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Thursday Therapy: Is 88 great for KAT?

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Yes, the 2K player ratings for the latest issue of the basketball video game franchise are coming through. Is Towns’ 88 too high? Too low?

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Towns, after hearing his rating was a meager 88.
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The release of 2K’s player ratings for their NBA franchise has become a fun social media time during the doldrums of August. Players regularly chip in as to whether they consider their ratings to be too high or too low (usually the latter). Karl-Anthony Towns, recently revealed as the face of 2K’s mobile companion app, was simply content to share his rating, after a little tease.

A confession: I have never played a 2K game. I owned one basketball video game, and it was probably fifteen years ago. Therefore, I have no scale for how good an 88 is. A pretty solid B+ to be sure, but it seems to have met with high praise, especially for a second year player. For reference, Towns had a 78 overall rating in last year’s edition of the ratings.

Towns wasn’t the only rookie with eyes on the 2K ratings last night. Spurs rookie Dejounte Murray was curious, and got a cheeky reply from Ben Simmons.

Really, anything to pass the long days of late August is a good way to talk, whether it’s banter, video game numbers, or getting into arguments about basketball ideas for the coming season that won’t be resolved for at least a couple of months.

In the comments, rejoice in your favorite 2K strategies and plans for the upcoming year of delightful video games of all sorts. It’s Thursday and Karl-Anthony Towns plays for the Minnesota Timberwolves and is awesome. Let that thought put a smile on your face as you begin your day and travel through whatever your plans may be for today.