Be it the latest Madden game, the newest baseball simulation or the most recent NBA 2K game, there are always debates concerning the ratings bestowed upon each individual player.
This is especially true for NBA 2K13, the newest installment in the award-winning tradition of 2K Sports. While many player ratings are spot-on, many are making fans wonder what the creators of the game were thinking. Here are four players deserving of a higher rating than what they ultimately received.
Rajon Rondo, PG, Celtics: 90 OVR
It's obvious why Rondo's rating is a rather "low" 90 overall: He can't shoot. The All-Star point guard is primarily a pass-first, shoot-second player, as evidenced by his 11.7 assists per game as opposed to 10.8 field goal attempts per game.
But seriously 2K? It's hard to justify Rondo being anything less than a 94 overall. He's the best player on one of the best teams in the league and is the definition of a player who impacts every facet of the game without scoring. Just because he can't shoot doesn't mean he can't have a higher rating. Take Rondo off the Celtics, and you're left with a talented team that is a shell of its former self.
Rajon Rondo is the Boston Celtics. Say what you want about Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce, Rondo is better and more valuable than both of them. It's just too bad that NBA 2K13 couldn't honor that with a higher rating.
Al Jefferson, C, Jazz: 84 OVR
Poor Al Jefferson has been underrated for his entire career. Part of the reason is that he has become this generation's Shareef Abdur-Rahim. He's a talented player who annually takes the court with bad teams.
Jefferson has been one of the most productive big men in the league for the better part of six seasons, and he's only 27. In those six seasons (we're discounting his first two, when he was just learning the ropes), he has averaged 19.1 points and 10.3 rebounds per game. He also plays good defense and is an absolute beast all over the court.
In my opinion, I think Jefferson is deserving of at least a 90 overall rating. He's too talented to be rated so low, and I think it's disappointing that 2K13 decided that his tendency to be underrated should spill over into the virtual world.
DeMarcus Cousins, PF, Kings: 82 OVR
Maybe I'm overreacting here, but I thought DeMarcus Cousins was great last season. His defense lagged a bit and his field-goal percentage wasn't too impressive, but the guy was a monster and really came into his own in a bad situation.
Playing for the Sacramento Kings isn't easy, and Cousins made the most of his opportunity. He averaged 18.1 points and 10.9 rebounds per game and often carried the Kings on his back. In an era where there is a dearth of productive big men, I think Cousins' real value lies in the performance that he had in his particular area of the court.
I believe a rating of at least 86 is in order for this ever-improving behemoth.
Kevin Love, PF, Timberwolves: 89 OVR
I never thought it was possible to underrate Kevin Love, but the designers at 2K Sports have done it. Now I understand that Love's defense leaves a lot to be desired. I also understand that he couldn't carry the Timberwolves without the services of the injured Ricky Rubio.
But Love was absolutely unstoppable last year. He averaged 26 points per game, and pulled down a staggering 13.3 boards. Love has the coveted ability to dominate both inside and out, as nearly a quarter of his field goals were three-pointers in 2011-2012.
He doesn't have enough deficiencies to be rated anything less than 94. Despite his underwhelming overall rating, players will still find a way to dominate the game with him.