NBA 2K20 ratings: the top 10 players at every position
The NBA 2K20 ratings are always a subject for hot debate, when they're revealed after a busy off-season period. Of course there are some definites you can call from the start, and it's not a shock to see the top spot occupied by LeBron James sits in the number one spot, though he’s now sharing that position with Kawhi Leonard of the Los Angeles Clippers. There are also fresh duos forming in other areas of the NBA 2K20 ratings, such as Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant at the Brooklyn Nets, and Russell Westbrook teaming up with James Harden at the Houston Rockets. We've picked out the top 10 players for each position, including the top-rated free agents.
NBA 2K20 ratings: Center
1. Anthony Davis (Los Angeles Lakers), 94
2. Joel Embiid (Philadelphia 76ers), 91
3. Nikola Jokic (Denver Nuggets), 90
4. Karl Anthony-Towns (Minnesota Timberwolves), 89
5. Rudy Gobert (Utah Jazz), 88
6=. Andre Drummond (Detroit Pistons), 86
6=. Nicola Vucevic (Orlando Magic), 86
8=. Clint Capella (Houston Rockets), 85
8=. Al Horford (Philadelphia 76ers), 85
10=. Montrezl Harrell (Los Angeles Clippers), 83
10=. Jusuf Nurkic (Portland Trail Blazers), 83
When the Los Angeles Lakers signed Anthony Davis from the Pelicans, it automatically boosted their chances for the upcoming season. With a new default position as center, it means Davis ranks the highest in the category. Karl Anthony-Towns drops down the rankings after Joel Embiid asserted his dominance last season.
NBA 2K20 ratings: Point guard
1. Steph Curry (Golden State Warriors), 95
2. Damian Lillard (Portland Trail Blazers), 92
3. Kyrie Irving (Brooklyn Nets), 91
4. Russell Westbrook (Houston Rockets), 90
5. Kemba Walker (Boston Celtics), 88
6=. D’Angelo Russell (Golden State Warriors), 87
6=. Ben Simmons (Philadelphia 76ers), 87
6=. Mike Conley (Utah Jazz), 87
9=. John Wall (Washington Wizards), 86
9=. De’Aaron Fox (Sacramento Kings), 86
Steph Curry is still the best point guard in the NBA 2K20 ratings despite losing in last year’s playoffs, and Portland’s Damian Lillard edges above former Celtic Kyrie Irving to move up to second in the rankings. De’Arron Fox will be entering his third year as a pro, and after averaging 17.3 PPG last season, deservedly makes the rankings this year.
NBA 2K20 ratings: Shooting guard
1. James Harden (Houston Rockets), 96
2. Klay Thompson (Golden State Warriors), 89
3. Donovan Mitchell (Utah Jazz), 88
4=. Victor Oladipo (Indiana Pacers), 87
4=. C.J. McCollum (Portland Trail Blazers), 87
4=. Bradley Beal (Washington Wizards), 87
7=. Devin Booker (Phoenix Suns), 86
7=. Jrue Holiday (New Orleans Pelicans), 86
9. Zach Levine (Chicago Bulls), 85
10=. Buddy Hield (Sacramento Kings), 84
10=. Louis Williams (Los Angeles Clippers), 84
It’s no surprise James Harden remains the best shooting guard with a 96 rating. Last year there were three players who shared the second spot, but Klay Thompson of the Golden State Warriors is the only one that holds onto that lofty position. Buddy Hield makes the rankings this year, and is a superb 3-point shooter if you’re aiming to bolster your chances of scoring from outside the D.
NBA 2K20 ratings: Small forward
1=. LeBron James (Los Angeles Lakers), 97
1=. Kawhi Leonard (Los Angeles Clippers), 97
3=. Giannis Antetokounmpo (Milwaukee Bucks), 96
3=. Kevin Durant (Brooklyn Nets), 96
5. Paul George (Los Angeles Clippers), 93
6. Jimmy Butler (Miami Heat), 88
7=. Luka Doncic (Dallas Mavericks), 87
7=. DeMar DeRozan (San Antonio Spurs), 87
9=. Jayson Tatum (Boston Celtics), 85
9=. Khris Middleton (Milwaukee Bucks), 85
Options abound for your MyLeague roster at a position that sees the game’s top two rated players sharing the throne. Last year’s MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo comes in at 96 – as does Kevin Durant – while rookie sensation Luka Doncic inevitably storms the list to make seventh place.
NBA 2K20 ratings: Power forward
1. Blake Griffin (Detroit Pistons), 88
2=. Pascal Siakam (Toronto Raptors), 87
2=. LaMarcus Aldridge (San Antonio Spurs), 87
2=. Kristaps Porzingis (Dallas Mavericks), 87
5. Draymond Green (Golden State Warriors), 86
6. Tobias Harris (Philadelphia 76ers), 85
7=. John Collins (Atlanta Hawks), 84
7=. Kyle Kuzma (Los Angeles Lakers), 84
9=. Kevin Love (Cleveland Cavaliers), 83
9=. Lavri Markkanen (Chicago Bulls), 83
9=. Marvin Bagley III (Sacramento Kings), 83
9=. Julius Randle (New York Knicks), 83
9=. Danilo Gallinari (Oklahoma City Thunder), 83
Los Angeles’ Kyle Kuzma now has a rating of 84 as opposed to the 80 found in NBA 2K19, improving the Lakers’ in-game attacking options considerably. After impressing throughout the regular season and the playoffs, Toronto Raptors’ Pascal Siakam joins LaMarcus Aldridge in second, with Blake Griffin coming in first on 88.
