The popular gaming franchise NBA2K, featuring the real-life NBA superstars, will feature Candace Parker on the cover for this year’s edition. It is the first time a female athlete and a WNBA player will be featured.
Candace Parker Makes History
The Chicago Sky forwards currently has odds of +800 to be this year’s champion on BetMGM. She also has been the MVP twice. The cover will be available on the NBA2K22 edition exclusively available on Gamestop. Presently, the computer game is available to be pre-ordered.
The standard version of the game will not feature Candace Parker. However, Luka Doncic will be the cover athlete on it. Doncic, now 22, plays for the Dallas Mavericks in the NBA and was the regular-season MVP for this year.
There is another edition slated to be available as well. It is the edition commemorating the 75th anniversary of the NBA. The cover will have the era’s three legends. This includes Nets’ Kevin Durant. The other two are retired legends Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Dirk Nowitzki. Doncic and Nowitzki are the only Mavericks to have been featured on the game franchise’s cover, a news outlet from Dallas reports.
The franchise is also celebrating the WNBA’s 25th anniversary with a special edition that has an exclusive cover. Candace Parker has returned to her home franchise of Chicago Sky. She had spent 13 years playing for the Los Angeles Sparks prior to this. With them, she had won the Championship in 2016. Candace Parker had also been voted the MVP in the finals of that season.
The NBA2K games had only started featuring the WNBA since 2019, even though the two franchises had started much earlier: 1999 and 1996 respectively. Gamers could also only play with WNBA outfits and players in exhibition matches. This year, an entirely different mode has been dedicated to the WNBA.