The NBA 2K series has been one of the biggest and most successful video game franchises of all-time. It has become a cultural icon of the basketball scene, as each installment of the game has felt more and more like real NBA basketball. Each individual player is feeling more and more like how they play in real life, as 2K is really making NBA basketball come alive on your video game system. The rating scale each year of all the players in the league is always something fans of the NBA love to look at at the beginning of the season, as it is very interesting to see whose ratings when up or down.
This year, 2K got a lot of ratings completely wrong to begin the year, as a lot of the players they had rated highly are mightily underachieving, while players that they underestimated are proving them dead wrong. In this article, we will be looking at 20 NBA 2k ratings they had completely wrong, as this season has proved that anything can happen in a new NBA season.
After a few months, it's time to re-explore these ratings and see which ones feature glaring snubs, or perhaps 2K overrating certain players. These ratings likely have to be revised, unless the rest of the season proves otherwise.
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Here are 20 NBA2k ratings they got completely wrong.
20 Derrick Rose - 75
Fans can't blame 2K for this one, as nobody expected Derrick Rose to be putting up the numbers he has been this season. He has never looked more like his 2011 self as much as he is right now, and it's great for the league as people have been wanting to see Rose shine for a long time now. 2K gave Rose a 75 to begin the season, but he has played much better than that rating. He is averaging far more points per game than he has in recent seasons and is at the top of the league in three-point shooting. Derrick Rose is a guy 2K underestimated greatly.
19 Gordon Hayward - 86
Gordon Hayward shook the league and made headlines when he decided to sign with the Boston Celtics and leave the Jazz, however, this wasn't the biggest move in hindsight as he hasn't played nearly as good as he did when he was in Utah. He is barely averaging 10 points a game and is really struggling with his shot up to this point. NBA 2k had him at an 86 to begin the year, and they have now moved him down to an 82 which is still too high. Look at his numbers, Hayward deserves to be a 78 this season for the underachieving Boston Celtics.
18 Jeremy Lin - 76
Jeremy Lin has since been forgotten compared to the media attention he received while he was tearing it up with the New York Knicks. 2K must have forgotten his talent as well, as he received a 76 overall rating to begin the year. He only gets 18 minutes per game, but he has averaged 10 points a game at times this season on very efficient shooting, which means he is complete instant offense for the Hawks. Jeremy Lin is a really good backup point guard, I would have him as an 82 rating based on his abilities he has shown on the court this season for Atlanta.
17 Kemba Walker - 86
Kemba Walker has been one of the most underrated players in the league for years now, but this season he is finally becoming recognized as one of the best scorers in the game. He is averaging over 25 points per game this season for the Hornets and has put up some seriously big games, even scoring 60 points in one game against the Philadelphia 76ers. An 86 is way too low for Kemba Walker in my opinion. I would have him at a 93, as he is really one of the most dangerous players in the league.
16 Zach LaVine - 80
Zach LaVine has been a superstar for the Chicago Bulls this season, as he has exploded for a multitude of big games en route to his averaging around 25 points per game. An 80 overall for a player of this caliber is way too low, as 2K now has him trending up immensely when it comes to his rating. Lavine has shown sparks of serious talent throughout his young career, and while nobody really expected him to be going off as he has been, an 80 overall was completely wrong by 2K, which is why he is on this list.
15 Draymond Green - 87
Draymond Green has been considered a star player for years now based on his role on easily the most deadly starting lineup to ever play an in professional sports. He has shown how valuable he is to the team many of times, but the 87 overall rating he received from 2K is way too high. He isn't putting up that many points despite getting in 30 minutes per game on some shaky shooting, and while he does seem to rack up the assists, he is placed in a position where the assists come fast and easy considering his teammates. Green should probably be around an 80 rating for his production this season, not an 87.
14 Joel Embiid - 90
Joel Embiid has been talked about for years about his potential and the talent he has shown on the court, but this season, he has finally blossomed into the best center in the NBA. He is averaging close to 30 points per game and has seen his rebound average improve, as he leads the league in double-doubles by a healthy margin. Joel Embiid has been dominant, to say the least, as defenses just can't seem to stop him due to his immense size and talent. Joel Embiid is easily one of the best players in the league, and a 90 overall is too low for him.
13 James Johnson - 80
James Johnson had a great season with the Heat last year, which is why he received an 80 overall from 2K to begin the 2018-19 season. His play this season has not looked anything like it did last year, as he is struggling to provide the same kind of stats for Miami. He is shooting less than 25 percent from the field, which is one of the worst percentages in the league. Johnson is looking like a shell of the player he was last year. From what he's shown so far this season, he should be at a 73 or 74, definitely not an 80 overall.
12 Pascal Siakam - 77
Pascal Siakam is not a name many fans know around the country, but they should, as he has played extremely well for the Toronto Raptors. With 2K daily updates, he has been bumped up to a top 10 power forward based on his ranking, as he is averaging about 15 points and 7 rebounds per game in only about 29 minutes of action a night.
The Raptors have been very good this season, and a large part of it because of how their role players stepping up, and Pascal Siakam has been a perfect example of that.
