It's that time of the year where the NBA season returns around the same time that 2K gets released, leaving basketball fans with a very busy winter to look forward to. 2K takes a number of factors to determine the overall rating of each player, and there are constant updates being released to reflect their current form. In recent years, 2K has significantly improved their rating system with most players' ratings being accurate for the most part but there are still a number of decisions that leave us mind blown. When it comes to 2K, they tend to be reserved with rookies and younger players - opting to go for safer ratings instead of immediately granting them a higher number.
Most will have to earn their way during their journey before they are considered elite in the game. 2K also happens to be generous with veteran players, especially former All-Stars, as they are always reluctant to give them a rating that is a true reflection of their current ability. As we will come to learn from this list, many players are subject to a sudden dropoff in form, and it becomes quite tough to get back on track as they continue ageing.
Luckily for them, 2K seems to always have a soft spot for players who were once considered to be among the best at their respective position. And while it may be just a video game, many players are always complaining about their 2K rating which shows the significance of it. With today's list, we look at one NBA 2K19 rating from every NBA team that makes absolutely no sense.
30 Atlanta Hawks: Taurean Prince - 79
The highest rated player from the Atlanta Hawks is Taurean Prince at 79, who is entering his third with major expectations.
Following a mediocre rookie season, Prince progressed at a quick rate in his sophomore year to make it on the radar of NBA fans.
Based on what he has shown last season, as well as his early form in 2018-19 - we believe that Prince has proven to be worthy of a rating in the 80s - which is a better reflection of his talent.
29 Boston Celtics: Gordon Hayward - 88
After having missed out the entire 2017-18 NBA season, Gordon Hayward was awarded with a high rating of 88. And while he may have been worthy of such evaluation during his time with the Utah Jazz, we are unsure that he is as great as 2K has made him out to be. Hayward is expected to get off to a slow start before he is fully comfortable, and if he is able to return to prime form, then 88 would be an accurate rating.
28 Brooklyn Nets: Caris LeVert - 76
Caris LeVert had been one of the most underrated players in the NBA as of the past two seasons. Despite putting up an impressive sophomore season, he wasn't exactly making the headlines. But now that he started his third year with a strong showing, LeVert is generating plenty of hype from the media. Given his form in the past year, we believe that LeVert has shown to be good enough to be rated higher than 76. A bump to 82 would be more accurate at the moment.
27 Charlotte Hornets: Tony Parker - 76
Tony Parker was once considered to be one of the best point guards in the NBA, such is no longer the case as evident by his play in recent times.
Coming off the worst season of his career, Parker has also had a slow start to his new journey with the Charlotte Hornets.
There was a time when Parker would have been among the highest rated players in 2K, and while 76 isn't particularly high - Parker hasn't shown to be nearly as good.
26 Chicago Bulls: Jabari Parker - 81
Jabari Parker has certainly shown flashes of brilliance where he was more than worthy of being rated at 81. But it hasn't been consistent enough for him to be the highest rated player on the Chicago Bulls, mainly due to multiple injuries that have affected the trajectory of his career. And while Parker still has the chance to reach his full potential, there are too many question marks for him to be in the 80s range for the ongoing season.
25 Cleveland Cavaliers: Kevin Love - 86
When it comes to Kevin Love, there seem to be a range of different opinions with some believing that he is still as good as ever, while others feel that he has been declining since moving to the Cleveland Cavaliers. Based on his previous season, 86 is too high for Love who hasn't been worthy of such rating in recent memory. But now that he is set to be the first option for the Cavaliers, it is possible that he ends up proving us wrong.
24 Dallas Mavericks: Luka Doncic - 79
Luka Doncic generated plenty of hype coming into the NBA thanks to an impressive resume in the EuroLeague.
The early portion of his rookie campaign with the Dallas Mavericks has exceeded all expectations, with Doncic living up to the hype early in his rookie year.
And while 2K may have taken a safe approach by giving him a 79 in the game, Doncic has already proven to be much better than his rating would suggest. In fact, 2K may have to bump his rating when the next update rolls out.
23 Denver Nuggets: Jamal Murray - 81
Based on his first two seasons, Jamal Murray deserves a higher rating than 81, especially since he happens to be a better player than many who were ranked ahead. Take Jabari Parker for instance who also received 81; there is no contest between the two at this moment as Murray has proven to be a winning player who is capable of leading his team. With another strong showing this season, Murray may see a noticeable increase in his rating with the release of the next 2K.
22 Detroit Pistons: Andre Drummond - 87
An 87 rating is too high for Andre Drummond who may be a great player, but not to be on par with some of the best in the league. The two-time NBA All-Star has failed to lead the Detroit Pistons to any considerable success thus far, leading many to question his impact on winning games. Now, an 84 would perhaps be a better reflection of Drummond's current talent, who undoubtedly has too many flaws in his game to be rated as high as he is.
