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NBA 2K15's cover star is newly crowned MVP Kevin Durant

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Named the NBA's most valuable player this morning, Kevin Durant is taking home another honor this evening: star of NBA 2K15's cover when the acclaimed basketball series returns in October.

Sports stars on multiple covers

Kevin Durant's appearance on the cover of NBA 2K15 will be his fourth on the box shot of a console sports video game since 2007. Some notable multiple-cover stars over the past decade:

Derek Jeter (8): MLB 2K6 and MLB 2K7, and also every cover of All-Star Baseball from 2000 to 2005.

Lionel Messi (6): Pro Evolution Soccer 2009 through 2011, then FIFA 13 and 14, with an appearance on the cover of 2012's FIFA Street.

Blake Griffin (2): Joined Durant on the cover of NBA 2K13, and also starred on the front of NCAA Basketball 10.

Joe Mauer (2): MLB 10 The Show and MLB 11 The Show.

Barry Sanders (2): Shared the cover of NCAA Football 12, cover of Madden NFL 25.

Tiger Woods (16): Come on. The guy's name was on the game from 1998 to 2013.

NBA 2K15 will launch Oct. 7 for the PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Windows PC, Xbox 360 and Xbox One.

It is the fourth appearance on the cover of a console sports video game for Durant, who ran away with the voting this year to earn his first league MVP. Durant's prior cover history includes sharing NBA 2K13's cover with Derrick Rose of the Chicago Bulls and Blake Griffin of the Los Angeles Clippers; appearing on the box shot of NCAA March Madness 08 in his college uniform; and also on the cover of the notorious, unreleased NBA Elite 11.

Durant, in a conference call announcing the cover, was asked what 2K Sports had offered to bring him back to their video game's box shot. "They didn't say anything," he said. "I begged them to put me on the cover because I really think nobody plays the game as much as I do. I really wanted to be a part of it, and I know I had to perform on the court to be in the running for it."

Durant said he favors the MyPlayer career mode, even as he plays out his own career in real life. "I feel it's an escape even though it's still basketball," he said. "I enjoy taking your guy through the season, getting drafted, sitting the bench, becoming a starter and then just trying to get better. I feel that's how it is [in reality]. It's about a journey and that's what I'm on, which is a journey."