NBA 2K Covers

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The NBA 2K covers have each featured at least one NBA player, beginning with Allen Iverson in the original NBA 2K. In contrast to the NBA Live series, the NBA 2K games have repeated cover players, notably featuring Iverson on the cover for the first five games in the series and Shaquille O'Neal in back-to-back appearances for NBA 2K6 and NBA 2K7. Michael Jordan and Kevin Durant have also appeared on multiple covers.

In 2010, NBA 2K11 became the first game in the series to feature a retired player on the cover, namely Michael Jordan. Jordan returned as the cover player for NBA 2K12, with limited edition Magic Johnson and Larry Bird covers also being made available. NBA 2K13 marks the first time that multiple players appear on the same cover, with Blake Griffin, Kevin Durant and Derrick Rose appearing together. NBA 2K16, NBA 2K17, and NBA 2K18 featured special collector's editions with a retired player on the cover, labelled the Legend Edition for NBA 2K17 and NBA 2K18. NBA 2K19 saw the release of a 20th Anniversary Edition, featuring LeBron James on the cover.


Game Player Notes
NBA 2K Allen Iverson
NBA 2K1 Allen Iverson First repeat cover player. Won the regular season MVP award the same year.
NBA 2K2 Allen Iverson
NBA 2K3 Allen Iverson
ESPN NBA Basketball 2K4 Allen Iverson The most cover appearances to date, with five.
ESPN NBA 2K5 Ben Wallace The Detroit Pistons were the defending champions, and appeared in the 2005 NBA Finals.
NBA 2K6 Shaquille O'Neal First player to win the championship the same season as appearing on the NBA 2K cover. Previously appeared on the NBA Live 96 cover.
NBA 2K7 Shaquille O'Neal Second repeat cover player.
NBA 2K8 Chris Paul
NBA 2K9 Kevin Garnett The Boston Celtics were the defending champions coming into the season.
NBA 2K10 Kobe Bryant Second player to win the championship the same season as appearing on the NBA 2K cover; also the defending champions.
NBA 2K11 Michael Jordan First retired player to appear on an NBA 2K cover.
NBA 2K12 Michael Jordan, Larry Bird, Magic Johnson The Larry Bird and Magic Johnson covers were limited edition. Michael Jordan was the third repeat cover player.
NBA 2K13 Blake Griffin, Kevin Durant, Derrick Rose First cover to feature multiple players.
NBA 2K14 LeBron James The Miami Heat were the defending champions, and appeared in the 2014 NBA Finals.
NBA 2K15 Kevin Durant Fourth repeat cover player, first solo appearance.
NBA 2K16 Stephen Curry, James Harden, Anthony Davis

Special Edition: Michael Jordan

All three covers were available as an insert in the regular edition, so that they could be swapped according to preference. First Special Edition, featuring the third cover for Michael Jordan.
NBA 2K17 Paul George

Legend Edition: Kobe Bryant

Paul George was previously the "cover" player for the MyNBA2K16 companion app. Second cover for Kobe Bryant.
NBA 2K18 Kyrie Irving

Legend Edition: Shaquille O'Neal
Canada: DeMar DeRozan

Kyrie Irving previously appeared on the cover of NBA Live 14. Third cover for Shaquille O'Neal.
NBA 2K19 Giannis Antetokounmpo

20th Anniversary Edition: LeBron James
Australia: Ben Simmons

LeBron James previously appeared on the cover of NBA 2K14.
NBA 2K20 Anthony Davis

Legend Edition: Dwyane Wade

Anthony Davis was previously one of three cover players for NBA 2K16.
NBA 2K21 Damian Lillard (PS4/Xbox One)

Zion Williamson (PS5/Xbox Series X/S)
Mamba Forever Edition: Kobe Bryant

Lillard previously appeared on the cover of NBA Live 15. Third cover for Kobe Bryant whose special edition was published as a tribute after his passing in an helicopter crash on January 26th, 2020.
NBA 2K22 Luka Dončić

Japan: Rui Hachimura
NBA 75th Anniversary Edition: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Dirk Nowitzki, Kevin Durant

Third cover for Kevin Durant.
NBA 2K23 Devin Booker

Michael Jordan & Championship Edition: Michael Jordan

Fourth cover for Michael Jordan, this time for both the limited editions of the game; in the Michael Jordan edition, he is portrayed celebrating a win, whilst in the Championship edition, only the back of his jersey is displayed.
NBA 2K24 Kobe Bryant

Black Mamba Edition: Kobe Bryant
25th Anniversary Edition: Custom Championship Ring
WNBA Edition: Sabrina Ionescu

Fourth cover for Kobe Bryant. Featured on both the regular edition and Black Mamba special edition.