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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.

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LeBron James and Stephen CurryAP Photo/Ben Margot

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.

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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?

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Who is the hardest player to defend in the NBA? Los Angeles Clippers coach Doc Rivers says -- surprise, surprise -- it's Kevin Durant, calling the Oklahoma City Thunder star a taller, better version of George Gervin. Do you agree with Rivers? Where does LeBron James fall on the list? Click on the images below to set your rankings!

Hardest to Defend in NBA

LaMarcus Aldridge

Carmelo Anthony

Kobe Bryant

DeMarcus Cousins

Stephen Curry

Anthony Davis

Goran Dragic

Kevin Durant

Paul George

Blake Griffin

James Harden

Dwight Howard

Kyrie Irving

LeBron James

Al Jefferson

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Kyrie Irving showed he is a serious threat with the ball in his hands, having upped his average in points and assists from his rookie year to his sophomore season. Now that the Cavaliers added Anthony Bennett and Andrew Bynum to the roster, that should give Irving the room he needs to be even more explosive on the offensive end. Will Irving be the league's biggest breakout star? Are second-year players Bradley Beal and Andre Drummond poised to up there production as well? NBA Insider Bradford Doolittle had his say, and now it's time for SportsNation to weigh in! Click the images below to set your rankings!

2013-14 NBA breakout players

Bradley Beal

Bradley Beal

Wizards G
2012-13: 13.9 PPG, 2.4 APG, 3.8 RPG

Patrick Beverley

Patrick Beverley

Rockets G
2012-13: 5.6 PPG, 2.9 APG, 2.7 RPG

Anthony Davis

Anthony Davis

Pelicans F
2012-13: 13.5 PPG, 8.2 RPG, 1.75 BPG

Andre Drummond

Andre Drummond

Pistons C
2012-13: 7.9 PPG, 7.6 RPG, 1.58 BPG

Evan Fournier

Evan Fournier

Nuggets G
2012-13: 5.3 PPG, 1.2 APG, 0.9 RPG

Kyrie Irving

Kyrie Irving

Cavaliers G
2012-13: 22.5 PPG, 5.9 APG, 3.7 RPG

Enes Kanter

Enes Kanter

Jazz C
2012-13: 7.2 PPG, 4.3 RPG, 0.46 BPG

Kawhi Leonard

Kawhi Leonard

Spurs F
2012-13: 11.9 PPG, 1.6 APG, 6.0 RPG

JaVale McGee

JaVale McGee

Nuggets C
2012-13: 9.1 PPG, 4.8 RPG, 1.99 BPG

Austin Rivers

Austin Rivers

Pelicans G
2012-13: 6.2 PPG, 2.1 APG, 1.8 RPG

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