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Top draft pick cannot believe how bad he looks in ‘NBA 2K’

Jaden Ivey smiling

Jun 23, 2022; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Jaden Ivey (Purdue) poses for photos on the red carpet before the 2022 NBA Draft at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Jaden Ivey has four words for the “NBA 2K” team — “Who’s man is this?!”

The Detroit Pistons rookie, who went with a top-five pick in this year’s NBA Draft, had a funny tweet Saturday expressing dismay with how he looked in the popular basketball video game. Ivey and his Pistons likeness recently were added to the game after he got drafted by Detroit on Thursday.

“Also can’t express how big of a blessing it is to be in 2k, but who is this?” wrote Ivey, along with a bunch of laughing-face emojis.

The hair was probably the only thing that “NBA 2K” got right about the ex-Purdue star Ivey, and even that was a bit questionable. For reference, here is a Photoshopped image shared by the Pistons of what Ivey (on the right) will actually look like wearing their jersey.

Not to fear, a bad “NBA 2K” likeness is a rite of passage for many rookies. We know plenty of players who have gone on to greatness despite getting done wrong by the game.

Pistons reportedly decide on Jaden Ivey’s future amid trade rumors

Jaden Ivey at Purdue

Feb 20, 2022; West Lafayette, Indiana, USA; Purdue Boilermakers guard Jaden Ivey (23) prepares to shoot a free throw during the second half against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights at Mackey Arena. Mandatory Credit: Marc Lebryk-USA TODAY Sports

The Detroit Pistons drafted Purdue guard Jaden Ivey Thursday with the fifth overall pick in the 2022 NBA Draft, and they have no intention of trading him.

After the Pistons selected Ivey, reports surfaced that multiple teams were were attempting to trade for him. One of those teams was the New York Knicks. According to SNY’s Ian Begley, the Knicks were actively trying to land Ivey.

Any notion of a trade taking place was quickly shut down. Yahoo’s Vince Goodwill reported that the Pistons were keeping Ivey.

Ivey will pair with Cade Cunningham in a Detroit backcourt that will try to help the Pistons improve on their 23-59 record last season. Cunningham, who finished third in the NBA Rookie of the Year voting last season, averaged 17.4 points, 5.5 rebounds and 5.6 assists per game. In two seasons at Purdue, Ivey averaged 14.9 points, 4.3 rebounds and 2.6 assists per game. Ivey had a breakout season in 2021, averaging 17.3 points, 4.9 rebounds and 3.1 assists, and was named to the 2021-22 John R. Wooden Award All-American team.

While the Pistons aren’t exactly close to being a contender, Ivey is likely happy that he didn’t get drafted by another team with a top-five pick.

Jaden Ivey reportedly prefers not to be drafted by 1 lottery team

Jaden Ivey at Purdue

Feb 20, 2022; West Lafayette, Indiana, USA; Purdue Boilermakers guard Jaden Ivey (23) prepares to shoot a free throw during the second half against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights at Mackey Arena. Mandatory Credit: Marc Lebryk-USA TODAY Sports

Jaden Ivey is projecting as a potential top five pick in the NBA Draft, but there is one team that he reportedly might want to avoid being selected by.

In his latest mock draft, ESPN’s Jonathan Givony writes that Ivey would prefer not to be drafted fourth overall by the Sacramento Kings. Givony hints that the Kings may not receive Ivey’s medical information or get the chance to host him for a workout. However, this is unlikely to stop the Kings from picking the Purdue guard, as they selected Davion Mitchell under the same circumstances last season.

Ivey ultimately might not have a lot of say in how this ends up for him. The Kings pick fourth, and the likelihood is the consensus top three of Jabari Smith, Chet Holmgren, and Paolo Banchero will be off the board. That would leave Ivey as a very tempting option for Sacramento at No. 4 as arguably the best player left available.

One saving grace from Ivey’s point of view might be a trade. Rumor has it the Kings are open to such a scenario, which would probably involve someone trading up for the Purdue guard.

Knicks looking to trade up for 1 notable draft prospect?

Tom Thibodeau looking on

Jan 2, 2019; Boston, MA, USA; Minnesota Timberwolves head coach Tom Thibodeau reacts during the first half against the Boston Celtics at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

While they hit on their pick of RJ Barrett in 2019, the New York Knicks have also used lottery picks in the last half-decade on Obi Toppin, Kevin Knox, as well as (gulp) Frank Ntilikina. This time around though, the Knicks may have a plan to avoid making another addition to that latter category.

Marc Berman of the New York Post reported this week that the Knicks are eyeing former Purdue guard Jaden Ivey and recently interviewed him at the NBA Draft Combine. Berman notes the 20-year-old Ivey is represented by Creative Arts Agency, which used to be run by Knicks president Leon Rose.

Ivey, an explosive 6-foot-4 scorer, has been shooting up draft boards lately and has even mentioned as a potential high-lottery pick. The Knicks hold the No. 11 overall pick, meaning they would almost certainly have to trade up for a shot at Ivey.

That may be something the Knicks are very willing to do though. After all, they have been eyeing notable backcourt targets around the NBA recently.