In anticipation of their next-gen release on November 12th for the Xbox Series X and Playstation 5, NBA 2K21 is on a promotional tour revealing ratings for some of the game’s most popular players.
LeBron James came in it at a 98 overall, the highest mark among active players. Big names like James Harden and Kevin Durant also got their ratings, as did the Boston Celtics trio of Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown, and Kemba Walker.
After making his first All-Star appearance with career-highs across the board, Tatum, who was rated as an 85 in 2K20, earned himself a 90 rating, cracking through the superstar threshold for the very first time in his young career.
“I feel good,” Tatum said when asked about his rating from Ronnie 2K, who mentioned the checklist Tatum set for himself before the season to reach that mark. “You set out a goal before the season and once you accomplish that goal, it feels good.”
Both Walker and Brown came in at an 86 overall. For Walker, that number actually represents a two-point dip from 2K20, even after making his fourth consecutive All-Star Game in his first year in Boston.
Jayson Tatum breaks 90— NBA 2K21 (@NBA2K) October 22, 2020
Jaylen Brown hits 86
Kemba Walker at 86
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Brown’s career-best season, where he posted career-highs in points (20.3), rebounds (6.4), assists (2.1) and steals (1.1), was enough to give him a four-point bump after he came in at an 82 in 2K20.
No other Celtic had their individual rating announced, but as we inch closer to the November 12th drop date, expect 2K to release ratings for all 30 NBA teams.
Tatum is the highest rated Celtic on the roster and the first Boston player with at least a 90 rating since Kyrie Irving in 2K19.
“It’s important obviously because I enjoy playin the game,” Tatum explained to Ronnie. “Everybody plays 2K. It’s something to discuss, to have dialogue about, talk about. We can have fun with it. But it’s also a representation of reality, how you perform in real life.”
“And now, we on to the next marker.”