Okay, I want to preface this and say I am not sure how legitimate the following information is. But it looks like the Chicago Bulls starters’ overall rankings for NBA 2K23 have been leaked. An “NBA 2K23 Leaks & Intel” Twitter account shared a low-quality picture supposedly depicting the “Play Now” menu for the newest installment of the NBA 2K series.
If you expand the photo in the tweet above, the Bulls’ overall rankings are there. Obviously, we cannot see any of the bench players due to the photo only showing the starting five. The players included are Lonzo Ball, Zach LaVine, DeMar DeRozan, Patrick Williams, and Nikola Vucevic.
Lonzo Ball – 81 overall
If I am making this out correctly, it looks like the oldest Ball brother has an 81 overall rating. While Ball’s first year with the Bulls was exciting, it came from a small sample size. Ball only played 35 games with the Bulls due to a knee injury.
There are still questions regarding his readiness for the regular season, but the 81 overall makes sense. Maybe if the injury didn’t occur, he’d be rated higher. When Ball was healthy, he helped the Bulls rank in the top-10 in offensive and defensive efficiency.
Zach LaVine – 88 overall
Yeah, I think that looks like an 88. LaVine is only two ticks away from a 90 overall rating, which is impressive. LaVine has ascended his game to new heights in the last two years with the Bulls. He’s earned back-to-back NBA All-Star selections and damn near has averaged 25/5/5 in those seasons. In 2021-22, he helped lead the Bulls to their first playoff appearance since 2017.
Oh, did I mention he just signed a max contract too?
DeMar DeRozan – 88 overall
DeRozan flat out deserves a 90 here. He was absolutely unbelievable in his first year with the Bulls. The 32-year-old averaged a career-high in points and three-point percentage. Without DeRozan, it’s safe to say the Bulls would have not made the playoffs.
Patrick Williams – 75 overall
Yeah, Williams’ rating makes sense. The second-year forward missed most of the 2021-22 season due to injury. When he returned, he showed fans there is some serious talent waiting to be unlocked. Entering his third NBA season, Williams still has a lot to prove.
Nikola Vucevic – 82 overall
Vucevic had a down year in 2021-22. While he was still pretty good, he shot poorly from downtown. He also wasn’t consistent enough to be a legitimate third option for the Bulls. The 82 overall rating makes sense for the big man until he can prove he can return to NBA All-Star form.
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