We’ve already seen the cover athletes this forthcoming NBA 2K21 edition is coming with. The game is set to release soon, and we cannot wait to try it out as the previews and teasers are rather promising and also exciting.
NBA 2K keeps evolving, and that is one of the key aspects that maintains it in the top most popular video games across the world. Still, player ratings are always a matter of controversy for NBA fans. Therefore, judging by what we’ve seen from the greatest players in the league so far, we’re going to predict the NBA 2K21 rating for the best ten hoopers in the league.
10. Paul George – 91 (was 90)
Stats: 21.0 PPG, 5.7 RPG, 3.9 APG
Paul George has suffered a nagging shoulder injury, and the aftermaths persisted for most of the season. He also took a step back to Kawhi Leonard as the Los Angeles Clippers’ reference guy. However, even at 70 percent, George was one of the best two-way players in the league before the hiatus.
Now that he is back in all its force, and the Clippers continue to be a Championship rival, we’d expect his rating to go up at least one point. He’s likely to go back at being an MVP candidate, able to eclipse the 95 mark at some point in the season.
9. Luka Doncic – 96 (was 96)
Stats: 28.7 PPG, 9.3 RPG, 8.7 APG
Luka Doncic is a one-of-a-kind player. He made the Dallas Mavericks a playoffs team immediately as it joined it, and looks to be the type of player that can be the face of a franchise for many years in the future.
Still, we tend to think that his current NBA 2K rating is a bit high. Even so, fans expect him to take his game up to a notch the upcoming season and prove he is worthy of the 96 mark. He is a fan favorite, so he’s also likely to go even higher soon.
8. Damian Lillard – 95 (was 94)
Stats: 28.9 PPG, 4.3 RPG, 7.8 APG
It took some time, but finally, Damian Lillard is getting the recognition he deserved for years. Lillard is one of the three cover athletes for the NBA 2K21 edition, which means he can be a cheat code in the game.
He has become one of the most invincible and dominant scorers in the world, able to consistently knock down shots from the logo and is an amazing offensive threat at all levels.
7. Anthony Davis – 96 (Was 96)
Stats: 26.7 PPG, 9.4 RPG, 3.1 APG
Anthony Davis had a hard time on a small market team, but he made his way to the Los Angeles Lakers and benefited from the opportunity of playing next to LeBron James and leading a Championship contender to the best record in the Western Conference.
He has the skills and talent and is one of the top-end players in basketball history. He’s expected to have another Defensive Player of the Year – Most Valuable Player kind of campaign in the following season, which makes him worthy of the high ranking.
6. James Harden – 97 (was 97)
Stats: 34.4 PPG, 6.4 RPG, 7.4 APG
James Harden keeps being the offensive juggernaut that can burn rival defenses, finish through contact, go to the line 12 times a game, and collect video game-ish stat lines any night. He is a unique talent and that is rather clear. Still, he hasn’t done anything that could make us think his rating would go up or down, for that matter, next season.
5. Giannis Antetokounmpo – 98 (was 97)
Stats: 29.6 PPG, 13.7 RPG, 5.8 APG
Giannis Antetokounmpo is on his way to winning his second consecutive Most Valuable Player award and is also allegedly the frontrunner to win the Defensive Player of the Year reward, which means his rating has to go up.
Giannis has proven to be one of the best two-way players in the world, and it seems that the only thing preventing his for going for a 99 rating is his lack of a consistent shooting stroke from beyond the arc. However, the league hopes he never dies that, though.
4. Stephen Curry – 94 (was 95)
Stats: 20.8 PPG, 5.2 RPG, 6.6 APG
Stephen Curry is the best shooter of all time, and he’s been doing video game-kind of things ever since he joined the league. Still, he only played five games this season, and that’s definitely going to take a toll on his NBA 2K21 rating, even in spite of his talent.
Curry is also reportedly going to be on a minutes restriction the following season, which makes it even harder to keep his current rating or go higher. Hopefully, the Warriors will go back to Championship contention, and Curry’s rating will get better.
3. Kawhi Leonard – 97 (was 96)
Stats: 26.9 PPG, 7.3 RPG, 5.0 APG
Kawhi Leonard is the greatest defender in the world. He’s also a top-notch scorer, and his game keeps improving every year. The only thing that made fans doubt him was his nagging load management trend, as people said he was a part-time player.
Part-timer or not, Kawhi Leonard is back at full strength, and that’s bad news for the league. He is able to lock down any player and then score 30 on him on the same night, both in real life and NBA 2K.
2. Kevin Durant – 95 (was 96)
Stats: 26.0 PPG, 6.4 RPG, 5.9 APG (2018-2019)
Kevin Durant is a fan favorite and the ultimate real-life cheat code. He is a seven-footer with the handles and shooting stroke of a guard, and he’s now even a dominant defender and rim protector. Durant is probable to start the season with a slightly lower rating because of the time he’s missed; however, he’s a superstar and will go back to the 96 mark in no time.
1. LeBron James – 98 (was 97)
Stats: 25.7 PPG, 7.9 RPG, 10.6 APG
It always seems like LeBron James’ rating is too low, and like we’re just taking him for granted, but he keeps on proving that you cannot ever count him out. James turned back the clock this time as he’s leading the league in assists per game and is a valid MVP candidate. There are no signs of him slowing down, and there’s also no reason to believe next year will be any different, more so if he wins the ring in Orlando.