NBA Players Set to Take Part in First Ever NBA 2K Player Tournament
The NBA is at it again, looking to find new ways to keep fans entertained during this unprecedented hiatus.
Yesterday, 2K, the NBA, and the NBPA announced the first ever NBA 2K Players Tournament – a 2K competition between 16 current NBA players – set to launch this coming Friday. The games will be televised on ESPN and ESPN2, and will include the likes of Kevin Durant and Donovan Mitchell as the participants.
“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.”
NBA is planning a players-only NBA 2K tournament with aim of launching Friday; ESPN will broadcast, per @ChrisBHaynes
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The winner of the tournament will be crowned the ultimate NBA 2K champion. Moreover, each player will represent a charity of their choice – the winner’s charity will receive a $100,000 donation from 2K, the NBA, and NBPA.
“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.
The player-seeding was determined by 2020 NBA 2K ratings as well as tenure in the game.
“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.”
The following is the list of participants:
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 Hachimura, Washington Wizards (79)
14. Patrick Beverley, LA Clippers (78)
15. Harrison Barnes, Sacramento Kings (78)
16. Derrick Jones Jr., Miami Heat (78)