NBA 2K14: Promising Rookies That Are Taking Hit Video Game by Storm

Mike ChiariFeatured ColumnistOctober 7, 2013

Jun 28, 2013; Independence, OH, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers first round pick Anthony Bennett during a press conference at Cleveland Clinic Courts. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports
David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

Since its release on Oct. 1, NBA 2K14 has been one of the most talked-about video games on the market. Anticipation is mounting for NBA fans as the preseason has finally begun, but playing NBA 2K14 should be enough to tide them over. That is especially true due to the presence of some exciting rookies.

It remains to be seen which rookies will translate smoothly from college to the NBA, but NBA 2K14 offers a sneak peak. Most gamers love to utilize rookies since they have all the potential in the world—and they're especially fun to use in Association mode, as they can be built from the ground up.

Here is a closer look at the rookies that have become instant favorites in NBA 2K14 because of their impressive ratings.


Anthony Bennett

Basketball fans everywhere were shocked when the Cleveland Cavaliers seemingly went off the board and selected UNLV power forward Anthony Bennett with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2013 NBA draft. Bennett has all the talent in the world, however, and he could form a dominant combination with point guard Kyrie Irving in the coming years.

The NBA 2K14 developers gave Bennett plenty of love as seen in this video, courtesy of Bleacher Report.

With an overall rating of 76, Bennett is tied for the best rookie rating in this year's game. That stems largely from Bennett's ability to score in the paint as well as his unmatched athleticism.

The Canadian national is extremely versatile at 6'8" and 240 pounds and can dominate with his back to basket, but he also has a mid-range game that makes him difficult to stop in both the real and virtual worlds.

Bennett showed an incredible amount of potential at UNLV as he averaged better than 16 points, eight rebounds and one block per game in his only season with the school. He also shot 52.6 percent from the field and 69.6 percent from the free-throw line, so there is plenty to like about Bennett's game.

If he lives up to his immense potential, then he won't be 76 overall for long.


Victor Oladipo

Shooting guard Victor Oladipo made huge strides in his junior season at Indiana to the point that he became the No. 2 overall selection in the NBA draft, courtesy of the Orlando Magic. Basketball fans loved Oladipo's hard-nosed style of play in college, and the Magic certainly hope that he'll bring it to the table at the NBA level. Oladipo is a 76 overall, just like Bennett, but it can be argued that he is even more fun to use.

Oladipo's biggest strengths are his athleticism as well as his defensive acumen.

Oladipo has the potential to become one of the best perimeter defenders in the game, which will ensure his value even if his offensive game doesn't progress as well as anticipated. Oladipo is also a monstrous dunker as evidenced by his 85 dunk rating.

There isn't a gamer out there who doesn't love to drive to the rack and throw it down, so Oladipo will get plenty of play.

The Magic may not yet be great as a team, but they'll be fun to use in NBA 2K14 due to the young talent that they possess. Oladipo is right at the top of the list, and—based on the progression he enjoyed while at Indiana—the best is yet to come.


Nerlens Noel

PHILADELPHIA, PA - SEPTEMBER 27:  Nerlens Noel #4 of the Philadelphia 76ers poses for pictures during Media Day on September 27, 2013 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using thi
Jesse D. Garrabrant/Getty Images

Despite the fact that he is expected to miss at least a few months, many anticipated that Kentucky center Nerlens Noel would be the top pick in the 2013 NBA draft. Noel fell all the way to No. 6, however, before the New Orleans Pelicans snapped him up.

The 6'11" pivot was then dealt to the Philadelphia 76ers, who hope that he will develop into a dominant interior force on both ends of the floor. Noel may only be a 72 overall to start in NBA 2K14, but there is a lot to like about his game.

With a rating of 85 in shot blocking, Noel is already one of the best defensive centers—at least in virtual form.

There are definitely some question marks regarding Noel's ability to contribute offensively when healthy as well as his ability to withstand the physical pounding he is sure to be faced with. His anticipation is as good as it gets, though, which makes him a smart bet to at least block some shots and pull down some rebounds.

Gamers usually like to shoot the ball from downtown and run the floor with reckless abandon, but there is nothing quite like an emphatic rejection in NBA 2K14. Few players will be able to provide them as well as Noel. We may not know Noel's true worth until next season in real terms, but he already has the makings of a video-game star.


Follow @MikeChiari on Twitter