Thursday, August 20, 2015

Official NBA 2K16 Player Ratings

All NBA 2K16 player ratings will be listed as they are revealed.
Rating changes are as of NBA 2K15's final roster update.

POINT GUARD
81 (NC) Isaiah Thomas (BOS, 20.6 PER)
75 (-1) Tony Wroten (PHI, 14,9 PER)
73 (+1) Isaiah Canaan (PHI, 12.4 PER)
72 (+2) Shelvin Mack (ATL, 13.2 PER)
70 (-1) Shane Larkin (BKN, 10.9 PER)
70 (+3) Spencer Dinwiddie (DET, 10.2 PER)
69 (NEW) Pierre Jackson (PHI, Rookie)

SHOOTING GUARD
77 (+1) Avery Bradley (BOS, 11.5 PER)
73 (NC) C.J. Miles (IND, 14.1 PER)
72 (+2) C.J. McCollum (POR, 13.1 PER)
72 (NC) Evan Fournier (ORL, 12.4 PER)

SMALL FORWARD
94 (-2) LeBron James (CLE, 25.9 PER)
91 (-3) Kevin Durant (OKC, 27.6 PER)
74 (+1) Evan Turner (BOS, 12.8 PER)
71 (+1) Kyle Anderson (SAS, 8.2 PER)

POWER FORWARD
86 (-1) Pau Gasol (CHI, 22.7 PER)
77 (-3) Jared Sullinger (BOS, 17.9 PER)
77 (NEW) Kristaps Porzingis (NYK, Rookie)
76 (-3) David Lee (BOS, 17.8 PER)
69 (-3) Quincy Acy (SAC, 12.8 PER)
69 (-3) Perry Jones (BOS, 6.9 PER)

CENTER
83 (-3) Al Horford (ATL, 21.4 PER)
83 (-2) Andre Drummond (DET, 21.4 PER)
81 (NC) Hassan Whiteside (MIA, 26.2 PER)
79 (-2) Rudy Gobert (UTA, 21.6 PER)
76 (-1) Tyler Zeller (BOS, 18.9 PER)

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NOTES
  • Big men appear to have gotten the shaft once again, as they appear to unniversally be dropping 1-3 points compared to their guard brethren who already held a ratings edge.  Rudy Gobert dropping out of the 80s is a travesty, and the fact that he rates only two points higher than a certain rookie speaks volumes...
  • 19-year-old Kristaps Porzingis has a higher rating than former All-Star David Lee (who averaged 18/9/2 as a starter in 2014)?  2K is clearly on the bandwagon, and I don't anticipate that one passing most people's laugh test.  Porzingis isn't even expected to start for a team that won less than 20 games last season.
  • 2K announced that six players are rated in the 90s and 57 are rated in the 80s.  It's extremely likely that the top 6 remain the same while Paul slipped out.  LeBron James, Stephen Curry, Anthony Davis, Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, and James Harden all rated 94-96 at the end of 2K15 which means it is likely that Chris Paul (90) is the player that slipped out of the 90s.
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Thursday, July 23, 2015

Remaining NBA Free Agents (7/23/15)

The NBA's busy off-season should be quiet until teams start to fill out their training camp rosters in late August.

LEAGUE-WIDE AVAILABLE JOBS
Starting (1st): 2
Backup (2nd): 7
Reserve (3rd): 20

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POINT GUARDS
Andre Miller (39): 13.3 PER, 55 TS%, 15 USG%, 35 AST%
May re-sign with Kings in player/coach role.

Donald Sloan (28): 13.1 PER, 50 TS%, 19 USG%, 28 AST%
Chicago remains a possibility, but might be considering overseas offers now.

Norris Cole (27): 10.9 PER, 48 TS%, 18 USG%, 22 AST% (RESTRICTED)
The last restricted free agent left, and still likely to reprise his role as the backup in New Orleans.

