Our first look at LeBron James in NBA 2K24 shows how far we’ve come

If you're looking forward to NBA 2K24, you're going to want to check out LeBron James on PS5 and Xbox Series X. It really shows how far we've come, graphically.

NBA 2K24 LeBron James: an image of LeBron with a question mark over his face

If you like basketball, you need to look at picking up NBA 2K24 when the NBA 2K24 release date rolls around. We know this is something that largely goes without saying, but this is one of the most intriguing upcoming Xbox games and most interesting upcoming PS5 games out there – even though it’s an annual sports game release. Why, though? Well, because this series continues to push the limits when it comes to graphical realism and slick action on the court. If you want to know what we mean, all you need to do is look at LeBron James in NBA 2K24 – and what he’s looked like in the past – for an explanation. 2K has also shared brand-new looks at other NBA superstars like Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry, and Giannis Antetokounmpo – all of which look incredible.

In and amongst information on what you get with your NBA 2K24 pre-orders and details on everything changing in the new NBA 2K24 MyCAREER mode, 2K has shared a brand new look at some of the basketball league’s biggest stars on the social media platform formerly known as Twitter – and King James himself is among them.

Whether you’re looking forward to the NBA 2K24 Season 1 release date or not, it’s difficult to deny that this game’s graphics are truly next-gen. The image 2K has shared of LeBron James, which you can see for yourself below, really does show how far we’ve come when you look at what LeBron James looked like in earlier NBA games.

NBA 2K24 LeBron James in-game holding a fake crown

From the faint stretch marks on his deltoid muscles to the fact that you can see every single individual hair on his head, the attention to detail in NBA 2K24 is truly remarkable. It isn’t limited to LeBron James, of course. He’s just one of well-over 400 NBA players coming to NBA 2K24 MyTEAM. You’re going to need to prepare yourself for the Wembanyama meta if you’re planning on tackling that game mode, though.

It’s easy to be impressed at NBA 2K24’s graphics in isolation, though. If you want to really see how far we’ve come, you need to look at what LeBron James looked like way back in NBA LIVE 04 – something that content creator ‘2KBroham‘ has done.

You can check that out below:

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To be fair, the visuals of the older NBA games have always been quite impressive for the time. The cloth physics are far from bad, even as far back as NBA 2K6 and 2K7. LeBron James, however, hasn’t always looked quite as good as he does now. This evolution also charts his rise from OVR 78 to OVR 96 in NBA 2K23.

We have our NBA 2K24 ratings predictions here ahead of any official announcements, but we can’t imagine LeBron James will drop much more than OVR 95 or OVR 94. He was OVR 98 at one point, but we think those days are behind him – as sad as it is to say.

If you want to check out what some of the other players look like in NBA 2K24, 2K has shared images of Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry, Joel Embiid, and Giannis Antetokounmpo right here. Every single one of them is near-indistinguishable from their real-life counterparts. In fact, we really do think the image of Stephen Curry is actually a photograph. It’s just too good.

We don’t know if NBA 2K24 is going to be remembered as one of the best games of all time in the future, but it’s certainly a series that’s at the forefront of modern video game graphics – and that’s worth talking about. Oh, and NBA 2K24 Mamba Moments is evolving the series’ Michael Jordan mode in the best way.