21 Golden State Warriors: DeMarcus Cousins - 84
There is a solid chance that DeMarcus Cousins may never come close to being the same player he once was. With that in mind, 84 seems too high of a rating for him given the many question marks surrounding him.
It's the very same reason as to why he didn't get any attractive offers in free agency, which led him to sign with the Warriors on a cheap one year deal.
Cousins would have to return to form pre-injury to deserve such rating, which is in severe doubt at the moment.
20 Houston Rockets: Carmelo Anthony - 79
For the first time in his career, Carmelo Anthony received a 2K rating under 80. It is the beginning of a new chapter in his career as Anthony has been used off the bench. Based on his previous season and what we have seen from him as a Houston Rockets player, 2K may have to decrease his rating as his decline has been very sharp to say the least. A 75 would be a better reflection of his present ability as Melo has significantly dropped off.
19 Indiana Pacers: Tyreke Evans - 80
Considering his history of inconsistency, it is no surprise that 2K opted to go with a safe rating of 80. But if Tyreke Evans were to replicate his last season, then he would have to be bumped a few points. 84 is a more accurate rating for Evans in present day since he seems to have finally found consistency with his three point shot. Evans is expected to play a big role for the Indiana Pacers, which could maximize his potential.
18 Los Angeles Clippers: Tobias Harris - 82
It's surprising that Tobias Harris received a rating of 82 on NBA 2K19 considering his consistency in the past two years.
He put up impressive numbers for the Los Angeles Clippers across the board, while also being an all-around efficient player.
Harris is worthy of a bump by 3 points to truly demonstrate how good he has been in recent times. This goes to show that Harris is still one of the most underappreciated players in the NBA as of today.
17 Los Angeles Lakers: Lonzo Ball - 79
Lonzo Ball has the potential to become a much better player than his rating indicates, but it feels like 2K was somewhat generous with their current evaluation. Despite his impressive playmaking abilities, Ball has too many flaws in his game at this time to be rated 79. Based on his rookie season, Ball was closer to 76 as he struggled throughout the year with shooting while failing to live up to the immense hype generated by the media and fans.
16 Memphis Grizzlies: Chandler Parsons - 75
Chandler Parsons was once considered to be among the best kept secrets in the NBA when he was an efficient player for the Houston Rockets. Much has changed since then as Parsons earned a contract to become one of the most overpaid players today. And while 75 isn't a high rating by any means, it is still too generous considering Parsons' performances with the Memphis Grizzlies. If he wasn't already locked up on a lengthy deal, then he may have struggled to find a suitor on the open market.
15 Miami Heat: Hassan Whiteside - 85
At his very best, Hassan Whiteside could be considered a player worthy of an 85 rating. But he hasn't been nearly as great in the past two seasons, making his current rating one of the strangest decisions by NBA 2K.
He certainly hasn't been the best player on the Miami Heat, and belongs in a lower range around 81 at this moment.
Perhaps 2K may have given Whiteside the benefit of the doubt with expectations that he would bounce back this season.
14 Milwaukee Bucks: Brook Lopez - 79
Brook Lopez was once among the better offensive centers in the league. But even at his very best, Lopez has always had too many flaws to his game to be considered a great player. Not only does he struggle on the defensive end but his rebounding numbers leave plenty to be desired. Going into the 2018-19 season, a rating of 79 seems a bit too generous to Lopez. He hasn't been a very impactful player in recent years to be close to the 80s range.
13 Minnesota Timberwolves: Karl-Anthony Towns - 91
We have seen what Karl-Anthony Towns is capable of doing as his offensive game is unstoppable when he is on. But Towns' defensive abilities make him a liability on the other end - which was one of the main reasons behind the Minnesota Timberwolves' struggles prior to last season.
2K gave Towns a higher rating than Jimmy Butler - a decision that most fans would be quick to question.
If Towns continues to progress as he has been, and makes improvements on the defensive end - then he will be easily worthy of a 91 rating.
12 New Orleans Pelicans: Nikola Mirotic - 79
We are unsure what it will take for Nikola Mirotic to earn more respect around the league as he continues to be slept on by the media and fans alike. Despite putting up some impressive showings for the Chicago Bulls, Mirotic's talent was still being questioned until he recently began torching opponents as a member of the New Orleans Pelicans. Mirotic's offensive game is good enough to bump him into the 80s range as he is an impressive scorer to say the least.
