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NBA 2K21 Unleashes Current-Gen Gameplay Trailer Starring Damian Lillard and Others

Mahlik Campbell

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The release of NBA 2K21's current-gen edition on Friday, Sept. 4th, is creeping closer and closer, and virtual hoopers around the world are being treated to the first official gameplay trailer. 🔥

Arriving on Thursday, the minute and a half clip opens with Damian "Logo" Lillard – the current-gen cover athlete and featured artist – pulling up for a buzzer-beating three-point heave while British rapper Stormzy spits his song "Audacity" in the background.

"I roll out with no cash on me / Calm now with no mash on me / Stay away from these ashy youts / 'Fore they come around and get ash on me / That's five thousand capacity / Five thousand capacity / Then spread that over the UK / And then add it up and get back to me," he fiercely raps.

Lillard is joined by next-gen cover athlete Zion Williamson and Mamba Forever Edition star Kobe Bryant each driving to the rim and slamming emphatically.

There are also shots of LeBron James throwing down a windmill dunk, Trae Young nutmegging someone and Jayson Tatum hitting a step back. Unfortunately, the Kings' Bogdan Bogdanović finds himself on the receiving end of a Kawhi Leonard swat block.

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As far as exciting surprises go, they're few and far between. It's hard to gather a feel for all the latest features without actually playing the game, so the trailer serves more as a vehicle for hype than anything else. Yet one of the few noticeable adjustments was the new horizontal shot meter directly above the player's head.

Looking at reactions, it seems that people are most looking forward to seeing gameplay for the next-gen offering and learning whether it will support cross-platform.

In the meantime, you can pre-order a copy of 2K21 right here.