ESPN and the NBA will be hosting a player’s only NBA 2K tournament starting this weekend, and the Sacramento Kings will be represented.
With fans of all sports itching for some type of competition, some professional leagues are starting to use video games to scratch the itch. NASCAR has used iRacing (which has been very cool), and now the NBA is going to hold its own players-only tournament, and the Sacramento Kings have a representative.
Harrison Barnes will be one of 16 players competing in the “NBA 2K Players Tournament”, a single-elimination, March Madness-like event where players will compete for the chance to select a charity beneficiary for $100,000 in coronavirus relief aid. It will take place over the course of the next week, beginning on Friday at 7 PM, and will be broadcast on ESPN. The can find the entire schedule here.
As for Barnes, he is the 15th ranked player in this tournament, as seeding is based on the player’s in-game rating. Barnes has a 78 rating, as does Derrick Jones Jr. of the Miami Heat who is the 16th seed.
We’re not sure exactly how the tournament is going to be set up, and if players are going to play with their own teams or if it will be a random selection. Barnes will be facing off against Trae Young in the 2 vs 15 matchup, and could have the upper hand if it is indeed Kings vs Hawks. However, on-court skill does not translate to victories in 2K. Kevin Durant, who is ranked number one, could end up being the worst player in the field. The tournament has chances for upsets across the board, and should make for entertaining sports material during the current hiatus.
Does anyone know how good, if at all, Barnes is at playing NBA 2K? I am admittedly not a gamer so I’m not sure if it is a thing to know which NBA players are better at video games than others. But without the comfort of real live sports to get me through the quarantine period, I will be tuned in to see how Barnes performs