With the coronavirus disrupting everything about life as we know it, sporting events are one of the many activities that are taking a time-out for the foreseeable future. Sports fans are starving for entertainment and have already had NCAA March Madness, MLB Opening Day, and the NBA Playoffs affected.
Often an outlet during difficult times, the current absence of live sports is particularly noticeable for us here at The UConn Blog.
Fortunately, help appears to be on the way in the form of the “NBA 2K Players Tournament,” organized by the NBA, National Basketball Player’s Association, and 2K.
This single-elimination tournament will take place from April 3-12 and will be aired on ESPN and ESPN2. Sixteen current NBA players will put their NBA 2K20 talents on display with the winner gaining $100,000 for a charity of their choosing to go along with the title of NBA 2K Players Champion. One of those players is former UConn Husky Andre Drummond.
Kevin Durant, Trae Young, and Donovan Mitchell highlight the rest of the tournament participants with XBOX One as the console of choice. For every matchup, players will choose a team from a predetermined pool of eight NBA squads.
Tournament seeding was determined by the player’s NBA 2K20 ranking with the first-round matchups looking like this:
- 1. Kevin Durant (Brooklyn Nets) v. 16. Derrick Jones Jr. (Miami Heat)
- 2. Trae Young (Atlanta Hawks) v. 15. Harrison Barnes (Sacramento Kings)
- 3. Hassan Whiteside (Portland Trail Blazers) v. 14. Patrick Beverley (LA Clippers)
- 4. Donovan Mitchell (Utah Jazz) v. 13. Rui Hachimura (Washington Wizards)
- 5. Devin Booker (Phoenix Suns) v. 12. Michael Porter Jr. (Denver Nuggets)
- 6. Andre Drummond (Cleveland Cavaliers) v. 11. DeMarcus Cousins
- 7. Zach LaVine (Chicago Bulls) v. 10. Deandre Ayton (Phoenix Suns)
- 8. Montrezl Harrell (LA Clippers) v. 9. Domantas Saboni, (Indiana Pacers)
- Friday, April 3: ESPN 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
- Friday, April 3: ESPN2, 8:30 p.m. – 11:30 p.m. ET
- Sunday, April 5: ESPN2, 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. ET
- Tuesday, April 7: ESPN2, 7:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. ET
Semifinals & Finals