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New Orleans Pelicans walking highlight reel Zion Williamson was announced as the cover athlete for NBA 2K21 on PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X.

“Being on the cover of NBA 2K has been a dream since I was a kid and to be the first NBA 2K21 cover athlete for the next-generation of gaming is really special,” Williamson said of the honor. “Since the day I joined Team 2K, I’ve wanted to make an impact on basketball culture both on and off the court, and being the cover athlete for NBA 2K21 on next-gen consoles lets me do that. I can’t wait to be part of this global phenomenon and hoop with all the ballers out there on NBA 2K21.”

The Pelicans young star joins Portland Trail Blazers star Damian Lillard who will be on the cover of the current-gen systems.

Williamson will become the third player from the New Orleans organization to be on the cover of a 2K game, joining Chris Paul (2K8) and Anthony Davis (2K16).