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NBA2K14 Ratings Leaked

Hello all! I know it’s been a while since we’ve posted, but the leaking of the NBA2k14 ratings seemed like the perfect opportunity to get back into it! This article will cover the top 3 players in each team, the first 22 selected rookies of the 2013 NBA Draft and how they rated and finally, I’ve looked at every player who had a rating of above 80 and ranked them in order of rating.

TOP 3 RATED PLAYERS IN EACH TEAM

EAST
Philadelphia 76ers

Thaddeus Young 79
Evan Turner 75
Jason Richardson 74

Thaddeus Young

Thaddeus Young leads a weak 76ers team in terms of 2k ratings. The 76ers are ‘tanking’ this year as they are looking for a high lottery position in the 2014 draft. Jason Richardson possibly rated a little too highly with an aging body, but three-point threats tend to rate higher in virtual sports.

Charlotte Bobcats
Al Jefferson 84
Kemba Walker 83
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist 77

Al Jefferson

Newly acquired Jefferson leads a Bobcats team in the ratings, but the youthful trio of Walker, Kidd-Gilchrist and Cody Zeller will ultimately determine how many games this team wins. Cody Zeller has possibly been underrated a little from 2k with a rating of just 68 probably not doing justice to this Rookie of the Year contender.
Milwaukee Bucks
O.J. Mayo 81
Caron Butler 80
Larry Sanders 79

Larry Sanders - Milwaukee Bucks v Brooklyn NetsLarry Sanders

O.J. Mayo leads this Bucks team, another of these fringe playoff teams last season tanking this season. With the Bucks on the rebuild, the 2014 Draft would be the best place to start and GM John Hammond has realised this. The wing duo of Mayo and Butler partnered with the interior presence of Sanders and Ersan Ilyasova could sneak the Bucks a few upset victories, but don’t get you’re hopes up Milwaukee fans.
Chicago Bulls
Derrick Rose 92
Joakhim Noah 81
Luol Deng 80

Derrick Rose Derrick Rose #1 of the Chicago Bulls reacts after a slam dunk against the Phoenix Suns during the NBA game at US Airways Center on January 22, 2010 in Phoenix, Arizona.  The Bulls defeated the Suns 115-104.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.Derrick Rose

Derrick Rose leads the 2k ratings and will lead this well oiled Bulls machine deep into the playoffs once again this season. A legitimate MVP candidate, Rose’s rating is definitely justified in his play. The Bulls are always a fun team to play 2K with as ‘cheesing’ with Derrick Rose is one of the best parts of the game. In real life though, his supporting cast of Deng, Noah and Jimmy Butler will maintain the Bulls precense as one of the best two-way teams in the league.
Cleveland Cavaliers
Kyrie Irving 88
Andrew Bynum 86
Jarrett Jack 79

Kyrie Irving - BBVA Rising Stars Challenge 2013Kyrie Irving
Kyrie Irving is the best young player in the NBA. The Cleveland Cavaliers are possibly the best young team in the NBA. Coincedince? Definitely not. Irving is hands down in the the top 5 point guards in the league and would arguably be the most exciting player in the league. Tipped to be the man to give DRose and Chris Paul a run for their money as the number 1 point guard, expect Irvings already lofty 88 rating to further improve in years to come. Superstar.
Boston Celtics
Rajon Rondo 90
Jeff Green 79
Avery Bradley 78
Rajon Rondo - Chicago Bulls v Boston CelticsRajon Rondo
I believe that Rajon Rondo will be transferred out of the Celtics by the end of this season. Whether it be before the start of the season is the real question. The Celtics are another of about a 7-strong list of teams playing for draft picks and Rondo only improves them. As shown by his 90 rating, he is one of the stars of the game and as shown by the 11 point difference to the next best player, he has no one around him. The Celtics will not be one of the most popular teams to play as in NBA2K14.
Atlanta Hawks
Al Horford 81
Paul Millsap 80
Lou Williams 79
Paul Millsap - Utah Jazz v Atlanta HawksPaul Millsap
New addition Paul Millsap was a good one for the Hawks.
He and Horford (shown above) will have to become nearly
the leagues best frontcourts for the Hawks to come
anywhere close to the Eastern Conference Finals.

