As the years have gone on, a lot of importance has been placed on what NBA 2K ratings a player receives, especially by themselves.
One such example is Hassan Whiteside, who said “I just want to get my 2K rating up” after recording a triple-double against the Chicago Bulls back in 2015.
It’s fair to say Whiteside’s 2K rating definitely went up after that performance.
2K Sports are still releasing ratings for this year’s upcoming game NBA 2K18, including rating LeBron James a 97 and number two overall pick Lonzo Ball an 80.
But what will the 2K ratings look like for the some the league’s up-and-coming talent two years from now in 2K20?
Some of the league’s rookies will definitely improve and raise their stock, but what about players like LeBron, Harden, and Durant, will they continue to improve, remain the same, or maybe even decline?
Here are 10 (speculative) 2K20 player ratings.
1. Kyrie Irving – 94 (90 in 2K18)
With Kyrie Irving most likely being on a different team to LeBron in two years time, perhaps the Spurs or Timberwolves, and slowly entering his prime come 2020, Uncle Drew should be one of the best point guards in the league.
2. Anthony Davis – 95 (90 in 2K17)
In 2020, The Brow will have turned 26 years old, on the cusp of entering his physical prime, and I have no doubt in my mind Davis will be an MVP-caliber player come 2K20.
3. Karl-Anthony Towns – 95 (91 in 2K18)
Just like Anthony Davis, Karl-Anthony Towns will be near the top of every MVP conversation come 2020, and alongside Andrew Wiggins, will have led the Timberwolves back into the playoffs.
4. Devin Booker – 91 (86 in 2K18)
At only 20 years of age, Devin Booker has already dropped 70 points in an NBA game. The sky is the limit for this kid, and in two years, he’ll already be in the conversation as one of the best shooting guards in the league based on his scoring alone.
5. Lonzo Ball – 87 (80 in 2k18)
Some say Lonzo Ball was rated a little too high in 2K18 as he is only a rookie, and the second pick at that. I somewhat agree, but Ball has the potential to be a borderline All-Star in his first few seasons, and there’s no doubt in my mind he’ll have made at least one All-Star game come 2020.
6. Kawhi Leonard – 97 (95 in 2K18)
Kawhi Leonard has already proven he’s the best two-way player in the league right now, supported by his 95 overall rating in 2K18. Barring a major injury (ahem, Zaza), Kawhi should only continue his meteoric rise as the best player in the NBA, and maybe even an MVP.
7. Steph Curry – 93 (94 in 2K18)
Playing alongside 3 other All-Stars has its perks, like multiple championships and the like, but it also has its flaws. Steph Curry’s stats have taken a bit of a hit since KD joined the Warriors, and it’s fair to say Curry probably won’t be returning to his MVP-form while he shares a court with Durant.
8. Kevin Durant – 96 (96 in 2K18)
Speaking of Durant, I don’t see his production dropping off anytime soon, especially playing under Steve Kerr, but I also don’t see his game improving either. Durant played a terrific NBA Finals series this past season and was rewarded with a 96 overall, and the trend is set to continue in 2k20.
9. LeBron James – 94 (97 in 2K18)
Father time is undefeated, as has been proven many times in the past, and LeBron will be hitting 34 come the year 2020. Even if James does make a move to the Lakers in 2018, his crown as the best player in the NBA won’t be resting on his head come 2020.
10. Giannis Antetokounmpo – 97 (91 in 2K18)
Even though Giannis was ‘only’ rated a 91 in 2K18, I predict a Greek Freak takeover in the NBA in the next couple of years. Giannis’ length is unmatched, and just like Westbrook and Harden this past season, both Giannis and Kawhi Leonard will be fighting for multiple MVP awards in the future, as well as the title of the best player in the NBA.