The first overall ratings for NBA 2K21 are already out there and, as it happens every single year, a lot of people aren’t pleased with the rating they gave their favorite players. Hell, even some players have complained or joked about the number they got this time.
We get it, NBA 2K21 gets caught into the hype. A hot stretch can take a players’ rating way up in no time, but sometimes, it feels like there’s not a standard criterion to rate players.
With that in mind, we’ve put together the top 10 most disrespectful overall ratings in NBA 2K21, hoping these guys all prove their doubters wrong as soon as next season starts:
10. Draymond Green – 79
Draymond Green isn’t the flashiest player for the Golden State Warriors but there’s just no way he’s a 79, even if he struggled most of the season and missed a lot of time with injuries, we’re talking about a 3-time NBA Champion and one of the best, most versatile defenders in the league.
Green may not be a deadly scorer but he’s one of the best playmakers in the league. He can guard one through five and is one of the main reasons why the Warriors have been so good since Steve Kerr took over. He should be, at worst, an 86.
9. Mitchell Robinson – 81
Mitchell Robinson just doesn’t get any love, it seems. I get it, the New York Knicks are far from a contending team, but there’s just no way that Robinson, one of the league’s most efficient big men, has a rating of 81 despite posting similar – or best – numbers than others that are far ahead of him.
Robinson is three points below Jusuf Nurkic, who’s better than him but barely played. He’s also below Hassan Whiteside, who’s not a plus defender and lost his starting job, and even below Clint Capela, who didn’t play much and got traded midseason. He deserves a rating of 85.
8. Kevin Love – 82
It’s been a while since Kevin Love was in the headlines but that’s not his fault. The Cleveland Cavaliers are a bad team and there’s just no reason to think that he should stay there beyond this season, as it’s also affecting the narratives around him.
Kevin Love is one of the most productive and versatile big men in the league. He can score from all three levels, rebound, and even create for others. He shouldn’t have a lesser rating than Whiteside, Nurkic, Ayton, Aldridge, or Brook Lopez. He should be at least an 87.
7. Blake Griffin – 83
Blake Griffin’s reputation has taken a major hit over the past couple of seasons but he’s played his heart off to lead the Detroit Pistons to the playoffs, even though he failed this year. Also, he struggled with injuries for most of the season, but he was a stud when healthy.
Griffin is a solid playmaker, versatile scorer, and one of the best power forwards in the league, yet he’s not getting the respect he deserves anymore. He’s got a lesser rating than Zion Williamson, who didn’t even play 35 games this year. He should be an 86 or 87.
6. Ja Morant – 85
Ja Morant is the reigning Rookie of the Year. Moreover, he earned that distinction almost unanimously after leading the Memphis Grizzlies to playoff contention for most of the year and it’s pretty clear that he’s going to be one of the faces of the league for many years to come.
Yet, Morant is also below his friend and fellow rookie Zion Williamson, the guy he beat for Rookie of the Year. Staying healthy is also a part of the job and Morant showed glimpses of greatness during his rookie season and should be ranked 88.
5. Kemba Walker – 86
I simply can’t understand how Kemba Walker has a rating of just 86. I mean, he’s just three points above John Wall, who didn’t play all year, and slightly ahead of Fred VanVleet, who was great all year but didn’t make a bigger impact than Kemba.
Walker has often been underrated for his past with the Charlotte Hornets and his lack of success in the playoffs but C’mon guys. We’re talking about the starting point guard for the Boston Celtics, and a guy who’s earned every single penny in the league. He should be an 88 or 89, at worst.
4. Bradley Beal – 88
The Bradley Beal disrespect is just getting out of hand right now. The guy just averaged 30 points per game in an efficient fashion for a full season and he didn’t make an All-Star team, an All-NBA team, and only has a rating of 88 in NBA 2K21.
Beal is one of the most unstoppable scorers in the league. He can create for others and there’s just nothing he couldn’t do in the offensive end, and people are just punishing for playing for such a bad team. He should be a 90 or 91, that’s for sure.
3. Devin Booker – 88
Devin Booker has been proving that he’s one of the best offensive players in the league for some time now but he truly took it up a notch this season. More than his scoring numbers, the fact that he put those stats up in such an efficient manner is just impressive.
Booker is one of the best young players in the NBA and should be treated as such by this game’s developers. There’s no way he’s just an 88 and Klay Thompson an 89 when Klay didn’t even suit up this year. He should be ranked 90 after putting on a show in the bubble.
2. Paul George – 88
Paul George’s reputation took a massive hit this season. He talked a lot and couldn’t back it up when it mattered the most, and that’s reflecting in his rating of 88. But hey, he’s still one of the most impactful two-way players in the league, at least in the regular season.
George has vowed to take that number up throughout the season all the way to 95 or 96, and while that may look like a bit of a stretch, he should at least have a rating of 92-93. He was a top-5 MVP and DPOY candidate just one year ago, c’mon.
1. Trae Young – 88
This shouldn’t come as a surprise for him as Trae Young has been used to being overlooked and underrated for years. However, that doesn’t mean it’s right. Obviously, Luka Doncic is a fan favorite, but is he really six points ahead of Trae Young? I beg to differ.
Comparisons with Doncic will always hurt how people think of Young but we’re talking about a guy who averaged 29.6 points and 9.3 assists per game in just his second year in the league. He should have a rating of 92 or 93 and he’ll definitely have it by the end of the season.