LeBron James: Man those white uniforms ain’t so bad/fresh and that rating ain’t so bad either for such an old head! 🤣🤷🏾♂️🙏🏾 #NBA2K19🔥 #KingJames👑 #StriveForGreatness🚀 #RWTW🏅 #JamesGang👑
Donovan Mitchell: 2 questions @NBA2K What's my dunk rating? And who else is an 87 this year 🤔 😂 pic.twitter.com/TGbs1Fvrez
NBA 2K19: A rating fit for a King 🔥 A 98 overall for our 20th Anniversary Edition Cover athlete @KingJames. What do you think?
Singh no longer has such anonymity. When an NBA player wants his rating, he must hit up @Ronnie2K. According to Singh, two days before the game's release, 214 players had tweeted about their initial ratings. That's nearly half of the 450 players in the league. The game's manufacturer didn't have to spend a dime for the promotion. "Most other brands would struggle to have that kind of [advertising]," Singh said. "I mean, they'd have to pay considerably to have that kind of impact. We're doing it based on relationships and a passion for a really great video game."
When Washington Wizards guard John Wall caught wind of his 90 rating, he tweeted at Singh: "u a joke !!" The two publicly debated about Wall's previous ratings until Singh tweeted a GIF of a dancing salt shaker, poking fun at the four-time all-star for being upset. Wall blocked him. "John was not serious," Singh said. "It was funny, him and I were DMing the whole time that was happening. It's slightly orchestrated, you know. ... I didn't know he was going to say 'u a joke,' but that was perfect. That was exactly what we needed to kind of fuel the thirst about these ratings."
Paul Kim: what do you think Melo's real ranking should be?? Damian Lillard: Honestly don't give a damn bout a ranking. They usually wrong at every level.
While at the event, Danny had a chance to talk about the much-hyped game, and revealed he is not much of a gamer as well as a player who doesn't fret over his rating. “I’m not a big gamer, I do play but I’m not a guy who worries about the rating. As long as they put me in the game — I know that they put me in better than I am in real life. So if they can put me in the game where I can shoot it pretty well, and play defense then I am happy. It’s always fun and interesting to watch."
Ingram received a 76 rating in the game, which some believed was too low. In an interview with Mike Bresnahan of Spectrum SportsNet, Ingram disagreed saying it could’ve been even lower considering the season he had last year: “I can’t control it, I know it’s just a game. Of course with the season I had this year I could’ve expected it even lower. I know what I’m capable of and a lot of guys, especially my fans, know what I’m capable of and that’s why they were mad at it, but it’s kind of based off how the season went this year.”
While EuroLeague players will be absent from NBA 2K18, fans of the game will be able to continue playing as Milos Teodosic since he now belongs to the NBA world as an LA Clipper. Αccoding to 2KRating, in 2K18, the Serbian guard is rated 77. He’s tied with Jayson Tatum as the third highest-rated rookie after Markelle Fulz (Philadelphia 76ers) and Lonzo Ball (LA Clippers).
Mike Conley: Apparently my 87 rating gets you every bucket, pass, crossover, and great hair 😏 @NBA2K @Ronnie 2K #justsayin #tunnelvision
Clevis Murray: Cavs: Jae Crowder will be an 80 overall in #NBA2K18. J.R. Smith will be a 75 with an A- 3-point rating.
Now, though, the full list of NBA 2K18 ratings for the Atlanta Hawks seems to be available and there are some interesting takeaways from the list. The full list is below and, if nothing else, it can serve as a starting point for all kinds of arguments. Dennis Schröder - 79, Dewayne Dedmon - 77, Ersan Ilyasova - 75, Taurean Prince - 75, Kent Bazemore - 74, Marco Belinelli - 74, Malcolm Delaney - 74, Mike Muscala - 74
Yogi Ferrell: Like I'm playin for the Mavericks @nba2k @ronnie2k #nba2k18 #2KFirstLook pic.twitter.com/6SKhUjlbC3
NBA 2K 2K18: .@KingJames leads the list of the Top 10 highest rated SFs in #NBA2K18! Rudy Gay: Crock of BS. Wait till this season.
Montrezl Harrell: S/o to @Ronnie 2K got my rating but it's over for everyone 🤔😑 an wrong jersey number 5
2K Sports recently provided DeAndre' Bembry with his NBA 2K18 rating, a 69 overall. Bembry is now the third Hawk to reveal his rating, as John Collins revealed that he is a 73 and Dewayne Dedmon that he is a 77.
