NBA 2K23 fans stunned as Devin Booker named cover athlete

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Phoenix Suns superstar Devin Booker has been announced as the cover athlete for NBA 2K23, and basketball fans are having a field day with the memes.

NBA fans were stunned on June 30 when news broke that shooting guard Devin Booker would don the cover of the upcoming NBA 2K23.

Booker is a rising star in the NBA and even led his team, the Phoenix Suns, to the NBA Finals in the 2021 season where they lost to the Milwaukee Bucks.

Although the 25-year-old is certainly worthy of being on the cover, the timing seemed strange to some as the Suns fell apart in the 2022 NBA Playoffs.

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NBA 2K fans shocked Devin Booker will be 2K23 cover star

2K players were stunned that Booker would be the cover athlete for the popular basketball-sim mostly because of how his Phoenix Suns season ended. The Suns lost to the Mavericks in the Second Round of the 2022 NBA Playoffs in a final deciding Game 7 where the Mavericks led most of the game by a whopping 40-point lead.

The Suns were massively favored going into the series, leaving fans completely shocked on their own home floor. A meme was born from the series of star Mavs player Luka Doncic smiling right in Devin Booker’s face as the Mavericks eliminated his squad.

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Social media user secretschools plastered the meme onto the NBA 2K23 cover.

Another user commented on 2K’s choice for cover athlete and said, “Devin Booker after a failure in the playoffs, is the cover of 2K23, when you literally have the two greatest players who ever put on the #2 Michael Jordan and Lebron James are right there.”

The memes also made their way over to Reddit.

A post with over 500 upvotes on the NBA 2K subreddit, from user ChadAlphaFish, is a mock-up of Booker on the cover with Luka Doncic once again trolling him.

Although Devin Booker is an incredibly skilled player, the choice to put him on the cover of the upcoming basketball game has struck a nerve in the NBA fandom.

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