Thursday, September 29, 2016

Cleveland Cavaliers NBA 2K17 Player Rating Edits

CLEVELAND CAVALIERS (14)
96 (nc) LeBron James (SF/PF): Two-Way Superstar
85 (-4) Kyrie Irving (PG): Offensive Superstar
82 (nc) Kevin Love (PF/C): Low Post Star
81 (nc) Tristan Thompson (C/PF): Rebounding Specialist
77 (nc) J.R. Smith (SG/SF): All-Around Shooting Guard
74 (nc) Richard Jefferson (SF/SG): Two-Way Wing
74 (nc) Iman Shumpert (SG/SF): Athletic Shooting Guard
73 (-1) Channing Frye (C/PF): Faceup Center
73 (nc) Mike Dunleavy (SF): Sharpshooter
73 (nc) Chris Andersen (C): Interior Defender
69 (-1) Jordan McRae (PG/SG): Shoot-First Point
69 (nc) Kay Felder (PG): Athletic Point
66 (-3) James Jones (PF/SF): Faceup Four
64 (-3) Dahntay Jones (SG/SF): Shooter

TRAINING CAMP (5)
67 (nc) Markel Brown (SG): Athletic Shooting Guard
67 (nc) John Holland (SG): Shooter
69 (nc) Cory Jefferson (PF/C): Quality Rebounder
65 (nc) Eric Moreland (PF/C): Rebounding Four
X (X) DeAndre Liggins (SG/SF)

TEAM STATISTICS
TEAM SALARY

ROTATION (9/29/16)
PG: Kyrie Irving (34)
SG: J.R. Smith (28)
SF: LeBron James (36)
PF: Kevin Love (32)
C: Tristan Thompson (30)
BENCH
SG: Iman Shumpert (20)
C: Channing Frye (18)
SF: Richard Jefferson (16)
PG: Kay Felder (14)
SF: Mike Dunleavy (12)
C: Chris Andersen (0)
PF: James Jones (0)
PG: Jordan McRae (0)
RESERVE
SG: Dahntay Jones (0)

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LeBron James
96 Overall
Position: SF
2nd Pos: PF
Archetype: Two-Way Superstar (from All-Around Superstar)

OFFENSE
98 Standing Layup
99 Driving Layup (+1)
85 Post Fade (+1)
70 Post Hook (-4)
85 Post Control (-4)
69 Draw Foul (-20)
71 Shot Close (-4)
84 Open Shot Mid (+2)
84 Off-Dribble Mid (+14)
84 Contested Mid (+4)
78 Open Shot 3pt (+2)
78 Off-Dribble 3pt (+9)
68 Contested 3pt (+14)
73 Free Throw
80 Ball Control (+1)
85 Pass Vision (+4)
96 Pass IQ
87 Pass Accuracy
49 Offensive Rebound (+1)
60 Standing Dunk (-10)
80 Driving Dunk (-5)
50 Contact Dunk
99 Shot IQ (+1)
99 Hands (+1)

DEFENSE
71 Defensive Rebound (-1)
50 Block (-5)
95 Shot Contest
73 Steal (+8)
95 On-Ball Defense
80 Low Post Defense
95 Reaction Time (-1)

ATHLETICISM
71 Boxout (-3)
94 Lateral Quickness
88 Speed
87 Ball Speed
85 Acceleration
88 Vertical
90 Strength (+1)
94 Stamina (-4)
95 Hustle
95 Durability (-2)

INTANGIBLES
95 Pass Perception (-2)
90 Defensive Consistency (-5)
95 Pick &Roll Defense (+2)
95 Help Defense (+2)
99 Offensive Consistency (+1)
99 Intangibles (+1)
99 Potential (+1)
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Kyrie Irving
89 Overall
Position: PG
2nd Pos: N/A
Archetype: Offensive Superstar

OFFENSE
80 Standing Layup (-12)
90 Driving Layup (-4)
75 Post Fade (+11)
45 Post Hook (+10)
50 Post Control (+10)
43 Draw Foul (-30)
91 Shot Close (+5)
93 Open Shot Mid (-3)
93 Moving Mid (-4)
93 Contested Mid (-1)
82 Open Shot 3pt (-2)
82 Off-Dribble 3pt (-1)
82 Contested 3pt (+5)
89 Free Throw
95 Ball Control (-3)
73 Pass Vision
80 Pass IQ (-2)
79 Pass Accuracy (-5)
40 Offensive Rebound
25 Standing Dunk
35 Driving Dunk (+5)
25 Contact Dunk
99 Shot IQ (+5)
99 Hands (+1)

DEFENSE
44 Defensive Rebound
44 Block (+2)
75 Shot Contest (+1)
68 Steal (+5)
65 On-Ball Defense (-7)
55 Low Post Defense (+23)
75 Reaction Time (+1)

ATHLETICISM
44 Boxout
72 Lateral Quickness
87 Speed
95 Acceleration
80 Vertical (-1)
50 Strength (+13)
92 Stamina (-5)
80 Hustle (-5)
75 Durability (-6)

INTANGIBLES
70 Pass Perception (-11)
35 Defensive Consistency (-20)
70 Pick &Roll Defense (-1)
55 Help Defense (-19)
75 Offensive Consistency (-23)
25 Emotion
90 Potential (-1)

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Kevin Love
82 Overall
Position: PF
2nd Pos: C
Archetype: Low Post Star

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Tristan Thompson
81 Overall
Position: C
2nd Pos: PF
Archetype: Rebounding Specialist

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J.R. Smith
77 Overall
Position: SG
2nd Pos: SF
Archetype: All-Around Shooting Guard

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Iman Shumpert
74 Overall
Position: SG
2nd Pos: SF
Archetype: Athletic Shooting Guard

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Richard Jefferson
74 Overall
Position: SF
2nd Pos: SG
Archetype: Two-Way Wing

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Channing Frye
73 Overall (-1)
Position: C (from PF)
2nd Pos: PF (from C)
Archetype: Faceup Center (from Faceup Four)

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Mike Dunleavy
73 Overall
Position: SF
2nd Pos: N/A (from SG)
Archetype: Sharpshooter

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Chris Andersen
73 Overall
Position: C
2nd Pos: N/A
Archetype: Interior Defender

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Jordan McRae
69 Overall (-1)
Position: PG (from SG)
2nd Pos: SG (from SF)
Archetype: Shoot-First Point (from Aggressive Scorer)



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Kay Felder
69 Overall
Position: PG
2nd Pos: N/A
Archetype: Athletic Point

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James Jones
66 Overall (-3)
Position: PF (from SF)
2nd Pos: SF (from PF)
Archetype: Faceup Four (from Perimeter Threat)

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Dahntay Jones
64 Overall (-3)
Position: SG (from SF)
2nd Pos: SF (from SG)
Archetype: Shooter

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Cory Jefferson
69 Overall
Position: PF
2nd Pos: N/A (from C)
Archetype: Quality Rebounder

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Markel Brown
67 Overall
Position: SG
2nd Pos: N/A
Archetype: Athletic Shooting Guard

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John Holland
67 Overall
Position: SG
2nd Pos: N/A
Archetype: Shooter

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Eric Moreland
65 Overall
Position: PF
2nd Pos: C
Archetype: Rebounding Four

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Chicago Bulls NBA 2K17 Player Rating Edits

CHICAGO BULLS (14)
89 (+1) Jimmy Butler (SF/SG): Two-Way Star
87 (nc) Dwyane Wade (SG): Two-Way Superstar
80 (-1) Rajon Rondo (PG): Athletic Playmaker
76 (-1) Robin Lopez (C): Low Post Threat
76 (nc) Nikola Mirotic (PF): Interior Defender
76 (nc) Taj Gibson (PF/C): Elite Defender
74 (nc) Bobby Portis (PF/C): Tenacious Rebounder
74 (nc) Doug McDermott (SF): Sharpshooter
72 (nc) Tony Snell (SG/SF): Two-Way Guard
72 (nc) Jerian Grant (PG): Offensive-Minded Point
70 (-2) Denzel Valentine (SG/SF): Premier Perimeter Threat
70 (-2) Isaiah Canaan (PG/SG): Athletic Point
70 (nc) Cristiano Felico (C): Quality Rebounder
70 (+2) Paul Zipser (SF/SG): Shooter

TRAINING CAMP (4)
67 (nc) Spencer Dinwiddie (PG/SG): Reliable Playmaker
X (X) D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera (SG)
X (X) Vince Hunter (PF)
X (X) J.J. Avila (PF)

TEAM STATISTICS
TEAM SALARY

ROTATION (9/29/16)
PG: Rajon Rondo (32)
SG: Dwyane Wade (32)
SF: Jimmy Butler (34)
PF: Nikola Mirotic (26)
C: Robin Lopez (30)
BENCH
PF: Taj Gibson (24)
SF: Doug McDermott (18)
PF: Bobby Portis (16)
PG: Jerian Grant (16)
SG: Tony Snell (12)
PG: Isaiah Canaan (0)
SG: Denzel Valentine (0)
C: Cristiano Felico (0)
RESERVE
SF: Paul Zipser (0)
PG: Spencer Dinwiddie (0)

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Jimmy Butler
89 Overall (+1)
Position: SF (from SG)
2nd Pos: SG (from SF)
Archetype: Two-Way Star

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Dwyane Wade
87 Overall
Position: SG
2nd Pos: N/A
Archetype: Two-Way Superstar

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Rajon Rondo
80 Overall (-1)
Position: PG
2nd Pos: N/A
Archetype: Athletic Playmaker (from Two-Way Point)

OFFENSE
86 Standing Layup (-4)
90 Driving Layup (+1)
55 Post Fade (+15)
55 Post Hook (+10)
45 Post Control
38 Draw Foul (-10)
74 Shot Close
67 Open Shot Mid (-4)
67 Off-Dribble Mid (-1)
57 Contested Mid (+9)
82 Open Shot 3pt (+7)
76 Off-Dribble 3pt (+15)
72 Contested 3pt (+4)
58 Free Throw
85 Ball Control
98 Pass Vision (+3)
92 Pass IQ
90 Pass Accuracy
42 Offensive Rebound (+1)
25 Standing Dunk
40 Driving Dunk (+10)
30 Contact Dunk (+5)
86 Shot IQ (+7)
95 Hands

DEFENSE
63 Defensive Rebound (-1)
38 Block (+6)
70 Shot Contest (-8)
83 Steal (+4)
65 On-Ball Defense (-24)
35 Low Post Defense (-1)
80 Reaction Time (+2)

ATHLETICISM
63 Boxout (-7)
87 Lateral Quickness
85 Speed
88 Ball Speed
88 Acceleration
80 Vertical (-2)
50 Strength (+2)
90 Stamina (+2)
90 Hustle
75 Durability (-1)

INTANGIBLES
85 Pass Perception (-5)
55 Defensive Consistency (-30)
80 Pick &Roll Defense (-8)
60 Help Defense (-29)
65 Offensive Consistency (+5)
70 Intangibles (+15)
90 Potential (+8)

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Robin Lopez
76 Overall (-1)
Position: C
2nd Pos: N/A
Archetype: Low Post Threat (from Interior Defender)

OFFENSE
84 Standing Layup (-4)
75 Driving Layup (+13)
50 Post Fade (-5)
99 Post Hook (+22)
85 Post Control (+6)
49 Draw Foul (-13)
99 Shot Close (+3)
62 Open Shot Mid (-8)
52 Off-Dribble Mid (+14)
52 Contested Mid (+1)
25 Open Shot 3pt (-2)
25 Off-Dribble 3pt
25 Contested 3pt
80 Free Throw
35 Ball Control
51 Pass Vision (+15)
69 Pass IQ
50 Pass Accuracy (+20)
92 Offensive Rebound (+5)
75 Standing Dunk
60 Driving Dunk
45 Contact Dunk
65 Shot IQ (-25)
70 Hands (-2)

