Thursday, October 16, 2014

NBA 2K15 - New players added + Free Agent classifications

2K Sports has fixed the missing player issue they've had over the years, adding players regardless of contract status and without delay.  Long gone are the days of 2K13 which had numerous missing players throughout the year.

Since the game launched 9 days ago we've had at least 19 players added to the roster.

K.J. McDaniels (69/SF) - PHI
Casper Ware (66/PG) - PHI
Damien Inglis (69/SF) - MIL (Guaranteed)
Shane Edwards (63/SF) - CLE
Dwight Powell (66/PF) - BOS
Jorge Gutierrez (65/PG) - BRK
Erick Green (69/PG) - DEN
Damjan Rudez (71/SF) - IND (Guaranteed)
Patric Young (67/PF) - NOP
Spencer Dinwiddie (69/PG) - DET (Guaranteed)
Lucas Nogueira (69/PF) - TOR (Guaranteed)
Kostas Papanikolaou (71/SF) - HOU (Guaranteed)
Joey Dorsey (70/PF) - HOU (Guaranteed)
Clint Capela (67/PF) - HOU (Guaranteed)
Zoran Dragic (72/SG) - PHX (Guaranteed)
Grant Jerrett (67/PF) - OKC (Guaranteed)
Glenn Robinson III (67/SF) - MIN
Jason Kapono (65/SF) - GSW
D.J. Mbenga (63/C) - FA

I am relatively certain there are more players (for example, I think Dahntay Jones was removed but then re-added upon his training camp invite in Utah) but it's difficult to say when 2K did not release the Free Agent pool among their pre-release ratings..

One added bonus is this influx has allowed 2K to clean out it's Free Agent pool.  As of this writing there are 99 players in the FA pool.

Jordan Hamilton (70/SF), Diante Garrett (69/PG), Alonzo Gee (69/SF), Doron Lamb (69/SG), Chris Johnson (68/SF), Charlie Villanueva (68/PF), Rasual Butler (69/SF), Josh Powell (67/PF), Dionte Christmas, Peyton Siva (66/PG), Ronnie Price (66/PG), Justin Holiday (65/SG), Earl Barron (65/C), Lorenzo Brown (65/PG), Kim English (65/SG), Dexter Pittman (65/C), Seth Curry (65/PG), Brian Cook (65/PF), Kyrylo Fesenko (63/C), D.J. Mbenga (63/C)
Players invited to training camp.  Some will make the team roster, but most will head to the...

Nobody fits this classification yet, as the league doesn't begin its roster process until just after the NBA season has started.  It will be filled with Non-Guarantees and...

Robert Covington (70/SF), Jamaal Franklin (69/SG), Ronnie Brewer (69/SG), John Lucas (69/PG), Keith Bogans (68/SG), Dante Cunningham (68/PF), Jarvis Varnado (67/PF), Malcolm Thomas (66/PF), Reggie Williams (66/SF), Othyus Jeffers (65/SG), Hasheem Thabeet (65/C). Josh Akognon (65/PG), Erik Murphy (65/PF), Sherron Collins (65/PG), Rodney Carney (64/SF), Lazar Hayward (64/SF), Vander Blue (64/SG), Solomon Alabi (63/C), Royal Ivey (59/PG)
Players without domestic or international contracts. Most were waived by teams in the last 30 days, else they would be in camp.

Emeka Okafor (73/C), Andrew Bynum (73/C), Rashard Lewis (73/PF), Carlos Delfino (70/SF), Greg Oden (68/C)
Players good enough to make an NBA team but presently not healthy enough to pass their physical.

Ray Allen (78/SG), Jermaine O'Neal (73/C), Kenyon Martin (70/PF)
Distinguishes vets choosing to sit out in order to join a contender at an advantageous moment.

Vitor Faverani (72/C), Francisco Garcia (69/SF), Robbie Hummel (68/SF), Tony Mitchell (68/SF)
Players in 2K15's FA pool because the team's guaranteed contracts exceed their 15 available roster spots.

Andray Blatche (75/C), Jordan Crawford (74/SG), Michael Beasley (72/SF), Miroslav Raduljica (67/C), Mike Harris (65/SF), D.J. White (65/PF), Daniel Orton (63/C)
Basically the list of players who signed in China.  The Chinese season ends late-February which gives players time to re-join the NBA before the playoffs (most recently Shavlik Randolph).

MarShon Brooks (71/SG), James Anderson (71/SG), Josh Harrellson (68/C), Nando De Colo (68/PG), Julyan Stone (67/PG), Dwight Buycks (66/PG), Gustavo Ayon (66/C), Hilton Armstrong (66/C), Jan Vesely (66/PF), Fab Melo (65/C), Tornike Shengelia (64/SF), Jon Brockman (64/PF), Viacheslav Kravtsov (64/C), Darington Hobson (63/SF), Justin Harper (63/PF), Luke Harangody (62/PF), Sasha Pavlovic (62/SF), Andy Rautins (61/SG), Orien Greene (60/PG), James Nunnally (60/SF), Darnell Jackson (58/PF)
Players signed internationally who do not have NBA out-clauses for the 2014-15 season (with some even having multi-year deals).  It is very difficult for players to return to the NBA once they reach this classification, and some even lose the desire to, as they are getting comparable NBA money and much greater opportunity.

Chauncey Billups (72/PG), Lamar Odom (67/PF), Earl Watson (67/PG), Andris Biedrins (66/C), Jason Collins (66/C), Mike James (65/PG), Brian Cardinal (65/PF), Melvin Ely (65/C), Kwame Brown (65/C), Kelenna Azubuike (65/SG), Marquis Daniels (65/SF), Malik Allen (64/PF), Bobby Simmons (64/SF), Ronald Dupree (64/SF), Quinton Ross (64/SG), Matt Carroll (63/SG), Brian Skinner (63/C), DeSagana Diop (63/C), Vladimir Radmanovic (63/PF), Francisco Elson (62/C)
Players who either announced their retirement or have unofficially given up playing professional basketball.

I'm personally in favor of all "Retired" and "Permanent International" players being removed from the roster to further unclutter the Free Agent pool (99 FAs is still a lot).  These players stay in 2K's database and can be easily re-added to the roster if necessary at any time.  Given how quickly they are doing this now, I don't anticipate any issues.


troglodytes said...

You mentioned Dahntay Jones. Besides him, are these players still missing?

Sebastian Telfair (OKC), Shawne Williams (MIA), Joe Harris (CLE), Cory Jefferson (BRK), Mike Muscala, Roy Marble (ORL), Darius Morris (POR), Eric Moreland (SAC), Greg Stiemsma (TOR)

Jaysen said...

Rashidi!!! Look man.. You need to do a youtube channel and get that exposure. You already are putting in the work, we all know, no doubt. You'd kill it .. IMO lol. I'm serious though. They're not on your level in many respects. Although idk how good you are as a gamer. As far as everything else, I believe youre on another level. Im talking about the other nba 2k15 gamers who have a youtube channel. I believe if you were not so critical of 2k and had your own channel on youtube... YOUDA BEEN IN THE COMMERCIAL TOO! because there are not many bigger fans than y'all.

Great work as always. I was about to donate but I only 16usd in my bank account.

Nice won said...

They need the update for ps3 raptors missing steemsa n nogariua

Nice won said...

They need a update for ps3 raptors missing Greg stemsa n Lucas nogaria