“Put Him At 99” – Former Teammate Unhappy with LeBron James’ NBA 2K21 Ratings

Published 10/26/2020, 11:07 AM EDT
Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James reacts after a call during the fourth quarter of game three of the 2020 NBA Finals against the Miami Heat. The Miami Heat won 115-104. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The whole world knows about the affection Kendrick Perkins has for LeBron James. Perkins never fails to defend his former teammate against any form of criticism and always steps up with his outright opinion. In a recent ESPN appearance, the 35-year-old questioned the NBA 2K21 creators over LeBron’s 98 overall rating. 

So, what seems to be the problem here? LBJ is the highest-rated player in this year’s NBA 2K, which boasts an unreal engine to render breathtaking graphics. No NBA player has managed to overtake James’ ratings in the last nine years. 

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It is the same story this year as well, but Kendrick Perkins isn’t fully convinced about the rating.

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“My only concern is why didn’t you give him the extra point and put him at a 99. Why you just had to be that disrespectful and put him at a 98 instead of giving him that one extra point and putting him at a 99,” Perkins enquired. 

Not a lot of players receive a 99 overall NBA 2K rating unless they’ve had a phenomenal season. It has been done in the past by stars like LeBron, Kobe, Tim Duncan, to name a few, but no one has got the near-perfect rating on 2K21. 

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Does LeBron James deserve to be 99 overall on NBA 2K21? 

No one has dominated the league more over the past decade than LeBron James. The same reflects in his NBA 2K ratings. King James top the rating chart once again, as he stands first in 2K21, followed by Giannis Antetokounmpo and Kawhi Leonard. 

However, Kendrick Perkins strongly feels LeBron James deserved to be one shy of a 100 overall rating this year. The creators only gave him 98. “LeBron James was phenomenal. He should have won the regular season MVP this season,” Perkins mentioned. 

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Perkins has a personal beef with Ronnie 2K who is the Digital Marketing Director of the NBA 2K game. Ronnie 2K is the man behind the ratings and Perkins has publicly called him out in the past, and he did the same a few days ago as well.

“Like I said, it just got to be some type of controversy and you know with Ronnie 2K putting him at 98. He wanted to look cloud chasing to say ‘Oh LeBron should have been 99’. He want the back and forth — He wants some attention and he getting it right now.”

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Perkins clearly hates the fact the LeBron James has been awarded only 98! The King finished second in the 2020 MVP voting in his 17th year as an NBA player. However, he once again reigns supreme as the top-rated player in 2K but, not everyone agrees! What is your opinion? 

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Arjun Athreya

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Arjun Athreya is a senior writer at Essentially Sports and has been contributing since early 2020. Having developed an avid interest in sports at an early age, he pursued a Journalism degree and graduated from Madras Christian College. Arjun manages the Golf division and its content, and primarily covers news pertaining to the NBA as well.

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