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CALLING ALL BALLERS – AND GAMERS, NBA PLAYERS GO HEAD-TO-HEAD IN FIRST EVER "NBA 2K PLAYERS’ TOURNAMENT" ON ESPN ON SKY

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CALLING ALL BALLERS – AND GAMERS, NBA PLAYERS GO HEAD-TO-HEAD IN FIRST EVER "NBA 2K PLAYERS’ TOURNAMENT" ON ESPN ON SKY

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The game has changed.  NBA is not currently live on the court, but it will be on Sky in your living room Saturday 4 April, with the launch of NBA 2K on ESPN – preview at 12 midday and first tip off at 12.30.

Brooklyn Nets’ Kevin Durant and 16th seed Derrick Jones Jr., Miami Heat are first up in the “NBA 2K Players Tournament,” an NBA 2K20 gameplay tournament between current NBA players who will compete in a single-elimination, player-only tournament on Xbox One.

The winner will be crowned the ultimate NBA 2K20 champion and select a charity beneficiary to receive a $100,000 donation from 2K, the NBA and the NBPA in support of ongoing coronavirus relief efforts.

Based on players’ seeding – which is determined first by NBA 2K rating, and second by tenure – players will go head-to-head online in NBA 2K20.

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. Rounds one and two will be single elimination, with the semi-finals and finals running best of three.

 

Player seed + bonus in-house reviews from Sky Sport basketball fan and gamer J Hamilton and star SkySport commentator Huw Beynon.

  1. Kevin Durant, Brooklyn Nets (96) – superstar, and all-time great whose achilles has kept him off the real court all year. Plenty of time to practice his 2K then.
  2. Trae Young, Atlanta Hawks (90) – if this 21-year-old all-star is as quick with his thumbs as he is with his handles, then opposition watch out.
  3. Hassan Whiteside, Portland Trail Blazers (87) – Mr Block. That’s the tweet.
  4. Donovan Mitchell, Utah Jazz (87) – Spida is definitely one to watch, recovering from the virus – so knows why we need to ALL STAY HOME!
  5. Devin Booker, Phoenix Suns (86) – young, hungry and ready to rise.
  6. Andre Drummond, Cleveland Cavaliers (85) – One of the best big men in the league.  Recently traded to the Cavs – so will be hungry to show off his skills.
  7. Zach LaVine, Chicago Bulls (85) – THE best player on a lottery team. Explosive and high flying, can this dunk contest winner get it done online?
  8. Montrezl Harrell, LA Clippers (85) – was in the running for sixth man of the year; the best player coming off the bench.
  9. Domantas Sabonis, Indiana Pacers (85) – this son of a legend was a breakout star in 2019/20 and is looking to forge his own path.
  10. Deandre Ayton, Phoenix Suns (85) – the former number one pick is hoping to avoid being the answer to the future trivia question, "who was picked ahead of Luka Doncic?" Can this be the start of something special?
  11. DeMarcus Cousins (81) – Devastating injuries have kept Cousins from Boogying recently, but his thumbs should in top condition.
  12. Michael Porter Jr., Denver Nuggets (81) – had surgery just before draft which meant he missed his first season, but recently showed why he should have been a top 5 pick.
  13. Rui Hachimura, Washington Wizards (79) – up and coming star from the home of video games - growing the interest in the game back home.in Japan.
  14. Patrick Beverley, LA Clippers (78) – defensive maestro, loved or hated depending on the day of the week. (Pity Westbrook isn’t joining in – they don’t get on 😉)
  15. Harrison Barnes, Sacramento Kings (78) – has been on championship teams in the past, the ‘vet’ might have something to show the young ones.
  16. Derrick Jones Jr., Miami Heat (78) – dunks, dunks, dunks.

(Participating players and times subject to change.)

 

Tournament coverage begins Saturday, April 4 at 12 midday on ESPN, with a matchup between Jones Jr. (16) and Durant (1).

 

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.

 

Saturday, April 4, ESPN

  • 12 midday ESPN – NBA 2K Players Tournament Preview
  • 12:30pm ESPN – NBA 2K Players Tournament
  • 1.30pm ESPN – NBA 2K Players Tournament
  • 2:30pm ESPN – NBA 2K Players Tournament
  • 3:30pm ESPN – NBA 2K Players Tournament
  • 8.30pm ESPN – NBA 2K Players Preview (Replay)
  • 9:00pm ESPN – NBA 2K Players Tournament (Replay)
  • 10:00pm ESPN – NBA 2K Players Tournament (Replay)
  • 11:00pm ESPN – NBA 2K Players Tournament (Replay)
  • 12 midnight ESPN – NBA 2K Players Tournament (Replay)

Monday April 6, ESPN & ESPN 2

  • 4:00am ESPN – NBA 2K Players Tournament
  • 5:00am ESPN - NBA 2K Players Tournament
  • 6:00am ESPN - NBA 2K Players Tournament
  • 7:00am ESPN – NBA 2K Players Tournament
  • 8:00pm ESPN2- NBA 2K Players Tournament (Replay)
  • 9:00pm ESPN2- NBA 2K Players Tournament (Replay)
  • 10:00pm ESPN2- NBA 2K Players Tournament (Replay)
  • 11:00pm ESPN2- NBA 2K Players Tournament (Replay)

Wednesday April 8, ESPN2

  • 11:00 am ESPN2, NBA 2K Players Tournament
  • 12 midday ESPN2, NBA 2K Players Tournament
  • 1.00pm ESPN2, NBA 2K Players Tournament
  • 2.00pm ESPN2, NBA 2K Players Tournament
  • 7.00pm ESPN2, NBA 2K Players Tournament (Replay)
  • 8.00pm ESPN2, NBA 2K Players Tournament (Replay)
  • 9.00pm ESPN2, NBA 2K Players Tournament (Replay)
  • 10.00pm ESPN2, NBA 2K Players Tournament (Replay)

Semi-finals & Finals

•           Sunday, April 12, ESPN, Timing to be announced