Brooklyn Nets’ Kevin Durant and Atlanta Hawks’ Trae Young will battle alongside other NBA players on ESPN starting April 3. The winner gets to donate $100,000 to charity to support all efforts and relief around the coronavirus.
2K, the National Basketball Association (NBA) and the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) yesterday announced the NBA 2K Players Tournament – a NBA 2K20tournament between 16 current NBA players. Starting Friday, April 3, top players like Brooklyn Nets’ Kevin Durant and Atlanta Hawks’ Trae Young will battle it out on ESPN and ESPN2 in a single-elimination, player-only tournament on Xbox One. The winner will be crowned the ultimate NBA 2K20 champion. In addition, the winner will be able to donate $100,000 on behalf of 2K, the NBA and the NBPA to a charity of their choice to support all efforts and relief around the coronavirus.
“We are thrilled to partner with the NBA and NBPA to bring basketball back to fans around the world and to support them through these uncertain times,” said Jason Argent, 2K Senior Vice President, Sports Strategy and Licensing. “Entertainment, and especially sport, offers the opportunity to bring people together – including athletes, fans and family – and we hope everyone will enjoy the tournament.”
“We can’t wait to kick off the inaugural ‘NBA 2K Players Tournament’ with the NBPA and 2K and continue our ongoing effort to stay connected to NBA fans worldwide while giving back in these times of crisis, said Matt Holt, NBA SVP of Global Partnerships.
“This tournament provides a unique opportunity for our players to compete against each other while supporting their cause and engaging with their fans,” said Josh Goodstadt EVP of Licensing for THINK450, the commercial arm of the NBPA. “We look forward to working with 2K and the NBA to bring this experience to life for the entire NBA community.”
Players will compete online in NBA 2K20 according to a schedule based on the seeding of the players, which is determined by the NBA 2K rating and ownership period. Before the tournament starts, each player gets to choose eight of the currently best NBA teams to play with once. If two of the same teams face each other, the away team has the advantage of the first pick. The first two rounds will be single elimination and the semi-finals and final will be played in a best of three format. The full bracket can be found below:
Coverage of the tournament will begin April 4 at 1:00 AM CEST on ESPN with the Jones Jr. (16) and Durant (1). Jones Jr. and Durant will each play with one of their pre-selected teams. Jones Jr. can therefore choose from the Boston Celtics, Brooklyn Nets, Dellas Mavericks, LA Clipper, Los Angeles Lakers, Miami Heat, Milwaukee Bucks and Philadelphia 76ers. Durant has his pick of Brooklyn Nets, Chicago Bulls, Dellas Mavericks, Golden State Warriors, Houston Rockets, LA Clippers, Oklahoma City Thunder and Utah Jazz.
Additional matches will be broadcast through April 12. Every game in the tournament will be broadcast on NBA.com, in the NBA app and on 2K and NBA socials including Twitter (@NBA2K, @NBA), Twitch (@NBA2K, @NBA), YouTube (@NBA2K, @ NBA) and Facebook (@NBA2K, @NBA). Fans can also follow NBA 2K, NBA and NBPA for tune-in information, commentary and highlights. They can also join the conversation using the hashtag #NBA2KTourney.
Saturday April 4:
- 1:00 – 1:30 CEST: NBA 2K Players Tournament Preview Show
- 1:30 – 2:30 CEST: Derrick Jones Jr. (16) vs. David Durant (1)
Saturday, April 4: 2:30 – 5:30 CEST
Sunday, April 5: 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM CEST
Wednesday, April 8: 1:00 AM – 5:00 AM CEST
Semi-finals and final:
Saturday April 11 and/or Sunday April 12: announcement of times will follow.