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Kemba Walker receives Top-20 2K rating, edged out by Kyrie Irving

Nick Friar
July 16, 2019 - 12:24 am

Not even 12 hours after the Madden NFL 20 ratings were released on Monday, NBA 2K20 revealed its Top-20 player ratings — because the Association couldn’t let the NFL control the news cycle for too long.

While the Patriots had two players receive 90-plus ratings — Tom Brady (96) and Stephon Gilmore (94) — no Celtics player eclipsed that mark. However, Kemba Walker did crack the Top-20 list, finishing with an 88 rating. Jimmy Butler, Donovan Mitchell, Rudy Gobert, and Blake Griffin all received the same mark, though Butler was ranked 16th and Walker was No. 17.

And since we’re going to spend all year comparing Walker to his predecessor, Kyrie Irving, it seems worthwhile to point out the Nets point guard received a 91 rating. Joel Embiid received the same rating and came in at No. 10, while Irving was listed 11th.

According to 2K, the top-ranked players entering the 2019-20 season are the Kawhi Leonard and LeBron James, who both received a 97. (James is listed first.) The reigning MVP, Giannis Antetokounmpo, came in at No. 3 with a 96, receiving the same rating as Kevin Durant and James Harden.

Antetokounmpo’s rating is fair, given he’s deficient from three. But it seems like the reigning MVP should probably at least be tied for top-billing. Also, Paul George, who was up for 2019 MVP and Defensive Player of the Year, only receiving a 93 — putting him behind Anthony Davis (94) — isn’t right. He should probably be a 95, like Steph Curry, since George is one of the few guys on this list who can dominate both ends of the floor.