The first ever Aussie cover star for NBA 2K: Ben Simmons on NBA 2K19

Whether you follow the NBA or play the NBA 2K video game, this is an exciting day for both and for us Aussies. The man, the legend, “Ben Simmons will join an illustrious list of cover stars when he adorns the Australian & New Zealand editions of NBA 2K19 upon release on September 11″.

2K today announced that NBA 2K will feature Rookie of the Year and ardent gamer Ben Simmons. The cover of NBA 2K19 in Australia and New Zealand will feature his photo. The ground-breaking cover features Australia’s latest global sporting superstar. On the cover will be a selection of words chosen by Simmons. Each term contains a special meaning to Ben. They include “Loyalty,” “Family,” and his signature, “Triple Double.”

“It’s a huge honour to be recognised on the first-ever Australian cover for NBA 2K and represent the 76ers.

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

-Ben Simmons

Ben Simmons’ history in the NBA

During his debut season in the NBA Simmons set a host of records. He joined Oscar Robertson and Magic Johnson as only the third rookie in NBA history to reach 1,000 points, 500 rebounds and 500 assists. And, he was second only to Robertson for most triple-doubles in a rookie season. He beat Allen Iverson’s record of 567 assists. His record helped set the team rookie record and helped the Philadelphia 76ers qualify for the Eastern Conference playoffs. The team set a record of 52–30, the best team performance since 2001. During the playoffs, he became the first rookie since Magic Johnson in 1980 to have a triple-double. He’s also only the fifth rookie in history to achieve this feat.

“Ben is the future of the NBA and his drive and versatility have made him an undeniable force in the league.
He’s the perfect cover athlete and we’re excited to feature him as our very first Australian cover star.”
-Alfie Brody, Vice President of Marketing for NBA 2K.

More about NBA 2K19

Developed by Visual Concepts, the NBA 2K19 Standard Edition will be available in Australia and New Zealand for Xbox One, PlayStation®4 system, Nintendo Switch and Windows PC platforms in both digital and physical formats on September 11, 2018.

NBA 2K19 will feature a double-sided inlay in Australia & New Zealand which will display the Ben Simmons cover and the Giannis Antetokounmpo cover on either side.

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.

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