Portland Trail Blazers all-star Damian Lillard is the next NBA 2K cover athlete. Stadium’s Shams Charania first reported the news with 2K Games officially announcing Damian Lillard as their current-gen cover star shortly thereafter. 2K Games also said that pre-orders for NBA 2K21 will be available starting on July 2nd.
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— NBA 2K21 (@NBA2K) June 30, 2020
Charania didn’t just break the news, but he also got to sit down with Lillard for an interview. When asked what being on the NBA 2K cover meant to him, the Trail Blazers star said:
It means a lot. It’s one of those things that it’s like a signature shoe. Everybody just don’t get it. To be able to join the line of the players that’s been on the cover of 2K, it’s an honor… Every time I come across a game that is my favorite year of a game, the way that you recognize it is by ‘A.I. was on that cover’ or ‘Kobe was on that cover,’ that was my favorite one. Just to join that group and have that honor, man, it’s cool. Real cool.
While we don’t know who will be on the cover of the next-gen version of NBA 2K21, we do know that the game will load drastically faster on the PS5 and Xbox Series X. In a press release a few weeks ago, 2K Games said:
For next-gen, NBA 2K21 will feature drastically improved load speeds, visual fidelity on an unmatched level, and an unrivaled breadth of content for basketball fans and players. Fans can expect new game features, game modes, brand partnerships, social events, in-game experiences and a brand new soundtrack that will set the record as the most definitive collection of music ever assembled in a video game. These updates and more will set the bar for sports simulation games when the game debuts this Fall.
NBA 2K21 will release in Fall 2020 for Xbox One, PS4, and Nintendo Switch, with the game coming to next-gen systems later in the year.
For more NBA 2K content, check out our NBA 2K20 guide on crafting the best sharpshooter build or this guide telling you what badges you’ll need to dominate in the game.