Just days ago, the NBA 2K20 cover athletes were revealed as fans got to see what those covers look like. The New Orleans Pelicans’ Anthony Davis and Miami Heat’s Dwyane Wade will appear on different editions of the 2K title. Meanwhile, the NBA Live 20 cover athlete appears set, as reports have surfaced that Luka Doncic landed the spot. That comes after speculation that a certain top pick was unable to get a deal done to appear as the new game’s official cover star.
Luka Doncic is NBA Live 20 cover athlete, per sources
There were previous NBA Live 20 rumors that suggested the No. 1 NBA Draft pick Zion Williamson received a huge offer to appear on the game’s cover. That didn’t work out, so EA Sports went with the reigning NBA Rookie of the Year instead. The Dallas Mavericks’ Luka Doncic is the NBA Live 20 cover athlete, per a Clutch Points report (via Forbes). They indicate that Forbes’ Brian Mazique cited sources close to the matter.
Luka Doncic is coming off an impressive rookie campaign in which he averaged 21.1 points, 7.8 rebounds, and six assists per game. He also shot 42.7 percent and was tied for fourth with LeBron James in triple-doubles with eight last season. Doncic had plenty of memorable highlights during the 2018-19 NBA season too.
Doncic will head into a promising sophomore season as the new top star on the Dallas Mavs roster. They’re hoping for an improved campaign after missing the playoffs last year. Dallas has big man Kristaps Porzingis who they’re also hoping to see on the court this season. In addition, they acquired Nebraska standout Isaiah Roby in the NBA Draft and recently signed free agent Boban Marjanovic to the roster.
Putting Doncic on the game’s cover makes sense as EA Sports looks to boost sales globally, particularly in Europe. Luka hails from Slovenia and played for Real Madrid before the Mavs drafted him into the NBA. While everyone’s talking about Zion or Anthony Davis for the coming season, there’s no disputing that fans were talking about rookie Luka Doncic quite often this past season.
We’ve yet to see the official NBA Live 19 cover athlete on the front of the game or see any other details about the new title. However, that seems like it should be on the way in the coming month since NBA 2K20 just released their game covers, a gameplay teaser trailer, and release date details.
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