Popular NBA video game series 'NBA Live' announced this week that Portland Trailblazers point guard Damian Lillard would be this years cover athlete.
Lillard has only been in the league for two seasons, but has made a splash winning Rookie of the Year and then being named an NBA All-Star in 2014.
After four years at Weber State, Lillard was fairly well known going into the NBA Draft, despite his small school stature. He was selected sixth overall by the Portland Trailblazers behind the likes of Anthony Davis, Bradley Beal, and Dion Waiters.
However, Lillard was not content after beating all of them out for Rookie of the Year, because he went on to be named to the NBA All-Star Team and an All-NBA third team selectop in his second season.
NBA Live was once the most popular NBA video game franchise, but the 2k series has seemed to overtake them as of recent. The Live series took a break from 2010 until they resurfaced with an NBA Live 14.
They have popularized themselves with not choosing the best player in the NBA, but using a different popular star to be on their cover. Tony Parker, Vince Carter, Tracy McGrady, Dwight Howard, and Kyrie Irving have all been NBA Live Cover Athletes.
They dominate their positions, but few have won an MVP.
Lillard is extremely thankful for the opportunity to be on the Cover. "It feels great," Lillard said.
"Not a lot of guys get this opportunity. I'm really excited about it." He went on to tweet he feels blessed and it is a dream come true. Lillard Instagramed a thank you video to his family, friends, fans, and NBA Live. See exactly what he had to say.