Under 1000 Minutes
Kendall Marshall (24): 12.4 PER, 56 TS%, 15 USG%, 31 AST%
Ish Smith (27): 12.3 PER, 43 TS%, 25 USG%, 41 AST%
Nate Robinson (31): 10.6 PER, 43 TS%, 23 USG%, 26 AST%
Luke Ridnour (34): 10.0 PER, 51 TS%, 15 USG%, 21 AST%
Under 300 Minutes
John Lucas (33): 13.0 PER, 46 TS%, 20 USG%, 36 AST%
Darius Morris (25): 6.7 PER, 38 TS%, 20 USG%, 25 AST%
Will Bynum (33): 4.8 PER, 34 TS%, 28 USG%, 48 AST%
Nate Wolters (24): 4.6 PER, 35 TS%, 13 USG%, 12 AST%

AVAILABLE JOBS
Starting (1st): N/A
Backup (2nd): Pacers, Pelicans, Suns
Reserve (3rd): Bulls, Lakers, Knicks, Magic, Nets, Warriors

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SHOOTING GUARDS
J.R. Smith (30): 13.6 PER, 54 TS%, 19 USG%, 16 AST%
Cleveland is trying to replace Smith (via Brendan Haywood trade) before committing to him.

Rasual Butler (36): 11.4 PER, 53 TS%, 18 USG%, 7 AST%
Willing to join a contender, but looking at 3rd string jobs.

Under 1000 Minutes
Jason Richardson (35): 11.7 PER, 46 TS%, 21 USG%, 17 AST%
Ben Gordon (32): 10.6 PER, 54 TS%, 22 USG%, 10 AST%
Willie Green (34): 7.9 PER, 48 TS%, 18 USG%, 11 AST%
Under 300 Minutes
Ian Clark (24): 8.8 PER, 48 TS%, 16 USG%, 10 AST%
Vander Blue (23): 4.0 PER, 34 TS%, 23 USG%, 17 AST%

AVAILABLE JOBS
Starting (1st): N/A
Backup (2nd): Cavaliers
Reserve (3rd): Thunder

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SMALL FORWARDS
Tayshaun Prince (35): 12.0 PER, 50 TS%, 15 USG%, 10 AST%
Atlanta has an open roster spot if Prince is willing to battle Kent Bazemore for the 2nd string spot.

Under 1000 Minutes
Dorell Wright (30): 13.4 PER, 53 TS%, 17 USG%, 10 AST%
Michael Beasley (27): 10.6 PER, 47 TS%, 24 USG%, 12 AST%
Hedo Turkoglu (36): 10.5 PER, 60 TS%, 14 USG%, 8 AST%
Robbie Hummel (26): 9.7 PER, 54 TS%, 12 USG%, 6 AST%
Travis Wear (25): 8.5 PER, 45 TS%, 18 USG%, 10 AST%
Under 300 Minutes
Landry Fields (27): 10.8 PER, 53 TS%, 11 USG%, 10 AST%
Glenn Robinson (22): 8.5 PER, 47 TS%, 15 USG%, 7 AST%
Xavier Henry (24): 4.9 PER, 42 TS%, 14 USG%, 5 AST%
Chris Douglas-Roberts (29): 3.3 PER, 39 TS%, 11 USG%, 5 AST%
Dahntay Jones (35): 1.9 PER, 41 TS%, 10 USG%, 2 AST%

AVAILABLE JOBS
Starting (1st): Lakers
Backup (2nd): N/A
Reserve (3rd): Hawks, Kings

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POWER FORWARDS
Carlos Boozer (34): 16.4 PER, 52 TS%, 24 USG%, 10 AST%
Boozer has not yet shown he is willing to join a non-contender, but Sacramento has the largest role available.

Luc Mbah a Moute (29): 10.6 PER, 47 TS%, 18 USG%, 10 AST%
Did not pass his physical with Sacramento, and they signed Quincy Acy instead.

Shawne Williams (29): 10.5 PER, 54 TS%, 15 USG%, 7 AST%
Will need to prove himself in camp after crashing with Detroit.

Under 1000 Minutes
Reggie Evans (35): 11.7 PER, 49 TS%, 13 USG%, 6 AST%
Under 300 Minutes
Shavlik Randolph (32): 7.2 PER, 30 TS%, 15 USG%, 4 AST%

AVAILABLE JOBS
Starting (1st): Kings
Backup (2nd): N/A
Reserve (3rd): Blazers, Pacers, Raptors, Warriors

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CENTERS
Henry Sims (25): 14.5 PER, 52 TS%, 21 USG%, 11 AST%
Has not drawn interest, and could wind up overseas at this point.

Kevin Seraphin (26): 12.5 PER, 54 TS%, 22 USG%, 8 AST%
Has risen to the top of the food chain for teams that still have cap space.

