LaMelo Ball Up, LeBron James Down in NBA 2K21's 2nd Player Ratings Update

Tim Daniels@TimDanielsBRFeatured ColumnistJanuary 21, 2021

Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) passes the ball during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game against the New Orleans Pelicans Friday, Jan. 15, 2021, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)
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Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James remains the highest-rated player in NBA 2K21 despite a one-point deduction in his overall rating in Thursday's update from 2K Sports.

Here's a look at the top 10 players in the video game:

  • 1. LeBron James: 97 OVR (-1)
  • 2. Giannis Antetokounmpo: 96 OVR (-1)
  • 3. James Harden: 95 OVR (-1)
  • T-4. Anthony Davis: 94 OVR (-1)
  • T-4. Nikola Jokic: 94 OVR (+1)
  • 6. Joel Embiid: 93 OVR (+1)
  • 7. Bradley Beal: 91 OVR (+3)
  • 8. Paul George: 90 OVR (+1)
  • 9. Bam Adebayo: 89 OVR (+1)
  • T-10. Khris Middleton: 88 OVR (+1)
  • T-10. Nikola Vucevic: 88 OVR (+1)
  • T-10. C.J. McCollum: 88 OVR (+1)

Beal, who leads the NBA in scoring at 34.9 points per game for the Washington Wizards, was among the biggest risers in the update with his three-point overall gain.

Two standout rookies, the Charlotte Hornets' LaMelo Ball and Sacramento Kings' Tyrese Haliburton, also received early three-point boosts.

The top gainers were led by:

  • Hamidou Diallo: 77 OVR (+6)
  • Xavier Tillman: 76 OVR (+6)
  • Chris Boucher: 83 OVR (+5)
  • Nickeil Alexander-Walker: 76 OVR (+5)
  • Isaiah Roby: 75 OVR (+5)
  • Jarred Vanderbilt: 75 OVR (+5)
  • Jae'Sean Tate: 74 OVR (+5)

NBA 2K21 was released on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and PC in September. It debuted on the next-gen consoles, PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X, in November.