NBA 2K20 ratings: Free agents
1. Nikola Mirotic (Power Forward), 79
2. Darren Collison (Point guard), 78
3=. Kenneth Faried (Center), 77
3=. Jamal Crawford (Shooting Guard), 77
3=. Zach Randolph (Power Forward), 77
6=. Tyreke Evans (Shooting Guard), 76
6=. Carmelo Anthony (Small Forward), 76
8=. J.R. Smith (Shooting Guard), 75
8=. Shaun Livingston (Point Guard), 75
8=. Ekpe Udoh (Center), 75
8=. Jeremy Lin (Point Guard), 75
Carmelo Anthony had a rough time with the Houston Rockets during his tenure in the 2018-19 season, joining the Chicago Bulls in January but being waived the following month. He could make a decent bench player if you’re looking for back-up in the small forward role. Power forward and solid rebounder Nikola Mirotic is a healthy option with a 79 rating.
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NBA 2K20: 5 low OVR hidden gems - Harris, Wiggins, Brown & more
When it comes to player ratings on any sports game, there is always a debate to be had. The latest edition of NBA 2K is no different.
LeBron and Kawhi have come in as the highest-rated players on the new game with a 97 OVR and whilst that can’t be argued too much, it’s further down the list where some players would be right to feel hard done by.
Whilst some of those players will be unhappy with their rating, there are a select few who in-game, play to a much higher standard than their overall would suggest.
Whether that be the ability to shoot the three-ball well or get those defensive stops, there are plenty of hidden gems who will add a boost to any roster in the NBA.
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So who are these diamonds in the rough? Well, we at RealSport have delved deep into the roster and selected our top five low OVR gems, they are as follows:
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Joe Harris, Brookyln Nets (78 OVR)
The Brooklyn Nets may now be one of the most sought after teams in the NBA 2K franchise after their off-season acquisition of Kyrie and Durant, however it is one of their existing stars in the form of Joe Harris who will help you win many games.
Harris comes in at a mid-tier 78 overall, but his incredible three point shooting makes the shooting guard standout from the rest. A 94 OVR in this department make him the third-best three point shooter on the game and a good cheap alternative to the likes of Klay Thompson.
Andrew Wiggins, Minnesota Timberwolves (79 OVR)
Another low rated gem in 2K20 is the Minnesota Timberwolves shooting forward Andrew Wiggins, who starts 2K20 as a 79 OVR.
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Wiggins is most effective in the paint, with a monster 94 dunk rating. His three point shooting isn’t too bad either (77 OVR) and he does have a hot zone from deep, the outer right corner of the arc. His 90 rated shot IQ will ensure he takes the right shots at the right time.
Andre Roberson, Oklahoma City Thunder (OVR 76)
Having players who can get you buckets is all well and good, but you need those players who can do a job at the other end of the court, look no further than OKC’s Andre Roberson.
Roberson may only be a 76 rated overall, but on the defensive end of the court he is top quality. His 86 rated perimeter defense is 15 ratings higher than the average for a SG on 2K20, whilst he also comes in with a 66 rated steal and a 68 block.
Fred Van Vleet, Toronto Raptors (OVR 79)
The next low rated gem which we have selected in our top five on NBA 2K20 is Toronto fan favourite Fred Van Vleet.
The 25-year-old point guard may only be a 79 OVR on 2K20, however, in game he plays to a much higher standard than his rating suggests. He has an A- grade for playmaking, perimeter defense, three point shooting and potential. His 90 rated pass vision being his standout stat.
Jaylen Brown, Boston Celtics (OVR 79)
The final name which we have selected is the 22-year-old Boston Celtic’s shooting guard Jaylen Brown.
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Brown can cook at both ends of the court, prompting Boston to hand him a new bumper deal last week. In 2K20, he is no different. An 85 rated driving dunk is a rarity for shooting guards, whilst a 84 rated mid-range and a 78 rated 3 point shot mean you’ll be able to score buckets from just about anywhere with Brown.
Are you looking to improve your players in MyLeague? NBA2k20’s MyLeague, although not as popular as MyCareer or MyTeam, is equally exciting and rewarding as both other game modes. Most of this gratification comes from helping out your favorite team.
Imagine the self-satisfaction of being the GM/Owner of the NY Knicks or the Chicago Bulls and winning a championship within five seasons. Or the gratification to see your young players evolve into stars with huge fanbases.
