Be warned: just because we can finally take a look at the complete NBA 2k20 ratings, doesn’t mean you’ll like what you see.
The Chicago Bulls find themselves tied for the fifth-worst overall ranking in the game with the Minnesota Timberwolves and Detroit Pistons (each has a 75.50 overall rating).
These are the lowest-rated teams in NBA 2K20:
26. Chicago Bulls
27. Phoenix Suns
28. Charlotte Hornets
29. Memphis Grizzlies
30. Washington Wizards
Check out the ratings for all 30 teams here: https://t.co/Sa0pFRMdI8
— Alex Kennedy (@AlexKennedyNBA) August 26, 2019
As much as we may not want to accept it, the ranking feels pretty reasonable considering the many question marks surrounding the bottom-half of the Eastern Conference.
The Bulls fall behind the Cleveland Cavaliers (19th), Atlanta Hawks (20th), Miami Heat (21) and Orlando Magic (23rd). The Hawks do feel a bit high considering they’re the youngest team in the NBA behind only the Bulls, but considering the star power of Trae Young and John Collins, it’s understandable.
The biggest surprise is definitely the Cavs checking in highest out of these “bottom-feeders.” What are these programmers seeing that I’m not?
As I’ve said before, even if you don’t play the video game, these rankings serve as a decent reminder/indicator of how teams are being perceived heading into the season. While the Bulls have found their way into some analyst’s playoff conversation, they, obviously, still have quite a bit to prove before they can officially separate themselves from the rest of these rebuilding teams in the Eastern Conference.
If you’re curious about the individual player-ratings themselves, here’s where the Bulls roster currently stands:
- Zach LaVine – 85
- Lauri Markkanen – 83
- Otto Porter – 80
- Thaddeus Young – 79
- Wendell Carter Jr. – 78
- Coby White – 76
- Tomas Satoransky – 75
- Kris Dunn – 75
- Denzel Valentine – 74
- Shaquille Harrison – 73
- Ryan Arcidiacono – 72
- Chandler Hutchison – 72
- Cristiano Felicio – 72
- Antonio Blakeney – 72
- Luke Kornet – 71
- Daniel Gafford – 71
LaVine being the highest rated player isn’t shocking, but only reaching an 85-overall after the offensive performance he had last season is a bit disappointing. Not to mention, Markkanen only checks in at an 83, which I expect to be upgraded quite fast as the season gets underway. The same should probably be said for Otto Porter, who has a lower rating right now than rookie Zion Williamson (81). Come on, that’s kind of ridiculous.
The game will adjust these ratings accordingly as the season goes on, but I expect some definite improvement from the top, more experienced half of this lineup.
I will say though, this Bulls team should be fun to virtually play with on the court … so let’s hope that translates to reality.