2K Sports just sent the individual player ratings of each team's starting five to operationsports.com.
The 2K series is clearly better than EA Sports' line of basketball games, and I'm extremely excited for this one to be released.
That being said, some of the player ratings on this list are not even close!
Let's take a look through some of the worst...
Overall Rating: 76
Evan Turner was a great college basketball player but he hasn't played a single NBA game.
He's already rated higher than Brandon Jennings, Eric Gordon, Jameer Nelson, and Jason Richardson. He played horribly in NBA summer leagues, and I have a sneaking suspicion he's going to be a bust.
Overall Rating: 75
Jennings was the leading candidate for NBA Rookie of the Year for the first half of last season. He led his team to the playoffs, and they performed well against the Hawks even without center Andrew Bogut.
Now he's rated five points below Stephen Curry and Darren Collison and seven points below Tyreke Evans. Those players may be better than Jennings, but they're not that much better.
Overall Rating: 95
Deron Williams is better than Chris Paul right now. End of discussion. But this game still has him three points lower than CP3. Until Paul proves that he's healthy again and that he's motivated to play in New Orleans he should be rated lower than Deron Williams
Overall Rating: 77
Okafor is rated the same as Andrew Bynum and Marc Gasol (both better centers). He used to be this good, but he certainly wasn't last year.
Overall Rating: 83
Jason Kidd has not been this good since returning to the Mavericks. He is incapable of guarding other point guards in the league that are now much quicker than him. He can no longer blow by defenders. He has improved his outside shooting and he's a good leader but he's no 83.
Overall Rating: 83
Danny Granger has been a top 10 fantasy guy for the last few seasons and fantasy points are determined largely by offensive contributions. Granger is a great defender as well.
Overall Rating: 81
John Wall's rating is higher than Aaron Brooks, Stephen Curry, Brandon Jennings, Kevin Martin, Devin Harris, and Darren Collison. His rating is the same as Russell Westbrook and Vince Carter. And he is one point below Tyreke Evans. I think Wall is a supremely talented young player but is he really better than all of those guys right now? With no NBA experience?
Overall Rating: 55
Seriously? Did anyone watch this guy in Denver? Or during the recent world championships? This rating is ridiculous.
Overall Rating: 85
He is statistically the best shooter in the league over the last few seasons. He is the oldest man to ever lead the league in assists. I know he can be a liability on defense at times but his rating should still be higher.
Overall Rating: 73
For some strange reason last year's game had Richardson rated 73 and Leandro Barbosa rated 75. Oh wait, they did it again. Richardson did a little bit of everything offensively for Phoenix last year. His rating should be at least four or five points higher.
Overall Rating: 91
Kevin Durant is the second best small forward in the world and clearly one of the top five overall players in the NBA. So why isn't his rating around that of Kobe Bryant, Dwyane Wade or Lebron James?
It will be interesting to see how the season turns out and whether or not players live up (or down) to these ratings. There will be plenty of roster updates available to correct mistakes and to account for the way that players actually perform.
The 2K series is clearly the best basketball simulation available and has been for four or five years now. I can't wait to get my hands on it on Oct. 5.