The big men underneath the rim in NBA 2K23 have huge tasks and expectations. Historically, they’ve always been asked to grab rebounds and defend the paint on defense and set screens on offense. In the modern era, this is still true, but three-point shooting and playmaking have been added to the repertoire.

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That makes choosing a team in NBA 2K23 a tall (pun intended) order. With so many tasks players are expected to perform, they need a team who makes this investment pay off. Only a select group of teams are worthy of this consideration.


Charlotte Hornets

Position Player Rating
PG LaMelo Ball 87
SG Terry Rozier III 82
SF Gordon Hayward 80
PF P.J. Washington 78
C Mason Plumlee 75

Ideally, players should try to find a team with a center under 80 while the rest of the team is above 80. Unfortunately, no team fits the criteria and only three teams have a sub-80 center position with only a single other weak spot. The first of these is the Charlotte Hornets.

Mason Plumlee is the worst starting center in the game by rating, so overtaking him is a piece of cake to gain the starting role. P.J. Washington isn’t great at power forward either, but that can be a plus since gamers who love to invest in elite defense and rebounding badges will get the inside all to themselves.

Brooklyn Nets

Position Player Rating
PG Kyrie Irving 89
SG Seth Curry 78
SF Kevin Durant 96
PF Ben Simmons 83
C Nicolas Claxton 76

Next, it’s the Brooklyn Nets who have a starter at center only one point off of the lowest starter at the position. After replacing Claxton, the only real issue is Seth Curry in at shooting guard, but bigs who love the popular build that utilizes top-tier shooting badges can help out on the perimeter.

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The biggest selling points are Kyrie Irving (89) at point guard and Kevin Durant (96) at small forward. With a strong center, they’ll have a superstar at all three levels, giving the Nets a lineup that can easily compete for a title in the player’s first season.

Los Angeles Clippers

Position Player Rating
PG John Wall 78
SG Normal Powell 80
SF Paul George 88
PF Kawhi Leonard 94
C Ivica Zubac 77

Finally, the third team with only one problem area beside the center is the Clippers, who have Ivica Zubac as their big man. John Wall is the other problem on the team, in at point guard, but he’s at least got some slashing and scoring ability.

To make the most of this team, do what the two-time MVP winner Nikola Jokic does by passing to the elite forwards from inside. With the best playmaking badges, centers for the Clippers can rack up lots of assists in addition to their usual rebounds and blocks.

Milwaukee Bucks

Position Player Rating
PG Jrue Holiday 86
SG Wesley Matthews 72
SF Khris Middleton 86
PF Giannis Antetokounmpo 97
C Brook Lopez 80

There is no getting around the fact that Wesley Matthews is the worst starter in the entire game over there at shooting guard. And Brook Lopez at an 80 will take an extra week or two to replace. But after getting over those issues, the Bucks have tremendous upside.

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Giannis Antetokounmpo is the highest-rated player in the game with a 97. This team is ready to win another championship with this squad if they can get some help scoring on the interior. With a few ideal finishing badges, centers can make the Bucks a team that dominates the interior.

Los Angeles Lakers

Position Player Rating
PG Russell Westbrook 78
SG Patrick Beverley 78
SF LeBron James 96
PF Anthony Davis 90
C Thomas Bryant 76

Some players will steer clear of the Los Angeles Lakers due to their sub-pat guards. But Thomas Bryant is a cinch to replace very quickly and, once that’s done, centers will be playing with the forward combo of LeBron James and Anthony Davis.

The Lakers are one of only two teams in the game that have two starters sitting at 90+. Being the third superstar for the team means total dominance inside. Stretch bigs will also be able to give the squad some much-needed help from the perimeter as well.

NBA 2K23 is available now for PC, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, and Nintendo Switch.

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