It’s official. The NBA2K19 cover athlete, is Giannis Antetokounmpo and Double Clutch has been in Athens to celebrate the announcement of the first ever International cover athlete. Which is something, considering the 2K video-game franchise has been on the scene since 1999; back when the Dreamcast was still a thing and Michael Jordan was the undeniable GOAT. And now, Giannis joins the likes of Allen Iverson, Kobe Bryant, LeBron James and most recently Kyrie Irving, as one of the select few elite players to have graced the cover the best selling video-game; truly cementing his status as a world superstar.

The cover features key words and phrases that hold significance to Antetokounmpo, including, “Father’s Legacy,” “Fear the Deer,” “Athens,” “Family,” and, of course, “Greek Freek.” Monday’s event also included the premiere of a video narrated by Giannis’ mother, Veronica, titled, “A Boy With A Name.”

Coming from humble beginnings selling watches on the streets of Athens, Antetokounmpo has quickly won over NBA fans with his tremendous skill and genuine personality. He has also gained the respect of his fellow players, earning multiple honors including All-Rookie Second Team, NBA All-Defensive Second Team, All-NBA Second Team (twice) and Most Improved Player.

“I am honored to be the first international player featured on the cover of NBA 2K19, I love playing NBA 2K so this means a lot to me. I have worked hard to earn recognition in the NBA and being on the cover of NBA 2K19 is a dream come true.”

Giannis Antetokounmpo

NBA Superstar

“Giannis is the future of the NBA and his drive and athleticism have made him an undeniable force in the league. He’s the perfect cover athlete and we’re excited to feature him as our very first international cover star, as NBA 2K has a strong following with fans all over the world.”

Alfie Brody

Vice President of Marketing for NBA 2K, 2K Games, Inc

Pre-orders for the NBA 2K19 Standard Edition include the following digital items:

  • 5,000 Virtual Currency
  • 10 MyTEAM packs (delivered one a week)
  • 1 Giannis Antetokounmpo Sapphire MyTEAM card

NBA 2K19 is the next iteration of the top-rated and top-selling NBA video game simulation series of the past 17 years*.

Developed by Visual Concepts, the NBA 2K19 Standard Edition will be available on September 11, 2018 for an RRP of £54.99 on Xbox One, PlayStation®4 system, Nintendo Switch, and Windows PC platforms.

The NBA 2K19 20th Anniversary Edition will be available on September 7, 2018 for an RRP of £84.99 on Xbox One, PlayStation®4 system, Nintendo Switch, and Windows PC platforms.

Players looking to get a head start on NBA 2K19’s MyCAREER can download the all-new NBA 2K19: The Prelude beginning on August 31, 2018 available on Xbox One and PlayStation 4. 


Developed by Visual Concepts, NBA 2K19 is not yet rated by PEGI.

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