18. RUDY GAY
Rudy Gay falls into the category of players that had amazing 2K games that left you confused as to why he didn’t perform this way in real life. Gay puts up solid numbers, but usually at the expense of a low shooting percentage. This was not the case in 2K12. His jumper was easy and reliable. Midrange, three, anywhere on the court, it was good to go. Once he heats up, it’s hard to get him to cool down. He was another one of those players that people put up 60-70 points with and there was NOTHING you could do to stop them. His combination of size and strength, along with his fluidity, made out to be a nightmare that no one saw coming.
And if you ever started a franchise with him? Forget about it. By year three, after improving some of his characteristics, he’d be dunking on everything in sight, dropping 35 a night and banging five triples a game.
17. STEPHEN CURRY
Fun fact: I’m completely obsessed with everything and anything that has to do with Steph Curry, no joke. Funner fact: I was completely obsessed with shooting threes with Steph Curry in 2K13. Chances are, after seeing his play this past season, you were too. This guy is the best shooter in basketball, bar none, and his 2K13 player proved this fact to also be true on the virtual hardwood. His jump shot unstoppable, especially when he gets cooking, and he’s just so much fun to play with. There were literally games where I would bring the ball up, run to the corner, and shoot a fadeaway three about three to four times in a row. They all went in, bottom of the net, SWISH! Remember in the playoffs, how he would explode in quarters for 15-20 points? Same thing is possible in 2K13. This guy’s jumper is so lethal you won’t want to play with any other player. Don’t leave Curry open, well, he’ll probably make it even if the defense is there. Watch out 2K14 players, it will only get better.
16. JAMAL CRAWFORD
Jamal Crawford… if you’ve ever used him in 2K, especially 2K13, you know where this one is going. For a player with a rating of 78 in the game, he should not be as good as he is. It’s ridiculous. Forget Chris Paul, Blake Griffin, Eric Bledsoe, DeAndre Jordan, and everyone else on the Clippers in 2K13, Crawford is by far the best. You shouldn’t be able to score 60-plus consistently with a player with a rating under 80, but with this guy you can. His jump shot is unstoppable and one of the quickest releases in the games. His range? Stephen Curry-esque — take a few steps away from the three-point line and you’ll see what I mean. Once Crawford catches heat, you better just quit the game or shut the system off because it’s over.
Crawford is easy mode. His jump shot is so lethal, but his quickness is also insane. These two combine for the ability to literally get any shot off that you want, while being wide open in the process. Also, add in the fact that his jump shot is so easy to learn and master. It’s harder to miss with Crawford in 2K13 than make it. That’s saying something. You know if you had a My Player in 2K13 you used Crawford’s jump shot, don’t lie! Don’t mind me as I go pop 2K13 in and take a spin with Crawford again.