2K Sports isn’t dumb, they know that big names will sell games, as evidenced by their outstanding NBA 2K11 title featuring Michael Jordan on the cover and in-game. 2K is willing to bet that adding an “NBA’s Greatest” mode will help sales even more, and I completely agree.

The cover alone features Jordan, Magic, and Bird at the height of their careers, and fans have certainly speculated about who would round out the “NBA’s Greatest” roster in 2K12. 2K Sports has finally announced the completed roster.

The legends playable in 2K12:

  • Kareem Abdul-Jabbar;
  • Larry Bird;
  • Wilt Chamberlain;
  • Julius Erving;
  • Patrick Ewing;
  • Magic Johnson;
  • Michael Jordan;
  • Karl Malone;
  • Hakeem Olajuwon;
  • Scottie Pippen;
  • Oscar Robertson;
  • Bill Russell;
  • John Stockton;
  • Isiah Thomas;
  • Jerry West.

There you have it, let’s hope that the legends don’t detract from the core of the game, which should be to keeping up to date rosters, improving controls and gameplay.

NBA 2K12 hits store shelves October 4th for Xbox 360, PS3, PS2, Wii, PSP and PC.