For you video game heads out there, San Antonio Spurs Pau Gasol will be the cover athlete for NBA 2K17 in Spain when it hits shelves.
2K Sports shows its respects to the many different cultures in the NBA and pays tribute to those in their respective countries. Gasol, is the newest member of the Spurs to find himself on the cover of the widely popular video game — Tony Parker graced the cover for NBA 2K16 in France.
— 2K España (@2KEspana) August 5, 2016
The NBA 2K series is a series of basketball video games developed and released annually since 1999. The NBA 2K series was exclusive to the Sega Dreamcast when it was first introduced by Sega to address EA Sports’s decision to not publish any sports games. The series was originally published by Sega, under the label Sega Sports and is now published by 2K Sports.
All of the games in the franchise have been developed by Visual Concepts. Its primary competitor in the marketplace is the NBA Live series from EA Sports.
In there last installment, NBA 2K16 was back with the most true-to-life NBA experience to date. Guide your MyPLAYER through the complete NBA journey, take control of an entire NBA franchise, or hone your skills online competing against gamers from around the world. With animations that provide smoother movement and more realistic articulation, it’s certain to be the most authentic NBA gaming experience yet.
2K Sports has really done a phenomenal job in placing you as close to the action as ever. From your high school state game, to your years through college, to the day of the NBA draft, they nailed the authenticity of the NBA.
Gasol spoke on being the cover athlete for a game like 2K with IGN Spain.
“I am delighted to star in the NBA 2K17 cover. NBA 2K is the game that best reflects the emotion, intensity and complexity of the basketball, and I am proud to be the visible face in Spain, where more and more players and fans who dream of NBA there. “
San Antonio signed the 15-year Gasol as a free agent. He brings a lot of winning and playoff experience to San Antonio. Last season, Gasol was the only player in the NBA to average at least 15.0 points, 10.0 rebounds and 4.0 assists. In 72 games with the Chicago Bulls, he averaged 16.5 points, 11.0 rebounds and 4.1 assists while shooting .469 (467-995) from the field and .792 (229-289) from the foul line in 31.8 minutes.