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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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Days ago, DeAndre Jordan agreed to leave the Los Angeles Clippers for the Dallas Mavericks. But with players unable to officially sign until Thursday, Jordan had time to change his mind. He apparently did, telling Clippers players and officials after a meeting at his house Wednesday evening that he would indeed return.

But that wasn't good enough for L.A. Sources told ESPN that the team stayed at his house after their meeting, refusing to leave until midnight Eastern when the signing could become official -- and, in effect, keeping him from speaking with Mavs owner Mark Cuban, his agents, or anyone else.

In the middle of it all, Blake Griffin appeared to confirm the entire scenario with this tweet from (apparently) inside the house:

Then, 30 minutes later:

Funny! However, you're not going to put this one past us, Blake Griffin.

A Google Images search of "tent in backyard" turns up this strikingly familiar image, pulled from a camping blog post.

A cursory search for "chair against door" couldn't find anything that looked like Griffin's first photo, which leads us to believe it might be real. (And if you are at the house, it would be a lot easier to stage than the tent image.)

Either way, it's just another element of perhaps the craziest offseason day in NBA history -- one that started with emojis, included Kobe Bryant inventing a hashtag, and came to this.

UPDATE: At least Doc Rivers and (if he took the photo) Paul Pierce appeared to stay with Jordan until he officially signed.

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Is Blake Griffin a flopper?

Earlier this week while on "The Wheelhouse" on 95.7 The Game radio in San Francisco, Warriors guard Klay Thompson called out Clippers forward Blake Griffin: "He's kind of like a bull in a china shop, kind of out of control sometimes. And then you do just see him flop sometimes like, how can a guy that big and strong flop that much?" Is Blake Griffin a flopper? Do you have a problem with Thompson's comments?

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  • "He's kind of like a bull in a china shop, kind of out of control sometimes. And then you do just see him flop sometimes, like how can a guy that big and strong flop that much?" Do you have a problem with Klay Thompson's comments on Blake Griffin?


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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

Damian Lillard

Kevin Love

Dirk Nowitzki

Chris Paul

John Wall

Russell Westbrook

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