New Orleans Pelicans star Zion Williamson will grace the cover of NBA 2K21, becoming the second of three athletes to be on the cover for the annual game.
- NBA 2K announced Wednesday that Williamson will be the second of three planned cover athletes for NBA 2K21.
- Williamson will be the cover athlete for the next generation version of the game, which will be released on Xbox One X and the PlayStaton 5.
- “Being on the cover of NBA 2K has been a dream since I was a kid and to be the first NBA 2K21 cover athlete for the next generation of gaming is really special,” Williamson said. “Since the day I joined Team 2K, I’ve wanted to make an impact on basketball culture both on and off the court, and being the cover athlete for NBA 2K21 on next-gen consoles lets me do that. I can’t wait to be part of this global phenomenon and hoop with all the ballers out there on NBA 2K21.”
A little context:
- Williamson previously appeared in a teaser for NBA 2K21, highlighting the game’s new graphics. The teaser premiered at the Sony event, which showed off PlayStation 5 games and details.
- Ronnie 2K — the face of the franchise — said on Twitter this is a big day for next generation stars.
- He said: “Next generation gaming meets the next generation of the NBA! You’ve inspired me every time we have met. I know you’re up for representing the entire next generation as cover athlete as we head to the next generation of consoles”
Next generation gaming meets the next generation of the NBA! You've inspired me every time we have met. I know you're up for representing the entire next generation as cover athlete as we head to the next generation of consoles @Zionwilliamson https://t.co/14z5tYIoGF pic.twitter.com/8PvJM8z0Iq— Ronnie 2K 2K22 (@Ronnie2K) July 1, 2020
Zion will make history
- Williamson becomes the youngest NBA athlete to be on the cover of NBA 2K, as I wrote about for the Deseret News.
- Before him, Chris Paul (NBA 2K8) and Anthony Davis (NBA 2K16) were the youngest players to appear on the covers. They were both 22 years olds at the time. Zion Williamson will turn 20 in July, per The Bird Writes.