Brooklyn Nets Forward Ben Simmons Deserves a Higher NBA 2K Rating
You could see the NBA2K team giving Ben Simmons poor ratings this year from a mile away. However, that does not make them acceptable by any means.
After spending a year away from the game while prioritizing both his physical and mental health, Simmons clocks in this year with an 83 overall rating. Again, you expect Simmons’s score to take a hit given his unavailability from last year, but this is a step too far.
During the NBA 2K22 launch, Simmons earned an 84 overall score. That’s an error in its own right for a guy who finished second in DPOY voting (Gobert earned an 88 score), but let’s stay concentrated on the now.
When you take a deep dive into the ratings, the game hit Simmons with his ball handling and passing.
Despite those being the two best components of his game, the 2K team swept them under the rug. As a ball handler, Simmons received an 86 score, putting him behind guys like Paul George, Giannis Antetokounmpo, and Zach LaVine just to name a few.
The disrespect gets worse in the passing department, where Simmons ranks as the 71st best player with a 79 rating. Averaging 7.7 assists per game for his career, he ranks fifth in active players for that stat, so putting a whopping 70 players ahead of him is beyond blasphemous.
Even when you look at things purely from a basketball standpoint, Simmons remains just 26 years old. He’s not an aging veteran; he’s far from that to be fair. So with a year off, it’s highly unlikely his game deteriorated at all. With that noted along with everything else, these numbers make zero sense.