Thursday, February 6, 2014

The Real NBA 2K14 Roster & Ratings

NBA opening night is finally here!  Hopefully this roster enriches your experience with NBA 2K14.  Feel free to leave a comment or question about the roster and I will try to answer it to the best of my ability. Please rate and enjoy!

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FILE NAMEThe Real NBA 2K14 (02-06-14)
Xbox 360 GamertagReal 2K Insider
NBA 2K14 menu -> Features -> 2K Share -> Download -> Rosters -> Y button to search by Gamertag
Update History
2/6/14: 146 Player edits, including 47 new additions.
12/28/13: 80 Player edits, including 28 new additions. Tendency adjustments. Bobcats (+6), Kings (+3), Nets (-4), Thunder (-5), Bulls (-6), Grizzlies (-8)
11/22/13: 35 Player edits, including 15 new additions. 76ers (+3), Raptors/Mavericks (+2), Nets (-2)
11/17/13: 60 Player edits, including 27 new additions. Suns +4 Overall.
11/7/13: Edits for DeMarcus Cousins, Isaiah Thomas, Grevis Vasquez, Thaddeus Young, and Evan Turner.  2014 updates for Chris Paul, Derrick Rose, Paul George, Kevin Love, Kevin Garnett, Anthony Davis, Andrew Bynum, Klay Thompson, and others.
11/3/13: 20 new player edits, Michael Carter Williams boost. Heat, Lakers, Nets ratings finished.
11/1/13: Bulls, Knicks ratings finished.
10/29/13: Opening night roster.

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PLAYER RATINGS

Ratings as of 2/6/14
311 of 437 NBA Players (71.1%)
*Denotes edited in most recent update
**Denotes added in most recent update

POINT GUARDS (65 of 89)
Average Starter = 79
97 – Chris Paul (+4)* (INJURED, ETA FEBRUARY) (ALL-STAR)
91 - Russell Westbrook (+1) (INJURED, ETA FEBRUARY)
90 – Stephen Curry (+2)* (ALL-STAR)
90 – Tony Parker (+4)* (ALL-STAR)
89 – John Wall (+4)* (ALL-STAR)
89 – Kyrie Irving (0) (ALL-STAR)
87 – Mike Conley (+4)
87 – Rajon Rondo (-3)*
86 - Isaiah Thomas (+5)
86 – Deron Williams (-2)*
84 – Goran Dragic (+6)*
84 – Kyle Lowry (+1)*
84 – Ty Lawson (-1)
83 – Damian Lillard (-1) (ALL-STAR)
83 – Eric Bledsoe (-1) 86/SG (INJURED, ETA FEBRUARY)
83 – Jrue Holiday (-5) (INJURED, OUT INDEFINITELY)
83 – Nate Robinson (+2)* (INJURED, OUT FOR SEASON)
81 – Kemba Walker (-2)*
81 – Jeff Teague (+5)
81 – Brandon Jennings (-2)
81 – Michael Carter-Williams (+4)*
81 – Darren Collison (0)
80 – Ricky Rubio (+2)
80 – Jose Calderon (+4)
79 – Derrick Rose (-11) (INJURED, OUT FOR SEASON)
78 – Brandon Knight (+5)**
78 – Reggie Jackson (+8)
78 – Jameer Nelson (+2)**
78 – Ramon Sessions (+4)
78 - Greivis Vasquez (+5)
78 – Will Bynum (+7)*
78 – Jarrett Jack (-1)*
77 – George Hill (+2)*
77 – Jeremy Lin (+1)*
76 – Jordan Crawford (-1) 80/SG
76 – Mo Williams (-2)
76 – Brian Roberts (+15)
75 – Raymond Felton (-4)
74 – Mario Chalmers (-1)
74 – Trey Burke (+1)**
74 – Steve Nash (-6)*
74 – Jordan Farmar (+5) (INJURED, ETA FEBRUARY)
74 – D.J. Augustin (+2)*
74 – Shelvin Mack (+9)
73 – Norris Cole (+6)
72 – Patrick Beverley (-1)
72 – Aaron Brooks (-4)*
72 – Toney Douglas (-2)**
71 - Kendall Marshall (+1)**
71 – Shaun Livingston (+9)*
71 – Steve Blake (+2) 75/SG
71 – Kirk Hinrich (-3)
71 – C.J. Watson (+2)**
70 – Luke Ridnour (0)**
70 – Tony Wroten (+7) 73/SG
70 – Pablo Prigioni (+4)
70 – Nate Wolters (+2)
70 – Jimmer Fredette (+4)**
69 – Beno Udrih (0)*
68 - Dennis Schroeder (0)*
67 – Phil Pressey (-1)
66 – Marquis Teague (+2)
65 - Toure Murry (0)**
65 – Jannero Pargo (-1)
63 - Lorenzo Brown (-2)*

SHOOTING GUARDS (58 of 86)
Average Starter = 77
89 – James Harden (+2)* (ALL-STAR)
89 – Dwyane Wade (-2)* (ALL-STAR)
88 - Kobe Bryant (-5) (INJURED, ETA FEBRUARY) (ALL-STAR)
84 – Monta Ellis (+2)*
83 – Manu Ginobili (-3) (INJURED, ETA FEBRUARY)
82 – DeMar DeRozan (+1)* (ALL-STAR)
81 – Kevin Martin (0)
81 – Jamal Crawford (+1)
80 – Wesley Matthews (+3)
80 – Lance Stephenson (-3)*
79 – Klay Thompson (+3)
79 – Jimmy Butler (+3) 80/SF
78 – J.J. Redick (+4)
78 – Gordon Hayward (+3) 77/SF
78 – Eric Gordon (-5)
78 – Gerald Henderson (+4)
78 – Louis Williams (-1)* 75/PG
78 – Victor Oladipo (+2)
77 – Avery Bradley (-1) 71/PG
77 – Rodney Stuckey (0)**
77 – O.J. Mayo (-5)*
76 – Joe Johnson (-6)* (ALL-STAR)
76 – Tony Allen (+1)** (INJURED, ETA FEBRUARY)
76 – Bradley Beal (+1)
76 – Gerald Green (+6)**
76 – Courtney Lee (+2)
75 – Marco Belinelli (+9)*
74 – Iman Shumpert (-4)*
74 – C.J. Miles (+3)* 74/SF
74 – Dion Waiters (-2)*
73 – Kyle Korver (+9)* 73/SF
73 – Jodie Meeks (+4)
73 – Ray Allen (-6)*
73 – Alan Anderson (+3)*
73 – Marcus Thornton (-2)**
72 – Jeremy Lamb (+1)
72 – Gary Neal (+5)**
72 – Jason Terry (-5)*
72 – MarShon Brooks (+1)
71 – Thabo Sefolosha (+1)
71 – Tim Hardaway (+2)
70 – John Jenkins (+8) (INJURED, OUT FOR SEASON)
69 - Xavier Henry (0)* (INJURED, ETA FEBRUARY)
69 - Roger Mason (0)
69 – Ben Gordon (-7)*
69 – Derek Fisher (-1)
68 – James Anderson (+1)
68 – Tony Snell (+6)
68 - Matthew Dellavedova (+2) 63/PG
68 – Chauncey Billups (-13)*
67 – Quincy Pondexter (+1)* 68/SF (INJURED, OUT FOR SEASON)
67 – Jason Richardson (-6) (INJURED, ETA FEBRUARY)
66 – Willie Green (-3)*
66 – Ricky Ledo (+1)
65 – Jared Cunningham (-2)
64 - Chris Johnson (CAP)**
63 – Ben McLemore (-9)
63 – Keith Bogans (-5) (PERSONAL, OUT INDEFINITELY)

