NBA 2K LEAGUE REVEALS 198 PLAYERS VYING FOR 74 SPOTS
AT THE 2019 NBA 2K LEAGUE DRAFT TOMORROW
– Draft Pool Includes 22 International Players from Nine Countries –
– 2019 NBA 2K League Draft Airs Live on Twitch Starting at 5 p.m. ET –
NEW YORK, March 4, 2019 – The NBA 2K League today announced the pool of 198 players who will be eligible for the 2019 NBA 2K League Draft taking place tomorrow, Tuesday, March 5, at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. All 21 teams will complete their six-person roster at the four-round draft, which will begin at 5 p.m. ET and will be livestreamed on the league’s Twitch channel.
This year’s draft pool includes 22 international players from nine countries outside the U.S.: Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, New Zealand, the Philippines, Spain, and the United Kingdom. A complete list of draft-eligible players is available here*. Visit the NBA 2K League YouTube Channel to meet some of the members of this year’s class.
With the addition of four expansion teams, 126 players will compete in the NBA 2K League’s second season, and new this year, the number of draft-eligible players will exceed the spots available in the league through the draft. During the offseason, 52 players from the inaugural season were retained or selected in the Expansion Draft, leaving 74 roster spots available. The 198 draft-eligible players consist of 144 new players who were selected by the league following an extensive tryout process, six players from the league’s first-ever APAC Invitational that took place in Hong Kong in early February, and 48 unretained players from the inaugural season.
“I want to congratulate these 198 players on establishing themselves as among the best NBA 2K players in the world through a rigorous evaluation process,” said NBA 2K League Managing Director Brendan Donohue. “We’re looking forward to an exciting draft day as we welcome a new class of players to the NBA 2K League family.”
By winning the NBA 2K League Draft Lottery, Jazz Gaming has the first overall pick in the 2019 NBA 2K League Draft. The full draft order is available here.
For more information, fans can follow the NBA 2K League on Twitter (NBA2KLeague), Instagram (nba2kleague) and Facebook (NBA 2K League) and visit NBA2KLeague.com.
*Draft pool is subject to change
**Qualified through NBA 2K League APAC Invitational
About the NBA 2K League
The NBA 2K League, a professional esports league co-founded by the NBA and Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. (NASDAQ:TTWO), launched in 2018 and features the best NBA 2K players in the world. Each of the league’s 21 teams features six players who compete as unique characters in 5-on-5 play against the other teams in a mix of regular-season games, in-season tournaments and playoffs. Knicks Gaming won the first-ever NBA 2K League Finals on Saturday, Aug. 25, 2018. For more information about the NBA 2K League, visit NBA2KLeague.com.
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