NEW YORK – Mavs Gaming today won the first NBA 2K League Draft Lottery and will have the No. 1 overall pick in the inaugural NBA 2K League Draft.
The draft lottery, conducted at the MSG Networks’ 7th Avenue Studio in New York, determined the order of selection for the NBA 2K League Draft, which will take place on Wednesday, April 4 at The Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden’s Lobby (1 p.m. ET).
“We are very much looking forward to putting together the best possible team and organization for the first game in May. We think the NBA 2K League is going to have an incredible first season,” said Mark Cuban, owner of Mavs Gaming and the Dallas Mavericks.
In the non-weighted draft lottery, each team had an equal chance to receive the first overall pick. The lottery was conducted by drawing ping-pong balls in random order from the official ball machine used for the NBA Draft Lottery. Every team had one ping-pong ball, featuring its logo, in the machine.
The drawing process occurred in the following manner: All 17 balls were placed in the lottery machine and mixed for 20 seconds; then the first ball was removed. The remaining balls were mixed in the lottery machine for another 15 seconds, and then the second ball was drawn. The same process was repeated for the remainder of the ping-pong balls until all 17 had been drawn.
The draft order for the first round was revealed on the league’s Twitter account, @NBA2KLeague, beginning with pick 17 and counting down to the first pick.
Video of the full draft lottery will be available later on NBA2KLeague.com.
NBA 2K LEAGUE DRAFT ORDER (FIRST ROUND):
- Mavs Gaming
- Celtics Crossover Gaming
- Jazz Gaming
- Kings Guard Gaming
- Pistons GT
- Blazer5 Gaming
- Heat Check Gaming
- Magic Gaming
- Knicks Gaming
- Bucks Gaming
- Raptors Uprising GC
- Wizards District Gaming
- Pacers Gaming
- 76ers GC
- Grizz Gaming
- Cavs Legion GC
- Warriors Gaming Squad
The six-round draft will introduce the first NBA 2K League professionals in history. Each team will draft six players to compete for the inaugural season, which tips off in May. With the order of picks reversing after each round, Mavs Gaming will have the first overall pick, the last pick of the second round, the first pick of the third round and so on.
Additional details about the draft and how fans can watch live will be announced at a later date.
About the NBA 2K League
The NBA 2K League is a professional esports league co-founded by the NBA and Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. (NASDAQ:TTWO). Launching in 2018, the league will feature the best NBA 2K players in the world. Each of the league’s 17 teams will draft players to compete as unique characters in 5-on-5 play against the other teams in a mix of regular-season games, tournaments and playoffs. The league will host tryouts in early 2018, followed by a draft in April and the season tip-off in May. For more information about the NBA 2K League, visit www.NBA2KLeague.com.