Coming into the 2012-2013 NBA season, the Atlanta Hawks didn’t fully know what to expect from Al Horford. In the previous season, Horford played in only 11 games, missing the majority of the season due to a shoulder injury. When Horford got on the floor last season, though, the Hawks realized quickly they had nothing to worry about.
The 27-year-old submitted the best season of his career last year. In 74 games he averaged a phenomenal 17.4 points, 10.2 rebounds, 3.2 assists, 1.1 blocks and 1.1 steals in 37.2 minutes per game while shooting 54.3 percent from the floor. He was unquestionably the most reliable player for Atlanta on both ends of the floor.
The developers of the upcoming NBA 2K14 don’t seem to recognize the value or the talent of Horford, though. As Operation Sports released a video showing the player ratings for the game, we found out that Horford is rated at just an 82. He’s still the highest-rated player on the Hawks, as he should be, but he’s not getting the respect in his all-around game that he deserves.
For starters, Horford’s inside offense is rated at just a B. He may not be an A+, but I feel like a player with Horford’s array of post-moves and a player that shot 70.3 percent from inside of five feet last season like Horford did deserves a much better rating than just a B in that department.
Moreover, Horford’s interior defense and rebounding are graded at just a B+. In this case, it’s not as poor of a rating as his inside offense grade, but it still feels a bit off. Horford was incredibly effective on defense for Atlanta last season, with the Hawks playing 1.3 points per 100 possessions better defensively with Horford on the floor. More than that, his rebounding was a key factor in how the Hawks ran their show last season.
There are quite a few ratings in NBA 2K14 that are bit puzzling. Though Horford’s is one of them, this is also somewhat of a trend with Horford. Outside of Hawks bloggers/writers and wise people who watch basketball, Horford often goes underappreciated for what he does. The developers at 2K Sports seem to fall in that category of people who don’t recognize his talent.
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