TJ Leaf: 2K!!! What does everyone think? @Ronnie 2K @NBA2K #2Kfirstlook #NBA2K18 pic.twitter.com/44zEk3fqbx
Quincy Pondexter: I needed a good laugh today.. well here it is @Ronnie2K @NBA2K #NBA2K18 #2KFirstLook my knee durability better be a 99 tho
Caris LeVert: Hmm idk what y'all think??🤔@Ronnie 2K @NBA2K #NBA2K18 #2KFirstLook pic.twitter.com/UDRTuH7lUQ
NBA2K: Happy Birthday to @NBA2K family, @kobebryant! Dominate with Kobe on the All-Time @Lakers squad in #NBA2K18!
Pascal Siakam: Aye let's get it🔥!! Need to get that up tho! #doingitforyou🙏🏾 #humblehustle🙏🏾👏🏾Shoutout @ronnie2k @nba2k #2kfirstlook #nba2k18
Jared Dudley: HUGE shoutout to my guy @Ronnie2K and the whole @NBA2K family on my exclusive pic 🔥 Congrats on your guys success 👌🏽👌🏽
At one point during the wedding reception, Wesley Matthews found out that his overall rating in NBA 2K18 is an 83. Singh estimates that there were about 40 NBA players at the wedding and reception, including Stephen Curry, Kyrie Irving, Klay Thompson, Andre Iguodala, Kent Bazemore, Andrew Bogut and Devin Harris among others. Matthews’ 83 rating and how the 2K staff comes up with these numbers became a hot topic among the players in attendance. “I was at Harrison Barnes’ wedding and a major point of contention was Wesley’s rating,” Singh said. “He found out that he was an 83 overall and he got pretty upset about it. He kept talking to Rick Carlisle about it. Well, Rick was the MC of Harrison’s reception. It got to the point that during the reception, in front of about 40 NBA players, Rick gets on the mic and says, ‘Ronnie, we have to address this rating thing right now. You need to come up here.’
“So during the reception, I’m up there in front of these 40 NBA players explaining why the ratings are the way they are and how they’re determined. And I’m thinking, ‘This guy is in the middle of celebrating his wedding!’ Harrison’s wife was probably like, ‘I’m going to murder Ronnie after this reception.’ (laughs) They’re both amazing people – just a great couple – but I just kept thinking, ‘This is not the proper place for this!’ But Rick orchestrated it, so unfortunately I had to participate.”
“We get a lot of private messages from guys that are pretty harsh,” Singh said. “Last year, for example, Dion Waiters flipped out about his rating – and his rating was pretty good too. I want to say he was rated an 83 at the beginning of last year and, while he ended up having an excellent year, it felt fair at the time. He was just livid, though.”
While players would never admit this publicly, some have gotten mad when a specific teammate is rated higher than them in the game. Players are extremely competitive and they know their teammates’ game better than anyone, so it frustrates them when they wholeheartedly believe that they’re the better player but have a lower overall rating. In one instance, an Eastern Conference player recently direct messaged Singh on Twitter campaigning for his 2K18 rating to be higher than his star teammate because he’s been dominating offseason workouts and pick-up games.
During a question-and-answer session through The Indianapolis Star in 2015, Indiana Pacers big man LaVoy Allen was asked about his 75-overall rating in the game and gave a surprising response. “It’s way too high,” Allen said through the outlet’s Twitter account. “Lavoy Allen is the only player I’ve ever seen or heard of who said that his rating is too high,” Stauffer said with a laugh. “He may have been joking. But, as far as I know, he’s the only player who’s said that.”
Dewayne Dedmon: Steady improvement 2k not jus the rating but the looks too.. can't wait to dunk some fools on the sticcs this year.. who got next ? @ronnie2k @nba2k #nba2k18 #2kfirstlook #justwatch
Rudy Gobert: Shoutout to @Ronnie2K for my #2KFirstLook screen. A little low as usual but started from a 52 so we good 😏. What you guys think?
