The first-ever NBA 2K Players Tournament is being held this week as part of a new eSports event from ESPN. 16 current NBA players have been picked to go head-to-head single-elimination, player-only tournament. The event is using NBA 2K20 and will be run on Xbox One consoles. The winner will get to select a charity beneficiary to receive a $100,000 donation from 2K, the NBA and the NBPA.
This will be in support of ongoing coronavirus relief efforts, and is set to kick off on Friday, April 3, 2020.
The Coronavirus outbreak has disrupted most sports events globally and has led to many countries to quarantine their citizens.
“We’re thrilled to partner with the NBA and NBPA to bring basketball back to fans throughout the world and to help those in need during these uncertain times,” said Jason Argent, 2K Senior Vice President, Sports Strategy and Licensing.
“Entertainment, especially sports, has the ability to bring communities together – including athletes, fans and families – and we hope that everyone will enjoy the tournament.”
“We are excited to tip off the first ‘NBA 2K Players Tournament’ in partnership with the NBPA and 2K, continuing an ongoing effort to stay connected with NBA fans around the world, while also giving back in this time of need,” said Matt Holt, NBA SVP of Global Partnerships.
“This tournament offers a unique opportunity for our players to compete with one another while also supporting their philanthropic efforts and engaging with their fans,” said Josh Goodstadt, EVP of Licensing for THINK450, the commercial arm of the NBPA.
“We are excited to work with 2K and the NBA to bring this experience to life for the entire NBA community.”
HOW TO WATCH THE NEW NBA 2K PLAYERS TOURNAMENT
Tournament coverage begins on April 3 at 7:00 p.m. ET on ESPN, with a matchup between Jones Jr. (16) and Durant (1) tipping off at 7:30 p.m. ET.
For gamers in the UK, that will mean a tuning in online at around midnight, April 4. It appears the match up will be available to watch on ESPN and NBA social media channels.
Jones Jr. and Durant will each play as one of their pre-selected teams, with Jones Jr. choosing from the Boston Celtics, Brooklyn Nets, Dallas Mavericks, LA Clippers, Los Angeles Lakers, Miami Heat, Milwaukee Bucks and Philadelphia 76ers, and Durant choosing from the Brooklyn Nets, Chicago Bulls, Dallas Mavericks, Golden State Warriors, Houston Rockets, LA Clippers, Oklahoma City Thunder and Utah Jazz.
Additional matchups will air through April 12. Every tournament game will debut on either ESPN or ESPN2, while also streaming on the ESPN App and running on NBA.com, the NBA App, and 2K and NBA social channels.
The NBA has confirmed that player seeding is determined first by NBA 2K rating and second by tenure. Prior to the tournament beginning, every player will choose eight of today’s NBA teams, each of which can only be used once. If a mirror match is set, the away team is awarded first choice of team.
- 1. Kevin Durant, Brooklyn Nets (96)
- 2. Trae Young, Atlanta Hawks (90)
- 3. Hassan Whiteside, Portland Trail Blazers (87)
- 4. Donovan Mitchell, Utah Jazz (87)
- 5. Devin Booker, Phoenix Suns (86)
- 6. Andre Drummond, Cleveland Cavaliers (85)
- 7. Zach LaVine, Chicago Bulls (85)
- 8. Montrezl Harrell, LA Clippers (85)
- 9. Domantas Sabonis, Indiana Pacers (85)
- 10. Deandre Ayton, Phoenix Suns (85)
- 11. DeMarcus Cousins (81)
- 12. Michael Porter Jr., Denver Nuggets (81)
- 13. Rui Hachimu
Published at Wed, 01 Apr 2020 00:30:00 +0000