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Sneak Peak: The Raptors and their ratings in NBA 2K17

Just how accurate are Toronto’s digital stand-ins?

Indian Pacers v Toronto Raptors Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images

Thanks to a dive into this video from former HQ contributor Chris Walder (hey buddy!), we now know the official NBA 2K16 ratings for the Toronto Raptors. (You can also watch that video for a bunch of gameplay footage and monotonous commentary, but I can assure you, it’s not particularly fun.)

Have a look see:

Where do we begin with this? Oh I know: DeMar DeRozan, demonstrably the second best player on the Raptors (by a wide margin) is rated exactly one (1) point ahead of Kyle Lowry. This is the same Lowry who, as you may recall, exists in a clear and unimpeachable state over everything. I don’t know who specifically is responsible for this ranking, but may god (i.e. Lowry) have mercy on their soul.

Admittedly, that’s as turned up as I care to get about these ratings. Jonas Valanciunas comes in third, which makes sense. You can quibble over the proximity of DeMarre Carroll to Jared Sullinger, but it’s hard to argue one way or the other who should be higher or lower. Norman Powell probably ends up with a higher rating by next season, but 75 feels correct for a dude who played well in less than half a season. Meanwhile, Terrence Ross should probably start sweating.

At the low end, boy howdy, even after multiple years in the league Lucas Nogueira already finds himself ranked lower than the incoming Jakob Poeltl, which hurts my heart a little bit. Things were not supposed to go this way.

And, apparently Pascal Siakam is but a figment of our collective imagination.

What do you guys make of our new digital overlords?