Justin Patton: Everyone take a look! This is crazy still! Huge shoutout to @Ronnie2K @NBA2K #NBA2K18 #2KFirstLook
Dorian Finney-Smith: @Ronnie2K @NBA2K #NBA2K18 #2KFirstLook Here it is. Much better than last year!! 😈
Jordan Bell: What y'all think? Even though I'm going to change it to a 99 when I play @Ronnie2K @NBA2K #nba2k18 #2kFirstLook
Walter Tavares: I am not happy but it means extra motivation for me!🔝 @Ronnie 2K @NBA2K #NBA2K18 #2KFirstLook #NeverGiveUp🇨🇻 #FROMCV
Clint Capela: My rating needs the same kind of come up my graphic got!! 😂😂 @Ronnie 2K @NBA2K #NBA2K18 #2KFirstLook #WaitForThatFirstUpdate ⬆️⬆️
Frank Ntilikina: 👀@Ronnie2K @NBA2K #NBA2K18 #2KFirstLook After playing this game since a younger age, it finally happened 🙏🏾🎮#Blessed #DreamBig
Willy Hernangomez: Muy contento con mi imagen en #NBA2K18. Seguro que mi media sube pronto!💪🏼 qué opináis? #2kfirstlook
Dwyane Wade: My face says it all haha. Here's the overall rating for @LeBron James and I for 17-18 season @NBA2K @Ronnie 2K #NBA2K18 #2kFirstLook pic.twitter.com/yuumLI1vdi
Dwyane Wade: That All-Time Team flow w @Shaquille O'Neal @Ronnie 2K @NBA2K #NBA2K18 #2kFirstLook pic.twitter.com/mgMbNxSYgr
Ronnie 2K 2K18: Alright NBA players what do you want to be rated going into year? You can say they're low but wanna know what you actually think... Spencer Dinwiddie: :thinking_face:. 6'6, athletic, 3:1 ast/to, 38% 3FG, only 24. Only 1yr of production tho. High 70's/Low 80's. Narcissistically 99...
Will Barton: @Ronnie2K @NBA2K #NBA2K18 #2KFirstLook we gonna bump this up when the first updates drop. My ppl still get buckets with me though lol
Langston Galloway: Got my 2k rating! What y'all think? Some Work To Do This Year! @Ronnie2K @NBA2K #NBA2K18 #2KFirstLook
Davis Bertans: @Ronnie2K @NBA2K #NBA2K18 #2KFirstLook Well this is me for 2k18. What you guys think?? Too bad you can't see my right hand in this one 😂
Glenn Robinson III: Can't wait to get 2k18! Shoutout to @Ronnie2K for the #2KFirstLook ..thoughts??🤔😴 #overlydedicated #nba2k18
Bobby Portis: Got my rating! What y'all think? Definitely gonna get this up the first couple updates. Year 3!! @Ronnie2K @NBA2K #NBA2K18 #2KFirstLook
Tyus Jones: Thanks to @Ronnie2K for my rating! What y'all think?🤔 @NBA2K #NBA2K18 #2KFirstLook #blessed #WYOS 😈⏳
Evan Fournier: Come on man @Ronnie2K ! I look way too real... I'm disappointed & I skipped the scan on purpose @NBA2K #NBA2K18 #2KFirstLook
Giannis Antetokounmpo: Here's my 2k rating! What do you guys think? 👍🏾or 👎🏾@Ronnie2K @NBA2K #NBA2K18 #2KFirstLook
Kelly Oubre: My 2K rating is always weak, I'll ask for my rating when I prove to y'all what I'm really worth. Appreciate the support tho, Godspeed #Shhh
Kristaps Porzingis: NY NY! #NBA2K18 has got me looking good this year #2KFirstLook. Pre-order yours http://2kgam.es/BuyNBA2K18
Paul George: New season, new uniform. Here’s your first look at me in the OKC threads in #NBA2K18! #2KFirstLook http://2kgam.es/BuyNBA2K18
Fans of the 76ers and Lakers are extremely excited for their top draft picks — and for good reason if the ratings in "NBA 2K18" are to be believed. Both Markelle Fultz and Lonzo Ball will start their careers with an Overall rating of 80, an indication that the developers behind the game view the two as the most pro-ready, potential-laden prospects in years. Fultz and Ball are the highest-rated rookies to enter the "NBA 2K" series since 2010. That year, John Wall was drafted No. 1 by the Wizards and received an Overall rating of 81 in "NBA 2K11." Even the likes of Anthony Davis and Karl-Anthony Towns began with ratings below 80 since then.
NBA 2K 2K18: CHAMPIONS. @NBA2K presents your first look at @StephenCurry30 & @KDTrey5 in #NBA2K18. Who's stopping them?
NBA 2K 2K18: 1st Look: #NBA2K18 x @hornets x @DwightHoward x @Jumpman23 Dwight Howard: 81- Hmmm,, 🤔 Let's See After This Season #NBA2k18 #BuzzCity #HumbleButAlwaysWorkin 💪🏾
Another player who took issue with his rating was Kyrie Irving. Irving was rated 90 and was not pleased. Watch his reaction below, as he vows to use the “disrespect” as motivation and promises to work his way up to a 93 by the end of the season.
