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Celtics star Jayson Tatum named NBA 2K25 cover athlete – NBC Sports Boston

Celtics star Jayson Tatum named NBA 2K25 cover athlete – NBC Sports Boston

It’s been a great spring and summer for Boston Celtics superstar Jayson Tatum.

He helped lead the C’s to a 2024 NBA Finals victory over the Dallas Mavericks for his first career championship, scoring 31 points with 11 assists and eight rebounds in the title-deciding Game 5 at TD Garden.

A few weeks later, he signed the richest contract in NBA history, worth $315 million over five years. Tatum also currently plays for the U.S. men’s basketball team, which is favored to win the gold medal at the 2024 Summer Olympics in Paris next month.

But that’s not all for the 26-year-old.

NBA 2K announced Wednesday that Tatum will be the cover athlete for the standard edition of its NBA 2K25 video game. The 2K franchise is the most popular basketball video game every year.

Las Vegas Aces star A’ja Wilson is the cover athlete for the WNBA version of NBA 2K25, while Basketball Hall of Famer Vince Carter graces the cover of the video game’s Hall of Fame edition.

Tatum is the fourth Celtics player to grace the cover of a 2K basketball game, joining Kyrie Irving (NBA 2K18), Larry Bird (NBA 2K12) and Kevin Garnett (NBA 2K9). Bird was one of a handful of legends, including Magic Johnson and Michael Jordan, to get their own special 2K12 covers.

Other former Celtics who have graced the cover of basketball games include Paul Pierce (NBA Inside Drive 2003) and Antoine Walker (NBA Live 99).