11 Montrezl Harrell - 76
Montrezl Harrell was drafted with the 32nd pick in the 2015 NBA Draft and has since blossomed into one of the better power forwards in the game. Harrell has now found a nice home with the Los Angeles Clippers, as he is getting close 25 minutes per game and managing to average about 16 points per game and 8 rebounds. Talk about making the most for the minutes you receive. Harrell is in store for a nice NBA career despite him taking a few years to develop. A 76 is disrespectful in all honesty, as Harrell is playing like an 83 or 84.
10 Tim Hardaway Jr. - 78
Tim Hardaway Jr. has always been thought of has a son overshadowed by his father, NBA legend Tim Hardaway, but in recent years, Hardaway Jr. has shown he is a legit NBA scoring talent. He is averaging well over 20 points per game, and what we want to know is how a 78 overall is scoring so many points. This is a simple case of 2K underrating talent, as Hardaway Jr. has proven many times this season he is one of the best scorers in the Eastern Conference. A 78 for a guy like that? 2K was completely off on this one.
9 Terry Rozier - 79
Terry Rozier made a name for himself last season when Boston was loaded with injuries and needed back up players to step up. Rozier did just that and had a great season and an even better playoff run. Rozier has since struggled greatly so far into this season, as he is playing like a 75 rather than a 79 overall. He is averaging less than 10 points per game on a measly sub-40 percent from the field, and he hasn't been able to pull in many rebounds or assists this year as he is averaging around 2 for both categories. Rozier was rated too high to begin the season.
8 Boban Marjanovic - 75
Boban Marjanovic is a confusing NBA specimen, as it seems as though he will never be a star player in this league, despite putting up monstrous per-36 numbers when he is on the court. Boban has made the most of his 11 minutes of playing time per night. He's averaged nearly 10 points per game despite the limited minutes. That is almost unheard of, as he really is one of the most effective big men in the league.
While he is putting stats up like a 94 overall, 2K shouldn't go that far as he should likely be at an 85 or 86 considering he hasn't been given real minutes to show if he could keep his awesome rate of play up. A 75? No way.
7 Jaylen Brown - 84
Jaylen Brown was completely overrated by 2K to begin the season, and to be fair, it's easy to understand why. He had a really solid season last year for the injury riddled Celtics, but this season, like a lot of other Celtics, he is struggling to keep his play at the same rate it was last year. Jaylen was rated an 84 overall, which is just much too high when you look at his stats. He is only averaging just over 10 points in about 28 minutes per game, and is shooting less than 40 percent from the field and less than 30 percent from three-point land.
6 Tyreke Evans - 80
Tyreke Evans was one of the best players in the league in his rookie season. Since then, he has struggled to keep up the same play he did right when he entered the NBA. I'm not saying he is a bad player at all, he is a good role player for whatever team he is on. 2K rated him an 80 to begin the season on the heels of what seemed like a comeback 2017-18 season for a bad Grizzlies team.
Unfortunately, that's too high for how he has played so far this year. He hasn't shot the ball particularly well and has not been able to pass or rebound efficiently, something he has been able to do in the past.
5 Caris LeVert - 76
Caris LeVert has turned into one of the better players in the league for the Brooklyn Nets this season, as he is averaging a very impressive close to 20 points per game in only about 29 minutes per night. The Nets have been trying to crawl out of the bottom of the Eastern Conference for years, and Levert is one of the reasons why there is some hope in Brooklyn for the future. NBA 2K rated Levert a measly 76 overall, and they have since moved him up a few ratings because he is obviously much more talented than a 76.
4 Terrence Ross - 74
Terrence Ross has been instant offense since entering the league in 2012, and while he hasn't been the most consistent player, he has shown many times he belongs. This season, Ross is playing for the Orlando Magic where he is averaging over 14 points per game in only 25 minutes of play. That is some serious bang for your buck for Orlando, and the 74 rating he received from 2K at the beginning of the season is just way too low considering the way he has played for the Magic. Hopefully by next year, Ross will have earned a little more respect from 2K.
3 Buddy Hield - 79
Buddy Hield was a top player in college basketball a few years ago, and many people were really excited to see how he would play in the big leagues. He is now in his third NBA season, and it has been his best season to date easily, as he is averaging 19 points per game on some great shooting from both the field and the three-point line. NBA 2K didn't think he would break out this season like he has, as a 79 is too low for a scorer of his caliber. An 84 would better represent his talent.
2 Eric Gordon - 81
Eric Gordon was one of the best players off the bench in the NBA last season, as his shot was on all year as he was a big piece of the Rockets' successful season. Houston has really struggled this season to win games, however, and Gordon is one of the reasons for this as he is having one of his worst seasons of all-time. He is really struggling with his shot, which is the most valuable part of his game, and he has been almost a liability for the team with his shooting. I would not have Gordon being over an 80 overall, as a 77 or 78 would suffice much better.
1 Trae Young - 78
Trae Young was one of, if not the best player in college basketball last season, as he seemed to rack up points and assists at a very high level. Many people thought it was a fluke and he would struggle in the NBA, but he has shown that his play style is built to last, as he has torched a few NBA defenses already. He is continuing to produce at the pro level, and he has shown that he is easily one of the best young players in the league. Based on his stats and how he has run the Atlanta offense, a 78 is too low for Young, as he should be hovering around an 84 or 85.