Loyalty in sports is becoming increasingly rare as the years go by, with big money contracts and promises of forming super teams luring franchise players away from the teams that drafted them.
All you need to do is look at this past offseason in the NBA, which was even more insane than the last. DeMarcus Cousins is the standout name, signing a one-year, $5.3 million deal with the Golden State Warriors of all teams to try and win a championship.
With the recent release of NBA 2K19, we decided to take a look at some player’s loyalty ratings within the game to see how realistic the game actually is.
LeBron James – 100 Loyalty
Despite the fact that LeBron left the Cleveland Cavaliers for the second time in his career, 2K decided to give him a max loyalty rating, predicting he won’t be leaving the Lakers for the rest of his career.
Dirk Nowitzki – 100 Loyalty
The gold standard when it comes to sports loyalty. Mark Cuban has treated Dirk very well for his loyalty towards the Dallas franchise, and the 100 is well deserved.
Udonis Haslem – 100 Loyalty
Much like Dirk, Udonis Haslem has played all of his seasons in the NBA for the Miami Heat, both through the good and the bad, and he’s become a Miami legend because of it.
Russell Westbrook – 80 Loyalty
After signing a massive 5-year max extension with the Thunder, it looks like Russ may be a OKC lifer.
Anthony Davis – 84 Loyalty
Davis has stuck with the Pelicans through thick and thin since he was drafted, and if he wants to remain in New Orleans, he’ll go down as the greatest player in franchise history easily.
Kevin Durant – 40 Loyalty
All that needs to be said is that Durant left a team that was one win away from another NBA Finals appearance to join the same team that beat him in the Western Conference Finals.
Dwight Howard – 0 Loyalty
Four teams in five years. Enough said.
Kyrie Irving – 40 Loyalty
Even after all the success Kyrie had alongside LeBron James in Cleveland, Irving valued wanting to win on his own accord more, and requested a trade from the Cavs and was sent to Boston, and may even leave Beantown for New York after only two seasons if rumors are to be believed.
Carmelo Anthony – 0 Loyalty
After seeming like he would only be a two-team player with the Nuggets and Knicks, Melo has played for another two squads in only two years.
DeMarcus Cousins – 50 Loyalty
Cousins decided to shock the NBA world by signing a one-year deal well under his market value with the champion Warriors just to increase his market value for next offseason after his Achilles injury. You can’t fault him for making a move that’s best for his financial future, but the team he decided to join was definitely the wrong decision.