Here's a nifty little review of 2K's opening night roster. You guys know how much I love the rosters this company has been putting out the last decade.
87 Overall (+2)
81 OBD (+1)
95 OffAwr (+3)
76 DefAwr (+6)
99 Stamina (+2)
Analysis: The overrated get more overrated... were people really complaining that Rose wasn't rated higher than an all-star PF?
Position: SG (from SF)
86 Overall (+1)
Analysis: No rating changes, just a position switch. Anyone else find it comical that Iggy doesn't average 20 ppg, can't make an all-star team, can't lead a team to the playoffs, but annually gets ratings on par with Brandon Roy?
85 Overall (+4)
86 Inside (+1)
76 Medium (+1)
78 FT (-2)
56 OffReb (+6)
41 DefReb (+2)
70 Consistency (+45)
99 Stamina (+4)
96 Speed (+3)
98 Quick (+2)
Analysis: Westbrook's consistency obviously needed a big boost. I'm not so sure about the speed/quickness, but I suppose if you're going to overrate Derrick Rose and John Wall in those categories, Russell Westbrook better be right there with them.
76 Overall (+2)
43 Pass (+12)
75 OffAwr (+8)
65 DefAwr (+10)
Analysis: A start, but let's get real, he is far from a finished rating product. He is less athletic than 38 year old Shaq.
Position: SF (from PF)
+5 Overall (+5)
Analysis: This is why we don't weigh overall too heavily around here, especially for players caught between positions. It's worth noting that the 2K Insider did NOT lower Young's Mid-range rating from it's incredulously high 86. I know for a fact that this was brought to 2K's attention NUMEROUS times over the last month. Apparently the fans AND stats lie.
75 Overall (+6)
87 Inside (+3)
77 Medium (+6)
83 3pt (-2)
70 SOD (+2) - For a spot-up player? 2K does watch the games, right?
70 Handle (+6)
64 Off-Hand (+6)
54 Security (+3)
44 Pass (+4)
67 Block (+15) - Completely unwarranted, he ain't Kirilenko.
71 Steal (+3)
72 Hands (+11)
82 OBD (+2)
45 OffReb (-17)
56 DefReb (+10)
53 PostOff (+12)
66 PostDef (+3)
60 OffAwr (+2)
79 DefAwr (+9) - I had 78.
40 DefClutch (+15) - This is where I had it.
50 Consistency (+25) - This is where I had it.
88 Stamina (+3)
78 Speed (+9) - I had 79.
76 Quick (+4)
78 Potential (+6)
Analysis: Nice to see a very comprehensive edit, but some of these values are out of left field, and surely designed to boost him to his currently lofty overall.
Kevin Martin got a new jumper... you'll never guess whose... KENYON Martin's. 2K Sports, hard at work, 11 years running.
Stephen Curry gets former teammate Kelenna Azubuike's jumper
MISSING PLAYERS ADDED
62 - Darington Hobson (SF) - Bucks
59 - Omer Asik (C) - Bulls
58 - Luke Harangody - Celtics
52 - Pape Sy (PG/SG) - Hawks (YES, YOU READ THAT CORRECTLY. PG/SG.
50 - Dexter Pittman (C) - Heat
64 - Landry Fields (SF/SG) - Knicks
66 - Devin Ebanks (SF) - Lakers
63 - Derrick Caracter (PF) - Lakers
66 - Terrico White (SG) - Pistons
64 - Armon Johnson (PG) - Blazers
62 - Jeremy Lin (GSW) - Warriors
MISSING PLAYERS... STILL MISSING
Sherron Collins (PG) - Bobcats
Christian Eyenga (SG/SF) - Cavaliers
Manny Harris (SG/SF) - Cavaliers
Samardo Samuels (PF/C) - Cavaliers
Semih Erden (C) - Celtics
Willie Warren (SG) - Clippers
Eugene Jeter (PG) - Kings
Ben Uzoh (PG) - Nets
Gary Forbes (SF) - Nuggets
Lance Stephenson (SG) - Pacers
Solomon Alabi (C) - Raptors
Ishmael Smith (PG) - Rockets
Gary Neal (SG) - Spurs
Matt Janning (SG) - Suns
Gani Lawal (PF) - Suns
Garret Siler (C) - Suns
Jeff Adrien (PF) - Warriors
Hamady N'Diaye (C) - Wizards
VARIOUS ROSTER ERRORS
Sundiata Gaines still on Jazz
Ronald Dupree still on Raptors
Dwayne Jones still on Suns
Coby Karl still on Nuggets (he only signed in Spain A MONTH AGO...)
Melvin Ely still missing from Nuggets roster (thousand bucks says they don't even know he's in the FA pool)
Lester Hudson still missing from Wizards roster
Maurice Ager is still mising from the Wolves roster
Royal Ivey is still missing from Thunder roster... even though he signed a guaranteed contract with the team over the summer. 2K Insider my ass.
