NBA 2K23's release is just around the corner, and there's no doubt that there has been a lot of hype surrounding the release. After all, 2K makes the best basketball games on the market, and many gamers are avid fans of their yearly releases.
In this article, we will be predicting the ratings for the 10 best PF players in the NBA. Obviously, some of these players may be able to play multiple positions, but they are all primarily viewed as power forwards.
10. Evan Mobley - 84
2021-22 Regular Season Stats: 15.0 PPG, 8.3 RPG, 2.5 APG, 0.8 SPG, 1.7 BPG
Evan Mobley is already one of the best defensive players in the league as a rookie, and there's no doubt that his potential on that end of the floor is limitless. He was in the running for Rookie of the Year, and there's no doubt that his addition has made the Cleveland Cavaliers a much better team. Though a lot of attention is on his defense, Evan Mobley is also a versatile offensive player, capable of playing off of Darius Garland but also getting his own shot inside. He is also already a respectable midrange shooter as a big man.
Though Evan Mobley had a final rating of 83, we give him a boost to 84. He elevated his game during the play-in tournament, especially in the scoring department. Mobley was also elite defensively, often switching onto small quick guards and wings. There's no doubt that he showed his talent against solid competition.
The next step for Evan Mobley and the Cleveland Cavaliers will be to make the playoffs. They narrowly missed out on that happening this year, and with an offseason to develop his game, Evan Mobley will likely come out a much better player and help the team get to the postseason.
9. Tobias Harris - 84
2021-22 Regular Season Stats: 17.2 PPG, 6.8 RPG, 3.5 APG, 0.6 SPG, 0.6 BPG
Tobias Harris is often criticized for his production relative to his contract, but he definitely has a lot of value as a stretch 4 that can do a little bit of everything offensively. With James Harden's arrival, the offensive load has gotten lower for Tobias Harris as well, and he is clearly able to thrive in a smaller role as a supplementary scorer, floor spacer, and rebounder.
Though his last rating update featured him finishing with an 83 overall, we have Tobias Harris as an 84 in our predictions. During the playoffs, he showed that he can impact winning with his defense as well, on top of playing a supplementary role offensively. 84 is a fair rating for a two-way player that can thrive without many offensive touches.
The Philadelphia 76ers have not made it to the second round during Tobias Harris' time with the team, so the forward will likely want to make sure that doesn't happen again. Another elite two-way season from Tobias Harris will definitely help the team, and hopefully, we see them finally get past the second round in the playoffs.
8. Jaren Jackson Jr. - 84
2021-22 Regular Season Stats: 16.3 PPG, 5.8 RPG, 1.1 APG, 0.9 SPG, 2.3 BPG
Jaren Jackson Jr. is a big man that is well-known for his defensive ability and shooting at the PF position. Though he has struggled with his efficiency from range the past two years, during the 2019-20 season, Jaren Jackson Jr. averaged a stellar 39.4% from beyond the arc on 6.5 attempts a game. Though offensive consistency can be a problem, there's nothing to complain about on the defensive end. Jaren Jackson Jr. was the 2021-22 block champion and made the All-Defensive first team.
84 was the final rating Jaren Jackson Jr. received in 2K22, so it makes sense that this would stay the same in 2K23. That is definitely a fair rating based on his production and impact.
As an individual goal, Jaren Jackson Jr. should focus on helping the Memphis Grizzlies make another top-tier seed and potentially make it to the Finals. Even if he'll miss a portion of the season with a foot injury, Jackson Jr. can help the team once he comes back with his two-way play.
7. Draymond Green - 85
2021-22 Regular Season Stats: 7.5 PPG, 7.3 RPG, 7.0 APG, 1.3 SPG, 1.1 BPG
Though Draymond Green is clearly not the same player that he was in his prime, he is still considered one of the best, if not the best, defensive player in the league. On top of being a 5 position defender that also provides rim protection, he is an elite playmaker and screen setter on the offensive end. Though his 3PT shot has gotten progressively worse throughout the last few years, during the playoffs, Draymond Green showed that he is still capable of hitting it when it matters most, in late-game situations.