DEFENSE
66 Defensive Rebound
79 Block (-3)
80 Shot Contest
49 Steal (+4)
70 On-Ball Defense (-8)
85 Low Post Defense (+10)
80 Reaction Time

ATHLETICISM
66 Boxout (-8)
40 Lateral Quickness (+15)
42 Speed (+5)
34 Ball Speed (+5)
40 Acceleration (+15)
55 Vertical (-2)
75 Strength
82 Stamina (+2)
85 Hustle
85 Durability (+3)

INTANGIBLES
65 Pass Perception (+1)
65 Defensive Consistency (-10)
65 Pick & Roll Defense (-11)
65 Help Defense (-15)
50 Offensive Consistency (-20)
75 Intangibles (+1)
80 Potential (+2)

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Nikola Mirotic
76 Overall
Position: PF
2nd Pos: N/A (from SF)
Archetype: Interior Defender

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Taj Gibson
76 Overall
Position: PF
2nd Pos: C
Archetype: Elite Defender

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Bobby Portis
74 Overall
Position: PF
2nd Pos: C (from N/A)
Archetype: Tenacious Rebounder

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Doug McDermott
74 Overall
Position: SF
2nd Pos: N/A (from PF)
Archetype: Shooter

CONTRACT
Option: None (from Team)

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Jerian Grant
72 Overall
Position: PG
2nd Pos: N/A
Archetype: Offensive-Minded Point

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Tony Snell
70 Overall (-2)
Position: SG (from SF)
2nd Pos: SF (from N/A)
Archetype: Two-Way Guard (from Two-Way Wing)

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Denzel Valentine
70 Overall (-2)
Position: SG (from SF)
2nd Pos: SF (From SG)
Archetype: Premier Perimeter Threat (from Versatile Offensive Wing)

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Isaiah Canaan
70 Overall (-2)
Position: PG (from SG)
2nd Pos: SG (from PG)
Archetype: Athletic Point (from Athletic Shooting Guard)

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Cristiano Felico
70 Overall
Position: C
2nd Pos: N/A (from PF)
Archetype: Quality Rebounder

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Paul Zipser
70 Overall (+2)
Position: SF (from SG)
2nd Pos: SG (from SF)
Archetype: Shooter (from Aggressive Scorer)

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Spencer Dinwiddie
67 Overall
Position: PG
2nd Pos: SG
Archetype: Reliable Playmaker

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Milwaukee Bucks NBA 2K17 Player Rating Edits

MILWAUKEE BUCKS (15)
83 (nc) Giannis Antetokounmpo (SF/PF): Athletic Point Forward
81 (nc) Khris Middleton (SG/SF): Two-Way Guard
80 (+1) Greg Monroe (C): Low Post Star
78 (nc) Jabari Parker (PF): Low Post Star
78 (+3) Michael Carter-Williams (PG): Two-Way Point
76 (nc) John Henson (C/PF): Interior Defender
76 (nc) Mirza Teletovic (PF): Faceup Four
75 (nc) Matthew Dellavedova (PG/SG): Two-Way Star
75 (nc) Michael Beasley (SF/PF): Elite Inside Scorer
73 (nc) Miles Plumlee (C): Interior Defender
72 (nc) Steve Novak (PF/SF): Faceup Four
71 (nc) Jason Terry (PG/SG): Offensive-Minded Point
71 (nc) Thon Maker (C/PF): Faceup Center
70 (nc) Malcolm Brogdon (SG): Sharpshooter
69 (nc) Rashad Vaughn (SG/SF): Athletic Shooting Guard

TRAINING CAMP (3)
67 (nc) Orlando Johnson (SG): Skilled Shooter
66 (nc) J.J. O'Brien (SF): Athletic Small Forward
X (X) Xavier Henry (SG/SF)


ROTATION (9/29/16)
PG: Matthew Dellavedova (30)
SG: Rashad Vaughn (18)
SF: Giannis Antetokounmpo (36)
PF: Jabari Parker (30)
C: Miles Plumlee (20)
BENCH
C: Greg Monroe (28)
PG: Michael Carter-Williams (24)
PF: Mirza Teletovic (18)
SF: Michael Beasley (18)
PG: Jason Terry (18)
C: John Henson (0)
SG: Malcolm Brogdon (0)
PF Steve Novak (0)
RESERVE
C: Thon Maker (0)
SG: Khris Middleton (INJURED, ETA APRIL)

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Giannis Antetokounmpo
83 Overall
Position: SF
2nd Pos: PF
Archetype: Athletic Point Forward

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Khris Middleton
81 Overall
Position: SG
2nd Pos: SF
Archetype: Two-Way Guard

VITALS
Injury: Torn Left Hamstring (from Healthy)
Duration: 200 Days (from N/A)

NOTES
9/29/16: Middleton's injury is nothing short of devastating to the Bucks.  He was the glue that held the team's roster composition together.  A natural SF, Middleton was able to play out of position at SG thanks to his defensive prowess and shooting ability.   He was also logged nearly all the SF that didn't go to Antetokounmpo.  The Bucks now have major shoes to fill, with only unproven players waiting in the wings.

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Greg Monroe
80 Overall (+1)
Position: C
2nd Pos: N/A
Archetype: Low Post Star

OFFENSE
83 Standing Layup (+1)
75 Driving Layup (+15)
60 Post Fade (-14)
80 Post Hook (-3)
80 Post Control (-5)
65 Draw Foul (-8)
90 Shot Close (+3)
78 Open Shot Mid (-2)
68 Off-Dribble Mid (+30)
68 Contested Mid (+24)
25 Open Shot 3pt
25 Off-Dribble 3pt
25 Contested 3pt
74 Free Throw
50 Ball Control (-2)
56 Pass Vision (+6)
70 Pass IQ
50 Pass Accuracy
80 Offensive Rebound (+6)
60 Standing Dunk (-20)
50 Driving Dunk (-21)
45 Contact Dunk
84 Shot IQ (+4)
75 Hands (+1)

DEFENSE
84 Defensive Rebound (+1)
60 Block (-5)
65 Shot Contest (+3)
67 Steal (+5)
60 On-Ball Defense (-3)
90 Low Post Defense (+10)
65 Reaction Time (+1)

ATHLETICISM
84 Boxout (+3)
54 Lateral Quickness
62 Speed
34 Ball Speed
54 Acceleration
55 Vertical (-2)
85 Strength (+2)
85 Stamina (+1)
80 Hustle (+2)
95 Durability (+1)

INTANGIBLES
65 Pass Perception (+12)
60 Defensive Consistency (-5)
85 Pick & Roll Defense (+16)
60 Help Defense (-10)
65 Offensive Consistency (+5)
80 Intangibles (+2)
85 Potential (+5)

NOTES
9/29/16: Monroe didn't really fit with the Bucks last season, and the team made long-term commitments to Miles Plumlee and John Henson over the summer. It is extremely likely Monroe is traded.

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Jabari Parker
78 Overall
Position: PF
2nd Pos: N/A
Archetype: Low Post Star

CONTRACT
Option: None (from Team)

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Michael Carter-Williams
78 Overall (+3)
Position: PG
2nd Pos: N/A
Archetype: Two-Way Point

OFFENSE
78 Standing Layup (+6)
80 Driving Layup (+5)
55 Post Fade (-7)
60 Post Hook (+10)
50 Post Control (-1)
58 Draw Foul (+4)
85 Shot Close (-1)
75 Open Shot Mid
73 Off-Dribble Mid (-1)
65 Contested Mid (-5)
72 Open Shot 3pt (+1)
66 Off-Dribble 3pt (+6)
62 Contested 3pt (+7)
65 Free Throw
85 Ball Control (+7)
73 Pass Vision
82 Pass IQ
76 Pass Accuracy
42 Offensive Rebound (+1)
40 Standing Dunk
70 Driving Dunk (+10)
35 Contact Dunk (+5)
74 Shot IQ (-1)
85 Hands (+1)

DEFENSE
65 Defensive Rebound
56 Block (-5)
80 Shot Contest (+10)
80 Steal (+5)
85 On-Ball Defense (+6)
50 Low Post Defense (-8)
70 Reaction Time

ATHLETICISM
65 Boxout (+13)
81 Lateral Quickness
76 Speed
82 Ball Speed
77 Acceleration
75 Vertical
50 Strength (+12)
86 Stamina (-1)
85 Hustle (+1)
80 Durability (-2)

INTANGIBLES
80 Pass Perception (+1)
60 Defensive Consistency (-5)
90 Pick & Roll Defense (+13)
80 Help Defense (+1)
45 Offensive Consistency (-15)
75 Intangibles
80 Potential (+2)

NOTES
9/29/16: Entering his contract season, the former Rookie of the Year could find himself out of the rotation if he doesn't show improvement.  A few years back coach Jason Kidd was able to salvage Shaun Livingston's career by starting him at SG.  The opportunity is there for MCW to make a similar impact

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Mirza Teletovic
76 Overall
Position: PF
2nd Pos: N/A
Archetype: Faceup Four

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John Henson
76 Overall
Position: C
2nd Pos: PF (from N/A)
Archetype: Interior Defender

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Matthew Dellavedova
75 Overall
Position: PG
2nd Pos: SG
Archetype: Two-Way Star

NOTES
9/29/16: Dellavedova has already won the starting PG job over Michael Carter-Williams.  He should be a better compliment to the Greek Freak, who operates in a point-forward role.

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Michael Beasley
75 Overall (NC)
Position: SF (from PF)
2nd Pos: PF (from SF)
Archetype: Elite Inside Scorer (from Offensive-Minded Four)

NOTES
9/29/16: Beasley was acquired via trade after Middleton's injury news broke.  Joining the Rockets towards the end of last season (after dominating the Chinese league), he established himself as a quality bench scorer (22.5 PER, 56 TS% on 30 USG%).  While Beasley operates best as a small-ball four, he will likely be asked to play more SF this season to help fill the absence of Khris Middleton.  This is primarily because the team is loaded at PF with Jabari Parker and Mirza Teletovic, and he should be able to step in if Parker ever has to miss any time.

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Miles Plumlee
73 Overall
Position: C
2nd Pos: N/A
Archetype: Interior Defender

NOTES
9/29/16: Plumlee is the consummate role player which actually gives him the edge over Greg Monroe for the starting job.  Defense and rebounding come at a premium when a team already has a multitude of offensive options in the front-court.

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Steve Novak
72 Overall
Position: PF
2nd Pos: N/A (from SF)
Archetype: Faceup Four

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Jason Terry
71 Overall
Position: PG
2nd Pos: SG
Archetype: Offensive-Minded Point

NOTES
9/29/16: At 39-years old, Terry isn't capable of starting at SG anymore over an extended period, but he could very easily force the Bucks to play Dellavedova and MCW there if the Bucks younger, natural SGs don't play well.

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Thon Maker
71 Overall
Position: C
2nd Pos: PF
Archetype: Faceup Center

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Malcolm Brogdon
70 Overall
Position: SG
2nd Pos: N/A
Archetype: Sharpshooter

NOTES
9/29/16: Despite his rookie status, Brogdon is actually three years older than Rashad Vaughn;  it would not be surprising to see him take Vaughn's minutes and role if the latter continues to struggle.  He has great sleeper potential and could make an All-Rookie team if he gets the requisite minutes.

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Rashad Vaughn
69 Overall
Position: SG
2nd Pos: SF
Archetype: Athletic Shooting Guard

CONTRACT
Option: Team (from 2Y Team)

NOTES
9/29/16: Despite an absolutely atrocious rookie season, Vaughn will start at SG with Khris Middleton sidelined by injury (pending any trades, of course).  The bright side is Vaughn can't be any worse than he was last season, when his 4.2 PER and 30 FG% (40 TS%) were by far the worst marks among NBA players with 1,000 minutes played. 

