With the release of NBA 2K24, ratings for all members of the Cleveland Cavaliers have been revealed.
Donovan Mitchell leads the team with a 92 overall rating. Mitchell averaged a career-high in points and efficiency last season, scoring 28.3 points per game on 48.4% shooting from the floor. As Cleveland’s only All-Star and All-NBA player from last year, it’s only right Mitchell holds the highest rating. His 92 overall places him 15th in the NBA, tied with Ja Morant.
Rising stars Darius Garland and Evan Mobley round out Cleveland’s top three, neck-and-neck with an 86 and 85 overall respectively. Both promising young players should be favorites to move up in rating this season. Mobley, in particular, could be pushing for a 90 overall by the end of the year if his defensive skill set is matched by some offensive development.
Jarrett Allen is the lowest-rated member of the “core four” at 83 overall. Previously an 85 overall, Allen’s rating has taken a slight hit — likely due to his untimely collapse in the playoffs. This is another rating with room to grow as Allen remains a key piece to Cleveland’s top-rated defense.
Caris LeVert and Max Strus both enter the season as 78 overalls. Strus, the newest addition to the Cavaliers, is likely to join the starting lineup on opening night. Meanwhile, LeVert is expected to fill the sixth-man role as the third playmaking guard in Cleveland’s rotation.
The Cavaliers hold an overall team rating of 82, placing them in the top 10 and tied with the defending champion Denver Nuggets for team rating. Notably, Nikola Jokic is the highest-rated player in the game with a 98 overall for the Finals MVP.
Considering Cleveland’s success during the regular season last year, it’s no surprise they rank strongly among their competition. Yet due to their struggles in the playoffs, it is hard to argue they belong any higher than they are.
For all the anger these NBA 2K ratings tend to generate each year — I feel Cleveland was given a fair evaluation this time around.