Ex-Cats

Catch up with ex-Cats in 'NBA 2K16'

Karl-Anthony Towns' roster page in "NBA 2K16." Towns was the number one overall pick in the draft this summer, Kentucky's third in the program's storied history (John Wall in 2010; Anthony Davis in 2012).
Karl-Anthony Towns' roster page in "NBA 2K16." Towns was the number one overall pick in the draft this summer, Kentucky's third in the program's storied history (John Wall in 2010; Anthony Davis in 2012). jmoore@herald-leader.com

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:

  • Anthony Davis is rated as a 92 overall, tied with James Harden for third-highest in the game. Only LeBron James (94) and Steph Curry (93) are ranked above Davis.
  • DeMarcus Cousins, at a 87 overall, is tied with Marc Gasol for the best ranking at center in the game.
  • John Wall is rated 87, tied with Kyrie Irving for the fourth-best point guard overall.
  • Ex-Cat rookie ratings: Karl-Anthony Towns, 78; Willie Cauley-Stein, 74; Trey Lyles, 72; Devin Booker, 72.
  • Andrew Harrison and Dakari Johnson do not currently have profiles in the game despite being with NBA D-League teams. Neither does Aaron Harrison, who inked a free-agent deal with Charlotte. NBA hopeful Josh Harrellson, who signed a training-camp deal with Washington, is rated as a 66.
  • Other ex-Cat free agent rankings: Nazr Mohammed, 69; Darius Miller, 67; Doron Lamb, 64; Daniel Orton, 63; Marquis Teague, 63
  • Louisville has seven players with profiles in the game, but only two (Gorgui Dieng and Russ Smith) are on NBA rosters as of Saturday. Edgar Sosa signed a training-camp deal with the Atlanta Hawks. Dieng, who plays for Minnesota, is the highest-rated former Cardinal at 74.
  • Former Kentucky high school stars O.J. Mayo (Rose Hill Christian) and Shelvin Mack (Bryan Station) are rated 75 and 72, respectively.
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