Best Overall Team Ratings in NBA 2K23
At the start of each new NBA season, each team has one goal in mind: to win a championship. While we all understand the goal isn’t achievable for the majority of the league, there are still a handful of teams that can realistically hoist the Larry O’Brien at the end of the season.
One of the first things games check after starting NBA 2K23 will be team and player ratings. Although 2K Games and Visual Concepts have improved the ratings, there are still some headaches. We are going to detail the best teams to play with on the court in NBA 2K23.
ten Cleveland Cavaliers – 91
Last season was a series of ups and downs for the Cleveland Cavaliers. The team got off to a great start and was poised to make some noise in the Eastern Conference playoffs until injuries started to derail the season. Ricky Rubio (78) tore his ACL and Collin Sexton (78) injured his meniscus, both out all year. Lauri Markkanen (78), Evan Mobley (84), Jarrett Allen (85), Caris LeVert (78) and Darius Garland (87) also missed numerous games throughout the season, which prevented the team from to be at full power.
However, as disappointing as last season was, things are looking up for Cleveland. During the offseason, the Cavaliers swung for the fences and acquired All-Star shooter Donovan Mitchell (88) from the Utah Jazz. Although the Cavaliers don’t have a player above a 90 rating, they do have five players above an 80 rating and several role players rated at least 75. Cleveland is an exciting young team that plans to excel on offense (95), but should still be a strong defensive team (87).
9 Denver Nuggets – 92
In recent seasons, the Denver Nuggets have excelled in the regular season, only to falter in the playoffs. Most failed playoff trips are the direct result of injuries, but sooner or later the Nuggets will be under pressure to get over the hump. In the absence of Jamal Murray (84), Nikola Jokic (96) has established himself as one of the best players in the league, winning the MVP title in consecutive seasons.
With Murray and Michael Porter Jr. (80) back from injury, the Nuggets shuffled their role players and signed Bruce Brown (76), Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (76) and DeAndre Jordan (72) in the offseason. Denver can light it on the offensive side of the field (98), but it’s the defense (85) that sometimes struggles. The Nuggets are still a team to watch in the Western Conference, but having too many injury-prone players in their starting lineup (Murrary and Porter Jr.) could be their ultimate downfall.
8 Philadelphia 76ers – 92
For a team that has Joel Embiid (96) on its roster, it’s certainly a shock that the Philadelphia 76ers haven’t reached the Eastern Conference Finals with him yet. Two years ago, the 76ers were close to reaching this point, but Ben Simmons’ (83) infamous non-layup happened. Frustrated with his lack of offensive intensity and subsequent reports of a back injury and mental health issues, Philadelphia traded Simmons last year to the Brooklyn Nets for James Harden (89).
The Embiid and Harden tandem is an offensive explosion the 76ers just haven’t experienced with Simmons. Add to that the recent emergence of Tyrese Maxey (85th), the 76ers have a fearsome three-headed beast that could make noise in the Eastern Conference. Embiid’s locked-in interior defense and the addition of PJ Tucker (77) elevate the Philadelphia team’s defense (89), making them a dangerous two-way team.
seven Miami Heat – 93
Two years after reaching the NBA Finals during the bubble in Orlando, the Miami Heat secured the top seed in the Eastern Conference during the regular season. Unfortunately, the team missed another Finals appearance, losing to the Boston Celtics in the Eastern Conference Finals in seven games.
More or less, the Heat are sending the base team back to make another run at a championship. Jimmy Butler (93) and Bam Adebayo (87) lead the charge, but Miami won’t achieve its lofty goals without the high-octane offense of Tyler Herro (84). The 22-year-old is one of the best sixth men in the league and he’s only going to get better. The Heat are a rare team with a higher defensive rating (93) than offensive (92).
6 Boston Celtics – 94
Time was running out for the pairing of Jayson Tatum (93) and Jaylen Brown (87), but the two young stars were finally able to reach the NBA Finals. However, the Boston Celtics lost in six games to Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors, and once again questions began to swirl regarding their potential future.
