Star NBA players will be competing against one another in an “NBA 2K” tournament starting April 3 and lasting until the finals on April 11.
The NBA 2K Players Tournament features big-name athletes from today like Kevin Durant, Trae Young, Donovan Mitchell and more. There are 16 total NBA players playing in a March Madness style bracket. There will be eight Round 1 games followed by four Quarterfinal matchups. Then we get into the Semifinals and eventually the championship.
The winner of the tournament will receive a $100,000 donation from 2K, the NBA and the NBPA in support of ongoing coronavirus relief efforts.
Live stream for NBA 2K tournament
UPDATE: Despite the official announcement claiming you’d be able to watch these games on eight different social platforms, you can only watch these games live on ESPN or ESPN2. An NBA spokesperson clarified to Sporting News that Twitch and YouTube broadcasts of these games will re-aired versions and not live events.
While the games will be broadcast on ESPN channels, fans will also be able to tune into the games in a number of different ways. The NBA 2K Twitch channel above will be hosting the games, as well as the NBA’s official Twitch channel. In addition, both the NBA and 2K will be broadcasting the games on their respective YouTube channels.
Below is the full list of ways you can view the games.
Games will be broadcasted on either ESPN or ESPN2.
NBA 2K Players Tournament bracket & results
|Kevin Durant vs. Derrick Jones Jr.||Derrick Jones Jr.||78-62|
|Zach Lavine vs. Deandre Ayton||Deandre Ayton||57-41|
|Trae Young vs. Harrison Barnes||Trae Young||101-59|
|Hassan Whiteside vs. Patrick Beverley||Patrick Beverley||84-54|
|Donovan Mitchell vs. Rui Hachimura||Rui Hachimura||74-71|
|Devin Booker vs. Michael Porter Jr.||Devin Booker||85-75|
|Andre Drummond vs. DeMarcus Cousins||Andre Drummond||101-49|
|Montrezl Harrell vs. Domantas Sabonis||Montrezl Harrell||73-51|
Kevin Durant might have grabbed the early lead with the Clippers, but Derrick Jones Jr. was able to take control in the second half with the Bucks thanks to a fast-paced 3-point barrage. Looks like transition defense in 2K is the bane of Durant’s existence.
Deandre Ayton and the Rockets cruised to victory in a much lower-scoring game against Zach Lavine and the Heat, who struggled with shot selection throughout the game. In his defense, he said he hadn’t played 2K since he was a rookie in 2014-15, whereas Ayton has been an avid player since 2K9.
Trae Young and the Bucks absolutely demolished Harrison Barnes and the Raptors in the biggest mismatch of the tournament. So far the younger player has won all three matchups.
The youngsters’ streak ended in the nightcap as Beverley, 31, topped Whiteside, 30, in a lopsided Bucks-Lakers matchup.
Montrezl Harrell and Domantas Sabonis began play Sunday with an absolute blowout. Harrell beat Sabonis 73-51, leading Sabonis to rip himself on the telecast. Sabonis called his virtual play terrible but took the beatdown like a good sport.
Rui Hachimara barely edged out Donovan Mitchell in the best game of the tournament on Sunday. Hachimara’s Lakers were up three points with five seconds left when Danny Green missed a free throw. Mitchell, playing as the Nets, got the rebound and passed the ball upcourt to Spencer Dinwiddie for a good look from three, but the shot didn’t fall.
Devin Booker, the favorite of the entire tournament, held off Michael Porter Jr. in an 85-75 win that was closer than the final score indicates. Booker showed his knowledge of the game by calling specific sets and motion plays; most other competitors have gone with simple pick-and-roll offenses.
Andre Drummond blew out DeMarcus Cousins in the final game of the first round by a final score of 101-49. Cousins essentially gave up by the fourth quarter.
|Trae Young vs. Deandre Ayton||—||—|
|Patrick Beverley vs. Andre Drummond||—||—|
|Derrick Jones Jr. vs. Montrezl Harrell||—||—|
|Rui Hachimura vs. Devin Booker||—||—|
‘NBA 2K’ Players Tournament TV schedule
Here is the TV broadcast schedule for the entire “NBA 2K” Players Tournament. The tournament can be streamed through the ESPN and NBA apps. Each of the NBA’s social channels on Twitter (@NBA2K, @NBA), Twitch, YouTube and Facebook will also show the games live.
UPDATE: The NBA announced a date change for the quarterfinals. The quarterfinals have moved from April 7 to April 9.
|April 3||Preview show||7 p.m. ET||ESPN|
|April 3||Jones vs. Durant||7:30 p.m. ET||ESPN|
|April 3||First round||8:30 p.m. ET||ESPN2|
|April 5||First round||Noon-4 p.m. ET||ESPN2|
|April 9||Quarterfinals||7-11 p.m. ET||ESPN2|
|April 11||Semifinals and finals||TBD||ESPN|