NBA Basketball

NBA games are back! Well, sort of.

With the 2019-20 season still suspended as coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in the United States continue to rise, NBA players are looking to provide fans with some virtual entertainment. The league will hold an "NBA 2K" Players Tournament that will feature stars like Kevin Durant, Donovan Mitchell and Trae Young.

Hopefully Durant has improved his transition defense in the last month ...

But this single-elimination tournament, which will be played on Xbox One, isn't just about entertainment or bragging rights among some of the NBA's elite. The winner will choose a charity to receive a $100,000 donation from 2K Sports, the NBA and NBPA in support of coronavirus relief efforts.

"We're thrilled to partner with the NBA and NBPA to bring basketball back to fans throughout the world and to help those in need during these uncertain times," 2K senior vice president Jason Argent said in a press release. "Entertainment, especially sports, has the ability to bring communities together — including athletes, fans and families — and we hope that everyone will enjoy the tournament."

Here's what we know about the tournament, including the entire first-round schedule and how to watch the broadcast on TV and online. 

'NBA 2K' Players Tournament schedule

    Date: Friday, April 3 through Saturday, April 11TV channel: ESPN and ESPN2Live stream: ESPN and NBA apps

    The NBA will launch the tournament on April 3, and each game will be televised on either ESPN or ESPN2 through April 11.

    The tournament can be streamed t

    hrough the ESPN and NBA apps. Each of the NBA's social channels on Twitter (@NBA2K, @NBA), Twitch, YouTube and Facebook will also show the games live.

    DateRoundTimeChannelApril 3Preview show7 p.m. ETESPNApril 3Jones vs. Durant7:30 p.m. ETESPNApril 3First round8:30 p.m. ETESPN2April 5First roundNoon ETESPN2April 9Quarterfinals7 p.m. ETESPN2April 11Semifinals and finals5 p.m. / 7 p.m. / 9 p.m. ETESPN

    'NBA 2K' Players Tournament entry list

    Players are ranked and placed in the bracket based on "NBA 2K" overall ratings. If two or more players hold identical ratings, then the player with more NBA experience earns the higher seed.

    SeedPlayerRating1.Kevin Durant962.Trae Young903.Hassan Whiteside874.Donovan Mitchell875.Devin Booker866.Andre Drummond857.Zach LaVine858.Montrezl Harrell859.Domantas Sabonis8510.Deandre Ayton8511.DeMarcus Cousins8112.Michael Porter Jr.8113.Rui Hachimura7914.Patrick Beverley7815.Harrison Barnes7816.Derrick Jones Jr.78

    'NBA 2K' Players Tournament bracket

    Despite being the No. 5 seed, Booker (+220) is the early betting favorite to win the tournament. The Suns guard has been known to hop on Twitch for long gaming sessions and even learned about the NBA suspending the season as he was playing "Call of Duty."

    Booker will have plenty of competition from other top gamers like Durant (+500), Ayton (+550) and Mitchell (+700). Much like the real action, this tournament could come down to individual matchups.


    'NBA 2K' Players Tournament prize money

    The tournament winner will choose a charity to receive a $100,000 donation from 2K Sports, the NBA and NBPA in support of coronavirus relief efforts.