Brooklyn Nets Spencer Dinwiddie
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The Brooklyn Nets aren’t seeing much love from NBA 2K19, but this could be a theme for the young squad this season.

The Brooklyn Nets’ starting unit in NBA 2K19 doesn’t have a single player over an 83 rating and contains four players with sub-80 ratings. This could become a common theme for the upstart Nets this season as most people are overlooking this club ahead of next season.

PG - D'Angelo Russell - 83

SG - Allen Crabbe - 76

SF - DeMarre Carroll - 77

PF - Rondae Hollis-Jefferson - 78

C - Jarrett Allen- 78

In addition to the starting five, Spencer Dinwiddie’s rating is out and he’s sitting at a 79. Dinwiddie made vast improvements to his game last season. He finished third in Most Improved Player voting last season.

At the very least, the 2K team knows what Brooklyn’s starting lineup is going to look like. They couldn’t even get that right when they released the ratings for the Knicks’ starting unit.

Sure, Nets fans may feel slighted by these ratings. The numbers aren’t great, but the Nets shouldn’t expect much respect from around the league. They are still climbing out of a long rebuild and they don’t have a superstar that can turn heads. The 2K ratings are the third instance of the Nets being overlooked this offseason. The first came when FiveThirtyEight only gave the Nets a 37 percent chance to make the playoffs. The next came when Enes Kanter and Dinwiddie traded jabs on Twitter.

If they want respect, they’ll need to earn it on the court. But there’s an opportunity for the Nets to shock everyone if they can build off the progress they made last season. The Eastern Conference is as weak as it’s ever been. Perhaps Kenny Atkinson and his club can take advantage of this opportunity and prove the doubters wrong.

NY/NJ hoops reporter (NBA/NCAA) & sports betting writer for XL Media. Never had the makings of a varsity athlete.