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10 players disrespected by their NBA 2K20 ratings

Every single edition of the widely-popular NBA 2K franchise seems to induce some not-so-favorable reactions from its audience. For the most part, the game is amazing, but there are just some quirks that even the most casual players may tend to complain about.

One such issue are the players’ ratings. This has perhaps been, and always will be the most contentious aspect of this game simply because of its subjective nature. Not every single person will agree that a certain player deserves the overall rating that was given to him. As a matter of fact, even the players themselves have a knack for airing their grievances whenever they feel that they have been treated unjustly because of their rating.

Today we’ve rounded out the Top 10 most disrespected players based on their overall rating.

10. DeMarcus Cousins: 81 overall

Players ranked above him: T.J. Warren, Jonathan Isaac, Lou Williams.

Ideally, NBA 2K should feature each player at full strength, right? That is, a current injury should not affect how his rating is determined. This does not seem to be the case for DeMarcus Cousins who fell off a cliff in 2K20. In last year’s game, the former All-Star big man was given a 90 rating, and we think its simply unfair that he has suffered such a significant dip in his rating just because of his injury-plagued past couple of years.

9. Kevin Love: 82 overall

Players ranked above him: Mitchell Robinson, Jusuf Nurkic, Jonas Valanciunas.

Last we checked, Kevin Love is still cornerstone superstar material. Sure, he is no longer the 20-15 guy he once was (though he did average 17 points and 11 boards during the 2018-19 campaign), but there’s no denying that Love is still one of the top big men in the league today. To have guys like shot-blocking specialist Mitchell Robinson above Love just seems disrespectful.

8. Kawhi Leonard: 96 overall

Players ranked above him: James Harden, Giannis Antetokounmpo, LeBron James.

Obviously, 96 is a pretty good rating. As a matter of fact, it’s just one below the 97 rating that was given to the top three players in 2K20, namely, LeBron James, Giannis Antetokounmpo, and James Harden. Now wouldn’t you say that Kawhi Leonard should at least be in the same category as these three? As a matter of fact, more than a few folks will argue that Leonard is the best two-way player in the entire league right now.

7. Derrick Rose: 84 overall

Players ranked above him: Montrezl Harrell, Andre Drummond, De’Aaron Fox.

It’s almost a travesty that Derrick Rose got an 84 overall rating in 2K20. Really? For a guy who dropped a career-high 50 points during the 2018-19 season, it seems like 84 is a low-ball rating. Rose has lost a step — to put it nicely — from his MVP days, but can you honestly say that Montrezl Harrell is a better overall player than D.Rose?

6. Jrue Holiday: 83 overall

Players ranked above him: Danilo Gallinari, Jamal Murray, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander.

Jrue Holiday is one of the most underrated players in the NBA, and his 2K20 rating is further testament to this fact. The veteran point guard is arguably the best two-way guard in the NBA at the moment, and he has proven year in and year out that he deserves much more recognition than he gets.

5. Bradley Beal: 89 overall

Players ranked above him: Trae Young, Kyrie Irving.

Bradley Beal is a bona fide All-Star, and some will argue that he should have been called up to the All-Star team a year or two before he actually was. 89 is a undeniably a tremendous rating, but perhaps Beal was shortchanged, given how he has emerged as one of the best shooting guards in today’s NBA.

4. Blake Griffin: 82 overall

Players ranked above him: Mitchell Robinson, Malcolm Brogdon, Jusuf Nurkic.

Blake Griffin quietly had the best season of his career with the Detroit Pistons during the 2018-19 campaign, and he even played 75 games to boot. He was named to the All-Star squad for the first time after a three-year hiatus, so it’s hard to explain how he got an 82 overall rating in 2K20.

3. Nikola Jokic: 91 overall

Players ranked above him: Damian Lillard, Stephen Curry.

Nikola Jokic was in the MVP conversation during the 2019-20 campaign, and for good reason. He was the best player on a Denver Nuggets team that pushed the Golden State Warriors for the best record in the Western Conference. A 91 for perhaps the best big man in the league just doesn’t sound right.

2. Joel Embiid: 91 overall

Players ranked above him: Damian Lillard, Stephen Curry.

Same argument with Nikola Jokic. If there’s anybody that could challenge Jokic for the best center in the NBA, then it would have to be Joel Embiid.

1. Stephen Curry: 95 overall

Players ranked above him: Luka Doncic, James Harden, Kevin Durant.

How do you explain the greatest shooter of all time currently playing in his prime on one of the best teams in NBA history getting a 95 overall rating? No disrespect to Luka Doncic or James Harden, but we’d take Stephen Curry over these two any day of the week.