Who Will Be the NBA 2K23 Cover Athlete? – Ja Morant Leads the List of Candidates

| March 8, 2022 6:10 am PDT

Grazing the cover of NBA2K is always a cool experience for NBA players. Most grow up playing the game, and it’s an honor to play with themselves. Try going one step further and being the cover athlete.

Legends of the NBA have been on the cover of NBA 2K. Which NBA star will take their spot as the cover athlete of NBA 2K23?

The question has garnered enough interest that Bovada has released odds for the cover athlete. Let’s see who is the favorite.

Odds for NBA 2K23 Cover Athlete 

Ja Morant-110
Steph Curry+400
Nikola Jokic+500
Joel Embiid+650
DeMar DeRozan+1400
Michael Jordan+1400
Trae Young+1800
LaMelo Ball+2500
Karl-Anthony Towns+2500
James Harden+3300

We haven’t heard anything official on the NBA 2K23 cover athlete, but many believe Ja Morant will be on the cover. This would mark his first appearance on the 2K cover.

Steph Curry, Michael Jordan, and James Harden have appeared on the cover. It would be the first appearance for every other player.

Players likely won’t say it but being on the cover of 2K has to be up there with their biggest desires. Which NBA player will earn that honor for NBA 2K23? Let’s talk about my favorite bets.

Ja Morant (-110)

It shouldn’t surprise anyone to see Ja Morant top the list of potential 2K cover athletes. Morant is having a monster year, averaging 27.8 points, 6.6 assists, and 5.8 rebounds. He has the Memphis Grizzlies among the 2022 NBA Finals contenders.

The numbers are great, but that’s not the main reason he is the favorite for the 2K23 cover. Instead, it’s all about his highlight reel.

We see Morant make a crazy play almost every night. In the last week, he arguably had the dunk of the year after posterizing Jakob Poeltl. A few days later, he had a one-handed alley-oop dunk against the Boston Celtics.

Morant has quickly become one of the most recognizable NBA stars.

Steph Curry (+400)

Steph Curry has backed off from his MVP pace, but he remains one of the best players in the NBA. His highlights might not be as impressive as Ja Morant, but Curry thrills people with his three-point shooting.

In December, Curry became the all-time leader in career three-pointers made. Players will challenge Curry’s record, but he’ll be the three-point king for a long time.

Curry wowed everyone with this performance in the 2022 NBA All-Star Game.

  • 50 points
  • 17/30 field goal shooting
  • 16/27 three-point shooting

I know it was only the All-Star Game, but that shooting display was a sight to see. He may very well shoot his way onto the cover of NBA 2K23.

DeMar DeRozan (+1400) 

DeMar DeRozan has been nothing short of amazing in his first season with the Chicago Bulls. The 32-year-old is averaging a career-high 28.1 points. He recently had a stretch of 35+ point games, while shooting over 50 percent.

What’s interesting about DeRozan’s game is he does most of his work from mid-range. Check out his made shots per game from that area.

  • DeMar DeRozan: 4.7
  • Kevin Durant: 3.9
  • Brandon Ingram: 3.4

It’s not the most exciting thing, but it’s a unique aspect of the game. That could be an angle for the 2K23 cover athlete. It’d certainly help if DeRozan led the Bulls on a deep playoff run.

Predicting the NBA 2K23 Cover Athlete 

NBA 2K23 likely won’t come out until September, with the first trailers coming in during the Summer. That’s when we should find out which NBA player will add 2K cover athlete to their resume.

Right now, Ja Morant seems like the optimal pick. What he does on a nightly basis is extremely impressive. His gameplay is video game-like, so it makes sense to feature him on the biggest NBA video game.

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Nicholas Sterling

Nicholas has been a Sports Writer with GamblingSites.com since May 2021. He has a rich sports background, writing about NASCAR, NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL, Golf, etc. Nick is always ready for a new challenge.

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