Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo was officially named as the cover athlete for the standard edition of NBA 2K19 on Monday.
Antetokounmpo, who earned the nickname the “Greek Freak,” was rumored to be the cover star last week. On Monday it became official that he will be the first international player to be featured on the cover of the video game franchise that began in 1999.
“I am honored to be the first international player featured on the cover of NBA 2K19,” Antetokounmpo said in a statement. “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.”
The NBA 2K19 cover shows Antetokounmpo handling the ball, with words surrounding him including “Father’s Legacy,” “Fear the Deer,” “Athens,” “Family,” and, of course, “Greek Freak.”
“Giannis is the future of the NBA and his drive and athleticism have made him an undeniable force in the league,” said Alfie Brody, Vice President of Marketing for NBA 2K. “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.”
The NBA 2K19 Standard Edition will be available on Sept. 11 for $59.99 on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch and Windows PC platforms.
–Field Level Media