78 Overall (+5)
90 Close (+5)
74 Medium (+8)
72 Block (+4)
65 Steal (+23)
86 Hands (+4)
85 OffReb (+14)
70 DefReb (-6)
79 OffPost (+6)
79 OffAwr (+3)
72 DefAwr (+3)
35 OffClutch (+10)
70 Consistency (+25)
83 Stamina (+6)
77 Hustle (+3)
Brand got some much needed boosts, some of which were needed even before his resurgence (Mid-range, Steals, Stamina, DefAwr). As is the 2K standard, his blocks were already overrated, yet still got a boost. 2K also could have dropped his defensive rebounding much further, as he is only worthy of a 57 at present (his DREB rate of 15% is exactly where it was last season - surely safe to say this is a facet of his game he didn't recover after the knee injury (not that Elton was ever a strong defensive rebounder, as he never topped 20% in a full season).
75 Overall (-1)
73 Medium (-13)
Fans have been begging the Insider for this change (on his blog, no less) and he finally responded, 6 weeks later.
80 Overall (+3)
79 Inside (+4)
75 Close (+8)
72 FT (+2)
86 Block (+4)
99 OffReb (+1)
97 DefReb (+3)
87 PostDef (+3)
68 OffAwr (+5)
94 DefAwr (+3)
63 Strength (+2)
Fun facts! According to hoopdata.com Noah is 0-1 from 10-15 feet this season. He got +8 Close rating. Meanwhile Noah is 9-26 from 16-23 feet this season. He was 29-67 last season. Noah has 35 Mid-range, which is the lowest possible rating.
Fun facts! The 2K Insider has surely never even heard of hoopdata.com.
Fun facts! The 2K Insider has surely never heard of "data".
Fun facts! Noah is blocking fewer shots than last season yet still got a block rating boost!
Fun facts! In all this editing, the 2K Insider saw nothing wrong with Noah's 45 Shoot In Traffic rating!
Fun facts! The 2K Insider seems to have Joakim Noah (99 OffReb, 97 DefReb) mixed up with Kevin Love! Noah is 9th in the league in ORB% and 10th in DRB%.
Rhetorical questions! How many times do you think former Chicago Bull Dennis Rodman was 10th in the league in either rebounding category?
68 Overall (+4)
82 3pt (+9)
73 FT (+6)
70 Pass (+12)
69 Steal (+4)
65 OffAwr (+3)
40 Consistency (+15)
Bledsoe is 5-11 from 3pt range through 10 games. He is attempting 1.3 threes per 36 minutes, a very small amount. His sample is incredibly small. And yet, he is now rated like a sharpshooting threat who could go deep at any time. Also, having gone a mere 11-15 from the FT line this season, isn't it a wee bit early to boost a historically poor FT shooter? If he misses his next FT he's back down to .687. SAMPLE SIZES ARE ELEFREAKINMENTARY.
86 Overall (+2)
82 Medium (+4)
79 3pt (+6)
72 LPS (+4)
78 FT (+3)
44 Pass (+12)
84 Hands (+5)
52 OffReb (+5)
71 DefReb (+5)
86 OffAwr (+2)
Speaking of sample sizes, it is absolutely MIND BOGGLING (I feel like I say this every week) that Bledsoe is a meager 5-11 from 3pt range (10 games), which merits a 82 3pt rating, while Rudy Gay is 18-42 (10 games) and yet this merits only a 79 3pt rating. Perhaps instead of an "Insider", 2K Sports would be better off having a monkey sit in front of a typewriter to determine their ratings. The sad thing is the odds are actually in favor of that being more effective.
Also, can someone explain to me how it is possible that a player with a career 13.7 DREB% (14.2% this season) actually WENT UP!!!!!!!! to a 71 RebDef rating? I just went over how Brand has 15 DREB% and is overrated with 70 RebDef and Gay is one point higher despite DREB% a full point lower. SOMEBODY GET 2K A MONKEY ASAP!!!!!!!
