The NBA 2K ratings release has become a rite of passage for young NBA stars. At this point, box scores and 2K ratings are almost on par with one another. These guys have worked all their lives to play as a digital version of themselves. The video-game ratings debate amongst players have become more public ever since Hassan Whiteside, 2K legend, pleaded for a ratings bump in a post-game interview. NBA 2K released their ratings on Wednesday and some young players, as you can see above on Ronnie 2K’s timeline, took to Twitter to voice their opinion.
Joel Embiid, if everything goes according to plan, will escape virtual reality this season and make his NBA debut. The mystique around Embiid’s game has endured two foot surgeries, but the guys over at 2K Sports still blessed Embiid with a 77 overall rating. If Embiid’s on-court game is anything like his Twitter game, that rating should see a significant boost.
D’Angelo Russell, who got plenty of screen time in the new 2K trailer, garnered a 79 rating. Russell will probably be one of those virtual superstars who gets a rating in the 70s but play like a 99. His high school teammate, Ben Simmons, makes his 2K debut with an identical rating of 79.
Simmons, the first overall pick in the draft, was one of the first players to receive his 2K rating. When Spurs rookie Dejounte Murray chimed in on Twitter to get his rating, Simmons had a sly response.
The two rookies can hash out their beef when NBA 2K drops on Sept. 20.