Joel Embiid Couldn’t Believe His ‘NBA 2K18’ Rating Isn’t as High as Stephen Curry’s

Bryan Brandom
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It’s that time of year again—with just months between now and the drop of the next edition of the NBA 2K video game, let bristling from players that are disappointed in their ratings begin.

The first: Joel Embiid, who told the game’s Instagram feed that he thinks he deserves to have a rating of 95.

“Well, it’s kind of hard to rate me, because I felt like last year when I was on the court I was the best defender in the league,” he said. “And then, as a big man, I mean I can do everything, shoot threes, post up, handle the ball, be a playmaker. So I feel like my—I’ll be honest, I should be at least 95.”

Only one player had a better rating than 95 at the beginning of last season: LeBron James, with a 96. Stephen Curry was a 94. Kevin Durant was a 93.

When the interviewer told Embiid he’d start the year as an 86 in NBA 2K18, the Philadelphia 76ers center was confident he’d be able to change their thinking over the course of the 2017-18 campaign.

“I’m definitely going to bump it up to 95 during the season.”

Embiid played in just 31 games as a rookie in 2016-17. On Twitter, he noted he’d have to improve his durability to launch himself that high.

Last year, Andrew Wiggins dissed the video game when he learned he started 2016-17 as an 82.

The tradition of publicly questioning video game ratings isn’t exclusive to basketball, either, as Dallas Cowboys wideout Dez Bryant will tell you.