Under 1000 Minutes
Jerome Jordan (29) 16.8 PER, 61 TS%, 16 USG%, 5 AST%
Justin Hamilton (25): 14.6 PER, 55 TS%, 14 USG%, 8 AST%
Jeff Ayres (28): 14.4 PER, 62 TS%, 16 USG%, 5 AST%
Ryan Hollins (31): 13.1 PER, 65 TS%, 13 USG%, 5 AST%
Samuel Dalembert (34): 11.8 PER, 46 TS%, 15 USG%, 9 AST%
Jason Maxiell (32): 10.4 PER, 46 TS%, 13 USG%, 3 AST%
Elton Brand (36): 9.4 PER, 46 TS%, 12 USG%, 6 AST%
Under 300 Minutes
Sim Bhullar (23): 44.3 PER, 50 TS%, 29 USG%, 79 AST%
Arinze Onuaku (28): 22.8 PER, 77 TS%, 13 USG%, 10 AST%
Jeff Withey (25) 17.6 PER, 57 TS%, 17 USG%, 6 AST% (RESTRICTED)
Bernard James (30): 16.0 PER, 59 TS%, 12 USG%, 3 AST%
JaVale McGee (28): 14.4 PER, 57 TS%, 19 USG%, 2 AST%
Ognjen Kuzmic (25): 12.9 PER, 73 TS%, 11 USG%, 11 AST%
Ekpe Udoh (28): 11.6 PER, 52 TS%, 12 USG%, 9 AST%
Greg Smith (25): 10.2 PER, 61 TS%, 14 USG%, 3 AST%
Nazr Mohammed (38): 8.7 PER, 43 TS%, 13 USG%, 4 AST%
Greg Stiemsma (30): 7.8 PER, 72 TS%, 12 USG%, 7 AST%
Earl Barron (34): 5.0 PER, 36 TS%, 15 USG%, 5 AST%
Ronny Turiaf (33): 4.3 PER, N/A TS%, 0 USG%, 14 AST%

Starting (1st): N/A
Backup (2nd): Knicks, Mavericks, Wizards
Reserve (3rd): Cavaliers, Hornets, Knicks, Mavericks, Pacers, Suns, Wizards


Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Remaining NBA Free Agents (7/10/15)

NBA Free Agency is coming to a close just as quickly as it began.  This is a rough list of the remaining players and the jobs available.

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POINT GUARDS
Andre Miller (39): 13.3 PER, 55 TS%, 15 USG%, 35 AST%
May re-sign with Kings in player/coach role.

Donald Sloan (28): 13.1 PER, 50 TS%, 19 USG%, 28 AST%
In talks with Dallas, San Antonio, and Chicago.  Would be 3rd string in each spot.

Jameer Nelson (33): 12.1 PER, 50 TS%, 20 USG%, 28 AST%
Looking for significant minutes but probably won't find that. Could he replace Terry in Houston?

Jason Terry (38): 11.4 PER, 58 TS%, 14 USG%, 14 AST%
Likely to re-sign with Houston, with Dallas as a fallback option.

Norris Cole (27): 10.9 PER, 48 TS%, 18 USG%, 22 AST% (RESTRICTED)
Likely to reprise his role as the backup in New Orleans.

Austin Rivers (23): 10.3 PER, 48 TS%, 18 USG%, 15 AST%
Likely re-signing for the veteran's minimum.

Under 1000 Minutes
Kendall Marshall (24): 12.4 PER, 56 TS%, 15 USG%, 31 AST%
Ish Smith (27): 12.3 PER, 43 TS%, 25 USG%, 41 AST%
Nate Robinson (31): 10.6 PER, 43 TS%, 23 USG%, 26 AST%
Luke Ridnour (34): 10.0 PER, 51 TS%, 15 USG%, 21 AST%
Jimmer Fredette (26): 9.8 PER, 48 TS%, 20 USG%, 17 AST%
Under 300 Minutes
John Lucas (33): 13.0 PER, 46 TS%, 20 USG%, 36 AST%
Darius Morris (25): 6.7 PER, 38 TS%, 20 USG%, 25 AST%
Will Bynum (33): 4.8 PER, 34 TS%, 28 USG%, 48 AST%
Nate Wolters (24): 4.6 PER, 35 TS%, 13 USG%, 12 AST%

AVAILABLE JOBS
Starting (1st): Mavericks
Backup (2nd): Clippers, Pacers, Pelicans, Rockets, Suns

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SHOOTING GUARDS
J.R. Smith (30): 13.6 PER, 54 TS%, 19 USG%, 16 AST%
Cleveland is trying to replace Smith (via Brendan Haywood trade) before committing to him.

