Thursday was a big day in the video game world, with Sony unveiling its brand-new PlayStation 5, and with a new console comes a whole new fleet of games.

One of the biggest names in sports video games over the past decade has been NBA 2K, far and away the premier name in basketball games. And now they've tapped a Sixers star as part of the next edition.

Ben Simmons - quarantine braids and all - made a starring appearance in a new 2K Games teaser trailer for NBA 2K21, released Friday morning, which begs the question: is Simmons in the running for the cover?

Here's the very cryptic video, which teases multiple cover athletes:

Very intriguing!

There was some chatter on Thursday about whether Zion Williamson, featured in another teaser trailer, might be the cover athlete, but it's unlikely 2K Games would give the cover to a second-year player who's barely played actual NBA basketball.

The game is set to release this fall, and last year 2K Games named Anthony Davis the cover athlete on July 1, so we might not have to wait too long to learn about this year's cover.

Simmons has a history with 2K Games, after he appeared on the first-ever Australian regional cover two years ago for NBA 2K19. Two years later, Simmons has established himself as one of the premier two-way players in the league, a two-time All-Star who will be a face of the NBA for the next decade.

 

With guys like Giannis Antetokounmpo and Davis already receiving the cover treatment in recent years, Simmons should certainly be up for consideration.

Simmons' co-star Joel Embiid would be another obvious candidate, but he's already appeared on EA Sports' NBA Live cover, making a crossover highly unlikely.

I know that if Simmons lands on the cover, I'll buy a physical edition. (...maybe more than one.)

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