Only two NBA players have had their NBA 2K19 ratings revealed so far: LeBron James and Jayson Tatum.
Despite having just one season under his belt, NBA 2K19 awarded the 20-year-old with an 87-overall.
While James, the cover athlete of the game’s 20th Anniversary Edition, earned a 98-overall, Tatum’s 87-overall is higher than many anticipated and a ten-point jump from his initial rating as a rookie.
Tatum responded to the rating by quote tweeting the eye emojis (on World Emoji Day no less).
Tatum fell short of Rookie of the Year honors, but averaging 18.5 points per game in the playoffs and helping lead the Celtics to Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals clearly made an impression on the game developers.
The forward's 87 is the same rating given to 2018 All-Stars such as Bradley Beal and Draymond Green at the end of last season, and higher than All-Stars like Al Horford and Kyle Lowry.
No other Celtics’ ratings have been revealed thus far, but Kyrie Irving, who finished last season at a 93, is likely to be the team’s highest-rated player.
Ratings are revealed periodically up until the game’s early-release date on September 7.
Can't wait for your first glimpse of Kyrie Irving in action in a Celtics uniform?
You don't have to wait until the preseason opener Oct. 2 vs. Charlotte at TD Garden. 2K Games' NBA 2K18, released Friday, tweeted a trailer on Saturday that features Irving prominently in action sequences rocking his new Celtics duds.
Irving is shown being introduced in the Celtics' new green-on-black Statement uniforms and the trailer goes on to feature the new Celtics guard driving past some of the NBA's best. The point guard Irving was traded for, Isaiah Thomas, is also featured in his new Cavs No. 3 jersey.
The NBA 2K18 cover that came out Friday still has Irving in a Cavs jersey but will be re-released with Irving in Celtics white and green.
With Nike taking over production of NBA jerseys, the league is doing away with traditional "home" and "away" jerseys. The first glimpse at the design of the Celtics' - and other NBA teams' - alternate uniform (Nike refers to them as "Statement Jerseys") comes from the NBA 2K18 video game, which will be available to those who pre-ordered it Friday.
Earlier, NBA 2K18 has updated its cover with Kyrie Irving, originally depicted in his Cavs uniform, now in Celtics white and green.
Via Conrad Burry of SportsLogos.net and Twitter user @JMoneyMikita in Australia, where it's already Friday, NBA 2K18 offers a look at the new alternates, a.k.a. statements, including a Celtics green-on-black model, still with Isaiah Thomas' familiar No. 4. (that will need some updating).
The Celtics had gotten away from the traditional white-at-home, green-on-the-road in recent years and in the past few years wore a gray third uniform with sleeves. It'll be interesting to see when these new black jerseys are used.