The folks behind the hit video game NBA 2K23 have released their annual simulation for the 2022-23 season and fans of the Boston Celtics might be surprised to hear that one of the team’s star wings won the league’s 2023 Kia Most Valuable Player award in the simulation.
Said player could well win it in real life given how well he has played so far this season, with that player being All-NBA Celtics forward Jayson Tatum. Celtics Wire’s Cameron Tabatabaie recently got a chance to interview the face of the basketball video game simulation series Ronnie 2K for our sister site Rookie Wire, and Ronnie provided some context on that interesting outcome in the official 2022-23 simulation as it compares to the real NBA.
“The interesting thing about Jayson,” said Ronnie, “is that he doesn’t put up a ton of just empty stats.”
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“If the Celtics play like they did the last couple months of the season last year, (a real-world MVP bid is) definitely very possible,” he added.
Tatum will likely need to at least keep pace with his early-season numbers, but if he can, that hardware might be more than simulated.
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