Every year, rookies are guaranteed new content in NBA 2K. They are also among the most interesting player ratings to try and guess due to no previous references.
Now, we dont have to guess: NBA 2K23 player ratings are out, and we know who the best rookies are in the game.
Back in June, the Orlando Magic picked the first overall pick and used it to select Paolo Banchero from Duke University. Is NBA 2K23 in agreement with that decision? Player ratings tell the whole story.
Who is the best rookie in NBA 2K23?
Paolo Banchero is the highest rated rookie in NBA 2K23. The number one pick in the 2022 NBA draft has a 78 OVR rating. However, he is not the only one.
Jabari Smith, the third pick in NBA 2K23, has the same OVR as Banchero, in the boldest rookie rating. This means that Smith is not only comparable to the first pick, but that he has surpassed the number two pick.
Highest rated rookies in NBA 2K23
Chet Holmgren, who was picked by the Oklahoma City Thunder with the second pick in the NBA draft, has been demoted due to Jabari Smiths high rating. The worst part is he will not have the chance to convince the developers they were wrong.
Keegan Murray and Jaden Ivey, the fourth and fifth overall picks, are rated the same. Both have a 76 rating to start NBA 2K23. Unlike Holmgren, they will have an opportunity to improve on that as the season progresses.
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- Paolo Banchero (Orlando Magic) 78 OVR
- Jabari Smith (Houston Rockets) 78 OVR
- Chet Holmgren (Oklahoma City Thunder) 77 OVR
- Keegan Murray (Sacramento Kings) 76 OVR
- Jaden Ivey (Detroit Pistons) 76 OVR
These players may be rookies at the moment, but they may become superstars a few years from now. Here's a list of the most highly rated players in NBA 2K23.