Like all rookies who finally made it to the NBA, Sacramento Kings guard Tyrese Haliburton is pretty thrilled to see a digital version of himself in NBA 2K 21. However, the 20-year-old playmaker doesn't exactly agree with how he looks in the popular video game.
On Thursday, the former Iowa State standout hilariously pleaded to 2K Sports' digital marketing director Ronnie 2K to get that “random man” out of his #0 Kings jersey.
— Tyrese Haliburton (@TyHaliburton22) February 11, 2021
While NBA 2K has been renowned for its realistic graphics each year, there are still some hits and misses in terms of NBA players' face scans. Since Tyrese Haliburton somehow slid all the way to number 12 in last year's draft to the Kings, maybe the guys from 2K did not exactly prioritize getting his features right.
Some of Haliburton's followers have also roasted 2K for this one, claiming the rookie's avatar looks like an NPC within the game since it came from a stock design. Hilarity aside, the 6-foot-5 guard has certainly been turning heads for SacTown this season.
In the first 22 games of his pro career with the Kings, Haliburton has been notching 12.0 points, 3.6 rebounds, 5.3 assists, and 1.2 steals. He's also answered doubts about his ability to score in the big leagues, making 49.5 percent of his field goals and 45.5 of his triples.
Tyrese Haliburton was even named the Western Conference Rookie of the Month, edging top two lottery picks Anthony Edwards and James Wiseman. He has proven to be one of the most clutch performers among rookies, already bailing out the Kings on several occasions this season.
Let's hope 2K heeds Haliburton's request and re-work his face in the next patch.