Earlier today, 2K Sports revealed what Anthony Davis will be given an overall player rating of 80 in their upcoming NBA 2K13 release. The NBA 2K series is far and away one of the best sports gaming franchises in history, and Davis has been given a respectable score that’s on par with past overall first picks in the NBA Draft. Though the ratings are meaningless in the bigger picture, they do display how the world at large sees the talent of each year’s stars.
It’s actually a little surprising that Davis didn’t get a higher overall rating given his wild popularity with the media and the regular claims that he’s a once-in-a-generation player. To give Davis’ score of 80 some context, past overall number one draft picks have received very similar scores. John Wall came into NBA 2k11 with an 81, while last year’s top pick Kyrie Irving entered with a 76 and was later bumped up. It’s also interesting to note that former Kentucky big man standout DeMarcus Cousins entered the series in the low 70s, but has proved himself more more deserving of a score in the 80s alongside John Wall.
Given the hysteria surrounding Wall, Davis’ lower score coming into the league isn’t surprising. But Davis will probably overtake the stagnant Wall within the next year or two as he climbs up the overall ratings ladder. There are also final ratings which will be assigned later during the season, and may see Davis gain at least a few points depending on his rookie performances.
The folks behind the recently-returned NBA Live series announced its rookie ratings a few months ago during the draft. Davis had an identical score of 80, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist was second with 78, Terrence Jones fell to 73, and Marquis Teague landed at 68. The numbers in NBA 2K13 will likely be follow that pattern given the past draft examples, but nothing has been announced as of now.
In regards to how Davis stacks up against other similar players in 2K13, there are only a few other announced ratings with which to compare. Considered by many the best power forward in the NBA, Kevin Love will have an 89 while Blake Griffin sits at 87, and former North Carolina standout Harrison Barnes is reportedly has a 75 overall.
Another interesting tidbit regarding the revealing of Davis’ overall score is that 2K Sports was releasing ratings based on the number of fan requests received. For Davis to have ranked alongside the likes of Durant, Griffin, and Bryant, it’s evident that his influence in the league and with fans is going to be enormous.
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