In NBA 2K21, as soon as you transcend from one rank to the other, you unlock brand-new prizes/rewards which let you take your team to the next level. Perks range from the purely cosmetic, like changing your hair color at the barbershop, unlocking, badges, and boosts that directly affect the gameplay.
The player begins in the Rookie rank and makes their way up to the legend. Along the way, each title has 3 different tiers of rewards to collect for their rep. Here are all the rep awards for each level.
Rookie I: Unlock all hair colors at Doc’. Ability to customize your jersey at the NBA Store. Unlock the ability to wear accessories in the Neighborhood. Can buy hats and bling at Swag’s. Tier 1 emotes unlocked. Skateboard, beach cruiser, and scooter available for purchase.
Rookie II: Unlocks an Arm accessory.
Rookie III: Unlocks MyCOURT backboard customization.
Pro I: Tier 2 emotes unlocked. Skateboard, beach cruiser, and scooter emotes unlocked. Neighborhood gameplay animations are now available. Legend jerseys are available in the NBA Store. Tier 1 player panels unlocked. Low rider unlocked. Can buy eyewear and backpacks.
Pro II: Unlocks Iron Wall Badge which set hard screens in the park. Unlocks Exclusive Arm Accessory.
Pro III: Unlocks Mycourt Scoreboard Customization.
All-Star I: Tier 3 emotes unlocked. Tier 2 player panels unlocked. More gameplay animations unlocked. Low rider animations unlocked. Pack Handles – Park dribble moves now available in the Neighborhood. A hoverboard is available.
All-Star II: Unlocks Screen Crusher Badge. It can blow up hard screens in the neighborhood. Unlocks Exclusive Arm Accessory. Unlocks Exclusive Eyewear.
All-Star III: Unlocks DJ Equipment. It allows you to drop beats and perform in the neighborhood. Unlocks Mycourt Floor Customizations. You can now use your own ball in neighborhood games. Unlocks Mycourt Mural Customization.
Superstar I: You can now run around shirtless. More gameplay animations unlocked. Hoverboard animations unlocked. Neck, back, and chest tattoos unlocked. Ability to spin the wheel twice at a time unlocked. Trike available at Wheels. Tier 4 emotes unlocked.
Superstar II: Nothing Easy mode – hard fouls at the rim boost your team’s Takeover in the Neighborhood. Gym Rat badge – no need to visit the gym, bonuses permanently unlocked.
Superstar III: My own entrance! Mini-Basketball Game is now unlocked for your MyCOURT. The penthouse is Unlocked.
Elite I: Unlocks Tier 3 Player Panels. Unlocks Tier 5 Emotes and Trike Animations. You can now spin the Elite Wheel.
Elite II: You can now create your own T-shirt. Unlocks Takeover Rooster. Your Takeover Meter will now fill up faster in the neighborhood.
Elite III: Can now buy and shoot off fireworks. Ability to earn double VC unlocked. Can buy mascots and Elite clothes.
Legend: Arrive in style. Get +10 Badge Points in each category. Legend player panels unlocked.
It's one of those series that make players comfortable with every new entry. If fans are comfortable with the new content, there is no reason for the game to change.