Luka Doncic

Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic smiles after they scored during the second half in Game 5 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series against the Los Angeles Clippers Wednesday, June 2, 2021, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Every year, gamers and athletes anticipate updated ratings for the popular NBA2K video game, and every year, there are some who are happy and some who aren’t.

The following four players earned a 96 overall rating, the highest given out for the 2021-22 season: LeBron James of the Lakers, Kevin Durant of the Nets, Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Bucks and Stephen Curry of the Warriors.

James took to Twitter to declare that Durant and Curry both should have had 99 overall ratings.

Durant unsurprisingly agrees, and if you’ve watched him play, you would, too.

Mavericks star Luka Doncic ranks eighth on NBA2K’s list with a 94 overall rating, which is extremely good for a 22-year-old, but it’s the same rating he got last year. Doncic should’ve been bumped up to at least 95 or 96, but hopefully for him, that rating will rise over the years as he improves his perimeter shot and free-throw shooting.

The league is soon to be his, so, it’s no surprise the two-time All-NBA selection is on the cover of the standard edition for 2K22.

Hawks guard Trae Young, coming off an impressive Eastern Conference finals run, was tagged with an 89. “Ice Trae” probably should be in the 90-92 range, as he averaged 25.3 points, 9.4 assists and four rebounds last season. He didn’t take so kindly to 2K’s rating.

Also awarded an 89 was Pelicans star Zion Williamson, whom many fans felt shouldn’t have received the same rating as Young. But the former No. 1 overall pick was dominant in 2020-21, putting up 27.0 points (on 61.1 percent shooting) and 7.2 boards per game. Williamson also comes in as the top-rated dunker.

LaMelo Ball, the Hornets’ Rookie of the Year winner, got an 84 rating following an electric first season in the NBA. Jayson Tatum of the Celtics voiced his disappointment to 2K creator “Ronnie2k” after his rating dropped from last season to 90, stating: “I don’t know how we keep going backwards.”

The 2K team did something different this year, ranking international players by country such as for Spain, Germany and France. Clippers forward Serge Ibaka sits atop the Spanish rankings with a 79, while Jazz center Rudy Gobert secured a French-best 88 after winning his third Defensive Player of the Year award.

Ratings will continue to be released throughout the week. Don’t be surprised if your favorite player is underrated by the critical 2K team.

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