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With 2K Studios’ newest edition of the NBA 2K series slated to come out on September 10th, anticipation is building as gamers look to hit the virtual court with their favourite stars. While 2K has already released the ratings of the league’s top players, we’ll likely only find out every player’s ratings when the game drops.
While we wait, why don’t we have some fun and predict how some of our favourite Raptors will be rated in NBA 2K22.
2K21 rating: 88
2K22 rating prediction: 83
Siakam was highly-rated going into last year’s iteration of the game, despite his poor showing in the NBA Bubble and 2020 playoffs. But an injury and Covid-plagued season, including a falling out with head coach Nick Nurse, derailed Spicy P’s bounce-back campaign. As NBA 2K updates player ratings throughout the season, Pascal’s overall dropped to 83 by the end of the year.
I expect that to be his rating going into the new season. The NBA and the 2K developers are well aware of Siakam’s skills and star-power, but they would be hesitant to grant him another high rating, following an inconsistent 2021 season and off-season shoulder surgery that will keep him out for the start of the year. If he comes back strong and plays at the level we all know he can reach, expect him to raise his rating in no time.
2K21 rating: 85
2K22 rating prediction: 86
Fred VanVleet has fought for everything he has earned in his career, including a solid 85 overall to kick off NBA 2K21. The undrafted point-guard was a reliable scorer on Toronto’s in-game roster, with the ability to take opponents off the dribble and spot up for his trademark high-arching threes.
After averaging a career-high 19.6 points-per-game in the 2020-2021 season, it would only be right if 2K granted Freddie an upgrade. With Siakam out to start the season, VanVleet will be the focal point of Toronto’s offence, and will have carte blanche to carry the playmaking load left by the departure of Kyle Lowry. With an overall of 86, fans can look forward to emulating some of FVV’s iconic moves, whether it be his impressive shot-making ability, or his quick steals on the defensive end.
2K21 rating: —
2K22 rating prediction: 76
As the fourth-overall pick in the 2021 NBA Draft, Scottie Barnes will have a lot of eyes on him, both in real-life and in the video game. With his vaunted athleticism and defensive abilities, Barnes could turn out to be quite the player to watch – and play as – as he begins to develop in the pros.
There’s no greater rush in NBA 2K than flying down the court on a fast-break and flushing the ball emphatically through the hoop, followed by the player celebrating with a raucous virtual crowd. If there’s anyone capable of bringing the energy to the Raptors, it’s the rookie out of Florida State. Whether you’re watching him on TV or playing as him on 2K, Scottie is bound to get you hyped.
2K21 rating: 79
2K22 rating prediction: 81
OG Anunoby might have been an unfamiliar name to most NBA fans coming into last season, as displayed by his 79 overall rating to kick off NBA 2K21. Coming off the best season of his short career, the 24 year-old is quickly making a name for himself around the league.
Anunoby put up a career-high 15.9 points-per-game in 2020-2021, while shooting a remarkable 39.8 percent from three and 48 percent from the field. His offensive development was put on full display, as he began attacking the rim and taking defenders off the dribble more frequently and more successfully. He’s come a long way from the raw potential he showed coming into the NBA, and for that, he deserves at least an 81 in NBA 2K22.
Gary Trent Jr.
2K21 rating: 77
2K22 rating prediction: 79
Gary Trent Jr. came to Toronto at the NBA Trade Deadline as part of the return in the deal sending Norman Powell to Portland. He was quick to make a strong impression, putting up big scoring games. Off the court, he turned heads with his clean and, at times, outlandish fashion sense.
After jumping onto the scene in the NBA Bubble, Trent had an up-and-down season in which he displayed high-level shot-making ability, but at times showed inconsistencies on both ends of the floor. Still only 22 years old, the former Duke Blue Devil has a lot of room to grow, and is expected to fill a prominent role in Nick Nurse’s rotation following his three-year, $54 million extension with the Raptors in early August. NBA 2K22’s developers are well aware of Trent’s potential and his swagger, and will undoubtedly grant him at least a solid 79 overall to start the year.