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Basketball season is here: Here are the 10 best NBA players, according to the 'NBA 2K19' video game

Published by Business Insider on Wed, 17 Oct 2018


The NBA regular season is tipping off October 16th ' that's tonight ' and fans will get to see their favorite teams lineup with their 2018-19 roster for the first time.But fans of the "NBA 2K19" have already been enjoying the new rosters since last month, in video game form."NBA 2K" is the world's most meticulously-crafted basketball simulation and anew season means new ratings for more than 350 NBA players.Basketball fans and players alike have always had a strong response to the 2K ratings, which take player tendencies, consistency and overall efficiency into account to come up with a final number. Players are given an overall rating on a 0-100 scale based on 30 different attributes. During the season the ratings are regularly adjusted to match the real-life performance of the players, to keep it as close to real life as possible.Our Australian cover athlete @BenSimmons25 wasn't thrilled with his 87 rating in #NBA2K19 Watch his reaction to finding out ' pic.twitter.com/cORpPP5yOp' NBA 2K19 (@NBA2K) July 20, 20182k rating is disrespectful. Y'all will learn though ''''' kuz (@kylekuzma) July 20, 2018While the players at the top of the overall rankings are household names, things start to get a bit more unpredictable as the list goes on. Without further ado, here are the 10 best players in the NBA, according to "NBA 2K19."10) Karl Anthony-Towns, Minnesota Timberwolves - 91 OverallNow entering his fourth season in the NBA, the former #1 draft pick has emerged as one of the league's premier big men. While his points per game fell with the Timberwolves' addition of Jimmy Butler last season, Anthony-Towns showed development by improving his three-point shooting percentage and turning the ball over less.9) Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City Thunder - 93 OverallRussell Westbrook followed up his MVP 2016-17 season by averaging a triple-double for the second consecutive year with 25.4 points, 10.1 rebounds and 10.3 assists per game. The last player to average a triple-double for the entire season was Hall of Famer Oscar Robertson in 1962. 8) Kyrie Irving, Boston Celtics - 93 Overall Despite missing most of the 2017-18 season due to injury, Irving remains one of the most explosive offensive players in the NBA, and will return to a Celtics team that reached the East Conference Finals without his help. While the star has struggled to stay healthy over the course of the last three years, he has shown that he has what it takes to push a team into championship territory.See the rest of the story at Business Insider
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