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Houston Rockets: James Harden and Russell Westbrook deserve higher NBA 2K20 ratings

By Michael Knight
James Harden #13 of Team LeBron and Russell Westbrook #0 of Team Giannis look on during the 2019 NBA All Star Game (Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)
James Harden #13 of Team LeBron and Russell Westbrook #0 of Team Giannis look on during the 2019 NBA All Star Game (Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)
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The yearly ratings were revealed tonight for the new NBA 2K20. The two Houston Rockets stars, though, deserved to have higher overall ratings going into next season.

The Houston Rockets made a serious move at the point guard position this offseason, swapping Chris Paul for the former MVP Russell Westbrook. With the reveal of the NBA 2K20 ratings tonight, we were very excited to see how they were portrayed in the yearly game.

It was disappointing, though, to see their ratings when they were actually released by 2K. Let’s take a look at the two stars of the Rockets and why they deserve higher overalls.

James Harden – 96 overall

James Harden is coming off one of the best offensive EVER, yet he was rated just a 96 overall by NBA 2K20. This is the same rating that he had last season, and pretty much the same rating that he gets every season.

James Harden’s official 96 rating, as well as the new white unis. #2K20 pic.twitter.com/bkhCvBlqoy

— Space City Scoop (@SpaceCity_Scoop) July 16, 2019

Averaging over 36 points a game on great efficiency while being an underrated defender is well-deserving of at least a 97 overall. There really isn’t much more that the Beard can do, we’ll have to see if that increases over the season.

He’s tied with Kevin Durant, who will be coming off of a torn Achilles. Harden is also one overall higher than Stephen Curry, who is a 95. Personally, I think that Harden should be over LeBron James, the top player in 2K20, at this point in their respective careers, but it’s all good.

Russell Westbrook – 90 overall

This one isn’t sitting very well with fans on Twitter. Russell Westbrook, coming off of his third-straight season of averaging a triple-double, is rated just a 90 overall by NBA 2K20 for the upcoming title.

Russell Westbrook is officially a 90 overall in #2K20 pic.twitter.com/nGxWtzOffZ

— Space City Scoop (@SpaceCity_Scoop) July 16, 2019

Russ is getting older, yes, but he still has several elite seasons left in him entering his first year for the Rockets. His only main weakness is shooting, but he does pretty much everything else for a team that they need him to do. He’s also an underrated defender, just like his running mate James Harden.

The main complaint is that Russ is rated lower than Kyrie Irving for point guards. Kyrie is one higher than Brodie at a 91.

Duo rating

NBA 2K20 also revealed the top duos in the league, with the Rockets two being ranked as the fourth-best. They rank behind the Nets and LA teams.

Debate settled. The King and AD have the highest average overall rating for best new duos. Use hashtag #2KRatings to tell us your thoughts pic.twitter.com/4mr63Haqmk

— NBA 2K20 (@NBA2K) July 16, 2019

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The Rockets definitely have a better duo heading into the new season than the Nets, as Kevin Durant will likely miss the entire season. The Rockets stars were rated way too low, in my opinion, and we’ll have to see what happens this year.

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