Rasual Butler (36): 11.4 PER, 53 TS%, 18 USG%, 7 AST%
Will join a contender, but looking at 3rd string jobs.

K.J. McDaniels (22): 10.6 PER, 49 TS%, 19 USG%, 9 AST% (RESTRICTED)
Given Restricted status, he likely backs up James Harden this year.

Under 1000 Minutes
Alexey Shved (27): 19.5 PER, 54 TS%, 26 USG%, 26 AST%
Marcus Thornton (28): 15.0 PER, 51 TS%, 24 USG%, 8 AST%
Nick Calathes (26): 12.3 PER, 46 TS%, 18 USG%, 27 AST% (RESTRICTED)
Jason Richardson (35): 11.7 PER, 46 TS%, 21 USG%, 17 AST%
Ben Gordon (32): 10.6 PER, 54 TS%, 22 USG%, 10 AST%
Willie Green (34): 7.9 PER, 48 TS%, 18 USG%, 11 AST%
Under 300 Minutes
John Jenkins (24): 15.9 PER, 63 TS%, 18 USG%, 7 AST%
Ian Clark (24): 8.8 PER, 48 TS%, 16 USG%, 10 AST%
Vander Blue (23): 4.0 PER, 34 TS%, 23 USG%, 17 AST%

AVAILABLE JOBS
Starting (1st): Nuggets
Backup (2nd): Blazers, Cavaliers, Knicks, Rockets

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SMALL FORWARDS
Tayshaun Prince (35): 12.0 PER, 50 TS%, 15 USG%, 10 AST%
LeBron wants him in Cleveland and that's probably where he'll end up.

Caron Butler (35): 9.3 PER, 54 TS%, 13 USG%, 7 AST%
Will join a contender at the veteran's minimum, but a rotation spot isn't guaranteed.

Under 1000 Minutes
Dorell Wright (30): 13.4 PER, 53 TS%, 17 USG%, 10 AST%
Alonzo Gee (28): 13.0 PER, 55 TS%, 17 USG%, 6 AST%
James Jones (35): 11.1 PER, 57 TS%, 16 USG%, 5 AST%
Michael Beasley (27): 10.6 PER, 47 TS%, 24 USG%, 12 AST%
Hedo Turkoglu (36): 10.5 PER, 60 TS%, 14 USG%, 8 AST%
Robbie Hummel (26): 9.7 PER, 54 TS%, 12 USG%, 6 AST%
Travis Wear (25): 8.5 PER, 45 TS%, 18 USG%, 10 AST%
Jeff Taylor (26): 8.2 PER, 48 TS%, 16 USG%, 8 AST%
Chris Copeland (31): 7.4 PER, 47 TS%, 21 USG%, 10 AST%
Under 300 Minutes
Luigi Datome (28): 15.1 PER, 59 TS%, 21 USG%, 8 AST%
Landry Fields (27): 10.8 PER, 53 TS%, 11 USG%, 10 AST%
Glenn Robinson (22): 8.5 PER, 47 TS%, 15 USG%, 7 AST%
Xavier Henry (24): 4.9 PER, 42 TS%, 14 USG%, 5 AST%
Chris Douglas-Roberts (29): 3.3 PER, 39 TS%, 11 USG%, 5 AST%
Dahntay Jones (35): 1.9 PER, 41 TS%, 10 USG%, 2 AST%

AVAILABLE JOBS
Starting (1st): Lakers
Backup (2nd): Blazers, Cavaliers, Hornets

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POWER FORWARDS
Carlos Boozer (34): 16.4 PER, 52 TS%, 24 USG%, 10 AST%
The Clippers are a possibility if Boozer will take the minimum.

Josh Smith (30): 14.9 PER, 47 TS%, 25 USG%, 21 AST%
Has been linked to Sacramento, but still possible he re-signs in Houston.

Tyler Hansbrough (30): 13.3 PER, 60 TS%, 11 USG%, 3 AST%
No interest yet.  Could return to Indiana, who just lost David West and Luis Scola.

Quincy Acy (25): 11.9 PER, 53 TS%, 16 USG%, 9 AST%
The Kings, Pelicans, and Hawks appear to be reasonable options.

