Lakers' Russell Westbrook Rated 78 Overall in NBA 2K23

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured Columnist IVSeptember 6, 2022

HOUSTON, TEXAS - MARCH 09: Russell Westbrook #0 of the Los Angeles Lakers against the Houston Rockets at Toyota Center on March 09, 2022 in Houston, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
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If you thought the Los Angeles Lakers upgraded at point guard when they acquired Patrick Beverley, then you might not be alone.

Player ratings for NBA 2K23 are beginning to roll out with the game slated to be released Friday. Per 2KRatings.com, Russell Westbrook's 78 overall rating from NBA 2K22 will carry over into the newest installment of the franchise.

Keen observers will note that's one point below where Beverley finished (79 overall) in NBA 2K22. It's unclear whether Beverley will still be rated higher than Westbrook in 2K23.

This is yet another metric laying bare how much Westbrook's value has fallen in the space of a few years.

The 33-year-old averaged 18.5 points, 7.4 rebounds and 7.1 assists in 78 games with Los Angeles last season. Although he filled up the stat sheet, he was a poor fit offensively alongside Anthony Davis and LeBron James.

That necessitated the move for Beverley, who's a better defender than Westbrook and better playing off the ball.

The 2K developers seem to agree that Beverley's presence makes the Lakers slightly stronger on the floor.