Monday, September 8, 2014

Official NBA 2K15 Ratings & Analysis

2K Sports has begun releasing NBA 2K15 player ratings on Twitter.  This post will be continually updated as more information is released.

UPDATES
9/29: Added rating for Derrick Rose.  All ratings for non-Free Agents are now known.
9/28: Added ratings for every NBA player except Derrick Rose.
9/26: Added Ratings 21-30.
9/25: Added Ratings 31-50.
9/24: Added Ratings 51-75.
9/23: Added Ratings 76-100.
9/19: Added Ratings 101-150.
9/18: Added DeMar DeRozan and Ratings 151-200.
9/17: Added Kyrie Irving.
9/16: Added Isaiah Thomas and Wilson Chandler.
9/13: Celtics ratings released.
9/12: Ratings 201-400 released by 2K.  Video of Lakers, Warriors ratings released.
9/11: Blurry photos of Cavaliers, Mavericks, Thunder ratings released.
9/9: Photo of Spurs ratings released (12 new players).
9/8: Ratings for Joel Embiid, Kendall Marshall, Ben McLemore, Rudy Gobert added.
9/5: Rookie ratings released via Bleacher Report. Isaiah Canaan and James Ennis added.
9/4: Ratings for Andre Drummond, Andrew Bogut, Shane Larkin.
9/3: Ratings for Kevin Durant and player rankings #401-424 released by @NBA2K.
POINT GUARD (82)
91 - Chris Paul (-2) LAC
89 - Stephen Curry (+1) GSW
88 - Russell Westbrook (-2) OKC
88 - Tony Parker (+2) SAS
88 - Derrick Rose (-2) CHI
87 - Damian Lillard (+3) POR
87 - Rajon Rondo (-3) BOS
86 - Kyrie Irving (-3) CLE
86 - John Wall (+1) WAS
85 - Kyle Lowry (+1) TOR
84 - Goran Dragic (+3) PHX
84 - Deron Williams (-1) BRK
84 - Ty Lawson (-1) DEN
83 - Mike Conley (0) MEM
82 - Kemba Walker (-1) CHA
82 - Jrue Holiday (-6) NOP
81 - Eric Bledsoe (-3) PHX
80 - Isaiah Thomas (-1) PHX
80 - Brandon Jennings (-3) DET
80 - Michael Carter-Williams (+3) PHI
79 - Ricky Rubio (+1) MIN
79 - Brandon Knight (+6) MIL
79 - Darren Collison (-4) SAC
78 - Jeff Teague (+2) ATL
78 - Jose Calderon (+2) NYK
78 - George Hill (+3) IND
78 - Patrick Beverley (+5) HOU
78 - Reggie Jackson (+8) OKC
77 - Jeremy Lin (+1) LAL
77 - Patrick Mills (+8) SAS
76 - Jameer Nelson (0) DAL
76 - Kirk Hinrich (+2) CHI
76 - Greivis Vasquez (+3) TOR
76 - D.J. Augustin (+1) CHI
76 - Mo Williams (-2) MIN
76 - Nate Robinson (-5) DEN
76 - Andre Miller (0) WAS
76 - Steve Nash (-4) LAL
76 - Marcus Smart (Rookie) BOS
75 - Devin Harris (-1) DAL
75 - Mario Chalmers (0) MIA
75 - Trey Burke (+2) UTA
75 - Nate Wolters (+7) MIL
75 - C.J. Watson (+6) IND
75 - Norris Cole (+8) MIA
74 - Raymond Felton (-5) DAL
74 - Shaun Livingston (+3) GSW
74 - Kendall Marshall (+4) MIL
74 - J.J. Barea (+5) MIN
74 - Brian Roberts (+13) CHA
74 - Jarrett Jack (-5) BRK
74 - Ray McCallum (+7) SAC
74 - Jerryd Bayless (+3) MIL
74 - Beno Udrih (+5) MEM
74 - Dante Exum (Rookie) UTA
74 - Elfrid Payton (Rookie) ORL
74 - Shabazz Napier (Rookie) MIA
73 - Cory Joseph (+9) SAS
73 - Aaron Brooks (-3) CHI
72 - Jordan Farmar (+3) LAC
72 - Luke Ridnour (+2) ORL
72 - Pablo Prigioni (+6) NYK
72 - Matthew Dellavedova (+6) CLE
72 - Shane Larkin (+2) NYK
72 - Isaiah Canaan (+3) HOU
72 - Austin Rivers (+6) NOP
72 - Nick Calathes (+7) MEM
72 - Zach LaVine (Rookie) MIN
71 - Tyler Ennis (Rookie) PHX
71 - Steve Blake (+1) POR
71 - Shelvin Mack (+6) ATL
70 - Will Bynum (-1) DET
70 - Phil Pressey (+2) BOS
70 - Dennis Schroder (+2) ATL
70 - Jordan Clarkson (Rookie) LAL
69 - John Lucas (+5) CLE
69 - Marquis Teague (+1) BRK
68 - Ish Smith (-3) HOU
67 - Jannero Pargo (+1) CHA
67 - Gal Mekel (+1) DAL
67 - Nemanja Nedovic (+4) GSW
65 - Donald Sloan (+1) IND

