The first NBA 2K League season will begin in May 2018

The world’s best NBA 2K League gamers will find out which teams they will play for next month when the first ever draft takes place in New York City.

NBA’s new professional esports league starts in May and will run until August. Featuring 17 franchises - including the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers - the search has been on to find the world’s top 102 2K players.

In January the qualifying process started before the second stage of try-outs were held last month. A total of 102 players will now go forward to the NBA 2K League draft day on 4 April in The Hulu Theatre at Madison Square Garden in New York.

NBA 2K League managing director Brendan Donohue said: “The NBA 2K League Draft is going to be incredible as we watch dreams become reality for our players.

“We cannot wait to introduce the world to the first-ever NBA 2K League professionals and, most importantly, we are eager for our players to meet their teams and teammates for the first time. This will be a milestone moment for our league.”

After the conclusion of the trials and combine, the top 102 gamers were being contacted by the league offering them a spot for the 2018 season. According to the NBA 2K League website, all players have to successfully complete a background check and meet all other eligibility requirements.

If a player chooses not to accept the league’s offer, does not pass the background check, or does not meet all other eligibility requirements, the league will make an offer to another eligible candidate from the top 250.

Before the draft in April, the first-ever NBA 2K League Draft Lottery will be held tomorrow. This will determine the draft order for the 17 teams.


How the NBA 2K League draft works

According to an NBA statement, here’s how the draft works: 

the draft will consist of six rounds with each team selecting six players. It will be done in “snake order”, with the order of picks reversing after each round.

the team with the first overall pick will have the last pick of the second round, the first pick of the third round and so on. The team with the 17th and last pick of the first round will have the first pick of the second round and the last pick of the third round. 

the 102 players available in the draft will have been selected by the league following an extensive tryout process that began in January.

NBA 2K League at a glance

When: the 2018 season runs from May to August 

Number of teams: 17 in year one

Number of players: 102 (six on each team)

Season schedule

4 April: NBA 2K League player draft 

May 2018: start of the season

Participating teams

Boston Celtics 

Cleveland Cavaliers 

Dallas Mavericks 

Detroit Pistons 

Golden State Warriors 

Indiana Pacers 

Memphis Grizzlies 

Miami Heat 

Milwaukee Bucks 

New York Knicks 

Orlando Magic 

Philadelphia 76ers 

Portland Trail Blazers 

Sacramento Kings 

Toronto Raptors 

Utah Jazz 

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