NBA 2K23: Best Starter Cards for MyTeam

Here are the best budget cards as you start MyTeam in NBA 2K23.


Along with other game modes, MyTeam is making another return to NBA 2K23 and once again you can build our own unique super teams. At the end of the year, your options are practically infinite with so many cheap stars on the market that you can’t go wrong. However, at the start, you are limited to only some available players, and far fewer higher tier cards.

If you are struggling to put together your first great lineup, read below for the best MyTeam starter cards. Some will be rewards while others may need to be purchased.


1. Ja Morant 

Overall Rating: 89 (after completed full evolution)
Position: PG, SG
Team: Memphis Grizzlies
Price: Free
Best Stats: 78 Pass Perception, 79 Perimeter Defense, 81 Lateral Quickness OR 82 Free Throw, 83 Mid-Range Shot, 79 Three-Point Shot

This is a completely free card that you can choose when you first create a team. Ja Morant will bring speed, shooting, and defense into your roster and you don’t have to pay a dime! It’s easy to upgrade this card to its full potential, which is 89 OVR and can be a great option for your starting one spot while you work to find an upgrade.

Morant is the face of the Memphis Grizzlies and arguably the fiercest dunker in the game. The 2020 Rookie of the Year found three firsts in 2021-2022 as he was named an All-Star, All-NBA Second Team, and won the Most Improved Player award. He has career averages of 21.2 points per game (PPG), 7.1 assists per game (APG), 4.5 rebounds per game (RPG), and 1.0 steal per game (SPG) in three seasons. He also has career percentages of 53.4 from two-point range, 32.7 from three-point range, 75.4 from the stripe in 32.2 minutes per game (MPG).

2. Robert Reid 

Overall Rating: 83
Position: SG, SF
Team: Houston Rockets
Price: 950 MT (MyTeam Points)
Best Stats: 84 Close Shot, 84 Draw Foul, 82 Three-Point Shot


This card is a great option if you don’t have the pre-order Sapphire Devin Booker and Ruby Michael Jordan available. Reid has an easy release, which will give you all-around stability on the court. Reid’s value is hard to come by for a card priced just below 1000 MT mark.

Reid played 15 seasons in the NBA, mostly with Houston, though he took retired for one season (1982-1983) for religious reasons, but rejoined a season later. He averaged 11.4 PPG, 4.5 RPG, 2.7 APG, and 1.1 SPG in 27.3 MPG. He shot 29.1 percent from three on half an attempt per game (it was a different game in the 80s), 46.4 percent from two, and 73.2 from the free throw line.

3. Kawhi Leonard 

Overall Rating: 95
Position: SF, PF
Team: Los Angeles Clippers
Price: 20 Tokens
Best Stats: 92 Close Shot, 97 Perimeter Defense, 84 Mid Range


Kawhi Leonard is a great option if you have your tokens saved up. His ability to both shoot and defend at an elite level makes him a very useful card and with no MT going out of your pocket, it is just what you need for your starting small forward in the beginning of the year. You can nab Leonard by purchasing ’23 NBA: Series 1 Clippers Starters Option Pack at the Token Market.

Leonard is one of the best players in the NBA when healthy. The two-time champion and two-time Finals Most Valuable Player has averaged 19.2 PPG, 6.4 RPG, 2.9 APG, 1.8 SPG, and 0.6 blocks per game (BPG). He’s shot a high 53.5 percent from two, 38.4 from three, 49.3 from the field overall, and 85.8 from the free throw line. Leonard has also been named to five overall All-NBA teams, seven overall All-Defensive teams, and won two Defensive Player of the Year awards.

4. Scottie Barnes 

Overall Rating: 90
Position: PF, SF
Team: Toronto Raptors
Price: 8,000 MT
Best Stats: 84 Driving Layup, 93 Close Shot, 92 Vertical, 82 Speed

One of the more expensive cards on this list, Scottie Barnes, is a must-have at the four spot for your team. He can do everything – he will stretch the floor, play good perimeter AND Inside defense, and also finish at the basket. At the start, this card is a bit costly, but it is definitely worth the 8,000 MT and will make it easier to earn other rewards and players.

Barnes is the next great Toronto star, following in the footsteps of Vince Carter, Chris Bosh, Kyle Lowry, DeMar DeRozan, and Leonard. The second-year player is coming off of a fantastic rookie year that saw him win the Rookie of the Year award and placement on the All-NBA Rookie First Team. Barnes put up a rookie line of 15.3 PPG, 7.5 RPG, 3.5 APG, 1.1 SPG, and 0.7 BPG. He shot 49.2 percent from the field overall (54.3 from two, 30.1 from three) and 73.5 from the free throw line.

5. Rik Smits 

Overall Rating: 87
Position: C
Team: Indiana Pacers
Price: 1100 MT
Best Stats: 84 Strength, 84 Rebounding, 88 Post Moves

Rik Smits is an amazing player to debut for your MyTeam because he is a 7’4” tall player that will bring paint defense, post scoring, and rebounding to the table. This is exactly what you need from a center according to MyTeam meta. Smits has ten badges, which is pretty solid for a starter Emerald card. To top it off, he is very cheap as you will be able to afford him almost right away.

