Rashidi's NBA 2K11 featuring Synergy Sports Technology (XBox 360)
The Real 2K Insider (aka Rashidi) officially has access to Synergy Sports Technology and will be implementing their data into my NBA 2K11 (for NBA 2K10) roster!
WHAT IS SYNERGY?
mySynergySports.com offers the same online video scouting tools used by the coaches, scouts and general managers at your favorite NBA teams. Synergy Sports provides the pros with one-of-a-kind statistics on types of plays run, player moves and player tendencies—this information is not available anywhere else!
With mySynergySports.com fans can quickly and easily jump to any point of an NBA regular season or playoff game and start playing the action from there! If you miss a game or just want to relive the highlights, log on and watch as much or little of the game as you like.
Hard-core fans can also review individual games, players or teams using pro-level stats displays and then zero in on relevant video to gain deep understanding of strengths, weaknesses and overall tendencies. mySynergySports.com provides types of plays run, player tendencies, efficiency ratings, head-to-head player comparisons and more!
NOTICE TO ALL USERS
It has come to my attention that the most downloaded file on XBox360 2K Share (The Official 2K11 Roster, by user I3aSkEtCaSe) used my final 2010 update for his "2K11" roster and is claiming it to be official. I would appreciate it if all of my readers would rate his file "1 star", as not only is the file just a plagiarized, outdated version of mine with poorly rated 2K Share rookies added in, but it is obviously nowhere close to being "Official". It just isn't ethically right.
Although, it does amuse me that the most downloaded file on 2K Share is just an outdated version of my own roster. Do the community a favor and spread the word - my roster is infinitely more updated than this plagiarized piece of crap.
(How many downloads would I have if I claimed my roster was "Official"?)
GAMEPLAY VIDEOS - NEW!
9/7/10: Synergized the Pistons. All players on teams are now synergized & fully edited!
9/5/10: Synergized the Rockets.
9/4/10: Synergized the Thunder.
9/3/10: Synergized the Pacers. Added Luther Head to the Kings.
9/2/10: Synergized the Wizards. Added Delonte West to the Celtics, Patrick Ewing Jr to the Knicks, and Rodney Carney to the Warriors.
9/1/10: Synergized the Cavaliers.
8/27/10: Synergized the Nuggets.
8/26/10: Added Michael Jordan, Reggie Miller, and Anfernee Hardaway to 90s East. Added Gary Payton, John Stockton, Shawn Kamp, and Charles Barkley to 90s West. Removed Dan Majerle from 90s West. Added Michael Jordan and Charles Barkley to 80s East. Added John Stockton and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar to 80s West. Added Kareem Abdul-Jabbar to 70s East. Added Kareem Abdul-Jabbar to 70s West.
8/24/10: Synergized the Wolves.
8/23/10: Synergized the Spurs. Added Kwame Brown to the Bobcats and Mustafa Shakur to the Hornets.
8/22/10: Synergized the Sixers.
8/21/10: Synergized the Raptors.
8/20/10: Synergized the Grizzlies.
8/19/10: Synergized the Nets, Bucks, and Warriors. Added Earl Boykins to the Bucks.
8/18/10: Synergized the Bobcats.
8/17/10: Synergized the Clippers.
8/16/10: Synergized the Jazz.
8/15/10: Synergized the Bulls and Hornets. Released Brian Butch from the Nuggets.
8/14/10: Synergized the Mavericks.
8/13/10: Synergized the Celtics. Released Dwayne Jones from the Raptors.
8/12/10: Synergized the Heat and Hawks.
8/11/10: Synergized the Blazers. Moved Darren Collison and James Posey to the Pacers. Moved Troy Murphy to the Nets. Moved Courtney Lee to the Rockets. Moved Julian Wright to the Raptors. Moved Trevor Ariza and Marco Belinelli to the Hornets.
8/10/10: Synergized the Phoenix Suns. Added Tracy McGrady to the Pistons.
8/9/10: Added Keith Bogans to Bulls, Anthony Tolliver to Wolves, Sean May to Nets. Implemented Synergy Sports data to the Kings, Knicks, Lakers, and Magic.
8/5/10: Updated ratings/tendencies for Magic and Kings.
8/4/10: Updated all player ages/contracts for players on an NBA team.
