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Predicting The NBA 2K23 Ratings For 10 Best Point Guards In The League

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NBA 2K is the most prominent basketball simulation game on the market today, and there's no doubt that many fans enjoy playing it with their friends. It is definitely fun to face off against people with one's team and one's favorite players.

A huge part of NBA 2K every year is the ratings reveals, where players' ratings are slowly announced to the public. Of course, it is also always controversial, as almost every year, many people end up unhappy with how certain players are rated. In this article, we will attempt to predict the NBA 2K23 ratings of the top 10 point guards in the NBA. While not every rating will be the same in the actual game, these seem like reasonable ratings based on these players' performances and ability.

10. Darius Garland - 87

Darius Garland

2021-22 Regular Season Stats: 21.7 PPG, 3.3 RPG, 8.6 APG, 1.3 SPG, 0.1 BPG

Darius Garland had a spectacular year with the Cleveland Cavaliers this year, making his first All-Star game and leading the team to the play-in tournament. While he was disappointing in the team's final play-in game against the Hawks, that should not be used as an indictment on his whole season. Garland has shown that he is one of the best playmaking guards in the league, and he has shown some ability to score from the perimeter as well.

Our 2K23 rating for Darius Garland sits at 87, which seems like a fair rating for a player that just had a breakout offensive season. Because he isn't elite defensively in real life, his defensive ratings in the game will likely reflect that in the game, which would lower his rating a little bit. However, Garland's offensive talent is undeniable, and 87 is a very good rating for a first-time All-Star.

The Cleveland Cavaliers were a good team for the first half of the season but understandably dropped in the standings after key players such as Jarrett Allen got injured. However, they should be a fantastic team if they can stay healthy, and if Darius Garland can take a scoring leap, they'll be a tough team to face. The key for Garland next year will be an improvement in self-creation, and if he can improve to the point where he can be a top-tier closer, that will help the Cavaliers get further in the playoffs.

9. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander - 87

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander

2021-22 Regular Season Stats: 24.5 PPG, 5.0 RPG, 5.9 APG, 1.3 SPG, 0.8 BPG

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander is one of the brightest young guards in the NBA, and it shows in his numbers. He has shown that he is an elite combo guard that is equally capable of scoring and playmaking, and he has had some spectacular moments this year. 

One of the things that people do criticize Shai Gilgeous-Alexander for is putting up stats on a bad team, which is why he is ranked a little lower in our predictions. However, 87 is still a solid place to be at, and if he leads the Oklahoma City Thunder to a few more wins, his rating will likely improve over the year.

There is no doubt that Gilgeous-Alexander is playing at an All-Star level individually, but unfortunately, he has not yet been selected to an All-Star game by voters. Perhaps that will change next year, especially if other players on the Thunder develop and help the team get better. Making an All-Star team will likely be the primary goal for Shai Gilgeous-Alexander next year.

8. Jrue Holiday - 88

Jrue Holiday

2021-22 Regular Season Stats: 18.3 PPG, 4.5 RPG, 6.8 APG, 1.6 SPG, 0.4 BPG

Jrue Holiday may be ranked a little highly for some here at 88, but he is the best perimeter defender in the league, which obviously means that he'd have a lot of good defensive ratings in the game. He also had a stellar year as a supplementary offensive option behind Giannis Antetokounmpo, that ran the Milwaukee Bucks' offense. Notably, he averaged a career-high in 3PT percentage at 41.1%.

The Milwaukee Bucks were the championship winners in 2021, but they were beaten by the Boston Celtics this year. Khris Middleton was injured for them in the playoffs, which forced Jrue Holiday into an expanded offensive role. Even though his defense remained elite, he struggled offensively for the team due to that factor.

Obviously, the Milwaukee Bucks will be contenders next year, and there's no doubt that Jrue Holiday's two-way play will be a part of that. One expectation that is fair for Holiday is for him to get back to the scoring levels he showed with the New Orleans Pelicans during the 2018-19 season, where he averaged 21.2 PPG for the team. Jrue Holiday being an increased scoring threat would greatly help the Bucks, and perhaps we'll see them win another championship if Holiday gets better in that department.

7. Chris Paul - 89

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2021-22 Regular Season Stats: 14.7 PPG, 4.4 RPG, 10.8 APG, 1.9 SPG, 0.3 BPG

Though Chris Paul is no longer in his prime, he is still one of the best midrange scorers and playmakers in the game. It is clear that he's lost some of his athleticism and 3PT shooting ability, but he makes up for that with his experience and passing ability. He is the 7th point guard on our list, which is impressive considering he is 37 years old.

89 seems like a fair 2K23 rating for Chris Paul, as he struggled during the playoffs and is clearly not the defender that he once was. However, there is potential for that rating to improve throughout the year, especially if Chris Paul improves his 3PT shooting efficiency.

The Phoenix Suns and Chris Paul were upset by the Dallas Mavericks in the second round, and that was not an optimal outcome for an aging star on a contending team. At this point, what matters for Chris Paul is winning at the highest level, and we'll see if he is able to get back to the Finals next year.

6. Kyrie Irving - 91

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2021-22 Regular Season Stats: 27.4 PPG, 4.4 RPG, 5.8 APG, 1.4 SPG, 0.6 SPG

Kyrie Irving had great numbers during the games that he did play for the Brooklyn Nets during the regular season, though we have to account for the fact that he was a part-time player and that he may not put up those stats over the course of a complete season. However, there is no doubt that Kyrie Irving is one of the best shot creators and ballhandlers in the game.

In this prediction, Kyrie Irving ends up with a 91, a slight drop from the 92 that he had to finish 2K22. This is due to him having a poor playoff run with the Nets, and he struggled against the physicality of the Boston Celtics defense. However, there's no doubt that Kyrie Irving is still a top-tier point guard, so he still ends with a rating above 90.