Luc Mbah a Moute (29): 10.6 PER, 47 TS%, 18 USG%, 10 AST%
Has yet to draw interest, but sure to end up on a playoff team.

Shawne Williams (29): 10.5 PER, 54 TS%, 15 USG%, 7 AST%
Will need to prove himself in camp after crashing with Detroit.

Under 1000 Minutes
Joel Freeland (28): 12.2 PER, 52 TS%, 13 USG%, 4 AST%
Lou Amundson (33): 11.8 PER, 44 TS%, 17 USG%, 12 AST%
Reggie Evans (35): 11.7 PER, 49 TS%, 13 USG%, 6 AST%
Darrell Arthur (27): 11.5 PER, 47 TS%, 20 USG%, 9 AST%
Glen Davis (30): 10.8 PER, 50 TS%, 17 USG%, 6 AST%
Matt Bonner (35): 10.1 PER, 55 TS%, 13 USG%, 7 AST%
Under 300 Minutes
Shavlik Randolph (32): 7.2 PER, 30 TS%, 15 USG%, 4 AST%

AVAILABLE JOBS
Starting (1st): Kings
Backup (2nd): Clippers, Kings, Raptors, Suns

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CENTERS
Amar'e Stoudemire (33): 20.3 PER, 60 TS%, 24 USG%, 7 AST%
Likely to sign with Miami, increasing the odds of a Birdman trade.

Henry Sims (25): 14.5 PER, 52 TS%, 21 USG%, 11 AST%
Has not drawn interest yet, but that should change quickly.

Kevin Seraphin (26): 12.5 PER, 54 TS%, 22 USG%, 8 AST%
Has risen to the top of the food chain for teams that still have cap space.

Kendrick Perkins (31): 7.0 PER, 47 TS%, 14 USG%, 6 AST%
Could join the Clippers at the minimum, but isn't good enough to fill the second string job.

Under 1000 Minutes
Cole Aldrich (27): 18.1 PER, 51 TS%, 18 USG%, 13 AST%
Jerome Jordan (29) 16.8 PER, 61 TS%, 16 USG%, 5 AST%
Andrea Bargnani (30): 16.6 PER, 53 TS%, 26 USG%, 11 AST%
Justin Hamilton (25): 14.6 PER, 55 TS%, 14 USG%, 8 AST%
Jeff Ayres (28): 14.4 PER, 62 TS%, 16 USG%, 5 AST%
Ryan Hollins (31): 13.1 PER, 65 TS%, 13 USG%, 5 AST%
Samuel Dalembert (34): 11.8 PER, 46 TS%, 15 USG%, 9 AST%
Jason Maxiell (32): 10.4 PER, 46 TS%, 13 USG%, 3 AST%
Elton Brand (36): 9.4 PER, 46 TS%, 12 USG%, 6 AST%
Under 300 Minutes
Sim Bhullar (23): 44.3 PER, 50 TS%, 29 USG%, 79 AST%
Arinze Onuaku (28): 22.8 PER, 77 TS%, 13 USG%, 10 AST%
Shayne Whittington (24): 20.0 PER, 55 TS%, 24 USG%, 10 AST%
Jeff Withey (25) 17.6 PER, 57 TS%, 17 USG%, 6 AST% (RESTRICTED)
Bernard James (30): 16.0 PER, 59 TS%, 12 USG%, 3 AST%
JaVale McGee (28): 14.4 PER, 57 TS%, 19 USG%, 2 AST%
Ognjen Kuzmic (25): 12.9 PER, 73 TS%, 11 USG%, 11 AST% (RESTRICTED)
Ekpe Udoh (28): 11.6 PER, 52 TS%, 12 USG%, 9 AST%
Chuck Hayes (32): 10.4 PER, 49 TS%, 10 USG%, 11 AST%
Greg Smith (25): 10.2 PER, 61 TS%, 14 USG%, 3 AST%
Nazr Mohammed (38): 8.7 PER, 43 TS%, 13 USG%, 4 AST%
Greg Stiemsma (30): 7.8 PER, 72 TS%, 12 USG%, 7 AST%
Earl Barron (34): 5.0 PER, 36 TS%, 15 USG%, 5 AST%
Ronny Turiaf (33): 4.3 PER, N/A TS%, 0 USG%, 14 AST%

Starting (1st): Pacers
Backup (2nd): Clippers, Knicks, Mavericks, Nuggets, Wizards

By my count there are 26 rotation spots remaining in the league, and only 5 starting jobs left to fill in the NBA.  Everyone else will mostly be looking at camp invites and overseas offers.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Rashidi's NBA 2K15 Point Guard Ratings

As per the last 12 years, I am working on an NBA 2K roster that holds each player statistically accountable to the scales and formulas that 2K Sports bases their own ratings around.  More so than years past, this was intensely stats based, as I was able to crack a few more formulas.