SHOOTING GUARD (82)
89 - Kobe Bryant (-4) LAL
88 - James Harden (+2) HOU
86 - Dwyane Wade (-3) MIA
85 - DeMar DeRozan (+4) TOR
84 - Lance Stephenson (+1) CHA
83 - Manu Ginobili (-3) SAS
82 - Monta Ellis (-2) DAL
82 - Klay Thompson (+4) GSW
82 - Joe Johnson (0) BRK
81 - Bradley Beal (+2) WAS
80 - Jamal Crawford (+4) LAC
80 - Jimmy Butler (+4) CHI
79 - Kevin Martin (-2) MIN
79 - Eric Gordon (-4) NOP
78 - Arron Afflalo (-1) DEN
78 - Wesley Matthews (+1) POR
78 - Victor Oladipo (+2) ORL
78 - Kyle Korver (+14) ATL
78 - Danny Green (+4) SAS
78 - Dion Waiters (+2) CLE
78 - Tony Allen (+3) MEM
78 - Avery Bradley (0) BOS
78 - J.R. Smith (-1) NYK
78 - Gerald Henderson (+4) CHA
77 - Iman Shumpert (-1) NYK
77 - Vince Carter (-1) MEM
77 - J.J. Redick (+3) LAC
77 - Louis Williams (-2) TOR
77 - O.J. Mayo (-4) MIL
77 - Tim Hardaway Jr (+3) NYK
76 - Courtney Lee (+2) MEM
76 - Terrence Ross (+2) TOR
76 - Alec Burks (+4) UTA
76 - Marcus Thornton (+1) BOS
75 - Marco Belinelli (+8) SAS
75 - Rodney Stuckey (-2) IND
75 - Gary Neal (+8) CHA
74 - Jodie Meeks (+5) DET
74 - Randy Foye (+2) DEN
74 - Thabo Sefolosha (+4) ATL
74 - Tony Wroten (+11) PHI
74 - Ben McLemore (+2) SAC
74 - Mike Miller (+4) CLE
74 - Jason Terry (-3) SAC
74 - Kent Bazemore (+1) ATL
74 - Nik Stauskas (Rookie) SAC
73 - Anthony Morrow (+8) OKC
73 - Jeremy Lamb (+2) OKC
73 - Xavier Henry (+4) LAL
73 - Martell Webster (+5) WAS
73 - C.J. Miles (+2) IND
73 - Jason Richardson (0) PHI
72 - Kentavious Caldwell-Pope  (+2) DET
72 - Jimmer Fredette (+1) NOP
72 - C.J. McCollum (0) POR
72 - Evan Fournier (+6) ORL
72 - Ben Gordon (-4) ORL
71 - Willie Green (+2) ORL
71 - Wayne Ellington (-1) SAC
71 - Troy Daniels (+4) HOU
71 - Jordan Adams (Rookie) MEM
71 - Nick Johnson (Rookie) HOU
71 - Gary Harris (Rookie) DEN
71 - P.J. Hairston (Rookie) CHA
70 - Will Barton (+11) POR
70 - Alexey Shved (0) PHI
70 - Elliot Williams (+4) PHI
69 - Archie Goodwin (+1) PHX
69 - Jamaal Franklin (-4) MEM
69 - Glen Rice (+3) WAS
69 - Russ Smith (Rookie) NOP
69 - Brandon Rush (-2) GSW
69 - Reggie Bullock (+5) LAC
68 - Carrick Felix (0) UTA
68 - John Jenkins (+6) ATL
68 - Garrett Temple (+3) WAS
68 - Andre Roberson (+10) OKC
68 - Markel Brown (Rookie) BRK
67 - Ricky Ledo (+2) DAL
67 - Allan Crabbe (+3) POR
67 - Ian Clark (+3) UTA
67 - C.J. Wilcox (Rookie) LAC

