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NBA 2K21: Damian Lillard featured as cover athlete on current-gen platforms

Published: 14:00, 30 June 2020
NBA 2K21 cover for PlayStation 4, featuring Damian Lillard of the Portland Trail Blazers
The official cover of NBA 2K21 for PlayStation 4, featuring Damian Lillard.

2K have revealed the cover athlete of NBA 2K21 for current-generation platforms. Portland Trail Blazers' point guard, Damian Lillard, will be featured on the cover of this upcoming basketball simulation title.

Some of the most anticipated news regarding a new NBA 2K title each year is what superstar player is going to be featured as the cover athlete of the game.

Whether you're a fan of physical editions of games and like seeing your game cases and their respective covers on the shelf, or you prefer owning a digital library instead - odds are that you're still curious and have your own hidden wishes as to see who the new NBA 2K cover star is going to be.

NBA 2K21 was announced during the PlayStation 5 event, with Zion Williamson of the New Orleans Pelicans featured in the trailer. This led many fans to believe that Zion would grace the cover of the new game, but 2K have now officially revealed that that's not case - at least as far current-gen platforms go.

Namely, the cover star of current-generation NBA 2K21 is going to be Damian Lillard of the Portland Trail Blazers. The five-time NBA All-Star will be featured on the game's cover on all current-gen platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PC and Google Stadia.

Sharing his own thoughts about this, Lillard said: "This is a special moment for me in my NBA career. I've been a fan of NBA 2K for years and love how they represent all aspects of basketball culture. I've been playing 2K my whole life and I'm honored to join the other NBA greats who have been on the cover. I'm grateful to all my fans and can't wait for everyone to experience this game later this year."

2K NBA 2K20 screenshot of Damian Lillard, captured on PS4 Pro Damian Lillard in NBA 2K20, captured on PlayStation 4 Pro.

Alfie Brody, the Vice President of Marketing for NBA 2K stated that: "There are a lot of great players in the NBA today, but Damian Lillard has done a particularly standout job of representing the current generation of NBA superstar. From his cultural influence, musical success, off the court leadership, and on court domination, he's the perfect fit for our cover of NBA 2K21 on current-generation platforms; we're honored to have him."

Having announced the three cover athlete reveal dates on TikTok recently , 2K are expected to showcase their other two picks for NBA 2K21 over the next two days.

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