NBA 2K21 Player Ratings Update: Fans React as LeBron James and Giannis Antetokounmpo’s Ratings Downgraded

Published 01/22/2021, 1:44 AM EST
Jan 21, 2021; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) is defended by Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) at the Bradley Center. Mandatory Credit: Nick Monroe/Handout Photo via USA TODAY Sports

After months of waiting, 2K has finally released a new update for the game. They have adjusted the ratings of many NBA superstars like LeBron James, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Bradley Beal, and more.


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The Los Angeles Lakers are having a phenomenal season, as they have the best record in the entire league right now. However, from an individual standpoint, LeBron’s numbers are down a lot. Currently, he is averaging 24.4 points per game, which is the lowest since his rookie year.

#2KRatings Update 🚨

LaMelo ⬆️ Beal ⬆️
Giannis ⬇️ LeBron ⬇️


— NBA 2K (@NBA2K) January 21, 2021


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As a result, the King’s rating is down by one point as he now has a 97 overall in the game. Along with LBJ, the Greek Freak’s rating took a hit as well. Previously a 97 overall rated player, Giannis is now down to 96.

Following their defeat to the Lakers, Giannis’ Bucks are now 9-6 this season. It is a decent record, but not according to the standards that fans hold the Greek Freak to. Moreover, he has been struggling to get it going from the free-throw line, which is most likely the primary reason for the depletion in his rating.

Bradley Beal and LaMelo Ball get huge rating upgrades

Jan 1, 2021; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal (3) celebrates after drawing a foul against the Minnesota Timberwolves in the third quarter at Target Center. Mandatory Credit: David Berding-USA TODAY Sports

While James and Antetokounmpo’s ratings took a hit in this update, the story was quite the opposite for Beal and LaMelo. Both the stars are playing at an elite level and have impressed NBA fans so far.

This season, Beal is averaging a humongous 34.9 points per game! Despite his efforts, the Wizards are still struggling to stay in playoff contention as they are just 3-8 right now.

LaMelo Ball’s Hornets are in a similar position as they are 6-8 right now. They’ve had an average start to the season, and it’s getting worse for them. They are currently on a 3-game losing streak.

NBA fans react on Twitter as LeBron James and Giannis Antetokounmpo’s ratings go down

Dec 18, 2020; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) reacts against the Phoenix Suns during a preseason game at Phoenix Suns Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

With the latest player ratings having come out, basketball fans were quick to post their reactions about the same.

What did bron even go down for lmao

— JustKishawnNBA (@TJGK0) January 22, 2021

Lmao why is bron going down ?

— blayboibarti (@LEROYDANILES975) January 22, 2021

Mello should be 85

— Charlie (@GCharlie0) January 22, 2021

Why Giannis dropping?!??!

— Stop cappin:) (@no_cappln) January 21, 2021


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Damn can we get a gameplay update? We going out bad on Next Gen.

— 𝕁𝕦𝕒𝕟𝕕𝕚𝕤𝕤𝕚𝕞𝕠™ (@trackletic) January 22, 2021


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What are your thoughts on the latest player ratings? Do you agree with these ratings?


Aikansh Chaudhary

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Aikansh Chaudhary is an NBA columnist for Essentially Sports. Previously, he helped rank various websites using the latest SEO techniques, and wrote over 2000 articles during his stint as a freelance writer. A die hard Lakers fan, Aikansh will forever uphold LeBron James as the GOAT.