SMALL FORWARD (93)
98 - LeBron James (-2) CLE
95 - Kevin Durant (0) OKC
89 - Carmelo Anthony (-2) NYK
89 - Paul George (-4) IND
85 - Kawhi Leonard (+3) SAS
82 - Rudy Gay (-2) SAC
82 - Andre Iguodala (-4) GSW
81 - Paul Pierce (-3) WAS
80 - Josh Smith (-6) DET
79 - Gordon Hayward (+4) UTA
79 - Chandler Parsons (+3) DAL
79 - Luol Deng (0) MIA
79 - Nicolas Batum (+1) POR
78 - Trevor Ariza (+2) HOU
78 - Tyreke Evans (-4) NOP
78 - Jeff Green (-1) BOS
78 - Nick Young (+6) LAL
78 - Gerald Green (+2) PHX
78 - Wilson Chandler (-3) DEN
78 - Jabari Parker (Rookie) MIL
77 - Shawn Marion (-1) CLE
77 - Draymond Green (+2) GSW
77 - Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (-1) CHA
77 - Danilo Gallinari (+1) DEN
77 - Andrew Wiggins (Rookie) MIN
76 - Tobias Harris (+1) ORL
76 - P.J. Tucker (+7) PHX
76 - Matt Barnes (+1) LAC
76 - Harrison Barnes (+4) GSW
76 - Caron Butler (-4) DET
76 - Evan Turner (-4) BOS
76 - Danny Granger (-5) MIA
75 - DeMarre Carroll (+11) ATL
75 - Corey Brewer (+1) MIN
75 - Tayshaun Prince (+3) MEM
75 - Marcus Morris (+8) PHX
75 - Khris Middleton (+15) MIL
75 - Doug McDermott (Rookie) CHI
74 - Al-Farouq Aminu (+1) DAL
74 - Mike Dunleavey (+4) CHI
74 - Kyle Singler (+10) DET
74 - Maurice Harkless (+3) ORL
74 - Giannis Antetokounmpo (+14) MIL
74 - Andrei Kirilenko (-3) BRK
74 - Luc Mbah a Moute (+3) PHI
74 - Gerald Wallace (+2) BOS
74 - Jared Dudley (+2) LAC
74 - Bojan Bogdanovic (Rookie) BRK
73 - Wesley Johnson (+4) LAL
73 - John Salmons (+1) NOP
73 - Marvin Williams (+8) CHA
72 - Richard Jefferson (0) DAL
72 - Jae Crowder (+8) DAL
72 - Tony Snell (+10) CHI
72 - Steve Novak (+19) UTA
72 - Dorell Wright (+1) POR
72 - Jeff Taylor (+7) CHA
72 - T.J. Warren (Rookie) PHX
71 - Hollis Thompson (+13) PHI
71 - Alan Anderson (+1) BRK
71 - Chris Copeland (+6) IND
71 - Derrick Williams (+2) SAC
71 - Rodney Hood (Rookie) UTA
70 - James Johnson (+4) TOR
70 - Chase Budinger (+1) MIN
70 - Cartier Martin (+5) DET
70 - Carlos Delfino (+1) MIL
70 - Cleanthony Early (Rookie) NYK
70 - James Ennis (Rookie) MIA
69 - Perry Jones (0) OKC
69 - James Jones (+12) CLE
69 - Darius Miller (+5) NOP
69 - Alonzo Gee (-2) HOU
69 - Landry Fields (-3) TOR
69 - Travis Outlaw (+2) NYK
69 - Robert Covington (-2) HOU
68 - Quincy Miller (+8) DEN
68 - Quincy Pondexter (+2) MEM
68 - Robbie Hummel (+10) MIN
68 - Tony Mitchell (+10) DET
68 - James Young (Rookie) BOS
68 - Jerami Grant (Rookie) PHI
68 - Otto Porter (-6) WAS
67 - Luigi Datome (0) DET
67 - Shabazz Muhammad (+2) MIN
67 - Austin Daye (+3) SAS
66 - Solomon Hill (+4) IND
66 - Luke Babbitt (+6) NOP
66 - Victor Claver (+5) POR
66 - Reggie Williams (+2) MIA
66 - Sergey Karasev (+6) BRK
65 - Josh Huestis (Rookie) OKC
64 - Bruno Caboclo (Rookie) TOR

