LeBron James’ leadership last season gave the Cleveland Cavaliers its first franchise NBA championship, beating the defending champs Golden State Warriors. By the end of the season, James did not only bag the Larry O’Brien trophy, he also beat two-time MVP Stephen Curry for the NBA 2K17 rankings to recapture last year’s top spot.
In the 2K16 rankings last year, James fell short to Steph Curry’s stats placing only second. It was the first time in five years that James did not hold the top spot in the video game series.
Although the game’s initial release date is September 20, there had been reports of a leakage in the elite players’ ratings. According to Game N Guide, LeBron James is number one with the highest rating of 96, followed by Stephen Curry with only two points behind at 94. Chris Paul, on the other hand, got a rating of 91. Kawhi Leonard got the best jump for this year’s game series coming from an 87 rating last year. He’s on the same rating with Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook.
Other elite players such as James Harden, Anthony Davis, Paul George, Draymond Green, Demarcus Cousins and Klay Thompson all have the same rating at 90.
In a post published by Sporting News, even though LeBron’s Cavaliers team ended up as the NBA champs, the Warriors will still begin 2K17 as the team with the strongest roster with four players rated 90+. Teams such Cleveland Cavaliers, Golden State Warriors, Houston Rockets, Indiana Pacers, LA Clippers, New Orleans Pelicans, Oklahoma City Thunder, Sacramento Kings and San Antonio Spurs have players with at least 90 in the ratings.
With the latest NBA 2K17 rankings and James’ accomplishments with the Cavaliers last season, one can only assume that the 31-year old superstar’s career is far from being over.
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