NBA Live 15 is coming to fans a little later than originally planned, but it's still coming.
The release of the game was postponed from its original Oct. 7 date to hit stores. The game will now be available on Oct. 28 for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
On Tuesday, EA Sports started revealing player ratings. The reveal began with the top five point guards. Here's a look at the elite lead guards in NBA Live 15, per EA Sports.
- Chris Paul (94)
- Steph Curry (92)
- Russell Westbrook (91)
- John Wall (90)
- 3-way tie between Derrick Rose, Tony Parker and NBA LIVE 15 cover athlete Damian Lillard (89)
It shouldn't have come as a shock to see Los Angeles Clippers star Chris Paul awarded with highest rating amongst lead guards.
During the 2013-14 season, Paul averaged 19.1 points, 10.7 assists, 4.3 rebounds and 2.5 steals per game. Without question, he is the best point guard in the game.
Just behind him in the ratings for point guards is the Golden State Warriors' Stephen Curry. The sharp-shooting Curry comes in with an overall rating of 92.
When the top three-point shooters are released on Sunday, Sept. 28, you can bet Curry and his Splash Brothers teammate Klay Thompson will be amongst the highest rated.
Third is the Oklahoma City Thunder's second-best player, Russell Westbrook. With a 91 overall rating, OKC is all but ensured of having two players rated 90 or above on its roster. The ratings for small forwards haven't been revealed, but you can bet Kevin Durant will be rated well above a 90.
In a minor surprise, the Washington Wizards John Wall is fourth with a 90 overall rating. Don't get me wrong, Wall is a budding star, but should he be rated higher than the Chicago Bulls star and former league MVP Derrick Rose?
For that matter, is Wall better than San Antonio Spurs linchpin Tony Parker, or even NBA Live 15 cover athlete Damian Lillard? Rose, Parker and Lillard are tied for fifth with each being rated an 89.
In case you were wondering, last year's cover athlete Kyrie Irving didn't crack the top five, but he can't be too far down the list. We could find out his overall rating on Sept. 30 when the best ball-handlers are revealed. If not then, Oct. 12 will be the day. That's when every player rating for each Central Division team will be revealed.
Per EA Sports, here's a look at the scheduled rollout for each player group leading up to the game's release.
- 9/24 – Top 5 SGs
- 9/25 – Top 5 SFs
- 9/26 – Top 5 PFs
- 9/27 – Top 5 Cs
- 9/28 – Top 5 3Pt Shooters
- 9/29 – Top 5 Dunkers
- 9/30 – Top 5 Ball-handlers
- 10/1 – Top 5 Shot Blockers
- 10/2 – Top 5 Overall Defenders
- 10/3 – Top 5 Scoring Threats
- 10/4 – Top 5 Rookies
- 10/5 – Top 5 Passers
- 10/6 – Top 5 Rebounders
- 10/7 – Top 5 Steal Threats
- 10/8 – Top 5 Fastest Players
- 10/9 – Top 5 Dynamic Duos
- 10/10 – Top 5 6th Men
- 10/11 – Full Team Ratings (Atlantic Division)
- 10/12 – Full Team Ratings (Central Division)
- 10/13 – Full Team Ratings (Southeast Division)
- 10/14 – Full Team Ratings (Northwest Division)
- 10/15 – Full Team Ratings (Pacific Division)
- 10/16 – Full Team Ratings (Southwest Division)
Stay tuned for more reaction to the player ratings news as it comes through.
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