The Philadelphia 76ers’ Joel Embiid had a phenomenal rookie season — when he was on the court. The injury-ridden big man averaged 20.2 points, 7.8 rebounds and 2.5 blocks in 31 games, and based on that small sample he’s expecting superstar treatment in NBA 2K18. Unfortunately, he’s not gonna get it.
Here’s Embiid finding out his rating for this year’s video game is only an 86, nine points lower than he expected.
“Well, it’s kinda hard to rate me because I felt last year when I was on the court I was the best defender in the league. And then as a big man I can do everything. Shoot threes, post up, handle the ball, be a playmaker. So I feel like, I’ll be honest, it should be at least 95.”
Embiid was incredulous when he was then told he’s an 86:
“What?! That’s bull crap. I’m not gonna curse. I just got fined so I’m not gonna curse. But 86 — I’m definitely gonna bump it up to 95 during the season.”
At least he seems to understand the source of his lower-than-expected evaluation.
My Durability rating must've not allowed my 2k rating to be at least 95??!!!! Gotta work on that #TheProcess
— Joel Embiid (@JoelEmbiid) July 18, 2017
2K Sports has revealed a few ratings for the upcoming game. Paul George is a 91, and Kyrie Irving is a 90. Granted those guys also oversold themselves when asked to guess their ratings, Embiid still thinks he’s significantly better than them.
Using last year’s ratings as a guide, Embiid thinks he’s basically as good as LeBron James, who was a 96 in 2K17. Steph Curry was the second-best player as a 94.
For a guy who’s played only 31 career games, I think Embiid should take the 86 rating and enjoy it.