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Zion Williamson sounds off on Kevin Durant, LeBron James, Stephen Curry NBA 2K22 ratings

Zion Williamson, Kevin Durant, LeBron James, Stephen Curry

New Orleans Pelicans superstar Zion Williamson admits that he hasn’t played NBA 2K22 as of yet. However, he’s well aware of his 89 player rating, and he’s not exactly happy about it.

Zion recently made an appearance on Bleacher Report’s Just Playin’ with Taylor Rooks, and one of the more intriguing topics covered centered around Williamson’s gripe with NBA 2K:

“When I stopped playing I was a 90,” Zion said. “Nothing happened since then. What did I do for it to drop down a rating? But hey, that’s just me. It is what it is.”

Williamson did say that he will forever be grateful to the 2K team for providing him with the honor to be on last year’s cover. Nevertheless, he couldn’t help but question their decision to hand him an 89 for 2K22. According to the Pelicans youngster, his goal is to be a 94 or 95 by the end of this coming season.

Zion’s semi-rant did not end there, though. The 21-year-old also explained why he believes Kevin Durant, LeBron James, Giannis Antetokounmpo, and Stephen Curry all deserve much higher player ratings. All four superstars garnered a 96 — the highest rating given in NBA 2K22 —  but Zion believes these are too low:

“I think we all witnessed it last year in the playoffs,” Zion said as he explained why he believes Durant should be a 99. “He just put on a basketball clinic, and I feel like anybody who respects the game of basketball, you just know how to appreciate greatness in what we saw.

“Off of respect and what he’s done for the game, I’ll give LeBron a 99. What he’s done for the game, nobody else has done, so I give respect when it’s due. Giannis, I’ll give him a 97, 98. Championship, won it in Milwaukee, got a lot of respect for that. Curry, same thing, 97, 98. Nobody does what he does.”

Can’t say I disagree with any of Zion Williamson’s arguments here. NBA 2K has always been elusive in giving off that 99 rating, but maybe that’s going to change sometime in the future. Who knows, perhaps it’s even Zion himself who manages that herculean task in the comings years.