POWER FORWARD (84)
90 - Tim Duncan (+3) SAS
89 - Kevin Love (+3) CLE
89 - Blake Griffin (+2) LAC
88 - Anthony Davis (+3) NOP
88 - Dirk Nowitzki (+5) DAL
88 - LaMarcus Aldridge (-1) POR
85 - Paul Millsap (+5) ATL
84 - Serge Ibaka (0) OKC
84 - Zach Randolph (+1) MEM
82 - Pau Gasol (+2) CHI
82 - David Lee (+1) GSW
81 - Kenneth Faried (+1) DEN
80 - David West (0) IND
80 - Greg Monroe (0) DET
80 - Nene (+1) WAS
80 - Taj Gibson (+1) CHI
78 - Thaddeus Young (-1) MIN
78 - Derrick Favors (+1) UTA
78 - Carlos Boozer (+3) LAL
78 - Boris Diaw (+12) SAS
78 - Jared Sullinger (+2) BOS
77 - Terrence Jones (+4) HOU
77 - Amir Johnson (+6) TOR
77 - Amare Stoudemire (-5) NYK
77 - Kevin Garnett (-2) BRK
77 - Luis Scola (-2) IND
77 - Ryan Anderson (+11) NOP
76 - Channing Frye (+8) ORL
76 - Tristan Thompson (+2) CLE
76 - Julius Randle (Rookie) LAL
75 - John Henson (+10) MIL
75 - Brandon Bass (+5) BOS
75 - Jason Thompson (+7) SAC
75 - Patrick Patterson (+2) TOR
75 - Thomas Robinson (0) POR
75 - Carl Landry (-1) SAC
75 - Nikola Mirotic (Rookie) CHI
74 - Josh McRoberts (+5) MIA
74 - Nick Collison (+10) OKC
74 - Glen Davis (-1) LAC
74 - Trevor Booker (+5) UTA
74 - Reggie Evans (+7) SAC
74 - Aaron Gordon (Rookie) ORL
73 - Kris Humphries (+1) WAS
73 - Ersan Ilyasova (0) MIL
73 - Ed Davis (+1) LAL
73 - Cody Zeller (+5) CHA
73 - Anthony Tolliver (+15) PHX
73 - Tyler Hansbrough (+1) TOR
73 - Matt Bonner (+12) SAS
72 - Mike Scott (+7) ATL
72 - Andrea Bargnani (+2) NYK
72 - Marreese Speights (+1) GSW
72 - Udonis Haslem (+1) MIA
72 - Noah Vonleh (Rookie) CHA
71 - Ryan Kelly (+10) LAL
71 - Mirza Teletovic (+5) BRK
71 - DeJuan Blair (+2) WAS
71 - Andrew Nicholson (+2) ORL
71 - Jonas Jerebko (+5) DET
71 - Jeff Adrien (+8) HOU
71 - Adreian Payne (Rookie) ATL
71 - Jarnell Stokes (Rookie) MEM
70 - Kyle O'Quinn (+8) ORL
70 - Jeremy Evans (+10) UTA
70 - Drew Gooden (+1) WAS
70 - Anthony Bennett (-3) MIN
69 - Donatas Motiejunas (+11) HOU
69 - Darrell Arthur (+1) DEN
69 - Jon Leuer (+6) MEM
68 - Lavoy Allen (+2) IND
68 - Arnett Moultrie (+8) PHI
68 - Mitch McGary (Rookie) OKC
67 - Jeremy Tyler (+4) SAC
67 - Quincy Acy (+3) NYK
67 - Greg Smith (+6) DAL
67 - Jarvis Varnado (+6) PHI
67 - Josh Powell (+5) HOU
67 - Kyle Anderson (Rookie) SAS
67 - Johnny O'Bryant (Rookie) MIL
66 - Cameron Bairstow (Rookie) CHI
66 - Malcolm Thomas (+1) CLE
65 - Brandon Davies (0) PHI
64 - Shavlik Randolph (+4) PHX