Hassan Whiteside: 2 Years later, leading league in two different categories @NBA2K still doesn't have my rating right. Many triple dbls and dbl dbls later 🤔😂😂
Kristaps Porzingis: I’m ready to show more in year two. I am only 80 overall in NBA 2K, so I need to improve. In terms of personal goals, I can’t predict what I’m going to do. There are goals for myself and goals for my team. I believe that we have to make the playoffs, and that’s my focus. Just gonna put this out there, though: One day I’d like to get a quadruple double, points, assists, rebounds and blocks. Melo got close to a few triple doubles last year — as the wing player in our offense, he’s in a good position to do set everyone up — so I know it’s possible in our system. Ten blocks, though … I don’t know.
Fresh off an Olympic gold medal, a day declared in his name, an Exceptional Citizenship Award and leading all NBA centers in scoring in 2015-16, DeMarcus Cousins has netted a top five ranking in NBA 2K17. Cousins is listed at a 90 overall rating in this edition of the annual release, tied with Anthony Davis, James Harden, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green. Sitting above Cousins are LeBron James (96), Stephen Curry (94), Kevin Durant (93), Russell Westbrook (93), Kawhi Leonard (93) and Chris Paul (91).
Raul Barrigon: Pau says, smiling, he's a bit pissed his brother Marc has a better rating than him. #GasolBros #NBA2K17
Ronnie 2K: The ratings have always been a very contentious subject because at the end of the day it’s a number, and everybody expects themselves to be the best of the best. So everybody wants to be a 99, and there’s only one 99 in the game, ’95-96 Michael Jordan. We use a ton of formulas, a ton of algorithms, a ton of discussion. So this year LeBron James is a 96 and then everyone kind of falls in line right under him. We used to have more 90’s in our game, our ratings just generally were higher, and we felt like that it didn’t create enough wiggle room to build. We have some really smart people working on the ratings team.
Any Twitter DMs from NBA players complaining about them? Ronnie 2K: Oh yeah, for sure. Absolutely. You don’t have to say any names… Ronnie 2K: I don’t want to throw them under the bus. But listen, it makes sense. Everybody wants to be a 99, everybody compares themselves to other people around their rating and say ‘Hey, I’m better than that guy, I’m better than that other guy’… It’s a really difficult thing to do. The one thing about really seeing the ratings individually is that you don’t really get a context of who they are next to. A lot of people were upset about the [Kristaps] Porzingis rating. He’s an 80, but there’s a lot of guys around him that are definitely on his level and maybe even better. I don’t mean to pick on Porzingis because I think he is one of the future Top 10 basketball players in the Association.
July 3, 2022 | 11:25 pm EDT Update
If a trade is possible, would the leaders of the locker room welcome Durant? According to multiple sources, they would, for the same reason they embraced him in 2016. “I mean,” one source said, “it’s freaking Kevin Durant.” The Warriors superstars have been in conversations with Durant. In addition to catching up, the Hall of Fame-bound peers did entertain the idea of a reunion.
The Warriors could undoubtedly put together one of the best packages for a Durant trade. And for a front office known for unearthing every stone, they’d have to vet the chance to add Durant. With that said, according to multiple sources in the Warriors organization, a reunion is highly unlikely. Nothing about the last three years suggests the Warriors would be willing to pay the price for a KD return. That price is likely (and reportedly) an All-Star-caliber player, young talent and a heap of draft picks.
This isn’t a case where the Warriors stars are pressing the front office to go acquire Durant. Sources made it clear they are fine defending their title with Wiggins, Poole and the young players they’ve been grooming to win with them. But if the universe somehow sets it up so legends reunite, they’d be open to it.
Lionel Hollins, the long-time Memphis Grizzlies head coach through the Grit and Grind era, will join Rockets coaching staff six years after he and Stephen Silas sought to team up on the Houston bench a person with knowledge of the Rockets additions to the coaching staff said on Sunday.
The Rockets will also promote Mahmoud Abdelfattah after he led the Rio Grande Valley Vipers to the G League championship. Abdelfattah was a Vipers assistant coach in their 2018-19 G League championship season and was promoted to head coach the following season. Mike Batiste, a Wizards assistant who like Hollins played at Arizona State, will also join the Rockets staff.
Tony Jones: Utah Jazz head video coordinator Charles Allen has accepted a job with the Sacramento Kings under new coach Mike Brown, according to league sources. He will be the head video coordinator and a special assistant to the head coach
July 3, 2022 | 9:44 pm EDT Update
For the Nets, trading Kevin Durant correctly is a lot more important than doing it quickly. League personnel who spoke to The Post said Nets general manager Sean Marks — and by default team owner Joe Tsai as well — are adamant about getting back All-Star caliber talent in return for Durant. And with their disgruntled star having four years left on his contract, the Nets are in no rush to deal.