04 Aug 2021 6:08 PM +00:00

The four NBA 2K22 Cover Athletes have been revealed

The NBA 2K22 Cover Athletes have been revealed.

Four players, including two legends are on show - ahead of the game's release on Friday, 10 September.

Along with the cover athletes, we ask the question, "Should Giannis Antetokounmpo be the highest-rated player in NBA 2K22?"

Let's get you up to date on all the NBA 2K22 news.

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UPDATED - Where should Giannis end up in ratings?

He's the NBA Finals Champion, the Finals MVP, and the leader of the Milwaukee Bucks. So, with all of his accolades and talent, he's got to be highly considered as the best player in the NBA.

This is a player that never abandoned his team and instead proved that with some tenacity and refinement, you can win an NBA Championship. Ratings are often argued about but Giannis was nearly the highest-rated player in NBA 2K21.

Giannis Antetokounmpo looks deep into the camera in NBA 2K22
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FINALS MVP: Giannis led the Bucks to the NBA promised land in 2021

Here's the deal, with what he was able to accomplish in the 2021 season could push him right to the top of the ratings. Not many players can say they did it on their own without building a "super team". However, Giannis can, to read more on why we believe Giannis could top the ratings, head here.

NBA 2K22 Cover Athletes REVEALED

The countdown to NBA 2K22 is well and truly on, with five stunning covers revealed for the game.

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TAKE YOUR PICK - Luka Doncic plus three NBA legends share the Cover Athlete duties

Luka Doncic of the Dallas Mavericks graces the cover of both the Standard Edition and Cross-Gen Digital Bundles.

The 75th Anniversary Edition on the other hand will see Dirk Nowitzki, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and current NBA star Kevin Durant on the cover.

These editions are available to pre order right away.

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TRAILBLAZER - You can get the WNBA edition through GameStop and EB Games

Additionally, there is a WNBA cover - fronted by Chicago Sky's Candace Parker, as well as a Japanese Edition featuring Rui Hachimura of the Washington Wizards.

NBA 2K21 Cover Athletes

Kobe Bryant was posthumously chosen for the Deluxe Edition of NBA 2K21, dubbed the Mamba Forever Edition, and it was an honor that felt fitting.

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NBA 2K21 covers for next-gen, current-gen, and Mamba Forever Edition
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2K21 TRIO: Lillard, Williamson, and Bryant made the cut last year

While multiple cover athlete choices are not uncommon, we saw a new split last year as NBA 2K21 chose a different athlete for different generation consoles.

READ MORE: All NBA 2K21 Cover Athletes revealed

Damian Lillard was chosen for the PS4 and Xbox One versions of NBA 2K21. Meanwhile, the much younger Zion Williamson was picked for the PS5 and Xbox Series X|S editions of NBA 2K21.

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Word from the Cover Stars

“Making the global cover of NBA 2K22 is special for me,” said Luka Doncic.

“I’m proud to represent my country in a special cover that honors the colors of the Slovenian flag. Basketball has given me so much, and I’m excited to give back and work together with 2K Foundations this year to help the lives of young kids around the globe.”

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FLYING THE FLAG - Doncic is proud to have the Slovenia colours on the cover

Kevin Durant said: “I wanna say it's an honor to grace the cover of 2K22 with two legends: Dirk Nowitzki and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. I really appreciate it, another dream come true."

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"But to be alongside two guys that have meant so much to the game and have meant so much to the communities that they played in and lived in, the basketball community as a whole.

"I can't really even describe how it feels.

"When I saw the cover, I was just blown away because I worked my whole life to be in the conversation with those guys. So, to kind of have a stamp with the 2K cover, I can definitely show my friends and brag a little bit, but it's a true honor for sure."

As for Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, he said: “Well, being on the cover of NBA 2K22 is just a very special achievement for me. You know, I’ve loved this game all my life and to be significant in the way that people who love the game and play on games, you know, to be in their world is a real honor.”