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Offseason Thoughts: 2k Rating

Karl-Anthony Town’s NBA 2K18 rating has been released

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The offseason tradition of focusing on the random and nonsensical aspects of the NBA continues with the slow drip of the player ratings in NBA 2K18. Every summer, this becomes a point of faux contention between players about how a bevy of video game developers arbitrarily rate their abilities.

For the video game fans among us, these numbers are more important, as we are able to judge how good our favorite teams or players may be in the upcoming version of our favorite basketball simulator.

So without further ado, here is Karl-Anthony Towns himself in a video with the reveal of his rating.

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KAT will be rated at 91 in next year’s version of 2K, which is the highest of any player revealed so far.

  • KAT - 91
  • Paul George- 91
  • Kyrie Irving - 90
  • Isaiah Thomas - 89
  • Damian Lillard - 89
  • DeMar DeRozan - 89
  • Joel Embiid - 86
  • Devin Booker - 86
  • D’Angelo Russell - 80

In the video above, KAT was all too pleased about this and remarked how he was excited to talk to Joel about their respective ratings.

We can, of course, take umbrage with some of these ratings. Even as a Wolves fan, it is pretty bold to be putting KAT up that high, but 2K has always favored offensive players rather than defensive ones (see Devin Booker). It is a bit more understandable if they are considering his development throughout the year.

The Timberwolves should be pretty good in 2K next year, as Jimmy will obviously be rated quite well and I’m sure Andrew Wiggins will get a bump. It should be a fun team to play with.

In other news from around the league, Manu Ginobili is reportedly working with the Spurs to finalize his return for his 16th season in the NBA. This is a bit surprising, although not unexpected, as it seemed like it was 50/50 whether or not Manu would retire.

Mario Chalmers is also working to finalize a one-year deal, which is partially guaranteed, with the Memphis Grizzlies. Chalmers must not have any hard feelings with the Grizzlies, unless he could not find a home anywhere else, as he was previously waived by the team after he suffered an Achilles rupture.

Chalmers would have been a theoretically serviceable 3rd point guard for the Wolves, as there are not that many veteran point guards out there available.

So, not too much happening out there in the NBA, but the offseason chugs along.