Russell Westbrook Named as NBA Live 16 Cover Athlete

June 9, 2015 Written by Alex Co

In a press release, EA has announced that Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook will be the NBA Live 16 cover athlete.

If you haven’t been keeping tabs at the NBA season this year, EA even listed some of Westbrook’s accomplishments just to hammer home how worthy he is to be this year’s cover star.

Westbrook, the Oklahoma City Thunder point guard, is a decorated NBA star and one of the most versatile and explosive players in the league, demonstrated by his 11 triple-doubles this season, seven more than the next closest player. Westbrook is a four-time All-Star, and was named the 2015 All-Star Game MVP. He was also the NBA Scoring Champion after the 2014 season, and has won two gold medals as part of the US National Team, once during the 2010 FIBA World Championship and again in the 2012 Olympics.

Here’s what EA Sports VP of Marketing Anthony Stevenson had to say regarding the pick:

Russell Westbrook is a player who can do it all, and we can’t imagine a better fit for the cover of NBA LIVE 16…NBA LIVE 16 is all about self-expression, and who better embodies that than Westbrook, both on and off the court? Russell plays every game like he has something to prove. Our team is building NBA LIVE the exact same way, so we’re thrilled to have him as an ambassador for our game.

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Additionally, EA has also announced in the same press release that the first gameplay details of NBA Live 16 will be revealed at E3 next week during its press conference (1 p.m. PT). Show attendees will also be given the chance to try the game out at EA’s booth.

PlayStation LifeStyle will be on hand at EA’s booth, so stay tuned for our NBA Live 16 preview.