Sixers’ official NBA 2K23 ratings released

James Harden, Tyrese Maxey, Sixers (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
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Sixers 2K23 ratings: Matisse Thybulle — 77

Should be lower. Until Matisse Thybulle proves he can consistently contribute on offense, he will always hamstring the Sixers to some extent. He’s a brilliant defender — and by far the Sixers’ best answer to elite point guards — but if you can’t shoot, dribble, or pass, you’re going to run into problems. Especially when the offense is built around making space for Embiid to dominate inside.

Sixers 2K23 ratings: De’Anthony Melton — 77

Should be higher. De’Anthony Melton was something of an unsung hero on the Memphis bench, but he should be thrust into a slightly larger spotlight in Philadelphia. He’s an excellent guard defender and a reliable 3-point shooter who can help relieve pressure on Harden and/or Maxey as a secondary ball-handler. He’s not the most efficient finisher inside the arc, and he has battled injuries in recent years, but a healthy Melton will provide critical support on both sides of the ball.

Sixers 2K23 ratings: Montrezl Harrell — 76

Montrezl Harrell is an elite regular season backup. For such a small center (6-foot-7), it’s remarkable how efficiently he finishes around the rim. Harden already formed a fruitful pick-and-roll partnership with Harrell in Houston once upon a time, and that chemistry should be swiftly relocated next season. The defense is a concern — and Harrell probably can’t play in the postseason — but he’s going to be a consistent positive over the course of 82 games.

Sixers 2K23 ratings: Shake Milton — 74

Shake Milton was the Sixers’ best backup in the playoffs. He redeemed himself last season after a god awful 2020-21 campaign, and he should be in consideration for minutes this season — even with the drastically improved depth chart around him. Milton would benefit from shooting a higher volume of 3s, but his ability to break down the defense and create his own shot still holds value. He is also a versatile presence on defense due to his massive wingspan and above-average height at the two-guard spot.