The NBA 2K17 release is just around the corner, and that means all sorts of fun things to look forward to. One of the most recent things involves the ratings of the players. Some rookies and younger players have already tweeted out their own thoughts about where they’re ranked, but now the the ratings for the top players in the NBA appear to have have leaked (hat tip to Pounding the Rock for putting them on our radar).
It’s no surprise LeBron James leads the way with a 96 rating. King James reclaimed his throne during the 2016 Finals and 2K reflects that dominance. Steph Curry comes in second with a 94 rating, which isn’t too shabby for the reigning unanimous MVP. While NBA 2K16 couldn’t quite capture Steph’s brilliance from beyond 30 feet, 2K17 has Curry casually draining 30 footers off the pick and roll with ease — you know, like real life. He’ll be the cause of at least a few broken controllers this season.
LeBron topped the preseason 2K ratings last year at a 94 overall. As the season progressed, and the Curry threes piled up, Steph and LeBron jockeyed for the top spot all season with both players finishing at a 96. The ratings clash mirrored a very real one-on-one battle between LeBron and Steph that came to a boiling point in the ’16 Finals. That battle may not have as much bite this season with Kevin Durant joining Golden State and LeBron removing an Ohio-sized chip from his shoulder. Neither LeBron or Steph made an astronomical leap between last year’s ratings and now, but the Klaw in San Antonio did.
Kawhi Leonard didn’t crack the top 10 in the 2K16 preseason ratings. He’s a former Finals MVP and the reigning Defensive Player of the Year with a modest (for him) 87 rating, but Kawhi made the leap both on the court and in 2K during the 2016 season. He enters this season with a 93 rating, which ties him for third with Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook.