Being on the cover of a video game may not seem like a huge deal, and in Madden’s case it’s a straight up curse, but by doing so that player is becoming the face of an entire season for millions of gamers. When a player is on the cover that’s the player everyone will see when they turn on the game. For the next year that player is the face of every basketball fans video game time. For 2k it’s important to get a player that will be relevant throughout the season, a player that is worthy of being immortalized as that season’s cover athlete.  

Before I start ranking, I want to clear some things up for these rankings since some covers feature multiple players, historic players, and have regional variants. I will not count historic players due to having no idea what season to count for them, so MJ, Magic, and Bird are out. I will count all players on the cover so Blake Griffin, D-Rose, and KD all count for 2k13. I will also count regional and variant covers. Also, it won’t be strictly based on statistical success if a player’s team was successful as well it will add value to their ranking due to it being a ranking of the cover players overall success and not just statistical success. Lastly at the end I will predict where 2k20 cover athlete Anthony Davis will fall on this list. Without further ado here are all 31 2k cover athletes’ seasons ranked. 

(Points, Assists, and Rebounds are per game. Steals, Blocks, and three-pointers are season totals) 

31. 2k13 Derrick Rose 

Did not play 

Unfortunately, Rose didn’t play the entire season due to tearing his ACL in game one of the previous season’s playoffs. He was still chosen to share the cover with Blake Griffen and Kevin Durant due to only being a season removed from his MVP year. The Bulls still made the playoffs this year, but this injury was the catalyst in the long line of injuries for the cursed superstar.  

30. 2k15 Kevin Durant 

27 GP, 25.4 PPG, 4.1 A, 6.6 TRB, 64 3PM, 24 S, 25 B, .510 FG%, .854 FT% 

The only other cover athlete to miss more than half the season. He started out the season with a Jones fracture in his right foot forcing him to miss the first 17 games. Then nine games later he injured his ankle causing him to miss another six games. He comes back from the injury and immediately scores 44 points, but only played 18 more games until he decided to have foot surgery and end his season. Despite only playing 27 games he was still selected to the all-star game, and without Durant the Thunder couldn’t even make the playoffs one year after making the Western Conference Finals.  

29. 2k16 Dennis Schroder  

80 GP, 11 PPG, 4.4 A, 2.6 TRB, 77 3PM, 70 S, 9 B, .421 FG%, .791 FT% 

This year 2k had eight cover athletes with the French, Spanish, and German versions all having their own athlete. Why they chose Schroder over Dirk is beyond me, but Schroder wasn’t anything more than a backup to Jeff Teague. Although, he was a key piece in helping the Hawks make the conference semifinals, and even put up 27 points in a playoff game against the Cavs. He only started six games, but did a good job as Teague’s backup. The Hawks saw him as their point guard of the future and offered him a 4-year 70-million-dollar extension when he stepped into the starting role the next season. 

28. 2k16 Tony Parker 

72 GP, 11.9 PPG, 5.3 A, 2.4 TRB, 27 3PM, 54 S, 11 B, .493 PG%, .760 FT% 

The 2k16 French cover featured the best French NBA player of all-time, but it was late in his career. Parker was steadily into his decline as he was 33 years old this season, but still averaged nearly 30 minutes a game. The Spurs set a franchise record in wins with 67, only to lose to the Thunder in the conference semifinals in what would be Tim Duncan’s last season. Parker was still one of the leaders of this team, and was slightly better than Schroder statistically so he narrowly edges him out. 

27. 2k17 Pau Gasol 

64 GP, 12.4 PPG, 2.3 A, 7.8 TRB, 56 3PM, 24 S, 70 B, .502 FG%, .707 FT% 

2k17 only had two international variants, one being Italy for some reason, and Spain again. This year they went with only Pau, in what would coincidentally be the first year Marc has a better season than Pau. In Gasol’s first year with the Spurs, Pau was in a sharp decline. Despite being an all-star the previous two seasons, it was painfully obvious his age (36) was catching up to him. He was scoring less, but was still grabbing a good amount of boards; which is all the Spurs needed. Pau achieved a pretty huge milestone this season. He scored his 20,000th career point late in the season to be only the second European (Dirk Nowitzki) to reach that mark. He broke his finger during the season causing him to miss a good chunk of games, and it resulted in him not being much of a factor in the playoffs, only averaging seven points. The Spurs were still able to finish 2nd in the West and make the Western Conference Finals only to get swept by the Warriors.  