11 New York Knicks: Kristaps Porzingis - 85
When it comes to players for the New York Knicks, the media instantly hypes them up as we have witnessed over the years. When Kristaps Porzingis was healthy, he proved himself to be worthy of the buzz around the league. But when you take into consideration his lack of impact on winning games, as well as his most recent injury, then we have to question 2K's decision to hand him a rating of 85. With doubts in place regarding his return to pre-injury form, Porzingis' rating should have been decreased.
10 Oklahoma City Thunder: Dennis Schroder - 81
Dennis Schroder's NBA journey has been full of ups and downs. He shone early on with the Atlanta Hawks to generate plenty of hype among fans, but as his inconsistency increased, Schroder was no longer a positive contributor for the team.
A change of scenery this season may be just what he needs to get his career back on track, especially since he has the opportunity to play for a winning team at last.
But based on his form last season, Schroder doesn't deserve his current rating of 81.
9 Orlando Magic: Aaron Gordon - 82
Aaron Gordon has all the potential in the world to become a multiple time All-Star. But he hasn't been consistent enough to deserve a rating of 82, especially since 2K seems to be basing it on potential rather than in-game performances. His shooting numbers have been disappointing thus far as he took a step back last season. He has been made the number one option on a bad team, but it doesn't necessarily make him worthy of a high rating yet.
8 Philadelphia Sixers: Dario Saric - 79
If you compare Aaron Gordon's numbers to Dario Saric, then 2K's ratings become even more bizarre. The former has put up stats on a losing team while the latter was crucial to the success of the Philadelphia 76ers in his sophomore year. Saric has already proven to be a winning player and will only improve from here on out. Given what we have seen from Saric thus far, it's safe to say that NBA 2K19 is underrating him in different facets of the game.
7 Phoenix Suns: Trevor Ariza - 78
Trevor Ariza may not be a star player, nor has he come close to earning an All-Star nomination but he has been among the most consistent role players of the past decade.
He had a strong showing for the Houston Rockets in the past four years, assisting the team in making a transition to Western Conference Finalists.
And while he may begin declining soon, 81 would be a better rating for the two-way player who has earned it with his performances.
6 Portland Trail Blazers: C.J. McCollum - 87
C.J. McCollum was once among the most underrated players in the NBA, but that has changed in recent times as evident by his rating of 87 on NBA 2K19. While he happens to be a great scorer, McCollum hasn't been as great as advertised with his game having many noticeable flaw that hurt the Portland Trail Blazers. His status as the second star of the team has already been questioned following an underwhelming postseason showing, and a rating of 83 would be more accurate.
5 Sacramento Kings: Buddy Hield - 79
When the Sacramento Kings traded away DeMarcus Cousins, they decided to pull the trigger mainly due to the acquisition of Buddy Hield.
He has shown to be worth of the Kings' investment in him, putting up impressive shooting numbers in both seasons with the team.
And while 79 isn't a low rating, Hield has been good enough to be in the 80s range - but given that he averaged only 25.3 minutes per game last season, his numbers took a slight hit.
4 San Antonio Spurs: DeMar DeRozan - 89
As a scorer, DeMar DeRozan is one of the best in the NBA despite an inconsistent three-point shot. Despite being one of the better players in the regular season, DeRozan hasn't come close to replicating those performances in the playoffs - which led to his trade from the Toronto Raptors.
He has also been a liability on the defensive end, which is one of the main reasons as to why the Raptors were willing to trade him for Kawhi Leonard in the first place. DeRozan's 2K19 rating should be closer to 85 than 89 overall.
3 Toronto Raptors: Kyle Lowry - 85
Kyle Lowry was the driving force behind those Toronto Raptors teams as he made clutch plays all the time, and contributed efficiently on both ends. The media always credits his former teammate DeMar DeRozan for the success since he put up more points, but Lowry has undoubtedly been the better overall player in recent years. And given how highly some of his All-Star peers were rated by 2K, 85 seems too low for the leader of the first seed of the Eastern Conference.
2 Utah Jazz: Joe Ingles - 79
About a month ago, Joe Ingles declared himself as the best shooter in the NBA. And while Stephen Curry may object to the claim, Ingles poses the biggest threat to his crown.
If his 2K rating didn't make it clear enough, Ingles continues to be overlooked by the media despite putting up an impressive all-around season for the Jazz.
At this rate, Ingles may even become an All-Star in the future as he keeps making major strides with every passing season.
1 Washington Wizards: John Wall - 89
John Wall puts up impressive numbers across the board, but we have a hard time believing that he is a borderline 90s overall player. According to 2K, Wall is a better player than Kyle Lowry for instance - which is hard to justify based on their contributions to their respective teams. Wall should lose a few points from his overall rating for failing to lead the Washington Wizards beyond the first round last season, as well as his lack of consistency with a three-point shot.