The starting lineup of the San Antonio Spurs had their ratings leaked at an exclusive pre-release event for the popular video game NBA 2K19.
For many fans, the annual release of NBA 2K19 helps to get acclimated with new players and potential rotations prior to the start of the season. After a summer that left just nine returning players, Spurs fans will certainly like to get their hands on a copy of the game.
Nearly a week away from the game’s official release, popular YouTuber Mike Korzemba shared a video to his social media scrolling through the various starting fives of each of the leagues 30 teams, revealing the overalls of projected starters.
San Antonio’s starting five is rated as follows:
Dejounte Murray — 78
DeMar DeRozan — 89
Rudy Gay —78
LaMarcus Aldridge — 88
Pau Gasol — 79
While many believe Aldridge deserves the nod as top dog in San Antonio, having DeRozan in the same ballpark is justifiable. Both are exceptional talents who refined their styles of play last season. DeRozan sacrificed some ball control duties in favor of a budding surrounding cast in Toronto. This led to an uptick in the team’s efficiency and led to a first overall seed in the Eastern Conference. Inversely, Aldridge took control of the San Antonio offense amidst the ongoing drama surrounding Kawhi Leonard.
Gay, whose first season in San Antonio was widely rejoiced by fans, still has a ways to go before returning to his former self. After taking the summer to rehabilitate from his various injuries suffered over the past two seasons, Gay has stated that he’s back to form. He’ll have a chance to increase that rating as the season goes on, but a 78 is fair based on his performance in the 2017-2018 season.
Milestone Watch: Rudy Gay (SAS) is 485 pts away from 15,000 Career Points
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Another candidate for an ratings increase is starting point guard Dejounte Murray, who has spent his summer working tirelessly to improve himself as an offensive threat. The tools, instinct and awareness are evident in Murray’s game, now his job is to push himself further toward NBA stardom. If the workouts pay off, Murray will increase above the 80 overall threshold in no time.
Last but certainly not least is Pau Gasol, whose 79 overall is a testament to 2K’s respect for the legend. Gasol’s career as a whole has been spectacular, winning on multiple levels of the game. With that said, this rating was a surprise. The 38-year-old noticeably declined last season and still maintained a serviceable overall rating.
Only time will tell where these overalls will end up, but 2K’s ratings to begin the year generally do service by the team’s new starting five.