The NBA regular season doesn’t start until Oct. 16th. But with the launch of „NBA 2K19,“ fans will get a chance to roll out their favorite teams with this season’s rosters for the first time in video game form. Part of the fun is seeing how well teams and players stack up against each other in the world’s most meticulously-crafted basketball simulation.
A new season means new ratings for more than 350 NBA players, and developer 2K Gaming has slowly been revealing individual player ratings for months in the lead-up to the worldwide release of 2K19 on Sept. 11.
Basketball fans and players alike have always had a strong response to the 2K ratings, which take player tendencies, consistency and overall efficiency into account to come up with a final number. Players are given an overall rating on a 0-100 scale based on 30 different attributes. During the season the ratings are regularly adjusted to match the real-life performance of the players, to keep it as close to real life as possible.
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While the players at the top of the overall rankings are household names, things start to get a bit more unpredictable as the list goes on. Without further ado, here are the 10 best players in the NBA, according to „NBA 2K19.“
10) Karl Anthony-Towns, Minnesota Timberwolves – 91 Overall
Now entering his fourth season in the NBA, the former #1 draft pick has emerged as one of the league’s premier big men. While his points per game fell with the Timberwolves‘ addition of Jimmy Butler last season, Anthony-Towns showed development by improving his three-point shooting percentage and turning the ball over less.
9) Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City Thunder – 93 Overall
Russell Westbrook followed up his MVP 2016-17 season by averaging a triple-double for the second consecutive year with 25.4 points, 10.1 rebounds and 10.3 assists per game. The last player to average a triple-double for the entire season was Hall of Famer Oscar Robertson in 1962.
8) Kyrie Irving, Boston Celtics – 93 Overall
Despite missing most of the 2017-18 season due to injury, Irving remains one of the most explosive offensive players in the NBA, and will return to a Celtics team that reached the East Conference Finals without his help. While the star has struggled to stay healthy over the course of the last three years, he has shown that he has what it takes to push a team into championship territory.
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