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2014 NBA Draft

Which NBA rookie most overrated his NBA 2K15 rating? (video)


NBA 2K15 will be release soon, but we already know how the game will rate a few rookies.

They just didn’t have a clue.

In one of my favorite annual traditions, NBA rookies guess their 2K ratings and mostly overrate themselves. Here are the full results:

Player Predicted Actual
Julius Randle 99 76
Aaron Gordon 76/77 74
Andrew Wiggins 80 77
Jabari Parker 79/78 78
T.J. Warren 80s 72
Marcus Smart 76 76
Doug McDermott 68 75
Zach LaVine 75-80 72
Tyler Ennis 70s 71
Kyle Anderson 70 67
James Young 73/74 68
Shabazz Napier Higher than 65 74
Elfrid Payton No less than 75 74
P.J. Hairston 70 71

Nik Stauskas also responded, but rather than predict a ranking, he gave a lengthy speech about his skills. He’s a 74.

Michael Carter-Williams, Nerlens Noel and Joel Embiid fly to Spain to support Dario Saric

Dario Saric

Michael Carter-Williams knows where he can find the bright future of the Philadelphia 76ers.

It’s not at NBA games, where he’s the last significant positive contributor standing from last year’s tank job. It’s at places like the draft and the World Cup.

Carter-Williams went to Brooklyn for the draft and had a mixed experience. He looked shocked when Philadelphia drafted point guard Elfrid Payton at No. 12, unsure of his own future during an interview and then relieved when Payton was traded for forward Dario Saric.

In fact, Carter-Williams is so excited about Saric, he travelled to Spain – with teammates Nerlens Noel and Joel Embiid – to watch Saric in the World Cup.


A trio of the biggest future stars for the Philadelphia 76ers – Michael-Carter Williams, Nerlens Noel and Joel Embiid – flew across the Atlantic Ocean to come to the Croatia-Puerto Rico game at the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup to support a fourth future cornerstone of the organisation – Croatia’s Dario Saric.

“We came out here to support Dario. He’s a great player. It’s my first time seeing him and I’m very impressed and excited about the future and having him be a part of what we’re building in Philadelphia,” said Noel

76ers general manager Sam Hinkie and coach Brett Brown (who’s also impressed with Saric) are at the World Cup, too. Philadelphia’s talent is more concentrated in Spain now than it will be on the court during the NBA season.

I really like the 76ers’ upside, but it will take time to get everyone healthy (Embiid) and signed (Saric). Then, it will take longer for the core to develop chemistry. This nice gesture by Carter-Williams, Noel and Embiid will only accelerate the process. Slowly, but also as quickly as possible, everyone is getting on the same page.

Now, it might take three – rather than four – more years for Philadelphia’s tanking to really pay off.

Sixers coach Brett Brown sees a lot of Boris Diaw in Dario Saric


The Sixers selected Elfrid Payton with the tenth overall pick in this summer’s draft, but as the team is in the most extreme of rebuilding situations, they traded him that very night for someone that wouldn’t be able to contribute in the upcoming season.

Philadelphia traded Payton to Orlando for the rights to Dario Saric, a player who appears to be NBA-ready, but will spend at least one more season overseas.

The Sixers received draft picks in the deal as well, so the plan to continue to acquire assets in the hopes of delayed gratification remained on course. But the team’s brain trust wanted to see their foreign prospect up close, so they took a trip to Spain to see him in action in FIBA World Cup Play. And head coach Brett Brown liked what he saw.

From Road To The Association:

Brown said he was impressed with what he was seeing from Saric for Croatia: “The thing that stands out for me is that there’s a presence that he carries himself with. There’s a toughness that he plays the game with that is just so appealing to me. And it’s how we want to build our program in the city of Philadelphia. It’s a tough city, it’s a real city, it’s a sports-minded city. And I like the physicality how he approaches the game,” said Brown.

The Sixers coach compared Saric with a player he worked with for many years as an assistant with the San Antonio Spurs: French international Boris Diaw.

“From a skills perspective, he’s got the ability to pass, he sees the floor so well, he’s got the ability to rebound and lead the break himself as a point forward, like some of the great point forwards. I’ve had the opportunity to coach Boris Diaw for many years in my 12 years with the Spurs. There’s some similarities that I see in Boris and Dario. But all of those things add up to a pretty special player at age 20.”

The Sixers are clearly high on Saric. But they’re also just as transparent in their interest in acquiring talent that will help down the road, instead of in the immediate future.