Indiana Pacers star Paul George has been announced as the cover star for NBA 2K17

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It was announced at the NBA 2K Road to the Finals tournament finale that Indiana Pacers star Paul George has been named as the cover star for the next instalment of the popular gaming franchise, NBA 2K.

The 2017 version of the game, aptly named NBA 2K17, is due to hit stores in September of this year and NBA 2K16 was on the shelves on September 29 2015, if that's any indication.

The game will be available on several major formats, including Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One and Xbox 360.

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It was announced several weeks ago that Kobe Bryant would be the cover star of the legends edition of the game. That's a fitting tribute to the black mamba who wound down his 20-year career with a 60-point showing in his final ever game against the Utah Jazz back in April.

"It's a great honor to partner with 2K on the NBA 2K17 Legend Edition," Bryant said in a statement. "As I walk off the NBA court for the final time, it's exciting to know my fans can continue to celebrate my lifelong career as a Los Angeles Laker."

George featured alongside Bryant in a recent advert for the limited edition game where he proclaimed: "I'll still be Kobe Bryant," in homage to the legendary shooting guard.

The Pacers small forward joins an elite list of players who have had the honour of donning the cover in recent years. Three years ago it was LeBron James, then it was Kevin Durant before a mixture of Stephen Curry, James Harden and Anthony Davis graced the latest version.

The 26-year-old All-Star is certainly a deserving individual. He has done tremendously well to recover from what could have been a career-ending leg break in 2014 and he was named an All-Star starter this year.

The Pacers also missed out on a playoff berth when he missed virtually the whole of the 2014-15 campaign, but, behind a career-high average of 23.1 points a night on top of seven rebounds and 4.1 assists, George returned to take Indiana back into the postseason where they lost in seven games to the second seeded and conference finalists, the Toronto Raptors.

The game itself has had some problems during production as gameplay director Mike Wang has struggled to make it realistic. The reason behind the issues truly stems from Curry's ability to make unrealistic shots from in and around half court or when he is heavily contested.

Avid players of the game will know that 2K reward the players for taking smart shots and working hard to get open, but Curry has defied that tried and tested formula.

We'll keep you posted with any developments that emerge about the game right up to its release.

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