Luka Doncic NBA 2K21: Predicting His Rating

Expect the 21-year-old superstar to remain one of NBA 2K21's ten highest-rated players.
Expect the 21-year-old superstar to remain one of NBA 2K21's ten highest-rated players. / Photo by 2K Sports

Luka Doncic NBA 2K21 rating is one of the most anticipated among players. Luka's 42 points on Monday were the most of any player in an NBA Playoffs debut in history, can the phenom be rated any higher in NBA 2K21?

Luka Doncic entered NBA 2K20 with an 87 overall rating and went on to have a monstrous sophomore season. Paired with Kristaps Porzingis, another elite European superstar, the young Mavericks ended the regular season sixth in the West, with a record of 43-32. Throughout the year Luka received a number of rating bumps, ultimately landing him at a 96 OVR.

That's quite a jump, but Luka's play throughout the season justified it. Cool Hand Luka averaged 28.8 points, 9.4 rebounds, and 8.8 assists in his second NBA season. In a November game where the two both put up triple doubles, LeBron and Luka respectively became the oldest and youngest players in NBA history to have statlines of at least 30 points, 10 rebounds, and 15 assists. Who would've thought a kid from Slovenia would be the next player to start routinely putting up LeBron-type numbers?

Luka Doncic NBA 2K21: Predicting His Rating

All that said, where do we expect him to be rated in NBA 2K21?

Doncic's rating essentially has nowhere to go but down, and we don't expect that to be happening anytime soon. Expect Luka to remain a 96 OVR in NBA 2K21. 2K Sports seems to reserve 97 for the elite of the elite (LeBron, Harden, and Giannis are the only 97 rated players in 2K20), and it's unlikely that Luka makes that jump this year. Some fans already think 96 is too high for a second-year player, but Luka truly is one of a kind.

Having already put him at 96, there's no way that 2K drops Luka's rating unless there's a complete overhaul of their ratings system. Even after the break he has sustained his elite level of play in the resumed season in Orlando, including dropping a career-high 19 assists against the top-seeded Milwaukee Bucks.