NBA 2K22 is here, and the Toronto Raptors are underrated again. With the always controversial 2K ratings finally out, Raptors fans have tons of grievances that they need to air, with Pascal Siakam and OG Anunoby firmly at the top of the list.
Siakam has an overall rating of 83. He is rated lower than Lamelo Ball, Michael Porter Jr., and John Collins, three young guys with potential that don’t have near the resume of Siakam. How is a guy that has averaged over 20 points per game for the past two seasons rated this low?
Fred VanVleet is rated at 82. VanVleet doesn’t have the accolades that Siakam has, but he did average almost 20 points while playing tremendous defense. The ratings are at best questionable at this stage of their careers.
It’s disrespectful to say Siakam and Vanvleet are almost in the 70s. Considering what they’ve already accomplished in their careers, what will it take for them to get close to the 90s?
However, the most conspicuously low rating is probably Anunoby’s 79. Anunoby’s rating stayed unchanged from last year although Anunoby scored five more points per game while raising his rebounding, assist, and steal per game averages.
You can view a complete list, which features such juicy tidbits as Scottie Barnes getting a 76 overall rating and Malachi Flynn only being handed a 73, here.
2K needs to increase the rating of Toronto Raptors star OG Anunoby.
At this point in his career, Anunoby is clearly a better player than Chris Boucher (as much as we like him), but Boucher also has a 79 rating. Let’s take a deeper look at Anunoby’s ratings. Where did they get it wrong?
Anunoby has a 60 standing dunk rating and a 74 layup rating. These are both far too low for Anunoby. Anunoby is a 6-8 forward with hops, strength, and a “want it” mentality. Anunoby’s ability to make layups has never been a problem, there’s no reason he should have a layup rating lower than 80.
His post control rating is also comically low at 36.
The 2K22 team seems to believe Anunoby has no post-game, which isn’t true. He showed some real skill in that area last season, as we saw him back down defenders and muscle his way to the basket on many occasions. His play in this area has evolved into a strength, but a 36 rating indicates that this is a severe weakness in Anunoby’s game.
Anunoby continues to be one of the Toronto Raptors’ most valuable young players because of his defense. 2K does a slightly better job at rating his defensive abilities, but they’re still too low. While Anunoby has an 87 rating in perimeter defense, lateral quickness, and help defense IQ, his 62 block rating and 66 steal rating are shockingly low.
Anunoby’s block and steal rating should at least be 5-10 points higher, especially after averaging just under two steals per game last year. With Anunoby getting stronger and smarter every season, maybe 2K23 will be the year they finally rate him properly.
While Anunoby isn’t known as a dominant rebounder, he’s never been asked to be one of the main rebounders on the team until this year. His rebounding ratings, 45 for offensive rebounding and 62 for defensive rebounding, seem to be more of a reflection on his role than his actual ability.
It’s more than likely that these numbers will go up once the season starts and an update is released, either by Anunoby improving his stats or 2K coming to their senses. He averaged 5.5 rebounds while playing mainly in the small forward spot last year.
If Anunoby gets more playing time at power forward, there’s no doubt his rebounding numbers will go up.
2K wasn’t kind to the Toronto Raptors’ stars this year, but Anunoby remaining a 79 is one of the most egregious ratings for any player in the entire game.