The NBA 2K has gained popularity the world over with its ability to combine basketball fun with NBA’s authenticity. NBA 2K21 is on its way and is ready to grace the next-gen consoles, but the game’s cover is still up for grabs with several potential candidates.
Being a game’s cover athlete has become an honor for sportsmen. The cover athlete is sometimes also involved in the game’s development and influences the direction of the new game. For instance, Lamar Jackson as Madden’s cover athlete means greater emphasis is put on running mechanics of new ball-carrier for Madden 21.
NBA 2K21 Candidate 1: Zion Williamson
Zion Williamson is currently the front-runner candidate for NBA 2K21’s cover. The game has already engaged Zio as a promotional athlete when NBA 2K21 was revealed. On top of being an in-game player in the reveal, he communicated that he was also involved in announcing the reveal of the game.
— 2K News🤫 (@2KInsiderr) June 18, 2020
NBA 2K21 Candidate 2: Kobe Bryant
An ongoing theory suggests that the Black Mamba, after his tragic passing in January, will be the Legend Edition Choice for NBA 2K21. Although Kobe appeared on basketball series’ cover before, even as the cover athlete for Legend Edition NBA 2K17, it makes perfect sense to put on him the cover of NBA 2K21.
Expect the #NBA2K21 cover athlete + preorder info to be annouced the first week of July
— 2K News🤫 (@2KInsiderr) June 20, 2020
NBA 2K21 Candidate 3: Kawhi Leonard
Putting the current reigning champion on the cover is an apt choice. Why not have perhaps the top player in the world, who was able to take his team to the promised land, be the game’s star? Kawhi Leonard could have easily made the cover last year, but the 2K team decided against it given Leonard’s uncertainty in free agency.
Regardless of who makes the cover, the 2K series has very few options to choose from for this year and hereafter.