Draymond Green finished with an 83 rating in NBA 2K22. We give him a slight boost here, as his defense was spectacular during the playoffs, and he made plenty of key plays for the Golden State Warriors. Though his scoring will potentially be an issue in NBA 2K23, there's no doubt that Draymond Green will be one of the best defenders in the video game.
The Golden State Warriors won the 2022 NBA championship, and there's no doubt that they'll be looking to repeat as champions. Draymond Green playing at a high level will be key to that happening, and since he's in a contract year, it would be no surprise to see him have one of his best seasons.
6. Domantas Sabonis - 87
2021-22 Regular Season Stats: 18.9 PPG, 12.1 RPG, 5.2 APG, 1.0 SPG, 0.4 BPG
Domantas Sabonis is one of the best offensive big men in the league. He is most well-known for his interior scoring and passing at the PF position, and there's no doubt that he plays with a bit of "old-school big" in his game. However, he is certainly an effective player, which is why the Sacramento Kings made a win-now move for him at last season's trade deadline. He has played both the PF and the C position last season, but we have him listed as a PF due to that being his primary position in 2K22.
In our prediction, Domantas Sabonis will start with an 87 2K23 rating. That is a fair rating for Sabonis based on his production, and his poor defense is what holds him back from having a higher rating. Sabonis isn't an elite rim protector and can't really guard the perimeter. He does, however, excel at defensive rebounding.
The goal for Domantas Sabonis next season will be to make the playoffs. The Sacramento Kings have the longest playoff drought in the NBA as of right now, and the fanbase is clearly hungry for some playoff basketball. Hopefully, we see Domantas Sabonis thrive as the secondary star behind De'Aaron Fox, and perhaps a fair individual goal for him would be to make the All-Star team again.
5. Pascal Siakam - 87
2021-22 Regular Season Stats: 22.8 PPG, 8.5 RPG, 5.3 APG, 1.3 SPG, 0.6 BPG
Pascal Siakam is coming off an All-NBA season, where he showed his versatility as a two-way playmaking forward. Siakam is a player that can guard all five positions on defense, and play small ball center for periods of time. Offensively, he can run the offense for periods of time and score well near the rim, with some ability to score from range. While he has struggled at times as the No. 1 option on the Toronto Raptors, it is clear that Pascal Siakam is a fantastic player that is only now hitting his prime.
In NBA 2K22, Pascal Siakam's final rating was 87. He had a similar output in the playoffs as he did during the regular season, and there's no reason to lower his rating ahead of next season. It is quite likely that Pascal Siakam will enter the new installment of NBA 2K ranked at 87, and in-game, he will likely be able to do almost everything on the basketball court.
The Toronto Raptors have been a consistent playoff team with Pascal Siakam at the helm, but it is clear that the goal for them is to reach the next level. A series win with a potential Eastern Conference Finals should be what Pascal Siakam is aiming for, and we'll see if he is able to lead them there.
4. Zion Williamson - 89
2021-22 Regular Season Stats: (Didn't Play, Foot Injury)
Zion Williamson has not played that many games in his young career, and his durability is certainly questioned by fans. However, when on the court, Zion Williamson is an electric player. His basic box score stats during the 2020-21 season were outstanding, with Williamson averaging 27.0 PPG, 7.2 RPG, and 3.7 APG. He has shown that he is a highly effective finisher near the rim, and he notably shot 67.2% from the restricted area during the 2020-21 season. It is impressive that Zion Williamson managed to be that efficient from shots near the rim, as he is only 6'6”.
Generally, players don't get penalized with lower 2K ratings for injuries, so it is likely that Zion Williamson will start with an 89 rating, his final rating in NBA 2K22. His rating will obviously be adjusted based on his performance, but it is fair to say that Zion Williamson will likely still be a top-tier 2K23 PF at the beginning of the game.
