NBA 2K22: The Last 10 Cover Athletes and Their Careers

Game: NBA 2K22
Time: 2023-02-13
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NBA 2K22: The Last 10 Cover Athletes and Their Careers


Every year the unveiling of the NBA 2K cover athletes has been a major event and has given gamers something to look forward to coming to Fall. However, we have listed the last 10 different cover seasons on this list, including NBA 2K current, previous cover athletes, and what they are doing now.

1. Luka Doncic (NBA 2K22)

Luka Doncic would be the cover athlete of NBA 2K22. He hails from Slovenia, and in his short time with the Dallas Mavericks, has shown the world what he means to the game of basketball.

This relatively new face to the NBA only wrapped up his third season in the league but is in no short supply of career highlights. At the age of 19, Luka Doncic began his first season in the NBA with the Dallas Mavericks, which ended with netting various NBA records, high praise from media and fans alike, and the oft-sought-after NBA Rookie of the Year Award. Doncic would be selected for two consecutive NBA All-Star games and make back-t0-back playoff appearances with the Mavericks in the following two years.

The Mavericks are hoping to pair him with another superstar in hopes of bringing another title to Dallas.

2. Damian Lillard/Zion Williamson (NBA 2K21)

Damian Lillard, the superstar point guard of the Portland Trailblazers, was named the cover athlete for the PS4 and Xbox One version of NBA 2K21. Lillard has had quite an impressive professional basketball career; he was the sixth overall pick in the 2012 NBA draft, unanimously won Rookie of the Year, and is a five-time NBA All-Star. We can talk eras and this and that, but Lillard is a worthy NBA 2K cover Hall of Famer and definitely a future Los Angeles Lakers player — somehow.

Zion Williamson of the New Orleans Pelicans landed the cover of the next-gen version of the game, which marketed itself as the better experience, pointing at performance and graphical fidelity as the evidence. While he's only been in the league for just a short period of time, 2019 No. 1 Overall Pick has already made his mark on the league and has demonstrated dominance at the professional level. In 19 games as a rookie so far, Williamson has averaged 23.6 points, 6.8 rebounds, and 2.2 assists per game. Williamson will be one of the star players in the NBA.

3. Anthony Davis (NBA 2K20)

Anthony Davis is a superstar big man for the Los Angeles Lakers, but he made himself a household name playing in New Orleans for eight seasons. His cover came in 2019 as NBA 2K20 was released worldwide on all major gaming platforms. Six-time NBA All-Star, three-time All-NBA First Team, three-time NBA All-Defensive Team, 2012 Olympic gold medallist, and 2019-20 were the year Anthony Davis won the NBA Championship.

4. Giannis Antetokounmpo (NBA 2K19)

NBA 2k19 broke many boundaries in the franchise, one of which was picking their first-ever international player to be that year's cover athlete – none other than Milwaukee Bucks franchise player Giannis Antetokounmpo. It was also the first time the brand decided to feature words and phrases as a background to the superstar (also seen in that year's Anniversary Edition cover featuring LeBron James). 

It was another smart pick by the brand as "The Greek Freak" go on to dominate the 2018-2019 regular season, finishing 12th in blocks, 7th in points, 6th in rebounds as that year's league MVP.

He's coming off of arguably the greatest NBA Finals performance of all time and, at just 26-years-old is not stopping anytime soon. Don't be surprised if Antetokounmpo is back on the cover before his career comes to an end in the next decade or so.

5. Kyrie Irving (NBA 2K18)

In 2017 the people over at 2K gave Kyrie Irving the cover of NBA 2K18. He is clearly one of the best players in the NBA, and it's hard to deny how skilled he is on the court. From his ball-handling to scoring ability, it's hard to find a weakness to his game outside of his riddled injury history. Following his incredible shot that helped the Cleveland Cavaliers win the NBA Championship, he had a season where he averaged 25 points a game.

6. Paul George (NBA 2K17)

During his time in Indiana as a Pacer, Paul George molded himself into a superstar in the NBA and was rewarded with the cover of NBA 2K17 in 2016. He is a controversial player in the NBA, and it fits the Clippers roster with several polarizing figures. George offers an important scoring presence for the team, but he's certainly on a down year overall, missing some time with injuries. This downtrend is a disappointment for fans after George's huge year in OKC, but he is the kind of player that can heat up at any moment, so that he could be a huge factor in the NBA Playoffs.

