2K announced that Cleveland Cavaliers point guard, Kyrie Irving, a.k.a. Ankletaker, will serve as the cover athlete for this year’s NBA 2K iteration.

“It is well known that I’m an avid player of this series and I am honoured to be the cover athlete of NBA 2K18,” said Kyrie Irving, who has his sights set on another ring and is making a run for back-to-back championships. “It’s surreal to be featured on the cover and I can’t wait to dominate on the virtual court with all of my fans this fall.”

The Ankletaker has quite an impressive résumé as he earned the Rookie of the Year award in 2012, NBA All-Star Game MVP in 2014, and the 2016 NBA championship.

“It’s obvious that Kyrie isn’t disappearing from the spotlight anytime soon, so we’re thrilled to have him as our cover athlete, alongside Shaq for the NBA 2K18 Legend Edition,” said Alfie Brody, Vice President of Marketing for NBA 2K. “He’s a more-than-worthy recipient of this honor, and joins so many other greats who were cover athletes before him.”

The PC/PS4/Switch/Xbox One Standard edition of NBA 2K18 includes:

  • 5,000 Virtual Currency;
  • 10 Weekly MyTEAM Packs;
  • Kyrie Outfit Pack;
  • Among additional items

NBA 2K18 releases on September 15th for PC, PS3, PS4, Nintendo Switch, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. The NBA 2K18 Legend Edition Gold will be available digitally and exclusively for PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One. There’s also a Legend Edition which will be available at retail and digitally for current-gen consoles.