ESPN+ to broadcast players-only NBA 2K20 tournament with Kevin Durant & others

With this year’s NBA season cut short because of COVID-19, not only are people longing for sports content, networks like ESPN+ are simply scrambling for something to show (be sure to check out NBA League Pass, streaming free for the next month if you just want some basketball to watch).

To fill the void, ESPN is coming up with a unique approach – a 16 man NBA 2K20 video game tournament, comprised solely of NBA players. Kevin Durant leads the field as the biggest name, with other stars like Hassan Whiteside and Trae Young represented as well. Each player will be competing from their home, which should be fun for NBA fans to watch.

The 16 players are seeded, with Durant in the #1 spot. Rankings were determined by actual in-game ratings, and in the event of a tie, the most senior player got the higher seed. Players are not required to use their own team, and in fact, a player can only a team once.

The action starts Friday, April 3, at 7 p.m. Eastern with another match later that night at 8:30. The action continues noon Sunday, then 7 p.m. Tuesday with the championship game Saturday, April 11.

Aside from bragging rights, there’s something at stake: the winner will receive $100,000 to donate to a COVID-19 related charity of their choice.

The complete roster includes:

Kevin Durant
Trae Young
Hassan Whiteside
Donovan Mitchell
Devin Booker
Zach Lavine
Andre Drummond
Montrezl Harrell
Domantas Sabonis
Deandre Ayton
DeMarcus Cousins
Michael Porter Jr.
Rui Hachimura
Patrick Beverly
Harrison Barnes
Derrick Jones Jr.

Artie Beaty