They say NBA has been seeking Dallas Mavericks star, Luka Doncic who’s the reigning ROTY. But before him, they were after New Orleans Pelicans forward Zion Williamson to be the cover athlete. In my opinion, Doncic will be a nice choice for the cover for Live. Doncic is a 20-year-old star who started as a rookie and in the current season averaged 21.2 points, 7.8 rebounds and six assists per game. With such a great season, Doncic ended the game with the ROTY honors. Let’s remember he was a player who was traded for on the draft day- with the Atlanta Hawks’ Trae Young.
At the moment, we don’t have anything confirmed as of yet. But it’s almost certain that Doncic will be the first Mavericks player to find space on the cover of a major NBA video game. The turn of events is a little surprising, given Hall-of-Fame career of Dirk Nowitzki, just ended this past season.
This is an interesting move since Doncic on the cover of NBA video would mean an increase in the sales of NBA Live in Europe. Slovenian Doncic rose to prominence as a top-notch player solely based on his game with Real Madrid. Earlier he was drafted as the third overall in the 2018 NBA Draft, this being a huge victory for the Mavericks.
They, Mavericks are working at something of a EuroLeague All-Star squad with Doncic, Latvia’s Kristaps Porzingis, and the newly acquired Goran Dragic, who by the way, is also from Slovenia. This has won the attention of Europe and Slovenia.
Doncic’s coverage on NBA live also great for Mavericks because of the international feel that Mavericks have won. With their in-game street hoops product, Their Live Run and The ONE modes are features in some of the international courts in Brazil and other parts of the world. EA is trying to win a bigger piece of the international market, hence Doncic’s coverage as he covers athlete is a smart move. Besides Doncic’s news, we haven’t heard anything major regarding NBA Live.
EA must work in this regard at war footing since we haven’t heard an anything about NBA Live 20 in the way of features or update. A lot of work needs to be done on the actual product if EA plans to make its hoops title more competitive with the NBA 2K series.