The former Indiana stalwart played all 12 seasons with the Pacers. He made one All-Star team and was named to the All-Rookie team in 1988-1989. He averaged 14.8 PPG, 6.1 RPG, 1.4 APG, 1.3 BPG, and 0.4 SPG.

6. Terry Rozier III 

Overall Rating: 92 (after completed full evolution)
Position: PG, SG
Team: Charlotte Hornets
Price: 5 stars in Current Domination mode
Best Stats: 87 Driving Layup, 86 Ball Handle, 88 Mid Range

This is a great first point guard to come off the bench for you or, should you have nabbed a different player to begin MyTeam instead of Morant, your starter. Terry Rozier III makes up for pretty good defense and great offense, especially if you have mastered layups. Once you achieve evolution objectives in order to upgrade him to Sapphire, he becomes a very quick scorer with improved defending ability. Rozier III is easy to obtain as you simply need to play two Domination games, which should take just under an hour.

The former Boston Celtic and now Charlotte Hornet guard “Scary Terry” Rozier III has made his mark as an NBA player. He’s averaged 12.7 PPG, 3.9 RPG, 3.2 APG, 0.9 SPG, and 0.2 BPG in 26.1 MPG. He’s shot 41.7 percent from the field overall (45.6 from two, 37.6 from three) and 82.2 from the line.

7. Kelly Tripucka

Overall Rating: 86
Position: SF, SG
Team: Detroit Pistons
Price: 1800 MT
Best Stats: 87 Free Throw, 91 Three Point Shot, 60 Driving Dunk

Kelly Tripucka is a great all-around player for your bench as most of his attributes are in the mid to high 70s or better. There’s no single strength, which is why he is sitting on the bench, but there isn’t really a glaring weakness, either. He is cheap and he has an easy shot release, making him an ideal piece for your starter team.

Tripucka played ten seasons in the NBA from 1981-1982 to 1989-1990. He was named to the All-Rookie First Team and was a two-time All-Star. He averaged 17.2 PPG, 3.8 RPG, 3.0 APG, and 1.0 SPG over 29.6 MPG. He shot 47.3 percent overall (47.9 from two, 36.1 from three) and 84.9 from the line.

8. Jimmy Butler

Overall Rating: 91
Position: SF, PF
Team: Miami Heat
Price: 20 Tokens
Best Stats: 90 Perimeter Defense, 89 Driving Layup, 96 Pass Perception

This 88 OVR Jimmy Butler will bring balance to your second lineup. Put him on the opponent’s best scorer and he will clamp him up as this card is made for defending and driving to the lane. Sadly, this Butler card isn’t going to shoot the lights out from three, but otherwise it is totally worth the 20 tokens to improve your depth at the small forward spot.

Butler has become an unlikely star after being selected with the 30th and last pick in the first round of the 2011 NBA Draft by Chicago. After stops in Minnesota and Philadelphia, Butler has become the face of the Miami Heat franchise. Butler is a six-time All-Star, four-time selection to the All-NBA Third Team, five-time selection to the All-Defensive Second Team, and won the Most Improved Player award in 2015.

9. Giannis Antetokounmpo

Overall Rating: 96
Position: SF, SG
Team: Milwaukee Bucks
Price: 30 Tokens
Best Stats: 98 Driving Layup, 95 Perimeter Defense, 91 Driving Dunk

You will be stacked at the four spot when you add Giannis Antetokounmpo to your bench, not the starting lineup. If you prefer to play “The Greek Freak” over Barnes, that’s fine, but it’s recommended to let this guy tear the opponent’s bench into tiny pieces. This Antetokounmpo card is great defensively, both perimeter and inside, and can score by driving to the basket and dunking the ball like he does in real life. He is definitely worth the 30 Tokens, if not more.

Antetokounpo in arguably the best player in the NBA. The 2021 Finals MVP is also a two-time regular season MVP. The six-time All-Star has also made six total All-NBA teams. He’s been named to five total All-Defensive teams, won the Most Improved Player award in 2017, and was named to the NBA’s 75th Anniversary Team.

10. Shaquille O’Neal 

Overall Rating: 98
Position: C, PF
Team: Los Angeles Lakers
Price: Collect 30 Player Cards
Best Stats: 99 Strength, 98 Shot Close, 98 Post Moves

Pretty much everybody has seen Shaquille O’Neal play, especially during his time with the Los Angeles Lakers. With 98 OVR Sapphire card, he is undoubtedly a dominant player with great post scoring ability, strength, rebounding ability, and defense. This is another position where you can choose for yourself on which card to use as your starter and you won’t lose either way. The absolute best part is that it is incredibly easy to obtain this card. You will have barely even started to play MyTeam when you collect those 30 cards to unlock O’Neal.

“Shaq” is considered one of the most dominant players ever. While the end of his career saw him become a journeyman, he was the most feared post player from the late 90s into the early and mid Aughts. O’Neal won four titles and was named MVP in three of those series. He also won the MVP in 1999-2000 and Rookie of the Year in 1993. O’Neal was a 15-time All-Star, 14 total All-NBA teams, three All-Defensive Second Teams, and was named to the NBA’s 75th Anniversary team. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 2014.

Now you have the best cards to start a successful MyTeam with in NBA 2K23. Which among the best MyTeam starter cards will you prioritize?


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