The goal for Kyrie Irving next season will be to consistently be available throughout the season, no matter which franchise he ends up on. Obviously, he's extremely talented, but availability will be very important. Perhaps he can make an All-NBA team while helping his team make a deep playoff run next year.

5. Damian Lillard - 91

Damian Lillard

2021-22 Regular Season Stats: 24.0 PPG, 4.1 RPG, 7.3 APG, 0.6 SPG, 0.4 BPG

It is no secret that Damian Lillard had a down year, but part of that can be explained by him dealing with an injury. He will likely get back to playing at superstar levels next season and should have a monster year as the primary offensive option on the Portland Trail Blazers.

Damian Lillard's final rating in NBA 2K22 was 90, so we're giving him a boost in our predictions. Obviously, this assumes that he can get back to the insane level he was at during the 2020-21 season, and if he is unable to do so, his rating in the game will very likely decrease.

The Portland Trail Blazer and Damian Lillard will want to get back to the playoffs next year, and the team has made a lot of win-now moves over the last few months to try and achieve that, acquiring wings such as Josh Hart and Jerami Grant. Hopefully, we see Damian Lillard thrive next season, and after a full offseason, he should be fresh and ready to dominate offensively.

4. Trae Young - 92

Trae Young

2021-22 Regular Season Stats: 28.4 PPG, 3.7 RPG, 9.7 APG, 0.9 SPG, 0.1 BPG

Trae Young had a disappointing playoff run this year, but it is clear that he was absolutely dominant in the regular season on an individual level. Young ended up leading the NBA in total points and total assists at the end of the season, the first player to achieve the feat since Nate Archibald. The achievement shows not only his scoring and playmaking prowess but also his durability. 

The 92 rating that Trae Young gets in our prediction seems fair. He gets docked a little bit for his poor defense and the lack of team success in the playoffs this season, but he also is still rated highly due to his own talent. With that being said, Trae Young still had a fantastic year as he still managed to bring the Hawks to the playoffs as the lone superstar on his team.

The Atlanta Hawks have not finished higher than the No. 5 seed in the Eastern Conference during Trae Young's tenure, and the primary objective for them will be to have a good regular season and become a top-tier team. They did acquire Dejounte Murray in the offseason, which should help them on both ends of the floor. Trae Young should have an elite year due to the team finally getting him a true co-star, and it is quite likely that he'll get a lot less defensive attention next season.

3. Ja Morant - 94

Ja Morant

2021-22 Regular Season Stats: 27.4 PPG, 5.7 RPG, 6.7 APG, 1.2 SPG, 0.4 BPG

Ja Morant had a successful season with the Memphis Grizzlies, leading them to the No. 2 seed in the Western Conference. However, they were unable to make it past the second round, being eliminated by the Golden State Warriors in six games. It must be noted that Ja Morant was injured for part of the series, and losing their superstar definitely made the Grizzlies a worse team offensively.

His final NBA 2K22 rating was 93, but in our prediction, Ja Morant gets bumped up to 94 due to his performances in the playoffs against the Minnesota Timberwolves and the Golden State Warriors. He had to take on a lot of the ballhandling duties, and his pressuring the rim against the Warriors opened up a lot of opportunities for his teammates.

It is clear that exiting in the second round was disappointing for Ja Morant and the Memphis Grizzlies, so the primary objective for them will be to use their experience and get further in the playoffs. Ja Morant needs to continue being the main focal point offensively for the Grizzlies next year for them to thrive, and the expectation for him will be to continue improving as a player and continue playing at an All-NBA level.

2. Luka Doncic - 95

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2021-22 Regular Season Stats: 28.4 PPG, 9.1 RPG, 8.7 APG, 1.2 SPG, 0.6 BPG

Luka Doncic is one of the top superstars in the league, and he is well-known for his ability as a three-level scorer and a top-tier playmaker. While the defensive side of the ball is still a weakness for Doncic, it makes sense that he would be ranked highly, especially after a playoff run where he brought the Dallas Mavericks to the Western Conference Finals without a single All-Star teammate. 95 is a fair rating for Doncic, as he can do almost everything offensively.

There is no doubt that Luka Doncic puts up insane box score stats, while also impacting winning at a high level. The offensive load he shoulders for the Dallas Mavericks is immense. 

There is some potential for Luka Doncic to win his first MVP next year, though there will be plenty of superstars gunning for the award. However, if the Mavericks finish as a top-3 seed in the Western Conference, it is entirely possible. With that being said, the main goal for Luka Doncic next season with the Mavericks will be to earn home-court advantage and potentially make the Finals.

1. Stephen Curry - 96

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2021-22 Regular Season Stats: 25.5 PPG, 5.2 RPG, 6.3 APG, 1.3 SPG, 0.4 BPG

Stephen Curry is still the best point guard in the league, and that is evidenced by him bringing the Golden State Warriors to the Finals and subsequently winning the 2022 NBA championship. His final rating in NBA 2K22 was 96, and it makes sense that it would remain the same since he wouldn't be getting any worse. 

While Stephen Curry doesn't put up the insane box score stats some of the other point guards do, he is the best off-ball player in the league, and his movement on the court allows him to create havoc for opposing defenses. He is still an insanely good on-ball player as well, and offensively, it's fair to say that Stephen Curry is the full package. Some even believe that he is unstoppable.

Next season, it is quite likely that Stephen Curry could end up winning another championship with the Golden State Warriors. The team has a lot of talent, and they are obviously led by the best point guard in the league. It is clear that the focus for Stephen Curry is now on team success rather than any individual awards, and we will see if he is able to bring another chip to the bay.