Stephen A Reveals Why He Rates Zion Williamson Over Anthony Davis and Kyrie Irving in NBA 2K

Published 10/05/2021, 12:30 PM EDT
DENVER, CO – FEBRUARY 12: Anthony Davis (3) of the Los Angeles Lakers reacts to a call, while playing the Denver Nuggets during the fourth quarter of Los Angeles’ 120-116 win on Wednesday, February 12, 2020. (Photo by AAron Ontiveroz/MediaNews Group/The Denver Post via Getty Images)


The NBA 2K video game is one of the most widely played around the world. It is the fans’ go-to game as a virtual representation of the league. Every year, a frenzy begins to predict the ratings of the tournament’s marquee players. This year is no different; instead, there is even more enthusiasm due to the phenomenal performers we had last year. Renowned analyst Stephen A attempted to predict some of the ratings, which led to a shock revelation wherein he rated the young Zion Williamson over Lakers’ Anthony Davis.

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Jan 30, 2021; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; New Orleans Pelicans forward Zion Williamson (1) shoots while defended by Houston Rockets guard Victor Oladipo (7) in the third quarter at the Smoothie King Center. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports

Every year, NBA 2K rates the players based on their performances in the previous edition of the league. Various aspects including shooting, passing, speed, etc. are considered for the same. Over the years, LeBron James and Stephen Curry have been among the big names that have received extremely high ratings. So what made Stephen A rank Zion higher than big names such as Davis and Kyrie this time around?

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ESPN’s Stephen A Smith on why Zion deserves a higher rating than Anthony Davis and Kyrie Irving

Recently on ESPN, Smith chatted with brand ambassador for NBA 2K – Ronnie 2K. He went on to predict some of the players’ ratings from the game this year, which led to some shocking revelations. According to the ESPN commentator, the Pelicans’ Zion Williamson deserves a higher score than Lakers’ key center-forward Anthony Davis. Here are some excerpts.

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“Zion [Williamson], considering his game, particularly his ability to get to the basket; he’s got a 3-point shot and he can hit a set shot, not a jump shot. He can hit free throws, he’s got a little nice stroke, can improve defensively. I’m gonna give him a rating of 93,” stated Smith. In the 2020-21 season, the 21-year-old averaged 27 points for his side, showing maturity well beyond his years.

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Meanwhile, Davis didn’t receive as high a rating from him. “I gotta tell you something, I’m gonna give him [Anthony Davis] about a 90. I’m not gonna give him higher than that, I know he’s a champion but he had a down year last year.” Along with this, Brooklyn Nets starlet Kyrie Irving was also ranked below Zion, with a score of 89. Yet, both Davis and Kyrie have been rated higher than Williamson in the actual game.

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Sankalp Harikrishnan

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Sankalp Harikrishnan is a tennis and NBA writer at EssentiallySports. He aspires to pursue Sports Journalism and has represented his institution in cricket, badminton, football, and table tennis. Apart from his professional desires, Sankalp does voluntary service with his friends to feed hungry animals on a regular basis.

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