2K is a great basketball game, but it doesn’t come without its faults. I patiently wait each year in order to see what skill rating the game gives my favorite players, and to be honest with you, I find myself constantly disappointed. It sometimes seems that throughout the years, the game doesn’t even go through all the facts before they give a player a rating. In my personal opinion, here are the top 5 worst player rankings given to players in NBA 2K.
Coming in at number 5 is everyone’s favorite “Greek Freak,” Giannis Antetokounmpo. Believe it or not, there was a time where he wasn’t a major star like he is right now. Back in 2K17, he was rated only an 83. The reason why this rating is so off the mark is because of his stats the previous year. He averaged almost 17 points, 8 rebounds, and 4 assists. This is a fantastic stat line for any player, but because Giannis wasn’t the superstar, 2K gave him the horrible rating of 83. This is a classic example of 2K refusing to give players the credit they deserve because they are not a booming personality in the NBA.
Coming in at number 4 is Joel Embied. In NBA 2K18, he was rated an 86 overall, which was a shocking rating since he only played 31 out of a total 82 games due to a pretty major injury. To give Embeid this high of a rating after playing so few games in his entire career is absolute madness. There were so many players in that game that had lower ratings that deserved it way more than Embied. He wasn’t a bad player back then— in fact he played amazing in those 31 games— but he had in no way proved himself to be deserving of an 86 rating.
At number 3 we have C.J McCollum, who was rated an 83 back in 2K17. McCollum the season prior had had a personal best stat line of almost 21 points, 3 rebounds, and 4 assists per game. Although he had been coming off the bench the previous seasons before this, this breakout season changed the course of his career and he has been a starter ever since. This breakout season deserved way, way more than an 83. McCollum got robbed. I am truly sorry my friend.
Coming in at number 2 is Markelle Fultz, who was rated an 80 in NBA 2K18. Fultz was the number one draft pick and had a very impressive college career, but it never really transferred to the NBA, and he is now a pretty unknown player. It seemed like 2K just wanted to rate the number one draft pick high to increase his hype. Giving a player that high of a rating before he plays a single game is crazy. There are plenty of people that deserved that high of a rating that year, but not Markelle Fultz.
Coming in at number 1, and I have to admit I am a little biased because he is my favorite player of all time, is Derrick Rose, who was rated an 80 back in 2K20. I am still angry about this. This man was the youngest MVP of all time. I know he has had trouble with injury and bounced from team to team a little bit, but his effort the season prior led to him playing his best basketball since his injury and should’ve earned him way higher. It boggles my mind how quick 2K is to give up on their stars after they get injuries. Put some respect on this man’s name.