- The best ratings for the last seven years running, calculated w/ Advanced Statistics from multiple sources! They don't call me the Real 2K Insider for nothing!
- The most updated player tendencies you'll find, ANYWHERE! Synergy Sports Technology (the service that NBA Live/Elite forces you to pay for!) has helped me turn this roster into the most realistic on-court product in 2K Sports history!
- Updated coach profiles mean teams play like their real life counterparts!
- Updated rosters for the 2011 season with NO MISSING PLAYERS!
- The most accurate salary and contract information you'll ever find! (as per shamsports.com)
- Updated player ages and jersey numbers for all players on NBA rosters!
*Rating determined by OFF/DEF average, not OVR rating due to unexplainable inconsistencies.
**Bold denotes "Synergized"
92.0 Heat (91 OFF, 93 DEF, 92 OVR)
90.0 Celtics (90 OFF, 90 DEF, 86 OVR)
88.0 Magic (85 OFF, 91 DEF, 84 OVR)
86.5 Hawks (86 OFF, 87 DEF, 84 OVR)
84.0 Bulls (80 OFF, 88 DEF, 87 OVR)
83.5 Knicks (83 OFF, 84 DEF, 82 OVR)
83.0 Bucks (82 OFF, 84 DEF, 86 OVR)
83.0 Sixers (84 OFF, 82 DEF, 83 OVR)
83.0 Pacers (82 OFF, 84 DEF, 81 OVR)
81.5 Wizards (82 OFF, 81 DEF, 79 OVR)
80.5 Pistons (79 OFF, 82 DEF, 78 OVR)
79.5 Bobcats (73 OFF, 86 DEF, 83 OVR)
79.0 Nets (79 OFF, 79 DEF, 83 OVR)
74.5 Cavaliers (70 OFF, 79 DEF, 77 OVR)
74.5 Raptors (77 OFF, 72 DEF, 73 OVR)
90.0 Lakers (87 OFF, 93 DEF, 89 OVR)
88.5 Nuggets (92 OFF, 85 DEF, 84 OVR)
87.0 Thunder (82 OFF, 92 DEF, 86 OVR)
86.5 Jazz (84 OFF, 89 DEF, 85 OVR)
86.0 Spurs (87 OFF, 85 DEF, 85 OVR)
84.5 Blazers (83 OFF, 86 DEF, 85 OVR)
84.5 Mavericks (81 OFF, 88 DEF, 84 OVR)
84.5 Rockets (86 OFF, 83 DEF, 81 OVR)
84.0 Hornets (86 OFF, 82 DEF, 83 OVR)
82.5 Grizzlies (83 OFF, 82 DEF, 83 OVR)
81.5 Clippers (84 OFF, 79 DEF, 81 OVR)
81.0 Warriors (80 OFF, 82 DEF, 84 OVR)
80.0 Kings (79 OFF, 81 DEF, 81 OVR)
80.0 Suns (83 OFF, 77 DEF, 78 OVR)
78.0 Wolves (77 OFF, 79 DEF, 79 OVR)
THOUGHTS ON SYNERGIZED TEAMS
People keep asking why they are rated so high. They have two of the NBA's top 5 players. Teams with two players on the All-NBA First Team are really, really good. For reference, see Jordan/Pippen and Shaq/Kobe. Toss in that they have a third all-star in Chris Bosh, I mean, how aren't they supposed to be rated higher than LA? It's not like Kobe is playing with a second player who is just as good as he is AND Pau Gasol.
Two simple questions:
Who would you rather have?
A. Shaquille O'Neal and Jermaine O'Neal or Kendrick Perkins and Rasheed Wallace?
B. Shaquille O'Neal and Jermaine O'Neal or Matt Barnes and Theo Ratliff?
Given the relative ease in which these questions can be answered, it's clear that the Celtics' off-season has completely flown under the radar. They made major improvements to their weakest position. When Rondo/Allen/Pierce/KG/Shaq take the court the Celtics will boast a lineup of five future Hall of Famers (yes I know it's a bit early on Rondo, but he's probable so long as he keeps up his level of play). This is a bigger deal than the 2004 Lakers since these guys all fit the system (Gary Payton never did), and have years of chemistry from the Big Four (while Lakers were at the pinnacle of Shaq/Kobe feud).
