NBA 2K League Should Share Combine Statistics For Top 200 Players – Forbes

NBA 2K League Should Share Combine Statistics For Top 200 Players - Forbes nevin manimala

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Congratulations are in order for the 200 people chosen to move on to the interview process ahead of NBA 2K League’s second season. After qualifying and participating in the Combine on NBA 2K19 for much of the last two months of 2018, the Top 200 players were informed of their advancement to the next level.

Each of them is one step closer to becoming draft eligible.

I am a firm believer that every person included on this exclusive list is worthy of their opportunity, but I’d love to have more details. We’ll learn about their backgrounds and personalities if they make it past the interview process and are selected in the draft, but that’s just a piece of the puzzle.

I’d love to know how they fared statistically during the Combine.

We know the league and 2K measured a variety of metrics, but we don’t know all of them. On many occasions, the league’s Managing Director Brendan Donohue has talked about shot-timing, block efficiency, steal efficiency and more, but what were some of the top 200 players’ numbers and metrics?

If we knew what they were good at, it would make it a lot easier to start the conversation. I admit it’s a little too early at this point.

There is no need to dive deep into a person who isn’t going to be a part of the league this season. However, once the draft pool is finalized, having the statistics available would create another layer. How much better would it be if we knew who the most-accurate shooters in the Combine were?

There’s value in knowing which defenders were tops in efficiently creating steals and blocked shots and every other skill/metric that is considered valuable. Heading into every sports draft, there should be a conversation about the prospects.

There could be a belief amongst decision makers that sharing the information opens the league up to criticism, or that it may lead to future participants looking to cheat the system with exploits. In any case, this is the kind of information that creates a narrative, and healthy expectations for players and teams.

Managers will be making selections based on the skillsets of the players in the draft pool. It’s kosher to make the numbers public so that the growing community and media can follow along.

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