With NBA 2K18 right around the corner, set for release on the 19th of September, more and more info has been released relating to the ratings of the top players in the NBA, including the top 10 players at each position.
As we all know though, 2K sports are far from perfect, and sometimes they can overrate or underrate players massively before the start of the season. Many young up-and-coming players have been ridiculously overrated heading into 2K18, but that’s not what we’re about to cover.
We’re about to name the All-NBA 2K Underrated Team. 5 players who have been severely underrated by the developers over at 2K, one for each position. Which players make the cut, and will their rating increase as the season wears on? Here is the All-NBA 2K Underrated Team.
PG: Derrick Rose – 78 Overall
Derrick Rose is probably one of the most criminally underrated point guards and players in 2K18, receiving easily the most flak when it was first released to the public’s eyes.
Rose is coming off an 18 point and 4.4 assists per game season with the Knicks, his highest scoring output since before he sat out the entire 2012-13 season. If I were Rose, I’d be very insulted with the rating, and would definitely be using it as motivation next season with the Cavs.
SG: Dion Waiters – 80 Overall
2K Sports seemed to go in the opposite direction with shooting guards in the newest installment of their game, overrating a lot of the younger SG’s in the NBA rather than underrating them, but when it comes to the Miami Heat’s hidden gem Dion Waiters, they got something wrong for sure.
Waiters is coming off perhaps his best season in his career, finishing the season with averages of 15.8 points and 4.3 assists per game, almost dragging the Heat to the playoffs alongside Hassan Whiteside and James Johnson.
Dion’s rating isn’t that too far off where it should be, but it could definitely use a little boost.
SF: Jonathon Simmons – 75 Overall
Maybe not underrated in the sense of overall rating, but the Orlando Magic’s newest member will definitely be a dark horse player in 2K18.
Finishing with averages of 6.2 points, 2.1 rebounds and 1.6 assists per contest, Simmons’ 75 overall rating seems fair, if not a little over the top. But for the 6’6 swingman, his strengths on the court can’t just be measured by numbers.
Simmons is an extremely gifted athlete, as well as a capable and speedy defender, two attributes that seem overpowered in 2K games, even if they’re not reflected in a player’s overall rating. Keep an eye on Simmons as a cheap option in MyTeam this year when you’re just starting out.
PF: Karl-Anthony Towns – 91 Overall
After Karl-Anthony Towns’ rookie campaign, where he ran away with Rookie of the Year honors, KAT only improved upon his debut year, posting stats of 25.1 points and 12.3 rebounds a game for the Timberwolves.
Towns was rated an 88 overall heading into last season. To say he’s only improved slightly up to a 91 after increasing his scoring, both inside and out, and rebounding numbers is ridiculous.
C: Dwight Howard – 81 Overall
Dwight Howard was once the best center in the NBA by far back in the late 2000’s. Although he may never return to that level, that doesn’t mean Howard has completely fallen off the shelf in terms of production. D12 is still a nightly double-double threat, posting averages of 13.5 points and 12.7 rebounds per contest last season with Atlanta.
Even though his back has given out considerably, Howard is still a very good athlete at the center position, something that should serve him well in 2K18.
He may not be averaging close to 3 blocks a game anymore, but he’s still serviceable on defense as well, so the 81 overall rating 2K gave Howard is head-scratching, to say the least.