26. 2k16 Marc Gasol 

52 GP, 16.6 PPG, 3.8 A, 7.0 TRB, 2 3PM, 50 S, 70 B, .464 FG%, .829 FT% 

For the 2k16 Spanish variant Marc and Pau shared the cover. Marc was coming off his second all-star season, and being on the All-NBA first team. Prior to the season he re-signed to a 5-year 110-million-dollar contract extension. Unfortunately, a broken right foot ended his season early causing him to miss the second half of the season. He did record the first Memphis triple-double since his brother, Pau, did it in 2007. The Grizzlies still made the playoffs, but due to Marc’s absence they got swept by the Spurs in the first round. 

25. 2k17 Danilo Gallinari  

63 GP, 18.2 PPG, 2.1 A, 5.2 TRB, 126 3PM, 40 S, 15 B, .447 FG%, .902 FT% 

This spot was a tricky one because despite scoring more, and playing in more games than the next two players on the list; Gallinari’s team didn’t even make the playoffs, and he wasn’t statically impressive enough to jump either of the next two players. Being the only player to get his own Italian variant Gallinari still had a solid season with it being one of the peak seasons of his career. He hit over 100 3s for the 5th time in his career, and had the second highest point total of his career. He missed 15 games in the second half of the season hurting the Nuggets chances at making playoffs, who finished only one win out of the playoffs. 

24. 2k9 Kevin Garnett 

57 GP, 15.8 PPG, 2.5 A, 8.5 TRB, 2 3PM, 63 S, 68 B, .531 FG%, .841 FT% 

Another superstar in the declining years of their career. Garnett was coming off his iconic “anything is possible” NBA championship so putting him on the cover was a no brainer. Statistically it was down year for Garnett putting up the weakest stat-line of his career thus far outside of his rookie year. Despite the regression, he still made his twelfth consecutive all-star game and became the youngest player to 1000 career games. He missed the final 25 games with a knee sprain, including the entire playoffs where the Celtics lost to the Magic in the conference semifinals. 

23. 2k7 Shaquille O’Neal 

40 GP, 17.3 PPG, 2.0 A, 7.4 TRB, 0 3PM 8 S, 55 B, .591 FG%, .422 FT% 

I was going back and forth between Garnett and Shaq at this slot, but ultimately, I had to choose Shaq. Statically Shaq scored more, but KG got more rebounds, and played in more games. In the end it came down to their value to their team. KG’s team made the conference semifinals, but he didn’t even play in the playoffs. The Heat wouldn’t even had made the playoffs without Shaq. Shaq had a terrific season, and if he didn’t only play 40 games, he would be much higher on the list. He missed 35 games due to a knee injury, and when he got back Wade went down with a dislocated shoulder. The Heat relied on Shaq to make the playoffs in Wade’s absence, and he was able to carry them to a division leading 44-38 and a 4th seed. Shaq wasn’t the force he used to be and the Heat got swept in the first round by the Bulls, but they wouldn’t even be there without Shaq. He reached his 25,000th career point this year, becoming the 14th player to ever reach that mark. It was the first year he didn’t average 20 points a game, but he still put the Heat on his back, made his fourteenth all-star team, and put up great numbers given the fact he was 34 years old. 

22. ESPN NBA Basketball (2k4) Allen Iverson 

48 GP, 26.4 PPG, 6.8 A, 3.7 TRB, 57 3PM, 115 S, 5 B, .387 FG%, .745 FT% 

The first out of the five times you will see Allen Iverson on this list. He was on the first five covers of 2k, and this was by far his worst season of the five, but only because injuries cut it short. He had two head coaches, and didn’t get along with either of them. He was suspended for missing practice, fined for not notifying his team he was sick, and flat our refused to play due to not wanting to off the bench after he returned from injury. The Sixers missed the playoffs for the first time since 1997, and Iverson missed 34 games total. He still made an all-star team, and put up great numbers it just wasn’t up to par on what Iverson had shown he could accomplish. His numbers are better than a couple players higher up on this list, but missing so many games, and missing the playoffs put him this low on the list. 

21. 2k16 Pau Gasol 

72 GP, 16.5 PPG, 4.1 A, 11.0 TRB, 24 3PM 42 S, 146 B, .469 FG%, .792 FT% 

The other Gasol on the cover of the 2k16 Spanish variant. It was Pau’s worst scoring season of his career outside of an injury filled 2013, but he was grabbing boards and blocking shots at a higher clip in place of the scoring. He finished 4th in the NBA in blocks and 7th in rebounds. The Bulls missed the playoffs by two games, no thanks to Gasol, as he was able to make his second consecutive all-star appearance as a Bull.  