SMALL FORWARDS (60 of 84)
Average Starter = 78
99 – LeBron James (-1)* (ALL-STAR)
96 – Kevin Durant (+1)* (ALL-STAR)
92 – Paul George (-1)* (ALL-STAR)
88 – Carmelo Anthony (-3) 85/PF (ALL-STAR)
83 – Andre Iguodala (-4)*
82 – Kawhi Leonard (0) (INJURED, ETA FEBRUARY)
81 – Arron Afflalo (+2)*
80 – Rudy Gay (-4)
80 – Luol Deng (+1)
80 – Paul Pierce (-4)
80 – Shawn Marion (+1)** 79/PF
80 – Vince Carter (+2)**
79 – Jeff Green (0)
79 – Nicolas Batum (+1)
79 – Josh Smith (-7)*
79 – Tyreke Evans (-3) 80/SG
78 – Chandler Parsons (+2)*
78 – Andrei Kirilenko (+1)
77 – Evan Turner (-3)
77 – Danilo Gallinari (+1)** (INJURED, OUT FOR SEASON)
76 – Nick Young (+4)* 77/SG
75 – Metta World Peace (+1) 73/PF
74 – Wilson Chandler (-7) 72/PF
74 – Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (-4)
74 – Danny Green (+1) 74/SG (INJURED, ETA FEBRUARY)
74 – Martell Webster (+6)
74 - Marcus Morris (+7)** 72/PF
74 – J.R. Smith (-5)* 75/SG
74 – Danny Granger (-7)*
73 – P.J. Tucker (+4)
73 – Mike Dunleavy (+3)
73 – Terrence Ross (-1)**
73 – Matt Barnes (-2)**
72 – Jared Dudley (0)**
72 – Harrison Barnes (-3)**
71 – Tayshaun Prince (-1)**
71 - James Johnson (+5)**
71 – Gerald Wallace (-1)
71 – Carlos Delfino (+2)** (INJURED, OUT FOR SEASON)
70 - Richard Jefferson (-2)**
70 - Giannis Adetokunbo (+10)**
70 - Khris Middleton (+10)**
70 – DeMarre Carroll (+6)
70 – John Salmons (-2)
69 – Wesley Johnson (+2)*
69 – Caron Butler (-11)*
69 – Brandon Rush (-2)**
69 – Otto Porter (-5)**
68 – Landry Fields (-4)* (INJURED, ETA FEBRUARY)
68 – Jeff Taylor (+3) (INJURED, OUT FOR SEASON)
68 - Chris Douglas-Roberts (-1)
68 – Ronnie Brewer (-3)*
67 - Hollis Thompson (+9)
66 – Alonzo Gee (-5)**
66 – Hedo Turkoglu (-6)
65 – Mike Miller (-6)*
65 - Cartier Martin (0) - TDC
65 – Tornike Shengelia (+6)
63 – Anthony Tolliver (+5) 61/PF
63 – James Jones (+6)

POWER FORWARDS (62 of 84)
Average Starter = 77
88 – Kevin Love (+2)* (ALL-STAR)
87 – Blake Griffin (+3) (ALL-STAR)
86 – LaMarcus Aldridge (+2) (ALL-STAR)
86 – Anthony Davis (+1)*
85 – Dirk Nowitzki (+2) (ALL-STAR)
84 – David Lee (+3)
84 – Serge Ibaka (0)
83 – Zach Randolph (0)*
82 – David West (+2)
82 – Nene (+3)
81 – Paul Millsap (+1) (ALL-STAR)
78 – Greg Monroe (-2)**
78 – Thaddeus Young (-1)
78 – Amir Johnson (+7)
78 – Carlos Boozer (+1)
78 – Kris Humphries (+6)*
78 – Ed Davis (+7)*
78 – Luis Scola (-1)*
78 – Tyler Hansbrough (+6)
77 – Kenneth Faried (-3)**
77 – Channing Frye (+9)**
77 – Jordan Hill (+6)*
77 – Taj Gibson (+2)
77 – Tobias Harris (+2)** 81/SF
76 – Markieff Morris (+7)*
76 – Tristan Thompson (+2)*
76 – Kevin Garnett (-6)*
75 – Ryan Anderson (+9) (INJURED, ETA MARCH)
75 – Brandon Bass (+3)
75 – Andrea Bargnani (+5) 73/C (INJURED, OUT INDEFINITELY)
74 – Terrence Jones (+1)*
74 – John Henson (+9)*
74 – Nick Collison (+10)*
73 – Jason Thompson (+5)
73 – Michael Beasley (-2) 78/SF
72 – Josh McRoberts (+8)*
72 – Arnett Moultrie (+12) (INJURED, ETA FEBRUARY)
71 – Marvin Williams (+6)**
71 – Boris Diaw (+7)
71 – Mike Scott (+6)
71 – Perry Jones (+8)**
71 – Jon Leuer (+8)**
70 – Thomas Robinson (-5)
70 – Kenyon Martin (-3)*
70 – Matt Bonner (+12)
69 – Kelly Olynyk (+1) 67/C
69 – Reggie Evans (+2)
69 – Jeff Adrien (+6)
68 – Shane Battier (-5) 70/SF
68 – Cody Zeller (0)
67 – Ersan Ilyasova (-6)**
67 - Brandon Davies (+2) (INJURED, ETA FEBRUARY)
66 – Earl Clark (-4)* 68/SF
66 – Antawn Jamison (-9)*
66 – Byron Mullens (0)**
65 – Mirza Teletovic (-1)*
65 – Rashard Lewis (-2)
65 – Udonis Haslem (-6)
65 – Anthony Bennett (-8)*
64 – Ryan Kelly (+3)**
61 – Steve Novak (+8) 68/SF
60 – Erik Murphy (+4)

CENTERS (66 of 94)
Average Starter = 78
88 – Dwight Howard (-3)* (ALL-STAR)
87 – DeMarcus Cousins (+7)*
87 – Al Horford (+5) (INJURED, OUT FOR SEASON)
86 – Brook Lopez (+6) (INJURED, OUT FOR SEASON)
86 – Marc Gasol (+4)
86 – Tim Duncan (-1)
83 – Chris Bosh (+2) (ALL-STAR)
83 – Nikola Pekovic (+5)*
83 – Roy Hibbert (+3)* (ALL-STAR)
83 – Al Jefferson (-1)
81 – Andre Drummond (+4)*
81 – Tyson Chandler (+4)
80 – Pau Gasol (0)*
80 – Joakim Noah (-2) (ALL-STAR)
80 – DeAndre Jordan (+6)
80 – Marcin Gortat (0)
80 – Emeka Okafor (+3)** (INJURED, OUT INDEFINITELY)
79 – JaVale McGee (+4) (INJURED, OUT INDEFINITELY)
78 - Andrew Bogut (+1)*
78 – Robin Lopez (+10)
78 - Derrick Favors (+1)* 78/PF
78 – Jared Sullinger (+1)*
78 – Tiago Splitter (+8) (INJURED, ETA FEBRUARY)
78 – Andray Blatche (+4)* 79/PF
77 – Spencer Hawes (+7)*
77 – Nikola Vucevic (+3)
77 – Andrew Bynum (-3)*
76 – Anderson Varejao (-1)*
76 – Jonas Valanciunas (+8)
76 – Glen Davis (+1)**
76 – Samuel Dalembert (+2)
76 – Chris Andersen (+9)
76 – Amare Stoudemire (-6)
75 – Miles Plumlee (+7)*
75 – Larry Sanders (-4)*
75 – DeJuan Blair (+6)
75 – Chris Kaman (0)*
74 – Kosta Koufos (+7)*
74 – Enes Kanter (+5)*
74 – Elton Brand (-4)
73 – Omer Asik (+2) (INJURED, OUT INDEFINITELY)
72 – Jason Smith (+10) (INJURED, OUT INDEFINITELY)
72 – Greg Oden (+4)*
72 – Nerlens Noel (+1) (INJURED, OUT FOR SEASON)
71 – Vitor Faverani (0)
69 – Bismack Biyombo (+4)
69 – Zaza Pachulia (+4) (INJURED, ETA FEBRUARY)
69 – Lavoy Allen (+3) 70/PF
68 – Kyle O’Quinn (+7)
68 – Gustavo Ayon (+4)
68 – Ekpe Udoh (+1)
68 – Mason Plumlee (+7)*
67 – Kendrick Perkins (-3)
67 – Steven Adams (+3)*
67 - Pero Antic (+2)* (INJURED, ETA FEBRUARY)
67 – Robert Sacre (+5)*
67 - Cole Aldrich (+6)*
67 – Joel Anthony (+8)
67 – Brendan Haywood (+3) (INJURED, ETA FEBRUARY)
66 – Nazr Mohammed (+2)
66 - Alex Len (+4)
65 – Tyler Zeller (0)**
64 - Miroslav Raduljica (+8)**
64 - Alexis Ajinca (+16)**
64 – Ryan Hollins (+9)**
63 – Jeremy Tyler (+2)

