The NBA’s 2K18 will be released on September 19. “Ronnie 2K,” digital marketing director of 2K Sports, has already released some individual player ratings to build the hype.
So far, only five different Brooklyn Nets’ 2K18 ratings have been released, with plenty more on the way. In comparison to other players, how have the they fared?
Quincy Acy – 72
Through 32 games with the Brooklyn Nets, Acy averaged 5.8 points and 3.3 rebounds after being called up from the D-League. It’s an improvement from his 71 rating on 2K17.
One player ranked the same: The Dallas Mavericks’ Dorian Finney-Smith.
One player ranked lower: David Nwaba of the Chicago Bulls (71).
Acy’s ranking is likely right on target, though he thrived in the games he played with Brooklyn. With a big man shortage on the Nets roster, we may see some more minutes for Acy — and likely a small spike in his rating as well.
Point guard Spencer Dinwiddie had his best season yet last year and is only in his third year. He averaged 7.3 points and 3.1 assists through 59 games with the Nets.
Isaiah Whitehead, however, made some positive strides his rookie year, stepping up big in light of Jeremy Lin’s injury. In 73 games, he averaged 7.4 points and shot 40 percent from the floor.
This is an improvement for both guards, who were rated 69 on 2K17.
One player ranked the same: Guard Shelvin Mack of the Orlando Magic.
One player ranked higher: Guard Alex Abrines of the Oklahoma City Thunder (74).
Both Whitehead and Dinwiddie showed real development in Summer League but will see reduced roles next year. After adding more guards to the roster, it’s hard to see them having time to boost their 2K ratings.
Sean Kilpatrick – 74
Shooting guard Sean Kilpatrick was a big part of the Nets offense last year and that’s not going to change anytime soon. At one point in the season, his rating spiked to 75 on 2K. He’ll just have to work even harder to get back.
One player ranked the same: Rookie point guard Frank Ntilikina of the New York Knicks.
One player ranked lower: Guard Langston Galloway of the Detroit Pistons (73).
Kilpatrick averaged 13.1 points, and 4 rebounds per game through 70 games — including 24 starts — with Brooklyn. With a more defined role and more talent in his rotation, expect to see him increase his stats.
D’Angelo Russell – 80
Coming off his sophomore season with the Los Angeles Lakers, Russell was eyeing the Most Improved Player award. His overall leadership saw a jump and he took on responsibility for the Lakers offense.
Through 63 games with Los Angeles, Russell averaged 15.6 points and 4.8 assists per game.
One player ranked the same: Small forward Jae Crowder of the Cleveland Cavaliers.
One player ranked higher: Center Dwight Howard of the Charlotte Hornets (81).
Headed into next season, Russell will be open to personal improvement like never before. Without the responsibility of being the full-time facilitator, expect to see some more scoring from the young guard.
The Brooklyn Nets have young talent and that’s reflected in their ratings in 2K. Even D’Angelo Russell, rated at 80, has a higher ceiling than is represented.
With a big season ahead, some upswing ratings are likely — as well as team success.