NBA Live 14 Is Barely Updating Its Players
Submitted on: 02/24/2014 by Jayson Young
Of the 428 players currently included in NBA Live 14, just 32 players have received an overall rating adjustment since the game's November 19 release.
That means a meager 7% of the game's roster has been updated over the past 3 months.
Almost half of the game's 30 NBA teams (14, to be exact) have received no rating updates since release day.
After performing a side-by-side comparison of the November 19, 2013 roster and the February 22, 2014 roster, here are the only changes of note:
- Jeff Teague (ATL) -- 78 overall to 80 overall
- Louis Williams (ATL)-- 77 overall to 78 overall
- Elton Brand (ATL) -- 73 overall to 72 overall
- Gustavo Ayon (ATL) -- 60 overall to 62 overall
Mike Scott (ATL) -- 59 overall to 60 overall
- Paul Pierce (BRK) -- 85 overall to 84 overall
Kevin Garnett (BRK) -- 84 overall to 83 overall
Derrick Rose (CHI) -- 89 overall to 87 overall
Anthony Bennett (CLE) -- 75 overall to 74 overall
- James Harden (HOU) -- 87 overall to 89 overall
Patrick Beverley (HOU) -- 71 overall to 75 overall
Paul George (IND) -- 88 overall to 90 overall
- Dwyane Wade (MIA) -- 88 overall to 87 overall
Udonis Haslem (MIA) -- 71 overall to 70 overall
- Steve Nash (LAL) -- 82 overall to 81 overall
- Nick Young (LAL) -- 76 overall to 78 overall
- Jordan Farmar (LAL) -- 74 overall to 73 overall
Shawne Williams (LAL) -- 66 overall to 67 overall
- Anthony Davis (NO) -- 80 overall to 83 overall
Ryan Anderson (NO) -- 78 overall to 80 overall
- J.R. Smith (NYK) -- 80 overall to 79 overall
Amar'e Stoudemire (NYK) -- 80 overall to 77 overall
- Jeremy Lamb (OKC) -- 82 overall to 81 overall
Reggie Jackson (OKC) -- 79 overall to 80 overall
- Arron Afflalo (ORL) -- 81 overall to 83 overall
- Maurice Harkless (ORL) -- 70 overall to 72 overall
- Jason Maxiell (ORL) -- 70 overall to 69 overall
Ronnie Price (ORL) --- 69 overall to 68 overall
Michael Carter-Williams (PHI) -- 77 overall to 80 overall
Eric Bledsoe (PHX) -- 82 overall to 85 overall
Lamarcus Aldridge (POR) -- 85 overall to 87 overall
- DeMar DeRozan (TOR) -- 80 overall to 82 overall
How Badly Do The Ratings Need Updating?
The San Antonio Spurs' Marco Belinelli, this year's Three-Point Shootout champion, continues to sport a 75 three-point rating in NBA Live 14, despite making 45% from behind the arc this season. That's only 2% below Kyle Korver (47%), who maintains a 92 three-point rating in NBA Live 14, and 1% above José Calderón (44%), who owns a 91-rated three-point shot.
The NBA's second-hottest three-point shooter, Los Angeles Lakers point guard, Kendall Marshall, boasts an even more pathetic 59 rating from downtown, despite making 47% of his three-balls this season. Marshall's 59 three-point attribute makes even less sense when you consider that it's a point or two below big men like Anthony Bennett (23%), Pau Gasol (30%) and DeMarcus Cousins (0%). How can Cousins, who is 0 for 7 from the perimeter this year and 9 for 61 in his career (15%), have a higher three-point rating than Kendall Marshall?
Goran Dragić, the Phoenix Suns' leading scorer, and one of the primary reasons why the team has gone directly from the draft lottery to being a playoff contender, still sits at a 79 overall rating, behind lesser guards like Martell Webster (82 overall), Marcus Thornton (82 overall), Greivis Vásquez (81 overall), Thabo Sefolosha (81 overall) and Eric Maynor (80 overall). Numerous backups and role players, even the lowly Andrew Bynum, have higher attributes than Dragić, whose 22.36 player efficiency rating ranks 14th in the NBA, above household names like James Harden (22.00), Dwyane Wade (21.73), Russell Westbrook (21.64), Paul George (21.09) and Tony Parker (19.92). There are only two players in the NBA who currently shoot 50% or better from the field, while averaging at least 20 points and 6 assists per game: Goran Dragić and LeBron James.
What Happened To 'Hourly Updates'?
Player ratings are just one of many aspects currently lacking in NBA Live 14's roster. A number of teams are missing players, leaving their lineup short of the NBA's 15-man limit. Several athletes display weird hairstyles, or even the wrong skin tone. Many players appear without their favorite accessories, and the few who guys do have them are often using unusual accessory colors.
These mistakes all run contrary to the promise of "hourly updates", which Electronic Arts touted during NBA Live 14's June reveal at E3, and continued marketing all the way up to the game's November release.
Because NBA Live 14 was purposely designed to prevent gamers from editing its roster in any way, there is nothing that the title's estimated 100,000-plus owners can do to correct Electronic Arts' errors.
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