LOS ANGELES LAKERS
Yeah, they're the champs. They also haven't done as much as other teams. Replacing Jordan Farmar, Josh Powell, and DJ Mbenga with Steve Blake, Matt Barnes, and Theo Ratliff doesn't exactly constitute a successful off-season. Barnes is a nice pickup given the low cost, but he isn't doing much more than taking the scrap minutes that were given to Luke Walton and Sasha Vujacic.
It's a shame the Nuggets are about to break up the team and trade Carmelo Anthony, because Al Harrington would have brought the team the front-court depth it desperately needed last season. Then again, Denver's problem over the last few years is that while they are incredibly talented, they have great difficulty staying healthy or unsuspended. Their window hasn't shut entirely, but it will be once Melo officially demands a trade.
If you want to talk about disappointing offseasons, the only significant move the Magic made was swapping out Barnes for Q-Rich, which is ultimately a sideways move. Given that they struggled mightily against a Boston team that reloaded, not to mention the unification of the super friends, it's difficult to envision a trip to the NBA Finals.
OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER
The best young core in the league is quickly coming into it's own... OKC has an excellent defensive squad, but who will step up to be the legit second scorer Durant needs to push this team over the top?
Al Jefferson could be a better fit than Boozer, as his shotblocking will play better next to Paul Millsap, and the team may have improved defensively... but they are incredibly thin on the bench and aren't exactly the most durable bunch around. If everyone stays healthy, this season will go very smoothly, but if not...
SAN ANTONIO SPURS
The Spurs had an interesting playoffs; they beat down on a 2nd seed Mavs team but were swept by a 3rd seed Suns team. Fortunately with Amare gone, the Suns aren't much of a threat anymore. What the Spurs did on their part to secure their place among the west's elite was get a lot younger this season - they've brought in #1 international prospect Tiago Splitter to (ideally) replace aging Antonio McDyess in the starting lineup, and also drafted James Anderson and signed Gary Neal to replace middling veterans Keith Bogans and Roger Mason.
While we're on the topic of sideways moves, signing Joe Johnson to the max really isn't insuring this team anything more than an annual fourth seed. There's still some upside potential with Al Horford, but this team has reached it's peak about two seasons too late.
There's a solid young core in Portland that is going to continue to get better. All they need to do this season is stay healthy (particularly Greg Oden, who is entering his contract year). There's some uncertainty at PG as Jerryd Bayless looks to overtake the aging Andre Miller (who is 34 and has a 2012 Team Option).
NEW ORLEANS HORNETS
As with past seasons, the health of Chris Paul will determine whether or not the Hornets make the playoffs in the tough western conference. They've balanced the roster by swapping backup PG Darren Collison for SF Trevor Ariza (effectively demoting massively declined Peja Stojakovic to the bench).
With Carlos Boozer, the Bulls have finally found the post presence they've been searching for ever since they foolishly traded Elton Brand. However, the Bulls still need shooters to spread the floor if they want to fully capitalize on Boozer and Derrick Rose's talents. The Bulls will be improved, but won't be true contenders until that happens. They were willing to offer 3 years and 20 million to J.J. Redick (matched by Orlando), but weren't willing to offer Ben Gordon 5 years 50 million? That may come back to haunt them.
The Bucks made great strides last season with Andrew Bogut finally showing why he was a #1 pick, Brandon Jennings proving all his doubters wrong, a resurgent John Salmons leading the playoff push, and a host of relative unknowns coming together to form the perfect team chemistry and a very tough defense. And now that they've signed two offensive minded non-defenders, I fear they've gone and ruined it. Milwaukee needed better talent to get to the next level, but Corey Maggette and Drew Gooden are going be coach Scott Skiles' biggest test ever.
The Mavericks were widely thought to be a team capable of ousting the Lakers last season, but were quickly exposed in the playoffs by a 7th seed Spurs team. They are roughly the same team as last season (Tyson Chandler replacing Erick Dampier), although Chandler has been drawing rave reviews playing for Team USA and may have (finally) returned to his New Orleans form. The team could trade Caron Butler (expiring contract) during the season as he wasn't the world's greatest fit when acquired at the deadline.
