September 11th marks the release date for NBA 2K19, the latest instalment in the hugely popular and game-changing NBA game series, and 2K officials are spending the weeks leading up to that date, as they tend to do, drip-feeding player ratings out to the public, much to gamers -and, as it turns out – NBA players chagrin.

Among the latest players to cop their in-game rating this year is our very own NBA Rookie of the Year Ben Simmons, whose rating of 87 overall was unveiled earlier today.

That rating, as it turns out, is exactly on-par with Simmons’ other Rookie of the Year nominees, Jayson Tatum and Donovan Mitchell.

Despite being a mere 13 off the fabled 100, Simmons didn’t take too kindly to the news, with old mate mounting a very playful case for a higher grade.

2K posted a video of Simmons smiling through gritted teeth after learning of his rating, in a short clip that puts his burgeoning American accent on full display.

As a fun little bonus, there’s added behind-the-scenes footage of Simmons doing a little angry walk after being dished out the 87.

And after all that was said and done, he fired off a warning to 2K developers on Twitter.

Run. Hide. Benny’s comin’.

For reference, other player ratings revealed thus far include Kawhi Leonard, who cops a 94, DeMar DeRozan, with an 89, and the great LeBron James himself, who even at age 33 is shouldering a lofty, near-perfect score of 98 overall.

But hey, despite a record-breaking award-winning NBA rookie season, our lad can’t have everything.

Work to do, young man. Plenty of work still left to do.

NBA 2K19 is out on all the major gaming platforms come September 11th.

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