With every new NBA season comes the latest edition of NBA 2K, and one of the most fun parts of the lead-up to the regular season is finding out what skill rating each player across the league will be receiving.
This is especially true for the league’s incoming rookie class, and fans of the Los Angeles Lakers got their first answer when the simulator revealed both Lonzo Ball and first overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft Markelle Fultz of the Philadelphia 76ers were ranked 80 overall.
Those are pretty good scores for rookies, who are almost never actually as helpful as their initial 2K rating (which is mostly based on hype and excitement) predicts. Things could be different for Ball however, whose transformative ball movement could have around the level of actual impact on the Lakers that his 80 overall rating would lead one to believe.
We have no way of knowing if Ball will actually be that good just yet of course, but at the very least we now know he’s going to be fun to play with in 2K!
Introducing your 1st look at @Lakers’ @ZO2_ in #NBA2K18! The future is bright with this year’s draft class. #2KFirstLook pic.twitter.com/gegyiqIHJG— NBA 2K 2K18 (@NBA2K) August 2, 2017
Harrison Faigen is co-host of the Locked on Lakers podcast (subscribe here), and you can follow him on Twitter at @hmfaigen.