The release of NBA 2K14 had hardcore basketball and video game fans ready for the latest installment in the series, but as usual there were a few players that didn’t deserve the high player ratings they were given.
When you are playing the game with a group of friends at home or online, avoid getting stuck using all of the following stars in the game. While they are rated well by 2K Sports, those ratings will drop thanks to the improved Dynamic Living Rosters feature.
All player ratings courtesy of Bleacher Report’s Brian Mazique. All stats via NBA.com.
Andrew Bynum, Cleveland Cavaliers: 87 Player Rating
There is no way that Cleveland Cavaliers center Andrew Bynum deserves the 87 player rating he has in the game. Even with raw talent and sheer size, his injuries and a lack of consistency should warrant a serious drop in rating.
After missing all of last season for the Philadelphia 76ers as he continued to rehab after injuries and surgery to both of his knees, Bynum left via free agency during the offseason and signed with a new team.
Despite not playing in a game since 2012, the center is still rated 87 overall.
Cleveland head coach Mike Brown claims Bynum is on the right track to return to the court, but there is still no timetable. With so much uncertainty about his injury and his level of play upon return, NBA 2K14 players should stay far away from Bynum in the game.
Rudy Gay, Toronto Raptors: 86 Player Rating
The Toronto Raptors made the trade for Rudy Gay with the intentions of having a bona fide offensive star, but his inconsistent shooting has been more of a liability than the difference in becoming a contender.
Gay is one of the better small forwards in the league, but he does not excel in any one facet of the game. While an 86 rating is respectable, Gay’s lackluster shooting percentage discounts how high he should be ranked because of his rebounding and passing abilities.
With a decline in shooting percentage (.416) and three-point percentage (.323) last season, Gay did not deserve the 86 rating. Toronto is hoping he regains the form he had early in his Memphis Grizzlies career, but that remains to be seen and shouldn't be assumed.
Jrue Holiday, New Orleans Pelicans: 88 Player Rating
Former Philadelphia 76ers and current New Orleans Pelicans point guard Jrue Holiday had a great season leading a lackluster 76ers team, but he does not deserve the 88 rating that 2K Sports bestowed upon him.
Not only is the young player moving to a new city and a new franchise, but the number of offensive weapons in New Orleans (Eric Gordon and Tyreke Evans namely) will also force him to become more of a pass-first guard.
That’s not his style.
Holiday will have a solid season, but he won’t live up to the 17.7 points, eight assists and 4.2 rebounds he averaged in Philadelphia in 2012-13. The first-year Pelican deserves to be an 83 rating at most.