NBA 2K19 Names Australia-Specific Cover Athlete

NBA 2K19 Ben Simmons

For the first time in NBA 2K franchise history, they will be releasing an Austrailian-specific cover athlete.

2K Sports announced that Philadelphia 76ers forward and current reigning Rookie of the Year award winner Ben Simmons will adorn the cover of NBA 2K19 in the country. Simmons was born in Melbourne, Australia.

“The Aussie fans are super passionate about basketball and specifically NBA 2K, so it’s very cool to be an ambassador for both,” Simmons said.

The cover will be available to Australia and New Zeland. There will be a double-sided inlay that features 2K19 cover star Giannis Anteokounmpo, should there be any hardcore Bucks fans down under.

It shouldn’t be a surprise that Simmons was named the cover athlete for Australia and New Zealand. Out of all the active Australian born players, Simmonds has one of the most impressive resumes in such a short amount of time. Simmons was drafted first overall by the 76ers in the 2017 Draft after a successful year at LSU.

NBA 2K19 will be available September 11 for PC, PS4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch. The 20th Anniversary Edition will launch a few days earlier, on September 7.

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Greg Ezell
Born and raised in Boston, Massachusetts, Greg has been playing sports video games since Ice Hockey on the NES. Greg is currently working as a Program Director in the non-profit world, but his true passion is hockey. While Madden, various wrestling games and MLB The Show are some of his favorites, NHL remains the go-to sports series. Outside of sports games Greg enjoys J/RPGs, Monster Hunter and Stardew Valley.