CENTER (70)
88 - Dwight Howard (-3) HOU
87 - Joakim Noah (+5) CHI
87 - Al Jefferson (+3) CHA
86 - DeMarcus Cousins (+6) SAC
85 - Marc Gasol (+3) MEM
84 - Chris Bosh (+3) MIA
83 - Andre Drummond (+2) DET
83 - Al Horford (+1) ATL
83 - Brook Lopez (+3) BRK
81 - DeAndre Jordan (+1) LAC
81 - Marcin Gortat (+1) WAS
81 - Nikola Pekovic (+2) MIN
80 - Roy Hibbert (+4) IND
80 - Nikola Vucevic (+6) ORL
80 - Andrew Bogut (+3) GSW
79 - Tyson Chandler (+2) DAL
79 - Larry Sanders (+1) MIL
78 - Jonas Valanciunas (+10) TOR
78 - Miles Plumlee (+10) PHX
77 - Robin Lopez (+8) POR
77 - Tiago Splitter (+7) SAS
77 - J.J. Hickson (0) DEN
77 - Mason Plumlee (+16) BRK
77 - Joel Embiid (Rookie) PHI
76 - Jordan Hill (+5) LAL
76 - Samuel Dalembert (+2) NYK
76 - Omer Asik (+5) NOP
76 - Spencer Hawes (+6) LAC
76 - Chris Kaman (+1) POR
76 - Nerlens Noel (+5) PHI
75 - Anderson Varejao (-2) CLE
75 - Brandon Wright (+7) DAL
75 - Chris Andersen (+8) MIA
75 - Enes Kanter (+6) UTA
75 - Ian Mahinmi (+6) IND
74 - Kendrick Perkins (+4) OKC
74 - Timofey Mozgov (+7) DEN
74 - Kelly Olynyk (+6) BOS
74 - Steven Adams (+10) OKC
74 - Kevin Seraphin (+5) WAS
74 - JaVale McGee (-1) DEN
73 - Bismack Biyombo (+8) CHA
72 - Gorgui Dieng (+9) MIN
72 - Jason Smith (+10) NYK
72 - Kosta Koufos (+5) MEM
72 - Vitor Faverani (+1) BOS
71 - Rudy Gobert (+19) UTA
70 - Tyler Zeller (+5) BOS
69 - Pero Antic (+4) ATL
69 - Zaza Pachulia (+4) MIL
69 - Henry Sims (+9) PHI
69 - Jeff Withey (+9) NOP
69 - Chuck Hayes (0) TOR
69 - Justin Hamilton (New) MIA
69 - Jusuf Nurkic (Rookie) DEN
68 - Ronny Turiaf (+4) MIN
68 - Joel Freeland (+5) POR
68 - Meyers Leonard (+9) POR
68 - Alexis Ajinca (+20) NOP
67 - Robert Sacre (+5) LAL
67 - Jeff Ayres (+4) SAS
67 - Alex Len (+5) PHX
67 - Cole Aldrich (+6) NYK
67 - Aaron Gray (+11) DET
67 - Miroslav Raduljica (+11) MIL
67 - Ognjen Kuzmic (+4) GSW
67 - Festus Ezeli (+4) GSW
66 - DeWayne Dedmon (+6) ORL
66 - Joel Anthony (+7) BOS
65 - Brendan Haywood (+1) CLE
65 - Hasheem Thabeet (+8) OKC

9/18 Observations
Thus far only six big men (PF or C) have seen Overall rating decreases: Dwight Howard, Anderson Varejao, JaVale McGee, Carl Landry, Glen Davis, and Anthony Bennett.  For the most part every other player at those positions has skyrocketed.

9/11 Observations
  • LeBron James (98 Overall) is the highest rated active player
  • Dirk Nowitzki (seemingly) gets proper value in the new ratings system.  It remains to be seen if his weaknesses (blocks, rebounds, etc) are still over-compensated to get him there.
  • Nick Van Exel and Rick Fox are still missing from the 97-98 Lakers team.
9/9 Observations
  • 2K announced last week that only four players would have a 90 rating.  Kevin Durant (95), LeBron James, and Chris Paul are widely considered the top three, but the 4th player has been a bit of a mystery, with many fans speculating Dwight Howard or Carmelo Anthony.  It appears that Tim Duncan is the 4th player, which makes some sense.  Duncan just lead the Spurs to their 5th championship, and 2K's formula alleges to value defense and other role player qualities that Duncan continues to possess despite his declining offensive role.
  • Manu Ginobili is the first player to see an OVR decrease out of the 61 players revealed so far.
  • Ratings at the top appear similarly structured to previous years.  As has been suspected, role players are going up to better reflect their values, and most players should be in the 70-79 range this year.
9/8/14 Observations
Rudy Gobert's 19 point jump in OVR highlights what I've been talking about regarding centers. Post game is no longer required for centers to get a solid rating (Gobert's elite rebound/block rates certainly help), which is leading to huge jumps for backup centers.

9/5/14 Observations
Rookie ratings seem on par with my own.  Some are over/underrated relative to draft position versus actual experience/skill level but they are otherwise fine.  The gap between top tier and lower end rookies has closed significantly.

