It is that time of the year when fantasy takes over reality. NBA 2K released its fresh ratings for the NBA 2K21, and it attracted mixed responses. The fans of LeBron James (98) were delighted with his win over Giannis Antetokounmpo (97). But it left a Chicago Bulls player fuming.
25-YO Zach LaVine did not particularly like his rating in the simulation video game. Being a rising star, it is obvious for a player of his caliber to dislike being ruled out of the Top 15. He remained very vocal about his disappointment with the release of the ratings. With this, he joined the likes of a few other players in the leagues.
Earlier, NBA analyst Kendrick Perkins had rebuked the value of NBA 2K’s rating and voiced that it should not matter much. Now, the Bulls’ top scorer Zach has come out openly to show how unimpressed he was to learn about the ratings. He wrote “Damn Ronnie….” on his Twitter after securing just 85 to his name.
Ronnie Singh or Ronnie 2K is the Digital Marketing Director at 2K and is responsible for deciding on these ratings for the players. One reason why he has an NBA fan following and also a plethora of people who dislike him for awarding those popular ratings.
Zach had his career-best season in 2019-20, averaging 25.5 pts, 4.8 rebs, 4.2 assists, at 45% from the field. He also recorded an impressive 38% accuracy from downtown. It is also true that the Chicago Bulls had one of the worst seasons, as they had a 22-43 record. Perhaps this was a reason he could not register more points because the Bulls were excluded from the Bubble and hence he could not show up.
The 25-YO had a rating of 86 and ranked #29 in NBA 2K20. They listed him as a Floor-Spacing Slasher. The 6’6” athlete is great at transition, coming off the screen, and also presents a very high athleticism. However, his defense is still on a weaker side and he is yet to build upon that.
The ratings of this year surprised a few fans as Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant scored very high even after failing to complete the season. Nevertheless, if Zach wants to climb this virtual ladder, he will have to drag his team up alongside him.
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