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Despite a rough start to 2015-16, Anthony Davis is still one of the top players in the NBA. He also has the third-highest rating in "NBA 2K16," behind only LeBron James and Stephen Curry.
Still, in a conversation with star gamer and fellow Chicagoland native NaDeSHoT, Davis revealed that when he sits down to play "2K16," he does not play as himself, but as a certain bearded star on a division rival and his teammates.
In addition to admitting he always plays as James Harden of the Houston Rockets, Davis goes on to describe why exactly he refuses to play as himself (he calls it "weird"), his favorite game of all time, and more.
In case you hadn't noticed, the Anthony Davis era is here.
Sure, the 22-year-old New Orleans Pelicans big man already has made an All-NBA first team and two All-Star rosters. But 2015-16 likely will be the season Davis becomes widely considered one of the best, if not the best, player in the league.
Q: If you were starting a franchise today and could sign any player in the NBA, who would it be?
A: Anthony Davis (86.2%), LeBron James (6.9%), Kevin Durant (6.9%)
Before last season, LeBron received 50 percent of the vote, with Davis and Durant sitting at 25 percent apiece. The year before? LeBron got 89.7 percent, Durant 6.9 and James' now-Cleveland Cavaliers teammate Kyrie Irving 3.4.
Now, this doesn't mean GMs would pick Davis over everyone to win a game tomorrow; Davis' age (eight years younger than LeBron, five years younger than Durant) makes a big difference. But it says a lot about how people around the league view Davis, and what he might become -- very soon.
The 5-0 Carolina Panthers are one of the NFL's five undefeated teams, so you can't blame their fans for feeling a little
That includes Panthers super fan and reigning NBA MVP Stephen Curry, who used the Panthers' Week 6 victory over the Seahawks to troll NBA rival and Seattle native Nate Robinson:
Before you go calling Curry a bandwagon fan, know this: He grew up in Charlotte, is tight with Panthers QB Cam Newton and was a special guest of the team in Week 2 to beat their signature "Keep pounding" drum.
But give it to Robinson: He took the troll in stride, and didn't hide from being put on blast. Instead, he called out his team (and coach) for their subpar play before offering an intriguing solution to their struggles.
A FIRST LOOK AT THE UNDER ARMOUR CURRY ONE LOW "PANTHERS" pic.twitter.com/jClqmVydQI— @£s¢ (@inthepaint6) June 5, 2015
Hey @seahawks we gotta close out in the 4th cause I can't take my NBA buddies talking trash about my home squad come on now ... U see what @stephencurry30 said !!! Let's be about that action and stop messing around ... Do I gotta give up hoop to come play DB like @deionsanders ? Just let me know @petecarroll #holdat
Hey, when your team beats your friend's team -- and is undefeated -- you hold all the bragging rights in any football discussion. Of course, if Robinson wants to pull out the NFL trump card, he could always bring up Super Bowl wins -- but that may lead to an NBA MVP conversation he probably wouldn't enjoy.
Recently we brought you the top 10 players, as rated by the latest "NBA 2K" game.
The ratings for "NBA Live 16" also are here -- and they're quite a bit different.
Here's the top 10 (and ties):
1. LeBron James (97)
2. Kevin Durant (96)
T-3. Anthony Davis (95)
T-3. Marc Gasol (95)
T-3. Blake Griffin (95)
T-3. James Harden (95)
T-3. Chris Paul (95)
T-8. LaMarcus Aldridge (94)
T-8. DeMarcus Cousins (94)
T-8. Stephen Curry (94)
T-8. Russell Westbrook (94)
That's right: LeBron James (no surprise) is No. 1, 2014 NBA MVP Kevin Durant is No. 2, and a handful of talented stars across positions come in tied for third.
Meanwhile, the reigning NBA MVP is tied for eighth -- definitely an eye-opening number for a player many consider the best in the league. Then again, perhaps "NBA Live" is drawing upon more than just last season for its ratings; few before 2014-15 had Curry in that top-player-overall conversation.
The ratings for "NBA 2K16" are out, and -- unlike in "Madden" -- nobody in the league was given a 99.
In fact, the highest rating was a 94, given to a player whose name long has been synonymous with "best in the NBA."
That's right. Even Stephen Curry's MVP season -- which gave him a four-point jump over his score a year ago -- couldn't push him past LeBron James, although the latter dropped four points (partly due to, as Bleacher Report explains, a new way of calculating rankings).
James Harden's players' choice MVP campaign got him a four-point boost, as did the continued scary-goodness of Anthony Davis, but they still couldn't take down The King. Kevin Durant's injury, meanwhile, likely was the reason for his fall from second place and a 95 rating a year ago. (Interesting note: The three non-LeBron top-four players are on the cover.)
There were a couple of surprise inclusions on the list. Carmelo Anthony was 20th in player efficiency rating, 49th in real plus-minus and 81st in wins above replacement last season, yet checks in at No. 8. LaMarcus Aldridge (11th/25th/22nd) was also an eyebrow-raiser at tied for eighth/No. 10.
Not that either is bad, far from it, But still, no love for the best player on Aldridge's team?