The goal for Zion Williamson next year will be to play at an All-NBA level and help the New Orleans Pelicans make the playoffs. There is no doubt that he'll be eager to silence all the noise surrounding him with his play, and hopefully, we see Zion Williamson thrive and take the Pelicans to the next level.
3. Anthony Davis - 91
2021-22 Regular Season Stats: 23.2 PPG, 9.9 RPG, 3.1 APG, 1.2 SPG, 2.3 BPG
Anthony Davis is one of the most versatile big men in the league, providing contributions on both ends of the floor. He is a multi-positional defensive player who can also provide very good rim protection. Offensively, Anthony Davis is a player that can score well near the rim and from the midrange area. While he had a mediocre 2021-22 season offensively for the Los Angeles Lakers, Davis' defense was as good as ever.
At the end of 2K22, Anthony Davis had a 92 rating. In our predictions, he starts at 91, as he had an inconsistent season where he was unable to catch a rhythm whatsoever due to nagging injuries. However, it is quite possible that Anthony Davis will end up bouncing back during the 2022-23 season, and his rating would increase with updates in that scenario.
The Los Angeles Lakers as a team were disappointing last season, only finishing 33-49 and missing the play-in tournament. They will need Anthony Davis to step up next season if they are to avoid the same fate. Anthony Davis' primary objective will be to bounce back offensively and play at an All-NBA level, and if he does, the Lakers will likely get back to the playoffs and potentially make a deep run.
2. Kevin Durant - 96
2021-22 Regular Season Stats: 29.9 PPG, 7.4 RPG, 6.4 APG, 0.9 SPG, 0.9 BPG
Though Kevin Durant has played the SF position for the majority of his career, in recent years, we've seen him primarily play the PF position, hence his inclusion on this list. Kevin Durant is well-known for being a top-tier three-level scorer, capable of creating his own shot against any defender. While Durant is obviously a good rim finisher, his strengths lie on the perimeter: he shot 55.5% from the midrange and 38.3% from the 3PT range during the 2021-22 season.
In our predictions, Kevin Durant gets a 96 overall rating due to his all-around play. It is fair to say that he is still considered a top-5 player in the league, and this 96 overall rating would put him at that level. In 2K23, Kevin Durant will likely be an elite player all-around, capable of doing everything offensively. While he might not have top-tier ratings in defensive categories, his excelling in every area offensively should put him at 96.
It has recently been announced that Kevin Durant would be staying with the Brooklyn Nets, despite him requesting a trade earlier in the summer. The Brooklyn Nets should be a contending team next season as they have three All-Star level players on the roster. The goal for Kevin Durant will be to win a championship with the team, and it is quite likely that he'll win the FMVP award if that ends up happening.
1. Giannis Antetokounmpo - 97
2021-22 Regular Season Stats: 29.9 PPG, 11.6 RPG, 5.8 APG, 1.1 SPG, 1.4 BPG
Giannis Antetokounmpo is generally regarded as the best player in the world today, and for good reason. He is an amazing finisher at the rim due to his insane athleticism, and is a top-tier rebounder and playmaker, on top of providing DPOY-level rim protection. Antetokounmpo notably shot an insane 76.6% from the restricted area. His only real weakness is his lack of 3PT shooting, as he has improved at his scoring from the midrange, averaging a respectable 41.5% from that area.
Since Giannis Antetokounmpo is the best player in the world currently, he gets a 97 overall rating in our 2K23 rating predictions. That is the highest rating we've given any player thus far. While his shooting attributes will likely be mediocre, it is fair to say that his excelling at pretty much every other area will result in the aforementioned 97 rating.
The goal for Giannis Antetokounmpo next season will be to win another championship. At this point, Giannis Antetokounmpo has managed to win almost every single individual award possible, and the best way to continue improving his legacy is to win more championships. There's no doubt that the Milwaukee Bucks will be a contender next year, and they'll need Giannis Antetokounmpo to continue playing at an MVP level to win it all next year.