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Wolves’ NBA 2K24 Player Ratings Drop Despite Best Record in the West

NBA 2K24 has released its second player ratings update of the 2023-24 season. Within, a couple of Timberwolves see decreased ratings despite a Western Conference-best 15-4 record.

Naz Reid, Karl-Anthony Towns, and Jaden McDaniels in NBA 2K24
Photos courtesy of NBA 2K.

Thursday afternoon, NBA 2K24 released its latest updated player ratings.

Within the update, three players across the league received headlined boosts to their overall ratings. Phoenix Suns All-Star guard Devin Booker went plus one (95 overall), Indiana Pacers rising star Tyrese Haliburton went plus two (92 overall), and Oklahoma City forward and Minnesota’s own Chet Holmgren went plus two (85 overall).

“All three [players] have played an integral role in their teams’ hot starts to the year and are fascinating to watch,” said 2K regarding Booker, Haliburton, and Holmgren’s update.

The Thunder are 13-6, good for 2nd in the Western Conference, and the Suns are 12-8, good for 5th in the West, while the Pacers are 10-8 and sit at 6th in the East. Overall, 2K’s reasoning for updating all three players makes sense, as at the end of the day, all that should matter is winning and how much that player impacts how their team performs.

However, the Minnesota Timberwolves own a 15-4 record, which gives them a two-game lead over the Denver Nuggets for the best record in the West. Minnesota is one game behind the Boston Celtics for the NBA’s best record. Yet, two members of the Wolves saw their ratings dip in Thursday’s update.

Karl-Anthony Towns in NBA 2K24
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Karl-Anthony Towns: 86 OVR (+1 from last rating)

During November, Karl-Anthony Towns put up 23 points, nine rebounds, and three assists on 53% from the floor, 45% from deep, and 92% from the foul stripe. The Timberwolves went 13-2 during November, setting a franchise record for the most wins in one month. KAT’s level-headed and consistent presence was vital in the Wolves’ hot start, so seeing his overall jump is warranted.

Still, 86 overall seems low for what Towns has been doing. Not only is he having one of the most efficient seasons of his career, but he has matured into a completely different player on both ends of the floor. KAT has picked up five or more fouls in six out of the Wolves’ 18 games this season. However, excluding the matchup against Boston, where KAT essentially fouled himself out of the game, Towns has done a solid job keeping himself available, even when enduring foul trouble early in games.

Friday night against the Utah Jazz, KAT started the game scorching hot against John Collins in the paint but was whistled for two offensive fouls in the first quarter. Both calls were relatively weak, with minimal illegal contact occurring. Still, Towns was forced to take a seat with five minutes remaining in the opening period.

On a night without Anthony Edwards, the Wolves desperately needed someone to step up and command things offensively. KAT’s early foul trouble was concerning. However, he picked up just one foul the rest of the way and finished with 32 points and 11 rebounds on 12-of-22 (55%) from the floor, leading his team to another dominant win.

Naz Reid in NBA 2K24
NBA 2K24

Naz Reid: 79 OVR (-2 from last rating)

Since the last ratings update, Naz Reid’s numbers have come back to earth. Through Minnesota’s first five games of the season, Reid averaged 16 points on 56% from the floor, 46% from three, and 92% from the free throw line. During that stretch, it felt as if every shot Big Jelly hoisted up would find the bottom of the net. Over the last 13 games, however, Reid is averaging 10.5 points — right around his career average of 10.2 PPG — on 48% from the floor, 36% from three, and 90% from the foul stripe.

Reid’s lowered averages in the month of November aren’t due to poor play. Instead, Reid’s been under a lesser role as KAT finds an improved offensive groove.

Still, Reid has been Head Coach Chris Finch’s most reliable and productive offensive weapon off the bench this season, so seeing him drop two overall ticks seems like another overreaction from 2K.

Reid was a prime catalyst in Minnesota’s second-half comeback against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Tuesday night. Jelly contributed 15 points on 6-of-9 from the floor off the bench, with seven of those points coming in the final frame.

Naz has kept his team in games they would otherwise lose all season long with his offensive versatility. Overall, the Wolves bench has been sub-par offensively, as they rank 24th in the NBA based on offensive rating (52.5). Without Reid’s consistency, I highly doubt Minnesota would have 14 wins already under its belt.

Jaden McDaniels in NBA 2K24
NBA 2K24

Jaden McDaniels: 80 OVR (-1 from last rating)

After spraining his right ankle against the New York Knicks on November 20th, the Timberwolves ruled Jaden McDaniels out for a considerable amount of time, as his “return to play timeline” was set for 2-3 weeks. Following that timeline, McDaniels still has at least another week until there is a chance he returns from the injured list.

We’ve seen McDaniels getting some shots up during practice. However, until now, there have been no further updates on his recovery process and how close he is to returning.

Slim was active in seven full games after 2K’s last rating update and before he was injured. During that span, he registered 11 points on 55% from the floor and 33% from deep, while also putting the usual clamps down on whomever he was guarding, which was nothing new.

McDaniels’ lowered rating was confusing to me at first. “Should a player’s rating drop just because they are hurt?” I thought.

Well, maybe Nickeil Alexander-Walker’s ability to fill in for McDaniels in the starting lineup and take over his role seamlessly played a part in the lowered rating.

Alexander-Walker has been providing the Wolves with the best McDaniels replacement they could ask for. Excluding Shai Gilgeous Alexander’s dominant first half against Minnesota earlier this week, the absence that Jaden leaves behind has gone unnoticed.

I must add that expecting 2K’s game developers to go this deep into a ratings update is quite the stretch on my behalf, but I can’t think of another legitimate reason to drop McDaniels’ rating. Just because he’s injured shouldn’t warrant an overall downtick.

Rudy Gobert in NBA 2K24
NBA 2K24

Players Who Should Have Received Altercations But Didn’t

  • Rudy Gobert: 84 OVR (should be plus two)
  • Mike Conley: 79 OVR (should be plus one)
  • Troy Brown Jr.: 73 OVR (should be at least plus one)
  • Nickeil Alexander-Walker: 73 OVR (should be plus two)
  • Shake Milton: 74 OVR (should be minus one)

We’ll have continued updates throughout the season as 2K updates their ratings, so stay tuned!