San Antonio Spurs: Did NBA 2K22 forget who Derrick White is?
By Josh Paredes
Player ratings for the San Antonio Spurs in NBA 2K22 are officially out, and I have some notes. Well, mainly one note, as I'm not an avid player of the series. My fellow writer, Jared Greenspan, however, recently predicted the ratings for the entire team, which you can find here.
The ratings for the overall team and each player can all be found at 2kratings.com, with the Spurs each broken down by overall rating, 3-point rating, and dunk rating. Predictably, San Antonio's overall rating is just 79, which is the same as the Houston Rockets but less than teams like the Grizzlies (80) and Portland Trail Blazers (81).
When giving a quick look at the roster itself, one number stood out to me above the rest: Derrick White with a lowly dunk rating of 55.
That's right. Derrick White is apparently only more adept than Tre Jones and Bryn Forbes on the entire roster. Allow me to give 2K Games a bit of a refresher.
By the way, 55 is his driving dunk rating. Maybe it's just me, but I think someone might've gotten Derrick confused with someone else when they put this together. Let's just take a look at some guys that have a higher dunk rating than Mr. White in the game.
Shake Milton - 60
Buddy Hield - 65
Jae Crowder - 60
Michael Carter-Williams - 60
Jordan McLaughlin - 65
Others with the same driving dunk rating as White are Garrison Mathews, Matt Thomas, Langston Galloway, and Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk. No knock on these guys, but, I mean. Come on.
As another fellow colleague, Jonah Kubicek, recently pointed out, White posted an impressive 36.5-inch max vertical leap before being drafted in 2017. While I'm sure that's regressed some, there's no way it's completely fallen off the map as his rating suggests.
NBA 2K 22 won't be released until September 10th, so maybe game developers can do some adjusting before this gross error is unleashed on the public. Until then, I leave you with one more impressive Derrick dunk just because.