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TEAM RATINGS

ATLANTIC
78 Raptors (+3)
76 Knicks (0)
74 Nets (-1)
73 Celtics (-2)
73 76ers (+3)

CENTRAL
87 Pacers (-2)
77 Bulls (0)
76 Cavaliers (0)
72 Pistons (-5)
68 Bucks (0)

SOUTHEAST
87 Heat (-3)
79 Wizards (+2)
75 Magic (+5)
73 Hawks (+5)
72 Bobcats (+3)

PACIFIC
83 Warriors (-1)
81 Clippers (0)
75 Kings (-2)
74 Suns (+6)
70 Lakers (+6)

NORTHWEST
82 Thunder (+2)
79 Trail Blazers (-4)
76 Timberwolves (+2)
74 Nuggets (-2)
68 Jazz (+1)

SOUTHWEST
82 Spurs (+7)
81 Mavericks (0)
81 Grizzlies (0)
80 Rockets (-2)
73 Pelicans (+2)

Friday, January 31, 2014

2014 NBA All-Star breakdown: Who got snubbed?

All-Star selections came in last night, spoiled by the likes of Adrian Wojnarowski, Marc Spears, and Marc Stein in advance of TNT's pre-game show.  Twitter was raging about all the various snubs, and I'm here to see how valid they all are.


Players are sorted by Win Shares, a metric which effectively weights statistical production with team record - the two points we by and large use to define "All-Stars".

Unless otherwise noted, all players played a minimum of 1000 minutes prior to 1/30/14.

EASTERN CONFERENCE

POINT GUARD
7.3 Kyle Lowry (20.4 PER)
4.7 George Hill (14.0 PER)
4.5 John Wall (19.8 PER) - RESERVE
3.8 Kyrie Irving (20.2 PER) - STARTER
3.0 Kemba Walker (17.9 PER)
2.8 Mario Chalmers (15.0 PER)
2.6 Brandon Jennings (16.6 PER)
2.1 Jeff Teague (16.1 PER)
2.4 Jameer Nelson (14.6 PER)
1.9 Shaun Livingston (13.6 PER)
1.7 Ramon Sessions (15.2 PER)
1.5 Kirk Hinrich (9.7 PER)
1.4 Michael Carter-Williams (17.2 PER)
1.3 Norris Cole (10.8 PER)
1.2 Jarrett Jack (11.9 PER)
1.0 Brandon Knight (16.1 PER)
-0.2 Derrick Rose (10.0 PER) - 311 mins
-0.5 Rajon Rondo (4.8 PER) - 146 mins

Kyle Lowry leads ALL Guards in Win Shares (not just eastern guards).  It is an absolute travesty that he isn't going to the All-Star game.




Aside: Kudos to Bulls fans for NOT voting in Derrick Rose as Lakers fans did with Kobe.


SHOOTING GUARD
5.2 Lance Stephenson (15.9 PER)
4.4 DeMar DeRozan (17.9 PER) - RESERVE
3.6 Kyle Korver (13.9 PER)
3.3 Dwyane Wade (21.3 PER) - STARTER
2.8 Jimmy Butler (13.3 PER)
2.6 Joe Johnson (14.9 PER) - RESERVE
2.1 Gerald Henderson (13.7 PER)
2.1 Ray Allen (12.4 PER)
1.5 Bradley Beal (14.4 PER)
1.5 James Anderson (11.5 PER)
1.5 Alan Anderson (10.9 PER)
1.5 Iman Shumpert (10.4 PER)
1.4 Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (9.4 PER)
1.2 Avery Bradley (12.6 PER)
0.6 Victor Oladipo (13.2 PER)
0.3 Dion Waiters (12.2 PER)
-0.1 O.J. Mayo (11.0 PER)

Not only was Joe Johnson selected over Kyle Lowry, he was selected over Lance Stephenson as well.
Joe Johnson
7.0 PPG from Dec 27 to Jan 4 (5 games)
24.5 PPG from Jan 6 to Jan 20 (6 games)
9.0 PPG Jan 21 to Jan 27 (4 games)

Ladies and gentlemen, your two week all-star.

I'm not as high on Stephenson as some are (the entire TNT panel picked Stephenson to make it), but he's a clear snub compared to Johnson.

Coaches likely decided only one Raptor should make the All-Star team, and they gave DeRozan the nod. While DeRozan is averaging 22 points and trails only Dwyane Wade and James Harden in PER at the SG position, his spot still should have gone to Lowry.

Ultimately, NONE of these guys should be in the All-Star conversation, which is a testament to how weak the Eastern Conference is.  There are FOUR snubbed guards out west who deserve to be All-Stars but simply play in the wrong conference.

SMALL FORWARD
9.0 LeBron James (28.7 PER) - STARTER
7.5 Paul George (22.0 PER) - STARTER
3.9 Trevor Ariza (15.9 PER)
3.8 Arron Afflalo (17.6 PER)
3.4 Mike Dunleavy (13.6 PER)
3.4 DeMarre Carroll (13.1 PER)
3.3 Martell Webster (12.8 PER)
3.0 Luol Deng (16.7 PER)
2.3 Jeff Green (13.6 PER)
2.3 Terrence Ross (11.9 PER)
2.0 Kyle Singler (11.6 PER)
1.7 Paul Pierce (14.8 PER)
1.6 Khris Middleton (12.5 PER)
1.4 Josh Smith (14.7 PER)
1.4 Evan Turner (14.1 PER)
1.0 Gerald Wallace (9.6 PER)
0.8 J.R. Smith (11.2 PER)

Nothing to argue about here.  Some were pushing for Arron Afflalo to make it, but there's no real reason to take him ahead of DeRozan.

POWER FORWARD
6.0 Carmelo Anthony (24.9 PER) - STARTER
4.3 Paul Millsap (20.3 PER) - RESERVE
4.2 David West (16.6 PER)
3.9 Amir Johnson (15.3 PER)
3.3 Josh McRoberts (13.4 PER)
3.1 Greg Monroe (17.5 PER)
3.1 Brandon Bass (15.1 PER)
3.0 Taj Gibson (15.2 PER)
2.8 Kris Humphries (19.1 PER) - 785 mins
2.8 Thaddeus Young (17.5 PER)
2.6 John Henson (20.1 PER)
2.6 Tristan Thompson (13.6 PER)
2.3 Nene (16.4 PER)
2.1 Carlos Boozer (15.3 PER)
0.8 Kevin Garnett (12.6 PER) - 836 mins

Paul Millsap has been the best natural PF in the conference and it hasn't been particularly close.

CENTER
5.3 Joakim Noah (19.1 PER) - RESERVE
5.2 Andre Drummond (21.4 PER)
4.9 Chris Bosh (20.5 PER) - RESERVE
4.5 Roy Hibbert (16.5 PER) - RESERVE
4.0 Anderson Varejao (17.5 PER)
3.7 Marcin Gortat (15.9 PER)
3.6 Al Jefferson (21.5 PER)
3.1 Spencer Hawes (16.8 PER)
3.1 Jonas Valanciunas (14.7 PER)
3.0 Al Horford (22.2 PER) - 958 mins
2.4 Brook Lopez (25.8 PER) - 533 mins
2.4 Jared Sullinger (16.5 PER)
2.2 Andray Blatche (20.1 PER) - 877 mins
2.1 Nikola Vucevic (18.3 PER) - 922 mins
1.5 Andrea Bargnani (14.6 PER)
1.2 Glen Davis (13.7 PER)

Horford and Lopez would have been easy All-Stars if not for their season-ending injuries.

