Ja Morant of the Memphis Grizzlies is a very popular rising star around the NBA.
He came onto the scene as a kid from a small college (Murray State), and became the second overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft.
Morant had big shoes to fill when he joined the Grizzlies, because Mike Conley had been the point guard for over a decade.
However, Morant came in and has been a sensation since the moment he stepped on an NBA floor.
The Grizzlies made the NBA Playoffs during his rookie season, and they also made the post-season last year when they beat Steph Curry and the Golden State Warriors in the final play-in game of the new playoff format.
Morant averaged 17.8 points and 7.3 assists per game during his rookie season and he also had another good year during his sophomore season averaging 19.1 points and 7.4 assists per game last season.
He had improvements off of his Rookie of The Year season in points, assists and rebounds per game.
Yet, when NBA 2k22 got released this past week, it comes as a surprise that Morant is ranked 85 overall.
In fact, Domantas Sabonis of the Indiana Pacers is ranked higher (86 overall).
Sabonis averaged 20.3 points, 12.0 rebounds and 6.0 assists per game last season.
He was also an All-Star.
There is definitely merit to have him higher, but at the end of the day with Morant's popularity and what he has been able to do for a young team in the Western Conference it is still surprising.