Kyrie Irving is the Other Cover Athlete for National Basketball Association 2K18

Irving joins Shaquille O'Neal as the cover choices, with O'Neal being an option for the "Legend Edition" and "Legend Edition Gold".

With Irving and the Cavs set to make their third-straight appearance in the NBA Finals, 2K Sports announced morning that the All-Star guard will grace the cover of their upcoming game. Here are some of the bonuses when pre-ordering Irving's edition of the game.

In a statement from the cover star from 2K Irving said, "It is well known that I'm an avid player of this series and I am honoured to be the cover athlete of National Basketball Association 2K18".

"I can't wait to dominate on the virtual court with all my fans this fall", he added, under a news release headlined by three fire emojis. The time of year when all our favorite sports video games begin revealing their cover athletes. This is the first time a Cavaliers player has graced the cover.

Game 1 of the Finals between the Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors is set for Thursday night at 9 p.m. ET. Teammate LeBron James had previously been given that honor, though that came for the 2K14 version when he was a member of the Miami Heat.

Also for pre-ordering the standard edition, players will receive 5,000 points of virtual currency in the game, 10 weekly MyTEAM packs and a Kyrie Irving pack outfit. During this year's playoffs, Irving has been maintaining a pretty stellar average of 24.5 points per contest.

  • Julie Sanders