9/4/14 Observations
  • Andre Drummond's rating seems to be a product of the new rating system, wherein a player's ratings are levied against multiple archetype formulas (at least based on my understanding).
  • Shane Larkin's 72 rating also appears to be a product of that (for better or worse).  In my personal roster I have Larkin rated 71 Overall despite a weak rookie season.  This is because Larkin's elite athleticism (Speed, Quickness, Vertical all in 90s) brings his OVR up considerably, leading to him being overrated relative to his actual production (meaning Larkin will rate well as an "Athletic" PG).
9/3/14 Observations (#401-424)
  • Overall ratings are up across the board for the lowest rated players in the NBA (with the exception of Brandon Davies, who remained 65 OVR).  It remains to be seen whether any attributes for these players were actually changed, or if the overall rating changes are entirely attributed to the new formula (I believe it is a bit of both for most of the bottom feeders).
  • 2K has touted a new rating formula that gives more weight to defensive attributes.  This is why the centers are jumping in value while the point guards are relatively the same rating.  The goal appears to be making things "fair" across the board as the worst players at each position are now equally balanced in value.
  • There is not a single shooting guard in the bottom 24.  While this struck me as a bit odd, this is consistent with ratings of previous 2K games.  In NBA 2K14, Will Barton (59) and Andre Roberson (58) are the only active players with overall ratings < 60. 
  • Unsigned NBA players are not part of these rankings, or else there would be 100 extra players. 
  • Miroslav Raduljica is still on the Bucks which means the roster does not yet reflect the Carlos Delfino trade that occured on 8/26 (ditto for Hasheem Thabeet).
  • I'm assuming that minor missing players like Casper Ware, Chris Wright, etc) have not been added to the game (or else they'd be on this list).
OVERRATED PLAYERS
90 - Tim Duncan
77 - Michael Kidd-Gilchrist
77 - Tim Hardaway Jr
74 - Ben McLemore
74 - Jason Terry
72 - Shane Larkin

UNDERRATED PLAYERS
80 - Isaiah Thomas
76 - Nate Robinson
75 - Anderson Varejao
74 - JaVale McGee
73 - Kris Humphries
71 - DeJuan Blair
70 - Will Bynum
70 - Tyler Zeller
70 - Kyle O'Quinn
69 - Jon Leuer
67 - Robert Sacre
67 - Cole Aldrich
67 - Jannero Pargo

POSITION ERRORS
PG: Zach LaVine
SG: Vince Carter, Tony Wroten, Martell Webster, Russ Smith, Jimmer Fredette, Alan Anderson, Reggie Bullock
SF: Draymond Green, Marvin Williams, Steve Novak, Perry Jones
PF: DeJuan Blair, Kyle O'Quinn, Jeremy Tyler, Greg Smith, Kyle Anderson
C: Kelly Olynyk

POST-ROSTER TRANSACTIONS
9/22: Kings sign Ramon Sessions; Bulls re-sign Nazr Mohammed; Lakers sign Wayne Ellington;
9/18: Bulls sign E'Twaun Moore
9/12: Clippers sign Hedo Turkoglu
9/10: Hawks sign Elton Brand
9/6: Kings waive Jeremy Tyler
9/4: Raptors sign Greg Stiemsma
9/3: Mavericks re-sign Bernard James; Clippers sign Chris Douglas-Roberts and Ekpe Udoh; Kings waive Wayne Ellington
8/31: Grizzlies waive Jamaal Franklin; Kings trade Jason Terry to Rockets for Alonzo Gee
8/29: Clippers waive Carlos Delfino and Miroslav Raduljica
8/28: Warriors sign Leandro Barbosa
8/27: Heat sign Shannon Brown
8/26: Clippers trade Jared Dudley to Bucks for Carlos Delfino and Miroslav Raduljica; Bucks sign rookie Damien Inglis; Thunder trade Hasheem Thabeet to Sixers;  Jazz sign Toure Murry.
8/22: Rockets sign Francisco Garcia

Be sure to check back for more updates!


Thursday, June 26, 2014

NBA Trade Breakdown: Arron Afflalo for Evan Fournier

With a few hours left before the 2014 NBA Draft, the Orlando Magic completed a trade sending Arron Afflalo back to the Denver Nuggets in exchange for Evan Fournier and a 2014 second round pick.


Arron Afflalo (28 years old, 16.0 PER, 57 TS% on 23 USG%, 17 AST%, 2,552 minutes)
2015: 7.50
2016: 7.50 (Player Option, likely declined)

Afflalo has quietly become a top 10 SG since leaving Denver, and is a quality upgrade over Randy Foye and Fournier.  With large question marks surrounding the offensive capabilities of Danilo Gallinari and Javale McGee's as they return from injuries, Afflalo offers some offensive stability while also qualifying as the team's top perimeter defender.

Nuggets Depth Chart
PG: Ty Lawson, Nate Robinson, Aaron Brooks (FA)
SG: Arron Afflalo, Randy Foye
SF: Danilo Gallinari, Wilson Chandler, Quincy Miller
PF: Kenneth Faried, Darrell Arthur, Anthony Randolph, Jan Vesely (FA)
C: JaVale McGee, J.J. Hickson, Timofey Mozgov


Evan Fournier (21 years old, 10.3 PER, 53 TS% on 20 USG%, 12 AST%, 1,503 minutes)
2015: 1.48
2016: 2.28 (Team Option, likely exercised in 14-15 Training Camp)

While Afflalo is a quality player and reasonably priced, the writing has been on the wall since the 2013 draft when the Magic drafted Victor Oladipo 2nd overall.

