NBA stars react to 2K18 ratings ESPN logo
Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Athletes love to rave about their ratings on video games, even if it's just for bragging rights.

More often than not, the ratings they're given are a lot lower than what they believe they deserve. Of course, that was the case when some of the NBA's youngest stars were asked to guess their ratings on NBA 2K18, which is scheduled to hit stores Sept. 19.

We saw how Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid felt about his 86 rating, thinking he should be closer to a 95. When Minnesota Timberwolves big man Karl-Anthony Towns was told that he was a 91 on this year's game, he had a message for Embiid.

Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving had an interesting response when asked to guess his rating. He felt he deserved a few extra points as this year's cover athlete.

Paul George, who is headed to Oklahoma City, was given a rating of 91. He called it "solid" but believes he'll be closer to a 99 by season's end. Toronto Raptors swingman DeMar DeRozan didn't have many complaints himself, though he thought he should be rated a little higher.

Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker, who, like Towns, is entering his third NBA season, knows he has work to do to get his rating up.

The NBA 2K team does consistent updates throughout the year based on how players fare. So anyone not satisfied now has an entire 82-game season to improve his stock.

-- Josiah Turner