The Miami Heat squad seems built to compete during the regular season, but stumble once the playoffs begin.
The latest NBA 2K19 ratings gave a surprising bump to Bam Adebayo with a score of 78, which is tied for third highest on the team along with Josh Richardson.
- Hassan Whiteside – 85
- Goran Dragic – 84
- Bam Adebayo – 78
- Josh Richardson – 78
- Kelly Olynyk - 77
- James Johnson – 77
- Wayne Ellington – 76
- Dion Waiters – 76
- Justise Winslow – 76
- Tyler Johnson – 76
- Rodney McGruder – 74
- Derrick Jones Jr. - 71
Notably the NBA 2K19 ratings omit Dwyane Wade and Udonis Haslem since they’re not officially on the roster as of today.
The ratings show the Heat have a balanced team with ten players over 76, none under 71, and none over 90.
On the 2K ratings site the 17 Boston Celtics players have one (Kyrie Irving) over 90, four over 80, and five under 70, in other words they are built for the playoffs with a few elite players and fillers at the end of the bench.
The Philadelphia 76ers have one player over 90 (Joel Embiid) and only one other one over 80. Embiid’s injury history rivals Kyrie Irving’s, so the 76ers’ lofty expectations hinge on two players staying healthy for the entire season, with good back-up material giving them breathers for the regular season.
The 16 Toronto Raptors players have one guy over 90 (Kawhi Leonard), two over 80 and four under 70, which typifies a top-four seeded team.
Personally I think Kelly Olynyk should be over 80, but these 2K ratings are strictly preseason ones, so the players will determine their own numbers once the action begins for real.
I believe this season could an exciting one because several Miami players have opportunities to break out like Victor Oladipo and Donovan Mitchell did last season, and lift the Heat into serious contention.
Or will Whiteside and other players bounce back to what they’re capable of doing?