I would be really interested to see where the Pacers would be if they had Andre Drummond instead of Roy Hibbert.

Player G MP PER TS% ORB% DRB% AST% STL% BLK% TOV% USG% WS WS/48
Andre Drummond 45 1464 21.4 .579 16.5 27.7 2.0 2.1 4.5 11.4 16.3 5.2 .171
Roy Hibbert 44 1329 16.5 .521 11.6 17.1 7.3 0.8 6.3 14.2 19.9 4.5 .164
Even with his poor FT shooting, Drummond blows Hibbert away in scoring efficiency, as he is the vastly better finisher around the rim thanks to his athleticism.  He grades extremely well in Pick and Rolls, Cuts, Offensive Rebounds, and Transition opportunities.

There is simply no arguing who the better rebounder is, as Drummond leads the league in both ORB% and Total Rebound percentage. The Pacers lead the league in DRB% in large part because Lance Stephenson is grabbing as many defensive boards as Hibbert.

Hibbert may be the stronger defensive player (the leading candidate for Defensive Player of the Year), but Drummond is no slouch himself, and he would turn the Pacers into a deadly offensive team (they are only 19th, partly due to Hibbert's inefficiencies).

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Rashidi's East All-Stars
PG: Kyle Lowry, John Wall, Kyrie Irving
SG: Dwyane Wade, Lance Stephenson
SF: LeBron James, Paul George
PF: Carmelo Anthony, Paul Millsap
C: Joakim Noah, Andre Drummond, Chris Bosh

I waffled a bit between Lance Stephenson and Roy Hibbert for the final spot.  Earlier in the week/day/hour I was not in favor of him making the team, but have since decided that Lance's rebounding has just been too vital to the Pacers' success.  He has also been the Pacers' top playmaker, one of the few SG in the league that averages more assists than his starting PG (Wade and Harden are the other two).

The gap between Drummond and Hibbert's numbers were simply too hard for me to ignore, and it's easier to leave Hibbert off the team if Lance is going in his place.  I understand I'm going against the grain and am okay with people calling me crazy or wrong, but I absolutely feel the Pacers would still be atop the east and that the Pistons would be even worse if Drummond and Hibbert switched places.

Even though Stephenson and Drummond both missed the All-Star team this year, I fully expect both to make it next year barring a sudden influx of talent to the eastern conference.

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WESTERN CONFERENCE

POINT GUARDS
7.0 Chris Paul (27.4 PER) - RESERVE
6.8 Stephen Curry (22.8 PER) - STARTER
5.8 Goran Dragic (21.8 PER)
5.5 Damian Lillard (18.8 PER) - RESERVE
5.4 Mike Conley (21.2 PER)
5.0 Isaiah Thomas (21.3 PER)
4.8 Ty Lawson (20.1 PER)
4.4 Tony Parker (20.1 PER) - RESERVE
3.8 Jose Calderon (15.4 PER)
3.4 Darren Collison (17.2 PER)
3.3 Ricky Rubio (15.2 PER)
3.0 Reggie Jackson (16.0 PER)
2.7 Jordan Crawford (15.8 PER)
2.6 Eric Bledsoe (19.9 PER) - 803 minutes
2.6 Jeremy Lin (14.8 PER)
2.4 Russell Westbrook (21.5 PER) - 822 minutes
1.7 Jrue Holiday (17.3 PER)
1.2 Mo Williams (11.9 PER)
0.8 Trey Burke (14.1 PER)

There are EIGHT point guards who would be All-Stars in the east - and that's not including the injured Westbrook or Bledsoe.  If you're wondering why there's such a vast record discrepancy between the two conferences, you can start here.

Goran Dragic was absolutely snubbed, as the coaches gave Tony Parker a lifetime achievement and obligatory Spurs selection (If Parker and Lillard were rewarded for being on winning teams, I'm still trying to figure out what Kyle Lowry and Lance Stephenson did wrong.)

The Suns were widely expected to the worst team in the west, yet Dragic has carried them to a 28-18 record.  That's a better record than the beloved Warriors who have FOUR all-stars in their starting lineup, mind you.  Dragic has the 3rd best production of any guard in the conference.  The numbers are there AND the team is a winner; you'd think that would matter to the coaches but between Dragic and Lowry/Lance, it's clear that's all lip service.

Player G MP PER TS% FTr TRB% AST% STL% BLK% TOV% USG% WS WS/48
Goran Dragic 43 1483 22.0 .600 .398 5.5 29.8 2.0 0.4 14.4 24.6 6.1 .196
Damian Lillard 46 1654 18.8 .571 .317 5.3 24.1 1.0 0.7 11.4 24.4 5.5 .160
Tony Parker 42 1317 20.1 .571 .294 4.3 32.4 0.9 0.3 13.4 26.6 4.4 .159

All hope is not lost for Dragic - if Chris Paul isn't medically cleared to play, Dragic is the leading candidate to replace him.


Conley, Thomas, and Lawson were all right there in the conversation along with Lillard, and were just as deserving as Tony Parker who has regressed this season.  Parker was more or less the "safe" pick rather than the right one (FWIW I would have at least been in favor of Tim Duncan making the trip instead of Parker).  The Spurs are still a great team but that speaks more to their impressive depth and the impeccable coaching of Gregg Popovich than it does the individual talent/ability of their star players.

SHOOTING GUARDS
5.7 James Harden (21.1 PER) - RESERVE
5.4 Wesley Matthews (17.3 PER)
4.1 Kevin Martin (17.0 PER)
3.9 Klay Thompson (13.7 PER)
3.5 Manu Ginobili (19.3 PER) - 997 minutes
3.3 Jamal Crawford (16.9 PER)
3.2 Gerald Green (15.4 PER)
3.0 Marco Belinelli (15.0 PER)
3.0 Jeremy Lamb (14.9 PER)
2.8 Monta Ellis (17.3 PER)
2.7 J.J. Redick (17.9 PER) - 815 minutes
2.7 Jodie Meeks (13.9 PER)
2.5 Randy Foye (13.4 PER)
2.3 Gordon Hayward (17.2 PER)
2.2 Thabo Sefolosha (10.3 PER)
2.0 Eric Gordon (15.6 PER)
1.7 Alec Burks (15.0 PER)
0.1 Ben McLemore (7.6 PER)
-0.3 Kobe Bryant (11.3 PER) - STARTER - 177 minutes

It goes without saying that Kobe's selection by the fans is one of the worst voting gaffes of all-time.  Fortunately, Kobe is unlikely to be medically cleared, allowing for someone deserving to make the trip.

Wesley Matthews had every bit as good a season as Lance Stephenson or DeMar DeRozan but had absolutely no All-Star hype.  Welcome to the Western Conference.

SMALL FORWARDS
12.0 Kevin Durant (31.1 PER) - STARTER
5.1 Chandler Parsons (16.8 PER)
4.4 Nicolas Batum (15.9 PER)
4.0 Kawhi Leonard (17.6 PER)
3.4 Andre Iguodala (14.4 PER)
3.2 P.J. Tucker (13.2 PER)
2.6 Corey Brewer (11.0 PER)
2.5 Rudy Gay (18.1 PER)
2.5 Marcus Morris (15.4 PER)
2.5 Wilson Chandler (14.1 PER)
2.4 Shawn Marion (14.4 PER)
2.0 Vince Carter (15.3 PER)
2.0 Jared Dudley (9.2 PER)
1.9 Al-Farouq Aminu (14.2 PER)
1.8 Harrison Barnes (9.8 PER)
1.6 Nick Young (14.7 PER)
1.5 Richard Jefferson (12.0 PER)
1.2 Wesley Johnson (10.9 PER)
0.8 Tayshaun Prince (8.1 PER)

Durant is the only All-Star caliber SF in the west, and fortunately was the only one taken.  The SFs behind Durant are in no way, shape, or form comparable to the PFs who got snubbed.

