The NBA and NBA Players Association are teaming up with NBA 2K and ESPN to put on the NBA 2K Players Tournament.
The single-elimination tournament features 16 NBA stars - headlined by Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant and Atlanta Hawks guard Trae Young - going head-to-head on NBA 2K20, which will be televised on ESPN networks and live streamed across the NBA and NBA2K's social channels.
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.
So who's playing, when are the games and how do you watch the NBA 2K Players Tournament? We have you covered with all of that information below.
Who is playing in the NBA 2K Players Tournament?
Each of the players competing in the tournament were given a seed 1-through-16, assigned by their overall 2K rating. The matchups can be found below.
.@NBA2K's "Players-Only" tournament will air starting this Friday on @ESPN. Here are the brackets - who do you think is gonna take it all? pic.twitter.com/51ltOfjeqR- The Boardroom (@boardroom) March 31, 2020
The players will be competing with an NBA team of their choice, selected from a limited group of teams assigned to each person.
How to watch the NBA 2K Players Tournament
The tournament will be nationally televised on ESPN and ESPN2 in the United States, with live streams set up on @NBA2K and @NBA on Twitter, Twitch, YouTube and Facebook as well.
We will also have the live streams embedded right on our NBA.com site!
NBA 2K Players Tournament schedule
Saturday, April 4
On ESPN: 4:30 a.m. - 5:00 a.m. IST: NBA 2K Players Tournament Preview Show
On ESPN: 5:00 a.m. - 6:00 a.m. IST: Derrick Jones Jr. (16) vs. Kevin Durant (1)
On ESPN2: 6:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. IST: Other first-round matchups
Sunday, April 5
On ESPN2: 9:30 p.m. - 1:30 a.m. [Monday, April 6] IST: Remainder of the first round
Wednesday, April 8
On ESPN2: 4:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. IST
Semifinals and Finals
Saturday, April 11
On ESPN: Time TBA