It starts with the cover. Then comes the trailer. Finally you get some screenshots and the new version of NBA2K is right around the corner.
So far, we have already seen some of the NBA2K15 gameplay. Most recently we saw Oklahoma City Thunder’s own Kevin Durant in a screenshot of the game. So now, let’s have a look and make some bold predictions as to how the player ratings might look for each and every member of the Thunder.
Kevin Durant – 98 (last year – 94)
Surely he has to have a near perfect score after his MVP season. KD can flat out do it all and his percentages and efficiency are no joke. He should be right around the best player in this installment of the game.
Russell Westbrook – 92 (last year – 91)
Not quite on the same level as KD, but might be the highest rated point guard in the game. Athleticism in computer games is key, and Westbrook has it in spades.
Serge Ibaka – 89 (last year – 84)
The defensive specialist will be rated highly due to his consistent improvement on the offensive end. One of the better power forwards in this game.
Reggie Jackson – 82 (last year – 70)
Pretty much a breakout season for him last year as he held down the PG spot for Russ while he was out. Will be better again this year and the game makers know that – surely.
Jeremy Lamb – 75 (last year – 71)
This is the year Jeremy Lamb breaks out. He was rated pretty highly in this game last year but he did show glimpses of that rating before Caron Butler showed up. Will be better this year.
Anthony Morrow – 70 (last year – 65)
Will fit the Thunder system beautifully and will be better for the players around him. Even more open shots and good looks will see him score well and efficiently. That bodes well for his player rating.
Steven Adams – 68 (last year – 57)
The rookie was ranked low last year because nobody knew he would develop as quickly as he did. Touted as a “raw” big man (and they usually take longer to develop) the game played it safe. Not this time.
Kendrick Perkins – 65 (last year – 70)
Swiftly becoming a reserve center that starts, Perk will eventually surrender the starting spot to Adams and therefore will be rated lower than in years gone by in NBA2K15.
Andre Roberson – 65 (last year – 65)
We didn’t really get to see much of what Roberson can do, but being a defensive specialist who can cut and finish in the lane, but has a shaky jumper only gives you a mid 60 rating in this game.
Perry Jones III – 64 (last year – 63)
After having off-season knee surgery, the Thunder are going to hope to see more of the “summer league” Jones. He played with great energy and hustle and if he gets some burn, he earns a rating in the 60’s.
Nick Collison – 60 (last year – 64)
The Thunder limited his minutes and thus his production. As they have also drafted Mitch McGary, they will not be sending too many minutes Collison’s way. The blue collar vet, gets a blue collar vet rating.
Mitch McGary – 57 (last year – N/A)
The rookie from Michigan might be rated a little higher than some because he has loads of potential and might even get to see some court time in his rookie campaign. Adams was given this ranking as a 12th overall pick but was largely seen as a project – McGary is a little more polished but was drafted later so it balances out.
Hasheem Thabeet – 55 (last year – 57)
Game makers probably didn’t see enough from Thabeet last year to warrant an upgrade in player rating. Stuck well down the bench, Thabeet doesn’t get much opportunity to do much of anything.
Sebastian Telfair – 55 (last year – N/A)
After spending the last year in China, Telfair will start afresh with his player ratings in NBA2K15. High 50’s or low 60’s is his ceiling (even though Derek Fisher was rated 69 last year!)