As fans of the Minnesota Timberwolves gear up for the 2023-24 NBA season, there is a lot to be excited about. The Wolves will finally have a clean bill of health after stumbling down the stretch last year due to injuries.
With a full roster, this team has the capability on both sides of the ball to be a true contender in the Western Conference. General Manager Tim Connelly’s savvy will ensure that Minnesota continues making the right moves and is in position to compete for a championship.
Preseason for the Timberwolves will begin around a month from now when the team travels to Abu Dhabi to face off with the Dallas Mavericks. In the meantime, one thing basketball fans are fixated on is the newest edition of NBA 2K.
The popular basketball video game received its latest update this week, and fans of every team are eager to see where their favorite players are rated. There are a few players from the Timberwolves that were massively underrated with the 2K24 update.
Jaden McDaniels (81 overall)
The Wolves’ starting small forward was disrespected in a big way with an overall rating of just 81 for NBA 2K24. While this number is a slight increase (+2) from his 2K23 rating, it is nowhere near accurate considering his massive leap this past season.
An 81 puts McDaniels behind players like Austin Reaves and Malik Monk. While both are solid backcourt players, neither one possesses the two-way talent McDaniels brings to the court. Realistically, he should be in at least the 84 to 85 range for an overall rating.
Karl-Anthony Towns (85 overall)
After missing over 50 games last season, 2K’s developers did not show any love to Karl-Anthony Towns, bumping him down one point from his overall rating last year. Recency bias is a very real thing among sports viewers and commenters, but to think Towns’ game is actually regressing is rather ridiculous.
KAT may have looked better in some games than others following his near four-month absence last season, but much of his struggles can be attributed to finding a rhythm after being out for so long. There is little doubt Towns would be more properly rated around an 86 or 87.
Kyle Anderson (77 overall)
The Wolves’ top free agency addition of the 2022 offseason, Kyle Anderson also saw his 2K rating drop one point from last season. This one may make the least sense of the three, considering how lights-out Anderson was on both ends of the floor for Minnesota.
Defensively, he remained an excellent player both on and off the ball. On offense, he shot his best three-point percentage of his career while playmaking at a high level. The more these 2K24 ratings are broken down, the more it appears game developers may not have watched many Timberwolves games last season.