If life was like a video game, the Utah Jazz better prepare for a lot of ping pong balls in their future. The brand new edition of 2K Sports’ NBA — NBA 2K14 — game has recently released their player ratings, and the Jazz should do themselves a solid and refrain from taking a gander.
For those wondering, here are the overall ratings of the majority of players as they stand:
Derrick Favors: 78
Trey Burke: 73
Richard Jefferson: 72
Brandon Rush: 71
Alec Burks: 71
Gordon Hayward: 70
Enes Kanter: 68
John Lucas III: 64
Marvin Williams: 64
Andris Biedrins: 63
Jeremy Evans: 60
Rudy Gobert: 52
Let’s recap a bit here, shall we? Of course, Favors is the highest-ranked player on the team. That one is pretty obvious. But, 77 as an overall rating? I guess that’s justifiable based on potential. Having not played a starting role for an entire season before and still developing his game as a pro, that is OK with me.
A rookie, according to 2K Sports, is Utah’s second-best player. That is interesting. While he may be a top-10 pick, I’m not so sure he’ll be the team’s second-best player right away. Here, 2K makes a mistake.
If we were to go by these ratings, the Jazz would be in huge trouble. Jefferson, 33, would have done just fine as a team’s third-best option 8-10 years ago. But, now? Yikes.
Where I was really confused is with Kanter. Granted, he hasn’t played a lot of minutes, and yes he has a lot of potential. But, to me it’s a bit of a low ball. Hayward was the biggest surprise as I thought he could have been clearly the team’s second or third best player overall.
Oh well, this is only a video game in the end, right? Let’s hope the Jazz can play to their full potential this season with a relatively youthful roster. If they can, I see these ratings improving quite a bit in 2015’s edition.