Sixers: Breaking down NBA 2K23 ratings for every player

Matisse Thybulle, Tyrese Maxey, Isaiah Joe, Sixers (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
Matisse Thybulle, Tyrese Maxey, Isaiah Joe, Sixers (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images) /
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The release of NBA 2K23 is right around the corner, which means player ratings are at the forefront of everyone’s mind. The Sixers‘ team ratings have not changed all that drastically — Joel Embiid is still comfortably at the top — but there’s still plenty to talk about.

It’s hard to boil a player’s value down to a single number. There’s a lot of nuance in the game of basketball that isn’t quite captured by the 2K algorithms. For example, the video game often prioritizes size and interior dominance in ways that aren’t necessarily mirrored by real life.  That said, it’s a lot of fun, and it does open the door for compelling conversations.

We will go down the list of every Sixers player, listing their actual rating and then determining what their rating should be. Let’s start with the bottom-dwellers.

Sixers NBA 2K23 ratings: Trevelin Queen

  • Actual Rating: 67
  • Our Rating: 67

Queen is an accomplished scorer at the G-League level, but until he does anything of substance in the NBA, it’s hard to rate him much higher than this. There’s something to be said for winning the minor league MVP award — just ask Paul Reed — but Queen was somewhat underwhelming in Summer League, and he doesn’t project to have a real role in Philadelphia.

Sixers NBA 2K23 ratings: Charlie Brown Jr.

  • Actual Rating: 69
  • Our Rating: 69

Again, it’s hard to slot Brown much higher considering his lack of sustained impact at the NBA level. He’s a gifted athlete and a capable on-ball defender, but he’s too limited offensively to contribute consistently for a contender — especially one built around a post-up big.

Sixers NBA 2K23 ratings: Isaiah Joe

  • Actual Rating: 69
  • Our Rating: 73

Joe has not played consistent NBA minutes yet. This could be his year, but the Sixers’ improved depth and Doc Rivers’ focus on veterans leaves me somewhat pessimistic. That said, Joe is a dynamic volume shooter who has been remarkably competent on defense when actually given the chance to play. He could very well outplay 73 overall if we see him often enough.

Sixers NBA 2K23 ratings: Jaden Springer

  • Actual Rating: 70
  • Our Rating: 69

I remain confident in Jaden Springer’s long-term outlook, but let’s be frank. He didn’t play last season and there’s no indication that his breakout is on the immediate horizon. A unique athlete with real flashes of brilliance on defense, Springer could start to garner Doc Rivers’ attention at some point. But the Sixers’ guard depth chart is packed up top, and Springer has not faced nearly enough NBA competition to be ranked ahead of Isaiah Joe.

Sixers NBA 2K23 ratings: Charles Bassey

  • Actual Rating: 73
  • Our Rating: 71

Charles Bassey is primed to get third-string center minutes after the Sixers spent the offseason (thankfully) avoiding washed up veterans at the position. Bassey’s flashes (especially on defense) have been very promising, but the key word is flashes. We haven’t seen much of him and he remains undisciplined like most young centers are. He needs to prove himself with more reps before getting the 73+ treatment.