It’s finally that time of the season where regular NBA news is slowly dying until training camp. Luckily NBA 2K20 is starting to trend, and gamers everywhere are amped for the game. 2K has started to post player’s ratings on Twitter, giving the people something to argue about until the season starts. For the next couple of weeks, they’ll continue to post ratings, and of course Hawks fans are waiting for Trae Young’s to drop. Last year, Young started off with a 77 and by the end of the season had an 84. There should be no doubt that he’ll be in the 80 range to start. The question is will he be in the high or low 80s?
An argument for high 80s
Trae Young showed us last year that he could do a lot on the court to affect the game. He was known as a three-point specialist, but everyone soon figured out that playmaking was his true calling. Young dished out the second most assists in the NBA, an impressive feat, especially for a rookie. His playmaking should be in the 90s this season, which should warrant a decent rating to start with. You can’t forget his ability to shoot, especially from the logo. Besides Stephen Curry and Damian Lillard, Young was one of the three players to shoot a high percentage of deep threes last season. He learned to maneuver inside against NBA bigs as the season went on as he developed his floater. Those three factors could be a good start to a rating up above 85.
Defense an issue?
If it’s anything that will stop Trae from having a good rating, it’ll be his defense. We’ve talked about how he was one of the worst defenders in the league, and 2K will make no mistake to show it. With his small stature, it’s not easy for him to defend most players in the league. Many times when the opposing player had him in a matchup, they would instantly post him up. His perimeter defense will most likely be in the 60s, which could drop his overall rating but not by a wide margin. The key would be if more important stats like strength are low. Those would be the deciding factor on if his rating goes above an 85.
With what Young brings on offense, there’s no way his rating should be in the low 80s. His defense will be accounted for, but it shouldn’t make a big difference at the end of the day. I say that they’ll make his rating an 85, and I see it potentially rising through the season. With an improved roster, Young should have a great second season. Now we just have to see how 2K feels about this.
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