Oct 1, 2012; Auburn Hills, MI, USA; Detroit Pistons forward Andre Drummond (1) during media day at the Pistons Practice Facility. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-US PRESSWIRE

NBA 2K13 Release: Pistons Team Rankings

2K Sports’ “NBA 2K13″ was released yesterday, and already the game has gotten massive praise for its realism, attention to detail and expansive new player moves.

We did a post last month trying to rank where the Pistons’ players would land in terms of rating; while the game has yet to include several second-round draft picks and some signings, several of the picks were spot-on and others were slightly off. Apparently there will be roster updates to come, but as of now, there appear to be the first official ratings.


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Greg Monroe

Projected – 80

Actual – 80


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Rodney Stuckey

Projected – 84

Actual – 80


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Tayshaun Prince

Projected – 77

Actual – 75


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Corey Maggette

Projected – 72

Actual – 74


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Brandon Knight

Projected – 77

Actual – 73


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Jason Maxiell

Projected – 72

Actual – 71


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Will Bynum

Projected – 66

Actual – 70


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Charlie Villanueva

Projected – 58

Actual – 68


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Jonas Jerebko

Projected – 68

Actual – 66


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Austin Daye

Projected – 58

Actual – 63














Andre Drummond

Projected – 65

Actual – 59


Like I mentioned above, the second-round picks (Kyle Singler, Kim English, Khris Middleton) and recent signings (Slava Kravtsov) are still to be added, so projecting their stats is somewhat difficult.

Certain players, like Daye and Villanueva, didn’t get rated as poorly as I imagined, especially after their disappointing 2011-12 campaigns. That’s something that could be reflected in the next updates, though.

While rookie ratings are usually low, Drummond’s is especially surprising. The number 1 pick, Anthony Davis, is rated an 80, yet some consider Drummond to be the second-best player in this year’s draft. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (77 overall) is considered a solid defender, but probably lacks a substantial offensive game to match. Perhaps most egregious is Toronto’s Terrence Ross – considered a stretch at number 8 – who was rated a 71. Yes, the former UConn big man is a project, but he certainly has more untapped potential than a 6’6” small forward.

Once the season moves on, it’ll be interesting to see how the ratings change. How much will Detroit’s roster fluctuate?

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