NBA 2K20 Ratings: What did they get Right? What did they get Wrong?

With the recent release of popular video game NBA 2K’s player ratings for their newest edition of the game, there obviously is some debate on what they got right and what they got wrong. In our minds, some players are overrated, some are underrated and some are perfectly rated so we’ll take a deep dive into what the game developers at 2K Sports got right and wrong.

Overrated Players:

Anthony Davis (94 Overall)

The fact that Anthony Davis is higher rated than Joel Embiid is absolutely absurd(Embiid was higher rated last season at a 93 and even though he had a better season this year somehow dropped to a 91). I think there’s a lot of hype around AD since his move to LA so 2K gave him the benefit of the doubt but there is simply nothing from his progression over the past two season to tell us that he should be a 94 and the highest rated big man in the game. Last season, Embiid’s plus minus almost triples Anthony Davis and he averaged more points and rebounds, the two most crucial statistical categories for big men. Anthony Davis’ lack of playoff success and ability to carry a team like Joel should have him lower than a 94 rating.

Russell Westbrook (90 Overall)

Westbrook yet again averaged another triple double season last year averaging 22.9 points per game, 11.1 rebounds per game, and 10.7 assists per game but I feel like his 90 overall rating is still a tad high. While “The Brodie” is a statistical monster, his efficiency and ability to win games is abysmal. His 21.1 PER last season ranked him 35th in the NBA last season and he shot a poor 42.8% from the field and a miserable 29% from beyond the arc. All in all, West-brick should be knocked down a couple rating points.

LeBron James (97 Overall)

While LeBron is one of my favorite players in the league and is undoubtedly one of the top three greatest players of all-time, his performance last season does not warrant him the highest rating in NBA 2k20. Despite his injury along with the Lakers being unable to make the playoffs last year, King James still averaged 27-7-7 which is extremely impressive but doesn’t make him deserving of that number one spot.

Underrated Players:

Klay Thompson (89 Overall)

Klay, the second greatest shooter to ever live, got snubbed again this year by the game developers at 2K. He checks almost every box in terms of what you want in a shooting guard; he can shoot, he can play defense, he can score on and off the dribble, and he is athletic, which should warrant at least a 90 overall rating but I guess Klay gets third fiddle once again both on the court and on the virtual court.

Kemba Walker (88 Overall)

Kemba had his arguably best season last year and was rewarded with a handsome 4 year/$140 million dollar contract with the Boston Celtics. Walker averaged 25.6 points per game(10th in the NBA) and 4.9 assists per game, both above his career averages. Kemba, in our opinion, deserves to be a 90+ player especially considering what he’s been able to do with such a terribly run franchise like Charlotte.

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