The Atlanta Hawks are a well-rounded, middle of the road type team. This is exactly how they’ve been ranked, with just 3 points separating their best and fourth best players. (Elton Brand 78). The Hawks can be expected to have another bland season where they finish satisfactorily, not poorly but not brilliantly. This has been the case for the last 6 years, with the Hawks always making playoffs but not once advancing to the Eastern Conference Finals.
Miami Heat
LeBron James 99
Dwyane Wade 91
Chris Bosh 82
LeBron James and Dwyane Wade - Miami Heat v San Antonio Spurs: Game 5LeBron James and Dwyane Wade
As long as the Heat have these two, they’re going to be one of the best teams in the NBA. LeBron’s rating of 99 just examplifies that he is nearly the perfect player. A man who could go down as the second best ever deserves the rating. Playing with the Heat on videogames is effectively cheating nowadays, with LeBron being able to do everything and anything and DWade not being too shabby himself. Expect the Heat to be there at the pointy end of the season once more.

New York Knicks
Carmelo Anthony 92
J.R. Smith 83
Iman Shumpert 82
Amare Stoudemire 82
Carmelo AnthonyCarmelo Anthony
The leagues scoring champion and clear second best scorer Carmelo Anthony is perfectly at 92. With the game being nearly all about offence, it makes sense that ‘Melo would be one of the highest rated in the business. As far as the others go, the only query I have is why Tyson Chandler is rated below Raymond Felton. Chandler is a top 5 centre, albeit in an extremely weak centre class, and Felton is an aging point guard, with limited untapped upside. Although I understand the game is offensively based, the Knicks second best player should still be rated far above the 77 he is rated at in this years version.
Orlando Magic
Victor Oladipo 76
Arron Afflalo 76
Jameer Nelson 76

Victor Oladipo
When a rookie who hasn’t even seen a minute of NBA action is your equal top rated player, you’re in trouble, It’s even worse if all three of you ‘best’ have the same strongest position. That’s the exact position the Orlando Magic find themselves in. Oladipo is the future for this tanking Magic, and if they do become the worst team in the league, as they were last season, he and a 2014 draft pick will make this team an exciting prospect for the future. But for now, gamers won’t be rushing to play as the Magic.
Washington Wizards
John Wall 85
Nene Hilario 79
Emeka Okafor 78
John Wall - Washington Wizards v Brooklyn NetsJohn Wall

John Wall is a star. Tucked away in Washington, the former top draft pick hasn’t been viewed as living up to expectations, but this year will be the year that everyone will see how good Wall truly is. Although some might argue that 85 is far too high a rating for Wall, it is just about perfect in my view, as this guy can really ball. The Wizards will be a team to look out for this year with youthful wing combo of number 3 draft picks Bradley Beal and Otto Porter Jr. partnered with Wall, an experienced frontcourt and a decent bench, they’ll be good to watch in reality and fun to play as virtually.
Detroit Pistons
Josh Smith 87
Brandon Jennings 83
Chauncey Billups 81
Brandon Jennings - Milwaukee Bucks v Dallas MavericksBrandon Jennings
The Detroit Pistons are a weird team. The three highest rated players on this team are all offseason additions and all are confusing moves that will either see the Pistons hit the jackpot or stay in the obscurity they’re currently in. With Josh Smith, they’ve brought in a top 3 Power Forward who is terrible at shooting beyond the paint to play Small Forward and do exactly that. They’ve brought in a shoot first Point, which will mean guys like Greg Monroe (80) will see much less of the ball. With the three point threats of Jennings and Billups and the dunking ability of Smith, Monroe and Andre Drummond, one thing is certain, the Pistons will be great fun to play with on 2k14.
Toronto Raptors
Rudy Gay 86
Kyle Lowry 83
DeMar DeRozan 77
Rudy Gay - Toronto Raptors v New York KnicksRudy Gay
The Toronto Raptors are an extremely fun team to play virtual sports with. Whether it be dunking with Jonas Valanciunas, Rudy Gay and DeMar DeRozan or hitting threes with Gay and Lowry, this team is good fun. The rankings maybe give the Raptors a bit of silver lining, with Gay and Lowry both being above their actual rating, but they certainly will be a team to look out for this year. Offensively they boast one of the best wing combos in the game and defensively they look solid as well. The Canadian boys will improve this year.

