Got around to dumping off a bunch (to me) of Tokens I had remaining, recently. After I got PD Sabonis, had enough Tokens for 2 more PD’s and chose Eaton and Gugliotta. And then ground out a couple rounds of TTOff to have enough for an Amethyst and got AM Shaun Livingston.
For an AM PG he’s very solid, albeit not very meta. For a Warriors (or S-Dot) fan, he’s nice to have if you have the Tokens to burn.
If you constrain comparisons to Amethyst-and-Under PG’s, then he stands out pretty prominently for his height. At 6’7", he’s unrivaled in height, except by AM Theus and AM Simmons.
His most standout weapon, of course, is his Post Fade, for which he gets a 94 Base rating.
- I’m not one for having strong perceptions of differences in animations, but my rough sense of his “standard” Post Fade animations is that they’re good, not great. I think the release is pretty high in the animation and he gets good separation, but not much lift.
- It’s solid, but I actually find it kind of disappointing that his animation doesn’t quite look/feel like his IRL turnaround jumper in the post, which is as signature as any NBA player’s specific shot goes.
- That said, if his animation was like his IRL one, then it’d be rough to time, as IRL he releases at the very end of his jump apex, pretty much as he starts to come down.
- His card’s face-up jumpshot is wonky and has the feel of having a oddly late release.
- Unfortunate that he only get 68 Post Control and, probably as a result of that, is nerfed hard in terms of being able to use the Post Spin.
- Also nerfed with pathetic 50 Strength. Which I guess is sort of realistic, at least in the sense that IRL he is not the sort of player back down defenders. He’ll bump a couple times with back to basket, and maybe gain a foot or two, but he doesn’t really grind for position with the ball with back to basket and the prelude to actually spinning back for his turnaround is really more about timing than position.
- Does have an 88 Post Hook, which is more than enough to complement his Fade as an alternate move.
Dribble-wise, I’m also not very savvy.
- I would say that his moving crossover and behind the backs are not good.
- Generally capable as a dribbler but not saucy.
- Was able to rip some combos, but probably more by accident than by design, and they were not really deadly quick transitions, but simply combos that terminated in what was a very timely momentum boost with change in direction, for the specific situation at the time.
He’s not meta because he his 3pt ratings are 78/74/74.
- So 83 with right Coach and 88 with right Coach and Shoe.
- I feel like I’d rather get him to 99 Post Fade than get +5 to Open 3. Too bad that I think only way to get +5 Post Fade is with a Diamond Shoe.
- Midrange ratings are 98/98/86. Shame about that Moving Mid being sub-90. But if you want to target that, then you can get to 95 with Casey and a Shoe.
- I haven’t gotten a sense of his moving jumper animations, though.
Defensively, he seems pretty good for an AM.
- 95/94/85/95/95 LQ, Steal, Block, Contest, and DefCons.
- Is meh for an AM in DIQ: 90/92/89 On Ball, P&R, and Help DIQ.
- Really horrific 51 LP DIQ, which I think is a crock. Between this and his shit Strength, any good wing should be able to spam post-spins on him relentlessly.
- It has seemed to me, so far, that he is able to get more than his normal share of blocks off of pressed up hands-up contests, I assume due to his height and length.
Physically, he’s quite nice, aside from the weakling thing…
- 94/94/94 Speed, Accel, SWB.
- So with right Coach, he can have 98 Speed, and then 99 for either Accel or SWB.
- 95 Vert to go along with 95 Driving and Contact Dunk and 85/85 Dunking Tendencies.
Badgewise, he’s nice with 4 x HoF badges and comes with 18 more Golds. So he can carry all you’d want.
- Gets HoF Mid Deadeye, of course…and then appropriate seeming Acrobat, Relentless, and P&R Maestro. Note lack of HoF Dimer.
- I think AM’s get 6 spots, so not hard to fill his badging out: Corner Spec, DRD, Limitless, Rim Protector, Bruiser, and then probably your choice of Brick Wall, Hustle Rebounder, or Chase-Down Artist.
In the end, it’s nice to have this version of him. It’s the first time in my recollection that 2K actually made an S-Dot with an elite Post Fade rating. 94 base is tops for any Amethyst PG. It’s actually the highest Post Fade rating for any Amethyst from 1-3, tied with a handful of 4’s and 5’s, and eclipsed only by AM Parish who has a 95.
And as a capable defender and finisher, he’s just nice for any Warrior fan who wants to have a really nice S-Dot.
Or, I guess, anyone who specifically wants an actual PG in the AM tier who can be a money fade ace.