NBA 2K18 unveils Kyrie Irving because the cover athlete for this year’s upcoming game

Thursday evening, Kyrie Irving and his Cleveland Cavaliers will take on the Golden State Warriors inside a third consecutive NBA Finals matchup.

It really is shaping up as a busy day for the Cavaliers’ star point guard. On Thursday morning, Ivring had the honor of getting named the NBA 2K18 cover athlete, joining Hall of Famer Shaquille O’Neal, who will grace the cover in the Legend Edition with the game.

Lsat year’s cover athlete was Indiana Pacers forward Paul George, who was on hand alongside Kobe Bryant and Rick Fox for 2K’s 1st official esports tournament held in Los Angeles in June 2016.

NBA 2K18 is scheduled to release on September 19, 2017.

Irving averaged a career-high 25.2 points per game in 2016-17 on 47.3 percent shooting, adding 5.8 assists and 3.2 rebounds. He also attempted 6.1 3-pointers per game this season, producing 40.1 percent of them.

Now, he’s prepared to show off just how clutch he’s once far more – and perhaps give us a handful of video-game-worthy moments like final year’s Game 7 dagger however once more.