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Giannis Antetokounmpo is Cover Athlete For NBA 2K19 Standard Edition - Trailer, Cover Art & Screenshot

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Giannis Antetokounmpo is Cover Athlete For NBA 2K19 Standard Edition - Trailer, Cover Art & Screenshot

2K just announced Giannis Antetokounmpo as the NBA 2K19 cover athlete for the Standard Edition, becoming the first international star to grace the cover of NBA 2K. Read the full press release below.

They Will Know Your Name: Giannis Antetokounmpo Becomes First International Star to Net the Cover of NBA 2K

The “Greek Freak” Continues his Journey to Global Stardom with NBA® 2K19 Standard Edition Cover

2K today announced that the NBA® 2K19 Standard Edition will feature Milwaukee Bucks standout and two-time NBA All-Star Giannis Antetokounmpo on the cover. The first player in NBA history to finish a regular season ranked in the top 20 in total points, rebounds, assists, steals, and blocks, Antetokounmpo has earned the nickname “Greek Freak” for his incredible athletic abilities. Keeping with the NBA 2K19 creative theme, the cover features key words and phrases which hold significance for Giannis, including “Father’s Legacy,” “Fear the Deer,” “Phenom” and of course “Athens,” paying homage to his hometown in Greece.

“I am honored to be the first international player featured on the cover of NBA 2K19,” said Antetokounmpo. “I love playing NBA 2K so this means a lot to me. I have worked hard to earn recognition in the NBA and being on the cover of NBA 2K19 is a dream come true.”

Coming from humble beginnings selling watches on the streets of Athens, Antetokounmpo has quickly won over NBA fans with his tremendous skill and genuine personality. He has also gained the respect of his fellow players, earning multiple honors, including All-Rookie Second Team, NBA All-Defensive Second Team, All-NBA Second Team (twice) and Most Improved Player.

“Giannis is the future of the NBA and his drive and athleticism have made him an undeniable force in the league,” said Alfie Brody, Vice President of Marketing for NBA 2K. “He’s the perfect cover athlete and we’re excited to feature him as our very first international cover star, as NBA 2K has a strong following with fans all over the world.”

Pre-orders for the NBA 2K19 Standard Edition include the following digital items:

5,000 Virtual Currency;
10 MyTEAM packs (delivered one a week);
1 Giannis Antetokounmpo Sapphire MyTEAM card.

NBA 2K19 is the next iteration of the top-rated and top-selling NBA video game simulation series of the past 17 years*.

Developed by Visual Concepts, the NBA 2K19 Standard Edition will be available on September 11, 2018 for $59.99 on Xbox One, PlayStation®4 system, Nintendo Switch, and Windows PC platforms.

The NBA 2K19 20th Anniversary Edition will be available on September 7, 2018 for $99.99 on Xbox One, PlayStation®4 system, Nintendo Switch, and Windows PC platforms.

Players looking to get a head start on NBA 2K19’s MyCAREER can download the all-new NBA 2K19: The Prelude beginning on August 31, 2018 available on Xbox One and PlayStation 4.*

Developed by Visual Concepts, NBA 2K19 is not yet rated by the ESRB.

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  1. Muscle tone and sweat texture looks great. Graphics (so far) look pretty much like 2k18 but more detailed and polished.
    Hoping we get some more screenshots too and I pray to god they fixed the CAP system.
    KobeDropped81
    In terms of skin texture and sweat effects, 2k19 looking like the most realistic 2k since 2k14

    Hopefully courts and arenas received the same increase in detail.
    This is a good screenshot. Cannot wait to see other players.
    I am really hoping this year they focus on the crowd atmosphere and other sounds of the game.
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    cthurt
    Hopefully courts and arenas received the same increase in detail.

    Real talk!!! It makes no sense how NBA Live continues to destroy 2k in this department, year after year.
    Not blown away. I like 2K18s graphics so more polish and definition is always great. On the 1X now and I kind of feel like we're maxed on graphics. I'm happy with the game I just hope 2K hits immersion hard this year. I don't have any outstanding issues with the series.
    VAWereWolf65
    Muscle tone and sweat texture looks great. Graphics (so far) look pretty much like 2k18 but more detailed and polished.
    Hoping we get some more screenshots too and I pray to god they fixed the CAP system.

    2k need add option to allow us to use face scanning in CAP during roster menu for put him on any teams to play in My League
    VAWereWolf65
    Muscle tone and sweat texture looks great. Graphics (so far) look pretty much like 2k18 but more detailed and polished.
    Hoping we get some more screenshots too and I pray to god they fixed the CAP system.