20. 2k18 Kyrie Irving  

60 GP, 24.4 PPG, 5.1 A, 3.8 TRB, 166 3PM, 83 S, 24 B, .491 FG%, .889 FT% 

Putting Kyrie this low may be a bit harsh given his stats, and the fact his team made the Eastern Conference Finals. Although, due to a surgery to remove a tension wire in his knee he missed the last 15 games and the entire playoffs. He was scoring a lot, and made the all-star team, but in typical Kyrie fashion he wasn’t available when he was needed. To add insult to injury his team lost to the team that he left (Cavaliers) because he wanted to be the star of a team. The numbers are flashy, but empty when they weren’t used to achieve anything of importance especially compared to other guys higher up who led their teams to and through the playoffs. 

19. 2k19 Ben Simmons 

79 GP, 16.9 PPG, 7.7 A, 8.8 TRB, 0 3PM, 112 S, 61 B, .563 FG%, .600 FT% 

2k decided to have an Australian variant this year most likely due to the emergence of Simmons as a superstar. Building upon an impressive rookie year Simmons was scoring more and continued to stuff the stat sheet. He had 10 triple double third in the NBA behind Nikola Jokic (12) and Russell Westbrook (34). He also became the second fastest player to reach 2,000 points, 1,000 assists and 1,000 rebounds, trailing only Oscar Robinson. He made his first in what will most likely be many all-star games, despite not hitting one three all season. The 76ers made the playoffs as a 3 seed, where Simmons recorded his second career post season triple double. His playoff performance was less than anticipated, but the 76ers were still only a bounce away from taking the NBA champion Toronto Raptors to game overtime in game seven of the conference semifinals. Given his play this probably won’t be his last 2k cover, and next time it won’t be just a regional variant. 

18. 2k13 Blake Griffin 

80 GP, 18 PPG, 3.7 A, 8.3 TRB, 5 3PM, 97 S, 50 B, .538 FG%, .660 FT% 

Right at the peak of the lob city era, Griffin had proven himself to be one of the most exciting players in all of basketball. He made his third consecutive all-star game and made second team All-NBA for the second year in a row. He also helped lead the Clippers to their first division title in franchise history with a 56-26 record. Unfortunately, they would lose to Memphis in the first round with Griffin averaging only 13.2 PPG/ 2.5 A/ 5.5 TRB. It was Griffin’s worst statistical season of his career, and the only time he didn’t average over 20 points a game.  

17. 2k17 Paul George 

75 GP, 23.7 PPG, 3.3 A, 6.6 TRB, 195 3PM, 119 S, 27 B, .461 FG%, .898 FT% 

2017 was a career year for Paul George. He averaged a career high in points while also being extremely efficient, posting career highs in field goal and free throw percentage. He made his fourth all-star team and finished in the top 15 in both steals and three pointers. Most importantly he forced the Pacers into the playoffs with an incredible April. He averaged 32.8 PPG/4.5 A/8.2 TRB, to earn himself Eastern Conference Player of the month. They went on to get swept by the Cavs in the first round, but that shouldn’t downplay the exceptional season by George. 

16. 2k18 DeMar DeRozen 

80 GP, 23 PPG, 5.2 A, 3.9 TRB, 89 3PM, 85 S, 22 B, .456 FG%, .825 FT% 

2k18 had a Canadian variant and despite not being a Canadian native DeRozen was chosen due to being the face of the Toronto Raptors. DeRozen was coming off the best season of his career despite getting swept by the Cavs in the conference semifinals. DeRozen had another terrific year posting career highs in assists and three pointers. He scored a career high 52 points in a game to become only the third Raptor to score 50 in a game. He made his fourth all-star team, and made second team All-NBA. By the end of the season he had become the Raptors franchise leader in games played, wins, minutes, field goals made, and free throws made. On the back of DeRozen’s superstar play the Raptors finished first in the East with a 59-23 record, but just like last season they were swept by the Cavs in the conference semifinals. During the offseason DeRozen was traded to the Spurs for Kawhi Leonard making it his last season as a Toronto Raptor. 

15. 2k16 Anthony Davis 

61 GP, 24.3 PPG, 1.9 A, 10.3 TRB, 35 3PM, 78 S, 125 B, .493 FG%, .758 FT% 

The only thing holding Davis from being higher up on this list is that he missed the last quarter of the season due to a shoulder injury. He still posted outstanding numbers, and achieved multiple fantastic feats. He set a franchise record with a 59-point game where he also grabbed 20 boards becoming only the second player since 1983 to record a 50 and 20 game. Davis also added a three ball to his game with his previous season high being only two. He made his third straight all-star game, but his Pelicans limped into the playoffs without him and got swept by the Warriors in the first round.  