PLAYERS GONE AWOL
Allen Iverson (SG/PG)
Sergio Rodriguez (PG) - Actually, he didn't even make it into the 2K10 defaults.
Stephon Marbury, who left for China LAST SEASON, and just signed a THREE YEAR CONTRACT to stay in China for the rest of his professional career, remains in the game.
Brevin Knight and Malik Rose, who retired last season to call Bobcats and Knick games, also remain in the game.
Lindsey Hunter, who retired in the middle of last season to become an assistant coach, he's still here too.
Mark Madsen is a D-League coach, and retired almost 2 years ago now. He's still in the game.
Jerome James... nevermind, it still hurts to talk about it.
The last court Kirk Snyder stepped foot into sentenced him to prison. He's still in the game. Who wants to place bets that he's removed from prison before he's removed from 2K's rosters?
Lynn Greer and Vassilis Spanoulis, who played one season each in the NBA back in 2007 before returning to Europe, they too remain in the game.
Ha-Seung Jin hasn't played in the NBA since 2006. It's been 5 years. He's still in the game.
Jared Jordan, Devon Hardin, and Brandon Wallace have NEVER played a single NBA game in their lives. They're still in the game.
But the second Allen Iverson (a five-time 2K coverboy) signs in Turkey? Gone the next day.
MAKING FUN OF 2K'S INJURIES
My favorite part of the night, reserved for my least favorite part about 2K's rosters (and I'm far from alone in this regard). Time to laugh at the injuries that us common users cannot remove.
YELLOW - Still playable, and still trying to figure out why this is given to players who are NOT playing through their injuries. Give it to guys like Iguodala.
(CHA) Dominic McGuire: Shin Splints (4-6 weeks)
(MIL) Darington Hobson: Bruised Hip (12-14 months) - Um, why isn't he red?
(CHI) Carlos Boozer: Broken Finger (6-8 weeks)
(SAC) Samuel Dalember: Bruised Hip (4-6 weeks)
(NYK) Eddy Curry: Strained Hamstring (6-8 months) - I can't help but laugh at the unintentional accuracy of this one. In reality though, Curry should be healthy in November.
(ORL) Daniel Orton: Sore Knee (8-10 weeks)
(MIN) Jonny Flynn: Bruised Hip (4-6 months) - He sounds like he'll be back in two weeks.
(GSW) Louis Amundson: Broken Finger (4-6 weeks)
RED - Not playable. Oh, and you also can't release them. POINTLESS RESTRICTIONS FTW
(MIL) Michael Redd: Torn ACL (12-14 months) - He's working towards a March return.
(BOS) Kendrick Perkins: Torn MCL (8-10 months) - He'll be back in February, if not January.
(BOS) Delonte West: Suspended (2-4 weeks)
(MIA) Mike Miller: Torn Hand Ligament (1-2 months) - Apparently January is 6 weeks from now.
(UTA) Mehmet Okur: Torn Achilles (8-10 months) - He'll be back in December.
(NYK) Kelenna Azubuike: Torn Patellar Tendon (12-14 months)
(LAL) Andrew Bynum: Arthoscopic Surgery (4-6 Months) - December is a long time from now. I still have half a year to go christmas shopping.
(DAL) Rodrigue Beaubois: Broken Foot (2-4 months) - He'll be back in November.
(DEN) Kenyon Martin: Arthoscopic Surgery (6-8 months) - Shooting for January 1st.
(DEN) Chris Andersen: Torn Patellar Tendon (4-6 months) - Shooting for December 1st.
(IND) Kareem Rush: Suspended (1-2 weeks)
(DET) Terrico White: Broken Foot (8-10 weeks) - OH MY GOD! A RETURN DATE THAT'S FINALLY ACCURATE!
(DET) Jonas Jerebko: Torn Achilles (4-6 months) - SEE ABOVE!
(TOR) Ed Davis: Arthoscopic Surgery (8-10 weeks)
(POR) Greg Oden: Broken Patella (12-14 months) - Fortune telling at it's finest.
(POR) Joel Przybilla: Torn Patellar Tendon (10-12 months) - He is already practicing with the team.
(GSW) Ekpe Udoh: Broken Wrist (6-8 months) - Coming back in January.
(WAS) Josh Howard: Torn ACL (10-12 months) - Coming back in December, if not November.
(FA) Jeff Pendergraph: Torn ACL (10-12 months)
INJURED PLAYERS WHO AREN'T INJURED!
(PHI) Andre Iguodala
(CHA) Kwame Brown: Should be out at least another 2 weeks.
(MIL) Chris Douglas-Roberts: Eye surgery announced date of roster release. 2K gets a break.
(MEM) Marc Gasol
(SAS) Tiago Splitter
I'm sure there's a few others.
The more I see these 2K rosters, the more I am convinced that the 2K Insider is a techie/suit that simply doesn't watch the NBA.