The NBA regular season is a roller coaster of ups and downs for many organizations, and the same can be said for players’ individual performances. As statistics inevitably fluctuate over the course of 82 games, NBA 2K consistently updates the athletes’ overall ratings. This has been a staple of the video game series for quite some time and thus has developed into a topic of interest among hoops lovers.
Here are the players who have seen their overall ratings increase dramatically in NBA 2K20.
The 20-year-old Slovenian phenom easily took home NBA Rookie of the Year honors last season, so the improvement was expected; but not a meteoric rise to superstardom (at least not this early in his career). Doncic is filling up the stat sheet on a nightly basis, averaging 29.6 points, 9.7 rebounds, and 9 assists in 32.9 minutes per game this season.
Not only are his per-game splits jaw-dropping, but the youngster is also leading the Dallas Mavericks to wins, in a brutally competitive Western Conference, no less. Luka’s ballclub owns a 23-14 record, sits sixth in the West, and is within grasp of attaining homecourt advantage in the first round of the NBA Playoffs (seeds two through six are separated by only 3 games).
At the time of NBA 2K20’s release, Doncic was ranked as an 87 overall. Thanks to a historic sophomore season that has put the entire league on notice, he is now a 96, and rightfully so.
Heading into the start of the 2019-20 NBA campaign, the Charlotte Hornets were an afterthought. After losing the longtime face of the franchise Kemba Walker to the Boston Celtics in free agency, the Hornets were viewed as the favorites to finish with the NBA’s worst record.
Though to the shock of everyone, Buzz City has remained competitive following Walker’s departure (15-25) and find themselves three games back of the eighth and final playoff spot in the East. Second-year guard Devonte’ Graham has much to do with Charlotte being a pleasant surprise, after a forgettable stint as a rookie he has bounced back in a major way.
The University of Kansas product is tallying 18.9 points along with 7.8 dimes in 35.4 minutes of action and has suited up for all 40 of the Hornets’ outings.
Graham started out as a lowly 69 overall in NBA 2K20. Since then his rating has varied, jumping from a 76 by the third week of the season, to an 80 in week five, and lastly an 83 overall starting in week nine — it has not changed since. His overall has increased a whopping 14 points since the start of 2019-20, and it is not likely to drop considering the 24-year-old’s amount of touches and his role in creating offense for himself and his teammates.
The Golden State Warriors have not had much to celebrate about recently. Both Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson have been out for an extended period with serious injuries, and the Dubs are at the bottom of the Western Conference standings with an awful record of 9-30.
One of the few bright spots in Golden State this NBA season has been the play of 2019 second-round pick, Eric Paschall. He has started in 20 games and is averaging 13.7 points on 48.9% shooting along with 4.4 boards. Paschall has proven himself to be a prospect with much promise, meaning he will likely continue to play consistent minutes in the Bay even when the Splash Brothers make their eventual return.
The 23-year-old is currently an 80 overall in NBA 2K20, nine points higher than his original rating of 71. Paschall possesses a respectable 3-point shot for a frontcourt player (71 overall), and has a mid-range specialist archetype. It will be interesting to figure out how/if the youngster’s rating will change come April.