The Detroit Pistons were happy when Purdue guard Jaden Ivey fell to them with the 5th pick in the 2022 NBA Draft.
There wasn’t a consensus number one pick in the 2022 NBA Draft, and there was speculation leading right up to the point when the Orlando Magic surprised some by taking Paolo Banchero with the first pick overall.
That allowed Chet Holmgren to go to OKC, for presumed number one pick Jabari Smith Jr. to fall to Houston, and put the Sacramento Kings on the clock.
They passed on Ivey in favor of Keegan Murray, who was thought to be more NBA-ready and was a better fit positionally with the Kings’ roster.
The Pistons happily nabbed Ivey, who is now out to show all of those teams that they passed on the wrong guy. But any of these players (or someone else) could be the best player in five years time, so rating them before they’ve even played a game is no easy task.
But that’s what the makers of NBA2K23 were tasked with doing.
Detroit Pistons: Jaden Ivey’s NBA2K23 rating
Cade Cunningham led the team with an 84 overall rating, and rookie Jaden Ivey was given a 76, which ranked in a tie for 4th in his draft class. It must be a surreal moment seeing yourself in video game form, which Ivey acknowledged on Twitter:
Here is the top-10 of Ivey’s draft class with their corresponding ratings:
- Paolo Banchero (78)
- Chet Holmgren (77)
- Jabari Smith Jr. (78)
- Keegan Murray (76)
- Jaden Ivey (76)
- Bennedict Mathurin (73)
- Shaedon Sharpe (72)
- Dyson Daniels (73)
- Jeremy Sochan (73)
- Johnny Davis (74)
There were a lot of interesting things in these ratings, I am not a gamer, but like to see how outsiders perceive the Pistons and other young teams in the league.
One thing these ratings tell us is that the top-10 was fairly well balanced, as 10th pick Johnny Davis is only four points lower than first pick Paolo Banchero.
Ivey was given the same rating as Murray, so game makers saw them as equal, which has not been the public perception, as Murray has been billed as the guy who is ready now, while Ivey the guy with the higher ceiling who may take a few years to develop. Ivey was also the highest-rated guard, so Pistons’ fans hope that translates to the court and gives Detroit a backcourt they can build around.
These ratings are ultimately meaningless when it comes to real games, but they do give us an idea of how these rookies are currently perceived. Now it’s on them to prove it in real life.