In the deadest portion of the NBA off-season, an annual mirage of intrigue appears in the form of NBA 2K ratings leaking to the general public. While the full list isn’t quite available just yet, the good people of 2K Sports hosted a launch party for NBA 2K19 this week and, in the midst of that celebration, the ratings for every projected starting lineup in the league came to light.
Thankfully, video appeared of this momentous occasion. (h/t Ball is Life)
Ratings for every staring lineup in NBA 2k19 pic.twitter.com/C28wID5aMI— Mike Korzemba (@mikekorz) August 29, 2018
For the Atlanta Hawks, there is nothing overly surprising but the headliner is perhaps the fact that John Collins garnered the most love. In case you were unwilling to sift through a few seconds of Twitter video above, here is the starting lineup.
- Trae Young - 77
- Kent Bazemore - 77
- Taurean Prince - 78
- John Collins - 79
- Dewayne Dedmon - 77
Collins is a worthy selection as the team’s best projected player and that is an opinion held by many at this early juncture. The second-year big man has a clear path to efficient production and, if his perimeter flashes from Summer League carry over to the regular season, Collins could be in for a breakout performance.
Elsewhere, it might seem surprising that Young garnered so much respect but it is worth noting that top rookies (especially ones as famous as Young) are almost always listed more favorably than their on-court production will likely dictate. For the record, that isn’t a dig at Young at all, as he has the skill set to potentially impress from the opening moments of the season. With that said, fellow rookies like Marvin Bagley (78), Mo Bamba (77), and Collin Sexton (76) are similarly overvalued, at least when compared to what is a reasonable baseline expectation for first-year players.
Prince gets the nod as the team’s second-best player and, like Collins at the top, that isn’t a stunner. The former Baylor standout emerged as an offensive threat during his second season and, if he is able to pair that with consistent defensive effort and production in year three, there is a chance that a rating of 78 might feel low in the coming months.
Rounding out the quintet is the veteran duo of Kent Bazemore and Dewayne Dedmon, each coming away with a modest rating of 77. Neither is terribly “sexy” as a player and that won’t lead to anyone pitching a fit about their ratings. In short, though, Bazemore and Dedmon are quality, two-way players at the NBA level and that always helps.
Other ratings have leaked over the summer, including a less than thrilling mark of 71 for rookie Omari Spellman and a 72 for Justin Anderson (h/t 2Kratings.com). The bigger names are now fully available for public consumption, however, and that should lead to plenty of arguments.