NY Knicks: What NBA 2K22 Got Right and What They Got Wrong

NY Knicks, NBA 2K22 (Photo by John Sciulli/Getty Images for NBA 2K20)
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NY Knicks, NBA 2K22
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Are the NY Knicks Players Properly Represented Besides Overall in NBA 2K22?

I mentioned that 2K has had many issues in the past. Something that has become synonymous with the game is an imperfect launch product.

Whether it’s the servers or the menu details, the game is often not exactly ready or polished come release.

This is evident right away when looking at the Knicks roster. Several players do not have a picture of them that isn’t their in-game rendered doppelganger.

This is normal for players that are new to the team. This is seen as true when looking at Walker, Fournier, Grimes, and Vildoza.

However, the developers managed to have Knicks who are returning from last year’s squad not have an updated picture.

Rose, Noel, Quickley, and Toppin are without such pictures. Robinson does have a picture, but it is outdated.

The game shows Mitch in the team’s Statement Jersey from the 2018-19 season. He is wearing his original number (26) rather than his current number (23) in the photo.

These aren’t huge details, but it is glaring and makes it feel like not a lot of attention to detail went into the game.

Lastly, let’s discuss attributes.

For the most part, I think all of the Knicks’ letter grades for skills like “3PT Scoring,” rebounding, etc. are very accurate.

This was surprising to me, as I often think the game misses the mark on getting every aspect of a player’s strengths and weaknesses correct.

That isn’t to say though that there aren’t some inaccuracies.

Some of them include Barrett’s “potential” as a B+, Walker’s playmaking as an A+ but Randle’s as a B+, Quickley’s “Mid-Range Scoring” at a D, and his 3PT Scoring as a B+.

Most of those attributes I think should be higher. I’d rate Barrett’s potential as an A.

He is coming off an incredibly improved sophomore season. The B+ grade seems like another example of Barrett not getting enough credit.

Quickley was definitely inconsistent scoring as a rookie, but at times that mid-range floater was automatic.

That D grade and his three-point grade should be higher. Let’s say a C+ and an A-, respectively.

Finally, Randle averaged 6 assists last season. That isn’t much for a point guard, but Randle filled the role as the primary passer for New York to great success.

He can pass like few other players at his position can. The grade should be an A-.

His new teammate, Kemba Walker, is a very good playmaker but averages 5.7 assists for his career.

The A+ is too high, and shouldn’t be so much higher than Randle. Kemba’s playmaking grade as an A or A- is more appropriate.

As far as overall goes, the Knicks are fairly represented by 2K and they seem to have the respect of the developers as a team.

However, the game still isn’t without its minor flaws when it comes to giving individual players their due respect based on what they accomplished last year.

Is it too much to not have an animated photo as a pro-NBA player in a pro basketball game?

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