The NBA 2K League announced today that the fourth annual NBA 2K League Draft will be held virtually on Saturday, March 13 at 7 p.m. ET and livestreamed on the NBA 2K League’s Twitch and YouTube channels.
All 23 NBA 2K League teams will complete their six-person roster during the four-round draft.
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Last season was a complete success despite COVID-19.
In this year’s draft, Lakers Gaming will have the first overall pick, Pacers Gaming will have the second overall pick, and the Gen.G Tigers of Shanghai will have the third overall pick.
During the offseason, 76 players who competed in the 2020 season were retained by their teams, leaving 62 roster spots available.
Up to 100 prospects and select team “war rooms” will join the draft broadcast through live look-ins from their locations around the world, and NBA 2K League President Brendan Donohue will announce the picks.
The broadcast will also feature a variety of viewing options through Twitch’s Command Center, clips from NBA 2K League original content series “Draft Hopefuls” and “NBA 2KL: Drive to Draft,” and surprise guests from the 2K community and beyond announcing picks and providing commentary.
The 2021 draft pool will consist of more than 250 players. In addition to unretained players from last season, the draft pool also includes players who earned eligibility through the NBA 2K League Draft Prospect Series, international qualifying events over the last two offseasons, and the NBA 2K League Women in Gaming initiative, or by being identified by the NBA 2K League and its teams as high performing players in the 2K community.
The complete draft pool will be announced in the coming weeks.
“Draft night is one of the most exciting nights of the NBA 2K League calendar and the culmination of a dream come true for the best NBA 2K players in the world,” said Donohue. “Coming off a transformational season that saw No. 1 overall pick JBM play a key role in Wizards District Gaming winning a championship, we’re looking forward to celebrating the more than 250 elite men and women who have earned draft eligibility with a night of celebrity guests and behind-the-scenes stories.”