Damian Lillard named first cover athlete for NBA 2K21

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Damian Lillard is on the cover of NBA 2K21.

It’s the first time the Trail Blazers’ star guard has been on the cover of the iconic game, and it feels like a breakthrough for an elite and popular player, just one sometimes overlooked by influencers in the Eastern time zone who don’t watch enough of his games. He is pumped about it.

“This is a special moment for me in my NBA career,” Lillard said in a statement. “I’ve been a fan of NBA 2K for years and love how they represent all aspects of basketball culture. I’m an avid 2K player so I’m honored to join the other NBA greats who have been on the cover. I’m grateful to all my fans and can’t wait for everyone to experience the game later this year.”

Lillard is a four-time All-NBA player (about to be five when teams for this season are announced), averaging 28.9 points and 7.8 rebounds a game this season. He’s a five-time All-Star who is incredibly popular but always felt a little out of the spotlight being in Portland. This is a sign that is changing.

There are three NBA 2K21 cover athletes, and the next two will be named soon.