NBA 2K14: Rookies Who'll Earn Early Ratings Boost Through Dynamic Living Rosters

Brian Mazique@@UniqueMaziqueCorrespondent IIISeptember 17, 2013

GREENBURGH, NY - AUGUST 06:  Ben McLemore #16 of the Sacramento Kings poses for a portrait during the 2013 NBA rookie photo shoot at the MSG Training Center on August 6, 2013 in Greenburgh, New York.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
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Ronnie Singh, a community manager for NBA 2K, 2K Sports and NBA players themselves have been revealing player ratings all week. The ratings of established stars in the league are always interesting, but perhaps the most compelling are the rookie ratings. 

NBA 2K14 will utilize Dynamic Living Rosters. This new system will allow for ratings and tendency updates on a daily basis. Ideally, player ratings should be as true to life this year as they ever have been.

There have been a handful of rookie ratings revealed—including the Cleveland Cavaliers' No. 1 overall pick, Anthony Bennett.

Bennett may very well have a strong rookie season, but with Kyrie Irving and presumably a healthy Andrew Bynum, the rookie will be the third option. The 76 overall rating may stick.

Here's a few rookies who are likely to outperform their rookie ratings by Christmas. 


Ben McLemore - Sacramento Kings - 72 Overall Rating - 2012-13 College Stats: 15.9 points per game, 42 percent three-point shooting

McLemore is heading into his rookie season with a chance to play a big role in the Kings' offense. Tyreke Evans is now a member of the New Orleans Pelicans. That clears room for McLemore to be one of the top scoring options in Sactown.

McLemore is a lights out shooter from beyond the arc and an elite athlete. He will be a weapon in transition, and his jump shot makes him dangerous in the half court. When you look at the Kings' likely starting five of Greivis Vasquez, McLemore, Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, Jason Thompson and DeMarcus Cousins, the rookie should be the primary perimeter scoring threat.

Count on him averaging at least 15 points per game in the first two months of the season. That should get him close to an 80 overall.


Cody Zeller - Charlotte Hornets - 68 Overall Rating - 2012-13 College Stats: 16.5 points and 8.1 rebounds per game

A 68 overall rating seems pretty low for the guy taken No. 4 overall. Zeller will immediately be one of the more athletic bigs in the league. As the likely starter at power forward, outperforming a 68 overall rating should shouldn't be too difficult. Playing alongside Al Jefferson, Zeller will get an opportunity to crash the boards and run the floor in transition. 

Because the team already has a solid low-post presence, Zeller could benefit from the attention Jefferson draws on the block.


C.J. McCollum - Portland Trail Blazers - 73 Overall Rating - 2012-13 College Stats: 23.9 points, five rebounds and 52 percent three-point shooting

If you're looking for a sleeper pick for NBA Rookie of the Year, McCollum should be on your radar. He can flat out score, and he showed flashes of that in the NBA summer league. He averaged 21 points per game in the Las Vegas Summer League.

He may not put up those types of numbers in the regular season, but if he can provide the Blazers with a dependable scoring option off the bench, he's likely to earn a boost above his 73 overall rating.


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