All player attributes have been edited except for the following: Passing IQ, Pass Perception, Shot Contest, and Lateral Quickness.

With the top 70 Point Guards effectively completed I am 20% done with the roster and am hoping to be finished by the NBA draft (schedule permitting).

Editor's Note: This is currently a bare-bones post that will be updated over time with explanations and insights.

Roster can be downloaded on PS4
Search 2K database for username "Real2KInsider"
Roster name is currently "Rashidi"

All feedback and questions are welcome. 

POINT GUARDS (71 of 87)
Average Starter = 82

1-10
94 (-1) Stephen Curry (Offensive Superstar) GSW
94 (+4) Chris Paul (All-Around Superstar) LAC
90 (-4) Russell Westbrook (Offensive Superstar) OKC
89 (+2) John Wall (Athletic Playmaker) WAS
89 (+1) Kyrie Irving (Scoring Machine) CLE
87 (+2) Damian Lillard (Offensive Superstar) POR
87 (+10) George Hill (Offensive Superstar) IND
86 (+1) Jeff Teague (Athletic Playmaker) ATL
85 (NC) Kyle Lowry (All-Around Point Guard) TOR
85 (+4) Ty Lawson (Offensive-Minded Point) DEN

11-20
84 (-2) Mike Conley (Athletic Playmaker) MEM
84 (+4) Jrue Holiday (All-Around Point Guard) NOP
84 (+3) Brandon Jennings (Playmaker) DET
84 (+6) Reggie Jackson (Athletic Playmaker) DET
83 (NC) Eric Bledsoe (Star Finisher) PHX
83 (+2) Isaiah Thomas (Athletic Playmaker) BOS
83 (+3) Darren Collison (All-Around Star) SAC
83 (+2) Kemba Walker (Athletic Playmaker) CHA
82 (-2) Tony Parker (All-Around Point Guard) SAS
82 (-2) Derrick Rose (All-Around Point Guard) CHI

21-30
82 (+4) Deron Williams (All-Around Point Guard) BKN
82 (+4) Ricky Rubio (Crafty Playmaker) MIN
81 (NC) Goran Dragic (Elusive Finisher) MIA
80 (+4) Michael Carter-Williams (All-Around Point Guard) MIL
80 (+1) Rajon Rondo (Playmaking Finisher) DAL
80 (+3) Mo Williams (Playmaker) CHA
80 (+5) J.J. Barea (Playmaker) DAL
79 (+5) Cory Joseph (All-Around Point Guard) SAS
79 (+4) Jeremy Lin (All-Around Point Guard) LAL
78 (+4) Jordan Clarkson (Offensive-Minded Point) LAL

31-40
78 (+2) Elfrid Payton (Pass-First Point) ORL
78 (+4) C.J. Watson (Offensive-Minded Point) IND
78 (+5) Jarrett Jack (Sharpshooter) BKN
78 (+3) Dennis Schroder (All-Around Point Guard) ATL
77 (+3) Beno Udrih (Crafty Offensive-Minded Point) MEM
77 (+2) Devin Harris (All-Around Point Guard) DAL
77 (+2) D.J. Augustin (All-Around Point Guard) OKC
77 (+3) Trey Burke (Reliable Playmaker) UTA
77 (+3) Greivis Vasquez (Crafty All-Around Point) TOR
77 (+5) Jameer Nelson (Offensive-Minded Point) DEN

41-50
77 (+7) Shelvin Mack (Shoot-First Point) ATL
77 (+6) Brian Roberts (Two-Way Point) CHA
76 (-1) Patrick Beverley (All-Around Point Guard) HOU
76 (+4) Jose Calderon (Reliable Playmaker) NYK
76 (+2) Marcus Smart (Perimeter Defender) BOS
76 (NC) Tony Wroten (All-Around Point Guard) PHI
76 (+5) Jason Terry (Shoot-First Point) HOU
76 (+1) Aaron Brooks (All-Around Point Guard) CHI
76 (+2) Shaun Livingston (Crafty Finisher) GSW
76 (+3) Jerryd Bayless (All-Around Point Guard) MIL