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Orlando Johnson
67 Overall
Position: SG
2nd Pos: N/A
Archetype: Skilled Shooter

NOTES
9/29/16: Despite the glaring need on the wing, Johnson won't make the team unless the team trades Monroe in the preseason.

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J.J. O'Brien
66 Overall
Position: SF
2nd Pos: N/A
Archetype: Athletic Small Forward

NOTES
9/29/16: Despite the glaring need on the wing, O'Brien won't make the team unless the team trades Monroe in the preseason.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Philadelphia 76ers NBA 2K17 Rating Edits

PHILADELPHIA 76ERS (15)
81 (+2) Ben Simmons (PF/SF): Athletic Glass Cleaner
77 (nc) Nerlens Noel (C/PF): Interior Defender
77 (nc) Joel Embiid (C): Rebounding Specialist
76 (-3) Jahlil Okafor (C): Low Post Threat
76 (nc) Robert Covington (SF/PF): Shooter
75 (nc) Dario Saric (PF): Offensive-Minded Four
74 (nc) Jerryd Bayless (PG/SG): Offensive-Minded Point
74 (nc) Sergio Rodriguez (PG): Offensive Star
73 (-1) Gerald Henderson (SG/SF): Two-Way Guard
73 (nc) T.J. McConnell (PG): Playmaker
73 (nc) Jerami Grant (SF/PF): Lockdown Defender
72 (nc) Hollis Thompson (SF/SG): Two-Way Wing
70 (nc) Richuan Holmes (PF/C): Athletic Power Forward
69 (nc) Nik Stauskas (SG): Perimeter Threat
69 (nc) Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot (SG/SF): Athletic Shooting Guard

TRAINING CAMP (5)
70 (nc) Elton Brand (C): Interior Defender
X (X) Shawn Long (PF)
X (X) James Webb (SF)
X (X) Brandon Paul (SG)
X (X) Cat Barber (PG)

TEAM STATISTICS
TEAM SALARY

ROTATION (9/28/16)
PG: Jerryd Bayless (30)
SG: Gerald Henderson (28)
SF: Robert Covington (26)
PF: Ben Simmons (32)
C: Jahlil Okafor (26)
BENCH
C: Nerlens Noel (26)
PG: Sergio Rodriguez (24)
PF: Dario Saric (20)
SF: Jerami Grant (16)
C: Joel Embiid (12)
SF: Hollis Thompson (0)
PG: T.J. McConnell (0)
SG: Nik Stauskas (0)
INACTIVE
PF: Richaun Holmes (0)
SG: Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot (0)

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Ben Simmons
81 Overall (+2)
Position: PF (from SF)
2nd Pos: SF (from PF)
Archetype: Athletic Glass Cleaner (from Athletic Rebounder)

OFFENSE
85 Standing Layup
85 Driving Layup (+1)
65 Post Fade (-6)
80 Post Hook (+6)
80 Post Control (+1)
76 Draw Foul
79 Shot Close
55 Open Shot Mid
51 Off-Dribble Mid (+10)
51 Contested Mid (+11)
56 Open Shot 3pt
48 Off-Dribble 3pt (+18)
48 Contested 3pt (+10)
67 Free Throw
80 Ball Control (+2)
74 Pass Vision
80 Pass IQ (+4)
74 Pass Accuracy
68 Offensive Rebound (+3)
75 Standing Dunk (-15)
85 Driving Dunk (+5)
50 Contact Dunk
81 Shot IQ (+13)
85 Hands (+1)

DEFENSE
86 Defensive Rebound (+4)
55 Block (+4)
75 Shot Contest (-2)
84 Steal (+12)
70 On-Ball Defense
75 Low Post Defense (+2)
80 Reaction Time

ATHLETICISM
86 Boxout (+8)
71 Lateral Quickness
93 Speed
82 Ball Speed
80 Acceleration
85 Vertical
80 Strength (+1)
90 Stamina (+5)
80 Hustle
85 Durability (+3)

INTANGIBLES
80 Pass Perception (+2)
50 Defensive Consistency
70 Pick & Roll Defense (-1)
70 Help Defense (-2)
65 Offensive Consistency (+15)
70 Intangibles (+19)
95 Potential (+1)

NOTES
9/28/16: Simmons has drawn comparisons to LeBron James and will surely see his Overall rating climb throughout the year.  Simmons only has one badge (Chase Down Artist / Bronze) which is exceptionally low for a number one overall draft pick.  Beyond his ratings, those will be another area worth tracking.

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Nerlens Noel
77 Overall
Position: C
2nd Pos: PF
Archetype: Interior Defender

NOTES
9/28/16: While the Sixers would prefer to keep Nerlens Noel, his impending free agency will force them to act sooner rather than later.  The Sixers can't reasonably pay Noel what he's worth while they still have two high-lottery centers under contract.

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Joel Embiid
77 Overall
Position: C
2nd Pos: N/A
Archetype: Rebounding Specialist

CONTRACT
Option: None (from Team)

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Robert Covington
76 Overall
Position: SF
2nd Pos: PF (from N/A)
Archetype: Shooter

NOTES
9/28/16: Covington played most of his minutes at PF in 2016 as a small-ball four.  He should fill a role similar to what will be asked of Dario Saric... which does not bode well for his minutes.

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Dario Saric
75 Overall
Position: PF
2nd Pos: N/A (from C)

NOTES
9/28/16: Given his talent, it would not be surprising to see Saric earn the starting PF job in Philadelphia.  The Sixers will likely want to surround Ben Simmons with the best shooters on the team, and the battle between Covington and Saric will likely come down to that.

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Jahlil Okafor
74 Overall (-5)
Position: C
2nd Pos: N/A (from PF)
Archetype: Low Post Threat

OFFENSE
91 Standing Layup (-2)
75 Driving Layup (-2)
65 Post Fade (-7)
90 Post Hook (+5)
80 Post Control (-5)
49 Draw Foul (-31)
86 Shot Close (-2)
55 Open Shot Mid (-18)
53 Off-Dribble Mid (-10)
50 Contested Mid (-10)
53 Open Shot 3pt (+7)
43 Off-Dribble 3pt (+15)
43 Contested 3pt (+15)
69 Free Throw
55 Ball Control (+13)
50 Pass Vision (+15)
60 Pass IQ (-8)
55 Pass Accuracy
65 Offensive Rebound
75 Standing Dunk (-15)
60 Driving Dunk (+5)
40 Contact Dunk
84 Shot IQ (-1)
85 Hands (-2)

DEFENSE
69 Defensive Rebound
64 Block (-4)
75 Shot Contest (+1)
53 Steal (-2)
70 On-Ball Defense (+21)
60 Low Post Defense (-10)
75 Reaction Time

ATHLETICISM
69 Boxout (+1)
43 Lateral Quickness
58 Speed
56 Ball Speed
51 Acceleration
60 Vertical
90 Strength (+2)
86 Stamina (-2)
80 Hustle
85 Durability (+1)

INTANGIBLES
55 Pass Perception (+7)
45 Defensive Consistency (+5)
60 Pick & Roll Defense (+6)
75 Help Defense (+6)
25 Offensive Consistency (-50)
65 Intangibles (-29)
85 Potential (+1)

CONTRACT
Option: Team (from 2Y Team)

NOTES
9/28/16: The Sixers have a major glut at center that will need to be addressed.  The Sixers would surely prefer to trade Okafor, but Nerlens Noel has more value around the league.

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Jerryd Bayless
74 Overall (NC)
Position: PG
2nd Pos: SG
Archetype: Offensive Minded-Point

OFFENSE
69 Standing Layup (-8)
75 Driving Layup (-8)
45 Post Fade (+3)
30 Post Hook (+4)
30 Post Control (+4)
41 Draw Foul (-23)
67 Shot Close (-1)
79 Open Shot Mid (-2)
71 Off-Dribble Mid (+3)
79 Contested Med (-1)
90 Open Shot 3pt (-4)
82 Off-Dribble 3pt (+6)
90 Contested 3pt (-4)
78 Free Throw
80 Ball Control (+2)
60 Pass Vision (-3)
71 Pass IQ
74 Pass Accuracy
33 Offensive Rebound
25 Standing Dunk
45 Driving Dunk
30 Contact Dunk (+5)
70 Shot IQ (-8)
75 Hands (-1)

DEFENSE
48 Defensive Rebound (+1)
41 Block (+1)
60 Shot Contest (+8)
67 Steal (+5)
60 On-Ball Defense (+8)
60 Low Post Defense (+26)
55 Reaction Time (+3)

ATHLETICISM
48 Boxout (+14)
52 Lateral Quickness
90 Speed
89 Ball Speed
89 Acceleration
75 Vertical
55 Strength (+9)
87 Stamina (+3)
65 Hustle (+1)
80 Durability

INTANGIBLES
60 Pass Perception (+11)
35 Defensive Consistency
85 Pick & Roll Defense (+22)
75 Help Defense (+21)
60 Offensive Consistency (+5)
70 Intangibles (-1)
80 Potential (+5)

NOTES
9/28/16: Bayless really came into his own as a shooter last season (1.24 Spotup PPP, 95th Percentile).  If he keeps that number up, he's a perfect compliment to Ben Simmons.

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Sergio Rodriguez
74 Overall
Position: PG
2nd Pos: N/A
Archetype: Offensive Star

NOTES
9/28/16: Really came into his own in his fourth and final season in the NBA (shooting 48%, compared to 39% over his first three seasons).  Not a surprise that he found stardom overseas.  Based on what I've read, he should compare to Jose Calderon.

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Gerald Henderson
73 Overall (-1)
Position: SG (from SF)
2nd Pos: SF (from SG)
Archetype: Two-Way Guard (from Two-Way Wing)

NOTES
9/28/16: The Sixers needed a stabilizing veteran presence, but unlike Jerryd Bayless I don't think Henderson fits particularly well.  Spacing will be an issue anytime he shares the court with Ben Simmons, and I can see a world where the Sixers go bigger with Hollis Thompson starting at SG, or smaller with Jerryd Bayless starting next to Sergio Rodriguez (the latter would surely put butts in the seats).

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T.J. McConnell
73 Overall
Position: PG
2nd Pos: N/A
Archetype: Playmaker

NOTES
9/28/16: Should still carve a role out with Jerryd Bayless expected to play most of the reserve SG minutes, though it will be tougher with Sergio Rodriguez around.

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Hollis Thompson
72 Overall
Position: SF
2nd Pos: SG
Archetype: Two-Way Wing

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Richuan Holmes
70 Overall
Position: PF
2nd Pos: C (from N/A)
Archetype: Athletic Power Forward

NOTES
9/28/16: The only "traditional PF" on the Sixers roster.  Holmes actually saw most of his time at center last season, and can be considered the 3rd center when Philadelphia rests one of their "Big Three".

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Nik Stauskas
69 Overall
Position: SG
2nd Pos: SF
Archetype: Perimeter Threat

NOTES
9/28/16: Stauskas' poor play last season likely has him on the roster bubble despite his guaranteed contract.  The Sixers will include him in any trade involving Jahlil Okafor or Nerlens Noel.

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Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot
69 Overall
Position: SG
2nd Pos: SF
Archetype: Athletic Shooting Guard

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Elton Brand
70 Overall
Position: C
2nd Pos: N/A
Archetype: Interior Defender

NOTES
9/28/16: Despite his non-guaranteed contract and age (37), Brand is expected to make the Sixers in order to mentor their trio of bigs.  That means without any trades, someone will have to be cut (the money is on Stauskas).

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Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Rashidi's NBA 2K16 Point Guard Ratings & Analysis

With NBA 2K17 just over the horizon, I've decided to dust myself off and offer my take on the state of NBA 2K's player ratings.

