LeBron James, Kevin Durant top 'NBA 2K14' player ratings
Individual player ratings from the "NBA 2K14" video game appear to have leaked, and two familiar faces sit at the top of the heap.
Sports video game website OperationSports.com has posted a video that displays the individual ratings for each player in the popular game. Reigning NBA MVP LeBron James, who will appear on the video game's cover, leads the way with a 99 rating. Thunder forward Kevin Durant sits in second with a rating of 94, while Lakers guard Kobe Bryant and Clippers guard Chris Paul are tied for third with 93 ratings. All four players were 2013 All-Stars and 2013 All-NBA First Team selections, and they all finished in the top-five of the 2013 MVP voting.
Here's a look at the "NBA 2K14" top 10 list, compared side-by-side with The Point Forward's Top 100 Players of 2014 rankings.
1. LeBron James, Miami Heat -- Rating: 99 -- SI.com rank: No. 1
2. Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder -- Rating: 94 -- SI.com rank: No. 2
T-3. Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers -- Rating: 93 -- SI.com rank: No. 9
T-3. Chris Paul, Los Angeles Clippers -- Rating: 93 -- SI.com rank: No. 3
T-7. Dwyane Wade, Miami Heat -- Rating: 91 -- SI.com rank: No. 8
T-7. Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City Thunder -- Rating: 91 -- SI.com rank: No. 5
Eight of the top 10 players in "NBA 2K14" are also included in SI.com's top 10. The only two players who were on the SI.com list that weren't on the "NBA 2K14" list were Spurs stars Tony Parker and Tim Duncan. Parker ranked No. 4 on SI's list and received an 86 rating in "NBA 2K14," while Duncan placed No. 6 and received an 87 in the video game.
Outside of the "NBA 2K14" top 10, four players received ratings of 88: Warriors guard Stephen Curry, Rockets guard James Harden, Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving and Nets guard Deron Williams. "NBA 2K14" will go on sale on Oct. 1.