51-60
76 (+2) Andre Miller (Crafty Playmaker) SAC
76 (+4) Ish Smith (Playmaker) PHI
76 (+3) Norris Cole (Offensive-Minded Point) NOP
76 (+5) Shane Larkin (Offensive-Minded Point) NYK
75 (+1) Donald Sloan (All-Around Point Guard) IND
75 (NC) Patty Mills (Two-Way Point) SAS
75 (+6) Pablo Prigioni (Crafty Offensive-Minded Point) HOU
74 (NC) Mario Chalmers (All-Around Point Guard) MIA
74 (+5) Zach LaVine (Shoot-First Point) MIN
74 (+4) Ray McCallum (Offensive-Minded Point) SAC

61-73
74 (+3) Matthew Dellavedova (Two-Way Point) CLE
74 (+2) Raymond Felton (Offensive-Minded Point) DAL
73 (NC) Dante Exum (Two-Way Point) UTA
73 (+1) Isaiah Canaan (Reliable Playmaker) PHI
73 (+3) Luke Ridnour (Two-Way Point) ORL
72 (+1) Ramon Sessions (Pass-First Point) WAS
72 (+2) Steve Blake (Reliable Playmaker) POR
72 (+1) Shabazz Napier (Shoot-First Point) MIA
71 (+6) Jimmer Fredette (Shoot-First Point) NOP
70 (+1) Austin Rivers (Penetrating Point) LAC
70 (+1) Ronnie Price (Two-Way Point) LAL
69 (+5) Jorge Gutierrez (Shoot-First Point) MIL
68 (NC) Tyler Ennis (Perimeter Defender) MIL

UNEDITED (14)
70 () Phil Pressey (Perimeter Defender) BOS
70 () Will Bynum (Offensive-Minded Point) WAS
69 () Toney Douglas (Athletic Point Guard) NOP
69 () Tim Frazier (Pass-First Point) POR
68 () John Lucas (Scrapper) DET
67 () Spencer Dinwiddie (Raw Prospect) DET
66 () Darius Morris (Raw Athletic Point Guard) BKN
66 () Bryce Cotton (Shoot-First Point) UTA
66 () David Stockton (Raw Pass-First Point) SAC
66 () Erick Green (Raw Prospect) BKN
65 () Lorenzo Brown (Athletic Point Guard) MIN
65 () Russ Smith (Raw Athletic Point Guard) MEM
65 () Jerel McNeal (Perimeter Defender) PHX
64 () Lester Hudson (Shoot-First Penetrator) LAC

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Anthony Mason: Career Retrospective and NBA 2K Rating Tribute


Anthony Mason tragically passed away this morning at the age of 48.  Mason left his mark as one of the hardest working players in NBA history, a colorful, blue collar fan favorite that that was a prominent member of the 93-94 New York Knicks team that got me into basketball 20 years ago.

I have long been an admirer of Mason's game.  When I look at LeBron James today I see Anthony Mason with a jump shot and more athleticism.  Mason was that skilled, talented, and driven to bulldoze the opposition.  Never before had there been a player with his size, strength, and toughness who could ALSO handle the basketball and run an offense like a point guard.

Mason was a true journeyman early in his career.  He played only 129 minutes over his first two seasons with New Jersey and Denver, played internationally in Turkey and Venezuela, and toiled in the minor-league USBL and CBA before Pat Riley gave him a shot on the Knicks summer league team in 1991.  Beyond Charles Oakley, no Knicks player epitomized grit and grind "Riley-Ball" more than Anthony Mason.

When the Knicks went to the NBA Finals in 1994.  Mason would guard Hakeem Olajuwon on one end and then lead the break on the other.  At a time where teams were only beginning to realize the value of having a Stretch-Four or Point-Forward, Mason was a pioneer.



