From the launch of NBA 2k21 on current-gen consoles up to the past couple of games of the NBA season, NBA 2K developers have been required to adjust the overall evaluations of rookie players and breakout All-Stars alike. Although the rating system is not always ideal (and occasionally makes no sense), the evaluations are adjusted to attempt to properly resemble the players' real-life counterparts and what sort of seasons they are having. The system has handled some players much better than others.
Jerami Grant: 77-83Up Six points: Motor City's Number One Option. The Detroit Pistons had not been getting the best season. As such, Jerami Grant needed to step up and be the key player on the team. Thanks to Grant's strong Interior Scoring stats and large Stamina and Hustle ratings, the Detroit Pistons perform well in a really unfortunate season for the franchise. Much like Christian Wood, Grant might not be your first option, but his ratings as a Slashing Four may give you a few buckets as you make the most of his abrupt advancement (and six-point boost).
Robert Williams: 74-81, Up Seven Factors: Time Lord Stops All. Robert Williams, also known as Time Lord, is the starting center for the Boston Celtics. He won't blow you away with his scoring or playmaking, but his rebounding stats from 2K are all excellent.
Although he does not possess the Badges to back this up, Williams does not have a lot of difficulty cleaning the glass, with a 91 Offensive Rebound rating and an 87 Defensive Rebound rating. His rating has improved by an impressive seven factors. As a center, his presence in the paint is not something to brush off either. His 93 Close Forged rating and 90 Standing Dunk can punish opposing teams on a single end of the court, while his Block score of 97 can look after any participant who is not careful on the opposite end.
Immanuel Quickley: 71-79, Up Eight Points: Has He Cooled Down? Immanuel Quickley could have been the most improved player of the year (in terms of NBA 2K overall increases) somewhat earlier in the season, but he settled at a rating of 79 (up from 71).