    I pray they bring back face sculpting or face photo importing from WWE 2k....last year’s player creation system was so limited and tacky
    We should be seeing a ceiling right? Milwaukee arena isn't lit that dark right? Arena lighting looks to be the same from this first pic....
    Need to see some more...
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    From the looks of things the crowds are still dark. Typical copy and paste from first glance, could just be the filter covering the video. Gifs of the 2K19 snippets:

    PeacemanNOT
    From the looks of things the crowds are still dark. Typical copy and paste from first glance, could just be the filter covering the video. Gifs of the 2K19 snippets:

    Is that from the trailer? If it is I'm not liking having another year of arenas being played in a cave.
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    The trailer and the screenshot not looking the same to me his arms have completely no definition in the trailer and they look smaller in the shoulder area in the trailer then in the pic.
    Great choice as a cover athlete... I for one was never really taken in by who is on a cover for a sports game... Even more so not owning any physical copies, am strictly digital this gen..
    But diving deeper from what Giannis represents as an individual I think the covers these days represents the theme and focus of the sports title... So here is my interpretations of what the cover athlete means to NBA 2k19 to capture his real life representation in the game
    1. Great defender - One on one defense is a focus especially wing span effectiveness (shading defense, jumping cut off lane animations with right stick flicking)
    2. Great finisher around the rim- am thinking layups will be easier to make plus going back to direction on right stick is not which hand to finish around the rim with but also about which side of the rim ( left is finish on the left, towards is quick finish, away floater or power finish) to finish on
    3.Great open court finisher - fast break logic will be improved with better lane running
    4. Contact finisher - better contact animations both on the perimeter and in the paint
    5. Long strides - I think the push ahead dribble animation will be brought back to fully incapsulate Giannis long strides he makes
    6. Emotions - more player specific emotional celebration to capture the emotions of players
    7. Fun - Giannis a funny guy and lots of fun to watch play... I think VC will focus on making the game FUN over all else with a great balance of defense and offense to keep users invested longer than NBA 2k18 was able to
    cthurt
    The trailer and the screenshot not looking the same to me his arms have completely no definition in the trailer and they look smaller in the shoulder area in the trailer then in the pic.
    I remember the Gordon Heyward pic from last year. It didn't look THAT good on my launch XB1system at home. I checked again after upgrading to the 1X on my 4K tv and it was.
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    Please God, make sure they fix Points of Emphasis this year. We will know from their silence if it isn't fix. Anything that isn't fixed is never addressed in questions. I still believe the problem has to do with they never added auto to the menu like it was in 2k16, the last 2 version only has on or off. 2K16 had manual and auto.
    Saro1
    Hope to see new light in game more realistic, 2K19 was too dark and dish, especially the courts.
    First screenshot is good.

    Yes me too the dark theater look isn't good in 2k18.
    Player models look fantastic. Now we just need the arenas and courts to look amazing and this game will be a 10/10 in the graphics department.
    UnbelievablyRAW
    I hope that the gameplay cuts in the trailer were from 18. Cuz he didn't look like that screenshot in those cutaways
    Yeah he does. The screenshot is up close to the side with sweat and arena lights the trailer ones are zoomed out and have a washed out film effect filter over them.
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    So is Giannis getting traded next year? 2k cover "curse"

    https://www.sbnation.com/lookit/2017/7/22/16014184/nba-2k-cover-kyrie-irving-curse
    Almost every currently active player that’s been featured on the NBA 2K cover since 2013 has left their team at some point in the future.
    NBA 2K14 (2013): LeBron James leaves the Heat and goes back to the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2014.
    NBA 2K15 (2014): Kevin Durant leaves the Thunder and goes to the Warriors in 2016.
    NBA 2K17 (2016): Paul George leaves the Pacers and goes to the Thunder in 2017.
    NBA 2K18 (2017): Kyrie Irving is reportedly being traded to the Celtics before the game even releases.
    NBA 2k19 (2018): LeBron James agrees to four-year, $153.3 million deal with Lakers

    PeacemanNOT
    From the looks of things the crowds are still dark. Typical copy and paste from first glance, could just be the filter covering the video. Gifs of the 2K19 snippets:

    So does that mean everyone is actually going to be "looking" at the basket this time around? Practically no one in 2k18 was looking at the basket when they were dunking, doing layups, and shooting freethrows. 2k18 completely awkward. Are they also bringing back the 2k14 facial emotions.
    youngfaze01
    Looks good, but I hope these are visuals aren't doctored just for "showcasing" purposes. Remember the LeBron screenshot we thought we were getting in game only to be disappointed.
    https://goo.gl/images/vaRBvP
    https://goo.gl/images/DvLfRD

    Were 2k18 screenshots really doctored though? There was a thread several months ago where someone was concerned that the graphics on his PS4 4k wasn't looking as nice as the screenshots. I posted several screens from my standard PS4. He was shocked. It's usually all about angles and lighting. Here are in game screenshots of 2k18 Gordon Hayward. The first one looks terrible, the second and third looks better, more in line with the screenshots 2k released. And yeah, all of them were captured with my standard PS4.
    KobeDropped81
    Real talk!!! It makes no sense how NBA Live continues to destroy 2k in this department, year after year.

    The Ignite engine they use for Live is exceptionally good at creating environments and using lighting. That's why Lives courts look so incredible and that's how it makes sense.
    BA2929
    The Ignite engine they use for Live is exceptionally good at creating environments and using lighting. That's why Lives courts look so incredible and that's how it makes sense.

