image below for an example of what the new design looks like.
Check it out: The new Emerald Players are actually Bronze/Silver/Gold cards with an exclusive green background and dynamic* stats. To make them stand out, these cards have an emerald-green background to them, which indicates they're the Emerald Players you earned.
*NOTE: Dynamic stats will fluctuate based on the player's real-life performance as the season goes on.