7. Steph Curry/James Harden/Anthony Davis (NBA 2K16)

For the first time since NBA 2K13, the franchise decided to give people three options for the cover of NBA 2K16. The choices ended up being superstar point guard Steph Curry of the Golden State Warriors, scoring guard of the Houston Rockets James Harden, and stud big man for the New Orleans Pelicans Anthony Davis.

Curry already cementing his place in the record books. He started by shattering his career-high in points, later having a historic streak of games in which he made over ten three-point shots in each. His 99 Three-Point Shot stat and his multiple Gold and Hall Of Fame Badges guarantee that almost all his shots are going in.

Out of the MVP winners who have graced the NBA 2K cover, Harden has had the most consistent career so far, excluding the playoffs. If Harden can add an NBA Championship to his resume in the coming years, he could drastically change his legacy. 

The other half of the Los Angeles power duo, 'The Brow' himself, Anthony Davis. The 6'10" center had the eyes of the NBA world on him when he made the switch from New Orleans to Los Angeles ahead of the 2020 campaign, and it's safe to say he's lived up to the hype. Davis is averaging 26.1 points, 9.3 rebounds, and 3.2 assists per game for the Lakers as they continue their quest towards a first NBA title since 2010. 

All three stars are now on their way to Hall of Fame careers, with Curry and Harden already cementing their place in the record books and Davis looking to build on a strong resume.

8. Kevin Durant (NBA 2K15)

Kevin Durant is on the cover of the NBA 2K15 game. After appearing as an optional cover athlete for NBA 2K13, Durant grace the cover in 2014 for NBA 2K15 solely. This was following a season in which he averaged an astounding 32 points per game.

With 2 NBA Championships and 2 Finals MVP awards. Durant is currently a member of the Brooklyn Nets and is trying to lead a super team comprised of guards James Harden and Kyrie Irving to an NBA title in the coming seasons.

9. LeBron James (NBA 2K14)

Despite a long and consistent career of NBA excellence, LeBron James has only graced the cover of NBA 2K once. This came in 2013 for the release of NBA 2K14 when James was still a member of the Miami Heat.

It followed a 2012-13 campaign that saw James shoot a career-best 40% from 3-point range and win a 2nd consecutive NBA title. Although he didn't win the 2020 MVP award, James ended up winning a title. The four-time MVP collected 27.6 points, 10.8 rebounds, and 8.8 assists per game in the playoffs.

As a member of the Los Angeles Lakers, James is currently looking to bring his 2nd title to Los Angeles.

10. Derrick Rose/Kevin Durant/Blake Griffin (NBA 2K13)

NBA 2K13 featured three different NBA legends on the same cover, include Derrick Rose of the Chicago Bulls, Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder, and Blake Griffin of the L.A. Clippers.

Nowadays, Derrick Rose is considered a crafty and talented veteran who most championship contenders are currently courting. Upon his arrival in the NBA back in 2008, Rose hit the ground running, winning an MVP in 2011, before knee injuries turned a Hall of Fame career into a battle of pride. He's been able to prove himself and earn respect once again in the NBA. 

Kevin Durant has finally made his return to the NBA after overcoming an unfortunate Achilles injury that forced him to miss an entire season. As a member of the Brooklyn Nets, Durant is looking to contend for a title alongside point guard Kyrie Irving.

Since being traded from the Los Angeles Clippers to the Detroit Pistons, Griffin has worked tirelessly to evolve his game to play it at a high level still. Not only has he developed a solid 3-point shot for a power forward, but he's also managed to become one of the position's better passers.

Derrick Rose is coming off of a successful stint with the New York Knicks, Kevin Durant is trying to lead a Brooklyn Nets super team to an NBA title, and Blake Griffin is aiding Durant in Brooklyn as a member of the Nets.

The above are 10 outstanding cover athletes from the past and present of NBA 2K. Also, for more NBA 2K22 news, guides, updates, and buy MT NBA 2K22, stay tuned to our news page.