Jeremy Lin: Breaking Down NBA 2K13 Player Rating

Ben ChodosCorrespondent IIOctober 1, 2012

HOUSTON, TX - JULY 19: Jeremy Lin of the Houston Rockets displays his jersey during a press conference at Toyota Center on July 19, 2012 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
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Jeremy Lin received a 77 player rating in NBA 2K13, and the game-makers got this one right.

Space City Scoop reported Lin’s rating, which was a slight bump from the 75 rating he had in 2K12, following adjustments that were made after he emerged as a starter (as noted by’s John Gaudiosi). 

Lin signed with the Houston Rockets as a restricted free agent this offseason, when the New York Knicks decided to go with Jason Kidd and Raymond Felton as their point guards instead of matching Houston’s offer.

Now, Lin will likely be the starting point guard in Houston, and he has a chance to build on his success of last season. 

While Lin’s showing last season was impressive, it was also brief. He played in just 35 games during all of last season, averaging 14.6 points and 6.2 assists. 

His improbable rise to stardom, incredible success in his first few starts and his ethnicity have made him one of the most beloved athletes in the NBA. But with so much emotion involved in rooting for such a likeable player, it is difficult to objectively judge how good Lin actually is. 

The NBA 2K13 game-makers dealt with this task extremely well. Other point guards to receive similar ratings include Aaron Brooks (77), Kemba Walker (78) and Devin Harris (77), via

Comparing these players is also no easy feat, as they play different roles in different offensive systems and play alongside teammates of varying skill levels.

These ratings take into account all factors, and each attribute of each player must be broken down in order to come up with this rating. These players excel in different areas of the game, which makes this task extremely difficult.

While Lin and Harris should receive higher ratings for close shots due to their ability to get to the rim and finish, Brooks and Walker will likely be more proficient at outside shooting in this year's version of the game. 

On the other end of the floor, Lin's 1.57 steals per game and his consistent effort are reasons to give his defensive attributes higher ratings than the other players. But his 3.60 turnovers per game and lack of experience may drop his marks in ball-handling and court awareness.

Ultimately, each player falls into the same tier at his position. None of them have reached an elite level and are not considered to be a top-10 point guard.

However, each player has proven to be a capable and productive starter in the right situation. Lin and Walker have the potential to improve and elevate their ratings, whereas fans know what to expect from Harris and Brooks at this point in their careers.

But heading into this season, it is reasonable to expect that all of these players will be similarly productive and valuable to their respective teams.