The following is a conversation I had with my brother about the just-leaked NBA 2K12 ratings…
Me: So the ratings are out on NBA 2K12. Dude, guess what Dirk got? LeBron got a 98 and Kobe got a 94…
My Brother: Hmmm, 97?
Me: Nope, lower…
My Brother: 95?
My Brother: What the hell? 92?
My Brother: What?!
Me: He got a 85. Rudy Gay got a 86, Blake (Griffin) got an 85 too, and Amar’e (Stoudemire) got a 88
My Brother: Is they crazy?
Apprently the Internet seems to think so. LeBron James fans are too happy, Kobe fans are too mad, and Dirk fans are beside themselves. Blogs dedicated to each team has broken down the ratings for each of their players, and while the general consensus seems to be agreement on most of the numbers, Dirk’s 85 and LeBron over Kobe seem to be the biggest sticking points.
2K Sports has addressed the controversy via Yahoo and the Los Angeles Times. Despite a legendary run through the NBA Playoffs and victory over the hated Miami Heat in the Finals, Dirk’s NBA 2K12 numbers say that he is no better than Amar’e Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony, two excellent players on the same team that got swept in the Playoffs by an aging Boston Celtics squad. In response, a 2K representative has said that Dirk’s weak defensive prowess along with a offensive mindset that relies more on outside shooting than posting up is what is holding him back from cracking the 90s. Because he’s listed as a power forward, his weaknesses are amplified in 2K Sports’ calculation of his overall rating. Meanwhile, the short answer for Kobe’s drop off is that he’s old and on the downside of his career.
But don’t tell that to the fans of Kobe or even the Oklahoma City Thunder, who have gripes of their own. Check out what the blogosphere has been talking about.
The Daily Thunder chimes in on Serge Ibaka of all people…
Granted, I’m a homer that overvalues my own players way too much, but a 75 for Ibaka and 74 for (James) Harden seems way low to me.
NBC Sports just says it all with their headline, “NBA 2K12 does Nowitzki wrong, doesn’t list him with elite”
Nowitzki is clearly as hard for video game designers to define as he is for old school NBA scouts. Nowitzki is a power forward who plays more like a small forward, but without being as quick. Yet, his ability to get to his spots and hit a wide variety of shots makes him one of the league’s best. He has to be ranked as such.
Larry Brown Sports ain’t too happy with the shafting of Dirk either…
How can you possible have Rudy Gay rated higher than Dirk Nowitzki? I don’t care what adjustment they make, but some tweaking is needed for the ratings to reflect reality. Dirk Nowitzki is a top-five player in the NBA and should be rated that way based on any metric.
Dime Magazine has a problem with the Josh Smith-Joe Johnson-Al Horford fiasco, making them the only ones who care about the Atlanta Hawks (kidding).
Josh Smith is an 84…and Horford is an 80. Anyone who knows basketball knows Horford is a much better and more important player than Smith on that team. The fact that Smith is tied with Joe Johnson for tops on Atlanta doesn’t make much sense at all.
Bleacher Report does a slideshow on the rankings, with a lot of good points, but someone should tell them that Dwight Howard isn’t on the cover of the game.
Just because Dwight Howard is on the cover of the game doesn’t automatically make him the best player in the game.
Wizards fans can’t seem to move on from Gilbert Arenas…
[Arenas] coming in with a 77 ranking despite an abysmal year for the Orlando Magic last year. The game obviously believes Arenas would be the second-best player on the Wizards if he came back to D.C.
The LA Times is back with a dig at Andrew Bynum….
Lastly, Andrew Bynum may rank second at center behind Orlando’s Dwight Howard, but their discrepancy in ranking (4-39) and points (93-79) provides more evidence Jim Buss shouldn’t cling to Bynum should Howard become available.
And finally, a LeBron fan just lets it all hang out…
If people actually cannot understand why a video game company has given 26 year old LeBron James who just came off a Finals appearance a greater rating than 33 year old Kobe Bryant who was swept in the Conference Semis, then I’m sorry but you are completely stupid. Throw away your ludicrous bias either to Kobe or merely against LeBron and consider the truth.
Why 2K felt they needed to explain the ratings is as bigger problem as people asking why.
I don’t want to get into it any more than I already have, but let’s not be stupid here people. The majority of the world thinks America is full of uneducated morons and it is things like this that makes them appear correct.
So America is stupid because some people think Kobe should be rated higher than LeBron. God, I love the NBA…
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