Brooklyn Nets star Kevin Durant leads the 16-person bracket in the players-only NBA 2K tournament scheduled to begin Friday on ESPN. The NBA is launching the event and plans to play over a 10-day span while three-quarters of the United States is on safer-at-home recommendations during the coronavirus pandemic.
Durant is the No. 1 seed based on rating in the game. He’s joined in the bracket by Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell, current free agent DeMarcus Cousins and Cleveland Cavaliers enter Andre Drummond. The tiebreaker for seeding is tenure in the league.
Durant, who said he tested positive for the coronavirus, does what it takes to win. He signed himself to a contract in the myGM mode, but then later traded his player for the good of his squad. From a September interview, via Nets Wire:
“I done traded me when I got too old ’cause I was making too much money and I wanted to go young. So I had to trade me to, like — it wasn’t a team I wanted to go to, personally. But it was what’s best for my organization, just like all these GM’s do in real life.”
NASCAR has been hosting iRacing Series events while regular races are suspended and it’s been a big hit with fans. NBA fans have been calling for a players tournament since the league first announced it was suspending games on March 11.
NBA 2K tournament Round 1
Kevin Durant (96) vs. 16. Derrick Jones Jr. (78)
Donovan Mitchell (87) vs. 13. Rui Hachimura (79)
Andre Drummond (85) vs. 11. DeMarcus Cousins (81)
Zach Lavine (85) vs. 10. Deandre Ayton (85)
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