Thomas Campbell-US Presswire
Sometimes the guys at NBA 2K rate players perfectly, but sometimes they just get it plain wrong. Toney Douglas was rated one point higher (72) than Jeremy Lamb (71). I understand that Douglas is a three-year veteran who has shown some positive play, but he has also shown some atrocious play over the past year. I also understand that Jeremy Lamb is just a rookie, but did the guys at NBA 2K not see what he did in the NBA Summer League? Sure, it’s just the Summer League, but those guys are out there playing their heart out every second just to make a team. I thought Douglas was a nice get for the Houston Rockets, but his rating would be more suited in the high 60’s in my opinion.
Toney showed a lot of potential in his first two seasons with the New York Knicks. In his second season he played in 81 games, averaging 10.6 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists and 1 steal in 24 minutes a game. He definitely didn’t show any sophomore slump in his game and his career looked to be on the rise.
In Douglas’ third season is where he disappointed the Knicks organization. He played in just 38 games, averaging 6.2 points, 1.9 rebounds, 2 assists and less than one steal in 17 minutes a game. His shooting percentage dropped significantly and he was buried on the bench behind multiple point guards including Jeremy Lin.
If Douglas wants to crack the rotation and take on the backup point guard position he will need to show he’s back on the right path in his career. If he continues to spiral downward he could be pushed back at the end of the bench or even possibly be cut. I’m not sure If Douglas’ player ratings will go up any next season, but it’s all in his hands.