NBA fans and players alike pay close attention whenever the NBA 2K game series announces new player ratings. Just recently, NBA 2K released updated ratings for the league’s top players, putting their own two cents into an already hotly contested debate:
NBA 2K appears to have gotten the ratings right.
Whether you agree or disagree with the presented order, NBA 2K appears to have gotten the league’s top 5 players right. Luka Doncic, LeBron James, Nikola Jokic, Giannis Antetokounmpo, and Joel Embiid each have a 97-player rating, technically making it a five-way tie for the top player in the NBA. While the MVP award is down to three players, Embiid, Jokic, and Antetokounmpo, most would agree that Doncic and James are at least as good. This is despite their not-quite MVP-caliber seasons.
Kevin Durant and Steph Curry are a rung below the aforementioned top five players, with a 96 rating, while Damian Lillard is just below them at 95. Meanwhile, Jayson Tatum, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, and Anthony Davis round out the top 10 and the fourth tier. Ranking the top 10 players in the NBA is subjective and often incredibly difficult to do, but it’s hard to argue with their ratings.
Perhaps the most interesting aspect of these updated ratings is that at least three players over the age of 34 have a rating of 96 or better. Factor in Lillard, who turns 33 this summer, and 40% of the top 10 players are well into their 30s. That’s great for both the NBA and its fans, who have been treated to incredible basketball this season. That’s not to mention that they can continue to play as their favorite players for longer.
When James entered the league, NBA 2K was only a few years old, but 20 years later, both he and the game series are going strong. With top players playing at a higher level for longer and a potentially star-studded 2023 draft, the NBA will have more talent than ever before. That bodes well for the quality of 2K going forward.
All in all, the updated player ratings appear to be accurate. That said, some players and fans might not agree.