Brooklyn Nets
Deron Williams 88
Paul Pierce 84
Kevin Garnett 82
Deron Williams - Chicago Bulls v Brooklyn Nets - Game SevenDeron Williams

The Brooklyn Nets, wow. This team will be one awesome team to play with when NBA2k14 does come out! With their lowest rated started Brook Lopez having a rating of 80 if you don’t mind, the talent is everywhere! Although they’ll be great to play with, it’s hard not to disagree with some of the ratings. Firstly, Deron Williams shares an 88 rating with players such as Kyrie Irving and James Harden and is above players the caliber of Tony Parker and Tim Duncan. Williams had a poor season and a more suitable rating would be 83-85. Also, an aging Kevin Garnett above career-year Brook Lopez? I believe the producers have just gone with KG’s reputation on this one.
Indiana Pacers
Paul George 87
Roy  Hibbert 80
Danny Granger 80
Paul George - Miami Heat v Indiana Pacers - Game SixPaul George
2k sports has rated the Indiana Pacers very well. Paul George is one of the best young players in the game and deserves the 87 rating, whilst Hibbert and Granger are both deserved of the 80 rating.  The wings at the Pacers will be very crowded this year, with two stars in Granger and George, it will be hard to play both at once and get maximum productivity. A possible Granger trade is still very much on the cards, a move that would help the Pacers and definitely another team. Expect the Pacers to make a run and they may be the team that finally beats the Heat.

WEST
Dallas Mavericks
Monta Ellis 84
Dirk Nowitzki 83
Shaun Marion 79
Dirk Nowitzki - Dallas Mavericks v Denver NuggetsDirk Nowitzki
Monta Ellis above Dirk Nowitzki? Think again 2k! Whilst Ellis can be exhillerating and can light up a game with his smooth stroke, Nowitzki is the heart and sole of the Mavericks and is still one of the best players in the league. More suitable ratings would be Ellis 82 and Nowitzki 85. Although Dirk is no longer the player he once was, he is still an absolute star and with that unstoppable fadeaway, he is a complete player. Other than this, the Mavericks have actually been rated quite well in this version and will be an interesting proposition in the 2013-14 season.
Denver Nuggets

Ty Lawson 85
Wilson Chandler 81
Nate Robinson 80
Kenneth Faried 80
Ty Lawson - Golden State Warriors v Denver Nuggets Ty Lawson
The Nuggets fired Coach of the Year George Karl this offseason, in a surprising move that made sense to absolutely no one. They also moved along their two best defensive players in Andre Iguodala and Kosta Koufos. What does this result in? A team that is 100% offensively minded and a team that will be extremely fun to play 2k with! With the addition of Nate Robinson, this team has four players above the 80 rating and they look to be an extremely exciting team. Danilo Gallinari can count himself as unlucky, receiving a rating of 77 despite being arguably the teams best player. Wilson Chandler and Nate Robinson have been boosted in the ratings, but overall, they look fairly right.
New Orleans Pelicans
Jrue Holiday 87
Eric Gordon 83
Tyreke Evans 82

