Recently, the NBA 2K22 game has released the cover of this year’s version. There are three versions in total, with four characters selected. Among them, the cover character of the standard version and the Cross-Gen Digital Bundles is the Luka Doncic of the Dallas Mavericks, and the NBA 75th Anniversary Edition has two legends Dirk Nowitzki, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and current NBA star Kevin Durant on the cover. However, this year also added a WNBA cover, Candice Parker became the first female basketball star to be selected! All versions of NBA 2K22 will be launched globally on September 10, 2021.
Every year the cover character is the representative of the league next season that the producer thinks, and every star selected on the cover will regard this as a great honor. After the cover of this issue was announced, Durant, Abdul-Jabbar, Candace Parker all expressed their gratitude, and their joy was beyond words.
The game was launched in 1999, and the cover of the first series of NBA 2K was released in 2020. Let’s take a look at who were the covers of each series of NBA 2K:
·NBA 2K2 Cover Star: Allen Iverson
·NBA 2K3 Cover Star: Allen Iverson
·ESPN NBA Basketball (alternatively known as NBA 2K4): Allen Iverson
·NBA 2K5 Cover Star is Ben Wallace who just won the championship with the Pistons in 2004 and appeared in the 2005 NBA Finals. He won the best defensive player of the season.
·NBA 2K6 was released in 2005 for PlayStation 2, Xbox, and Xbox 360. Shaquille O’Neal of the Miami Heat is the cover athlete of the game. NBA 2K6 is the predecessor to NBA 2K7 in the NBA 2K series and is the first NBA 2K title to be released by 2K Sports. Shaquille O’Neal was also the cover athlete of NBA 2K7.
Chris Paul is the cover athlete of NBA 2K8.
·NBA 2k9 Cover Athlete: Kevin Garnett. Garnett has been with the Timberwolves for 12 years and is a famous wolf king. Joined the Celtics in 2007 and formed the Big Three with Pierce and Ray Allen and won the championship the following year.
·NBA 2K10 cover star was Kobe Bryant, because, in 2009 and 2010, Kobe and Gasol teamed up to win the championship for two consecutive years, and also won their fourth and fifth championship rings.
·NBA 2K11 incorporated historical legendary teams into the game for the first time, including the Bulls, Celtics, and Lakers, so the legendary superstar also became the cover character and its representative in Jordan.
·NBA 2K12 further interprets the legend, and for the first time introduced three major stars as the cover, in addition to Jordan, there are Magic Johnson, and Larry Bird.
·The cover of NBA 2K13 features three young stars, including Derrick Rose, Blake Griffin, and Kevin Durant. Rose was the MVP in 2011, Griffin was the champion of the 2011 Dunk Contest, and Durant led the team to the finals in 2012 and won his third scoring champion.
·NBA 2K14 Cover Star: LeBron James.
·NBA 2K15 Cover Star: Kevin Durant.
·NBA 2K16 Cover Star: Stephen Curry, James Harden, and Anthony Davis.
·NBA 2K17 Cover Star: George and Kobe Bryant for Legend Edition.
·NBA 2K18 Cover Star: Kyrie Irving
·NBA 2K19: Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks is the cover athlete for the standard edition version of the game, while LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers is the cover athlete for the 20th Anniversary Edition, which includes various physical and digital extras.
·NBA 2K20: Anthony Davis
·NBA 2K21: Trail Blazers PG Damian Lillard was a cover athlete for NBA 2K21’s Current-Gen Standard Edition on PS4, Xbox One, PC, and Stadia. Legend Edition cover was renamed the Mamba Forever Edition in honor of Kobe Bryant. The New Orleans Pelicans power forward and #1 pick Zion Williamson got NBA 2K21 Next-Gen Standard Edition cover on PS5 and Xbox Series X.
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