I mean, the shots he would make would just be insane. It’s a general consensus that he’s one of the best players to ever be in the 2K series: he had a super forgiving release (that culminated in a ridiculously lethal line-drive jumper) and he combined it with obscene hops that the real life T-Mac didn’t really have anymore by 2006. The young Miami Heat forward started off the 2K Players Tournament with a major upset. The one that has some of the sickest dunks that the NBA has seen, even to this day? There’s nothing like hitting a huge shot in 2K with Michael Jordan and being able to scream “JORDAN” as it swishes through the net. It was easy mode. With the release of the NBA video games for 2013-14 just around the corner, I compiled this list of the best NBA 2K players from my 2K playing days, some of them being virtual players that were a lot better than their real game suggested. 4. Not bad at all. Not the one that plays a reserve role on the Mavericks, the REAL Vince Carter? Of all the players who were knocked out in the quarterfinals, Drummond was by far the best. NBA 2K1 8. The NBA player with the highest 2K Rating among Current Players on NBA 2K21 is LeBron James. Below is the latest list of top 100 NBA Current Players with the best 2K Rating on NBA 2K21. NBA 2K20 Rating: 90 | Game Skill Rating: 87. 2006 - 97 Iguodala can throw it down, but not at the rate that he does in 2K13. I mean, his head was pretty much at the rim. In one of the higher scoring games in the tournament, it became a back-and-forth tug of war, with Hachimura eventually coming out as the victor. Imagine trying to make a player coming off a season like that (almost averaged 30 ppg) — it’s impossible to make him not one of the best to ever be in the 2K series. What a fun time that was. Come to think of it, he’s the only player we’ve seen win MVP besides the aforementioned LeBron James since 2008. 5. A big win over KD and a competitive match versus Harrell, one of the best in the tournament, shows Jones isn't to be underestimated. It’s funny, because anyone using Michael Jordan in 2K will expect him to be so good that if one shot doesn’t drop, it’s a disappointment. -- Wolf, Derrick Jones Jr.: 5th-8th place (eliminated in quarterfinals) Ah, Yao, how nice is it to see that name again? NBA 2K20 Rating: 78 | Game Skill Rating: 90. Coming off his first MVP season, Derrick Rose seemed to be at the top of his game. His performance in 2K1 should serve as a remembrance for his freakish ability to crank out dunks that most of us didn’t even know a human could complete. The rest of the Cavs – 11. Check out the best of Beverley's trash talk. I was tortured by this guy so much in 2K8… well, he was great in the game for a while (still is to a point), but 2K8 was something else. No matter how many players you had at the rim, Durant’s shots always found a way to the bottom of the basket. The highlight of Harrell's tournament came in the first round when he put on a clinic against Sabonis that led to the Indiana Pacers' star to make fun of himself while the Clippers' star kept pouring in the points. As we entered this tournament, all of the hype was around Ayton's teammate and known prolific gamer Booker. NBA 2K9 Kobe was that dominate in 2K10. But it became pretty clear that Sabonis wasn't a great 2K player and didn't even know how to use his own avatar's skill set in game. 1. Young would go on to face Phoenix Suns center Ayton in the second round in a pretty close game. Who knows if we’ll ever see a playoff performance like we did by Dirk that season. The NBA 2K20 tournament is over, with Devin Booker taking home the big prize. Seriously. 2014 - 99 Which players in 2K have been the most unstoppable? Meek Mill even made a song called “Derrick Rose,” proving how dominate he was. It was easy mode, as easy as slicing a piece of cake. In the first round of the 2K Players Tournament versus Clippers big man Montrezl Harrell, Sabonis picked his own team, the Pacers, a first in the tournament. Someone who has never played video games in their life could grab a controller and score 50 with LeBron in 2K13. NBA 2K20 Rating: 96 | Game Skill Rating: 69. Sometimes in esports, random draw can either be your best (or worst) friend. NBA 2K13 -- Jacob Wolf, Harrison Barnes: 9th-16th place (eliminated in first round) 9. Also important to consider is design. Remember Vince Carter? 6. YAO MING While Mitchell's drop from 2K20 rating to his actual play might be a hard pill to swallow, at least Mitchell can find some solace in the fact he didn't drop as far down as Kevin Durant did after his one-and-done performance. I don’t think there’s a player in 2K12 that has the speed of Westbrook, combined with his power. Visual Concepts/2K Sports Extra features like Dolby Atmos and Wi-Fi streaming are added bonuses. -- Wolf, Andre Drummond: 5th-8th place (eliminated in quarterfinals) Jamal Crawford… if you’ve ever used him in 2K, especially 2K13, you know where this one is going. The cover athlete of 2K10 definitely made it obvious why his virtual game was even more lethal than his real game. If you managed to contain him, you should’ve checked out the stats of his two best friends on the team: David West and Tyson Chandler. In 2K13, Iggy plays like LeBron James. In the showdown for the championship, Ayton came up short, but he accomplished what he wanted to do when putting his name into the hat for this tournament -- gain some respect for his gaming acumen. When it was crunch time, Kevin Durant went into Hercules mode in 2K12. Same thing is possible in 2K13. Jones would go on to face Harrell, an eventual semifinalist, whom he'd give a run for his money. It’s easy to forget about Yao because