How Is Talent on Knicks, Nets Rated on NBA2K24?

How Is Talent on Knicks, Nets Rated on NBA2K24?
Fact Checked by Pat McLoone

The NBA regular season begins Oct. 24. To keep hoop junkies and gamers preoccupied until then, the popular NBA 2K24 video game was released to the public a week ago on Sept. 8.

So, - your source for NY sports betting – wanted to see if this year’s game sheds any light on the talent levels for each team in the NBA. Utilizing to see which teams have the most star power, with players graded 85+ overall, here is what we found out:

Players With 85+ Overall Ratings in NBA 2K24

Team Rated 85+ Players
Boston Celtics 3 Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown,Kristaps Porzingis
Cleveland Cavaliers 3 Donovan Mitchell, DariusGarland, Evan Mobley
Golden State Warriors 3 Steph Curry, Chris Paul,Klay Thompson
Milwaukee Bucks 3 Giannis Antetokounmpo, JrueHoliday, Khris Middleton
Philadelphia 76ers 3 Joel Embiid, James Harden,Tyrese Maxey
Phoenix Suns 3 Kevin Durant, Devin Booker,Bradley Beal
Chicago Bulls 2 DeMar DeRozan, Zach LaVine
Dallas Mavericks 2 Luka Doncic, Kyrie Irving
Denver Nuggets 2 Nikola Jokic, Jamal Murray
L.A. Clippers 2 Kawhi Leonard, Paul George
L.A. Lakers 2 LeBron James, Anthony Davis
Memphis Grizzlies 2 Ja Morant, Jaren Jackson Jr.
Miami Heat 2 Jimmy Butler, Bam Adebayo
Minnesota Timberwolves 2 Anthony Edwards,Karl-Anthony Towns
New Orleans Pelicans 2 Zion Williamson, BrandonIngram
New York Knicks 2 Jalen Brunson, Julius Randle
Sacramento Kings 2 De’Aaron Fox, DomantasSabonis
Atlanta Hawks 1 Trae Young
Brooklyn Nets 1 Mikal Bridges
Charlotte Hornets 1 LaMelo Ball
Indiana Pacers 1 Tyrese Haliburton
Oklahoma City Thunder 1 Shai Gilgeous-Alexander
Portland Trail Blazers 1 Damian Lillard
Toronto Raptors 1 Pascal Siakam
Utah Jazz 1 Lauri Markkanen

Both the New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets were not among the six teams that had three players rated 85+. Those teams were the Boston Celtics, Golden State Warriors, Philadelphia 76ers, Milwaukee Bucks, Phoenix Suns and Cleveland Cavaliers. The Celtics are slight favorites to win the NBA championship on most NY sports betting apps.

Here is a closer look at the New York teams.

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New York Knicks

The Knicks and 10 other teams finished with two players on the list with ratings of 85+. Power forward Julius Randle finished within the top 20 of the league’s scoring last season with 25.1 points per game (19th) and point guard Jalen Brunson ranked in the top 30 (24 ppg, 27th).

Last season New York (47-35) finished fifth in the Eastern Conference before losing to the seventh-seeded Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference semifinals, 4-2. New York opens its 2023-24 campaign at home against Boston Celtics Oct. 25.

The state’s biggest operator, FanDuel NY, has the Knicks with the sixth-best odds (+1800) to win the Eastern Conference.   

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Brooklyn Nets

The Nets, along with seven other teams, had only one player highly rated. That would be small forward Mikal Bridges, who came over from the Phoenix Suns during the 2021-22. He averaged 20.1 points per game.

After two of their best players (Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving) were traded during the season, the Nets (45-37) still finished just below the Knicks. They were sixth in the Eastern Conference and were swept by the 76ers, 4-0, in the first round. Brooklyn will host the Cleveland Cavaliers, also on Oct. 25, in the season opener for both teams. BetMGM NY has the Nets at +4000, tied with Toronto, to win the Eastern Conference. 

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Lou Monaco had been East Coast Scene columnist for Gaming Today in Las Vegas since June 2019, covering the East Coast sportsbook scene with emphasis on NJ and PA. He also currently is a part-time writer for the high school sports department for NJ Advanced Media ( in Iselin, NJ. Lou has over 30 years sports experience with previous stints at ESPN SportsTicker, Daily Racing Form and Oddschecker.

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