'NBA 2K23' Cover Athletes Announced

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There are no other two words that will send a sports fan into a slump more than “Off Season”. It’s the slow period between seasons where athletes can rest and refuel, while teams reshape how their rosters look. A glimpse of hope that gets us through to next season is the annual announcement of the NBA 2K cover athlete. Over recent years, the game has evolved and now has a ‘legend’ edition cover athlete, and a WNBA edition cover athlete. So who is on the covers of this year’s 2K?

Standard Edition Cover Athlete

Set to be on the cover of NBA 2K23's standard edition is none other than Phoenix Suns star Devin Booker. Booker helped lead the Suns to the NBA Finals in 2021 and has been rising into superstardom at cosmic rates. Booker's famous "Be Legendary" quote is etched onto his shoes in the cover, the same words the late Kobe Bryant would tell him. Devin Booker also recently signed a five-year supermax extension, so this has been a pretty solid summer for the all-star.

WNBA Edition Cover Athletes

Donning the cover of the WNBA 2K23 edition is none other than WNBA legends Diana Taruasi and Sue Bird. Taruasi and Bird have dominated the WNBA scene since the early 2000’s. Taurasi is a three time WNBA champion, two time finals MVP, 2009 MVP, and a ten time all-star. Sue Bird is playing out her 19th and final season in the WNBA. Bird will finish as the all-time leading scorer in Seattle Storm history. This is a more than deserved honor for these two exceptional athletes.

Michael Jordan/Champion Edition Cover Athlete

The legend edition cover of 2K is reserved for the most iconic players the NBA has to offer. The first legend edition cover was announced for NBA 2K16 and displayed Michael Jordan. This year's NBA 2K23 legend edition cover will carry the man who made the number ‘23’ as famous as it is. Michael Jordan will be the cover athlete of a 2k game for the 4th time, the most ever of any player. The “Championship” edition cover will display a picture of Jordan’s jersey hanging and include a number of virtual and physical items that come with the game.

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