The NBA 2K franchise is the gold standard for top-of-the-line sports video games, and basketball fans get to speculate each season about who will grace the game’s front cover.
Earlier this year, Devin Booker was announced as the 2K23 cover star. It’s his first time receiving the honor, which he’ll share alongside NBA G.O.A.T. Michael Jordan.
With 2K23 in the bag, we can now dream about the game’s next edition. Online sportsbook Sportsbook has the NBA 2K cover athlete odds, where Ja Morant (-400) and Nikola Jokic (-400) are favored for 2024.
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NBA 2K Cover Athlete Odds
Odds as of August 17 at Sportsbook
Why Are Morant And Jokic Favored?
Coming off an MVP-caliber season in 2021-22, Ja Morant’s breakout delivered one of the most electrifying players we have seen in decades. With game-winning shots and poster-worthy dunks commonplace for Morant, he garnered an immense following and became one of the biggest names in the basketball world.
Despite his surging popularity, the former second overall pick was passed over for the 2K23 cover. Still, Morant is a young, marketable and recognizable figure, which makes him a great fit as he builds notoriety in the media ahead of the video game’s 2024 launch day. It seems only logical that the 23-year-old will have an excellent 2022-23 season, which furthers his odds to be the NBA 2K cover athlete.
Nikola Jokic’s case is also pretty straightforward. The Serbian is arguably the NBA’s most effective all-around big man, he’s won the NBA MVP two years in a row and he has never been on the 2K cover before. If Jokic wins MVP again – or simply has a good season – in 2022-23, his odds to be the NBA 2K24 cover athlete are, literally, a slam dunk.
According to our odds calculator, Morant and Jokic’s +400 odds represent an implied win probability of 20 percent. If you wagered $100 on their NBA 2K cover athlete odds today and they won, your payout would be $500.
NBA 2K Cover Athlete Odds: Best Value Bet
Zion Williamson (+1600)
Zion was built for moments like this. As the most esteemed NBA draftee since LeBron James, Williamson entered the NBA with immense hype, drawing attention and viewership from basketball fans around the world. On fame and potential alone, Zion is a worthy candidate.
Here’s the thing, though. The 22-year-old has played just 85 career regular-season games, and he missed all of 2021-22 with a foot injury. Given Zion’s size and explosive style of play, injuries will likely be an inseparable part of his presence in pro basketball. That said, the power forward is supremely talented. When he plays, he averages 25.7 points and 7.0 rebounds per game.
Williamson is a megastar in the making. If he’s healthy and shines on the court like he’s capable of doing, we’ll never see any odds better than +1600. He’s been on the cover once before, for 2K21. We think there’s a chance lightning strikes twice.
NBA 2K Cover Athlete Odds: Best Pick
Anthony Edwards (+1000)
We’re talking about a video game cover, right? So why not pick the guy with the highlight-reel, video-game dunking ability? Anthony Edwards, the high-flying Minnesota Timberwolves guard, is a picture-perfect poster child.
The 21-year-old is famous for posterizing stunned opponents with thunderous slams, but he’s valuable in other areas, too. “Ant-Man” made significant progress in his second NBA season, jacking up his steal numbers, improving his three-point percentage and adding a greater passing touch from the 2 spot.
Edwards possesses all the qualities a game developer wants on its video game cover. He’s got the name brand, he’s an electric court presence and he’s young and marketable. It’s hard to ask for more than that, which is why we love him at +1000 odds to be the next NBA 2K cover athlete.
Every NBA 2K Cover Athlete Since 2014
|NBA 2K23||Devin Booker||Phoenix Suns|
|NBA 2K22||Luka Doncic||Dallas Mavericks|
|NBA 2K21||Damian Lillard, Zion Williamson||Portland Trail Blazers, New Orleans Pelicans|
|NBA 2K20||Anthony Davis||New Orleans Pelicans|
|NBA 2K19||Giannis Antetokounmpo||Milwaukee Bucks|
|NBA 2K18||Kyrie Irving||Boston Celtics|
|NBA 2K17||Paul George||Indiana Pacers|
|NBA 2K16||Stephen Curry, James Harden, Anthony Davis||Golden State Warriors, Houston Rockets, New Orleans Pelicans|
|NBA 2K15||Kevin Durant||Oklahoma City Thunder|
|NBA 2K14||LeBron James||Miami Heat|