Every year, basketball fans anticipate the arrival of the latest NBA 2K game.
Recently, the overall ratings for the top 100 players were released. Ratings give fans and players alike a topic for debate: are players deserving of their rating in the virtual world?
Here are a few players that are overrated in 2K’s latest installment, which is slated for a September 6 release.
Chris Paul- 87
Paul tried to help the Rockets get to the NBA Finals, but they fell short. He has since been traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder. This is all coming off of a season where he scored the fewest points per game in his career. He averaged just 15.6 points per game, yet was still given an 87 overall rating.
D’Angelo Russell was also given an 87 overall rating for this year’s game. Russell averaged 21.1 points per game and 7.0 assists per game for the Nets last season. These two players shouldn’t be rated the same, as Russell is an up and coming player, while Paul is 34 and clearly near the end of his career.
Danilo Gallinari- 85
The Italian wing is a proven scorer in the league and had his best season yet with the Clippers, as he averaged 19.8 points per game. His play helped get the Clippers to the playoffs. He has since been traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder and has been given an 85 rating in NBA 2k20.
Gallinari is a good scorer, but struggles in other areas of his game. According to NBA 2k, he is tied with several players for the ranking of 40th best player in the NBA. He was given the same rating as C.J. McCollum, who averaged 21 points per game and has a more polished overall skillset. As a result, Gallinari’s rating should be lowered a few points.
Adjusted Rating- 82
Kyle Kuzma- 84
Kuzma had a solid second season in the NBA, as he averaged 18.7 points per game on 45.6 percent shooting. The LeBron James-led Lakers failed to make the playoffs though. Kuzma was given an 84 rating in NBA 2k20, which is a little too high.
While he played in 18 more games, his stats were similar to teammate (who is now with the New Orleans Pelicans), Brandon Ingram. Ingram averaged 18.3 points per game on 49.7 percent shooting and also had more assists per game than Kuzma. Ingram was given an 82 overall rating, which is around where Kuzma should be rated too.
Marc Gasol- 82
The veteran big man Gasol, won a championship last season after being traded from the Grizzlies to the Raptors. He averaged 13.6 points per game which was the third-lowest average for his career. Gasol also shot just 44.8 percent from the floor. NBA 2k20 decided to give him an 82 overall rating.
The 82 rating is a tad too high when considering other players who are rated similarly. He was traded for Jonas Valanciunas, who went on to average 19.9 points per game for the Grizzlies on 54.5 percent shooting. His PER (Player Efficiency Rating) was also a 24.4, while Gasol’s was just a 16.7 for last season. The aging Gasol was great and still is a solid player, but should be rated a little lower.
Adjusted Rating- 80
Tristan Thompson- 80
Thompson was left on a rebuilding Cavs team after James left for LA. He averaged 10.9 points and 10.2 rebounds per game in 43 games played. It was the best scoring season for Thompson in years, but he also had plenty of more opportunities playing on a bad team. He was given an 80 overall rating by NBA 2k.
Javale McGee was also given an 80 overall rating for NBA 2k20. He averaged more points, at 11.8, and had a higher PER than Thompson by a decent margin (McGee’s PER was 21.8, Thompson’s PER was 18.0). McGee also shot 62.3 percent from the floor, which was much better than Thompson’s 52.9 percent. Thompson’s rating should be adjusted to be a little lower than McGee’s.
Adjusted Rating- 78