Atlanta Hawks: Clint Capela wants his 2K rating to reflect his play

Atlanta Hawks. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports
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The Atlanta Hawks have changed the narrative around them on the basketball court. Their romp through the playoffs to the Eastern Conference Finals ultimately led to them having 19 nationally televised games next season, including playing on Christmas for the first time since 1989. It’s been a good few months.

Clint Capela is looking to make sure that continues, even if the basketball court he’s seeking respect on is digital.

Atlanta Hawks center Clint Capela tells Ronnie2K: “If it ain’t 85 or better, I don’t want it”

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2021’s rebounding champ, Capela is taking to social media and asking, no, demanding (sarcasm, folks) that his rating be reflective of his permanence on the court.

He reached out to Ronnie Singh, aka Ronnie 2K, via Twitter with a little message.

The 6-foot-10 Swiss big man averaged 15.2 points and a career-high 14.3 rebounds in his first season in Atlanta.

He also held his own going through the gauntlet of the Knicks, 76ers, and eventual-champion Bucks.

During the postseason, Capela averaged 10.1 points and 11.2 boards per game for the surprising Hawks.

He was sixth in rebounds per game.

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In the Eastern Conference Finals, he struggled a bit with Trae Young getting hobbled and only averaged 9.5 points but still a healthy 10.3 rebounds across six games.

After missing the first two games of the season, Capela would miss just seven games the rest of the year.

That tied him with Young and Collins for the team lead with 63 appearances. He was also third on the team in minutes per game.

You might go so far as to call him an ironman in today’s load management-filled NBA.

Capela also averaged 2.0 blocks per game during the regular season and 1.1 in the postseason. He even finished third at his position in All-Defensive Team voting behind only Rudy Gobert and Joel Embiid.

Perhaps he should be asking for better than an ’85’.

Capela is another in what has become an annual tradition of players checking in on their ratings. It has led to some interesting back-and-forths between them and Ronnie. At the last update, Capela’s rating in the previous iteration of the game, 2K21, is 86. That ranks as the seventh-highest center in the game.

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His rating will likely go up, and maybe rather quickly if the Hawks get out to another fast start and sustain it this season. He was rated as an 82 in 2K21 when last season began.  NBA 2K22 is set to be released on Sep 10.