Jrue Holiday
The New Orleans Pelicans have had a total makeover this offseason, and not just in the name and jersey department. With the additions of Jrue Holiday and Tyreke Evans, the Pelicans now have one of the best starting line ups going around. As shown with the 2k ratings, the backcourt duo of Holiday and Gordon is a brilliant one. If the two stars gel, playoffs could be coming to New Orleans. With another year of development into Anthony Davis, I have no doubt that he will be in the top 3, if not the top of these Pelicans ratings next year.
Houston Rockets
Dwight Howard 90
James Harden 88
Chandler Parsons 77
James Harden - Oklahoma City Thunder v Houston Rockets James Harden
The Houston Rockets are a legitimate title contender for the first time since Hakeem Olajuwon retired. Boasting one of the best duos in the NBA, the Rockets won’t just be relying on The Beard (Harden) and Superman (Howard). Although only given a rating of 77, Chandler Parsons is an absolute star in the making, whilst Jeremy Lins gradual improvement at Point should steer them nicely. Between dropping 3’s with Lin, Harden and Parsons and dunking with D12, playing 2k with the Rockets is guaranteed to be exhillerating.
San Antonio Spurs
Tim Duncan 87
Tony Parker 86
Manu Ginobili 86
Tim Duncan and Tony Parker - Miami Heat v San Antonio Spurs: Game 6Tim Duncan and Tony Parker
The San Antonio Spurs seem to be ageless. Commonly referred to as the Benjamin Buttons of the NBA, this team just seems to get better with age! With Tony Parker improving to become a top 3 Point Guard, this team made it all the way to the NBA Finals last season. But the 2k developers seemed to miss this improvement. Parker is rated exactly the same as his teammate Manu Ginobili, despite having an undoubtedly superior season. Whilst Ginobili went missing in big moments, the Frenchman stood up to be counted. I believe even Kawhi Leonard 82 could be rated above Ginobili after last season. Either way, the Spurs are still definitely one of the best teams in the league, as shown with four players being rated above 82.
Phoenix Suns
Eric Bledsloe 82
Marcin Gortat 79
Goran Dragic 78
Marcin Gortat - Phoenix Suns v Chicago BullsMarcin Gortat
Nobody can quite be sure if the Suns are deliberately tanking or actually trying to improve this season. If it’s the latter, they’ve failed. My best guess is that by bringing in Eric Bledsloe, they’ll try to run a college-style two Point Guard system, but that rarely works at NBA level. Otherwise, Bledsloe will have to play an undersized wing, a position that he may be able to handle in offense, but will struggle defensively. The ratings for the Suns are all about right, with the mediocrity of the team being the only thing really shining through. Expect this outfit to be a bottom three team in a clustered Western Conference.
Oklahoma City Thunder
Kevin Durant 94
Russell Westbrook 91
Serge Ibaka 84
Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook - Oklahoma City Thunder v Sacramento KingsRussell Westbrook and Kevin Durant
OKC have been the second best team in the NBA for a couple of years now, with an NBA Finals and a Western Conference Finals appearance to show. However, Kevin Durant hasn’t been shy in expressing the fact that he wants more. He wants to win. He is the second best player in the NBA by far and is one of the frontrunners for the NBA MVP this year, after improving his passing and rebounding last season. With these improvements, it doens’t seem to make sense why he’s dropped a rating point from last year. If anything, KD should have moved up a point. Nevertheless, the Thunder have been rated fairly well in other areas, with Serge Ibakas marked improvement being recognised in these ratings. If OKC have a healthy KD, Westbrook and Ibaka, watch out Miami, this team could knock you off.
Minnesota Timberwolves
Kevin Love 86
Kevin Martin 81
Nikola Pekovic 78
Kevin Love - Minnesota Timberwolves v Boston CelticsKevin Love
The Timberwolves are one of the more intriguing teams in the NBA at the moment, with a playoff caliber squad, but they’re one of the mose injury prone teams in the NBA. This is examplified by Kevin Love only receiving a rating of 86 despite being one of the top 10 players in the league when fit. Kevin Martin is intruiging at 81, with his three-point shooting clearly boosting his rating. With the two Kevins onboard, dropping treys with the T’wolves will no doubt be a highlight of 2k14.
