Want to get professional athletes fired up? Ask them about their video game player ratings.
Ben Simmons apparently is the latest player to feel disrespected by his status in virtual reality. The popular basketball video game “NBA 2K19” revealed Thursday night the Philadelphia 76ers guard has an 87 overall rating (out of 100) in this year’s version.
An 87 is pretty solid for a second-year player, but Simmons obviously felt he should be rated higher.
There’s a logical argument to be made there: Simmons, who averaged 15.8 points, 8.1 rebounds and 8.2 assists per game last season, technically was voted as a better player than Tatum and Mitchell by virtue of winning Rookie of the Year.
Then again, Tatum and Mitchell both are immensely talented in their own rights: The Celtics swingman led all rookies in 3-point percentage (43.4 percent) and set some impressive postseason records, while Mitchell was the leading first-year scorer (20.5 points per game) by a pretty wide margin.
In fact, the 20-year-old Tatum was the only one of the trio not to at least suggest he should be bumped up a couple of points.
Of course, these ratings have no implications in real life other than to serve as motivators for those who felt the video game series gave them the shaft.
Better start working on that jump shot, Ben.
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