Sep 25

NBA 2K14 Player Ratings For Every Trail Blazer

By caseyholdahl
NBA 2K14, the most successful current NBA video game franchise, is set to be released next week by 2K Sports. But the ratings for players has already leaked via a YouTube video posted on the sports gaming site Operations Sports (you have to watch a video of someone scrolling through the player ratings to get these, so you're welcome).

So here are all of the ratings, as well as specific grades ("IN" is inside scoring, "OUT" is outside scoring, "PER D" is perimeter defense, "POST D" is post defense, "HNDL" is ball handling and "IQ" is basketball IQ) for general basketball skills. Have a look.

Player  Rating
L. Aldridge 84 A C+ D+ B- D+ B- A-
D. Lillard 84 C+ A- B F A D- A-
M. Williams 78 C A B+ D- B D- B+
N. Batum 78 C+ B- B+ C+ C- C- B+
W. Matthews 77 C+ B A D C D- B+
T. Robinson 74 B F C C+ D- B+ C+
C. McCollum 74 C+ B+ C+ F B- D- B-
D. Wright 72 C C+ B- D+ C C B
R. Lopez 68 C+ F D- B+ F C B-
E. Watson 67 D+ C+ B F A- D C
A. Crabbe 64 C B+ C+ D- C D+ C
J. Freeland 63 C+ D+ D- C- D B C-
V. Claver 61 C B- D+ C- D+ D+ C
W. Barton 58 C- D+ C+ F C+ C- D
M. Leonard 58 D+ F D- B- F C C-

I don't really have the time to play video games much anymore, so maybe these rankings systems have passed me by, but a few observations ...

-- LaMarcus Aldridge at 84, even without knowing the rankings of other all-star power forwards, seems a bit low to me. One would think a Top 5 player at his position would be someone in the 90s, though that doesn't seem to be the case.

Aldridge is especially shortchanged in both the post and perimeter defensive grades, as he seems to get little credit for being one of the best post-defending power forwards in the NBA and a superb perimeter defender as far as big men go.

-- I like both players, but four-year veteran Wesley Matthews being ranked just three points higher than rookie CJ McCollum is a bit hard to figure. I think it's more of an issue of Matthews being ranked too low than it is of McCollum being ranked too high (and with rookies, this is more guess work than anything else).

-- I loved the addition of Mo Williams, but I question if he's Portland's third-best player (though to be fair, he's tied with Nicolas Batum for that honor). He's probably the team's best three-point shooter, and shooting is a lost more important than any other skill in regards to videos games, so I suppose it does make some sense.

-- By the same token, defensive-minded big men, especially those who aren't considered shot blockers, get hosed in video games, hence Robin Lopez's 68 rating.


  1. The ratings are also name-based. Mo has a proven track record, played with LeBron, and earned an All-Star spot. My only real complaint is Meyers at a 58. His dunking rating alone should get him up over 60.

    by DHawes22 on 9/25/2013 1:16 PM
  2. Dude weak!! Evidently nobody saw Robin Lopez play last season. Defensive center that shoots around 75% FT gets just one rating higher than Earl Watson...

    by Choong Huh on 9/25/2013 2:03 PM
  3. These ratings seem a little low, but then again, I am a die hard blazers fan so I'm unintentionally biased in situations like these

    by ami91sun on 9/25/2013 5:34 PM
  4. These ratings are low. Aldridge dropped 2 points from last season for no reason whatsoever, no reason he should be considered worse than Blake Griffin and Chris Bosh. I agree DHawes, ratings are based on popularity and flashy play. Aldridge gets the job done under the radar and gets no love. Nic, Robin and Meyers are my biggest complaints behind Aldridge. The only 2 I could really say I called were Damian and CJ, but I think Damian should be an 85 if John Wall is an 85. There's never any love for us.

    by abarrer3 on 9/25/2013 7:02 PM
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