    2k player graphics with Live's courts would be the perfect combo.
    Finally a sports video game cover that actually looks dope.
    It took developers years to realize that personalizing the cover with aspects pertaining to the chosen athlete makes it unique and creative. The quotes are a great way of making it interesting to look at and memorable.
    I got so tired of looking at an athlete in front of a colored background that every sports game has been doing since forever, I know it's a small thing but I appreciate it.
    Could’ve sworn I saw a hint weeks ago via an email from ebgames.ca that Derozan would be the Canadian 2k19 cover athlete??? Maybe not?
    Greek freak deserves it, can’t hate on that....
    ph33
    So where is Giannis going to end up now that he's been hit by the cover curse?

    Milwaukee.
    He just did a interview and said you never see him with pics of his new cars, houses, etc.....
    and still lives with his mom in a apartment.
    Said he isn't taking his talents elsewhere, wants to bring a chip to Milwaukee.
    I do believe him, curse or no curse, he is that genuine.
    Hopefully, that doesn't bite me in years to come, lol, because we all know the stars have said this before.
    roadman
    Milwaukee.
    He just did a interview and said you never see him with pics of his new cars, houses, etc.....
    and still lives with his mom.
    Said he isn't taking his talents elsewhere, wants to bring a chip to Milwaukee.
    I do believe him, curse or no curse, he is that genuine.
    Hopefully, that doesn't bite me in years to come, lol, because we all know the stars have said this before.

    Giannis really does strike me as different, just wants to ball and spend time with family. I think he's been really humbled by his childhood that he wont ever be all about the lights and spotlights and everything.
    Besides, LeBron already covered the 2K curse for this year.
    itsmb8
    Giannis really does strike me as different, just wants to ball and spend time with family. I think he's been really humbled by his childhood that he wont ever be all about the lights and spotlights and everything.
    Besides, LeBron already covered the 2K curse for this year.

    Nah, Giannis will still want to win championships for his legacy. Bucks dont have 2nd star and Middleton, Maker or Parker wont develop into that. He's def going to sign for another team.
    Prob Knicks to make EURO BIG 3 of Greek Freek, Porzingis and Frank and leading Knicks to their first NBA title
    Lazy10
    Nah, Giannis will still want to win championships for his legacy. Bucks dont have 2nd star and Middleton, Maker or Parker wont develop into that. He's def going to sign for another team.
    Prob Knicks to make EURO BIG 3 of Greek Freek, Porzingis and Frank and leading Knicks to their first NBA title

    Nah, if you say Embiid, that puts you into the same company as Skip Payless. Same thing that blowhard said, and Giannis took that as motivation.
    Giannis is young, yet, he is only 23 and by the time the contract runs out, his legacy is only 26.
    Bucks have plenty of time to capture the Golden Gate All-Star/All Pro Team with Giannis.
    milin
    Look how muscular and big he looks in the cover photo, and how plain and thin his arms look in the video.

    Exactly he's still more muscular and 2k still fails to accurately represent that in the game.
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    From the looks of things the crowds are still dark. Typical copy and paste from first glance, could just be the filter covering the video. Gifs of the 2K19 snippets:

    https://media.giphy.com/media/wsWU5i3H2LvJpWac0Y/giphy.
    This 2K 18?
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    roadman
    Milwaukee.
    He just did a interview and said you never see him with pics of his new cars, houses, etc.....
    and still lives with his mom in a apartment.
    Said he isn't taking his talents elsewhere, wants to bring a chip to Milwaukee.
    I do believe him, curse or no curse, he is that genuine.
    Hopefully, that doesn't bite me in years to come, lol, because we all know the stars have said this before.

    Eh, maybe. I think European stars tend to stay in their first drafted place because familiarity means more to many of them.
    With that being said, Kawhi Leonard and so many more past/future stars will have taught us all not to assume anything about athletes no matter how much crap they put out there about being loyal or what kind of narrative we want to apply to them.
    ph33
    Eh, maybe. I think European stars tend to stay in their first drafted place because familiarity means more to many of them.
    With that being said, Kawhi Leonard and so many more past/future stars will have taught us all not to assume anything about athletes no matter how much crap they put out there about being loyal or what kind of narrative we want to apply to them.

    I agree with that and that is why I mentioned something similar in my last sentence.
    roadman
    I agree with that and that is why I mentioned something similar in my last sentence.

    Yeah, narrative writing will never stop.
    Donovan Mitchell looks so adorable right now, seems really happy in Utah. Let's see how things are in 4-5 years...
    Speaking of which---Mitchell is for sure a future cover guy of some basketball video game.
    Lazy10
    Nah, Giannis will still want to win championships for his legacy. Bucks dont have 2nd star and Middleton, Maker or Parker wont develop into that. He's def going to sign for another team.
    Prob Knicks to make EURO BIG 3 of Greek Freek, Porzingis and Frank and leading Knicks to their first NBA title

    Ehh.. Giannis still lives at home with his gf, mom, and brothers. I don't think he is as obsessed with legacy and as ok with jumping team to team like some different guys are.
    If Giannis' mom enjoys Milwaukee I could see him staying in Milwaukee his whole career certainly if they are on the cusp of winning.
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