I just wrapped up doing the ESPN Player Rankings, but since it’s September and the basketball world is at a stand-still, I’m going to talk about another hot topic surrounding the NBA and video game world, NBA 2K13 Player Ratings.
I know a lot of Houston Rockets fans are very excited about the three rookies in Houston, and I’m sure most of you fans will be disappointed with Jeremy Lamb’s rating. But it’s actually not that bad considering he was picked 12th in the 2012 NBA Draft. Anthony Davis was selected number 1 overall and he’s rated at 80. Even Dion Waiters who was selected 4th overall was rated the same as Lamb. I guarantee you if he didn’t put on the show that he did in the NBA Summer League, Lamb’s rating would be in the 60’s.
This kid showed a lot of talent over the offseason and at the University of Connecticut. He has the tools and potential to one day become a superstar, not just the face of the Rockets franchise. His effortless jump shot, tenacious defense and ability to finish in the lane are the three keys to becoming a star. Just ask guys like Tracy McGrady and Kobe Bryant.
If Jeremy Lamb can continue on this uphill path he started on at UCONN, this time next year he will be rated in the 80’s by NBA 2K.
The only thing standing in the way of this young kid is star guard Kevin Martin. After Martin’s down season last year he could be on his way out or on his way to losing some minutes. Either way this could help Lamb’s chances of making an impact in the Rockets rotation. If the Rockets keep Martin and he plays at a high level like were used to seeing from him and continues to rack up 30-35 minutes a game, it will hurt Lamb’s player rating next season.
A lot of things need to go right for Lamb to have a significant upgraded player rating next season, I’m just glad NBA 2K gave him enough love to put him in the low 70’s in his rookie season.