Comparison of NBA 2K21 vs NBA 2K20 in game modes, cover athlete, MyTeam, MyCareer & Visual Graphics:

NBA 2K21 is the most recent game in the NBA 2K series, offering an industry leading sports game experience. The game has vastly improved as it offers extreme quality visuals & gameplay, community & competitive online attributes, & immersive, diverse modes.

NBA 2K20 & NBA 2K21 are sports video games in the NBA 2K series. These games are developed by visual concepts & published by 2K games, 2K sports.  

In this article we are classifying differences / similarities between NBA 2K21 & NBA 2K20.

Comparison: NBA 2K21 vs NBA 2K20
Comparison: NBA 2K21 vs NBA 2K20
Image Credit: 2K Sports

Game Modes:

There are several game modes in both these games including MyCareer mode, MyTeam mode, MyGM mode, MyLeague mode, & more. In the NBA 2K video game series, MyTeam is an enormously popular video game mode & MyLeague is the most loved video game mode. In NBA 2K21, both theses modes are further enhanced. In NBA 2K21 there is an addition WNBA mode that lets players  to play as all 12 WNBA teams in the NBA 2K21 exhibition mode. In terms of games mode there is a vast variety offered for players in NBA 2K21 compared to NBA 2K20.   


NBA 2K20 platforms include PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, Android, Google Stadia, iOS & Microsoft Windows while NBA 2K21 platforms include PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, Google Stadia & Microsoft Windows. So there is no doubt that NBA 2K21 releases on more platforms & has got more to offer as well for its customers.

Modes of Play:

Both games support single-player video game feature for solo experience along with multiplayer video game experience if gamer wants to play with other players.

Cover Athlete:

NBA 2K21 vs NBA 2K20 Cover Star
NBA 2K21 vs NBA 2K20 Cover Star
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NBA 2K21 has three cover stars with Kobe Bryant on Mamba Forever Edition available on PS4 & PS5, Damian Lillard on standard PS4 edition & Zion Williamson on standard PS5 & Xbox Series X. In NBA 2K20, Anthony Davis of the Los Angeles Lakers is the cover star for the regular edition & Dwyane Wade is the cover star for the Legend Edition.


In NBA 2K20 there was a limit positions in MyTeam game mode to whatever was on their card. This means, if a player's card said he was a PF, then he had to be on the court, & every lineup had to contain one player at the five basketball positions (PG, SG, SF, PF, & C). Therefore, this controversial decision was a constraint for a player. In NBA 2K21 this controversial decision impact is reduced as there is the best cards fit for two positions.

NBA 2K21 MyTeam
NBA 2K21 MyTeam
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There is also more content in NBA 2K21 for starters who have less game experience with NBA 2K game series. In NBA 2K21, players can enjoy MyTeam squads in unlimited online play & can have some real fun.

MyCareer Mode:

NBA 2K21 MyCareer
NBA 2K21 MyCareer
Image Credit: 2K Sports

NBA 2K21 has an improved top-end MyCareer mode compared to NBA 2K20. There is a charming storyline. Gamer starts a journey that takes him to the top. The mode has become sweeter than ever before.

Visual Graphics:

NBA 2K21 vs NBA 2K20: Graphics
NBA 2K21 vs NBA 2K20 Graphics
Image Credit: 2K Sports

NBA 2K21 features quite fast loading screen time. In the MyCAREER on NBA2K20, the loading time was slow but in NBA 2K21 the game loading is quick. The cinematic scenes are inspirational in NBA 2K21 due to graphical enhancement as the visuals & animations are far too realistic to the eyes. Most importantly, the game also releases on PlayStation 5 & Xbox Series X, so the quality of graphics got a boost as a result due to these newer platforms.

NBA 2K21 Key Features:

  • Developer: Visual Concepts
  • Publisher: 2K Sports
  • Series: NBA 2K
  • Platforms: PC Windows, Nintendo Switch, PS4, Xbox One, PS5, Xbox Series X, Google Stadia, Android & iOS
  • Release Date: 4 September, 2020
  • Genre: Sports
  • Modes: Single-player & multiplayer


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