83 Overall (-4)
90 LPS (-5)
71 OffReb (-15)
73 DefReb (-16)
90 OffPost (-4)
86 OffAwr (-7)
80 Consistency (-10)
I would buy the reduction in Bosh's post game if he wasn't overrated in this to begin with (just going by Toronto production). His offensive capabilities are still absurdly good, between 94 Inside, 82 Close, 85 Medium, and Post ratings that are still elite. The main thing that dropped was Bosh's rebounding though. However, even with 16.5 DREB% that is easily a career low, he obviously deserves to be more than 2 points better than Rudy Gay and his "much improved"14.2%. NO CONSISTENCY.
72 Overall (+6)
82 Close (+11)
83 3pt (-2)
79 FT (+4)
64 SIT (+4)
41 Pass (+10)
58 Steal (+6)
77 Hands (+11)
64 PostDef (+10)
63 OffAwr (+18)
81 DefAwr (+5)
45 DefClutch (+20)
50 Consistency (+25)
83 Stamina (+6)
48 Shot Tendency (+12)
Finally, an edit that I somewhat like. Afflalo had a lot of ratings that needed to go up, and 2K nailed most of them. Afflalo is also the first player to have *GASP* a tendency adjustment.
75 Overall (+2)
84 3pt (+2)
71 FT (-7)
70 Steals (+8)
75 Hands (+5)
45 OffReb (+2)
81 OffAwr (+2)
80 Consistency (+10)
93 Stamina (+2)
66 Shot Tendency (+3)
86 Overall (+2)
93 Steal (+4)
95 OffAwr (+3)
77 DefAwr (+3)
82 Overall (+2)
83 3pt (-3)
82 SOD (+4)
84 Pass (+2)
90 Steal (+4)
84 OffAwr (+4)
67 DefAwr (+4)
Ellis and Curry both got boosts in steals and awareness. Again picking on 2K's lack of consistency...
2010: 2.6 STL%
2011: 3.5 STL%
There is no reason why Monta should have the higher steal rating.
67 Overall (+1)
64 Speed (+10)
61 Quickness (+10)
It only took 2K three years to realize McGee was athletic. Well done. Speaking of McGee, he is leading the league in BLK% with a ridiculous 10.0% after leading last season with 8.0%, and he maintains a 6.8 career BLK%. It is most definitely worth noting that Dikembe Mutombo only topped 8% once (8.8 in 1996) and finished his career with 6.3 BLK%. Why do I bring this up? McGee's block rating is only 92 (a mere 4 points ahead of Pau Gasol). One would think that with an "Insider" so notorious for overrating players in shot blocking, he'd be able to get the easy ones. But then, that's why we put "Insider" in quotation marks so much around here.
All told, that's a total of 11 player edits, with 2 of them (Young and McGee) being minor albeit long needed adjustments to specific ratings. In other words, what I do in about 2 hours.
62 - Manny Harris (SG) - Cavaliers
60 - Samardo Samuels (PF) - Cavaliers
53 - Christian Eyenga (SG/SF) - Cavaliers
62 - Eugene Jeter (PG/SG) - Kings
60 - Ben Uzoh (PG/SG) - Nets
61 - Jeff Adrien (PF) - Warriors
57 - Hamady N'Diaye (C) - Wizards
Garret Siler (C) - Suns
One player is missing. That is super annoying. Forget that we're now three weeks into the NBA season. You seriously couldn't add the one missing player before roster release? The worst part is Siler is the only one of Phoenix's initial three missing players that has actually played a game thus far. Please get your priorities straight 2K.
Sixers: Jodie Meeks is on the Sixer IR even though he is playing big minutes with Andre Iguodala struggling through injuries. He should take the place of Darius Songaila, who has barely played.
Bucks: Drew Gooden has been starting since day one, but remains on the bench in favor of Mbah a Moute. LRMAM has been starting for Carlos Delfino, who has missed some games with concussion symptoms. Delfino is still in the starting lineup, however. Gooden clearly needs to be there.
Grizzlies: Greivis Vazquez has been getting minutes but is on the team's IR. DeMarre Carroll should take his place.
Hawks: Maurice Evans is injured and has no time-table for return, yet is healthy and on Atlanta's active roster. Etan Thomas should take his spot.