14. 2k5 Ben Wallace 

74 GP, 9.7 PPG, 1.7 A, 12.2 TRB, 1 3PM, 106 S, 176 B, .453 FG%, .428 FT% 

Wallace was by far the hardest player to rank. He was an absolute freak on defense earning himself his third Defensive Player of the Year award, but he was nearly a black hole on offense. The only player on this list to average less than 10 points, but his defense still made him the enforcer of this defending champion Pistons team. This was the season Wallace aggravated Ron Artest so much that it resulted in the “Malice at the Palace.” He made his third consecutive all-star team, was first team All-Defense, and third team All-NBA. Wallace also finished third in rebounds and second in blocks. The Pistons were able to make their second consecutive finals appearance after Wallace proved to be one of the only players ever to effectively defend Shaq in the Easter Conference Finals. The Pistons lost in seven games to the Spurs, but that does not downplay how this season was another spectacular defensive effort from one of the best defensive players of all time. 

13. 2k6 Shaquille O’Neal 

59 GP, 20 PPG, 1.9 A, 9.2 TRB, 0 3PM, 23 S, 104 B, .600 FG%, .469 FT% 

This was a tough one to put over Big Ben, but considering the Heat actually won the championship, and Shaq finishing first team All-NBA to Wallace’s third team, I had to give Shaq this spot. When a player averages career lows in points, rebounds, and assists, you’d think it’d be considered one of the worst seasons of their career. Well, that’s not the case with 2006 Shaq. Pat Riley rested Shaq most of the season giving him a career low in minutes while also keeping him fresh for the playoffs, and it paid off immensely. Shaq was still an all-star this year, and with the help of Dwyane Wade, he was able to help earn the Heat a division title and a two seed. The Heat powered through the playoffs and as underdogs defeated Dirk Nowitzki and the Mavericks in six games, only losing one game at home the entire playoffs. This would be Shaq’s final championship, and the last year he averaged over 20 points. 

12. 2k3 Allen Iverson 

82 GP, 27.6 PPG, 5.5 A, 4.2 TRB, 84 3PM, 225 S, 13 B, .414 FG%, .774 FT% 

Iverson’s fourth consecutive time covering 2k was also the worst of the five where he played a full season. Although, he was still an absolute monster finishing 6th in MVP voting. Unfortunately, for Iverson the 76ers struggled throughout the year without their defensive leader Dikembe Mutombo. Iverson did all he could leading the league in minutes and steals, making his fourth consecutive all-star game, and helping the 76ers get a four seed. The 76ers lost in the conference semifinals to the Pistons in what would be Larry Brown’s last year as their coach, and the last time Iverson had a coach he tolerated in Philadelphia. Iverson would make only second team All-NBA behind Kobe and T-Mac. 

11. 2k19 LeBron James 

55 GP, 27.4 PPG, 8.3 A, 8.5 TRB, 111 3PM, 72 S, 33 B, .510 FG%, .665 FT% 

LeBron’s second time on the cover, and first year as a Laker was all but a forgettable season for the king. LeBron did all he could, but with a weak supporting cast and injuries forcing LeBron to play the least amount of games in his career; the Lakers couldn’t even make the playoffs. This would the first time in nine seasons that Lebron would miss the playoffs. He would also be only third team All-NBA for the first time in 12 years he didn’t make the first team. Statistically it was the same old LeBron, but with a team of misfits and unproven young players it was a long season for LeBron. 

10. 2k Allen Iverson 

70 GP, 28.4 PPG, 4.7 A, 3.8 TRB, 89 3PM, 144 S, 5 B, .421 FG%, .713 FT% 

The very first 2k game ever featured one of the newest faces of the NBA. Allen Iverson wasn’t even an all-star yet, but 2k decided he was going to be the face of their basketball franchise. Iverson did not disappoint. He made his first all-star team, led the 76ers to the playoffs, and made All-NBA second team. Iverson was the only player that season to receive an MVP vote other than Shaq. The 76ers lost in the conference semifinals to the Pacers, and Iverson was having issues with coach Larry Brown. So much so, that at the end of the season the 76ers had agreed to a four-team trade that would have sent Iverson to Detroit, but Matt Geiger waived a 5 million trade kicker, killing the trade. 