NEW YORK KNICKS
They cleared a bunch of cap room to sign the second best player on the D'Antoni Suns that never went to the Finals. Clearly there is still work to be done in NY, but they should at least contend for a low level playoff spot this season.
The Grizzlies made no major moves this summer aside from giving Rudy Gay an unwarranted max contract (say hello to mediocrity and the lottery for the next 5 years). A fully healthy Grizzlies core wasn't good enough to make the playoffs last season, and Tony Allen isn't going to make the difference in that area. Expect a mid-season trade involving Zach Randolph (expiring contract) to a contending team once the Grizzlies realize it's best case scenario is the right to lose to LA in the first round.
The Sixers were a terrible defensive team under coach Eddie Jordan, but that should change with Doug Collins taking over. Last time Collins coached, the Pistons drafted a guy named Grant Hill. Between draftee Evan Turner and Andre Iguodala, Collins certainly has similar players to play around with. They should make the playoffs this season, although there could be quite a few trades along the way.
The Pacers were a bit underrated last season due to injuries they suffered, but came on strong towards the end of the year. They should be a sleeper team this season with Darren Collison running the helm.
The Wiz will be much improved with not only the addition of #1 pick John Wall, but also Gilbert Arenas' return from suspension. Wall should compliment Arenas extremely well, as Arenas' knee injuries and scoring mentality ultimately prevent him from being an effective lead PG going forward. Presuming the team stays drama free, they should contend for a playoff spot this season.
LOS ANGELES CLIPPERS
Blake Griffin will hopefully stay healthy this season, but aside from his return, the Clippers haven't done much this offseason. Their free agent acquisitions (Randy Foye and Ryan Gomes) are poor defenders, and that was the team's biggest weakness this past season. They're not making moves like a team that wants to make the playoffs in the deep western conference.
They certainly shored up their center position by drafting DeMarcus Cousins and Hassan Whiteside, while also trading for Samuel Dalembert. What the Kings really need now is time to let their young core grow together. They don't have a single 30+ year old on the roster.
They didn't re-sign Amare Stoudemire, essentially replacing him with Josh Childress and Hakim Warrick. These aren't bad moves for the future, as Childress is certainly the long-term replacement for 38 year old Grant Hill, but it's not likely to generate many wins this season barring vast improvement from another player on the roster (my money's on Robin Lopez, btw). They won't be good enough for a playoff spot, but they should still be better than most teams in the east.
The Bobcats are coming off the first ever playoff appearance, but will be hard-pressed to repeat that performance. They have a decent shot if their team stays healthy (particularly Tyrus Thomas, who was acquired at the deadline and is expected to play a bigger role this season). Shaun Livingston ran the pick and roll very efficiently during his brief time in Washington, and this could finally be his breakout season playing for coach Larry Brown. If he goes down, however, the Bobcats will be in scatter-mode looking for a PG to save their season.
GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS
By adding 2010 all-star David Lee, the Warriors instantly get a versatile offensive presence they haven't seen in the front-court since Chris Webber. But more importantly, the league's most injured team brought in one of the league's most durable players. The Warriors still won't play much defense, and aren't very talented beyond their top three, but they will still be a fun offensive team capable of putting up big numbers on a lot of nights. Synergy showed Stephen Curry was the 2nd best spot-up shooter in the league (behind Kyle Korver), while David Lee was 8th best finishing the pick and roll.
NEW JERSEY NETS
The Nets have come a long way since their 12 win season. They drafted Derrick Favors, replaced the old bench legs with younger legs. But perhaps most importantly, they will be starting Troy Murphy at PF instead of the incredibly inefficient Yi Jianlian. They may not make the playoffs, but they'll be significantly closer than they were last season.
Trading Al Jefferson for draft picks is probably the best move David Kahn has made so far. Jefferson was a high usage player with poor efficiency, and is still recovering from a torn ACL. Kevin Love is likely the better player going forward and the trade freed up a starting role for him. The team still has a funky structure, and not much talent beyond Love, but they are getting better.
Lost LeBron, lost Shaq, lost Big Z. Gained Joey Graham. Are you kidding me?
Take a 9th place east team, remove their best player, and what do you get? Not a 9th place east team, that much I assure you.
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