POWER FORWARDS
8.6 Kevin Love (26.8 PER) - STARTER
7.1 Blake Griffin (22.9 PER) - STARTER
5.9 Anthony Davis (26.8 PER)
5.9 Dirk Nowitzki (23.8 PER) - RESERVE
5.9 LaMarcus Aldridge (23.3 PER) - RESERVE
5.6 David Lee (19.3 PER)
5.1 Serge Ibaka (19.1 PER)
4.0 Terrence Jones (18.5 PER)
3.8 Channing Frye (15.5 PER)
3.5 Markieff Morris (19.1 PER)
3.1 Kenneth Faried (18.4 PER)
3.0 Boris Diaw (15.2 PER)
2.9 Jordan Hill (19.2 PER) - 916 minutes
2.8 Zach Randolph (17.7 PER)
2.4 Ryan Anderson (19.0 PER) - 795 minutes
1.6 Jason Thompson (11.7 PER)

Last year Anthony Davis got snubbed by Damian Lillard for Rookie of the Year (would have earned it had it not been for his early injury), and now the same has happened this year for the All-Star game.  Fortunately, Davis is by and large the leading candidate to replace Kobe Bryant as an injury reserve, especially since the game is being played in New Orleans.

Love, Griffin, Dirk, and Aldridge are superstars, and there's no sense crying about any making it over Davis.  David Lee and Serge Ibaka would have been All-Stars in the east, but the west is just crazy deep.

CENTERS
6.2 DeAndre Jordan (17.2 PER)
5.5 Nikola Pekovic (20.7 PER)
5.4 Dwight Howard (21.1 PER) - RESERVE
4.6 Robin Lopez (16.8 PER)
4.5 DeMarcus Cousins (26.5 PER)
4.3 Andrew Bogut (17.2 PER)
4.2 Tim Duncan (21.5 PER)
2.9 Timofey Mozgov (18.9 PER) - 899 minutes
2.9 Derrick Favors (18.1 PER)
2.6 J.J. Hickson (16.1 PER)
2.6 Miles Plumlee (15.2 PER)
2.3 Pau Gasol (18.9 PER)
1.8 Marc Gasol (17.8 PER) - 675 minutes
1.1 Enes Kanter (15.0 PER)

Dwight Howard over Tim Duncan was ultimately the right call, even though one could argue Duncan is still the best center in the NBA.  Duncan simply doesn't play enough regular season minutes, as Popovich (rightly) deems the playoffs more important than whether his stars qualify for a meaningless exhibition.

Cousins would be clearly be an All-Star in the eastern conference, but there are just so many high level players on winning teams to reward that you can't really justify him making it.  As with Drummond out east, he's the future of his respective conference.

Nikola Pekovic would likewise be an All-Star out east, and is held back by the sheer depth of the conference.  The Timberwolves are a game over .500 yet they are only 10th in the west (and a half-game out of 11th).

DeAndre Jordan might be the most underrated player in the NBA right now.  Along with Blake Griffin (who gets little respect from fans and experts around the league) the front court duo have been rock steady and are the reason the Clippers haven't missed a beat despite injuries to Chris Paul and J.J. Redick.

Rashidi's West All-Stars
PG: Chris Paul*, Stephen Curry, Goran Dragic
SG: James Harden
SF: Kevin Durant
PF: Kevin Love, Blake Griffin, Anthony Davis, LaMarcus Aldridge, Dirk Nowitzki
C: Dwight Howard, Tim Duncan

*If Paul is unable to play, replace him with Mike Conley.

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ALL-STAR DRAFT POOL

Suppose the All-Star game abolished conferences and instead used the draft pool system used for the Rising Stars Challenge.  The top 24 players would be as follows.

PG: Chris Paul, Stephen Curry, Goran Dragic, Mike Conley, Damian Lillard, Kyle Lowry
SG: James Harden, Dwyane Wade
SF: Kevin Durant, LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, Paul George
PF: Kevin Love, Blake Griffin, Anthony Davis, LaMarcus Aldridge, Dirk Nowitzki, Chris Bosh
C: Tim Duncan, Dwight Howard, DeMarcus Cousins, Nikola Pekovic, Andre Drummond, Joakim Noah

That's 16 players from the West, and only 8 from the East.

Here's hoping an eastern team can steal away Kevin Love in free agency at the same time Duncan and Dirk retire.  We might have something resembling conference parity then.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

The NBA 2K14 Living Checklist - EVERYTHING wrong with NBA 2K14 rosters

Consider this a "Living Checklist" for 2K Sports' "Living Rosters".  I've listed all obvious errors 2K has in their rosters and this post will be updated throughout the season.

2K Sports isn't entirely at fault here as they are paying Stats Inc to take care of this and are being robbed blind.  Instead we are getting semi-daily hot/cold streaks that absolutely no one gives a damn about as they have minimal effect on the game.

Current Roster: 1/8/14

PHILADELPHIA 76ERS
Wrong Team: Daniel Orton (waived on 1/7)
Underrated: Spencer Hawes (70/C), Tony Wroten (63/PG), Arnett Moultrie (60/PF), Hollis Thompson (58/SF)
Overrated: Evan Turner (80/SF)
Incorrect Position: Lavoy Allen (should be C)

CHARLOTTE BOBCATS
Underrated: Ramon Sessions (74/PG), Josh McRoberts (64/PF), Anthony Tolliver (58/PF)
Overrated: Kemba Walker (83/PG), Ben Gordon (76/SG)
Inaccurate Rotation: Chris Douglas-Roberts starting SF since 1/4

MILWAUKEE BUCKS
Underrated: Brandon Knight (73/PG), Gary Neal (67/SG), John Henson (65/PF), Zaza Pachulia (65/C), Khris Middleton (60/SF), Giannis Antetokounmpo (60/SF)
Overrated: O.J. Mayo (82/SG), Caron Butler (80/SF)

CHICAGO BULLS
Underrated: Tony Snell (62/SF)
Overrated: Derrick Rose (90/PG), Kirk Hinrich (74/PG)

CLEVELAND CAVALIERS
Underrated: C.J. Miles (71/SG)
Overrated: Dion Waiters (76/C), Anthony Bennett (73/PF), Alonzo Gee (71/SF)

BOSTON CELTICS
Underrated: Jordan Crawford (75/SG), Jared Sullinger (72/PF), Brandon Bass (70/PF)
Overrated: Gerald Wallace (74/SF)
Incorrect Position: Jordan Crawford (should be PG), Jared Sullinger (should be C)
Inaccurate Rotation: Jordan Crawford should be starting PG, Avery Bradley starting SG

LOS ANGELES CLIPPERS
Wrong Team: Stephen Jackson (waived 1/7)
Underrated: J.J. Redick (74/SG), DeAndre Jordan (74/C), Ryan Hollins (55/C)
Overrated: Stephen Jackson (79/SF), Antawn Jamison (75/PF), Jared Dudley (72/SF)
Incorrect Position: Reggie Bullock (should be SF)

MEMPHIS GRIZZLIES
Underrated: Mike Conley (83/PG), Marc Gasol (82/C), Kosta Koufos (67/C), Jon Leuer (63/PF)
Overrated: N/A

ATLANTA HAWKS
Wrong Team: Cartier Martin (waived 1/7)
Underrated: Al Horford (82/C), Jeff Teague (76/PG), Mike Scott (65/PF), Shelvin Mack (65/PG), Kyle Korver (64/SF), DeMarre Carroll (64/SF), Gustavo Ayon (64/C)
Overrated: Elton Brand (78/PF), Jared Cunningham (67/SG)
Incorrect Position: Elton Brand (should be C)

MIAMI HEAT
Underrated: Chris Bosh (81/C), Chris Andersen (67/C), Norris Cole (67/PG), Joel Anthony (59/C)
Overrated: Ray Allen (79/SG), Udonis Haslem (71/PF)

UTAH JAZZ
Wrong Team: Mike Harris (waived 1/7)
Underrated: Gordon Hayward (75/SF), Enes Kanter (68/C), Jeremy Evans (60/PF), Rudy Gobert (52/C)
Overrated: Andris Biedrins (63/C)
Incorrect Position: Gordon Hayward (should be SG), Brandon Rush (should be SF), Marvin Williams (should be PF), Mike Harris (should be PF), Derrick Favors (should be C)

