Release of a new iteration of the NBA 2K Franchise

  • As is customary with the release of a new iteration of the NBA 2K franchise, there has been much discussion about how the players are rated. There are a few players who some gamers believe have perfect overall scores, while there are another handful who gamers believe were given the incorrect score.

    Donte DiVincenzo (78) is rated as too high.
    To be fair, a 78 rating isn't exactly among the best in the game, but it's still likely a little too much for Donte DiVencenzo of the Milwaukee Bucks. That is not to say that he is a bad player; rather, he simply does not produce at a level that is comparable to the output of other players in his position.
    For example, DiVincenzo put up respectable numbers (10.4 points per game, 5.8 rebounds per game) and played solid defense, but he's not the type of player you'd expect to be ranked in the same category as shooters Tyler Herro and Buddy Hield, or defenders Draymond Green. He's a good player on a championship team, but he's not quite on the verge of becoming a household name.

    Too Low: Dwyane Wade (97).
    According to the same reasoning, a 97 overall rating is unquestionably one of the best a player can receive. In fact, it's more than any active player currently has in Cheap MT 2K22, as the highest-rated current players are LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Gianni Antetokounmpo, and Steph Curry, who are all tied at 96 points.
    Even so, Dwyane Wade's rating of 97 seems a little low considering who he is. Wade is widely regarded as one of the three greatest shooting guards in NBA history, along with Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant. With a rating of 99 and 98, Wade's rating of 97 appears to be adequate. Wade, on the other hand, is lumped in with the likes of Walt Frazier and Steve Nash, who, while great, aren't in Wade's league.

    Kristaps Porzingis' (84) point total is excessive.
    Kristaps Porzingis is a true unicorn in terms of talent and skills, as his frame and ability on the court are both extremely rare. He is only 7'3" tall, but he has the ability to shoot and handle the ball like a guard, while also blocking a large number of shots. The problem is that things haven't been going well for him in Dallas lately.
    Reports circulated that Porzingis was dissatisfied with Luka Doncic's dominance of the ball, but that's exactly what Dallas requires to be successful. While Luka was having a fantastic Playoff series against the Clippers, Porzingis was virtually non-existent. His numbers were down across the board, including a drop from 20.1 points per game to 13.1 and from 8.9 rebounds per game to 5.4.

    Andre Drummond (79) was ranked too low.
    Everyone understands that Andre Drummond is no longer at the top of his game, but that does not imply that he has fallen off so far that he is now ranked near the bottom of the league's starting big men. He may no longer be the league's leading rebounder, but he still averaged 12 per game.
    That places him in the upper echelon of big men, but his rating is one that is reserved for players who don't appear on the court as frequently or have as much of an impact. Drummond also averaged approximately 15 points per game, which is remarkable considering that he played less than 25 minutes per game.

    Kyle Anderson (78) is rated as too high.
    Kyle Anderson, like DiVencenzo, has a total score of 78. That isn't even close to being considered among the best players in the league, but it could be a bit much for Anderson, who has never really stepped up in a significant way in the league. To be fair, this past season was his best effort to date.
    Anderson averaged 12.4 points per game, which was the highest total of his career. Though that is encouraging, his previous high was only 8.0 points per game, and he is 27 years old, which is considered the prime of a player's career. There's a chance Anderson continues to rise, but for the time being, he shouldn't be considered on the same level as Joe Harris or Tyler Herro.

    Russell Westbrook (86) is ranked too low.
    To be honest, this one almost comes across as a slap in the face. Russell Westbrook is not only one of the best players in the league, but he is also one of the greatest players to ever step foot on a basketball court. Prior to him, only one other person had averaged a triple-double for an entire season.

    Now, Westbrook has accomplished this feat a whopping four times in the last five seasons. While there are flaws in Westbrook's game, he is unapologetically himself and always gives his all. Given how good of a player the point guard is, giving him an 86 rating makes no sense.

    Ben Simmons (84) has set a record for himself.
    When Ben Simmons was first introduced in NBA 2K21, it appeared that he had been given an unfairly high ranking. He had mostly reached a plateau, particularly offensively, and his rating is still high now that a new game has been released, despite the fact that he has a lower overall score. That's because, instead of remaining offensive, it appears as though Simmons has regressed. Simmons had a strong regular season, but once the playoffs began, he was virtually non-existent. Against the Hawks, Simmons didn't average double figures, barely shot in the fourth quarter, appeared fearful of taking shots, and set a franchise record by making only 33% of his free throws. Teams don't even seem to want him around anymore.

    Trae Young (89) was rated too low.
    Trae Young is the polar opposite of Ben Simmons in that he has never been afraid to take a big shot. In fact, it was Simmons' 76ers that Young dispatched in the Playoffs, averaging 29.0 points per game, 10.9 assists per game, and a barrage of clutch three-pointers. It contributed to Young becoming one of the league's true stars.

    Young is content to play the villain on the road, and he will take every necessary shot to keep a crowd under control. He's a lethal scorer who also happens to be an excellent passer, ranking near the top of both categories. Trae Young believes he has played his way into the 90+ club, despite receiving an 89 rating.