About a year and a half ago, I fell out of not just the roster scene but video games altogether.  I took a job that prevented me from watching basketball anywhere near as much as I'd like to.  When I wasn't working, I found myself out of the house, spending my days and nights playing Magic: The Gathering in various card/comic shops across NYC.  Almost overnight, I found myself more and more removed from the game of basketball, a sport I loved and followed for 20 years.

I also found my presence in the community to be mostly unnecessary.  Mike Stauffer took the NBA 2K roster editing position I had been angling/pining for the better part of a decade, and he didn't look back.  He's done of a heck of a job making the need for my voice largely irrelevant.  The 2K rosters are significantly cleaner and there is a clear ideology set in place.  The rosters aren't perfect (they never will be irrespective of who is in charge), but the various nitpicks are mostly due to a lack of time/labor hours given what 2K Sports is asking of him.

In a lot of respects, I have a unique take on the roster process.  Some have called me the grandfather of roster editing.  I'm the original NBA 2K roster editor, and it took years for anyone to get up to my level.  I sold my roster files on memory cards to make a buck in college - there are very few people who can say they pulled a profit from this particular hobby.  My historical and technical knowledge of 2K's rating/attribute history over the last 15 years is unparalleled by any amateur, and there are people who started tinkering with this game long after I did who now have jobs within the company.  It's not all roses though - while I've been doing this longer than anyone else, my editing process is largely outdated and I'm too stubborn to learn the modern editing tools that might make my life easier (and actually produce a roster file).  Just like Grandpa, except 40 years younger.

Overall, I'm largely content to let others get their time in the limelight.  The torch passed a few years ago and I have no desire to take it back.  I have fond memories of the people I met and the opportunities I generated from just sitting in front of a computer screen, forgetting about my day-to-day life, and just focusing in-depth on basketball...  So much so, that having found some free-time, I decided to give it a go, for old-time's sake.  For the younger generation, this is what Vintage Rashidi was all about.

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I edited the ratings for all 30 projected starting point guards for the 2016-17 season.  The listed difference is from the final NBA 2K16 roster.  They will be sorted by Overall in this checklist's order.

Questions about attribute decisions are welcome, and I will do my best to explain the reasoning.  There are certainly some that may not make sense but do have statistical basis (for example, a player's defensive effectiveness can vary from year-to-year based on a number of factors).  As usual, I use 2K's own formulas and scales wherever possible, and am extremely limited in my bias thanks to the cold, hard nature of numbers.

Collectively, these 30 players dropped 37 points in Overall rating.  This is mainly due to the 2K formula weighting "Draw Foul" too heavily.  Most PGs are simply rated too highly here.

1-10
92 (NC) Chris Paul (LAC): All-Around Superstar
91 (-5) Stephen Curry (GSW): Offensive Superstar
91 (-4) Russell Westbrook (OKC): Offensive Superstar
87 (+1) Kyle Lowry (TOR): All-Around Superstar
87 (-2) John Wall (WAS): Offensive Superstar
86 (-3) Damian Lillard (POR): Athletic Playmaker
85 (-1) Eric Bledsoe (PHX): All-Around Star
83 (-3) Isaiah Thomas (BOS): Playmaker
83 (-1) Kemba Walker (CHA): All-Around Point Guard
83 (NC) Reggie Jackson (DET): Offensive-Minded Point
11-20
83 (-5) Kyrie Irving (CLE): Scoring Machine
82 (-1) Mike Conley (MEM): All-Around Point Guard
81 (+2) Ricky Rubio (MIN): Crafty Playmaker
81 (+1) Darren Collison (SAC): Sharpshooter
80 (-2) Jrue Holiday (NOP): Playmaker
80 (-3) Rajon Rondo (CHI): All-Around Star
80 (+1) Tony Parker (SAS): Scoring Machine
79 (NC) Jeff Teague (IND): All-Around Point Guard
79 (-1) Goran Dragic (MIA): Crafty Finisher
79 (NC) Dennis Schroder (ATL): All-Around Point Guard
21-30
78 (NC) Deron Williams (DAL): All-Around Point Guard
77 (+1) Michael Carter-Williams (MIL): Crafty All-Around Point
77 (+1) George Hill (UTA): All-Around Point Guard
75 (-5) Derrick Rose (CHI): Offensive-Minded Point
75 (NC) Elfrid Payton (ORL): All-Around Point Guard
75 (-1) Jeremy Lin (BKN): All-Around Point Guard
75 (-1) Patrick Beverley (HOU): All-Around Point Guard
74 (-1) Emmanuel Mudiay (DEN): Pass-First Point
73 (-4) D'Angelo Russell (LAL): Offensive-Minded Point
73 (-1) Jerryd Bayless (PHI): Reliable Playmaker

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Chris Paul (PG)
All-Around Superstar
92 Overall



OFFENSE
82 Standing Layup (-13)
95 Driving Layup (-1)
70 Post Fade (+15)
45 Post Hook (+5)
65 Post Control (+17)
59 Draw Foul (-21)
99 Standing Close (+2)
99 Moving Close (+2)
89 Standing Mid
89 Moving Mid
83 Standing 3pt (+1)
83 Moving 3pt (+1)
90 Free Throw
99 Ball Control (+6)
99 Pass Vision (+1)
99 Pass IQ (+1)
99 Pass Accuracy (+1)
34 Offensive Rebound (+1)
25 Standing Dunk
35 Driving Dunk (+8)
25 Contact Dunk
99 Shot IQ (+1)
99 Hands (+7)

DEFENSE
55 Defensive Rebound (+1)
39 Block (+4)
80 Shot Contest (-2)
89 Steal (+2)
90 On-Ball Defense (+5)
45 Low Post Defense (-25)
95 Reaction Time (+17)

ATHLETICISM
55 Boxout (+5)
92 Lateral Quickness
81 Speed
85 Acceleration
75 Vertical (-3)
60 Strength (+2)
88 Stamina (-9)
95 Hustle
85 Durability (-5)

INTANGIBLES
95 Pass Perception (+7)
80 Defensive Consistency (-5)
85 Pick &Roll Defense (-1)
85 Help Defense (+3)
99 Offensive Consistency (+1)
99 Emotion
95 Potential (+3)

2017 OUTLOOK Paul ranks 2nd among active players in career PER (behind LeBron James), and 6th all-time. He has the 2nd best assist rate in history behind John Stockton. It goes without saying that he's going to run a championship caliber offense until the wheels fall off.

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Stephen Curry (PG)
Offensive Superstar
91 Overall (-5)



OFFENSE
90 Standing Layup (-8)
99 Driving Layup (+2)
65 Post Fade (+13)
45 Post Hook (+10)
45 Post Control (+10)
50 Draw Foul (-42)
86 Standing Close (-8)
86 Moving Close (-7)
89 Standing Mid (-4)
89 Moving Mid (-3)
95 Standing 3pt (-4)
95 Moving 3pt (-2)
91 Free Throw (+1)
95 Ball Control (-3)
82 Pass Vision (-9)
93 Pass IQ (-5)
88 Pass Accuracy (-10)
40 Offensive Rebound (+4)
25 Standing Dunk
45 Driving Dunk (+9)
30 Contact Dunk (+5)
99 Shot IQ (+1)
99 Hands (+1)

DEFENSE
59 Defensive Rebound (-2)
39 Block (+2)
70 Shot Contest (-12)
88 Steal (+2)
85 On-Ball Defense (+7)
55 Low Post Defense (+25)
95 Reaction Time (-2)

ATHLETICISM
59 Boxout (-5)
78 Lateral Quickness
89 Speed
96 Acceleration
75 Vertical (+2)
50 Strength (+2)
89 Stamina (-9)
95 Hustle (-3)
95 Durability (+2)

INTANGIBLES
95 Pass Perception
70 Defensive Consistency (-5)
85 Pick &Roll Defense (+3)
85 Help Defense (+1)
99 Offensive Consistency (+1)
99 Emotion
99 Potential (+3)

2017 OUTLOOK
Curry had the best regular season of any point guard, ever.  Injuries affected him in the playoffs, but he should be at full strength entering the season.  While the presence of Kevin Durant should lighten his load, it's reasonable to expect a dent in Curry's offensive efficiency as they figure things out.

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Russell Westbrook (PG)
Offensive Superstar (from All-Around Superstar)
91 Overall (-4)



OFFENSE
82 Standing Layup (-15)
99 Driving Layup (+2)
65 Post Fade (-11)
45 Post Hook
70 Post Control (+1)
79 Draw Foul (-15)
80 Standing Close (-5)
80 Moving Close (-6)
85 Standing Mid
85 Moving Mid (+1)
76 Standing 3pt
76 Moving 3pt (+1)
81 Free Throw (-3)
95 Ball Control (+1)
99 Pass Vision (+2)
95 Pass IQ (-2)
95 Pass Accuracy (-2)
55 Offensive Rebound (-5)
30 Standing Dunk
80 Driving Dunk (-10)
35 Contact Dunk
99 Shot IQ (+1)
99 Hands (+1)

DEFENSE
70 Defensive Rebound (-8)
41 Block (+4)
80 Shot Contest (-8)
86 Steal (-2)
80 On-Ball Defense (-8)
60 Low Post Defense (+18)
95 Reaction Time (+1)

ATHLETICISM
70 Boxout (-12)
89 Lateral Quickness
98 Speed
97 Acceleration
85 Vertical
75 Strength (+1)
92 Stamina (-6)
95 Hustle (-3)
95 Durability

INTANGIBLES
90 Pass Perception (-2)
65 Defensive Consistency (-25)
80 Pick &Roll Defense (-4)
55 Help Defense (-31)
99 Offensive Consistency (+1)
99 Emotion
95 Potential

2017 OUTLOOK
With Durant in the rear view mirror, Westbrook is poised for an absurd statistical season, akin to 2015 when he had the highest Usage rate in NBA history.   He is the overwhelming favorite to lead the league in scoring - whether that translates to a playoff berth for the Oklahoma City Thunder is another story.

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Kyle Lowry (PG)
All-Around Superstar (from All-Around Star)
87 Overall (+1)



OFFENSE
83 Standing Layup (-2)
90 Driving Layup (+5)
55 Post Fade (+11)
50 Post Hook (+12)
45 Post Control (+5)
82 Draw Foul (+7)
73 Standing Close (+2)
73 Moving Close (+1)
75 Standing Mid (+3)
75 Moving Mid (+2)
85 Standing 3pt (+5)
83 Moving 3pt (+3)
81 Free Throw (+2)
90 Ball Control (+4)
78 Pass Vision (-4)
90 Pass IQ
86 Pass Accuracy
36 Offensive Rebound (-1)
25 Standing Dunk
25 Driving Dunk
25 Contact Dunk
97 Shot IQ (+6)
95 Hands

DEFENSE
56 Defensive Rebound (-1)
45 Block (-6)
80 Shot Contest (-10)
86 Steal (+1)
90 On-Ball Defense (+3)
40 Low Post Defense (-18)
90 Reaction Time (-2)

ATHLETICISM
56 Boxout (-6)
93 Lateral Quickness
88 Speed
89 Acceleration
70 Vertical (-2)
70 Strength
93 Stamina (-3)
95 Hustle
90 Durability (-5)

INTANGIBLES
95 Pass Perception
70 Defensive Consistency (-20)
85 Pick &Roll Defense (-1)
85 Help Defense (+1)
99 Offensive Consistency (+14)
25 Emotion
90 Potential (+4)

2017 OUTLOOK
Quietly a two-time All-Star, Lowry isn't the flashiest name but he is the reason the Raptors have been a stable organization and rising playoff team since the day they acquired him.  There are a few bigger names on this list who can't say the same.  Expect more of the same for Lowry and the Raptors, who anxiously await a rematch with Cleveland.

