NBA eSports are coming…

2K Sports are the latest organisation to be getting involved in the world of eSports. Together with the NBA, they have created their own league which is set to take the gaming world by storm.

It is unusual for a gaming company and its relevant traditional sports league to collaborate on such a thing.

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This is yet to be seen with EA Sports FIFA and a professional football league in Europe such as the Bundesliga or the Premier League, although the eMLS was recently announced with America very much leading the way in terms of these official collaboration leagues.

The join venture means the league is likely to be one of the most professional and legitimate eSports leagues in existence, if all goes to plan.

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The Biggest NBA Teams will play

For the inaugural season 17 NBA franchises are set to have their own NBA 2K team to compete in the new league.

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The list of teams that will be competing are as follows:

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 and the Washington Wizards.

 

Currently, the league is in the process of holding qualifying tournaments to select players to enter the draft. Once complete, the draft will take place to decide which players will play for each franchise. Just like they would in the NBA proper, the NBA teams involved will look to re-locate their players to their city, putting them up in housing so that they can train properly and compete in the same designated studio each match day.

Franchises are set to draft 6 players to make up a squad for the league’s 5 player teams.

With this, 2K Sports and the NBA hope to successfully carry over the club atmosphere and culture from the existing traditional sports league to the newly formed eSports league.

For basketball fans and, more importantly, NBA 2K fans, of which there is a huge overlap, this is extremely exciting times.

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