The First Round of the NBA2K Players Tourney was a relative success last week. The results have corrected the early seedings going into the Quarter Finals and beyond and we now have a good idea who the top players will be.
The NBA are rolling out a number of other initiatives to satisfy the appetite for live action from their top players. ESPN will air a game of H-O-R-S-E between Trae Young, Zach Lavine and Chris Paul as well as WNBA players and former NBA greats, rumoured to be Dwyane Wade and Ray Allen.
First Round Recap
- Kevin Durant (1) 62 vs Derrick Jones Jr. (16) 78
- Trae Young (2) 101 vs Harrison Barnes (15) 59
- Hassan Whiteside (3) 54 vs Patrick Beverley (14) 84
- Donovan Mitchell (4) 71 vs Rui Hachimura (13) 74
- Devin Booker (5) 85 vs Michael Porter Jr. (12) 75
- Andre Drummond (6) 101 vs DeMarcus Cousins (11) 49
- Zach LaVine (7) 41 vs DeAndre Ayton (10) 57
- Montrezl Harrell (8) 71 vs Domantas Sabonis (9) 53
Cleveland Cavaliers’ Andre Drummond registered the biggest win of the opening weekend. He lapped DeMarcus Cousins with a 52-point victory. The biggest upset seen Washington Wizards’ young Japanese star Rui Hachimura defeat Donovan Mitchell.
That leaves us with a interesting line-up for the next round.
Quarter Final Schedule
Rui Hachimura vs Devin Booker
Derrick Jones Jr. vs Montrezl Harrell
Trae Young vs DeAndre Ayton
Patrick Beverley vs Andre Drummond
The action begins at 7PM ET and is available to stream on the NBA’s social media channels and ESPN2 in the US.
NBA2K Quarter Final Preview
Last week’s results are a pretty good indicator of the level these players are at. Trae Young and Devin Booker remain the favourites for the overall title but Andre Drummond and DeAndre Ayton showed that they are able to compete with the big players.
The rest of the tournament will be played on XBOX One and the winning player will win a $100,000 cheque to be donated to the coronavirus relief efforts in their name.
Much of the attraction of the First Round of the was the thrash talk between the players. Pat Beverly is known for his chat on the court and we’re sure he’ll have plenty to say to Andre Drummond on Thursday night.
Looking ahead to this round of fixtures, we expect Devin Booker, Derrick Jones Jr., Trae Young and Drummond to progress from their respective games.
On paper, Booker has the most experience of the players remaining in the tournament. However, Denver Nuggets’ Michael Porter Jr. ran him close in the opening game and he may struggle against the impressive Rui Hachimura.
DeAndre Ayton is the dark horse of the competition. The Phoenix big man dealt with Zach Lavine in the opening round. He faces Trae Young in the games being aired on Thursday night.
After tonight’s fixtures, the championship rounds will be played on Saturday and Sunday. Those games will be also be shown on the NBA’s social media channels and ESPN 2 in the US.
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