Today, after weeks of puzzling Facebook hints and interesting side images, 2K Sports finally lifted the veil on its NBA 2K13 cover, revealing not one, not two, but three stars gracing the upcoming basketball sim.  And, surprisingly enough, none of them are Miami Heat champion LeBron James.

The Chicago Bulls’ Derrick Rose, the Oklahoma City Thunder’s Kevin Durant and the L.A. Clippers’ Blake Griffin all appear in dunk poses on the cover, sure to entice basketball fans everywhere.

”Being crowned as one of the NBA 2K13 cover athletes is a huge honor and something I always dreamt about,” said Durant, who won his third straight scoring title and led the Thunder franchise to their first NBA Finals appearance since 1996. “It’s definitely humbling to grace the cover after the likes of Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, and Larry Bird.”

“There’s so much young talent around the NBA, so it’s very exciting to be chosen for NBA 2K’s ‘New Dynasty’ alongside Kevin and Derrick,” added Griffin, who helped lead the Clippers to their first postseason since 2006. “The NBA 2K series has always been my first choice when I want to get a game in.”

“It’s a dream come true to be one of the cover athletes for NBA 2K13,” commented Rose, the 2010-11 NBA Most Valuable Player, who led the Bulls to a league-best 50-16 record this season. “I’ve worked closely with 2K Sports since NBA 2K10, and I’m honored to follow in the footsteps of Michael Jordan as the latest Chicago Bull to be featured on the cover.”

Look for the game to hit stores for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 on October 4, and during the launch period for the Wii U.