Portland Trail Blazers
LaMarcus Aldridge 84
Damian Lillard 84
Nicolas Batum 78
LaMarcus Aldridge - Portland Trail Blazers v Boston CelticsLaMarcus Aldridge
Damian Lillard has been rewarded for an outstanding rookie season, with a highly deserved rating of 84. It’s hard to see the Rookie of the Year taking a step back this year. Despite Lillard being rewarded for a great year, LaMarcus Aldridge deserves to feel a little hard-done-by, with the All Star Power Forward receiving a rating of just 84. The stretch 4 is arguably the best Power Forward in the game, a suitable rating would have been 86 minimum. Other than LaMarcus, it looks as if the rest of the team, including the newlyfound bench depth is rated adequately.
Golden State Warriors
Stephen Curry 88
Andre Iguodala 85
David Lee 81
Stephen Curry - San Antonio Spurs v Golden State Warriors
The Golden State Warriors are the most injury prone team in the NBA, but they’re also the team with the most upside. With a healthy roster, this team could be the darkhorse in the NBA Championship race. Steph Curry deserves the 88 rating that he’s received after an amazing season, where he had the best 3-Point season of all time. With the addition of Andre Iguodala, the Warriors are now a well rounded team defensively as well as an exciting offensive team. This team is also great to play with on 2k, with Klay Thompson and Curry dropping treys and Iguodala, Lee and Andrew Bogut dunking, this team is super fun to play with virtually, as well as watch in real life.
Los Angeles Clippers
Chris Paul III 94
Blake Griffin 84
Darren Collison 79
Chris Paul and Blake Griffin - Los Angeles Clippers v Memphis Grizzlies - Game SevenChris Paul and Blake Griffin
The Clippers are everyones favourite 2k team. Nothing brings more satisfaction than CP3 chucking up an ally-oop and BG  slamming it down. When Chris Paul first moved to Lob City, the team was reinvigorated. It was no longer Griffin throwing it down in meaningless games, it was a playoff vibe, with a 17 game win streak the result. The ratings are accurate, with CP3, the leagues best Point Guard being rated as such. Although, on the same level as Durant? Maybe not. Griffin is also rated fairly, with 84 being around about where the big man is at right now.
Memphis Grizzlies
Zach Randolph 83
Mike Conley Jr. 83
Marc Gasol 81
Mike Conley - San Antonio Spurs v Memphis GrizzliesMike Conley Jr.
One of the most perplexing ratings in this years edition of 2k. Mike Conley being rated alongside Randolph as the Grizzlies best player, despite common opinion being that Marc Gasol is in fact the Grizzlies best. Granted, Conley Jr. had a wonderful playoff series, but he is nowhere near the player Gasol is. This rating is especially surprising in an offense dominated videogame, whilst Conley is a defensive player. There’s no doubt that the Memphis guard is a good player, but best player on the Grizzlies? I think you’ve got this one wrong 2k.
Utah Jazz
Derrick Favors 78
Trey Burke 73
Richard Jefferson 72
Hi-res-175801876_crop_northTrey Burke
The Jazz are tanking. Whenever a team trades away it’s two best players (Al Jefferson and Paul Millsap), it’s clear that they’re probably not too concerned about winning. When number 9 draft pick Trey Burke, who shot under 25% in the Summer League, is your second highest rated player, you’re not going to win too many games. In terms of the ratings, they’re all fairly accurate. 
Sacramento Kings
DeMarcus Cousins 79
Carl Landry 76
Marcus Thornton 75
DeMarcus Cousins - Sacramento Kings v Miami HeatDeMarcus Cousins
The Kings are looking good for a top 5 selection at next years draft. With their only real talent being loose cannon DeMarcus Cousins, things aren’t looking up in Sacramento. The Kings have been rated fairly, with DeMarcus actually being rated on performance for once, it’s a nice change. 6th man of the year contender last year Carl Landry has also been rated fairly accurately. Kings fans, lets hope you get some luck in the lottery: you need it.
Los Angeles Lakers

