It's early September, which means it's that time of the year when NBA players react to their annual player rankings on NBA 2K. The highly-anticipated video game, which is expected to release on the 9th of September, is the brainchild of Visual Concepts. The game is marketed by Ronnie Singh — famously known as Ronnie2K among basketball fans. Every year, Ronnie2K releases player ratings in advance to advertise the popular video game online.
Kevin Durant reacts to his player ranking
In fairness to Ronnie 2K, his advertising strategy has been a resounding success over the past couple of years. He gets players, fans, and even NBA Twitter to react to the release of the annual player ratings because after all, what is there to talk about in the dog days of the NBA offseason?
The latest player to respond to his player ranking is Brooklyn Nets superstar Kevin Durant, who believes that he deserves to be rated higher than 96.
"Aye @ronnie2k I'm gonna need an explanation on why I'm not a 99? This has become laughable," Durant tweeted on Tuesday.
Knowing Durant's personality online, this could be a sarcastic reaction to get his followers laughing. But, as mentioned above, it's the dog days of the offseason, so it makes sense why KD is using his free time going back and forth with NBA fans online.
It's also proof that most notable players pay attention to how the video game creators perceive them, whether they like it or not.
Does KD deserve a 99 rating?
Durant, who has been on the cover of NBA2K 2 times, is undoubtedly a top 5 player in the league today. Despite his failed attempts to win a championship with the Nets and demanding a trade request this offseason (which he later took back), he deserves to be ranked 96, not 99 — jokes and all aside.
It's only right that Giannis Antetokounmpo (the undisputed best player in the world) ranks the highest amongst all players with a rating of 97.
Putting the NBA 2K ratings aside, Durant is still certainly capable of outplaying Antetokounmpo, especially since he's proven that he can still take over any basketball game despite being 33 years old and suffering from a brutal Achilles injury.
This season will be an interesting one for KD, who's on the clock to prove that he too can lead a franchise to a championship — just like what Antetokounmpo did two seasons ago.