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Bucks news: Jrue Holiday lights up talking about Nets rival Kevin Durant

ClutchPoints 19 August, 2021 - 04:10pm

Milwaukee Bucks star Jrue Holiday is a huge fan of former NBA MVP Kevin Durant. And honestly, who isn’t? The Brooklyn Nets superstar is one of the best (if not the best) scorers in the league right now and his growing list of accolades, including leading Team USA to an Olympic gold medal in Tokyo, only cements KD’s legacy as one of the best to ever play the sport of basketball.

Holiday, who spent time with Durant in Japan for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, had nothing but good words for his on-court rival. Talking with JJ Redick’s The Old Man And The Three Podcast, the 31-year-old praised KD for his incredible talent on and off the court.

“He’s unreal. He makes the game looks so easy. Nothing fazes him,” Holiday said. “Yes, he’s seven feet, but it’s like he doesn’t see anybody. It’s just like him and the hoop, it’s like cone drills. If you’re just gonna go workout, get into your bag and work on something like that’s his game and nobody fazes him, it’s amazing to see.”

Jrue Holiday was fortunate enough to witness Durant’s greatness up close and personal. Before they linked up for the Olympics, Holiday’s Bucks had to go through Kevin Durant’s Nets in the second round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs which went all the way to a Game 7. And, if not only for KD’s size 18 shoe, the 2020-2021 NBA season would probably have ended differently.

Despite being booted out of the playoffs, Durant remains to be arguably the best player in the league right now. Although it was Holiday, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Khris Middleton, and the rest of the Bucks who lifted the trophy after the final game of the season, Durant’s legacy shouldn’t be up for debate.

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Hawks' Trae Young is not happy with his 'NBA 2K22' player rating

CBS Sports 19 August, 2021 - 04:10pm

Ah, a new NBA season is on the horizon. That means players are going to be unhappy with their latest video game ratings.

With "NBA 2K22" set to be released in September, the popular video game series is starting to unveil the ratings for starts in the latest edition. One of those ratings happened to be that of Atlanta Hawks star Trae Young. He received an 89 overall rating and let's just say that he wasn't exactly pleased.

😂😂😂 feel like we do this every year… y’all ever gonna get it right?!🤔😂 #CantPlayItYet 💆🏽💯 😂😂😂 https://t.co/kXbQZ4V8dq

Young wasn't the only one to express his displeasure, as the Atlanta Hawks' official Twitter account even threw some shade at the 89 overall rating.

🤔🤔#2KRatings pic.twitter.com/7AXNrh9B7p

Young initially received an 87 overall rating in "NBA 2K21" last year, so it is an improvement of sorts. However, the Hawks guard probably does have a reason to be a bit upset.

After all, Young is coming off a year in which he led the Hawks to the Eastern Conference Finals. He put together averages of 25.3 points, 9.4 assists, and 3.9 rebounds while shooting 34.3 percent from three. Considering the season that the sharpshooting guard had, Young blossomed as one of the more talented young stars that the league has to offer.

Obviously, this isn't a final rating for Young in "NBA 2K22." As the season moves along, the ratings will change, so Young will have a chance to plead his case with his play on the hardwood.

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What NBA 2K Got Wrong from Initial Ratings Reveal

Bleacher Report 19 August, 2021 - 09:14am

On Wednesday, NBA 2K unleashed a barrage of player ratings on social media, including the top 10 individual players.

After roughly two decades as the leader in this arena, the debates generated from days like this have become an annual tradition.

Who's too high? Who's too low? Who should leapfrog who?

Even this year, when nothing really egregious has been revealed, people all over the internet are asking questions like those.

But before we jump on that train, let's look at the top 10.

The Top 10 Players in 2K22 ⭐ Agree? #2KRatings https://t.co/BEfMn7xkBk

NBA 2K hasn't provided a ton of ammo for heated debate yet. Actually, that top 10 is pretty safe. All are within two points of each other. And with as much talent as there is in the NBA right now, there are countless arguments to be made to move any (or at least most) of the above up or down.

But what is the internet for, if not nitpicking? Generally speaking, the ratings we've seen so far are probably fine, but here are some potential bones of contention.

Again, what we've seen so far is pretty safe. And in the realm of video game player ratings, that's probably a good thing.

But Nigel Tufnel would be rolling over in his grave if he knew about NBA 2K's unwillingness to turn up the volume on these ratings.

"I don't understand why they don't actually give out 99s," Blue Wire Podcast's Ti Windisch wondered on Twitter. "What's the point of this? Why have a 99 in the game if [Kevin Durant] isn't there?"

