Countless NBA players have experienced this feeling. However, not a single WNBA participant had until lately. When NBA 2K20 was released in 2019, it was the very first time that the yearly game -- that thrived in NBA 2K MT 1999 -- featured WNBA players. Her predecessors didn't get the chance to play as themselves, but Washington Mystics wing Aerial Powers could not help but make a comparison when she first played as herself. "This is most likely the way the guys feel when they get in the league and they get a opportunity to play themselves on 2K," she said. "It is just surreal and can be pretty fun."

"I'd have never thought they would implement girls into the match," Powers told USA TODAY Sports. Dallas Wings guard Allisha Gray was playing 2K since Shaquille O'Neal graced the cover at 2005, and she has trouble believing that she is a part of it. Alexis Jones, who had been waived by the Atlanta Dream in August, has always enjoyed making her own player on 2K and tends to mold his match after her very own. This will be the first year she will not need to make herself at the picture of a guy.

"This was my dream come true, '' I don't know about everybody else," Jones said. "I know that's one thing that I always dreamed of as a little girl -- to be in a 2K game. This opportunity to create yourself and construct yourself and be a woman is dope." The importance of building your WNBA player can't be overstated, particularly for young women who aspire to play basketball or are simply fans of the sport. "I think that it's amazing that little girls can develop and actually play the game and understand that they can still have the same goals and accomplishments as guys," Jones said. Powers echoed the opinion and how significant representation is for young women. She wants to see more advancement together with women in the video game business generally.

Powers flows and plays video games on Twitch and has become especially active in gaming since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. She even hosted an all-female 2K tournament in October that contained a 30-minute opening musical set by Grammy Award Winning artist DJ Jazzy Jeff. The stream garnered over 26,000 viewers. The 2019 WNBA champion says if she plays video games she is occasionally met with misogynistic messages from other users, and she hopes that new modes like"The W" will make it easier for girls playing video games. "It sort of Cheap NBA 2K21 MT Coins gives the younger girls a good look and says,'Hey, it is fine to be a lady, like basketball and want to playwith,' since I know a few of their male friends may have a different opinion," Powers said. "But when you see the women in the game, it is like,'Hey, this is right.'"