With just two weeks to go until NBA 2K22 is available across all platforms, the franchise has begun releasing its highly anticipated player ratings for the league’s most notable players.
The 2K player ratings cause plenty of debate each and every season, with 2K employees even arguing with player’s wives that do not agree with their man’s overall rating this time around.
The releasing of player ratings will always add hype around the game as fans and players alike argue and debate over which player is deserving of what rating within the game based on their real-life ability.
It also creates hype for the new NBA season with both the draft and free agency now completed, with the next season set to open on October 19. If you are interested in betting on the NBA then head over to Max Free Bets first.
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Continue on to learn who are the top 10 rated players in NBA 2K22.
1. Damian Lillard – 94 OVR
Starting off the top 10 list is Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard. It still remains unclear whether he will finish the season in Portland following consistent trade rumours after the team’s lack of recent Playoff success. Lillard is arguably the most clutch player in the NBA and put on one of the best Playoff performances in modern times during his 55 point showing against the Denver Nuggets. The former Weber State guard is deserving of his place in the top 10.
2. James Harden – 94 OVR
James Harden is one of three players rated at 94 coming into the new season and will be hoping for an injury-free year after being disrupted by a hamstring problem in the Playoffs. Harden was traded to the Brooklyn Nets last season to form a big three alongside Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving, taking up the role of running the offense in the process. His regular season average of 24 ppg was his lowest since leaving the Oklahoma City Thunder where he was their sixth man, but he did average 10.9 assists per game. A healthy Harden still has the potential to be a top-five talent in the NBA.
3. Luka Doncic – 94 OVR
Luka Doncic’s stock has been on an exponential rise ever since he entered the NBA and that continued with his dominant performances for Slovenia in the Olympics. Still only 22-years-old, Doncic has all the skills and abilities needed to one day become the best player in the world. He averaged an incredible 35.7 ppg, 10.3 apg and 7.9 rpg whilst shooting 40% from 3 in the Dallas Mavericks’ Playoff loss to the Los Angeles Clippers and is already a 2x All-Star in the league. The Slovenian is also the cover star for this year’s game.
4. Joel Embiid – 95 OVR
Prior to injury Joel Embiid was in the MVP conversation last season after taking a significant leap in his overall game. Embiid averaged a career-high in points per game, field goal, three point and free throw percentage as he led the Philadelphia 76ers to the best regular season record in the Eastern Conference. He also performed consistently during the Playoffs despite a meniscus issue and was well worthy of his supermax contract extension that he signed during the offseason.
5. Nikola Jokic – 95 OVR
Just missing out on the top five is league MVP Nikola Jokic, who comes into this season off the back of the best year of his career. Jokic was well deserving of the MVP award after playing in all 72 of their regular season and 10 playoff games. He led the Denver Nuggets to the second round of the Playoffs despite losing Jamal Murray in the regular season to injury, but were unable to pass the eventual Western Conference champion Phoenix Suns. Jokic is close to breaking into the top five for the first time.
6. Kawhi Leonard – 95 OVR
Kawhi Leonard is the first name in the top five despite the fact the Los Angeles Clippers likely won’t play in the upcoming season. Leonard has undergone surgery to fix a partial tear in his ACL and his track record of playing through injury suggests we won’t see him until he is 100% healthy. He decided against leaving Los Angeles in free agency after re-signing a deal with the Clippers that will see him and Paul George see out the remainder of their prime together at the Staples Center. Still one of the best two-way players in the league, Leonard will be a big loss to the NBA this season.
7. Steph Curry – 96 OVR
It says a lot about the level that Steph Curry was performing at last season that he was in the MVP discussion despite the Golden State Warriors finishing 9th in the Western Conference. Curry had one of the best individual seasons of his career after averaging a career-high 32 ppg and winning the first scoring title of his career in the process. He will be joined by the other half of the splash brothers in Klay Thompson around Christmas which will give him even more space to operate in the half court. The Warriors will be keen to add another piece to this team to make the most out of the remainder of Curry’s prime.
8. Giannis Antentokumnpo – 96 OVR
2K might have Giannis Antentokounmpo ranked third – albeit with the same rating as the top four – but many would argue that he is the man with the crown in the NBA at this moment in time. Fresh off of winning his first NBA title and NBA Finals MVP – that a year after he won MVP and DPOY in the same season – Giannis will be untouchable in his own mind coming into this season. The Greek Freak unlocked a new level of dominance throughout the Playoffs and it would be no surprise to see him be in the hunt for a third MVP trophy in four years. However, the main goal for him and the Milwaukee Bucks will be to repeat as NBA Champions.
9. Kevin Durant – 96 OVR
Kevin Durant will feel slighted at not being ranked number one overall after an outstanding comeback season from his Achilles injury. At 32, Durant looks to be in the prime of his career after some incredible performances in both the Playoffs and Olympics. He almost single-handedly eliminated the Milwaukee Bucks in the Eastern Conference Semifinals after the series went seven games, with KD dropping a 49 point triple-double in game five. Durant is the most unstoppable offensive player in the NBA and his team, the Brooklyn Nets, are the favourites to win the NBA Championship this season.
10. LeBron James – 96 OVR
Once again, LeBron James is the top-rated player in NBA 2K despite suffering from injuries last season and being eliminated in the first round of the Playoffs. James was clearly less than 100% as the Lakers fell to defeat against the Phoenix Suns in six games in a series which also saw them lose Anthony Davis to injury. However, LeBron was the favourite to win the regular season MVP award before suffering his ankle injury and was still named to the All-NBA Second Team despite playing just 45 of 72 regular season games. Turning 37 this season, LeBron is still the face of the NBA and his longevity at the elite level of basketball is perhaps the most remarkable aspect of his career.