The NBA season is just about at its half way point, with most teams having played around 40 games and the All-Star break just around the corner.
That means it has been months since NBA
2K20 first came out, and in that time every player has had a chance to prove the
ratings makers right or wrong.
As a result, at this point in the year it
only seems right that some players’ ratings are changed, and that is exactly
what has happened as six guys have seen a ratings boost or drop in the latest
Trae Young, Atlanta Hawks
Old rating: 89
New rating: 90
Ice Trae may be stuck on the worst team in
the NBA, but he is having a career year and should be a shoo-in for the
Rightfully, then, the NBA 2K ratings czars have taken notice and given him a boost into the 90-club.
The point guard is averaging 28.9 points
per game (PPG), 8.4 assists per game (APG), and 4.5 rebounds per game (RPG). As
a result, this season he has seen a rise from 85 launch ratings up to his
Nikola Jokic, Denver Nuggets
Old rating: 89
New rating: 90
For Jokic, his jump of one overall to 90
OVR is a return to his launch ratings.
While the Nuggets were hot, Jokic got off
to a slow start and slid down many people’s rankings of NBA players for the
2019 season, but he has turned his season around to join the top echelon of
players by certain metrics.
He is averaging 19.3 PPG, 9.9 RPG and 6.4
APG, just shy of his career best numbers from a year ago.
Paul George, LA Clippers
Old rating: 93
New rating: 91
George started the season injured and when he returned to the lineup he lit up games he played in. With ‘new shoulders’ he looked fresh and made the Clippers as terrifying to face as we thought he would.
However, George has missed the last few
games through injury. His play hasn’t been at the level it was last year, but
it is right about where he has been for much of his career. So, as they say,
availability is the best ability, so he’s seen a two OVR drop.
Chris Paul, Oklahoma City Thunder
Old rating: 86
New rating: 87
After the Rockets and Thunder trade this
offseason, it was uncertain if Paul would be able to fill the shoes even
slightly of Russell Westbrook, but at this point he has helped transform the
The Thunder are in strong contention for the playoffs and Paul is having a resurgence. The point guard is averaging 16.5 PPG, 5.1 RPG and 6.4 APG as he leads the Thunder to relevancy.
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Oklahoma City
Old rating: 81
New rating: 83
Alongside Paul in the backcourt is Gilgeous-Alexander, who in Westbrook’s absence has taken huge strides this season.
Gilgeous-Alexander is not only starting to
steal the spotlight in OKC, he is making history in a huge breakout season. Most recently he became
the youngest player ever with a 20-rebound
That alone should justify his ratings boost
of two OVR.
Lonzo Ball, New Orleans Pelicans
Old rating: 77
New rating: 79
With his brothers travelling the world, his father not being in the headlines, and him having being traded away from the Lakers, Ball is starting to flourish on a young Pelicans team.
He consistently shows elite floor vision
and recently strung together four consecutive games of 20+ points, something he’d
never done before.
If he continues on that trend he’ll do a lot to shake the ‘bust’ label he has been given.