Fournier slipped in his sophomore season after showing promise as a rookie (13.8 PER), but youth and time are on his side.  He should get ample opportunity on a Magic team with considerably less depth that has experimented with Oladipo at PG and regularly uses E'Twaun Moore there as well.

The trade also saves Orlando about 6 million dollars, so there's that.  If they plan on using any cap space this summer, there's more cash to burn now.

56th Pick of 2014 draft (Current Draft Express projection: Dwight Powell

Rob Hennigan has shown to be a good drafter, and found Kyle O'Quinn with the 49th pick in 2013, so a pick this late should not be discounted in a deep draft.

Magic Depth Chart
PG: Jameer Nelson, E'Twaun Moore, Ronnie Price (NGC)
SG: Victor Oladipo, Evan Fournier, Doron Lamb (NGC)
SF: Maurice Harkless, Tobias Harris
PF: Andrew Nicholson, Tobias Harris
C: Nikola Vucevic, Kyle O'Quinn (NGC), Jason Maxiell (NGC)


Wednesday, June 25, 2014

NBA Trade Breakdown: Tyson Chandler for Jose Calderon

With one day before the NBA draft, we kicked off what should be a dynamic off-season with our first blockbuster trade.  The Mavericks have sent Jose Calderon, Samuel Dalembert, Wayne Ellington, Shane Larkin, and two second round picks to the New York Knicks for Tyson Chandler and Raymond Felton.

Jose Calderon (32 years old, 15.6 PER, 60 TS% on 16 USG%, 22 AST%, 2,468 minutes)
2015: 7.09
2016: 7.40
2017: 7.70

On paper, Calderon is the offensive orchestrator that Knicks fans have long-sought, but the reality is Calderon played off the ball more than ever and ceded much of the ball-handling responsibility to Monta Ellis and even Vince Carter.  With that said, this makes him a near-perfect fit for the triangle offense, and Phil Jackson may have made a very shrewd investment here.  You can question Calderon's defense and athleticism, but his shooting touch at the PG spot is paralleled only by Stephen Curry (untouchable) and Steve Nash (8 years older at the same price).  That stroke is exactly what Phil and newly minted Knicks coach Derek Fisher will want from the PG spot in the triangle offense.  Calderon's defense will be a problem, but not one unique to 80% of the league's PGs.  The Knicks added some long-term salary, eating 3.5M of their 2015 cap space, but this should prove to be a quality investment over the next two years.

Samuel Dalembert (32 years old, 16.8 PER, 61 TS% on 15 USG%, 19 REB%, 1,614 minutes)
2015: 3.86 (1.80 guaranteed) this is BEFORE his 15% trade kicker (likely affects the guaranteed money and consequently salary cap calculations)

I honestly don't see much of a reason for the Knicks to buy Dalembert out, as many are speculating.  They just traded their only rim enforcer, and Dalembert replicates Chandler's skills at a fraction of the cost.   He isn't overpaid, he's not Andrea Bargnani, and he has no impact on the Knicks' 2015 free agency plans.  This should be an easy one.

Wayne Ellington (26 years old, 12.2 PER, 55 TS% on 16 USG%, 7 AST%, 393 minutes)
2015: 2.77

Ellington is the definition of a salary throw-in, as the Knicks have no shortage of SGs with J.R. Smith, Iman Shumpert, and Tim Hardaway Jr.  His inclusion makes it more likely that one of the aforementioned trio is traded in the near future.  Hardaway has the most trade value of the three, and Ellington duplicates his skill-set, so my bets are on him.

Shane Larkin (21 years old, 8.3 PER, 45 TS% on 17 USG%, 20 AST%, 489 minutes)
2015: 1.60
2016: 1.67 (Team Option, likely exercised in 2014 pre-season)
2017: 2.57 (Team Option)

Larkin has some upside as a speedy backup PG, in the mold of J.J. Barea and Patrick Mills.  However he will need great improvement across the board in order to reach those levels.  Expect another year as a 3rd string when it's all said and done.

34th pick of 2014 draft (current Draft Express projection: Glenn Robinson III)
51st pick of 2014 draft (current Draft Express projection: Cristiano Felicio)

It's probably reasonable to expect one college player and one stashable European by the Knicks, pending any further trades.  Given that the Knicks had no draft picks entering tomorrow's draft, this is certainly a win for a team that typically trades away picks rather than receive them.