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John Wall (PG)
Offensive Superstar (from All-Around Superstar)
87 Overall (-2)



OFFENSE
82 Standing Layup (-10)
90 Driving Layup (-3)
70 Post Fade (+13)
35 Post Hook
45 Post Control (+3)
51 Draw Foul (-26)
69 Standing Close (-3)
69 Moving Close (-3)
74 Standing Mid
74 Moving Mid (+2)
81 Standing 3pt (+3)
79 Moving 3pt (+1)
79 Free Throw (+1)
90 Ball Control (+4)
97 Pass Vision (+4)
96 Pass IQ
91 Pass Accuracy
34 Offensive Rebound (+1)
25 Standing Dunk
70 Driving Dunk (-16)
35 Contact Dunk
99 Shot IQ (+4)
99 Hands (+1)

DEFENSE
60 Defensive Rebound
52 Block (-5)
80 Shot Contest (+4)
80 Steal (+3)
80 On-Ball Defense (-6)
50 Low Post Defense (+12)
75 Reaction Time (-1)

ATHLETICISM
60 Boxout (+5)
86 Lateral Quickness
97 Speed
90 Acceleration
88 Vertical
60 Strength (-1)
94 Stamina (-4)
95 Hustle
90 Durability

INTANGIBLES
90 Pass Perception (-2)
60 Defensive Consistency (-25)
85 Pick &Roll Defense
80 Help Defense (-2)
80 Offensive Consistency (-10)
99 Emotion
90 Potential (+1)

2017 OUTLOOK
Long considered a flaw in his game, Wall improved his 3pt shot considerably.  His mid-range game still needs work, as evidenced by Wall's poor numbers in the Pick & Roll (0.73 PPP, 38th Percentile).  His inconsistent production here has capped his individual growth and the team's overall progression.

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Damian Lillard (PG)
Athletic Playmaker (from Offensive Superstar)
86 Overall (-3)



OFFENSE
75 Standing Layup (-18)
85 Driving Layup (-6)
60 Post Fade (+20)
40 Post Hook (+10)
45 Post Control (+3)
63 Draw Foul (-29)
68 Standing Close (-7)
68 Moving Close (-6)
81 Standing Mid (+2)
81 Moving Mid (+3)
86 Standing 3pt
86 Moving 3pt (+1)
89 Free Throw
95 Ball Control (+5)
82 Pass Vision (-4)
90 Pass IQ (-5)
86 Pass Accuracy (-5)
34 Offensive Rebound (-1)
25 Standing Dunk
55 Driving Dunk (-30)
35 Contact Dunk
99 Shot IQ (+1)
99 Hands (+1)

DEFENSE
51 Defensive Rebound (-1)
43 Block (-2)
75 Shot Contest (-3)
60 Steal
75 On-Ball Defense (+2)
45 Low Post Defense (+20)
65 Reaction Time (-5)

ATHLETICISM
51 Boxout (-11)
69 Lateral Quickness
88 Speed
93 Acceleration
90 Vertical (+1)
65 Strength (-1)
95 Stamina (+4)
95 Hustle
99 Durability (+1)

INTANGIBLES
65 Pass Perception (-12)
30 Defensive Consistency (-40)
70 Pick &Roll Defense (-8)
60 Help Defense (-12)
99 Offensive Consistency (+1)
99 Emotion
90 Potential (+1)

2017 OUTLOOK
Lillard carried a bunch of no-names to the second round of the playoffs.  While his season-long performance was at times "Curry-esque", the same could not be said of his putrid defense.  This isn't all on Lillard though, who has had to carry the team.  The Blazers need another player (besides C.J. McCollum) to step up and lighten Lillard's offensive load, providing him the breather he needs to give an acceptable defensive effort.

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Eric Bledsoe (PG)
All-Around Star (from Lockdown Defender)
85 Overall (-1)



OFFENSE
80 Standing Layup (-8)
85 Driving Layup (+1)
40 Post Fade
30 Post Hook (+5)
35 Post Control (+7)
70 Draw Foul (-7)
87 Standing Close (+2)
87 Moving Close (+2)
84 Standing Mid (+2)
84 Moving Mid (+1)
83 Standing 3pt (+2)
83 Moving 3pt (+2)
80 Free Throw
90 Ball Control (+4)
80 Pass Vision (+5)
88 Pass IQ
82 Pass Accuracy
34 Offensive Rebound
25 Standing Dunk
55 Driving Dunk (-18)
45 Contact Dunk
98 Shot IQ (+2)
90 Hands (+2)

DEFENSE
53 Defensive Rebound (-8)
50 Block (-5)
75 Shot Contest (-2)
86 Steal (+3)
90 On-Ball Defense (+2)
40 Low Post Defense
75 Reaction Time (-2)

ATHLETICISM
53 Boxout (+3)
88 Lateral Quickness
88 Speed
89 Acceleration
90 Vertical (+2)
55 Strength
89 Stamina (+4)
95 Hustle (-1)
75 Durability (-2)

INTANGIBLES
80 Pass Perception (-2)
60 Defensive Consistency (-25)
80 Pick &Roll Defense (-5)
90 Help Defense (+6)
70 Offensive Consistency (-25)
25 Emotion
90 Potential (+4)

2017 OUTLOOK
Bledsoe has missed 91 games in three years with the Suns, including 51 last season.  The Suns were 12-19 with Bledsoe last season, and 9-40 without him; he is clearly a valued piece of their core.  He'll simply look to remain healthy as the team rebuilds around him.

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Isaiah Thomas (PG)
Playmaker (from Offensive-Minded Point)
83 Overall (-3)



OFFENSE
80 Standing Layup (-14)
90 Driving Layup (-4)
45 Post Fade (+5)
45 Post Hook (+20)
30 Post Control (+5)
79 Draw Foul (-10)
68 Standing Close (+1)
68 Moving Close
71 Standing Mid (-7)
71 Moving Mid (-7)
82 Standing 3pt (+3)
80 Moving 3pt (+1)
87 Free Throw
90 Ball Control (-1)
81 Pass Vision (-4)
85 Pass IQ (-9)
85 Pass Accuracy (-10)
34 Offensive Rebound
25 Standing Dunk
25 Driving Dunk (-2)
25 Contact Dunk
99 Shot IQ (+1)
99 Hands (+1)

DEFENSE
45 Defensive Rebound
38 Block (+8)
60 Shot Contest
68 Steal (+5)
80 On-Ball Defense (+11)
45 Low Post Defense (+20)
60 Reaction Time

ATHLETICISM
45 Boxout (+13)
64 Lateral Quickness
87 Speed
94 Acceleration
85 Vertical (+4)
50 Strength (+5)
92 Stamina (-5)
95 Hustle (-2)
95 Durability (-2)

INTANGIBLES
60 Pass Perception
40 Defensive Consistency (-20)
85 Pick & Roll Defense (+15)
75 Help Defense (+7)
85 Offensive Consistency (-10)
99 Emotion
90 Potential (+4)

2017 OUTLOOK
Thomas is one of my favorite players to watch in the league.  If Al Horford's pick & roll prowess can help Thomas re-capture the touch he had on his mid-range shot with the Sacramento Kings, the Celtics are going to be scary.

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Kemba Walker (PG)
All-Around Point Guard (from All-Around Star)
83 Overall (-1)



OFFENSE
80 Standing Layup (-14)
85 Driving Layup (-5)
60 Post Fade
30 Post Hook (+2)
35 Post Control
65 Draw Foul (-22)
71 Standing Close (-1)
71 Moving Close (-2)
75 Standing Mid (+1)
75 Moving Mid
84 Standing 3pt (+4)
84 Moving 3pt (+4)
85 Free Throw
90 Ball Control (+2)
72 Pass Vision
88 Pass IQ
94 Pass Accuracy
35 Offensive Rebound
25 Standing Dunk
30 Driving Dunk
25 Contact Dunk
98 Shot IQ (+1)
99 Hands (+1)

DEFENSE
54 Defensive Rebound (+1)
46 Block (-4)
80 Shot Contest (+5)
76 Steal (+7)
75 On-Ball Defense
50 Low Post Defense (+18)
75 Reaction Time

ATHLETICISM
54 Boxout (+4)
75 Lateral Quickness
83 Speed
88 Acceleration
80 Vertical (-1)
50 Strength
92 Stamina (-1)
90 Hustle
90 Durability (+5)

INTANGIBLES
75 Pass Perception (-2)
55 Defensive Consistency (-5)
80 Pick & Roll Defense (+2)
80 Help Defense (+8)
85 Offensive Consistency (-13)
99 Emotion
85 Potential (+1)

2017 OUTLOOK
Kemba is coming off a breakout season, but he may be poised for another one after the team parted ways with lumbering Al Jefferson (2nd on the team in Usage rate).  The Hornets will look to run even more, while the growth of Frank Kaminsky as a stretch-big should open up the court even more for Walker to operate.

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Reggie Jackson (PG)
Offensive-Minded Point
83 Overall (NC)



OFFENSE
80 Standing Layup (-5)
90 Driving Layup (-2)
50 Post Fade (+2)
50 Post Hook (+25)
35 Post Control (+7)
54 Draw Foul (-21)
85 Standing Close (+3)
85 Moving Close (+2)
69 Standing Mid (-11)
69 Moving Mid (-9)
80 Standing 3pt (+1)
80 Moving 3pt (+1)
86 Free Throw
95 Ball Control (+10)
85 Pass Vision (+4)
89 Pass IQ
88 Pass Accuracy
38 Offensive Rebound (+2)
25 Standing Dunk
55 Driving Dunk (-14)
30 Contact Dunk (+4)
99 Shot IQ (+9)
85 Hands

DEFENSE
48 Defensive Rebound (+1)
38 Block (+6)
65 Shot Contest (+2)
60 Steal (+1)
75 On-Ball Defense (+1)
40 Low Post Defense (-9)
65 Reaction Time (+2)

ATHLETICISM
48 Boxout (-17)
74 Lateral Quickness
85 Speed
90 Acceleration
85 Vertical
60 Strength (+12)
92 Stamina (-3)
85 Hustle
90 Durability (+6)

INTANGIBLES
60 Pass Perception (+1)
40 Defensive Consistency (-30)
80 Pick & Roll Defense (+8)
80 Help Defense (+10)
90 Offensive Consistency (+10)
99 Emotion
85 Potential (+2)

2017 OUTLOOK
Jackson quickly assimilated from sixth man combo guard to full-time point guard.  He could stand to improve his defensive effort as the Pistons look to make it to the next level.

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Kyrie Irving (PG)
Scoring Machine (from Offensive Superstar)
83 Overall (-5)



OFFENSE
80 Standing Layup (-12)
90 Driving Layup (-1)
75 Post Fade (+11)
45 Post Hook (+10)
50 Post Control (+10)
43 Draw Foul (-30)
91 Standing Close (+4)
91 Moving Close (+3)
93 Standing Mid (-4)
93 Moving Mid (-4)
82 Standing 3pt (-1)
82 Moving 3pt (-1)
89 Free Throw (+4)
95 Ball Control (-3)
73 Pass Vision
77 Pass IQ (-5)
79 Pass Accuracy (-5)
40 Offensive Rebound (-2)
25 Standing Dunk
35 Driving Dunk (+5)
25 Contact Dunk
99 Shot IQ (+5)
99 Hands (+1)

DEFENSE
44 Defensive Rebound
44 Block (+2)
75 Shot Contest (+1)
68 Steal (+5)
65 On-Ball Defense (-7)
55 Low Post Defense (+23)
75 Reaction Time (+1)

ATHLETICISM
44 Boxout
72 Lateral Quickness
87 Speed
95 Acceleration
80 Vertical (-1)
50 Strength (+13)
92 Stamina (-5)
80 Hustle (-5)
75 Durability (-6)

INTANGIBLES
70 Pass Perception (-11)
35 Defensive Consistency (-20)
70 Pick &Roll Defense (-1)
55 Help Defense (-19)
75 Offensive Consistency (-23)
25 Emotion
90 Potential (-1)

2017 OUTLOOK
Kyrie started the season slowly as he recovered from injury, and really hit his stride late in the year.  That said, as is the case with many guards in this tier, his defense leaves a lot to be desired and is the biggest obstacle he'll need to overcome if he hopes to reach the MVP-caliber ranks of a Steph Curry or Chris Paul.

