NBA 2K21 Updated Rankings: Paul George Loses, Jimmy Butler Gains & More

Published 03/26/2021, 9:05 PM EDT
Mar 4, 2021; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; Miami Heat guard Goran Dragic (7) congratulates forward Jimmy Butler (22) after he was fouled hitting a 3-point field goal in the fourth quarter against the New Orleans Pelicans at the Smoothie King Center. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports | Courtesy: Reuters


The NBA 2K21 is a cult today, and it has gained importance ever since its launch in 1999. The Post-Michael Jordan era marked this simulation video game that rates the NBA players as per their on-court performance. Be it Lakers’ LeBron James or Heat’s Jimmy Butler, the athletes actively play the game and take pride in their rankings.

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Most recently, there has been some stir in the NBA 2K rankings that has seen a few key players move up and others moving down. Take a look if one of your favorites has seen a plunge.

Jimmy Butler and others with a shocker?

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In a fresh NBA 2K update, Miami Heat forward Jimmy Butler has gained a rating point and now stands tall at 91 points. Now, the timing might surprise a few people because the Heat are on a 5-game losing streak.

However, the NBA 2K ratings do not vary on a short-term basis and normally take into consideration the performance from 4 to 6 weeks (or even the past performance). As of now, Jimmy G. Buckets is averaging 21.3 points with career-high rebounds (7.9) assists (7.3), and field goal percentage (48.1%). All this, matched with his impact on Heat’s winning, has contributed to the upgrade.

But it is not just Jimmy, even Knicks’ Julius Randle has shown some improvement, touching 88 points. This is the 26-year-old’s top rating and deservingly so.

The forward-center is averaging a double-double with career highs in points (23) and three-point shooting (42.3%). As a result, the Knicks are #5 in the EC, even ahead of the Heat.

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How do the NBA 2K21 ratings work?

The NBA 2K ratings do not go up or down based on any bias or the instincts of the game developers. In fact, it is more scientific and algorithmic in nature.

The game considers around 50 parameters like outside scoring, Shot IQ, Athleticism, Inside Scoring, Playmaking, Intangibles, Potential, Morale, etc to weigh all the attributes.

The complex system would evaluate a playmaking defender differently than a defensive point guard. For example, Jimmy scores poorly in rebounding and inside scoring but manages a higher score elsewhere. He had his career-high 93 points during last year’s NBA Finals run. Similarly, Julius Randle has 18 badges and mainly gains in outside scoring.

Apart from these names, the players like Russell Westbrook (Wizards) and Tobias Harris (Sixers) have also gained while others like Paul George lose. Take a look –

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LeBron James still leads the rankings, with the Top 10 winding up with a minimum of 94 (Damian Lillard) in ratings. Still, Jimmy’s breaking back into the Top 13 is a big update.

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So what do you think, who are the other players that deserve an upsurge in their ratings? Help us know in the comments.

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Sourabh Singh

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Sourabh Singh is an NBA sports analyst for EssentiallySports, who has been working with the site since May 2020. Prior to this, he functioned as Managing Editor at WittyFeed, followed by a stint at Decathlon. The Sports Management graduate leads an active lifestyle, veering to the mountains for off-trail adventures.

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