The Celtics strengthened their bench by trading for Malcolm Brogdon (82) from the Indiana Pacers and signing Danilo Gallinari (78), although Gallinari suffered a torn ACL while playing for Italy in a qualification for the FIBA World Cup. Regardless, Boston still has the reigning Defensive Player of the Year in Marcus Smart (82), two other defensive behemoths in Al Horford (82) and Robert Williams III (85), and a pair of young players interesting to Grant Williams (77) and Payton Pritchard (76).
5 Los Angeles Lakers – 95
It’s not very often that a team led by LeBron James misses the playoffs. In fact, James (96) has only missed the playoffs a total of four times in his illustrious 19-year career. The Los Angeles Lakers have struggled with nagging injuries to James and Anthony Davis (90) all year, as well as below-average play from important offseason acquisition Russell Westbrook (78). ).
Despite only having two players above 80, the Lakers are, by some measure, one of the top five teams in NBA 2K23. When healthy, James and Davis are devastating on offense (95), and the Lakers acquired Patrick Beverley (78) to bolster their overall defensive prowess (94). The problem with the Lakers is that the team is extremely top heavy, so if anything were to happen to James or Davis, the end result wouldn’t be pretty.
4 Memphis Grizzlies – 95
The team that many on “Draft Twitter” have claimed as their own, the Memphis Grizzlies have improved dramatically over the past few seasons by just drafting well. Since 2018, the Grizzlies have drafted Ja Morant (93), Desmond Bane (83) and Jaren Jackson Jr. (83), three highly productive players on both sides of the court. Morant is among the best point guards and dunkers in the league, while Bane is among the best three-point shooters.
Although Memphis failed to leapfrog the Golden State Warriors last season in the second round of the playoffs, their draft success set them up for lasting success. Memphis has one of the best offenses in the league (98), while sporting a lockdown defense (92). With an average age of 23, the Grizzlies will remain a major fixture in the Western Conference for quite some time.
3 Golden State Warriors – 95
For the fourth time since 2014, the Golden State Warriors are defending NBA champions. Led by Stephen Curry (96), the Warriors defeated the Boston Celtics in the NBA Finals, winning the first title since Kevin Durant left the team. Golden State’s rise to the top of the league was not widely expected, given the injuries of Klay Thompson (83) in recent seasons and the aging of Curry and Draymond Green (83).
Fortunately, Golden State found new contributors in Andrew Wiggins (84) and Jordan Poole (83), who played huge roles in the team’s championship run. The Warriors are also equipped with a pair of young prospects in Jonathan Kuminga (78) and James Wiseman (75) whom the team hopes will become top players or be used in a trade to acquire an unhappy star elsewhere.
2 Los Angeles Clippers – 96
Forever called Los Angeles’ second team, the Clippers are more than ready to step out of the Lakers’ shadow. The team have assembled a terrifying roster with superstar talent in the starting lineup and great depth off the bench. So what’s the only problem? To stay healthy. Kawhi Leonard (94) is set to return after missing the entirety of last year with a torn ACL and newcomer John Wall (78) is coming back from a ruptured Achilles.
The Clippers adding Wall after the former Kentucky star failed to find much success in Washington is simply a case of the rich getting richer. It’s a low-risk, high-reward type of move that can push a budding team like Los Angeles toward a championship. Paul George (88) remains one of the league’s most underrated players and will continue to play at the All-Star level. Although Leonard is the only player rated above a 90 for the Clippers, every player in rotation who projects to play significant minutes is at least a 75, which is exceptional depth for a team.
1 Milwaukee dollars – 96
If it weren’t for Khris Middleton (86) who sprained the MCL against the Chicago Bulls, we could be talking about the Milwaukee Bucks as repeat champions. Once Middleton fell, the Bucks became easier to defend and fell to the Boston Celtics in the second round. But when healthy, the Bucks are among the best in the league.
Superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo (97) leads the way in Milwaukee. The highest rated player in the game, Antetokounmpo is only getting better. He is a force of nature when he goes to the basket and has started to develop a consistent jump shot on the outside. Jrue Holliday (86) is the perfect complement to Antetokounmpo, focusing on defense and playing the right game of basketball. But in the end, all the Bucks need is Antetokounmpo on the roster to be the best team in NBA 2K23.
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