NBA 2K20 Players Tournament – Everything you need to know

In “normal” times the beginning of April would signal the NBA season coming to a close. Some end-of-season matches would be played across millions of TVs throughout the US and fierce rivals would be battling it out.

Unfortunately, the season has been called off – and many of us are wondering when professional basketball will hit our screens again. Thankfully, the NBA haven’t been idle – and they’ve partnered up with 2K to produce an NBA 2K Player Tournament – which features 16 NBA players. The event – which is already running – is set to raise money for charity. It’s a good cause, that also gives us our “fix” as the traditional sports are on hiatus.

NBA 2K20 Player Tournament - Everything you need to know

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What Is The NBA 2K20 Players Tournament?

The NBA 2K20 Players Tournament is a special tournament put on by the NBA that uses a single-elimination format. It’s a player-only tournament on Xbox One, and the winner will receive $100,000 – which will then be donated to charity.

Speaking about the tournament, Jason Argent – the Senior Vice President at 2K said:

“Entertainment, especially sports, has the ability to bring communities together – including athletes, fans and families – and we hope that everyone will enjoy the tournament.”

Player interest has skyrocketed coming into the event, with many vowing they are indeed the best NBA 2k20 players.

Who’s Playing?

A number of high-profile players are taking part in the tournament. Kevin Durant is arguably the biggest name – and he’s also the event’s number one seed. Players were seeded according to their player rating in NBA 2K20. A full list of all players taking part can be seen below. The player’s ratings are also shown:

  1. Kevin Durant, Brooklyn Nets (96)
  2. Trae Young, Atlanta Hawks (90)
  3. Hassan Whiteside, Portland Trail Blazers (87)
  4. Donovan Mitchell, Utah Jazz (87)
  5. Devin Booker, Phoenix Suns (86)
  6. Andre Drummond, Cleveland Cavaliers (85)
  7. Zach LaVine, Chicago Bulls (85)
  8. Montrezl Harrell, LA Clippers (85)
  9. Domantas Sabonis, Indiana Pacers (85)
  10. Deandre Ayton, Phoenix Suns (85)
  11. DeMarcus Cousins (81)
  12. Michael Porter Jr., Denver Nuggets (81)
  13. Rui Hachimura, Washington Wizards (79)
  14. Patrick Beverley, LA Clippers (78)
  15. Harrison Barnes, Sacramento Kings (78)
  16. Derrick Jones Jr., Miami Heat (78)

How To Watch The NBA 2K20 Player Tournament

The first four matches of the NBA 2K20 Player Tournament aired on Friday 3rd April. On Sunday, April 5th the event continued, airing between 6-10pm ET on ESPN2.

The tournament’s quarterfinals are set to take place on Tuesday April 7th, starting between 7-11pm ET. These are also airing on ESPN2. However, the semifinals and the final are set to air on the main ESPN channel. They’ll take place on Saturday the 11th April, although the times are yet to be announced. It’s likely they’ll broadcast sometime in the afternoon.

Additionally, you can follow the players and the game highlight moments on social media, as NBA 2k20’s official twitter and the players engage in continuous banter in game and out.

Tune in for quarterfinals tonight starting between 7-11pm ET.

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