Over the last several days, 2K Games has been teasing the announcement of their cover stars in a series of videos and Instagram story posts. However, this year’s announcement is much different than the previous years.
This morning 2K announced that one of the GOATs from the WNBA, Candace Parker, will be one of the cover stars for NBA 2K22, making her the first female athlete to grace the cover of the basketball series.
“Representation matters, so this is a special moment of progress for the sport and the series,” Parker said. “To be part of this historic cover is a testament to the growth and rising popularity of the women’s game, and I’m proud to be the first female cover athlete to be the face of NBA 2K.”
Extremely proud and humbled to be the first female cover athlete in the history of @NBA2K
I’m honored to work with a company that’s investing in women and betting on us to succeed. I’m hopeful there will be many more badass females to follow 💪🏽💪🏽 pic.twitter.com/WJan4YE7Qt
— Candace Parker (@Candace_Parker) July 14, 2021
In North America, the Standard Edition will feature six-time WNBA All-Star and Champion, Candace Parker and will be sold through GameStop and EB Games. Parker is the first female athlete to grace the cover in the history of the franchise.
In Japan, players can also purchase a special version of the Standard Edition that features Washington Wizards Rui Hachimura, a rising star who was the first Japanese player to be drafted in the first round in 2019 and the first Japanese player to reach the NBA Playoffs.
Alongside Parker, Luka Dončić, Kevin Durant, Dirk Nowitzki and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar will also grace the cover of NBA 2K22.
The first two NBA 2K Covers are here ⭐️
NBA 2K22 Cover Athlete: @luka7doncic
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) July 14, 2021
The NBA 75th Anniversary Edition is meant to celebrate the sport and three individuals who revolutionized the league over the last 75 years. That includes Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, a Hall of Famer, six-time NBA Champion, six-time MVP, and all-time NBA scoring leader. Dirk Nowitzki, the 14-time All-Star, NBA Champion and MVP, and Kevin Durant, the 11-time All-Star, league MVP and two-time NBA Champion.
If you want to pick up the 75th Anniversary Edition you’ll get this extra content:
- 100,000 Virtual Currency (VC)
- 10,000 MyTeam Points and 10 MyTeam Tokens
- 10 Boosts for each MyCareer skill type and Gatorade Boost Type
- 3 Sapphire MyTeam cards (one each for Abdul-Jabbar, Durant, and Nowitzki) and 22 MyTeam promo packs
- Diamond Jordan Shoe MyTeam item & Coach Card MyTeam pack
- MyPlayer apparel & accessories collection: 2 Luka Dončić T-shirts, 2 NBA 75th Anniversary cover athlete T-shirts, backpack, arm sleeve, and custom-designed skateboard
Both the NBA 75th Anniversary Edition and Cross-Gen Digital Bundle feature cover artwork painted by Atlanta-based artist, Charly Palmer.
“The culture around the game of basketball is vibrant and transcends geographical boundaries,” said Alfie Brody, VP of global marketing strategy for NBA 2K. “This year, we want to showcase that global diversity via Charly’s amazing, one-of-a-kind art.”
NBA 2K22 will launch on September 10, 2021