9. 2k16 James Harden 

82 GP, 29.0 PPG, 7.5 A, 6.1 TRB, 236 3PM, 139 S, 51 B, .439 FG%, .860 FT% 

This was a weird season for Harden. Statically it was the best season of his career highs in points, rebounds, assists, and leading the league in free throws. Although he also set the all-time season turnover record with 374 which he and Russell Westbrook would go back and forth topping each other in the upcoming seasons. He became the first player since Oscar Robinson to record 450 points, 150 assists, and 100 rebounds in one month. He also joined LeBron, Michael Jordan, and Oscar Robinson as the only players ever to average 29 points, 7 assists, and 6 rebounds. What puts him so low on the list is the turnover record and the fact his team could only secure an eight seed getting stomped by the Warriors in the first round. He wasn’t even able to make an All-NBA team which just shows that even the NBA noticed how little value those stats have when you can’t help your team win games. 

8. 2k13 Kevin Durant 

81 GP, 28.1 PPG, 4.6 A, 7.9 TRB, 139 3PM, 116 S, 105 B, .510 FG%, .905 FT% 

2013 was one of Kevin Durant’s best seasons. Although he wasn’t able to retain his scoring title, he did lead the league in points scored and it was one his most efficient seasons yet. With a 51% field goal percentage, 41.6% three-point percentage, 90.5% free throw percentage he became the youngest player to join the 50-40-90 club. Defensively he was at his peak putting up career highs in both steals and blocks. He made his fourth consecutive all-star game, and was first team All-NBA. Along with Russell Westbrook, he was able to lead the Thunder to a best in the West 60-22 record, but due to Westbrook tearing his meniscus the Thunder fell in the conference semifinals to the Grizzlies. Durant finished the playoffs averaging 30.8 PPG/ 6.8 A/ 9.0 TRB, and finished second in MVP voting to LeBron James. 

7. 2k2 Allen Iverson 

60 GP, 31.4 PPG, 5.5 A, 4.5 TRB, 78 3PM, 168 S, 13 B, .398 FG%, .812 FT% 

Arguably the best season of Iverson’s career, and this isn’t even the last time we’ll see him on this list. He had reached his peak at this point posting a career high with 31.4 PPG earning him his third scoring title. Iverson was hit with some injuries this season only playing in 60 games, but the 76ers still made the playoffs. They lost in the first round to the Celtics, which led to the infamous “we talking about practice” press conference. Iverson also finished third in steals, and made the second team All-NBA behind Kobe and Jason Kidd. 

6. 2k8 Chris Paul 

80 GP, 21.1 PPG, 11.6 A, 4 TRB, 92 3PM, 217 S, 4 B, .488 FG%, .851 FT% 

One of only four players on this list to average a double-double and the only one to do it with assists. Paul was coming off a great season, and this season would mark his first step to being the star he’s been the last decade. Paul made his first all-star along with a first team All-NBA, and second team All-Defense. He also led the league in both assists and steals. He finished second in MVP voting behind Kobe, and led the Hornets to a franchise record 56 wins. The Hornets lost to the Spurs in the conference semifinals, but Paul was phenomenal in the playoffs putting up 17 assists in one game, and a triple double in the final game of round one. 

5. 2k10 Kobe Bryant 

73 GP, 27.0 PPG 5 A, 5.5 TRB, 99 3PM, 113 S, 20 B, .456 FG%, .811 FT% 

Statistically Kobe may have been a little weaker than some of the earlier entries on this list, but winning an NBA championship and finals MVP was enough to give him a slight boost. Kobe was still in top form at 31 years old, and become the youngest player to 25,000 career points, and also became the Lakers all-time leading scorer. Although he broke a finger early in the season, he chose to play through it, and led the Lakers to a one seed, which included six buzzer beaters by Kobe. Kobe also made his eleventh straight all-star game, and both the first team All-NBA, and All-Defense. The Lakers faced the Celtics in the finals, and in game seven Kobe scored ten points in the fourth quarter to help the Lakers come back from a thirteen-point deficit. It was the first time the Lakers the Celtics in game seven of the finals, and according to Kobe it was the most satisfying championship of his career.  

4. 2k14 Lebron James 

77 GP, 27.1 PPG, 6.3 A, 6.9 TRB, 116 3PM, 121 S, 26 B, .567 FG%, .750 FT% 

LeBron’s final year with the Heat was just another classic season in LeBron’s legendary career. Despite a ton of injuries to his supporting cast he was still able to lead the Heat to their fourth straight finals appearance. Unfortunately, they would come up short to the Spurs, ending LeBron’s tenure in Miami. He was still able to finish second in MVP voting to Kevin Durant, and make the first team All-NBA and All-Defense teams.  

