In A Virtual World…

As you may have heard, the NBA 2K12 ratings leaked on a shaky video which you can find on your own with a simple Google search (if you are truly interested, the Wolves are at 1:37). 2K Sports criminally underrates Dirk, Rajon Rondo is almost as good as Derrick Rose, blah blah blah. You have heard this and every other piece of basketball news 400 times, thanks to the bored-as-hell lockout wasteland that is the NBA blogosphere.

If you plan to buy 2K12 (and really who doesn’t?), and you plan to play as the Timberwolves…well…for your sake, I hope you are a very talented player.

Kevin Love: 81
Michael Beasley: 78
Wes Johnson: 70
Martell Webster: 70
Luke Ridnour: 68
Ricky Rubio: 67
Darko Milicic: 62
Anthony Tolliver: 60
Nikolai Pekovic: A gentleman’s 56

I know what you are thinking. “HOW DARE THEY RATE PEKOVIC LOWER THAN STEPHEN GRAHAM (57), WHO WAS 443 ON ESPN’S NBARANK?!!”

I agree. That was my first thought as well.

But otherwise, while we all hope that these ratings get significantly adjusted through the year as the TIMBERWOLVES GO ON A PLAYOFF TEAR, (*ahem* sorry, I’m back from the brink of optimism) I personally don’t have any real beef with 2K. K-Love is clearly the best T-Wolf. Beasley’s defense gets a D for the perimeter and a C- for the post (yowza…), while his offense gets an A- and a B+ for the same categories, respectively. I might argue that Tolliver deserves a better ranking than Darko, but it’s hard to deny the shot-blocking presence Darko will provide in the game. Rubio’s performance in the Eurobasket championship confirmed that a 67 is quite what he deserves.

All in all, while teams around the league may feel that their players were judged harshly, the game was quite consistent in its harshness. Minnesota fans should remember that it could be worse: we could be the Raptors, whose best player appears to be Leandro Barbosa, just one rating ahead of Wes Johnson with a 71.

And if that doesn’t encourage you, just pick up a copy of WNBA 2K12 (note: not a real game), where Minnesota fans can shoot mid-range jumpers and make the smart pass all the way to the Finals! That’s why we play the 2K franchise, right?