Hornets: Quincy Pondexter is part of the team's rotation now. Marcus Thornton has fallen out of it, and spent the last game on the team's inactive list.
Knicks: Ronny Turiaf is "injured" yet will possibly be starting the Knicks' next game. Go figure. He also has "Red" injury status despite the injury being a minor one. Carlos Delfino has also been missing games but he's still in the Bucks starting lineup. The 2K Insider deserves a 25 Consistency rating.
Mavericks: DeShawn Stevenson has been starting for Dallas, placing Jason Terry back into his 6th man role. Yet Stevenson isn't even part of the team's rotation.
Rockets: Patrick Patterson was sent down to the D-League but still occupies an active roster spot (instead of Jermaine Taylor).
Suns: Dwayne Jones is still a Phoenix Sun even though there are now enough players on the team required to release him. This was excusable when Gani Lawal and Matt Janning were missing from the game, but now that they are not, there is no reason for him to occupy a roster spot (even if Garret Sliler is still missing). Maddeningly, Jones occupies an active spot on the online roster, instead of Lawal or Janning. Simply sloppy work by the 2K Insider.
Spurs: Bobby Simmons and Garrett Temple were both waived by the San Antonio Spurs, but still occupy roster spots and are on the online team. Chris Quinn was signed by the Spurs after they waived Simmons, which also lead to Temple's release a few days later. Not only is Quinn missing from the team, but Alonzo Gee occupies a spot on the IR even though he is still a member of the team and has higher ratings than both Simmons and Temple. What kills me is that Joe Alexander was waived by New Orleans YESTERDAY and the 2K Insider included that, but seemingly wasn't able to follow up on these transactions that happened much earlier in the week. Again, these changes are presumably coming from a person on company payroll, whose salary is being paid by the copies of the game that were sold. I would think our expectations should be high enough to expect the company's roster editor to keep up with "minor" details like the league transactions.
A new addition to the roster analysis. All of these injuries are dissolved when an Association is started, which means this information is primarily relevant to online players, as these are the players who will not be available in online games. Red denotes a player who cannot be used, while others have minor "nagging" injuries that they can still play through (even though EVERY player on this list is NOT playing through their injuries in real life).
Bobcats: Dominic McGuire (-10), Kwame Brown (-19)
Bucks: Chris Douglas-Roberts (-11), Darington Hobson (-4), Michael Redd (-24)
Bulls: Carlos Boozer (-10)
Cavaliers: Mo Williams (-7)
Celtics: Jermaine O'Neal (-10), Kendrick Perkins (-10), Avery Bradley (-12)
Clippers: Baron Davis (-11), Randy Foye (-7), Chris Kaman (-24)
Heat: Mike Miller (-11)
Jazz: Mehmet Okur (-27)
Knicks: Eddy Curry (-5), Ronny Turiaf (-9), Kelenna Azubuike (-24)
Lakers: Andrew Bynum (-9)
Magic: Daniel Orton (-7)
Mavericks: Rodrigue Beaubois (-12)
Nuggets: Kenyon Martin (-10), Chris Andersen (-23)
Pacers: Jeff Foster (-19)
Pistons: Chris Wilcox (-5), Terrico White (-11), Jonas Jerebko (-20)
Raptors: Leandro Barbosa (-11), Ed Davis (-8), Linas Kleiza (-10)
Rockets: Yao Ming (-10), Aaron Brooks (-24)
Spurs: James Anderson (-10)
Thunder: Nick Collison (-8)
Timberwolves: Jonny Flynn (-6), Martell Webster (-6), Luke Ridnour (-12)
Trail Blazers: Greg Oden (-25), Joel Przybilla (-22), Elliot Williams (-20)
Warriors: David Lee (-7), Ekpe Udoh (-11), Louis Amundson (-8)
Wizards: Josh Howard (-23)
Free Agents: Jeff Pendergraph (-21)
For the most part, injured players are moved to the IR, regardless of their status, but in some cases, teams suffer so many injuries that there isn't enough room on the IR. If that player has "Yellow" status, it means they can still be used in online games. This will surely come into play later in the season, but for now there is only one injured player still on their team's active roster.
Usable "Injured" players: Randy Foye (Clippers)