3. 2k1 Allen Iverson 

71 GP, 31.1 PPG, 4.6 A, 3.8 TRB, 3PM, S, B, .420 FG%, .814 FT% 

The final Allen Iverson on this list, and also the first of the three 2k cover athletes to win an MVP. This was an iconic year for Iverson. He won his second scoring title, led the league in steals per game, won the All-Star Game MVP, first team All-NBA, and the regular season MVP becoming the smallest player ever to win it. On top of all that he led the 76ers to their first finals appearance since 1983. Iverson was able to give the Lakers their only playoff loss that season, which included the notorious “Tyron Lue step over.” This was also the year Iverson started wearing his shooting sleeve creating a trend across the NBA. Undoubtedly one of Iverson’s best seasons, giving 2k a reason to keep him on the cover for the next 3 years.  

2. 2k16 Stephen Curry 

79 GP, 30.1 PPG, 6.7 A, 5.4 TRB, 402 3PM, 169 S, 15 B, .504 FG%, .908 FT% 

These next two slots were tough and pretty interchangeable, and although Curry made the championship this year, I believe the number one spot player did more statistically to trump the championship run. Curry became the first player since Michael Jordan to score 118 points in the first three games, and it was all up-hill from there. He helped lead the Warriors to a historic 24-0 start, and became the first player to record 200 three points for four straight seasons. He broke his own record for threes in a season with incredible efficiency joining the 50-40-90 club. He led the Warriors to the best record in NBA history with a 73-win season. Defensively he led the league in steals while also posting his career high. He was first team All-NBA, and became the first ever unanimous MVP, winning it for the second year in a row. Curry led his team to the finals against LeBron and the Cavs. Despite setting a record 27 finals threes and going up 3-1, Curry and the Warriors blew it and became the first team ever to lose after going 3-1 in the finals. You’d think how could someone top unanimous MVP, and record-breaking wins season, well Giannis Antetokounmpo was just that good in 2019. 

1. 2k19 Giannis Antetokounmpo 

72 GP, 27.7 PPG, 5.9 A, 12.5 TRB, 52 3PM, 92 S, 110 B, .578 FG%, .729 FT% 

The best 2k cover athletes’ season is also the most recent. Took the cover in stride, and put up a legendary season. Giannis filled it up all over the stat sheet finishing 33rd in steals, 26th in assists, 12th in blocks, 7th in points, and 6th in rebounds. He was player of the month four of the five months of the season. He had 13 games where he recorded 25 points, 15 rebounds, and 5 assists. Although he wasn’t on a team as dominant as Curry’s Warriors, he was still able to lead the Bucks a one seed in the East. He only made it to the Eastern Conference Finals where he lost in six games against the NBA champions Toronto Raptors, but he averaged 25.5 PPG/ 4.9 A/ 12.3 TRB throughout the playoffs. He was first team All-NBA, All-Defense, and received the MVP award becoming the third youngest to ever win it. Why Giannis over Curry though? Curry was spectacular and put up some record-breaking stats, but I look at the all-around numbers of Giannis and how much he was able to accomplish with much less than Curry. Giannis was all-around doing more than Curry, and was providing much more on defense finishing second in Defensive Player of the Year voting behind only Rudy Gobert. Neither of them won a championship, and Curry was better offensively, but Giannis was grabbing way more boards, and shutting down other superstars with his defense. It’s a tough call to say who had a better season, but to me Giannis edges it out with his all-around value. 

Now where will 2k20 cover athlete Anthony Davis finish. Looking at previous stats and knowing that he has a serious chance for a deep playoff run playing with LeBron. It would be safe to bet he will land around the 9th-12th spot on this list. If he can replicate last year’s stats and make the finals, he will probably jump to around 7th or 8th, but I don’t see it being a possible for him to make the top five. Although this could be a new rejuvenated Anthony Davis and we could be in for him finally earning that MVP he’s been so close to getting these last few years. 

There it is the definitive rankings of all 31 NBA 2k cover athletes. I like to think everyone is in the spots they deserve, but if you disagree with anything feel free to comment and let me know. I’d love to discuss who should go where and why, so don’t be afraid to speak up if you think someone was put too high or too low.  

Below is the spreadsheet with all the stats and accomplishments organized if you’re interested in the raw data for this list.