In 1995 Mason broke out, averaging 9.9 PPG, 8.4 RPG, and 3.1 APG while shooting 56.6% from the field, and was awarded the NBA's Sixth Man of the Year award.  The following season new Knicks coach Don Nelson fell so in love with Mason's talents that he not only inserted him into the starting lineup, he took the ball out of Patrick Ewing and John Starks hands and gave it to Mason.  While the mad scientist's changes were so drastic that it lead to him being ousted in 58 games (Ewing and company lobbied hard for Jeff Van Gundy), it was by no fault of Mason, who rose to the challenge and averaged 14.6 PPG, 9.3 RPG, 4.4 APG, and a league leading 42.2 MPG.  Mason's versatility and tenacity on both ends of the court were rivaled only by Scottie Pippen.

That summer the Knicks wanted to make a big splash and ended up trading Mason for two-time all-star Larry Johnson.  While Johnson is likewise one of my favorite Knicks and had some big moments for the team, this ended up being a mistake for the Knicks.  Johnson's lingering back issues became more troublesome as he got older (coinciding with his escalating salary) and he struggled to fit in as a SF next to Ewing and Oakley.  Johnson never played at an All-Star level again, whereas Mason's game continued to improve.

In 1997 Mason was named to the All-NBA Third team and All-Defensive Second Team.  He lead the league in minutes once again with 43.1 MPG, and was the backbone of an oft-forgotten 54-win Hornets team that featured prime Glen Rice and Vlade Divac.  As a testament to his unique ability, he was the only starting small forward in the league to not even ATTEMPT a three-pointer (despite logging 3,457 minutes).

Ironically, Mason missed the entire 1999 with a ruptured bicep, which allowed the Knicks to sneak into the playoffs as an 8th seed and make a run to the NBA Finals.  The Hornets finished the lockout shortened season with a record of 26-24, one game worse than the Knicks.  We're left to imagine the possibilities of how the Hornets could have shaped basketball history with a healthy Mason.



Mason was reunited with Pat Riley in 2001 when Miami acquired Mason via trade.  When the Heat lost Alonzo Mourning for the season due to his kidney ailment, Mason picked up the slack and carried the team to 50 wins and the playoffs, earning an All-Star berth at the age of 34.  He was the oldest first-time All-Star in NBA history.
Rest in piece Mase.





Anthony Mason (94-95) - Sixth Man of the Year
77 Overall (+1)


VITALS
Height: 6'7"
Weight: 250
Age: 29
Hand: Left
Jersey: 14
Position: PF/SF (from SF/PF)
Archetype: Point Power Forward (from Rebounding Specialist)

PLAY TYPES
T1: Post Up High
T2: P&R Roll Man
T3: P&R Ball Handler
Initiator: Yes

INSIDE SCORING
88 Standing Layup (+3)
75 Driving Layup (+13)
65 Post Fadeaway (-10)
75 Post Hook (+12)
77 Post Control

OUTSIDE SCORING
76 Standing Close-Shot (+7)
68 Moving Close-Shot (+8)
66 Standing Mid-Range (+2)
58 Moving Mid-Range
30 Standing 3PT (+5)
30 Moving 3PT (-8)
64 Free Throw

PLAYMAKING
72 Ball Control (+5)
59 Passing Vision (-4)
72 Passing IQ (+8)
70 Passing Accuracy (+5)

REBOUNDS
77 Boxout (-2)
70 Offensive Rebound (-4)
77 Defensive Rebound (-2)

DEFENSE
68 Lateral Quickness
70 Pass Perception
41 Block (+9)
72 Shot Contest (+5)
65 Steal (+10)
80 Defensive Consistency
72 On-Ball Defense (+5)
78 Pick & Roll Defense (+10)
79 Help Defense (+15)
84 Post Defense (+5)

ATHLETICISM

45 Standing Dunk
60 Driving Dunk
69 Speed
68 Quickness
60 Vertical (-4)
94 Strength (-1)
99 Stamina (+22)
95 Durability (+13)

BASKETBALL IQ

90 Hustle (+10)
63 Shot IQ (-15)
75 Hands
70 Offensive Consistency (-10)
85 Potential (+1)


PERSONALITY BADGES (6)
Default: Spark Plug
ADD: Mind Games, Enforcer, Hardened, Legendary Work Ethic, Expressive

SKILL BADGES (6/2/0)

Default: None
ADD: Hustle Points (Bronze), Break Starter (Bronze), Scrapper (Silver), Tenacious Rebounder (Bronze), Post Lockdown Defender (Bronze), Bruiser (Silver), Brick Wall (Bronze), One Man Fastbreak (Bronze)