Video games are supposed to be a virtual adaptation to the product we see on the court, especially in basketball. This being said, we all can think of players that pop into our heads that were virtually unstoppable in a video game. Those players that your friends considered cheating if you used… yeah, those guys. The teams that your friend (who never played before) used and almost beat you.
Remember all those arguments back in college when you’d face off with a roommate and he’d refuse — flat out REFUSE — to use any other players? And then you’d look at the stats at the end of it and it’d be something like: LeBron James – 68 points. The rest of the Cavs – 11. Oh the memories.
With the release of the NBA video games for 2013-14 just around the corner, I compiled this list of the best NBA 2K players from my 2K playing days, some of them being virtual players that were a lot better than their real game suggested.
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20. ANDRE IGUODALA
In real life, Andre Iguodala plays like a poor man’s LeBron James. In 2K13, Iggy plays like LeBron James. It’s kind of insane — he definitely falls into the list of players whose video “game” is better than their actual game. No knock on the guy, but he’s crazy in 2K13. His jumper is way more reliable than it is in real life, and in 2K13 he has the ability to dunk over anyone and everyone. Iggy has long been a video game terror, going all the way back to the years where guys would morph to the hoop from like 15 feet away.
Iguodala can throw it down, but not at the rate that he does in 2K13. Iguodala rarely scores over 20 points a game, but his virtual game makes it hard to NOT score 20-plus with the guy. I’m a Sixers fan and watched him for many years. I would’ve DIED for the 2K13 version of Andre Iguodala in real life.Subscribe to UPROXX
19. RUSSELL WESTBROOK
Here we find Kevin Durant‘s counterpart in 2K12. Yeah, this was a little unfair. I don’t think there’s a player in 2K12 that has the speed of Westbrook, combined with his power. Bringing the ball up the court with Westbrook is just unfair. You could have a defender waiting to pick him up and he would roll right by him to the rim for a slam. I can’t count the number of people I’ve made quit in the first quarter because all I had to do was go coast-to-coast with Westbrook every time. It was easy mode. You could score 50 just dunking with Westbrook. Count on getting a bunch of and-1s too, because he would dunk on everyone and get the blocking foul called every time. Combined with his improved jump shot from midrange and deep, Russell Westbrook was primed to be a threat everywhere on the court in 2K12.
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.