@SLAMftw @SLAMonline @NBA2K Nah should be 99! 🤷🏾‍♂️

The reigning MVP will be a 95 OVR 🃏 Agree? #2KRatings https://t.co/B9MON1cjor

If the creators were intent on giving us a top tier instead of an individual top player, they probably should've included the reigning MVP.

Nikola Jokic just dominated a season in which offensive numbers from teams and players all over the league were off the charts. His 11.68 BPM was the ninth-highest mark for a single season in NBA history. LeBron, Michael Jordan, Curry and David Robinson are the only players with higher marks.

When compared to others in 2020-21, the distance between Jokic's mark and second place was the same as the distance between second and 12th.

This didn't come out of nowhere either. The 26-year-old point center has been dominant for half a decade. MJ and LeBron are the only players since 1973-74 (as far back as per-possession data is tracked) with higher career BPMs than Jokic.

Like Durant, Jokic checks basically every box. He has touch around the rim that few bigs across history have possessed. Throughout his career, he's been a sniper in the mid-range, and he just shot 38.8 percent from three.

He's the greatest big man passer of all time, can dominate the glass and has long been a plus-defender. Denver has allowed fewer points per 100 possessions when Jokic plays in five of his six seasons, thanks in large part to his quick hands and awareness. And over the course of his career, he's 10th in the league in defensive BPM.

Plenty of fans and analysts have long been skeptical of Jokic's overall impact, but 2020-21 should've put that to bed for everyone. Based on the numbers, it's hard to argue any player is definitively in a higher tier. Would it really be so hard to bump his rating up one point?

The Top 3PT shooters in 2K22 🔋 Agree or nah? #2KRatings https://t.co/2OSCH6lD2c

Curry is the greatest shooter of all time. And, in terms of legacy, the gap is probably growing between him and the field. If you had to pick one player to win a life-on-the-line three-point contest today, you'd probably pick Curry too.

But his influence on the game has led to an influx in phenomenal three-point shooters. This season, the league-average three-point percentage was 36.7. A whopping 39.2 percent of all field-goal attempts came from three. During Curry's rookie season, the average three-point percentage was 35.5 and the three-point-attempt rate was 22.2.

For efficiency to improve while volume has nearly doubled is pretty wild, and some of the players listed above have had a hand in pulling those numbers up.

There are 24 players in NBA history with 1,000-plus minutes, an average of at least six three-point attempts per 75 possessions and a 40-plus three-point percentage. Seventeen of those players are active. And Seth Curry, Joe Harris, Duncan Robinson and Klay Thompson are first, third, eighth and ninth, respectively, on that list in three-point percentage.

Putting Curry at 99 in three-point shooting is probably the right call. But nine points above Robinson, Harris and his younger brother? The game needs to juice up some three-point ratings.

First look at @Patty_Mills 🇦🇺 What do you think of the ANZ player ratings? #2KRatings https://t.co/SWDL98EjWl

Fair or not, Ben Simmons passing up what appeared to be a wide-open dunk in a high-pressure, playoff fourth quarter may be the defining moment of his career. Over the last four games of the Philadelphia 76ers' second-round loss to the Atlanta Hawks, he was a whopping 0-of-0 from the field in fourth quarters.

His complete aversion to scoring became a massive liability for Philadelphia, and it spiraled into an offseason full of trade rumors.

And with his most recent exploits in the playoffs fresh on everyone's minds, his trade value appears to be in line with how NBA 2K's developers feel about his abilities.

Simmons does everything but score from outside the paint. And while that's a glaring weakness, it probably isn't enough drop the Defensive Player of the Year finalist all the way down to an 84.

In terms of pure talent, he's better than that. And on a team built around his strengths, where he can get to the paint before spraying out to one of four shooters, his weakness wouldn't glare quite as brightly.

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What NBA 2K Got Wrong from Initial Ratings Reveal

Sportscasting 19 August, 2021 - 09:14am

On Wednesday, NBA 2K unleashed a barrage of player ratings on social media, including the top 10 individual players.

After roughly two decades as the leader in this arena, the debates generated from days like this have become an annual tradition.

Who's too high? Who's too low? Who should leapfrog who?

Even this year, when nothing really egregious has been revealed, people all over the internet are asking questions like those.

But before we jump on that train, let's look at the top 10.

