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 gives 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 underrated in 2K’s latest installment, which is slated for a September 6 release.
Nikola Jokic- OVR 90
For the last two seasons, Nuggets center Nikola Jokic has quietly been one of the best centers in the league. In 2019, Jokic averaged a near triple-double with 20.1 points, 10.8 rebounds and 7.3 assists. After a career-year, Jokic’s rating in 2K20 should be slightly higher.
While his outside scoring ability leaves some to be desired, Jokic should have an overall rating in the 92-93 range. He is an excellent facilitator who makes his teammates better, in addition to being a great prototypical big man.
The Nugets will go as far as he takes them next season, and he could be a potential MVP candidate.
Draymond Green- OVR 83
Another underrated player in 2K20 is Warriors’ forward Draymond Green. When you factor in the versatility Green brings to his team, his rating should be around an 85.
On a team with three superstars, Green averaged 7.4 points, 7.3 rebounds and 6.9 assists, along with 1.4 steals and a block per game. While not the greatest player offensively, Green’s ability to do a little bit of everything make him an underrated player.
Without Green, it’s hard to picture Golden State having the success they’ve had in the last five years.
JJ Reddick- OVR 80
New Orleans Pelicans shooting guard JJ Reddick is slightly underrated in the latest 2K installment. Instead of an 80 overall, 82-83 seems more deserved.
Reddick, a 14-year veteran, is known primarily as a sharp-shooter, but overall is a great scorer. He is coming off a career-high season in points, where he averaged 18.1 on 44 percent from the field and 40 percent from deep.
The Sixers may have trouble replacing Reddick’s offensive prowess next season. Given he hasn’t shown any decline, JJ Reddick’s 2K20 rating deserves to be a bit higher.
Derrick Rose- OVR 80
If Derrick Rose can get another healthy season under his belt, his 2K20 rating could be too low. The Detroit Pistons’ newest addition will likely get plenty of minutes and can prove he is still close to his former self.
Off the bench last season, Rose averaged 18 points and 4.3 assists per game for the Timberwolves. While a batch of injuries stopped his initial stardom, Rose’s 2019 season could be a sign of things to come.
In a new situation with the Pistons, Derrick Rose could exceed his 2K20 rating, potentially deserving something closer to 82-83 overall.
Featured image credited to NBA 2K.
Stats credited to basketball-reference.com.