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Sorry, Kobe: Thunder’s Kevin Durant Coverboy For NBA Elite 11

Kevin Durant, the NBA’s 2010 scoring king — and the youngest player in this Associations’ history to do it — will be the cover athlete for NBA Elite 11.

“I’ve always been a fan of EA Sports,” Durant said. “This has been an exciting year for me and the team, and capping it off with being on the cover of NBA ELITE 11 is cool.”

Durant — who Rolling Stone magazine dubbed the league’s second-best player (behind LeBron James and in front of Bryant) — earned the honor for his amazing season, which saw him take his team, the Oklahoma City Thunder, to 50 regular season wins and two playoff victories over the eventual champion Los Angeles Lakers. He’ll be keeping his skills sharp playing in the 2010 FIBA World Championships this summer in Turkey.

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“Durant is a game changer,” EA Sports Jordan Edelstein said. “There has never been a player his size with his skill set, and there has never before been a basketball videogame like NBA Elite. Just like we see Durant as the future of the NBA, NBA Elite 11 represents the future of basketball videogames by providing a gameplay experience you simply won’t find anywhere else on the market.”

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That gameplay is the use of Hands-On Control, an innovative new control scheme that allows for one-to-one responsiveness of a player’s movement and actions on the court, as opposed to predetermined animations from the past that require users to wait while a scenario played out before making the next move. Hands-On Control is unique to NBA Elite 11, and used to manage everything within a player’s offensive and defensive arsenal, including dribble moves, dunks, drives to the basket, fadeaways, mid-air adjustments, blocks, steals and more.

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The game will be available worldwide this October; for more information please visit www.easports.com

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