NBA Live 16: Portland Trail Blazers player ratings and hilariously inaccurate avatars

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This is supposed to be Mason Plumlee

The NBA Live 16 demo came out earlier this week. The EA Sports franchise, which had Damian Lillard on the cover last year, hasn’t had the same success as it’s main competitor NBA 2K.

YouTube user DLloydTV posted a video going through all of the ratings. Skip ahead to the 8:50 mark of the video to look at the Blazers. But we also organized the ratings for you, as well as some of the worst Blazers screen caps. We can dissect the ratings a little bit. The NBA Live demo completely omitted Blazers rookie guard Pat Connaughton.

Damian Lillard leads the team with a 90 rating.

Damian Lillard leads the team with a 90 rating.

EA Sports produces some of the best sports video games like FIFA Soccer or Madden NFL Football. NBA Live is nowhere near the caliber of those. The Plumlee screen cap at the top looks like he got too drunk the night before, only to realize that he lost his wallet.


They also gave Meyers Leonard reddish hair and deemed his player-type “post-scorer,” which is not exactly who he is. He can score in the post but it is by no means his meal ticket.

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Meyers Leonard became a playoff hero, got married and got roasted by Keith Olbermann this summer. One would think this would have earned him a better avatar and a more accurate player-type description. Also, if I’m Leonard, I feel a little disrespected with that 71 rating.

Here are the ratings in full

Damian Lillard 90

Gerald Henderson 81

Ed Davis 80

Al-Farouq Aminu 78

Phil Pressey 77 (uh…okay, EA)

Chris Kaman 76

Moe Harkless 75

CJ McCollum 75

Mason Plumlee 74 (how is Plumlee not better than Davis or Kaman?)

Noah Vonleh 73

Meyers Leonard 71

Mike Miller 70

Allen Crabbe 67

Tim Frazier 65

Screen Shot 2015-09-18 at 2.31.46 PMNBA Live 16, which has Russell Westbrook on the cover this season, will be available for purchase on September 29.

In comparison to the rest of the NBA, the Blazers ratings and avatars weren’t as bad. SB Nation compiled some of the best, or in this case worst, depictions of NBA players. Among them are Jahlil Okafor looking like NBA veteran Keith Bogans, and a bald man with a goatee as the shaggy haired Luke Babbitt of the New Orleans Pelicans.

They say that any publicity is good publicity. ┬áBut I can’t imagine this is one of those cases where that rule applies.


Erik Gundersen

Erik Gundersen

Erik Gundersen is the Trail Blazers beat reporter for The Columbian. He's a graduate of the Allen School of Journalism and Communication at the University of Oregon in addition earning a degree in Spanish. He's covered the NBA for four seasons. You can also occasionally find his work on's NBA section for their TrueCities series. He also fist-bumped with Kanye West once. Follow @BlazerBanter on twitter for more Blazers and NBA news.

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