Improving your young core is of paramount importance to a rebuilding team’s winning chances, as it is one of the main reasons players flock to this game mode. Fans want to live in the fantasy of what their team could be through MyLeague, whether through trades or aggressive player development. Although the former is quicker in its rewards, the latter is much more challenging to understand fully. Here are three tips to improve your players in MyLeague in NBA 2K20.
Be patient and develop the young core
One mistake players tend to make is being impatient with their young core. Players like Giannis, Stephen Curry, and Kyrie Irving take several seasons to develop into what they are now. For instance, Giannis took a full season to get 20+ points in a game.
In most circumstances, the young core is slow to develop, but a steady increase in attributes is key to evaluating the players. Keep the long-term development in mind because, without it, you can blow up your entire team and sacrifice franchise longevity.
Make specific training regimens for players
Specific training regiments are essential to improve your players in MyLeague. Let’s take the New York Knicks as an example, with R.J Barrett and Mitchell Robinson as their two-star pieces. In MyLeague, you can fully customize training tailored to those players. A player like RJ needs to improve his three-point shot and his skills off the ball. Robinson, on the other hand, needs to develop a mid-range jumper.
Customizing their training to the High-Intensity Level allows your players to train their weakest areas. However, you won’t know all the players’ strengths and weaknesses off the top of your head. Here’s how to find them:
- Go to your roster
- Go on edit mode
- Scroll to the right and check their max potential
- Identify room for improvement
- Adjust attributes to see which affects them most positively
- Make specific training regimens accordingly
Optimize your summer camps
Offseason Summer Camps are going to be essential to improve your players in MyLeague. You need to know which rookies to improve most and which ones need it to elevate their game. There are a limited amount of slots in most offseason Summer Camps, so choose wisely. Often, the best way to go is the camp that improves their potential.
For example, if Mitchell Robinsons has an 88 potential and is at 86, increasing the 88 to a 90 is only possible during camp. Unlocking player potential is not at all doable during the season, so consider this to be one of the highest value camps you can offer the young core.
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NBA 2K20: Best Young Stars to Build a Franchise Around in MyGM and MyLEAGUE
For a gardener, almost nothing is better than helping a plant develop from a seedling into a fully blossomed ode to Mother Earth. Sure, you can buy and enjoy a ripe plum at Whole Foods. But what could be more rewarding than finding a quality seed and nurturing it into an absolute delight?
NBA 2K20 MyGM and MyLEAGUE modes are, therefore, perfect for gardeners. If you're the merchandizing type, you might prefer taking a franchise and trading around assets for veterans to try to win a championship now. If you're less Billy King and more Bob Myers, then using your green thumb to build around young stars is probably closer to your modus operandi.
Here are some of the best young stars to plant and grow your franchise around in NBA 2K20's MyGM and MyLEAGUE modes. And, since "young" isn't a concrete term, we'll use the American legal drinking age of 21 as our cut-off point.
SG, Dallas Mavericks
20 years old
Last year's Rookie of the Year is an obvious starting point for an NBA 2K franchise, especially considering that the 6'7" Slovenian phenom has the size of a wing and the ball-handling skills (six assists per game as a rookie) of a point.
PG, Sacramento Kings
21 years old
What De'Aaron Fox lacks in size, he most certainly makes up for in speed. That helped him deliver a sophomore campaign in which the young King upped his scoring to 17.3 points per game (on the back of a much-improved 37.1 percent three-point clip) and his assists to 7.3 per game.
SF, Boston Celtics
21 years old
For some reason, Jayson Tatum's shot selection deteriorated in his second season, and his field-goal and three-point percentages dropped to 45.0 and 37.3 percent, respectively. What's nice about 2K, though, is we get to decide what shots he takes.
That means less fall-away mid-range jumpers and more of the sensible shots that helped the 6'8" prototypical wing shoot 47.5 and 43.4 percent from the field and three, respectively, as a rookie.
PG, Atlanta Hawks
20 years old
The Rookie of the Year runner-up already plays NBA basketball like it's 2K, so he's an obvious candidate to be an absolute cheat code.
PF, Atlanta Hawks
21 years old
John Collins is 6'10", can jump out of the building and averaged 19.1 points and 9.8 rebounds as a sophomore in 2018-19. He also knocked down 34.8 percent of his three-point looks. The Atlanta Hawks are essentially providing the blueprint for 2K managers to follow when building a young, fun roster.
Marvin Bagley III
PF, Sacramento Kings
20 years old
Marvin Bagley III is the Collins to Fox's Young. A bouncy, 6'11" big with a relentless motor. Frontcourt buckets for years if you build around him in 2K.
C, Phoenix Suns
21 years old
Traditional bigs are a rarity in today's NBA, but at 7'1" and 250 pounds, Deandre Ayton fits a unique mold and fits it well. A lot has been said of how little the Phoenix Suns featured him in their offense, but, like Tatum, that won't be an issue for us in 2K.
Jaren Jackson Jr.
PF, Memphis Grizzlies
19 years old
Honestly, the kid might just be the best candidate to build your championship garden around. He's only 19, but he's 6'11" and shot 35.9 percent from three as a rookie while playing impressive defense.
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