SACRAMENTO KINGS
Underrated: Isaiah Thomas (81/PG), DeMarcus Cousins (80/C), Jason Thompson (68/PF), Travis Outlaw (67/SF), Aaron Gray (56/C)
Overrated: Rudy Gay (86/SF), Marcus Thornton (75/SG), Ben McLemore (72/SG)
Incorrect Position: Jimmer Fredette (should be PG)

NEW YORK KNICKS
Underrated: Tyson Chandler (77/C), Andrea Bargnani (70/PF), Pablo Prigioni (66/PG)
Overrated: Carmelo Anthony (91/SF), J.R. Smith (84/SG), Amare Stoudemire (82/PF), Iman Shumpert (82/SG), Raymond Felton (79/PG), Kenyon Martin (73/PF)
Incorrect Position: J.R. Smith (should be SF), Amare Stoudemire (should be C), Jeremy Tyler (should be C)

LOS ANGELES LAKERS
Wrong Team: Shawne Williams (waived 1/7)
Underrated: Jordan Hill (71/C)
Overrated: Steve Nash (80/PG), Pau Gasol (80/PF)
Missing: Ryan Kelly (PF), Elias Harris (PF)
Incorrect Position: Nick Young (should be SF), Xavier Henry (should be SF), Wesley Johnson (should be SF), Shawne Williams (should be PF), Pau Gasol (should be C), Jordan Hill (should be PF)
Inaccurate Rotation: Robert Sacre starting C since 1/3

ORLANDO MAGIC
Underrated: Nikola Vucevic (74/C), E'Twaun Moore (63/PG), Kyle O'Quinn (61/C)
Overrated: N/A

DALLAS MAVERICKS
Underrated: Dirk Nowitzki (83/PF), Jose Calderon (76/PG), DeJuan Blair (69/PF), Brandan Wright (68/C), Jae Crowder (66/SF), Gal Mekel (66/PG)
Overrated: Wayne Ellington (72/SG)
Incorrect Position: Vince Carter (should be SF), DeJuan Blair (should be C)
Inaccurate Rotation: DeJuan Blair starting C since 1/5

BROOKLYN NETS
Underrated: Brook Lopez (80/C), Andray Blatche (74/C), Shaun Livingston (62/PG), Mason Plumlee (61/C)
Overrated: Deron Williams (88/PG), Paul Pierce (84/SF), Kevin Garnett (82/PF), Joe Johnson (82/SG), Jason Terry (77/SG), TyShawn Taylor (68/PG)

DENVER NUGGETS
Underrated: Timofey Mozgov (67/C)
Overrated: Wilson Chandler (81/SF)
Incorrect Position: Andre Miller (should be SG)

INDIANA PACERS
Underrated: David West (80/PF), George Hill (75/PG), Ian Mahinmi (69/C)
Overrated: Danny Granger (80/SF), Luis Scola (79/PF)
Incorrect Position: Chris Copeland (should be PF)

NEW ORLEANS PELICANS
Underrated: Ryan Anderson (66/PF), Anthony Morrow (65/SG), Jason Smith (62/C), Brian Roberts (61/PG), Alexis Ajinca (48/C)
Overrated: Jrue Holiday (88/PG), Eric Gordon (83/SG), Tyreke Evans (82/SF), Austin Rivers (71/SG)

DETROIT PISTONS
Underrated: Andre Drummond (77/C), Will Bynum (71/PG), Kyle Singler (64/SF), Josh Harrellson (57/C)
Overrated: Josh Smith (86/SF), Brandon Jennings (83/PG), Chauncey Billups (81/PG)
Incorrect Position: Chauncey Billups (should be SG), Tony Mitchell (should be PF)

TORONTO RAPTORS
Underrated: Grevis Vasquez (73/PG), Tyler Hansbrough (72/PF), Amir Johnson (71/PF), Terremce Ross (70/SG), Jonas Valanciunas (68/C), Steve Novak (53/SF)
Overrated: Landry Fields (72/SF), John Salmons (72/SF), Dwight Buycks (71/PG)

HOUSTON ROCKETS
Underrated: Jeremy Lin (76/PG), Omer Asik (71/C), Omri Casspi (66/SF), Greg Smith (61/PF), Donatas Motiejunas (58/PF)
Overrated: Dwight Howard (91/C), Aaron Brooks (76/PG), Ronnie Brewer (73/SG),
Missing: Robert Covington (PF)
Incorrect Position: Omri Casspi (should be PF), Greg Smith (should be C)

SAN ANTONIO SPURS
Underrated: Tony Parker (86/PG), Danny Green (73/SG), Tiago Splitter (70/C), Marco Belinelli (66/SG), Boris Diaw (64/C), Matt Bonner (58/C)
Overrated: Tim Duncan (87/PF), Manu Ginobili (86/SG)
Incorrect Position: Nando De Colo (should be SG), Danny Green (should be SF), Tim Duncan (should be C), Boris Diaw (should be PF), Matt Bonner (should be PF)
Incorrect Rotation: Tim Duncan should be starting C, Jeff Ayres starting PF since 1/7

PHOENIX SUNS
Underrated: Goran Dragic (78/PG), Gerald Green (70/SF), Markieff Morris (69/PF), P.J. Tucker (69/SF), Channing Frye (68/PF), Marcus Morris (67/SF), Miles Plumlee (61/C)
Overrated: N/A

OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER
Wrong Team: Ryan Gomes (traded/waived 1/7)
Underrated: Reggie Jackson (70/PG), Nick Collison (64/PF), Steven Adams (57/C), Hasheem Thabeet (57/C)
Overrated: Russell Westbrook (90/PG), Kendrick Perkins (70/C), Derek Fisher (69/PG)

MINNESOTA TIMBERWOLVES
Underrated: Kevin Love (86/PF), Nikola Pekovic (78/C), J.J. Barea (69/PG), Dante Cunningham (64/PF), Robbie Hummel (58/SF), A.J. Price (56/PG)
Overrated: N/A

PORTLAND TRAIL BLAZERS
Underrated: Wesley Matthews (77/SG), Dorell Wright (72/SF), Robin Lopez (68/C), Joel Freeland (61/C)
Overrated: Mo Williams (78/PG)

GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS
Underrated: David Lee (81/PF), Klay Thompson (76/SG)
Overrated: Andre Iguodala (86/SF), Toney Douglas (74/PG)

WASHINGTON WIZARDS
Underrated: Trevor Booker (69/PF), Martell Webster (68/SF)
Overrated: Otto Porter (74/SF)
Incorrect Position: Martell Webster (should be SF), Jan Vesely (should be C)

FREE AGENTS
Overrated: Andrew Bynum (86/C), Corey Maggette (74/SF), Richard Hamilton (74/SG), Dahntay Jones (73/SF), Hedo Turkoglu (72/SF), Mickael Pietrus (72/SF), Lamar Odom (72/PF), Rodrigue Beaubois (72/PG), Quentin Richardson (71/SF), Maurice Evans (71/SF), Raja Bell (71/SG), Kelenna Azubuike (71/SG), DeShawn Stevenson (70/SG), Damion James (70/SF), Jamaal Tinsley (69/PG), Darius Johnson-Odom (69/SG), Antonio Daniels (68/PG), James Posey (67/SF)

Retired List
PG: Antonio Daniels, Chris Quinn
SG: Raja Bell, Matt Carroll
SF: James Posey, Jerry Stackhouse, Bobby Simmons,
PF: Luke Walton, Jared Jeffries, Vladimir Radmanovic, Brian Cardinal
C: Joel Przybilla, Dan Gadzuric, Malik Allen, Brian Skinner, Francisco Elson

International Signees
PG: Delonte West, Leandro Barbosa, Sebastian Telfair, Cory Higgins, Armon Johnson, Sherron Collins, Josh Akognon, Jeremy Pargo, Charles Jenkins, Dominique Jones, Orien Greene
SG: James White, Darius Johnson-Odom, Antoine Wright, Josh Selby, Travis Leslie, Daequan Cook, Kyle Weaver, Kim English, Andy Rautins,
SF: Terrence Williams, Maurice Evans, Sam Young, Linas Kleiza, Donte Greene, DaJuan Summers, Rodney Carney, Darington Hobson, Christian Eyenga, Luke Babbitt, Ronald Dupree,
PF: D.J. White, Justin Harper, Luke Harangody, Gani Lawal, Jon Brockman, Darnell Jackson
C: Chris Johnson, Samardo Samuels, Hamad Haddadi, Mickell Gladness, Johan Petro, D.J. Mbenga, Kyrylo Fesenko

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

NBA 2K14 Roster Analysis 12/24/13

It's been a month since my last update, as it's been a busy holiday season.  That's okay though, as aside from adjustments surrounding around the Rudy Gay trade, 2K hasn't made many updates either.

