Wednesday, October 27 2021

Point guard John Wall and center Christian Wood are expected to be the best players for the Houston Rockets in the 2021-22 NBA season, according to developers of the popular NBA 2K video game franchise. Players across the league are rated on a 1-to-100 scale in numerous categories, including a frequently disputed overall rating.

The game won’t officially be available until later this week on Friday, Sept. 10. However, that hasn’t stopped a handful of leaks across social media from users with early access. Here’s how Houston’s top nine players are ranked by overall rating, according to the NBA 2K22 team:

  • John Wall, 83

  • Christian Wood, 83

  • Jalen Green, 79

  • Eric Gordon, 78

  • Jae’Sean Tate, 77

  • Kevin Porter Jr., 77

  • KJ Martin, 76

  • Daniel Theis, 76

  • David Nwaba, 76

Wall is a five-time NBA All-Star over his distinguished career, while Wood was on track for a potential All-Star berth last season before his breakthrough year was derailed by an ill-timed ankle injury.

As for the others, Porter Jr. has already made it clear that he disagrees with his 77 rating, noting that he believes he should be in the 80s and ahead of rookies (such as Green) who have yet to play in the NBA.

Presumably, the remaining three members of Houston’s highly touted rookie class (Alperen Sengun, Josh Christopher, and Usman Garuba) will be rated lower than Porter Jr. and the other eight players on this leaked list. Each of those other three rookies was drafted much lower in the 2021 first round than Green, who was taken at No. 2 overall. That helps explain his lofty rating, even with an obvious lack of NBA experience.

The initial ratings list for the remainder of Houston’s 2021-22 roster should be made available when the game officially drops on Friday.


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