Predicted 2K22 Starting Ratings Analysis
I have a few initial thoughts on these ratings and then we can get into the actual good stuff. First off, these are my ratings, but they are not MY ratings. What I mean by that is that these are the ratings I personally expect NBA 2K22 to dole out to Spurs players to start the 2021-22 campaign and not the ones I actually think the players deserve. Secondly, not all of these guys currently under contract are going to actually make the 15-man roster.
Third, 2K22 tends to give players similar ratings to start a season as their ratings to their end-of-season ratings from the prior year. They tend to make slight tweaks to these based on if the player did anything significant that summer. Examples would be Keldon Johnson's Olympic Gold, Landale's bronze, and Tre Jones' dominant Summer League.
Conversely, older players like Thaddeus Young or guys labeled as one-trick ponies like Jakob Poeltl with rim protection or Doug McDermott with shooting are knocked down a point or two.
For both improvements and declines, 2K tends to adjust the physical ratings like a player's vertical or lateral quickness and mental ratings like offensive and defensive awareness to impact overall starting ratings. More often than not though, the real changes come over the course of the season.