For a more comprehensive look at how far behind 2K's rosters are...
The NBA 2K14 Living Checklist - EVERYTHING wrong with NBA 2K14's roster (includes ratings)

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PLAYERS ON THE WRONG TEAMS

Kendall Marshall - Free Agents (signed with Lakers 12/20)

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RATING EDITS

Jannero Pargo (Bobcats)
66 Overall (+1)
88 Stamina (+10)

Kyrie Irving (Cavaliers)
89 Overall (+2)
76 SIT (+51)

DeAndre Jordan (Clippers)
74 Overall (+1)
42 FT (+4)

Enes Kanter (Jazz)
69 Overall (+1)
83 Durability (+8)

Rudy Gay (Kings)
84 Overall (-2)
73 Medium (-6)
82 OffAwr (-4)
70 Consistency (-15)

Isaiah Thomas (Kings)
81 Overall (+6)
84 Close (+2)
77 Medium (+8)
86 3pt (+4)
89 Layup (+7)
66 Traffic (+7)
77 Pass (+3)
77 Steal (+11)
86 Hands (+3)
78 OffAwr (+6)
64 DefAwr (+8)
70 Consistency (+30)
99 Stamina (+1)
50 Strength (+2)
92 Hustle (+4)
95 Durability (+5)
82 Potential (+3)
65 Emotion (+5)

Monta Ellis (Mavericks)
84 Overall (+2)
80 Medium (+2)
80 3pt (+6)
84 FT (+7)
82 SOD (+2)
63 DefAwr (+3)
75 Consistency (+10)

DeMar DeRozan (Raptors)
79 Overall (+2)
78 3pt (+8)
81 FT (-2)
68 SOD (+3)
79 Handle (+3)
62 Security (+3)
49 Pass (+4)
46 DefReb (+4)
82 OffAwr (+2)
97 Stamina (+3)
92 Durability (+20)

LaMarcus Aldridge (Trail Blazers)
87 Overall (+3)
79 FT (-2)
94 Fade (+3)
85 Hook (+4)
65 SOD (+2)
61 Security (+3)
46 Pass (+6)
65 Steal (+5)
89 Hands (+3)
60 OBD (+4)
74 OffReb (+2)
84 DefReb (+6)
74 DefPost (+2)
91 OffAwr (+5)
78 DefAwr (+2)
90 Consistency (+5)
86 Stamina (+3)
62 Speed (+2)
68 Strength (+2)
90 Durability (+5)
91 Potential (+3)

Jermaine O'Neal (Warriors)
72 Overall (-1)
85 Block (-11)

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ADDED PLAYERS

Lorenzo Brown (65/PG) - 76ers
Key Ratings: 88 Handle, 81 Security, 78 Pass, 77 OBD, 84 Speed

Ryan Kelly (61/PF) - Lakers
Key Ratings: 78 3pt, 81 FT, 66 Block, 71 DefReb, 52 Speed

Ognjen Kuzmic (C) - Warriors
Key Ratings: 68 Dunk, 81 Block, 78 OffReb, 66 DefAwr

MISSING PLAYERS - 3
Alexis Ajinca (C) - Hornets
Chris Smith (PG) - Knicks - GUARANTEED (signed 9/10/13)
Robert Covington (PF) - Rockets - GUARANTEED (signed 7/15/13)

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INCORRECT INJURIES
Michael Beasley (75/SF) - Heat (Played 12/23)

MISSING INJURIES
Metta World Peace (74/SF) - Knicks (Out since 12/18)
Jordan Farmar (69/PG) - Lakers (Out since 12/1)
Andrei Kirilenko (77/SF) - Nets (Out since 11/8)
Omer Asik (71/C) - Rockets (Out since 12/2)

RECOVERED FROM INJURY
Jimmy Butler (76/SG) - Bulls
Carrick Felix (68/SG) - Cavaliers
Tyson Chandler (77/C) - Knicks
Jordan Farmar (69/PG) - Lakers
Tobias Harris (75/SF) - Magic
Brandan Wright (68/C) - Mavericks
Paul Pierce (84/SF) - Nets
Andrei Kirilenko (77/SF) - Nets
Danny Granger (80/SF) - Pacers
Anthony Davis (85/PF) - Pelicans
Darius Miller (64/SF) - Pelicans
Andre Iguodala (86/SF) - Warriors
Toney Douglas (74/PG) - Warriors
Trevor Ariza (78/SF) - Wizards
Otto Porter (74/SF) - Wizards
Chris Singleton (67/PF) - Wizards

INJURED LIST (Bold denotes new injuries)
Jason Richardson (73/SG) - 76ers
Nerlens Noel (71/C) - 76ers (OUT FOR SEASON)
Arnett Moultrie (60/PF) - 76ers
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (78/SF) - Bobcats
Jeff Taylor (65/SF) - Bobcats (OUT FOR SEASON)
Brendan Haywood (64/C) - Bobcats
Larry Sanders (79/C) - Bucks
Ersan Ilyasova (73/PF) - Bucks
Carlos Delfino (69/SF) - Bucks
Zaza Pachulia (65/C) - Bucks
Derrick Rose (90/PG) - Bulls (OUT FOR SEASON)
Rajon Rondo (90/PG) - Celtics
J.J. Redick (74/SG) - Clippers
Reggie Bullock (64/SG) - Clippers
Maalik Wayns (63/PG) - Clippers
Marc Gasol (82/C) - Grizzlies
Quincy Pondexter (66/SF) - Grizzlies (OUT FOR SEASON)
Michael Beasley (75/SF) - Heat
Carl Landry (76/PF) - Kings
Raymond Felton (79/PG) - Knicks
Kenyon Martin (73/PF) - Knicks
Pablo Prigioni (66/PG) - Knicks
Kobe Bryant (93/SG) - Lakers
Steve Nash (80/PG) - Lakers
Steve Blake (69/PG) - Lakers
Devin Harris (76/PG) - Mavericks
Brook Lopez (80/C) - Nets (OUT FOR SEASON)
Danilo Gallinari (76/SF) - Nuggets
JaVale McGee (75/C) - Nuggets
Greg Stiemsma (62/C) - Pelicans
Patrick Beverley (73/PG) Rockets
Greg Smith (61/PF) - Rockets
Emeka Okafor (77/C) - Suns
Chase Budinger (69/SF) - Timberwolves
Ronny Turiaf (64/C) - Timberwolves
C.J. McCollum (72/SG) - Trail Blazers
Jermaine O'Neal (72/C) - Warriors
Festus Ezeli (63/C) - Warriors
Ognjen Kuzmic (60/C) - Warriors
Al Harrington (72/PF) - Wizards
Glen Rice Jr (66/SG) - Wizards
Marcus Camby (71/C) - Free Agents

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

NBA 2K14 Roster Analysis 11/26/13 - Featuring the worst rating edit in 2K history

Get ready for a facepalm.

For a more comprehensive look at how far behind 2K's rosters are...
The NBA 2K14 Living Checklist - EVERYTHING wrong with NBA 2K14's roster

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PLAYERS ON THE WRONG TEAMS

Luc Mbah a Moute (71/SF) - Kings (traded to Timberwolves 11/26)
Derrick Williams (72/PF) - Timberwolves (traded to Kings 11/26)

2K uploaded THREE rosters on 2K Share (4:14am, 7:15am, 1:55pm).