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Mike Conley (PG)
All-Around Point Guard
82 Overall (-1)



OFFENSE
75 Standing Layup (-9)
85 Driving Layup (+3)
40 Post Fade
25 Post Hook
30 Post Control (+1)
65 Draw Foul (+2)
81 Standing Close (-2)
81 Moving Close (-2)
75 Standing Mid
73 Moving Mid (-2)
82 Standing 3pt (+3)
76 Moving 3pt (-3)
83 Free Throw
90 Ball Control (+3)
81 Pass Vision (+4)
93 Pass IQ
92 Pass Accuracy
33 Offensive Rebound
25 Standing Dunk
35 Driving Dunk (+5)
25 Contact Dunk
93 Shot IQ (+18)
90 Hands (+2)

DEFENSE
49 Defensive Rebound
43 Block (-2)
75 Shot Contest (-1)
73 Steal (+8)
85 On-Ball Defense (-2)
35 Low Post Defense (+4)
75 Reaction Time (-1)

ATHLETICISM
49 Boxout (+11)
85 Lateral Quickness
83 Speed
86 Acceleration
85 Vertical (-10)
50 Strength (+10)
86 Stamina (-8)
85 Hustle
80 Durability (-2)

INTANGIBLES
80 Pass Perception
80 Defensive Consistency (-20)
65 Pick &Roll Defense (-20)
80 Help Defense
85 Offensive Consistency (+25)
25 Emotion
85 Potential

2017 OUTLOOK
Conley landed the biggest contract in NBA history this off-season (5 years, 150 million), making him the posterboy for the NBA's new cap structure.  I don't have a problem with the dollars, and neither should you.  Starting pitchers in MLB make 30 million dollars per year, and they only play in 20% of their team's games.   Conley is going to lock down the PG position (arguably the most important position in the NBA) for the foreseeable future in Memphis, a city/team which isn't exactly a hotbed for free agents to begin with.  Conley will continue to produce at a borderline All-Star level and lead a team that hasn't missed the playoffs in five seasons.

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Ricky Rubio (PG)
Crafty Playmaker
81 Overall (+2)



OFFENSE
72 Standing Layup (+1)
75 Driving Layup (-2)
40 Post Fade
25 Post Hook
30 Post Control (+4)
99 Draw Foul (+31)
48 Standing Close (-15)
48 Moving Close (-15)
77 Standing Mid (+3)
75 Moving Mid (+1)
78 Standing 3pt (+3)
70 Moving 3pt
85 Free Throw
85 Ball Control
92 Pass Vision (+3)
92 Pass IQ (+5)
92 Pass Accuracy (+5)
35 Offensive Rebound
25 Standing Dunk
25 Driving Dunk
25 Contact Dunk
82 Shot IQ (-6)
95 Hands

DEFENSE
61 Defensive Rebound
39 Block (+7)
75 Shot Contest (-1)
95 Steal (+7)
60 On-Ball Defense (-21)
35 Low Post Defense (+3)
85 Reaction Time (+3)

ATHLETICISM
61 Boxout (+11)
78 Lateral Quickness
75 Speed
81 Acceleration
60 Vertical
45 Strength (+18)
86 Stamina (-2)
80 Hustle (+7)
75 Durability (-2)

INTANGIBLES
95 Pass Perception (+5)
75 Defensive Consistency (+10)
80 Pick &Roll Defense (+6)
90 Help Defense (+14)
80 Offensive Consistency (+10)
25 Emotion
85 Potential (+6)

2017 OUTLOOK
With Minnesota drafting Kris Dunn, some expect Rubio to be traded, but that would probably be a mistake as he enters his prime.  Rubio's inability to score in the Pick and Roll (0.69 PPP, 30th Percentile) damage his overall effectiveness, but no other guard in the league short of Chris Paul possesses his elite passing and defensive skill.

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Darren Collison (PG)
Sharpshooter
81 Overall (+1)



OFFENSE
86 Standing Layup (+11)
80 Driving Layup (+3)
55 Post Fade (+5)
25 Post Hook
35 Post Control (+3)
58 Draw Foul (-2)
88 Standing Close (+3)
88 Moving Close (+3)
90 Standing Mid (+5)
90 Moving Mid (+5)
86 Standing 3pt (+1)
80 Moving 3pt (-5)
86 Free Throw (+1)
80 Ball Control (-3)
64 Pass Vision (-2)
80 Pass IQ
80 Pass Accuracy
32 Offensive Rebound (+1)
25 Standing Dunk
45 Driving Dunk
30 Contact Dunk (+4)
85 Shot IQ (-5)
75 Hands (-1)

DEFENSE
42 Defensive Rebound (+1)
36 Block (+9)
65 Shot Contest (-7)
67 Steal (+4)
90 On-Ball Defense (+8)
40 Low Post Defense (+6)
70 Reaction Time (-2)

ATHLETICISM
42 Boxout (+2)
80 Lateral Quickness
88 Speed
89 Acceleration
75 Vertical (+3)
50 Strength (+1)
92 Stamina (+4)
80 Hustle
85 Durability (+1)

INTANGIBLES
65 Pass Perception
35 Defensive Consistency (-20)
75 Pick & Roll Defense (-6)
65 Help Defense (-5)
75 Offensive Consistency (+5)
25 Emotion
85 Potential (+5)

2017 OUTLOOK
Collison was easily the best backup PG in basketball last season, and will get his opportunity to start again with only the corpse of Ty Lawson around to contend for minutes..

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Jrue Holiday (PG/SG)
Playmaker (from All-Around Point Guard)
80 Overall (-2)



OFFENSE
80 Standing Layup (-6)
85 Driving Layup (+1)
70 Post Fade (-2)
30 Post Hook
45 Post Control (+5)
46 Draw Foul (-13)
87 Standing Close (+5)
87 Moving Close (+5)
73 Standing Mid (-9)
73 Moving Mid (-8)
80 Standing 3pt (+4)
80 Moving 3pt (+5)
84 Free Throw
90 Ball Control (+4)
87 Pass Vision (+4)
85 Pass IQ
80 Pass Accuracy
33 Offensive Rebound
25 Standing Dunk
50 Driving Dunk (+10)
30 Contact Dunk (+4)
99 Shot IQ (+5)
95 Hands

DEFENSE
51 Defensive Rebound
45 Block (-5)
70 Shot Contest (-3)
79 Steal (+6)
75 On-Ball Defense (-6)
45 Low Post Defense (+11)
75 Reaction Time (-2)

ATHLETICISM
51 Boxout (+12)
75 Lateral Quickness
78 Speed
84 Acceleration
70 Vertical (+2)
55 Strength (+6)
82 Stamina (-8)
85 Hustle (-1)
75 Durability (-2)

INTANGIBLES
70 Pass Perception (-2)
50 Defensive Consistency (-20)
65 Pick &Roll Defense (-15)
75 Help Defense (+2)
80 Offensive Consistency (-10)
25 Emotion
85 Potential (+3)

2017 OUTLOOK
Holiday is expected to miss the start of the season as his pregnant wife deals with a brain tumor.  It's been a rough go for Holiday, who has played well in New Orleans but has struggled to stay on the court.  Once his family situation has sorted out, he could be in line for a big year with Eric Gordon gone and Tyreke Evans sidelined indefinitely.

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Rajon Rondo (PG)
All-Around Star (from All-Around Superstar)
80 Overall (-3)



OFFENSE
86 Standing Layup (-5)
90 Driving Layup (-2)
55 Post Fade (+15)
55 Post Hook (+10)
45 Post Control
38 Draw Foul (-10)
74 Standing Close (+1)
74 Moving Close (+1)
67 Standing Mid (-3)
67 Moving Mid (-3)
82 Standing 3pt (+3)
76 Moving 3pt (+3)
58 Free Throw (+1)
85 Ball Control
98 Pass Vision (+3)
92 Pass IQ
90 Pass Accuracy
42 Offensive Rebound
25 Standing Dunk
40 Driving Dunk (+10)
30 Contact Dunk (+5)
86 Shot IQ (+7)
95 Hands

DEFENSE
63 Defensive Rebound
38 Block (+6)
70 Shot Contest (-8)
83 Steal (+6)
65 On-Ball Defense (-24)
35 Low Post Defense (-1)
80 Reaction Time (+2)

ATHLETICISM
63 Boxout (-7)
87 Lateral Quickness
85 Speed
88 Acceleration
80 Vertical (-2)
50 Strength (+2)
90 Stamina (+2)
90 Hustle
75 Durability (+2)

INTANGIBLES
85 Pass Perception (-10)
55 Defensive Consistency (-30)
80 Pick &Roll Defense (-8)
60 Help Defense (-29)
65 Offensive Consistency (+5)
99 Emotion
90 Potential (+7)

2017 OUTLOOK
Rajon Rondo quietly shot 62-170 (37%) from three-point range last season, after shooting 128-487 (26%) over the first nine seasons of his career.   He NEEDS this to not be a fluke if he is going to have any modicum of success next to Dwyane Wade and Jimmy Butler in Chicago.

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Tony Parker (PG)
Scoring Machine (from Offensive-Minded Point)
80 Overall (+1)



OFFENSE
84 Standing Layup (+1)
90 Driving Layup (+4)
60 Post Fade (+2)
30 Post Hook
50 Post Control (-8)
48 Draw Foul (-15)
85 Standing Close (-1)
85 Moving Close
92 Standing Mid (+7)
92 Moving Mid (+7)
84 Standing 3pt (+3)
76 Moving 3pt (-1)
76 Free Throw (-2)
90 Ball Control (+4)
76 Pass Vision (+4)
82 Pass IQ
79 Pass Accuracy
30 Offensive Rebound
25 Standing Dunk
25 Driving Dunk
25 Contact Dunk
85 Shot IQ (-12)
95 Hands

DEFENSE
47 Defensive Rebound
39 Block (+2)
70 Shot Contest (-3)
64 Steal (+3)
65 On-Ball Defense (-5)
35 Low Post Defense (-19)
75 Reaction Time (+2)

ATHLETICISM
47 Boxout (+9)
65 Lateral Quickness
84 Speed
86 Acceleration
70 Vertical (-6)
45 Strength (+11)
83 Stamina
70 Hustle (-2)
75 Durability (-11)

INTANGIBLES
75 Pass Perception
50 Defensive Consistency (-25)
75 Pick & Roll Defense (+4)
80 Help Defense (+6)
60 Offensive Consistency (+10)
25 Emotion
90 Potential (+1)

2017 OUTLOOK
Parker is obviously on the decline given his age, but the entire team could struggle a bit in their first season without Tim Duncan.  Given what Duncan has meant to the team's defense throughout the years, and that Pau Gasol is now manning the middle, it could mean the defensive deficiencies of Spurs like Parker get exposed more frequently.

