Rookie rivalry intensifies as Simmons' 2K rating is revealed

Ben Simmons has received an impressive overall rating on popular basketball video game NBA 2K, but he might not be all that happy about all the ratings.

The Philadelphia 76ers star earned himself a whopping 87 rating for the upcoming 2019 version of the game, putting him in the top echelon of basketball players in the world, at only 22 years old.

The Melbourne-born star took to Twitter to share the good news.

However as ratings for other players were released throughout the day, Simmons might have been scratching his head.

Despite dominating his rookie season, and earning the Rookie of the Year award, Simmons has the same ratings as Utah Jazz youngster Donovan Mitchell.

Mitchell constantly trash-talked Simmons last season, leading to a strong rivalry between the pair.

No doubt Simmons would’ve been hoping to see himself get the edge on Mitchell in the video game.

And the controversy didn’t stop there, with the NBA 2K game makers being accused of taking the lazy option by also awarding another of the NBA’s hottest young talents, Jayson Tatum, the exact same rating.

Simmons averaged 15.8 points, 8.1 assists and 8 rebounds per game in his rookie year with the 76ers.

The general consensus is if he could vastly improved his outside shooting he could become one of the best two or three players in the league, and even score himself a 2K rating in the high 90s, alongside LeBron James.

Simmons misses out on ESPYS award

Matildas star Sam Kerr has added another gong to her list of achievements after being named the best international women’s soccer player at the ESPYS.

The 24-year-old was the only Australian to claim an award with NBA basketballer Ben Simmons beaten by Utah Jazz’s Donovan Mitchell for best breakthrough athlete and Stephanie Gilmore overlooked in favour of snowboarder Chloe Kim for best female action sports athlete.

Kerr, who plays in America’s National Women’s Soccer League for Chicago Red Stars, was pipped for the best NWSL player by American ace Megan Rapinoe.

The Australian became the first player to score 50 goals in the NWSL with a hat-trick for Chicago against her former club Sky Blue FC, for whom she netted a record-setting 17 goals last season to win the MVP Award for the league.

Simmons looks powerful in the new game. Pic: NBA 2K

Kerr has scored nine goals this season and is leading the race for the golden boot.

She was named the AFC women’s footballer of the year last year, was a finalist for the FIFA female player of the year and back at home in Australia won the Julie Dolan Medal for the 2016/17 season.

Mitchell gained some revenge on Simmons after the NBA’s top two rookies, went head-to-head during the 2017/18 season in a contentious battle in pursuit of the league’s rookie of the year award.

Mitchell argued publicly Simmons should not be eligible for the NBA’s rookie award because the Melbourne-born Philadelphia 76ers star sat out the 2016/17 season with a foot injury.

Simmons, however, dominated the voting and was crowned NBA rookie of the year last month.

The ESPYS — Excellent in Sports Performance Yearly — are an annual awards presented by US network ABC that recognises individual and team achievements.

With AAP