When entering the league, some players are simply better than others. The top picks of the drafts usually settle into the league right away. The likes of LeBron James, Anthony Davis, Kevin Durant, and many more top picks proved this right.
On the other hand, some players need some time to adjust to the league and hone their skills accordingly to flourish. Players like Stephen Curry, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Rudy Gobert, and many others fall on this end of the spectrum.
A great way to see how far they have come is to take a look at these players' past NBA 2K ratings and compare them to their current ratings. It is true that NBA 2K is just a game, but it helps in putting things into perspective for fans.
Instagram page Dunk County took the liberty to prepare a post featuring some players who have had the biggest hikes in their overalls in NBA 2K over the last few years.
The post featured five players and they are as follows: Stephen Curry, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Nikola Jokic, Hassan Whiteside, and Rudy Gobert. Here is a breakdown of what these players inside the game looked like a few years ago compared to recent times:
- Stephen Curry - 69 overall in NBA 2K12 to 96 overall in NBA 2K21
- Giannis Antetokounmpo - 60 overall in NBA 2K14 to 97 overall in NBA 2K21
- Nikola Jokic - 68 overall in NBA 2k16 to 95 overall in NBA 2K22
- Hassan Whiteside - 49 overall in NBA 2K12 to 87 overall in NBA 2K17
- Rudy Gobert - 52 overall in NBA 2K14 to 89 overall in NBA 2K18
These were some of the players that have seen a huge increase in their ratings over the years. The two biggest names on the list are without a doubt Stephen Curry and Giannis Antetokounmpo.
They might be two of the best players in the league right now, but when they arrived in the league, no one expected them to reach these heights.
Giannis in particular had a sensational year, where he won numerous accolades. He and the Bucks are the defending champions and will be tested against some of the best teams in the NBA in hopes of keeping their championship.