The launch of the NBA 2K 2019 was special. Having the exclusive opportunity to cover the launch alongside 20 other sports journalists was something special. 

Especially with the unveiling of NBA Bucks star, Antetokounmpo was the cover athlete for the year’s version of NBA 2K. Shock is more like it. Not because of his level of play, on the contrary. “The Greek Freak” is a monster on the court, a powerful and super athletic all-star that has played some superb basketball the last two seasons. 

At the same time, he is not a huge superstar in the same way as the players who have graced the cover of the last ten editions of this acclaimed game series. Kobe Bryant, Michael Jordan, Kyrie Irving and Lebron James have all lent their faces to the 2K series and this year we were convinced 2K Sports would try to get James Harden, Steph Curry, or maybe Ben Simmons.

Launching the NBA 2K19 in London

But it was a big win for Giannis and the continent of Africa because many believe that he is the future of the sport and even though, Greece likes to claim him as a greek, the African continent knows better and I was pleased to be there to share the news of his selection with the world. 

Giannis Antetokounmpo is a 25-year old, who plays at the Power Forward or Center position for the Milwaukee Bucks in the NBA. He was the 15th overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft selected by the Milwaukee Bucks. His salary in the 2019-20 season is $25,842,697.

On the recent NBA 2K20, the current version of Giannis Antetokounmpo has an Overall 2K Rating of 97 with a build of a 2-Way Slashing Playmaker. He has a total of 45 Badges in which 3 of them are Hall of Fame Level. The launch event in London for NBA 2K 2019 was one to remember.