NBA 2K Cover History: Full List of Every NBA 2K Cover Athlete

Jason Schandl
NBA 2K cover history and full list of cover athletes.
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The NBA 2K cover athlete reveal is always a fun summer storyline for basketball fans, and the NBA 2K23 cover should be announced within the coming weeks. Last year the reveal for 2K22 was on July 14, so a similar timeline makes sense for 2K23.

With that in mind, here's a look at every cover athlete in the history of the NBA 2K video game franchise, including the latest news on the 2K23 cover.

NBA 2K23 Cover Reveal News

The main cover athlete for the NBA 2K23 standard edition has not been revealed, but one special cover athlete has. 2K23 will mark the return of the Jordan Edition, with Michael Jordan fittingly gracing the '23 cover. Alongside the cover appearance, 2K will bring back the "Jordan Challenges", which debuted when MJ was on the cover in 2K11.

NBA 2K Cover History

1. NBA 2K: Allen Iverson

2. NBA 2K1: Allen Iverson

3. NBA 2K2: Allen Iverson

4. NBA 2K3: Allen Iverson

5. ESPN NBA Basketball 2K4: Allen Iverson

6. ESPN NBA 2K5: Ben Wallace

7. NBA 2K6: Shaquille O'Neal

8. NBA 2K7: Shaquille O'Neal

9. NBA 2K8: Chris Paul

10. NBA 2K9: Kevin Garnett

11. NBA 2K10: Kobe Bryant

12. NBA 2K11: Michael Jordan

13. NBA 2K12: Michael Jordan

14. NBA 2K13: Blake Griffin, Kevin Durant, Derrick Rose

15. NBA 2K14: LeBron James

16. NBA 2K15: Kevin Durant

Special Edition: Michael Jordan

17. NBA 2K17: Paul George

Legend Edition: Kobe Bryant

18. NBA 2K18: Kyrie Irving

Legend Edition: Shaquille O'Neal
Canada: DeMar DeRozan

19. NBA 2K19: Giannis Antetokounmpo

20th Anniversary Edition: LeBron James
Australia: Ben Simmons

20. NBA 2K20: Anthony Davis

Legend Edition: Dwyane Wade

21. NBA 2K21: Damian Lillard

22. NBA 2K22: Luka Doncic

75th Anniversary Edition: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Dirk Nowitzki, Kevin Durant
WNBA 25th Anniversary Edition: Candace Parker

23. NBA 2K23: TBD


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