The majority of the NBA2k11 player ratings were released today. Kobe, Lebron, and Wade sit at the top of the NBA 2k mountain with a 97 rating. Not really a surprise there and I do think Wade and LeBron are 97's. Both Wade and LeBron are extremely talented and gifted ballers and perhaps they are slowly creeping up on Kobe while he ages. But let's be real, could Wade or LeBron do what Kobe did last season with a broken index finger on their shooting hand? HELL NO! I came to that conclusion by taking their past injuries into account and how they reacted. Right before the injury bug hit Kobe, he was playing the best basketball I have ever witnessed. The injuries slowed him down a lot, but he did what he had to do, to win it all. He could of just let off the gas and used the injuries as an excuse, but he somehow converted pain into motivation. That is the kind of thing that separates him from the pack.
Guess there is no real way to give ratings for will, determination, focus and other attributes that cannot be determined. Kobe is off the charts in those categories, only matched by few in NBA history. Yeah, maybe I'm biased on this subject, but in 2006 I was sitting in American Airlines Arena watching the Heat beat the Pistons in the conference finals championship. I have D-wade's shoes, my girlfriend has his jersey, heck, I even have a Wade bobble head. Wade and LeBron are awesome, but come on. I'm not trying to say who to be a fan of, I just think it's clear cut who the best is. The best individual basketball player of all time is either; A: Kobe or B: Michael. GOAT vs. GOAT. Kobe is just one shy of MJ.....
Other notable player ratings:
Chris Paul (95) At least they got the best point guard right.
Kevin Durant (91) The guy that will probably carry the torch.
Carmelo Anthony (93)
Rajon Rondo (87) vs. Derrick Rose (85)
Deron Williams (92)
John Wall (81)
Brandon Roy (88)
Gimpy vs. Gimpy Greg Oden (75) vs. Bynum (77)
Top big men Tim Duncan (90) Pau Gasol (89) Dwight Howard (88)
Dirk Nowitzki (83) underrated!
Steve Nash (85)
For the full list of all starter ratings check HERE
Check out NBA2k11 Demo on the Xbox Live marketplace and check out the full retail game when it hits stores October 5th.