Kobe Bryant 93
Pau Gasol 80
Steve Nash 80
Kobe Bryant - Los Angeles Lakers v Los Angeles ClippersKobe Bryant
Perhaps the greatest disappointment of the 2012-13 season was the LA Lakers. With the best starting line up in the game, they looked like a surefire Western Conference Finals team. But yet, they weren’t. Steve Nash and Pau Gasols poor years were reflected in their ratings, whilst Kobes efforts in carrying the team were shown in his rating. The Lakers won’t make the playoffs this year and their ratings reflect that.

Rookies
For the rookies, I will just write ‘under’ or ‘over’. Under being that I believe they have been sold-short from the 2k developers and over meaning that they are maybe rated too high. If I believe they’ve got it right, ‘perfect’ will be beside the players name.

1. Anthony Bennett 76 Over
2. Victor Oladipo 76 Perfect
3. Otto Porter 74 Over
4. Cody Zeller 68 Under
5. Alex Len 57 Under
6. Nerlens Noel 72 Under
7. Ben McLemore 72
8. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope 70 Over
9. Trey Burke 73 Over
10. C.J. McCollum 72 Perfect
11. Michael Carter-Williams 61 Perfect
12. Steven Adams 57  Perfect
13. Kelly Olynyk 62 Under
14. Shabazz Muhammed 65
15. Giannis Antetokounmpo 60 Under
*16 Lucas Nogueria will be playing in Brazil this season.
17. Dennis Schroeder 68 Perfect
18. Shane Larkin 70 Over
19. Sergey Karasev 60 Under
20. Tony Snell 62 Perfect
21. Gorgui Dieng 64 Over
22. Mason Plumlee 61  Under
other notables
24. Tim Hardaway Jr. 69 Over
27. Rudy Gobert 52 Under

And finally, here is the rankings of every player who has a rating of above 80.

  1. LeBron James 99
  2. Kevin Durant 94
  3. Chris Paul 94
  4. Kobe Bryant 93
  5. Derrick Rose 92
  6. Carmelo Anthony 92
  7. Russell Westbrook 92
  8. Dwyane Wade 91
  9. Dwight Howard 90
  10. Rajon Rondo 90
  11. Kyrie Irving 88
  12. James Harden 88
  13. Stephen Curry 88
  14. Deron Williams 88
  15. Paul George 87
  16. Tim Duncan 87
  17. Josh Smith 87
  18. Jrue Holiday 87
  19. Andrew Bynum 86
  20. Rudy Gay 86
  21. Tony Parker 86
  22. Manu Ginobili 86
  23. Kevin Love 86
  24. Ty Lawson 85
  25. Andre Iguodala 85
  26. John Wall 85
  27. Al Jefferson 84
  28. Paul Pierce 84
  29. Blake Griffin 84
  30. Monta Ellis 84
  31. Serge Ibaka 84
  32. LaMarcus Aldridge 84
  33. Damian Lillard 84
  34. Kemba Walker 83
  35. Zach Randolph 83
  36. Mike Conley Jr. 83
  37. Dirk Nowitzki 83
  38. J.R. Smith 83
  39. Eric Gordon 83
  40. Brandon Jennings 83
  41. Kyle Lowry 83
  42. Chris Bosh 82
  43. Amare Stoudemire 82
  44. Iman Shumpert 82
  45. Eric Bledsloe 82
  46. Kevin Garnett 82
  47. Tyreke Evans 82
  48. Kawhi Leonard 82
  49. O.J. Mayo 81
  50. Marc Gasol 81
  51. Al Horford 81
  52. Wilson Chandler 81
  53. Chauncey Billups 81
  54. Kevin Martin 81
  55. Joakhim Noah 81
  56. David Lee 81
  57. Brook Lopez 81
  58. Caron Butler 80
  59. Luol Deng 80
  60. Pau Gasol 80
  61. Steve Nash 80
  62. Paul Millsap 80
  63. Brook Lopez 80
  64. Nate Robinson 80
  65. Kenneth Faried 80
  66. Roy Hibbert 80
  67. Danny Granger 80
  68. Greg Monroe 80
    In my opinion, 2k got it right this year. Nearly all players are ranked to their potential, although the rookie rankings leave a bit to be desired. As with everything, opinion is going to be varied when it comes to something like this and whilst I personally view some players got unders and others overs (in terms of how I’d rate them) you can never please everyone. I look forward to NBA2K14 coming out, as I believe most basketball fans do. Well done again 2k sports for another great effort.Yours in Basketball….
    Elliott03
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About elliott03

Elliott Hoffmann is a writer and analyst for Point Forward. A basketball agnostic with a soft spot for the Thunder and Kings, he loves MVP Russell Westbrook. Elliott is a big fan of X’s and O’s and a user of analytics, but still believes in the value of team chemistry and longevity. He is the current owner of a Westbrook Christmas Day jersey, McGrady cartoon Raptor jersey and is looking to further that collection. Twitter: @PFPElliott

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