None of them included this trade.

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RATING EDITS

Evan Turner (76ers)
80 Overall (+5)
72 3pt (-9)
82 FT (+8)
61 Pass (+3)
64 Steal (+3)
52 OffReb (+9)
75 DefReb (+3)
79 OffAwr (+12)
63 DefAwr (+4)
75 Consistency (+45)

Ironically enough, Turner finally deserves the ratings 2K gave him all of last season.
(But seriously guys, 30 Consistency?)

Derrick Rose (Bulls)
90 Overall (-1)
94 OffAwr (-5)
65 Consistency (-5)
68 Durability (-14)

2K raised Rose's durability rating (11/20 roster) two days before his season-ending knee injury.

Good call.

Kyrie Irving (Cavaliers)
87 Overall (-2)
25 Shoot In Traffic (-51)

This player killing typo/glitch/error sums up what a laughingstock 2K's rosters have been the past 10 years.  How do you butcher the Cavaliers' best player and not even notice?  This surely couldn't have been intentional, but then you never really know with 2K Sports and the 2K Insider.  This is the definition of incompetence right here.

Good luck using Kyrie and the Cavs online now!  Curious minds will now get to playtest a player with 95 Layup, Finisher/Acrobat, and the lowest possible SIT!

Anthony Bennett (Cavaliers)
73 Overall (-3)
61 3pt (-8)
72 OffPost (-3)
68 DefPost (-2)
68 OffAwr (-5)
57 DefAwr (-4)
30 Consistency (-15)

The first overall pick of the 2013 draft is off to the worst start of any #1 pick in NBA history.

Paul George (Pacers)
91 Overall (+2)
92 Inside (+4)
94 Layup (+4)
89 Dunk (+4)
79 SOD (+1)
92 OffAwr (+2)
90 DefAwr (+4)
90 Consistency (+5)
97 Stamina (+2)
86 Speed (+2)
98 Potential (+3)

Is this the 3rd or 4th Paul George edit of the season?  I've lost count.  It'd be great if 2K got around to the other 400-or-so NBA players.

Anthony Davis (Pelicans)
85 Overall (+6)
81 Close (+4)
68 Medium (+4)
78 FT (+3)
93 Block (+4)
76 Steal (+3)
72 OBD (+2)
89 OffReb (+7)
84 DefReb (+1)
71 OffPost (+3) - Saw it coming; completely unwarranted. 0.55 PPP this year, 0.53 last year (BAD).
85 DefPost (+3)
73 OffAwr (+18)
89 DefAwr (+4)
75 Consistency (+20)
50 Strength (+3)
96 Potential (+3)

Believe it or not, he's still not the top rated player on the Pelicans.  Jrue Holiday maintains his absurd 88 Overall rating.

James Harden (Rockets)
87 Overall (-1)
70 OBD (-7)
68 DefAwr (-7)
90 Consistency (+5)

Harden's defense has been the gift that keeps on giffing (though in fairness it's only his off-ball defense i.e. awareness, he's been fine on-ball.

Eric Bledsoe (Suns)
84 Overall (+2)
65 Medium (+4)
76 3pt (-5)
81 FT (+2)
70 Shoot In Traffic (+2)
80 Pass (+5)
84 Steal (-8)
78 OffAwr (+10)
80 Consistency (+5)
59 Strength (+8)
85 Potential (+1)

Pretty amusing that Bledsoe hasn't played in 11 days and got a ratings boost.

P.J. Tucker (Suns)
69 Overall (+3)
79 3pt (+44)

Long overdue. Tucker shot 22-70 (31%) from 3pt range last year.  It took an efficiency explosion (20-39 shooting, 51%) for 2K to notice.

Klay Thompson (Warriors)
76 Overall (+1)
90 3pt (+4)

How many fans at home would rather have J.R. Smith (84), Eric Gordon (83), O.J. Mayo (82), Jason Terry (77), Dion Waiters (76), or Ben Gordon (76) than Klay Thompson?  What's that?  You mean to tell me NONE of you?

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ADDED PLAYERS

Matthew Dellavedova (66/PG) - Cavaliers
Key Ratings: 75 3pt, 84 FT, 84 Handle, 78 Pass, 48 DefAwr, 92 Stamina, 95 Hustle

Henry Sims (60/C) - Cavaliers
Key Ratings: 71 Inside, 65 Dunk, 55 Block, 77 OffReb

Toure Murry (65/PG) - Knicks
Key Ratings: 75 3pt, 68 Dunk, 80 Handle, 61 Pass, 70 Steal, 51 OffReb, 60 DefReb, 73 DefAwr

MISSING PLAYERS - 8
Lorenzo Brown (PG) - 76ers
James Southerland (SF) - Bobcats
Chris Smith (PG) - Knicks - GUARANTEED (signed 9/10/13)
Elias Harris (PF) - Lakers
Ryan Kelly (PF) - Lakers
Robert Covington (PF) - Rockets - GUARANTEED (signed 7/15/13)
Ognjen Kuzmic (C) - Warriors - GUARANTEED (signed 9/27/13)
Dewayne Dedmon (C) - Warriors
Arinze Onuaku (C) - Free Agent

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INCORRECT INJURIES
Tobias Harris (75/SF) - Magic (Returned 11/24)
Shane Larkin (70/PG) - Mavericks (Returned 11/18) - Healthy in last week's roster!

MISSING INJURIES
Matt Barnes (75/SF) - Clippers (Last played 11/18)
Raymond Felton (79/PG) - Knicks (Last played 11/16)
Deron Williams (88/PG) - Nets (Last played 11/20)
Brook Lopez (80/C) - Nets (Last played 11/15)
Jason Terry (77/SG) - Nets (Last played 11/20)
Chauncey Billups (81/PG) - Pistons (Last played 11/12)
Eric Bledsoe (84/PG) - Suns (Last played 11/15)

What's the point of injuries if 2K isn't going to keep up?  How did they screw up Larkin?  The rosters are just getting sloppy now despite less time being spent on them than ever before.

RECOVERED FROM INJURY
Ersan Ilyasova (73/PF) - Bucks
Luke Ridnour (70/PG) - Bucks
Trey Burke (73/PG) - Jazz
Glen Davis (75/PF) - Magic

INJURED LIST (Bold denotes new injuries)
Jason Richardson (73/SG) - 76ers
Nerlens Noel (71/C) - 76ers
Arnett Moultrie (60/PF) - 76ers
Brendan Haywood (64/C) - Bobcats
Larry Sanders (79/C) - Bucks
Derrick Rose (90/PG) - Bulls
Jimmy Butler (76/SG) - Bulls
Carrick Felix (68/SG) - Cavaliers
Rajon Rondo (90/PG) - Celtics
Maalik Wayns (63/PG) - Clippers
Marc Gasol (82/C) - Grizzlies
Carl Landry (76/PF) - Kings
Kobe Bryant (93/SG) - Lakers
Steve Nash (80/PG) - Lakers
Tobias Harris (75/SF) - Magic
Devin Harris (76/PG) - Mavericks
Brandan Wright (68/C) - Mavericks
Andrei Kirilenko (77/SF) - Nets
Danilo Gallinari (76/SF) - Nuggets
Danny Granger (80/SF) - Pacers
Darius Miller (64/SF) - Pelicans
Greg Stiemsma (62/C) - Pelicans
Greg Smith (61/PF) - Rockets
Emeka Okafor (77/C) - Suns
Chase Budinger (69/SF) - Timberwolves
C.J. McCollum (72/SG) - Trail Blazers
Andre Iguodala (86/SF) - Warriors
Toney Douglas (74/PG) - Warriors
Jermaine O'Neal (73/C) - Warriors
Festus Ezeli (63/C) - Warriors
Trevor Ariza (78/SF) - Wizards
Otto Porter (74/SF) - Wizards
Al Harrington (72/PF) - Wizards
Chris Singleton (67/PF) - Wizards
Marcus Camby (71/C) - Free Agents