James Harden announced as NBA Live 18 cover player

James Harden. (Eric Gay/AP)

Houston Rockets superstar guard James Harden has been announced as the cover player for EA Sports’ NBA Live 18 video game.

After sharing the NBA 2K16 cover with New Orleans Pelicans‘ Anthony Davis and Golden State Warriors‘ Steph Curry, Harden Joins Shaquille O’Neal, Warriors forward Kevin Durant and Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving as the only players to be on the cover of both NBA Live and NBA 2K.

He’s also only the second Rockets player to be on the NBA Live cover after Tracy McGrady graced it in 2007.

Harden is coming off a career year after shifting to point guard. He led the league in assists per game (11.2), was second in points per game (29.1) and finished second in MVP voting.