NBA 2K22 predictions: Ratings of the Boston Celtics starting 5

Boston Celtics v Philadelphia 76ers - Game Three
Boston Celtics v Philadelphia 76ers - Game Three

The Boston Celtics added Dennis Schroder to their NBA roster after the shooting guard chose to turn down a reported $84 million extension offer from the LA Lakers. Schroder ended up signing for the Boston Celtics for a $5.9 million deal and will become an unrestricted free agent at the end of the upcoming season.

Regardless, Dennis Schroder is expected to slot straight into the starting lineup at the PG position, with the Boston Celtics also having recently secured the signature of fan-favorite Marcus Smart as well. In this article, we attempt to predict the NBA 2K22 ratings for the Boston Celtics’ starting lineup after their recent moves.

NBA 2K22: Predicting the overall ratings of the Boston Celtics’ starting lineup

The Boston Celtics failed to live up to expectations last season and were knocked out by the mighty Brooklyn Nets in the first round of the Playoffs. Jaylen Brown suffered an injury while Jayson Tatum had his share of inconsistent shooting nights as the Celtics decided to offload Kemba Walker.

With a range of NBA 2K22 ratings already having been released, we attempt to predict the overalls of the Boston Celtics’ new starting lineup:

Center – Enes Kanter (81)

The Boston Celtics are well-stacked at the center position with the likes of Robert Williams and Al Horford also expected to share playing time with Kanter. Enes Kanter had a successful 2020-21 NBA season in which he averaged 11.2 points and 11 rebounds whilst starting just 35 games for the Portland Trail Blazers.

The NBA 2K21 game had given Enes Kanter an overall of 81 with the build of a glass-cleaning finisher. This year, he is expected to hold on to the same rating and might even see an improvement as the season progresses. Kanter had started NBA 2K21 with a 76 overall.

Point Guard – Marcus Smart (80)

After being linked to a number of teams this offseason, Marcus Smart signed a 4-year, $52 million extension. He managed to continue his offensive improvement over the past few seasons and averaged 13.1 points and more than 5 assists despite starting just 45 games last season.

Regardless, Smart is expected to enter the 80-club and should be given an 80 overall considering the nature of ratings that have been handed out to rookies this year. He averaged 1.5 steals and .5 blocks last season as well and has the build of a perimeter lockdown.

Shooting Guard – Dennis Schroder (79)

Dennis Schroder had the option of staying with the LA Lakers, having had an inconsistent last season despite averaging more than 15 points and almost 6 assists per game.

Schroder was rumored to be unhappy with the reduced role that he was given on the LA Lakers roster, something that is expected to get worse in the coming season.

Schroder has been on a bit of a freefall in NBA 2K games in the last two years and had an overall of 81 in NBA 2K20, followed by an 80 rating last year. He has the build of a mid-range playmaker and will be looking to get back into the 80s with the Boston Celtics.

Small Forward – Jaylen Brown (87)

Jaylen Brown had by far his best season with respect to individual statistics last time around and was unlucky to have missed the Playoffs with an injury layoff. Brown started 58 games, averaging 24.7 points and 6 rebounds, and was given an overall of 87 last year.

Boston Celtics v Brooklyn Nets
Boston Celtics v Brooklyn Nets

This time around, Jaylen Brown can be expected to hold on to the same rating for NBA 2K22. He showed vast improvement and shot at a career-high of 58.8% overall. Brown will be looking for his second straight All-Star appearance next season and is expected to be given the same build of a 2-way scoring machine.

Power Forward – Jayson Tatum (90)

Expected to be the highest rated Boston Celtics player with an overall of 90, Jayson Tatum had a strong season despite his team eventually falling short. He averaged a career-high 26.4 points, 7.4 rebounds and 4.3 assists per game whilst shooting at a healthy 53% overall.

Tatum has been given a rating of 90 in NBA 2K22, an overall that he has held on to from the NBA 2K21 game. He was an 88 overall in NBA 2K21 and has the build of a scoring machine.

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Edited by Rohit Mishra
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