As the popular NBA 2K20 video game nears its release on September 6, the company is slowly trickling out the ratings for some of the top players in the league.
Among them? Two former Kentucky Wildcats, cover athlete Anthony Davis and Karl-Anthony Towns of the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Davis, the newest Los Angeles Laker, was given an overall rating of 94, good for the No. 7 player in the entire NBA.
I’d put him at 96 or 95, but I suppose that will work.
As for Towns, he was seemingly disrespected a bit, given an 89 overall rating, good for No. 15 in the NBA. Guys like Klay Thompson, Russell Westbrook, Nikola Jokic, Kyrie Irving, and Joel Embiid were all ranked higher than the former Wildcat.
Still impressive, but a statline of 24.2 points, 12.4 rebounds, 3.4 assists, and 1.6 blocks per game in 2018-19 is certainly worth a 91 or 90, no?
Here is the entire top-20, with Davis’ newest teammate, LeBron James, coming in at No. 1 overall with a 97 overall rating. Kawhi Leonard, Giannas Antetokounmpo, Kevin Durant, and James Harden rounded out the top-five.
1. LeBron James: 97 OVR
2. Kawhi Leonard: 97 OVR
3. Giannis Antetokounmpo: 96 OVR
4. Kevin Durant: 96 OVR
5. James Harden: 96 OVR
6. Steph Curry: 95 OVR
7. Anthony Davis: 94 OVR
8. Paul George: 93 OVR
9. Damian Lillard: 92 OVR
10. Joel Embiid: 91 OVR
11. Kyrie Irving: 91 OVR
12. Nikola Jokic: 90 OVR
13. Russell Westbrook: 90 OVR
14. Klay Thompson: 89 OVR
15. Karl-Anthony Towns: 89 OVR
16. Jimmy Butler: 88 OVR
17. Kemba Walker: 88 OVR
18. Donovan Mitchell: 88 OVR
19. Rudy Gobert: 88 OVR
20. Blake Griffin: 88 OVR
When the next set of ratings are released, Devin Booker will likely be next in line. In fact, the fact that the game thinks Donovan Mitchell is better than the Phoenix Suns star is baffling to me.
Then, we should get guys like Jamal Murray, Julius Randle, De’Aaron Fox, Eric Bledsoe, John Wall, and DeMarcus Cousins, among others.
For now, though, Kentucky having two of the top-15 players in the NBA isn’t a bad start.