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NBA 2K19 Release Date, Gameplay, Player Ratings, Cover Star, Pre-Order, Anniversary Edition - Everything we Know

Here's everything you need about NBA 2K19, including the NBA 2K19 release date, cover star, and the 20th Anniversary Edition. Plus NBA 2K19 pre-order info.

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There's not long to go now until NBA 2K19 finally releases worldwide in September, and there's quite a few details out there already about the upcoming basketball sim. In this NBA 2K19 everything we know guide, we'll be putting together all the information we have about the game so far into one guide, including the final NBA 2K19 release date, how you can play the game slighlty early through the NBA 2K19 Hall of Fame edition, various NBA 2K19 gameplay snippets that have been revealed so far, as well as a very limited list of various NBA 2K19 player ratings.

Remember that if you need any help on the current iteration of NBA 2K, you can always head over to our NBA 2K18 tips guide. In this complete hub of guides on the previous basketball sim, you can find walkthrough pages for MyTeam, MyCareer, and plenty more guides, including how to pull off the perfect three point jumper.

NBA 2K19 Release Date

Earlier this year, NBA 2K19 was leaked online by a retailer listing, before 2K had even revealed the game for the first time. The leak saw LeBron James revealed as the cover star for the 20th Anniversay Edition of the game, while also listing the release date for NBA 2K19 as September 11.

Later on the same day, 2K revealed NBA 2K19 for the first time, and LeBron was revealed to be the cover star of the 20th Anniversary Edition, not the standard edition of the game as was originally assumed in the leak. This special edition will set you back $99.99, but it'll give you access to the game on September 7, four days before the release of the standard edition on September 11, as well as various additional bonuses which we'll detail further down.

NBA 2K19 Cover Star

As we mentioned above, LeBron James is the cover star for the 20th Anniversary Edition of NBA 2K19. LeBron obviously made the high profile move to LA since the cover was originally revealed, so we'll have to wait and see whether 2K makes any alterations to the box art.

While LeBron was revealed as the cover star for the 20th Anniversary Edition of the game, Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks was leaked as the cover star for the standard edition of NBA 2K19. You can see the full cover the game just below, which was officially revealed by 2K on July 2.

NBA 2K19 cover star.

There hopefully won't be any jersey changes needed for Giannis, unless he plans on leaving the Milwaukee Bucks at the last second.

NBA 2K19 20th Anniversary Edition

The NBA 2K19 20th Anniversary Edition, for which LeBron James is the cover star, has been revealed in full. The special edition is currently set at a price point of $99.99, and contains the following:

  • 100,000 virtual currency points.
  • 50,000 MyTeam points.
  • 20 MyTeam League Packs (delivered once per week).
  • A Sapphire LeBron James MyTeam card.
  • 10 MyTeam Heat Check packs (delivered once per week).
  • Five LeBron-themed murals for MyCourt.
  • A LeBron MyCourt design.

NBA 2K19 Gameplay

Just below, you can see the debut gameplay footage for NBA 2K19. There were plenty of videos doing the rounds on YouTube before now, but this is the only gameplay video released by 2K to date.

There's been some speculation that NBA 2K19 is going to introduce an all new shot meter. 2K gameplay producer Mike Wang recently tweeted out a poll, asking fans which shot meter from recent NBA 2K games were their favorite. While this could be a red herring, we'll keep an eye out for any additional information.

NBA 2K19 Player Ratings

Just recently in late July, 2K finally revealed some player ratings for NBA 2K19. The list you can see just below is purely for overall ratings, and we should also add that this isn't a list of the top 10 players in NBA 2K19.

  • LeBron James - 98
  • Kawhi Leonard - 94
  • Karl-Anthony Towns - 91
  • DeMarcus Cousins - 90
  • DeMar DeRozan - 89
  • Jayson Tatum - 87
  • Donovan Mitchell - 87
  • Ben Simmons - 87

We'll be posting additional player ratings whenever 2K reveals any additional details. Who are you expecting to see emerge on top come September?

NBA 2K19 Pre-Order

Follow any of the pre-order links for the relevant platform below, to guarantee yourself a 20th Anniversary Edition of NBA 2K19. NBA 2K19 is releasing on all major platforms, so you'll be able to play it on PS4, Xbox One, Switch, and PC.

Right now, this is all the concrete information we have on NBA 2K19. But we we previously mentioned, there's a whole lot that we don't know about NBA 2K19 right now, so make sure to keep an eye on this guide for when 2K reveals additional information.

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