There’s no denying that Derrick Rose isn’t the same player today as he was when he won the 2010-2011 NBA MVP award.
That year, he averaged 25.0 points, 4.1 rebounds and 7.7 assists per contest for the Chicago Bulls, vaulting himself into the conversation of being the best player in the game.
After years of injuries and disappointments since then, Rose was able to play 64 games for the New York Knicks last season and put up 18.0 points per game on 47.1 percent shooting, his highest marks since the 2012-2013 season, also adding 3.8 boards and 4.4 dimes per contest.
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After signing a surprising veteran’s minimum deal to chase a ring alongside LeBron James on the Cleveland Cavaliers this summer, Rose bet on himself to have a huge impact in the hopes of not only winning his first title, but also making himself an attractive free agent next summer.
The NBA 2K18 franchise has been releasing “First Looks” of NBA players in their new uniforms in advance of the start of the season. When Rose’s rendering was released, NBA fans reacted strongly to his shocking overall rating.
Rose is somehow rated lower than Los Angeles Clippers point guard Patrick Beverley, a defensive-minded player who doesn’t have a resume that comes close to comparing to Rose's.
Perhaps even more surprisingly, rookies Markelle Fultz and Lonzo Ball, the first two picks in the 2017 NBA Draft, were both rated above Rose at an even 80 apiece.
Of the current 2K ratings that have been released, Rose’s placement is especially confusing.
Myles Turner (84), Dwight Howard (81), Jae Crowder (80), and D’Angelo Russell (80) rank ahead of him. Rookie Josh Jackson and sharpshooter Evan Fournier share Rose’s rating and rookie Dennis Smith Jr. (76) is rated just below him.
Only a small percentage of ratings have been released so far, but there’s not much of a separation between Rose and some rotational players with limited upside. For example, Terrence Ross (75), Nick Young (74), Justin Anderson (73), Spencer Dinwiddie (73), Ben McLemore (73), Isaiah Whitehead (73) and even Kay Felder (70) are in close range of him.
It’s important to note that player tendencies do not effect their overall ratings. Therefore, Rose’s willingness to shoot the ball and put up solid offensive stats in the game despite his low rating will still be higher than a player like Crowder, who holds an 80 rating most likely due to his defensive ability and tenacity.
In regards to Rose, it’s important to also note that durability plays a role in determining an overall rating. Given his past of injuries, expect that number to be very low. Joel Embiid, who was given an 86 rating by 2K’s developers, hilariously expressed frustration that he wasn’t in the mid-90s recently.
“What?! That’s bullcrap,” Embiid said in an Instagram video when he was told his rating. “I’m not gonna curse. I just got fined, so I’m not curse. But 86, I’m definitely gonna bump it up to 95 during the season.”
“When I was on the court I was the best defender in the league,” Embiid said. “As a big man, I can do everything — I can shoot three’s, post up, handle the ball, be a playmaker. So I’ll be honest, it should be at least 95 because I try do it myself. I try to actually rate myself and like literally guess a 95, so there’s basically like no way to rate me.”
He then tweeted out that his durability rating most likely brought his overall rating down, which is most likely Rose's downfall as well.
Luckily, both Embiid and Rose will have an opportunity to prove 2K wrong this season by staying on the court.