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Who has been on the cover of NBA 2K? Complete list of cover athletes

It's that time of the year again, and NBA 2K22 is here.

The latest installment of basketball's top-rated gaming franchise is set for a global release on Sept. 10, with Dallas Mavericks superstar Luka Doncic gracing the main cover ahead of his fourth NBA season.

In addition to Doncic, Chicago Sky superstar Candace Parker will grace 2K22's cover as the first-ever WNBA player to do so, Washington Wizards rising star Rui Hachimura will grace the cover in Japan and a special "Legends Edition" features Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Dirk Nowitzki and Kevin Durant on the cover.

Who else has been tabbed as the cover athlete for the NBA 2K franchise? Below, find a complete list of cover athletes, from Allen Iverson to Doncic.

NBA 2K cover athletes - Standard Edition
Release Year Game Name Team
1999 NBA 2K Allen Iverson Philadelphia 76ers
2000 NBA 2K1 Allen Iverson Philadelphia 76ers
2001 NBA 2K2 Allen Iverson Philadelphia 76ers
2002 NBA 2K3 Allen Iverson Philadelphia 76ers
2003 ESPN NBA Basketball 2K4 Allen Iverson Philadelphia 76ers
2004 ESPN NBA 2K5 Ben Wallace Detroit Pistons
2005 NBA 2K6 Shaquille O'Neal Miami Heat
2006 NBA 2K7 Shaquille O'Neal Miami Heat
2007 NBA 2K8 Chris Paul New Orleans Hornets
2008 NBA 2K9 Kevin Garnett Boston Celtics
2009 NBA 2K10 Kobe Bryant Los Angeles Lakers
2010 NBA 2K11 Michael Jordan Chicago Bulls
2011 NBA 2K12 Michael Jordan Chicago Bulls
NBA 2K12 Larry Bird Boston Celtics
NBA 2K12 Magic Johnson Los Angeles Lakers
2012 NBA 2K13 Derrick Rose Chicago Bulls
NBA 2K13 Blake Griffin LA Clippers
NBA 2K13 Kevin Durant Oklahoma City Thunder
2013 NBA 2K14 LeBron James Miami Heat
2014 NBA 2K15 Kevin Durant Oklahoma City Thunder
2015 NBA 2K16 Stephen Curry Golden State Warriors
NBA 2K16 James Harden Houston Rockets
NBA 2K16 Anthony Davis New Orleans Pelicans
2016 NBA 2K17 Paul George Indiana Pacers
2017 NBA 2K18 Kyrie Irving Boston Celtics
2018 NBA 2K19 Giannis Antetokounmpo Milwaukee Bucks
2019 NBA 2K20 Anthony Davis Los Angeles Lakers
2020 NBA 2K21 Damian Lillard Portland Trail Blazers
NBA 2K21 Zion Williamson New Orleans Pelicans
2021 NBA 2K22 Luka Doncic Dallas Mavericks

Since NBA 2K16, the franchise has released special editions of the game, from covers that honour legends to region-specific icons.

Find a list of each special-edition cover athlete below.

NBA 2K cover athletes - Special Editions
Release Year Game Name Team Edition
2015 NBA 2K16 Michael Jordan Chicago Bulls Michael Jordan Special Edition
NBA 2K16 Pau Gasol Chicago Bulls Spain
NBA 2K16 Marc Gasol Memphis Grizzlies Spain
NBA 2K16 Dennis Schröder Atlanta Hawks Germany
NBA 2K16 Tony Parker San Antonio Spurs France
2016 NBA 2K17 Kobe Bryant Los Angeles Lakers Legend/Legend Gold
NBA 2K17 Pau Gasol San Antonio Spurs Spain
NBA 2K17 Danilo Gallinari Denver Nuggets Italy
2017 NBA 2K18 Shaquille O'Neal Miami Heat/Los Angeles Lakers Legend/Legend Gold
NBA 2K18 DeMar DeRozan Toronto Raptors Canada
2018 NBA 2K19 LeBron James Los Angeles Lakers 20th Anniversary Edition
NBA 2K19 Ben Simmons Philadelphia 76ers Australia/New Zealand
2019 NBA 2K20 Dwyane Wade Miami Heat Legend
2020 NBA 2K21 Kobe Bryant Los Angeles Lakers Mamba Forever Edition
2021 NBA 2K22 Candace Parker Chicago Sky WNBA 25th Anniversary Edition
NBA 2K22 Kevin Durant Brooklyn Nets NBA 75th Anniversary Edition
NBA 2K22 Dirk Nowitzki Dallas Mavericks NBA 75th Anniversary Edition
NBA 2K22 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Los Angeles Lakers NBA 75th Anniversary Edition
NBA 2K22 Rui Hachimura Washington Wizards Japan

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