Former ASU men's basketball guard James Harden to be cover athlete for NBA 2K16

The Houston Rockets guard will be one of three cover athletes on the popular video game

You may see a familiar face (and jersey) on your favorite video game this fall.

Former ASU men's basketball guard James Harden will be one of three cover athletes for the next edition of the popular video game series NBA 2K, the 2K Sports confirmed on Twitter Thursday.

Harden, now with the Houston Rockets, will join 2014-15 NBA MVP and Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry along with New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis as cover athletes for NBA 2K16.

The game will be directed by popular film director and renowned New York Knicks fan Spike Lee.

On the cover, which was released Thursday, Harden is chronicled through the new storyline of "Be the story," showing photographs of him in his ASU uniform as well as in his Oklahoma City Thunder and Rockets uniforms.

Previous cover athletes include Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, Shaquille O'Neal, LeBron James and Kevin Durant.

Harden finished in second place in the NBA MVP voting in 2014-15, averaging 27.4 points, 5.7 rebounds and seven assists per game during the regular season before being eliminated by Curry and the Warriors in the Western Conference Finals.

Harden is the first former Sun Devil to grace the cover of the game, as well as any sports video game.

The game is available for pre-order now, with a widespread release on Sept. 29.

Reach the reporter at fardaya@asu.edu or follow @fardaya15 on Twitter.

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