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NBA 2K13: Creating a Formula for Rating Incoming NBA Draft Prospects
Created Cody Zeller in NBA2K13

The only thing more important than appropriate ratings in a sports video game is the gameplay. Some may debate that the graphics also trump the ratings, but any hardcore sports gamers can at least agree that the ratings are pretty vital.

With the advent of create-a-players and draft classes in sports video games, developers have left the ratings of players not included in the game up to the gamers.

This can cause some indecision, or absolutely ludicrous ratings. 

The NBA 2K series not only offers gamers the ability to create players and create draft classes, but it also offers its community the ability to share their creations.

EA Sports and other developers also offer this feature—or something like it—in other sports series.

With these options, gamers can hone in on the draft classes that appear most accurate, and it delivers some level of widespread authenticity.

Obviously, player creators have to be pretty decent with the facial recreation tool (which could use an upgrade by the way). It helps to have a good attention to detail for things like wristbands and arm sleeves, but how about those ratings?

It kind of defeats the purpose to have a near spot-on re-creation of Ben McLemore if your cyber Ben plays more like Jeff Withey.

Obviously that's an extreme example, but I've seen some ratings that were pretty far off. In light of this, I've created a formula to rate players in every category.

Yes, every single category.

Is this perfect? No, it isn't—I'm not sure that truly exists.

There will always be some areas up for debate, and without the use of expensive resources like Synergy Sports software, it'll be difficult to get on that level.

The following guide is for the hardcore sports gamer who is simply armed with his or her strong passion for sports, video games and an internet connection.

Even if you don't have the time to actually create your own draft classes or players, but you still want to download good ones, perhaps this can serve as the reference point to confirm some level of uniformity.

Keep in mind, this ratings formula is made for the college-to-pro translation. Rating NBA players or legends not included in the game would require a different formula.

Check it out.

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