Current Knicks Depth Chart
PG: Jose Calderon, Pablo Prigioni, Shane Larkin, Toure Murry (FA)
SG: Iman Shumpert, Tim Hardaway, Wayne Ellington, Shannon Brown (NGC)
SF: Carmelo Anthony (FA), J.R. Smith
PF: Amare Stoudemire, Andrea Bargnani, Kenyon Martin (FA), Lamar Odom (NGC)
C: Samuel Dalembert, Cole Aldrich (FA), Jeremy Tyler



Tyson Chandler (31 years old, 16.4 PER, 62 TS% on 13 USG%, 19 REB%, 1,662 minutes)
2015: 14.59

The Mavericks ultimately win this trade by reacquiring the 2012 Defensive Player of the Year who helped carry the team to an NBA championship (and may have cost them a few by leaving).  Chandler's ability to finish at the rim, defend, and crash the boards are a perfect compliment to Dirk Nowitzki.  Is he overpaid at this point?  Yes.  Is he more cost effective than a Dalembert/Wright platoon?  No.  It's a monetary sacrifice that has to be made in order to get Calderon's long-term contract off the books (a player who was easily the weak link on a team that took the NBA champion Spurs to 7 games).  Whether or not Chandler returns to DPOY form, the Mavericks will be much improved defensively by subtracting Calderon.

Raymond Felton (29 years old, 12.9 PER, 48 TS% on 18 USG%, 28 AST%, 2,017 minutes)
2015: 3.79
2016: 3.95 (Player Option, likely exercised)

Felton had worn out his welcome in New York, and a change of scenery should be good for him.  It's very likely that he'll be backing up Devin Harris (whose re-emergence made Calderon expendable) next season, but is capable of starting for the oft-injured player in a pinch.   If he can develop any sort of chemistry with Dirk Nowitzki in the pick & roll, this could very well be a very salvageable piece for the Mavericks.

Current Mavericks Depth Chart
PG: Devin Harris (FA), Raymond Felton, Gal Mekel
SG: Monta Ellis, Ricky Ledo
SF: Shawn Marion (FA), Vince Carter (FA), Jae Crowder
PF: Dirk Nowitzki, Shawn Marion (FA)
C: Tyson Chandler, Brandan Wright, DeJuan Blair (FA), Bernard James

Let's give this a shot.

To all those thinking I went off the deep, 

I had an opportunity to do what I love at the highest level, but the timing simply wasn't in the cards.  I'm extremely passionate, and it's very frustrating to me knowing that opportunity, one that took a decade to present itself, might never be there again.  That was simply the tipping point for what's easily been the most tumultuous time of my life.  In the past 12 months I've had 9 jobs.  . As with an alarming number of people my age, I'm still trying to figure out the long-term direction of my life.

Instead of playing video games, I've been playing a card game known as Magic: The Gathering.  I played it as a kid 20 years ago when the game first released, and it's since evolved into quite the machine.  The strategic options available simply appeal to me more than most of the current VG fare.  To me, deck construction, understanding, and leaving the house to interact with real people (there's the kicker) is just much more fulfilling than sitting at home collecting headshots against hateful bullies hiding behind TV sets.  My current goal is to qualify for a pro tour.  It ain't much, but it's something.

For those worried about my drinking... I only drink socially, and never in excess.  I work in the hospitality industry where co-workers frequently go out for drinks after a long shift (and I have plenty of those).  Haven't partook in a month, which has lead to more sleep, less stress, and a lot more money in my pocket.

I went on one more date.  It went really well... until we were spotted by the brother of the OTHER guy she was apparently seeing... needless to say, I'm just not really interested in any romantic pursuits right now.  But on that note...

It's draft time and I still love the NBA.  I've never missed draft night, so here I am.  I don't know how much time I'll have to commit to future projects (if any), but for now, just being around the NBA at it's annual peak is good enough for me.

Thanks to all who've expressed concern, 

Rashidi

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

An indefinite leave of absence

Sixteen weeks ago I had the greatest day of my life.
I climbed the mountain.
Received everything I've ever wanted.
And I've seen my joy turn to ashes in my mouth.

I am depressed.
I've lost my sense of purpose.
I'm walking the earth waiting to die.

I've tried to be more outgoing.
Hanging out with friends, going out after work, going on dates.
It just serves to remind me how alone I truly am.

I've been drinking a lot these last three months.
I don't binge drink or get blackout drunk.
I don't make ill-advised decisions.
I just... drink.  It makes the people I'm with bearable.
Hell, I even get honesty out of them for a change.

I need to be anti-social.
Happiness doesn't come from people.
It comes from within.
I need to figure out what that's going to take.
What used to work no longer will.

This isn't a cry for help.
There are people who care about me.
I'm letting them know that this is what I'm going through.
And I have no idea when I'm coming back.