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Jeff Teague (PG)
All-Around Point Guard (from Two-Way Point)
79 Overall (NC)



OFFENSE
77 Standing Layup (+1)
85 Driving Layup (+8)
40 Post Fade
35 Post Hook (+2)
50 Post Control (+21)
63 Draw Foul (-7)
76 Standing Close (-3)
76 Moving Close (-4)
52 Standing Mid (-18)
52 Moving Mid (-19)
84 Standing 3pt (+5)
82 Moving 3pt (+4)
84 Free Throw
90 Ball Control (+9)
83 Pass Vision (+2)
85 Pass IQ
81 Pass Accuracy
33 Offensive Rebound (-1)
25 Standing Dunk
45 Driving Dunk (-20)
30 Contact Dunk
96 Shot IQ (+16)
85 Hands (+3)

DEFENSE
47 Defensive Rebound (+1)
43 Block (-2)
75 Shot Contest
74 Steal (+5)
65 On-Ball Defense (-13)
45 Low Post Defense (+20)
75 Reaction Time

ATHLETICISM
47 Boxout (+16)
76 Lateral Quickness
84 Speed
89 Acceleration
75 Vertical (+2)
65 Strength (+1)
84 Stamina (-1)
80 Hustle
85 Durability

INTANGIBLES
75 Pass Perception (+1)
40 Defensive Consistency (-25)
85 Pick & Roll Defense (+13)
85 Help Defense (+11)
65 Offensive Consistency
65 Emotion
85 Potential (+2)

2017 OUTLOOK
Teague regressed from his All-Star 2015 season, and may have felt Dennis Schroder creeping down his back.  I'm not sure how well he pairs with Monta Ellis in the backcourt, but he should be a much needed-jolt for a deep, veteran Pacers team.

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Goran Dragic (PG)
Crafty Finisher
79 Overall (-1)



OFFENSE
86 Standing Layup (-3)
95 Driving Layup (+7)
50 Post Fade (-10)
50 Post Hook (+25)
40 Post Control (+1)
37 Draw Foul (-21)
83 Standing Close (-3)
83 Moving Close (-3)
89 Standing Mid (+7)
89 Moving Mid (+7)
78 Standing 3pt (-1)
74 Moving 3pt (-5)
73 Free Throw (+2)
85 Ball Control (+5)
76 Pass Vision
88 Pass IQ
80 Pass Accuracy
39 Offensive Rebound (+3)
25 Standing Dunk
35 Driving Dunk (-10)
25 Contact Dunk
82 Shot IQ (-12)
90 Hands

DEFENSE
51 Defensive Rebound
41 Block (+6)
70 Shot Contest (-2)
65 Steal (+3)
60 On-Ball Defense (-13)
40 Low Post Defense (+8)
75 Reaction Time (-1)

ATHLETICISM
51 Boxout (+10)
71 Lateral Quickness
78 Speed
80 Acceleration
70 Vertical (-2)
50 Strength (+6)
89 Stamina (+2)
85 Hustle
85 Durability (-2)

INTANGIBLES
70 Pass Perception
65 Defensive Consistency (-5)
85 Pick & Roll Defense (+11)
90 Help Defense (+16)
70 Offensive Consistency (-15)
25 Emotion
85 Potential (+4)

2017 OUTLOOK
With Dwyane Wade out of the picture in Miami, nearly all of the team's ball-handling responsibility falls to Dragic.  He'll look to recapture the magic he had in 2014 when he earned All-NBA Third Team and lead a team of no-names to the western playoffs.

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Dennis Schroder (PG)
All-Around Point Guard (from Offensive-Minded Point)
79 Overall (NC)



OFFENSE
76 Standing Layup (-9)
85 Driving Layup (-1)
40 Post Fade (+2)
25 Post Hook
25 Post Control (-2)
47 Draw Foul (-24)
70 Standing Close (+6)
70 Moving Close (+7)
83 Standing Mid
83 Moving Mid (+1)
79 Standing 3pt (+2)
75 Moving 3pt (+2)
79 Free Throw (-2)
90 Ball Control (+8)
85 Pass Vision (+2)
82 Pass IQ
81 Pass Accuracy
34 Offensive Rebound (+1)
25 Standing Dunk
40 Driving Dunk (-5)
30 Contact Dunk (+5)
95 Shot IQ (+12)
95 Hands

DEFENSE
54 Defensive Rebound (-1)
39 Block (+4)
65 Shot Contest (+1)
74 Steal (+7)
90 On-Ball Defense (+18)
55 Low Post Defense (+21)
70 Reaction Time (+6)

ATHLETICISM
54 Boxout (+29)
68 Lateral Quickness
84 Speed
90 Acceleration
73 Vertical (+1)
46 Strength
84 Stamina (-9)
90 Hustle
85 Durability (+6)

INTANGIBLES
75 Pass Perception (+8)
55 Defensive Consistency (-10)
70 Pick & Roll Defense (-3)
60 Help Defense (-12)
65 Offensive Consistency (-10)
65 Emotion
85 Potential (+6)

2017 OUTLOOK
With Jeff Teague gone, the lane is clear for Schroder to start and he's the favorite to earn the NBA's Most Improved Player award.

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Deron Williams (PG/SG)
All-Around Point Guard (from Offensive-Minded Point)
78 Overall (NC)



OFFENSE
79 Standing Layup (+5)
80 Driving Layup (-1)
75 Post Fade (-2)
40 Post Hook (-2)
60 Post Control (+2)
53 Draw Foul (-16)
81 Standing Close (-1)
81 Moving Close
82 Standing Mid (+2)
80 Moving Mid (+2)
81 Standing 3pt (+3)
75 Moving 3pt (-1)
87 Free Throw
85 Ball Control (-2)
76 Pass Vision (+2)
88 Pass IQ
84 Pass Accuracy
30 Offensive Rebound
25 Standing Dunk
35 Driving Dunk (-10)
30 Contact Dunk (+5)
84 Shot IQ (+6)
90 Hands

DEFENSE
48 Defensive Rebound (+1)
41 Block (+1)
70 Shot Contest (-2)
65 Steal (+4)
85 On-Ball Defense (+17)
55 Low Post Defense (+4)
70 Reaction Time (-2)

ATHLETICISM
48 Boxout (+13)
68 Lateral Quickness
73 Speed
80 Acceleration
70 Vertical (+1)
65 Strength (-4)
88 Stamina (-7)
75 Hustle (-3)
75 Durability (-5)

INTANGIBLES
60 Pass Perception (-2)
60 Defensive Consistency (+10)
75 Pick & Roll Defense
80 Help Defense (+13)
60 Offensive Consistency
25 Emotion
90 Potential (+8)

2017 OUTLOOK
While Williams might be the starter in Dallas, it's questionable whether he is more effective than his backup, J.J. Barea.  Five years removed from his last All-Star selection, it's safe to say we're never seeing consistent elite play from D-Will ever again.

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Michael Carter-Williams (PG)
Crafty All-Around Point (from Two-WayPoint)
77 Overall (+1)



OFFENSE
78 Standing Layup (+6)
80 Driving Layup (+5)
55 Post Fade (-7)
60 Post Hook (+10)
50 Post Control (-1)
58 Draw Foul (+4)
85 Standing Close
85 Moving Close
75 Standing Mid
73 Moving Mid (-2)
72 Standing 3pt (+2)
66 Moving 3pt (-3)
65 Free Throw (-1)
85 Ball Control (+7)
73 Pass Vision
82 Pass IQ
76 Pass Accuracy
42 Offensive Rebound
40 Standing Dunk
70 Driving Dunk (+10)
35 Contact Dunk (+5)
74 Shot IQ (-1)
85 Hands (+1)

DEFENSE
65 Defensive Rebound
56 Block (-4)
80 Shot Contest (+10)
80 Steal (+3)
85 On-Ball Defense (+4)
50 Low Post Defense (-8)
70 Reaction Time

ATHLETICISM
65 Boxout (+13)
81 Lateral Quickness
76 Speed
77 Acceleration
75 Vertical
50 Strength (+12)
86 Stamina (-1)
85 Hustle (+1)
80 Durability (+1)

INTANGIBLES
80 Pass Perception (+10)
60 Defensive Consistency (-5)
90 Pick & Roll Defense (+8)
80 Help Defense (+1)
45 Offensive Consistency (-15)
65 Emotion
80 Potential (-1)

2017 OUTLOOK
MCW may very well lose his starting job to Matthew Dellavedova.  The team needs a shooter who can play next to the Greek Freak, who is expected to run the offense on the heels of his own breakout season.

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George Hill (PG)
All-Around Point Guard (from Offensive-Minded Point)
77 Overall (+1)



OFFENSE
83 Standing Layup (+8)
80 Driving Layup (+4)
50 Post Fade (-11)
35 Post Hook (+2)
45 Post Control (+7)
41 Draw Foul (-29)
77 Standing Close (-5)
77 Moving Close (-3)
76 Standing Mid (+6)
76 Moving Mid (+6)
87 Standing 3pt (+4)
81 Moving 3pt (-2)
76 Free Throw (-1)
80 Ball Control
59 Pass Vision (+1)
84 Pass IQ
83 Pass Accuracy
38 Offensive Rebound (+1)
25 Standing Dunk
50 Driving Dunk (+5)
30 Contact Dunk (+4)
70 Shot IQ (-12)
85 Hands

DEFENSE
50 Defensive Rebound
40 Block (+3)
70 Shot Contest (+4)
67 Steal (+5)
90 On-Ball Defense (+20)
35 Low Post Defense (+10)
70 Reaction Time (+4)

ATHLETICISM
50 Boxout (+1)
67 Lateral Quickness
79 Speed
80 Acceleration
90 Vertical (+2)
55 Strength (+3)
89 Stamina (-3)
75 Hustle (+1)
80 Durability (+6)

INTANGIBLES
70 Pass Perception
60 Defensive Consistency (+10)
85 Pick & Roll Defense (+14)
65 Help Defense (-5)
60 Offensive Consistency (-10)
25 Emotion
80 Potential (+2)

2017 SEASON
Hill had a superb 2015 season when Paul George was sidelined, but went back to being a fourth option in a spot-up role last season.  Now playing for the Utah Jazz, will Hill be able to re-capture that level of play for a team that has desperately needed a PG?  Or will they utilize him entirely off the ball and run things through Gordan Hayward?  Time will tell, but make no mistake, Hill is a major sleeper for the upcoming season.

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Derrick Rose (PG)
Offensive-Minded Point (from Athletic Finisher)
75 Overall (-5)



OFFENSE
74 Standing Layup (-10)
80 Driving Layup (-6)
60 Post Fade (+5)
60 Post Hook (+5)
40 Post Control (-15)
34 Draw Foul (-16)
91 Standing Close (+7)
91 Moving Close (+7)
73 Standing Mid (-6)
73 Moving Mid (-5)
74 Standing 3pt (+1)
66 Moving 3pt (-7)
79 Free Throw
90 Ball Control (+2)
72 Pass Vision
75 Pass IQ (-5)
72 Pass Accuracy (-10)
37 Offensive Rebound (+1)
25 Standing Dunk
35 Driving Dunk
30 Contact Dunk
87 Shot IQ (-4)
85 Hands

DEFENSE
47 Defensive Rebound
40 Block (+3)
75 Shot Contest (-4)
59 Steal (+1)
75 On-Ball Defense (-1)
40 Low Post Defense (-10)
80 Reaction Time (+1)

ATHLETICISM
47 Boxout (-2)
73 Lateral Quickness
95 Speed
91 Acceleration
85 Vertical (-4)
60 Strength (-4)
87 Stamina (-1)
80 Hustle (-12)
60 Durability (+1)

INTANGIBLES
55 Pass Perception (-9)
30 Defensive Consistency (-20)
75 Pick & Roll Defense (+1)
60 Help Defense (-15)
50 Offensive Consistency (-30)
25 Emotion
90 Potential (+6)

2017 OUTLOOK
Rose had a much better second half of the season after a dismal first half, but he still carries with him a number of flaws that he hasn't been able to evade in his return from injuries.  His long-range shooting is poor, his decision-making still questionable, and his defense nothing short of atrocious.  Given his inability to play off-ball I have no idea how he is going to (productively) fit on a team that features Carmelo Anthony.  If last season is any barometer, Rose will put up inefficient numbers on a team that fails to make the playoffs.  I would love to be wrong; it's up to Rose to make the necessary adjustments and do it.

