NBA 2K13′s release date is around the corner and the official 2K Sports Twitter feed has been leaking player ratings to increase anticipation for the game.
But they still maintain some exclusivity as the majority of the player ratings are unknown to the general public.
That exclusivity has slightly dissipated now: Participants in the NBA 2K13 Asian Media Meet-up released screen shots, revealing some of the player ratings for the San Antonio Spurs, Indiana Pacers, New York Knicks, Los Angeles Lakers, Utah Jazz, Chicago Bulls, Boston Celtics, Miami Heat, Dallas Mavericks, Los Angeles Clippers, Houston Rockets and Brooklyn Nets.
For the Spurs, Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili earned 87 ratings while Tony Parker, who is presumably the best player and focus of the Spurs’ offense, earned an 86 rating. The ratings of Stephen Jackson (78), Kawhi Leonard (76) and DeJuan Blair (72) were also released.
Matt Bonner, Boris Diaw, Danny Green, Gary Neal and Tiago Splitter will likely fall into the middling range between 78-70. Patty Mills, Nando De Colo and Cory Joseph — three young, unproven point guards — are a noticeable notch below these players.
As for the rest of the NBA, LeBron James was the highest rated player released as he earned a 98 rating. Dwight Howard (95), Chris Paul (94), Kobe Bryant (93), Dwyane Wade (93), Carmelo Anthony (92), Derrick Rose (92), Rajon Rondo (90) and Deron Williams (90) were the only players with a rating north of 90. The entire list of superstars (which is noticeably excluding Kevin Durant) has yet to be released but this is a fair representation of the best players in the league.
And if you are an unabashed Spurs fan and Mavericks hater, you will be ecstatic to realize that each member of the Spurs’ Big Three bested Dirk Nowitzki, who finished with an 85 rating.
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