Kevin Durant is one of the cover athletes of the highly-anticipated NBA 2K22 game. The Brooklyn Nets superstar is well aware of how stringent NBA 2K has been with regards to its player ratings, but at this point, KD is adamant that he deserves the elusive 99 rating.

LeBron James and Kobe Bryant are two other players who have achieved this impressive feat, and for his part, Durant is hoping to join their exclusive club in 2K22:

“I work extremely hard,” Durant said in a video uploaded by NBA 2K, via Brianna Williams of ESPN. “I pretty much do everything great. That's why I should be a 99.”

Fair point from Durant here. However, has he done enough to actually hit that 99-mark? The last time an active player was given a 99 rating was in 2K14, so the Nets star is hoping to break an almost decade-long curse here.

Aside from LeBron and Kobe, Tim Duncan, Chris Paul, Shaquille O'Neal, and Kevin Garnett are the only other active players to have received a 99 rating in NBA 2K (Shaq was rated at 100 in NBA 2K2). Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar round out the extremely short list of 99-rated players throughout the history of the game.

It goes without saying that joining the “99 club” is an undeniably gargantuan fact. Kevin Durant, who was given a 97 rating in NBA 2K21, is hoping to make history by becoming only the 10th player to ever get a 99 in the highly popular game franchise.