NBA 2k14 is set to be released on October 1st, and player ratings are starting to leak out. The game has long been one of the most fun sports games to play on the market, and though there are no new features that stick out too much in this iteration, NBA 2k14 comes with much fanfare after some stellar reception across the web.
Here are the ratings for the Rockets. They're, uh, interesting:
Looking down the list, the first two names make a lot of sense and seem to have a pair of fair ratings. Then it gets a little murkier. That's right, Aaron Brooks, the player cut by the Kings late last season, who is barely the third best point guard on the roster, rates out as the third best player on the entire roster at 77. At 77, Brooks has a higher rating than the entire Orlando Magic roster.
This habit of overvaluing veterans is one seen all throughout the game. Stephen Jackson, the same player that shot 37% from the floor with an abominable PER of 8.09 last year, rates out as a 78. Yes, a player cut by the Spurs late last year has a higher rating than Chandler Parsons, Jeremy Lin, and Omer Asik. Gotcha.
But getting back to the Rockets, the ratings get simply wonky as you keep going down the list. Lin, Parsons, and Beverley seem fairly reasonably rated where they are, but then Marcus Camby appears above Omer Asik. What is this, 2006? Omer Asik was one of the league's top centers on defense and on the boards, and Camby battled injuries as a 39 year old and made just 17 shots all year. Yes, he used to be a tremendous player in a similar role to Asik, but the Rockets aren't expecting much from Camby and neither should 2k14.
Finally, getting to the young guns at the bottom, it all seems like a bit of a crapshoot. Donatas Motiejunas could easily justify his 58 rating with a disappointing season, but I also think there's a fairly solid chance he or Terrence Jones will be playing decently well in a starting role in a couple of months. Their ratings seem a bit low, and Isaiah Canaan, a second round pick, seems to be a bit high with a lot of questions about his ability to run an NBA offense.
At the end of the day, we're talking about ratings on a fictional video game and it's not worth getting too mad over. Still, it seems like the 2K guys could at least look at some tape before they assign the ratings. I'm not so sure they'd reach the same conclusions with a second look.