If you are a Dallas Mavericks fan or just enjoy playing them in video games, I have bad news for you. NBA Sky has released the NBA 2K13 player ratings for the Mavericks, and they are awful across the board.
Here is the list. You may want to sit down if you are weak of heart.
Dirk Nowitzki: 85
Shawn Marion: 79
Vince Carter: 79
Darren Collison: 77
Chris Kaman: Unlisted (< 77)
The rating for Chris Kaman was not provided. Perhaps he is not the starter by default in the game. He will certainly be the starter in the NBA. The Mavericks are paying him $8 million this year to be their starting center. Presumably, Kaman will be ranked lower than 77 in the game, since he was not included.
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A comparison for perspective: at an 85, shooting guard Joe Johnson ranks as highly as anyone on the Mavericks. If we assume Kaman has a 75 rating—which is right around where he will be—the Mavericks have a 79 average rating. This makes them one of the worst in the game out of the teams that have been announced thus far.
The criticism the Mavericks received last season and into the offseason does not make a whole lot of sense. While they lost in the first round of the playoffs, it was against the Oklahoma City Thunder, the best team in an extremely deep Western Conference.
Moreover, the Mavericks played the Thunder closely in all four games. It would not be at all unreasonable to consider the Mavericks a top 10 team in the NBA.
The rating that is the most surprising is that of power forward Dirk Nowitzki. While he had somewhat of a down year in 2011, he was still an All-Star quality player.
Nowitzki is still one of the most valuable players in the NBA when healthy and on his game. In the 2010-11 season, he tied for 10th in the NBA in total win shares.
Now one year removed from their NBA championship, the Mavericks will have to prove all over again that they can be a top team. They can get started on that right away when they open their season against the Los Angeles Lakers.