injuries halted his career, but this game truly makes you remember how dominate he was. 2011 - 97 The little man that could, Iverson controlled this game like he was the one using the controller. I can’t count the number of people I’ve made quit in the first quarter because all I had to do was go coast-to-coast with Westbrook every time. He could do it all, especially at the point guard position, because he’s bringing the ball up the floor every time, making it even easier to take over. The only problem: The Brooklyn Nets forward lasted only a single game, as Miami Heat forward Derrick Jones Jr. dismantled him in the first round. Those players that your friends considered cheating if you used… yeah, those guys. Tread water lightly if you pop this game back in. In 2K1, Carter was just a bag of fun to use. Although he had probably the easiest bracket of any of the semifinalists to get into the top four, there's no question that Harrell can ball in real life and in the virtual world. It looked like Drummond was facing the computer in easy mode. Armed with a 99 overall rating, Paul proved to be worth the honor. This brings back some memories. BANG! Chances are, after seeing his play this past season, you were too. Funnily enough, I think Hachimura's in-game ranking is the same as the one he has playing the actual game. The game was fairly one-sided, too, with Jones taking over the game and winning out 78-62. NBA 2K11 You know AI had to appear on this list somewhere. NBA 2K20 Rating: 85 | Game Skill Rating: 80. (2:39). NBA 2K20 Rating: 87 | Game Skill Rating: 77. JAMAL CRAWFORD With Oppo exiting the market in 2018, and a price cut on the M9500, Samsung's quality player now makes for a much more compelling purchase. Count on getting a bunch of and-1s too, because he would dunk on everyone and get the blocking foul called every time. 2008 - 97 Standing at 7-6, it’s pretty impossible to find a player that can stop him at the rim. It’s kind of hard to make someone who’s 7-6 not be unstoppable, because no one can touch his height. NBA 2K7 Check out the top overall numbers right here. He was another one of those players that people put up 60-70 points with and there was NOTHING you could do to stop them. In 2K11, everything just went in. MICHAEL JORDAN Patrick Beverley showed no mercy against Hassan Whiteside when they faced off in NBA 2K. The intro video, dedicated to MJ, still sends chills down my spine. NBA 2K20 Rating: 78 | Game Skill Rating: 62, Barnes is still figuring out the controls of NBA 2K20 at the time of this article being written. NBA 2K20 Rating: 81 | Game Skill Rating: 60. Beverley wouldn't be able to hold up against Ayton, but he showed he has some gaming skill. For Pat Bev, it would be the beginning of an eventful tournament in which he entertained fans with his antics and showed he is a legitimate gaming force in the sports world. Here's what your Center's stats should look like. It didn't take long, though, for the Phoenix cornerstone to make his presence known, however, running out of the gate by running circles around Chicago Bulls ace Lavine. 7. He’s definitely in the 2K Hall of Fame, and hopefully he’ll be in the real one also. Even so, I bet you could win more rings than Bill Russell with Tracy McGrady in 2K7. VINCE CARTER 2016 - 94 Best Premium Player: Samsung UBD-M9500/ZA 4K UHD Blu-Ray Player Buy on Amazon. RUSSELL WESTBROOK I know it’s weird to talk about players having hitting their “prime” in a video game sense, but Amar’e definitely was in his prime in 2K9. That was hard to watch. Beverley may be known as a bulldog defender in real life and a trash talker to boot, but his 2K rating isn't great. There were literally games where I would bring the ball up, run to the corner, and shoot a fadeaway three about three to four times in a row. A two-time NBA Champion and a 10-time All-Star, Durant was the headliner of the 2K Players tournament when the event was announced a few weeks ago. He was too quick to defend, and forget about it on a fast break. LaVine is a noted gamer outside of 2K, playing in recent SLAM Call of Duty events for example, but his 2K skill wasn't all that great. Ayton would get the best of LaVine, racking up buckets with James Harden and Russell Westbrook, but LaVine would get some points with Jimmy Butler in the game. T-Mac, along with AI, are two players that are Hall of Fame worthy, but never were able to eclipse the top of the NBA mountain and win a ring. Well done, Booker. Needed a game-winning shot in 2K10? Stephen Curry-esque — take a few steps away from the three-point line and you’ll see what I mean. You're the best 2K player in the NBA. 13. NBA 2K12 If given another crack at an all-NBA gaming tournament (be it 2K or any other competitive game), I would be confident Drummond would be a definite contender. 2018 - 97 Durant opted to use the LA Clippers over his own Nets, which isn't surprising given the priority placed on the Clippers, Los Angeles Lakers and Milwaukee Bucks in the tournament. Following a campaign that included a NBA championship, NBA Finals MVP and a regular season NBA MVP, how could you not make him absolutely destructive? Iguodala rarely scores over 20 points a game, but his virtual game makes it hard to NOT score 20-plus with the guy. Once he heats up, it’s hard to get him to cool down. NBA 2K8 What a sad performance by the 2014 NBA MVP. NBA 2K20 Rating: 78 | Game Skill Rating: 62. His jump shot is one of the easiest in the game, along with the fact that it’s unstoppable. NBA 2K12 Congrats to retirement, T-Mac, and thanks for all the rings I won with you in 2K7. This propelled his virtual hardwood status as one of the most unstoppable players in 2K12.