The Top 10 Players in 2K22 ⭐ Agree? #2KRatings https://t.co/BEfMn7xkBk

NBA 2K hasn't provided a ton of ammo for heated debate yet. Actually, that top 10 is pretty safe. All are within two points of each other. And with as much talent as there is in the NBA right now, there are countless arguments to be made to move any (or at least most) of the above up or down.

But what is the internet for, if not nitpicking? Generally speaking, the ratings we've seen so far are probably fine, but here are some potential bones of contention.

Again, what we've seen so far is pretty safe. And in the realm of video game player ratings, that's probably a good thing.

But Nigel Tufnel would be rolling over in his grave if he knew about NBA 2K's unwillingness to turn up the volume on these ratings.

"I don't understand why they don't actually give out 99s," Blue Wire Podcast's Ti Windisch wondered on Twitter. "What's the point of this? Why have a 99 in the game if [Kevin Durant] isn't there?"

@SLAMftw @SLAMonline @NBA2K Nah should be 99! 🤷🏾‍♂️

The reigning MVP will be a 95 OVR 🃏 Agree? #2KRatings https://t.co/B9MON1cjor

If the creators were intent on giving us a top tier instead of an individual top player, they probably should've included the reigning MVP.

Nikola Jokic just dominated a season in which offensive numbers from teams and players all over the league were off the charts. His 11.68 BPM was the ninth-highest mark for a single season in NBA history. LeBron, Michael Jordan, Curry and David Robinson are the only players with higher marks.

When compared to others in 2020-21, the distance between Jokic's mark and second place was the same as the distance between second and 12th.

This didn't come out of nowhere either. The 26-year-old point center has been dominant for half a decade. MJ and LeBron are the only players since 1973-74 (as far back as per-possession data is tracked) with higher career BPMs than Jokic.

Like Durant, Jokic checks basically every box. He has touch around the rim that few bigs across history have possessed. Throughout his career, he's been a sniper in the mid-range, and he just shot 38.8 percent from three.

He's the greatest big man passer of all time, can dominate the glass and has long been a plus-defender. Denver has allowed fewer points per 100 possessions when Jokic plays in five of his six seasons, thanks in large part to his quick hands and awareness. And over the course of his career, he's 10th in the league in defensive BPM.

Plenty of fans and analysts have long been skeptical of Jokic's overall impact, but 2020-21 should've put that to bed for everyone. Based on the numbers, it's hard to argue any player is definitively in a higher tier. Would it really be so hard to bump his rating up one point?

The Top 3PT shooters in 2K22 🔋 Agree or nah? #2KRatings https://t.co/2OSCH6lD2c

Curry is the greatest shooter of all time. And, in terms of legacy, the gap is probably growing between him and the field. If you had to pick one player to win a life-on-the-line three-point contest today, you'd probably pick Curry too.

But his influence on the game has led to an influx in phenomenal three-point shooters. This season, the league-average three-point percentage was 36.7. A whopping 39.2 percent of all field-goal attempts came from three. During Curry's rookie season, the average three-point percentage was 35.5 and the three-point-attempt rate was 22.2.

For efficiency to improve while volume has nearly doubled is pretty wild, and some of the players listed above have had a hand in pulling those numbers up.

There are 24 players in NBA history with 1,000-plus minutes, an average of at least six three-point attempts per 75 possessions and a 40-plus three-point percentage. Seventeen of those players are active. And Seth Curry, Joe Harris, Duncan Robinson and Klay Thompson are first, third, eighth and ninth, respectively, on that list in three-point percentage.

Putting Curry at 99 in three-point shooting is probably the right call. But nine points above Robinson, Harris and his younger brother? The game needs to juice up some three-point ratings.

First look at @Patty_Mills 🇦🇺 What do you think of the ANZ player ratings? #2KRatings https://t.co/SWDL98EjWl

Fair or not, Ben Simmons passing up what appeared to be a wide-open dunk in a high-pressure, playoff fourth quarter may be the defining moment of his career. Over the last four games of the Philadelphia 76ers' second-round loss to the Atlanta Hawks, he was a whopping 0-of-0 from the field in fourth quarters.

His complete aversion to scoring became a massive liability for Philadelphia, and it spiraled into an offseason full of trade rumors.

And with his most recent exploits in the playoffs fresh on everyone's minds, his trade value appears to be in line with how NBA 2K's developers feel about his abilities.

Simmons does everything but score from outside the paint. And while that's a glaring weakness, it probably isn't enough drop the Defensive Player of the Year finalist all the way down to an 84.

In terms of pure talent, he's better than that. And on a team built around his strengths, where he can get to the paint before spraying out to one of four shooters, his weakness wouldn't glare quite as brightly.

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