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Top 15 Players in NBA 2K14

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Top 15 Players in NBA 2K14

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The time is finally here, and EA Sports has released this year’s highly anticipated edition 2K Sports’ NBA 2k14. With the new edition of the best NBA game available comes many questions regarding player ratings. Who is the highest rated player in the game?

You guessed it – LeBron James is at the top of the list with a 99 rating. The only other 99 rating in the game is Michael Jordan on one of the classic teams.

The biggest shock of the game had to be Derrick Rose’s rating of 92 since he didn’t play one game last year. He is an extremely talented player, but it doesn’t seem fair to give him the benefit of the doubt and give him great stats. Rose should have been somewhere in the mid to upper-80s.

Another good aspect of the game is that there doesn’t seem to be a lot of stacked teams in the game, which means that you should be able to pick your favorite team and succeed early on.

The San Antonio Spurs seem to be the most evenly balanced team in the game, despite having no players rated above 90. Tim Duncan is 87, Tony Parker is 86 and Manu Ginobili is also 86 – no, those are their player ratings, not their ages.

Along with those three potential Hall-of-Famers, there is a lot of other NBA talent that didn’t make the top 15. Some notable not ratings outside the top 15 include first and second overall 2013 draft picks Victor Oladipo and Anthony Bennett who both start out with a 76 overall rating. Paul George comes in at 87, Roy Hibbert at 81, Chris Bosh at 82 and Blake Griffin at 84.

There are a lot of players that were rated extraordinarily high, so feel free to comment with your opinions of who should have been given a higher ranking and who should not have been ranked as high.

Here is a quick look at the top 15 players and their ratings in NBA2K14.

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15. Jrue Holiday - 88

Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Seems like a fair rating for Holiday after his recent season.

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14. Deron Williams - 88

Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports

I believe Williams deserved at least a 90, but an 88 isn’t too bad.

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13. Stephen Curry - 88

Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Curry may be the best 3-point shooter in the league. It carried over into his stats and player rating.

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12. James Harden - 88

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Harden may have to take a back seat to Howard this season, but that doesn’t mean he isn’t deserving of his 88 ranking.

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11. Kyrie Irving - 89

Sam Sharpe-USA TODAY Sports

Kyrie Irving is one of the upcoming young stars in the NBA. He’s so good and deserves this high ranking.

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10. Rajon Rondo - 90

David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

Next to Chris Paul, Rondo is the best passer in the NBA and combined with his shooting ability, he is the most balanced point guard in the NBA

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9. Dwight Howard - 91

Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Howard is coming off a bad season, and 91 seems a little too high after his poor production last year.

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8. Dwayne Wade - 91

Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Wade should be at least a 92 or 93, but because he disappeared early in the playoffs, his ratings reflect that.

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7. Russell Westbrook - 91

Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Westbrook is the best shooting point guard in the NBA and deserves this high of a rating.

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6. Derrick Rose - 92

David Banks-USA TODAY Sports

There is no way the injured Rose should be rated this highly. He at least should have been behind the other top point guards.

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5. Carmelo Anthony 92

Pat Lovell-USA TODAY Sports

Anthony is such a good scorer that this rating seems just about right.

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4. Kobe Bryant – 93

Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Bryant is coming off a down year and may be rated just a tad too low.

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3. Chris Paul - 94

Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

This rating sounds about right for a player of Chris Paul’s talent level.

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2. Kevin Durant - 94

Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Durant was rated a little lower than he should be, but is still the second-best player in the NBA and the game.

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1. LeBron James - 99

Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

I'm not so sure he deserves a 99 as much as a 98, but LeBron is still clearly the player deserving of the top spot.