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Elfrid Payton (PG)
All-Around Point Guard
75 Overall (NC)



OFFENSE
80 Standing Layup (+6)
85 Driving Layup (+8)
30 Post Fade (-2)
30 Post Hook (+5)
30 Post Control (+5)
52 Draw Foul (-14)
75 Standing Close (-1)
75 Moving Close
50 Standing Mid (-14)
48 Moving Mid (-14)
78 Standing 3pt (-1)
68 Moving 3pt (-7)
59 Free Throw
85 Ball Control (+4)
81 Pass Vision (+4)
81 Pass IQ
80 Pass Accuracy
45 Offensive Rebound
25 Standing Dunk
50 Driving Dunk
30 Contact Dunk
79 Shot IQ (+4)
80 Hands

DEFENSE
49 Defensive Rebound (+1)
43 Block (-2)
75 Shot Contest (+1)
74 Steal (+7)
90 On-Ball Defense (+9)
35 Low Post Defense (+10)
75 Reaction Time (+1)

ATHLETICISM
49 Boxout (-3)
82 Lateral Quickness
77 Speed
84 Acceleration
80 Vertical (+3)
55 Strength (-3)
85 Stamina (+5)
90 Hustle (+2)
85 Durability (+3)

INTANGIBLES
70 Pass Perception (+18)
55 Defensive Consistency (-20)
75 Pick & Roll Defense (-5)
75 Help Defense (+5)
55 Offensive Consistency (+15)
25 Emotion
80 Potential

2017 OUTLOOK
Payton is basically a young Rajon Rondo.  Minus the Hall-of-Fame supporting cast that masked Rondo's deficiencies.  I expect this season won't be any different, and the Magic may pursue an upgrade here before too long.

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Jeremy Lin (PG)
All-Around Point Guard (from Crafty Offensive-Minded Point)
75 Overall (-1)



OFFENSE
79 Standing Layup (+4)
80 Driving Layup
50 Post Fade (+5)
30 Post Hook (+2)
50 Post Control (+21)
80 Draw Foul (+1)
72 Standing Close (-9)
72 Moving Close (-9)
65 Standing Mid (-9)
65 Moving Mid (-8)
79 Standing 3pt (+2)
73 Moving 3pt (-2)
82 Free Throw (+1)
80 Ball Control (+1)
64 Pass Vision (-2)
78 Pass IQ
70 Pass Accuracy
36 Offensive Rebound (+1)
25 Standing Dunk
35 Driving Dunk (-1)
25 Contact Dunk (-5)
78 Shot IQ (-10)
80 Hands (+2)

DEFENSE
53 Defensive Rebound (+1)
52 Block (-4)
80 Shot Contest (+13)
64 Steal (+3)
80 On-Ball Defense (+9)
35 Low Post Defense (+7)
65 Reaction Time (-2)

ATHLETICISM
53 Boxout (+15)
71 Lateral Quickness
81 Speed
82 Acceleration
70 Vertical (-1)
55 Strength (+20)
89 Stamina
85 Hustle (+1)
85 Durability (+7)

INTANGIBLES
70 Pass Perception
60 Defensive Consistency (+5)
80 Pick & Roll Defense (+10)
70 Help Defense (-2)
55 Offensive Consistency (-10)
25 Emotion
80 Potential (+4)

2017 OUTLOOK
Well, at the very least, we'll finally get to see if Linsanity was a fluke or not.  Lin was one of the better backup PGs in the league and has often played SG in order to get minutes (accounting for his lackluster 18 AST% last season) since leaving the Knicks.  He's an upgrade over Jarrett Jack, and has been hungry for this opportunity.  If his Usage rate is anywhere near what it was with the Knicks during Linsanity, it wouldn't be surprising to see Lin averaging 16-18 PPG and 7 APG, especially given how much he has improved his overall game since that time.

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Patrick Beverley (PG)
All-Around Point Guard (from Lockdown Defender)
75 Overall (-1)



OFFENSE
78 Standing Layup (+3)
80 Driving Layup (+7)
45 Post Fade (+10)
30 Post Hook
30 Post Control
29 Draw Foul (-13)
77 Standing Close (+2)
75 Moving Close
83 Standing Mid (+2)
83 Moving Mid (+3)
85 Standing 3pt (+3)
77 Moving 3pt (-3)
68 Free Throw
75 Ball Control
63 Pass Vision (-1)
77 Pass IQ
75 Pass Accuracy
45 Offensive Rebound (+1)
25 Standing Dunk
40 Driving Dunk (+10)
30 Contact Dunk (+5)
70 Shot IQ (+15)
80 Hands

DEFENSE
49 Defensive Rebound (+1)
46 Block (-5)
80 Shot Contest (+3)
77 Steal (+6)
55 On-Ball Defense (-35)
55 Low Post Defense (+21)
80 Reaction Time (+3)

ATHLETICISM
49 Boxout (+7)
90 Lateral Quickness
72 Speed
89 Acceleration
90 Vertical (-1)
55 Strength (+5)
85 Stamina (-5)
80 Hustle (+4)
75 Durability

INTANGIBLES
80 Pass Perception (+17)
65 Defensive Consistency (-15)
90 Pick & Roll Defense (+1)
85 Help Defense (+7)
70 Offensive Consistency (+35)
65 Emotion
80 Potential (+4)

2017 OUTLOOK
Playing next to James Harden, Beverley doesn't really run the offense like most point guards do.  Defense has been his calling card.  It remains to be seen how much he is appreciated by incumbent coach Mike D'Antoni.  It's not outside the realm of possibility that Beverley loses his starting job to the offensively-gifted Eric Gordon, who is making way too much money to simply be backing up James Harden.

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Emmanuel Mudiay (PG)
Pass-First Point (from Penetrating Point)
74 Overall (-1)



OFFENSE
69 Standing Layup (-6)
75 Driving Layup (-3)
55 Post Fade (-2)
35 Post Hook
40 Post Control (-2)
46 Draw Foul (-12)
61 Standing Close (+1)
61 Moving Close (+3)
68 Standing Mid (-6)
68 Moving Mid (-2)
77 Standing 3pt (+4)
73 Moving 3pt (+3)
67 Free Throw
85 Ball Control (+6)
76 Pass Vision (+2)
78 Pass IQ
75 Pass Accuracy
34 Offensive Rebound
25 Standing Dunk
65 Driving Dunk (-20)
30 Contact Dunk
79 Shot IQ (+16)
80 Hands (-2)

DEFENSE
52 Defensive Rebound
49 Block (-6)
75 Shot Contest (-1)
67 Steal (+4)
55 On-Ball Defense (-17)
35 Low Post Defense (-3)
75 Reaction Time (-1)

ATHLETICISM
52 Boxout (-8)
74 Lateral Quickness
88 Speed
85 Acceleration
90 Vertical (+2)
55 Strength (+3)
86 Stamina (+6)
80 Hustle (+5)
85 Durability (+1)

INTANGIBLES
60 Pass Perception (-2)
40 Defensive Consistency (-5)
75 Pick & Roll Defense (+4)
55 Help Defense (-13)
40 Offensive Consistency (-20)
25 Emotion
85 Potential (-1)

2017 OUTLOOK
Mudiay can't shoot to save his life, and that's the main thing holding him back from being a starting caliber guard.  He should continue to steadily improve over the next five years, though it'll be a major red flag if he ever stumbles in his development.

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D'Angelo Russell (PG)
Offensive-Minded Point
73 Overall (-4)



OFFENSE
80 Standing Layup (-5)
85 Driving Layup (+3)
65 Post Fade (+10)
40 Post Hook (+5)
60 Post Control (+20)
40 Draw Foul (-25)
80 Standing Close (-10)
80 Moving Close (-12)
72 Standing Mid (-1)
72 Moving Mid (+2)
81 Standing 3pt (+1)
79 Moving 3pt (-1)
74 Free Throw (+1)
85 Ball Control
66 Pass Vision (-5)
70 Pass IQ (-10)
70 Pass Accuracy (-10)
36 Offensive Rebound
25 Standing Dunk
40 Driving Dunk (-5)
30 Contact Dunk (+4)
79 Shot IQ (-5)
90 Hands (+1)

DEFENSE
53 Defensive Rebound
40 Block (+3)
65 Shot Contest (-5)
74 Steal (+5)
60 On-Ball Defense (+2)
55 Low Post Defense (+15)
70 Reaction Time

ATHLETICISM
53 Boxout (-5)
68 Lateral Quickness
83 Speed
84 Acceleration
70 Vertical (-1)
55 Strength (+1)
85 Stamina (-3)
65 Hustle
90 Durability (+8)

INTANGIBLES
75 Pass Perception (-4)
35 Defensive Consistency
70 Pick & Roll Defense (+15)
60 Help Defense (+1)
50 Offensive Consistency (-25)
99 Emotion
85 Potential (-3)

2017 OUTLOOK
Last season's 2nd overall pick has a tumultous rookie season, which could be expected for a young PG forced to endure Kobe's farewell tour.   While Russell's offensive numbers should improve across the board, his defense was garbage last season, and this was supposed to be his calling card.  The opportunity is there for him to be one of the league's most improved players, but the Lakers could also hand-cuff him to the still effective Jose Calderon.

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Jerryd Bayless (PG/SG)
Reliable Playmaker (from Shoot-First Point)
73 Overall (-1)



OFFENSE
69 Standing Layup (-8)
75 Driving Layup (-8)
45 Post Fade (+3)
30 Post Hook (+4)
30 Post Control (+4)
41 Draw Foul (-23)
67 Standing Close (-3)
65 Moving Close (-3)
79 Standing Mid (-1)
71 Moving Mid (-7)
90 Standing 3pt (+2)
82 Moving 3pt (-4)
78 Free Throw
80 Ball Control (+2)
60 Pass Vision (-3)
71 Pass IQ
74 Pass Accuracy
33 Offensive Rebound
25 Standing Dunk
45 Driving Dunk
30 Contact Dunk (+5)
70 Shot IQ (-8)
70 Hands (-1)

DEFENSE
48 Defensive Rebound (+1)
41 Block (+1)
60 Shot Contest (+8)
67 Steal (+5)
60 On-Ball Defense (+8)
60 Low Post Defense (+26)
55 Reaction Time (+3)

ATHLETICISM
48 Boxout (+14)
52 Lateral Quickness
90 Speed
89 Acceleration
75 Vertical
55 Strength (+9)
87 Stamina (+3)
65 Hustle (+1)
80 Durability (+2)

INTANGIBLES
60 Pass Perception (+11)
35 Defensive Consistency
85 Pick & Roll Defense (+22)
75 Help Defense (+21)
60 Offensive Consistency (+5)
25 Emotion
80 Potential (+6)

2017 OUTLOOK
The once promising Bayless has been a journeyman throughout his career, and has never started more than 19 games in a season.  He projects to be Philadelphia's starting PG even though he is arguably much better off the ball as a SG (heavily reflected in his 44% 3pt shooting).  That's where 1st Overall draft pick Ben Simmons comes in.  With Simmons expected to run much of the offense in Philadelphia as a point-forward, this could be the perfect situation for Bayless, who saw quite a bit of success last season playing next to Giannis Antetokounmpo.  While Bayless might be the least talented starting PG in the NBA, his value on the court very well may outweigh his overall production.

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Thanks all for reading.  I may do another one of these leading up to the 2K17 release, if I have time.  If not, you can be sure I'll be on those 2K17 streets for a bit, as my schedule allows.

~John Markisch
aka "Rashidi" the Real 2K Insider