Williamson who will turn 20 on July 6, is the newest NBA player to appear on the cover. The cover will feature the next-generation consoles: Playstation 5 and Xbox Series X games. "It's one of NBA 2K22 MT those feelings that I'm still processing," Williamson told The Undefeated's Marc J. Spears, via ESPN. "It's something that I've always wanted to achieve. It's amazing to be able to look at the cover of AAU tournaments and to think, "That's going to be me."

Sports Illustrated reported that he was informed of the news by his mother. It was one those subtle aspects like "Hey Mom How's it going?" And she was saying, "Yeah 2K is going place you on the cover." It was one of these things that catches your attention and makes you think, "What's the deal? Yes, you're playing. I was shocked when my agent and my team confirmed it ... like I'm still thinking about it. That game is global. Everyone plays this game all over the world. It is an honor to be selected as their cover athlete.

Damian Lillard, the first cover athlete to be announced, will be the first cover athlete to be on the latest generation of systems. The third athlete is expected to be announced on Thursday. The first commercial of the game featured the former Duke sensation. The first time this was announced, there was speculation about him being the game's cover athlete. Williamson is the third Pelicans player to appear on the front of the game. He joins Chris Paul in Buy MT 2K22 the 2008 version, NBA2K8, and Anthony Davis in 2K13. Paul aged 21, older, was the very first player to be featured on the cover.