Summer is almost over and that means two things: new horror movies and NBA 2K23. Visual Concepts’ latest dissertation on falling pennies arrives next month, September 9, and while official 2K23 ratings will be revealed in weeks, there’s no harm in debating player ratings and shooters that go swoosh – especially with Giannis has more dad jokes, Summer Luka being on a Goodfellas waveZion wanting to prove he’s a winner, Kyrie opting (as Durant retires) and Jimmy Buckets Does New Hair Transformations while Ja Morant thinks he ‘would have cooked’ Michael Jordan.
The NBA offseason reaches new heights with Summer League highlights and J. Cole becoming a Scarborough Shooting Stars guard, and because of that, 2K ratings will forever be a status symbol. Our player predictions for NBA 2K23 take badges, archetypes, and combinations from 2K20-2K22 into consideration and offer a deeper look at the league’s brightest stars and new blood that’s determined to take over. Ratings aren’t perfect, but that’s what friends (and Twitter) are for.
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Devin Booker – 93 OVR
Devin Booker is a shooter’s shooter. The Phoenix Suns guard and now NBA 2K23 Cover Athlete has averaged more than 24.9 points per game over the past five seasons and spent the entire 2021-22 season breaking personal bests in scoring (26.8 ), rebounds (5.0), steals (1.1) and three-point percentage (.383). Book’s rating rose slightly after a Game 7 loss to Luka Doncic and the Mavericks in last year’s semifinals, but big shot or not, he’s essentially an NBA championship away from international stardom.
Ja Morant – 94 OVR
No one is more confident than #12. After leading the Memphis Grizzlies to the playoffs in 2021, the former Rookie of the Year got his first All-Star nod, bought new gear (most improved player), and only became the third player in playoff history to record multiple 45 points. games before the age of 23. Morant is theoretically in his harder than ever phase and new records in scoring (27.4), rebounds (5.7) and steals (1.2) deserve nothing less than a 94 overall.
Stephen Curry – 97 OVR
It’s always Steph over everyone. The reigning NBA Finals MVP is up there in age (34) and has his injury issues, but in 2021-22 he overtook Ray Allen as the all-time leader in three-pointers and became the 49th pro in league history to reach 20,000 points, all before winning his fourth championship in eight years with the Golden State Warriors. Curry has records upon records with even more records to share and although his shooting percentages are down from 2018, he is still one of the most intimidating iso players in the NBA and his “Night, Night” is proof of that.
Joel Embiid – 96 OVR
“The Process” deserves a higher overall rating. After playing just 102 games from 2020 to 2021, Embiid put up video game numbers — turning a four-year, $196 million overtime with Philadelphia into a 68-game tear full of 40-point triple-doubles, three winners and a league best 30.6 points per game. The French-born Cameroonian made history by becoming the first foreign-born athlete to win an NBA scoring title and was the first true center to do so since Shaquille O’Neal (2000).
LeBron James – 96 OVR
Will he stay? Where will he go? LeBron is due to extend his contract with the Lakers, but he intends to finish his career alongside his son, Bronny James, and the team’s front office doesn’t have a first-round pick in the NBA draft. 2024. The 37-year-old is entering his 20th season (!) and after a 56-game streak in which he averaged 30.3 points, 8.2 rebounds and 6.2 assists for a non-playoff team, he is guaranteed to be ranked in the Top 5 in the overall LBJ rankings. hasn’t started below 96 overall since NBA 2K16.
Who rises, who falls
And the rest of the NBA? Kevin Durant (96) doesn’t believe the Nets, but he finished the 2021-22 season with 29.9 points per game and more career highs in assists per (6.4) and free throws (.910). Twice MVP Nikola Jokic (96) still argues for top NBA 2K rating as teammate Jamal Murray (85)Forward clippers Kawhi Leonard (93)and the New Orleans prodigy Zion Williamson (88) hope to bounce back from their respective season-ending injuries.
from Atlanta Trae Young (92) is due for a +2 bump after averaging 28.4 points and 9.7 assists in 76 games without Dejoute Murray (87) and the same goes for DeMar DeRozan (91) who finished his first season with the Chicago Bulls with highs in points (27.9) and shots made (10.2) per game. James Harden (90) gets lost in translation in Philadelphia and even though Damien Lillard (90) and Bradley Beal (86) must find a way to win after slight setbacks, the future of the league is in good hands with Cleveland’s Darius Garland (89)from minnesota Anthony Edwards (85)and Oklahoma City Shai-Gilgeous Alexander (89) improve their skills as all-round guards.
Rookies, the WNBA and more
Since the 2022 NBA Draft, Orlando Paul Banchero (81)Houston’s Jabari Smith (79)Detroit’s Jaden Ivey (78)and OKC Chet Holmgren (77) are all set for standard rookie grades while Evan Mobley (84), Cade Cunningham (83)and Josh Giddey (82) are locks to surpass their debut last season. raptors Scottie Barnes (85) is also due to a higher cap as the 21-year-old singles player is determined to show that winning as Rookie of the Year (15.3 points, 7.5 rebounds) was just the start.
With the WNBA in mid-season form, Breanna Stewart (95) and Aja Wilson (94) always play at MVP levels like Skylar Diggins-Smith (90), Sabrina Ionescu (87)and rookie Rhyne Howard (85) have impacts in their own way. And then there’s the guard of the Las Vegas Aces Plum Kelsey (89); the 2022 All-Star MVP is averaging 20.3 points per season and continues to highlight why she’s a shrewd “dildo” and a league leader in total points, assists and three-pointers.
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