Damian Lillard Revealed as First NBA 2K21 Cover Athlete

Damian Lillard was revealed as one of the three NBA 2K21 cover athletes.
Damian Lillard was revealed as one of the three NBA 2K21 cover athletes. / Photo by 2K/Shams Charania

Portland Trail Blazers point guard Damian Lillard was revealed as one of the three NBA 2K21 cover athletes, Shams Charania revealed Tuesday on social media.

"It means a lot. It's one of those things like a signature shoe," Lillard said to Charania in an interview with Stadium. "To be able to join a line of players that's been on the cover of 2K, it's an honor." Lillard went on to speak about how he remembered past entries in the franchise by the cover athlete. It speaks to how special it is to be the cover star of a major sports video game franchise like NBA 2K.

Damian Lillard Revealed as First NBA 2K21 Cover Athlete

Lillard follows Los Angeles Lakers center Anthony Davis as a cover star. This is the first time a Portland Trail Blazers player has been on the NBA 2K cover art.

There are two cover stars yet to be revealed. Some expect New Orleans Pelicans center Zion Williamson to be another cover star after he was featured in the game's debut trailer during the PlayStation 5 games reveal event.

Others expect 2K to pay tribute to the late Kobe Bryant on a Legends cover after the five-time NBA champion and 18-time All-Star passed away in a helicopter crash on Jan. 26.