Karl-Anthony Towns became Kentucky's third overall No. 1 pick in its storied history over the summer. He averaged 12.8 points and 7.2 rebounds for the Minnesota Timberwolves over five games in the Las Vegas Summer League, fans' last taste of NBA action before the preseason kicked off Friday.
Towns and the Timberwolves don't begin their preseason until Wednesday at 8 p.m. (they host Oklahoma City), but fans don't have to wait that long to get a sense of what Minnesota's squad looks like. NBA 2K16 was widely released Tuesday and continues to be a top-tier way for fans to quench their thirst for basketball filled with Kentucky faces.
Forty three Kentuckians -- former University of Kentucky, Louisville, Morehead State, Murray State, Western Kentucky and Kentucky high school players -- are represented in NBA 2K16. We've assembled a gallery of roster screenshots to give you a glimpse of how they're rated in this year's edition of the game.
One thing to keep in mind as you're browsing the photos: 2K Sports adjust its rating method to better gauge how past NBA legends (Michael Jordan, Larry Bird, Shaquille O'Neal, etc.) compared to today's players. Therefore, many players in the game saw significant drops in their overall numerical rating. These are also out-of-box ratings; they're subject to and most certainly will change throughout the real-life season.
For a more detailed look at how the rating system was overhauled, read Max Rappaport's story from last month on Complex.com.
Here are some notable things about ex-Cats and other former Kentuckians in the game: