It's my favorite time of the NBA season! Just kidding - that would be the playoffs, free agency, or trade deadline day. But it is nearing the start of the 2021-22 season for the San Antonio Spurs and the rest of the league.
This means another (hopefully better) version of NBA2K, fresh with new player ratings ranking every NBA player from 0-99. For those unfamiliar with the game, this probably sounds silly. But for those that know it or at least follow NBA Twitter, you know just how personally the real-life NBA players take their ratings. Even their own cover athletes come after them from time to time - just ask Zion Williamson.
Honestly, I can't blame the players! Getting the credit one deserves is a major source of pride and validation not just for the players but for their fans. And last year, the Spurs did not get the respect the team deserves.
This year, I'm predicting more of a mixed bag than a blanket "all Spurs are underrated," but it's going to be turbulent. What I mean by that is that I'm expecting these ratings to fluctuate a lot over the course of the NBA season.
Nothing is going to be sexy or surprising about the initial ratings that drop when the game releases in under a month from now. But ever since 2K has implemented a "living roster" that updates periodically throughout the season as dictated by players' performances in real life, the end-of-season ratings can differ drastically from the starting point.
That's where things get interesting for the Spurs this year because a team full of young players about to benefit from increased roles, minutes, opportunities, and experience can drastically improve their ratings virtually overnight. Let's jump into my roster predictions.