The launch of NBA 2K19 means the NBA season is just around the corner. While there's plenty of time for players to improve, we're taking a look at the first 2K ratings of notable players, starting with the NBA players who were born in Canada.
Entering the season, the distinction of being the highest-rated Canadian player is shared by the Denver Nuggets' Jamal Murray (Kitchener, Ont.) and the Minnesota Timberwolves' Andrew Wiggins (Toronto, Ont.).
Last season, Murray showed major growth as he averaged 16.7 points while starting in 80 of 81 games. Wiggins averaged 17.7 points and 4.4 rebounds while appearing in all 82 games for the Wolves, who earned their first playoff berth in 14 years.
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (Hamilton, Ont.), the eighth Canadian lottery pick in NBA Draft history, earned an initial rating of 73. The Los Angeles Clippers guard provided plenty of insight on what is to come with his outstanding Summer League performance.
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Dillon Brooks, the No. 45 overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, began last season with a rating of 68. After averaging 11.0 points and 3.4 rebounds in 74 starts as a rookie, Brooks improved his 2K rating by seven points and enters the 2018-19 season with a rating of 75.
As members of the 2011 draft class, former college teammates Cory Joseph (Toronto, Ont.) and Tristan Thompson (Brampton, Ont.) are the two longest-tenured Canadians in the league. The longtime friends are also the only two active Canadian players to have won an NBA title.
Joseph begins the season with a rating of 74 while Thompson will begin with a rating of 76.
Ratings for Canadian Players in NBA 2K19
|Player||Team||2K18 Rating||2K19 Rating|
|Nik Stauskas||Trail Blazers||71||71|
|Naz Mitrou-Long||Jazz (Two-way)||66||65|