Once again, NBA 2k disrespects the Philadelphia 76ers

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CHICAGO, IL – FEBRUARY 06: Philadelphia 76ers Center Joel Embiid (21) shoots the ball over Chicago Bulls Center Nikola Vucevic (9) during a NBA game between the Philadelphia 76ers and the Chicago Bulls on February 6, 2022 at the United Center in Chicago, IL. (Photo by Melissa Tamez/Icon Sportswire)

With the release of NBA 2K23, many fans, including myself, will be running to purchase the new game from 2K. However, with the release of the game comes player ratings. Some of them are good, some of them are bad, but all are subject to scrutiny. This is the case as well with the ratings Philadelphia 76ers‘ players.

Joel Embiid | 96 Overall

We’ll start with Philadelphia 76ers’ star Joel Embiid, who, at a 96 overall, is tied with the likes of Nikola Jokic, Steph Curry, and Kevin Durant. This makes Embiid tied for second while Giannis Antetokounmpo holds the spot of the best player in 2k with a 97 overall.

While it is nice to see Embiid get the respect he deserves, it is weird to see such congestion of players with a 96 overall alongside him. Giannis, Jokic, and Embiid should be the top 3 players in 2K due to their performances last year, both during the season and in the MVP race.

James Harden | 89 Overall

The next best player for the Philadelphia 76ers is James Harden at an 89 overall. James Harden didn’t look like he was James Harden last year. Luckily for the Sixers, it appeared that this was due to a nagging hamstring and not an age-related drop-off. While his initial rating will be low, it may be fair that he has to start on just the outside of the 90 overalls. Look for him to continue to improve his rating as the season goes on.

He will almost assuredly move up in overall as the season progresses due to his incredible playmaking skills (10.5 assists per game with Philly) and a healthy and rejuvenated offensive game.

Tyrese Maxey | 85 Overall

Next up is Tyrese Maxey, sitting a seemingly fair 85 overall. Maxey is a young player who many fans of MyNBA will look to trade for thanks to his age (21 years old) and cheap contract (2.7 million). However, despite an insane jump from his rookie to second year, 2K still appears to not fully be giving Maxey the offensive ratings he deserves.

2K has seemingly ignored Maxey’s improved three-pointer (42.7% from deep), excluding him from the top 5 shooters despite finishing with the 3rd highest rating in the league. Maxey will certainly start to climb up in rankings, potentially being able to increase his overall into the low 90’s high 80’s.

Tobias Harris | 82 Overall

Finally, the last of the Philadelphia 76ers stars is Tobias Harris. Tobias Harris comes rated at an 82 overall in 2K this year. This feels way too low. After failing to be an average second or even third option early in the year, Tobias Harris was well on his way to a deserved low 80’s rating. However, as soon as 2022 rolled around, Tobias Harris changed the way he played, and became one of the better fitting pieces on the Sixers roster last season.

With the arrival of James Harden, Tobi got even better, contributing 14.6 points and 5.5 rebounds per game while shooting 40.8% from deep in the 14 games he got to play with James Harden. He got even better in the playoffs, averaging 17.5 points and 8.6 rebounds per game. Harris should be at least an 84 overall.

The rest of the Philadelphia 76ers

Once again, 2K has continued the trend of disrespecting the Philadelphia 76ers. Danuel House Jr. being a 72 overall, while Furkan Korkmaz being a 73 overall is ridiculous. Georges Niang and his surefire shooting last season earned him only a 73 overall. Paul Reed is only a 73, and Isaiah Joe is only a 69 overall. 2K either seriously limited the amount of highly ranted players or just didn’t watch the 76ers last season.

Either way, the Philadelphia 76ers will still be a force to be reckoned with 96 overall Joel Embiid leading the team.