- The Phoenix Suns have formed a strong offensive lineup with the addition of Bradley Beal, but their defense remains a question mark.
- The Los Angeles Lakers are relying on LeBron James and Anthony Davis, but also have rising star Austin Reaves to contribute to their playoff hopes.
- The Milwaukee Bucks, led by Giannis Antetokounmpo, are considered the best team in NBA 2K24, but Khris Middleton’s performance will be crucial for their success.
As summer months turn to fall and the weather begins to cool, the next NBA season is practically upon us. Following their first championship in franchise history, the Denver Nuggets are in the crosshairs of all the teams around the league.
Along with a new NBA season is the latest iteration of NBA 2K24. The acclaimed basketball game has the most up-to-date rosters and graphics that will satisfy any NBA aficionado. We analyze the best overall teams in NBA 2K24 and predict how the season might pan out for them.
10 Phoenix Suns – 94
The Phoenix Suns had a tumultuous season last year that involved selling the team to a new owner and acquiring an all-time great talent. As soon as Mat Ishbia took over ownership, he helped push for the team to trade for Kevin Durant (96). However, the Suns fell to the eventual NBA champion Denver Nuggets.
In pursuit of their first championship, the Suns acquired All-Star guard Bradley Beal (86) to form one of the best trios in the league with Durant and incumbent superstar Devin Booker (94). The addition of Beal pushes this Western Conference contender to a perfect offensive rating but the team defense (89) remains a question mark.
9 Los Angeles Lakers – 95
One year removed from missing the playoffs, the Los Angeles Lakers caught fire late last year for a surprise trip to the Western Conference Finals. Despite Father Time finally catching up to LeBron James (96), the future Hall of Famer still managed to deliver iconic performances to oust the Memphis Grizzlies and Golden State Warriors.
While James and Anthony Davis (93) are the clear-cut superstars on the team, the Lakers will also rely on rising star Austin Reaves (82). The Lakers added veteran depth in the offseason by signing Gabe Vincent (79) and Christian Wood (79), as the team hopes for one last meaningful run with James at the helm.
8 Cleveland Cavaliers – 96
A major surprise of the last offseason was the Cleveland Cavaliers acquiring All-Star guard Donovan Mitchell from the Utah Jazz. Many speculated Mitchell wouldn’t remain in Utah for much longer but weren’t expecting the Cavaliers to acquire him. Mitchell and Darius Garland (86) formed a dynamic backcourt for Cleveland as they made a triumphant return to the playoffs.
Cleveland failed to get past the New York Knicks in the first round but they remain a competitive team in the Eastern Conference. They have a high-octane offense with Garland and Mitchell, plus a solid defense (93) led by young defensive star Evan Mobley (85). The Cavaliers added sharpshooter Max Strus (78) in free agency for more outside shooting to create some noise in the East.
7 Memphis Grizzlies – 96
Since 2019, the Memphis Grizzlies have drafted Ja Morant (92), Jaren Jackson Jr. (86), and Desmond Bane (84), players that are held in high regard across the league. However, the Grizzlies have failed to reach the Western Conference Finals and next season will be off to a rocky start with Morant suspended for the first 25 games.
To alleviate some of Morant’s absence, Memphis acquired guard Marcus Smart (82) from the Boston Celtics. Smart’s grittiness will fit perfectly in Memphis and the former Defensive Player of the Year gives a big boost to the team’s defense (93). With Morant on the court, the Grizzlies are an incredibly strong team in the Western Conference.
6 Philadelphia 76ers – 96
Once again, the Philadelphia 76ers failed to reach the NBA Finals, let alone the Eastern Conference Finals. Despite winning his first MVP award, Joel Embiid (96) struggled in the second round of the playoffs against the Boston Celtics.
During the regular season, Embiid averaged over 30 points per game and headlines the perfect-rated team offense. Tyrese Maxey (85) has developed a solid three-point shot and will be looked upon to carry the offense more if James Harden (89) is traded. Philadelphia added Kelly Oubre Jr. (79) and Patrick Beverley (76) in free agency for more veteran depth.
5 Miami Heat – 96
For the second time in three years, the Miami Heat shocked the Eastern Conference and reached the NBA Finals. But the Miami Heat ran out of steam for the second time in three years and quickly fell in the NBA Finals. Jimmy Butler (95) was sensational in the first three rounds but he and Bam Adebayo (87) were no match for the Denver Nuggets.
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As the season approaches, all signs point to the Heat acquiring superstar Damian Lillard. But in the meantime, Miami will simply hope for more heroics from Butler and the continued growth of Tyler Herro (83) and Caleb Martin (79). Miami’s team offense (97) is slightly better than their defense (94) but the loss of Gabe Vincent and Max Strus might haunt them this season.
4 Los Angeles Clippers – 97
If there’s one team that truly embodies “what if,” it’s the Los Angeles Clippers. When the team acquired Paul George (89) from Oklahoma City and signed superstar Kawhi Leonard (94), fans were ready to finally emerge from the shadow of the Lakers. However, the two star players have yet to be fully healthy in the playoffs, limiting the team’s success.
The Clippers retained two of their in-season acquisitions from last year Russell Westbrook (81) and Mason Plumlee (79). Unfortunately, the Clippers lost veteran guard Eric Gordon to the Phoenix Suns and they will once again rely on the health of George and Leonard. Leonard and Ivica Zubac anchor the highly-rated defense (96) and they have the necessary depth to do the rest.
3 Golden State Warriors – 97
In 2022, the Golden State Warriors surprisingly reached another NBA Finals and won what some might say was an unlikely championship against the Boston Celtics. But when you have Stephen Curry (96) on the team, anything is possible.
Although the Warriors added a future Hall of Famer in Chris Paul (85), the construction of their team raises some questions. And with Father Time starting to impact Klay Thompson (85) and Draymond Green (83), the days of the Warriors reigning supreme in the NBA might finally come to an end.
2 Boston Celtics – 98
For the past few seasons, the Boston Celtics have been among the top teams in the Eastern Conference. In 2022, they finally broke through and reached the NBA Finals but fell disappointingly to Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors. But as long as they have Jayson Tatum (95) and Jaylen Brown (89) leading the way, the team will always have championship aspirations.
There were talks of the team possibly trading Brown but instead gifted him with one of the richest contracts in NBA history. The Celtics tried to bolster their frontcourt by acquiring Kristaps Porzingis (86) in a three-way trade that sent fan favorite Marcus Smart to the Memphis Grizzlies. Boston hopes the addition of Porzingis will help against teams like Milwaukee, Philadelphia, and Miami in the playoffs.
1 Milwaukee Bucks – 99
The Milwaukee Bucks hold the crown as the best team in NBA 2K24 due to the otherworldly talent of Giannis Antetokounmpo (96). The Greek Freak terrorizes defenses with his thunderous dunks and physical play. While Antetokounmpo led the Bucks to a championship two years ago, Milwaukee suffered an embarrassingly first-round loss to the Miami Heat last season.
If the Bucks hope to contend, Khris Middleton (85) will have to revert to his All-Star self. The forward was plagued with knee injuries that impacted his performance. Jrue Holiday (87) is still an underrated point guard in the league, while Brook Lopez (84) and Bobby Portis Jr. (82) can stretch opposing defenses with their outside shooting.
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