Giannis Antetokounmpo named first international NBA 2K cover athlete

NBA 2K Giannis Antetokounmpo

Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo has been named the first international cover athlete for the NBA 2K franchise.

Featuring on the standard edition of the game, the Greek Freak will be visible on the cover of the game’s packaging alongside their new creative theme – which displays slogans around the all-star.

The Bucks star has quickly become one of the leading talents in the league following a number of phenomenal performances over recent seasons.

“I am honored to be the first international player featured on the cover of NBA 2K19,” Antetokounmpo said.

2K NBA Giannis Antetokounmpo

“I love playing NBA 2K so this means a lot to me. I have worked hard to earn recognition in the NBA and being on the cover of NBA 2K19 is a dream come true.”

NBA 2K19 is the latest version of the much-loved basketball gaming franchise, with previous cover athletes including Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant and Michael Jordan.

The game is well-known for its realistic depiction of the league, as well as offering players a chance to forge their own dream careers by creating themselves within the game.

Alfie Brody, Vice President of Marketing for NBA 2K explained the reasons behind choosing Antetokounmpo as their latest cover star, admitting that his play on court have made him hard to ignore for the honour.

“Giannis is the future of the NBA and his drive and athleticism have made him an undeniable force in the league,” he said.

“He’s the perfect cover athlete and we’re excited to feature him as our very first international cover star, as NBA 2K has a strong following with fans all over the world.”

Developed by Visual Concepts, the NBA 2K19 Standard Edition will be available on September 11, 2018 for an RRP of £54.99 on Xbox One, PlayStation®4 system, Nintendo Switch, and Windows PC platforms.

Luke Hatfield is the creator and editor of BouncyOrangeBall, with an extensive knowledge of the NBA and basketball in general.

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