2K has announced that Milwaukee Bucks standout and two-time NBA All-Star Giannis Antetokounmpo will be the NBA 2K19 Standard Edition cover star.
He is the first player in NBA history to have finished a regular season ranked in the top 20 in total points, rebounds, assists, steals, and blocks – a feat that has earned Antetokounmpo the nickname “Greek Freak.”
Keeping with the NBA 2K19 creative theme, the cover features words and phrases which hold significance for Giannis, including “Father’s Legacy,” “Fear the Deer,” “Phenom” and “Athens,” which pays homage to his hometown in Greece.
“I am honoured to be the first international player featured on the cover of NBA 2K19,” Giannis Antetokounmpo explains. “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 2K vice president of marketing Alfie Brody adds: “Giannis is the future of the NBA and his drive and athleticism have made him an undeniable force in the league. 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.”
Those that pre-order the NBA 2K19 Standard Edition will receive three digital items:
- 5,000 Virtual Currency
- 10 MyTEAM packs (delivered one a week)
- 1 Giannis Antetokounmpo Sapphire MyTEAM card
The NBA 2K19 Standard Edition (£54.99) will release for Nintendo Switch worldwide on September 11th, with the NBA 2K19 20th Anniversary Edition (£84.99) to be available earlier on September 7th.