Phoenix Suns star guard Devin Booker will be the cover athlete for NBA 2K23, according to a report by Shams Charania of The Athletic and Stadium.
At the time of publication, 2K has yet to make an official announcement regarding its upcoming NBA 2K cover stars.
It's officially Woj and Shams bomb season for those keeping up with the NBA and aside from the earthshaking trades and signings that are going on, it seems NBA 2K fans received a major unexpected news drop.
In addition to finalizing a four-year, $214 million supermax contract extension with the Suns, Devin Booker will be the next cover star for the popular sports video game franchise.
Booker, who has remained at a 91 overall since the end of the 2021-22 NBA season, is notably an avid gamer at heart, playing Call of Duty: Warzone on Twitch from time to time.
This past season, the 25-year-old nabbed his first All-NBA season, making the First Team and finishing fourth in the MVP race.
Booker is a two-time All-Star who averaged 25.6 points per game or more in each of his last four seasons, a career-high 26.8 per contest in 2021-22.
The Phoenix Suns have had several players, current and old, featured as the cover athlete for the NBA 2K series, such as Shaquille O’Neal on 2K6 and 2K7 and Chris Paul on 2K8.
Here are the recent cover athletes for previous NBA 2K titles:
- NBA 2K19: Giannis Antentokounmpo / LeBron James (20th Anniversary Edition)
- NBA 2K20: Anthony Davis / Dwyane Wade (Legend Edition)
- NBA 2K21: Damian Lillard (Current Gen) / Zion Williamson (Next Gen) / Kobe Bryant (Mamba Forever Edition)
- NBA 2K22: Luka Dončić / Candace Parker (WNBA 25th Anniversary Special Edition) / Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Dirk Nowitzki and Kevin Durant (NBA 75th Anniversary Edition)
Judging by previous releases, we'd expect there to also be a separate cover athlete for the special, retro edition for NBA 2K23. However, there's no telling what direction 2K and co. will go in this time.
The first official bit of NBA 2K23 news fans have received thus far is that the series has partnered with the NBA Summer League this July and that more details for the game will drop around then.