Yesterday, NBA 2K20 teased a literal game-changing update that offers women’s basketball fans an opportunity to play as WNBA legends and rising talent alike. In the trailer, A’ja Wilson, star forward for the Las Vegas Aces, graces the court alongside the likes of NBA greats Anthony Davis and Kawhi Leonard.
The 2018 WNBA Rookie of the Year’s avatar points to the sky as the words “welcome to the next [generation]” flash across the screen. This groundbreaking update potentially teases a chance to play as all 12 WNBA teams, career mode with WNBA greats, female MyPlayers to create your own WNBA superstar, and even the chance at co-ed gameplay.
Below are a few players that I’m excited to see on the platform:
Wilson, the first overall pick of the 2018 WNBA draft, continues to shatter records in her second year campaign. She recently put a career-high 39 points in an OT win for the Aces and currently averages 17.2 points per game, a dominant statline that will translate well for 2K gameplay.
Other players to anticipate in WNBA 2K action include Renee Montgomery, who teased her involvement in 2k20 on her social media account.
Montgomery is a 11-year WNBA veteran and still puts up consistent numbers as a standout guard for the Atlanta Dream. Video game Montgomery could be an unstoppable threat from behind the 3-point line: she currently holds the WNBA record for most three pointers in a half, a franchise record for most three-pointers made in a season, and is tied for the WNBA record for most three pointers in a regular season game.
Seattle’s Sue Bird will still be a force to be reckoned with in 2K despite being out for most of the 2019 season with a knee injury. The point guard currently holds the WNBA record for all-time assists and led the Storm to a WNBA championship last year. Enjoy this GIF of her absolutely dominating the court — while playing with a broken nose. Just think of what she could do at full, simulated video game health!
Another star that will impact 2K gameplay is Sylvia Fowles, a center for the Minnesota Lynx and possibly the most underrated player in the league right now (even though she’s the 2017 WNBA MVP). Big Syl is relentless at scooping up rebounds and boasted a .619 field goal percentage last season. She’s also stellar at defense and is a 3-time WNBA Defensive Player of the Year. No shot will be safe with her in the virtual paint:
The inclusion of WNBA stars means that fans can play as their heroes. I’m psyched to play as each aforementioned athlete, and already I anxiously await the day that Sabrina Ionescu, women’s hoops stud for Oregon, makes her way to the 2K stage.
NBA 2k20 drops on September 6th — for now, fans can follow the WNBA season to plan which superstars they’ll choose to play as.