You’ve seen them dribble on the court, but can their basketball skills translate to the sticks? The NBA 2K Players Tournament starting tonight at 7 ET on ESPN (8:30 p.m. ET, ESPN2) will feature 16 NBA players competing in another medium: video games.
With the NBA season suspended, No. 1 seed Kevin Durant of the Brooklyn Nets will lead players competing in the NBA 2K20 tournament. The group, which includes No. 2 seed Trae Young, Andre Drummond, DeMarcus Cousins and Patrick Beverley — will play to earn bragging rights and a $100,000 donation from 2K, the NBA and the National Basketball Players Association to the winner’s charity of choice for coronavirus relief efforts.
The competition will take place over five days, concluding with the finals on April 11 on ESPN. Each player will use a simulated NBA team, from a group selected in advance by the player, in the standard Play Now mode. Once a player has used one of his eight pre-selected teams, he cannot use it again in the tournament. The players are seeded 1 through 16 based on their virtual counterpart’s 2K ranking and by their tenure within the NBA.