Predicting ratings for every Bulls player in NBA 2K23

Nikola Vucevic, Chicago Bulls (Photo by Douglas P. DeFelice/Getty Images)
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Lonzo Ball, Zach LaVine, Chicago Bulls
Lonzo Ball, Zach LaVine, Chicago Bulls (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images) /


Alex Caruso: 79 (+1)

Emerging as a massive fan favorite, Alex Caruso has a lot to gain in a video game franchise that places much merit on popularity. Unfortunately, Caruso’s wrist injury caused him to miss half of the season and severely hurt his chances of receiving any consideration for Defensive Player of the Year, Sixth Man of the Year, or most importantly, stardom in 2K. Dunking on Grayson Allen in-game may not make up for that lost time, but that doesn’t mean it won’t still feel great.

Ayo Dosunmu: 79 (+2)

By earning a 2021 All-Rookie Second Team spot in a loaded draft class, Ayo Dosunmu is finally starting to gain a fair number of fans and attention around the league. The fact he vastly overachieved given his draft position certainly helps his perception, and he has the skills to back it up. Unfortunately, the fact there’s no room to naturally progress to the starting point guard position might mean Ayo will be hard-capped from reaching the 80s.

Coby White: 77

Coby White has had a very consistent “good, but not great” three seasons in the NBA to date. There’s no doubt he’s a great 3-point shooter, but his streakiness and overall lack of any other elite ability have made it difficult for him to take the next step. Due to a stagnant career trajectory up to this point, I wouldn’t expect much change from where Coby finished last season.

Goran Dragic: 72 (-2)

Entering his 15th season in the NBA, I have no delusions about the expected drop-off we’ll see from a 36-year-old Goran Dragic. He certainly hasn’t offered many reasons to refute his decline either, as last season was the worst he’s had in the NBA since he was a rookie. Still, Dragic has shown he can still play at a high level in short bursts with Slovenia this summer and could thrive in that role with the Bulls, even if 2K has far less faith in him.

Lonzo Ball: 82

As one of the NBA’s best 3-point shooters and perimeter defenders in the league last year, Lonzo Ball should be nothing short of a god in the virtual world of 2K. However, it seems his injury rating has also been cranked up to 99 and has kept him from reaching his full potential. If Lonzo can return and play like his old self once again, we’ll very likely see this rating continue to increase.

Zach LaVine: 89 (+1)

After just signing the biggest contract in Chicago Bulls history, the pressure to prove he can be “the guy” is higher now more than ever. A fully healthy LaVine is arguably still Chicago’s best player, and I wouldn’t argue if 2K leans into the whole 1A/1B thing again and has Zach’s rating match up with DeRozan’s until a clear leader emerges.

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