In today’s episode of news that will certainly make some folks mad online, Jayson Tatum was revealed to have a preseason rating of 87 overall in the upcoming video game, NBA 2K19, this year’s installment of the popular NBA 2K franchise, along with an in-game screenshot.
Although he averaged just 13.9 points, 5.0 rebounds and 1.6 assists on 47% from the field and 43% from behind the 3-point line, Tatum was a Rookie of the Year finalist and he stepped up his game tremendously as players started dropping like flies onto the inactive list. In the playoffs, Tatum led the Boston Celtics in scoring with 18.5 points while also chipping in 4.4 rebounds and 2.7 assists on 47% from the field and 84% from the free-throw line.
In the regular season, Tatum had a usage % of just 19.5% compared to Ben Simmons’ 22.3% and Donovan Mitchell’s massive 29.1% in the regular season, so if you’re looking to regular season statistics to discredit the relatively high rating of 87, this was surely factored into the rating process. As Tatum’s usage climbed up to 23.3% in the playoffs, his stats jumped with more responsibility.
Additionally, Tatum’s skill set, including athleticism, ball handling and shooting are favored in 2K’s rating system, so keep that in mind as more ratings are revealed. His rating being higher or lower overall doesn’t necessarily represent Tatum being better or worse than other players. This will surely be a hot topic whenever Simmons and Mitchell’s 2K ratings are released.
If, however, Tatum is ranked higher, enjoy a long summer of yelling at Utah Jazz and Philadelphia 76ers fans, “TATUM BETTER” before the ratings start to adjust beginning with preseason play in October.
Oh, and since you were wondering (I’m sure you were), LeBron James was rated an 88 overall in his sophomore season. Do with that information what you will.