NBA 2K22 is set to be released in two days, but fans only have access to a handful of player ratings.
Stars like Anthony Davis, Russell Westbrook and DeMar DeRozan still don't know their ratings. Fans are accustomed to watching the trailers and player ratings weeks in advance. 2K Sports has released very limited information, and delayed most of the trailers and details regarding new features.
This year, NBA 2K took advantage of the lack of games to keep up the hype around the launch.
Who is the highest-rated player from France in NBA 2K22?
The NBA has seen an influx of international players in recent years. The last three league MVP awards have gone to Giannis Antetokounmpo (Greece) and Nikola Jokic (Serbia). Many analysts and pundits are convinced that Luka Doncic from Slovenia could be the next face of the league once the LeBron James and Stephen Curry days are over.
NBA 2K22 has released only a few country's top player ratings, and France is one of them. On that note, here's a look at the top five players from France in NBA 2K22. Killian Hayes and Sekou Doumbouya don't crack the top five, but are tied for sixth with a rating of 71 apiece.
#5 Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot - 72
Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot, aka TLC, plays for the Brooklyn Nets, and averaged 6.4 points, 1.2 assists and 2.2 rebounds per game last season. He is a career 33% three-point shooter, and occasionally has bursts where he goes off for 20+ point games. He is rated 72 in NBA 2K22.
Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot has only two bronze badges in NBA 2K22 - 'Bullet Passer' and 'Catch and Shoot'. Not many of his attributes are rated above 80.
He has an 81-rated free-throw shot, 85-rated Stamina, 84-rated Vertical,and 82-rated Hands (Inside Scoring), along with 81-rated Overall Durability. His rating of 72 is his highest yet; TLC was rated 71 for the last two seasons, and is featuring an upgraded rating in NBA 2K22.
#4 Theo Maledon - 74
Theo Maledon is rated 74 in NBA 2K22, which is a one-point downgrade from his rating in NBA 2K21.
He is a 6' 4" point guard who is entering just his second season in the league with the OKC Thunder. Theo Maledon averaged 10.1 points, 3.5 assists and 3.2 rebounds per game last season across 65 appearances (49 starts).
Just like TLC, Theo Maledon also has just two bronze badges in the game - 'Slithery Finisher' and 'Tear Dropper'. He remarkably has a 94-rated Shot IQ along with 90-rated Intangibles. Maledon has 80-rated playmaking, and an 84-rated Pass Accuracy and Pass IQ.
#3 Nicolas Batum - 77
NBA 2K21 ended with Nicolas Batum rated 76, but he is now rated 77 in NBA 2K22. He is featuring an upgrade likely because of his performances in the 2021 NBA playoffs.
Batum is a 13-year NBA veteran, with career averages of 11.3 points and 5.2 rebounds per game. He has put up averages of 14.3 points, 5.9 assists and 7.5 rebounds in scattered seasons with the Portland Trail Blazers and the Charlotte Hornets.
Nicolas Batum has seven badges in NBA 2K22 - six bronze and one silver. He has an 84-rated three-point shot along with an 85-rated free throw shot. Batum also has a 75-rated Athleticism, with four of his attributes rated above 80, and 85-rated Intangibles.
#2 Evan Fournier - 79
Evan Fournier is the second-highest rated Frenchman in NBA 2K22, with a 79 rating. He recently signed with the New York Knicks as a free agent on a four-year $78-million deal.
Fournier is valued for his shooting, and has four gold badges in NBA 2K22 in the shooting category - 'Tireless Shooter', 'Catch and Shoot', 'Volume Shooter' and 'Corner Specialist'. He performed excellently for France at the Tokyo Olympics 2020.
Along with his four gold badges, Fournier has 11 silver and five bronze badges for a total of 20 badges in NBA 2K22. He has an 84-rated Outside Scoring, with no attribute rated less than 80. He has only a 58-rated Inside Scoring and an 83-rated Layup, though.
#1 Rudy Gobert - 88
Rudy Gobert is a three-time Defensive Player of the Year, and his NBA 2K22 rating is miles ahead of other French players.
He is rated 88 in the game, and has several attributes rated over 90, such as Standing Dunk (95), Shot IQ (98), Interior Defense (96), and many more. He plays for the Utah Jazz, and is in fact, the team's highest-earning player.
Rudy Gobert won his third DPOY trophy last season, putting on a defensive clinic for the Utah Jazz. He was also one of the main players for France in their Tokyo Olympics 2020 campaign.
Gobert has 22 badges in the game, with four bronze, seven silver, nine gold and two Hall of Fame badges. His HOF badges are unsurprisingly in the Defense/Rebounding category - 'Post Move Lockdown' and 'Rim Protector'.
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