The NBA 2K League today announced the pool of 265 players who are eligible for the 2021 NBA 2K League Draft, which will be held virtually on Saturday, Mar. 13, at 6 p.m. CT and livestreamed on the NBA 2K League’s Twitch and YouTube channels. This year’s draft pool includes a record 33 international players and a record 10 women, who earned eligibility through both the NBA 2K League Draft Prospect Series and the NBA 2K League’s Women in Gaming initiative. A complete list of draft-eligible players is available here.
Grizz Gaming owns two first-round picks (14th and 16th overall) and two second-round picks (32nd and 36th overall) in the 2021 Draft. Grizz Gaming retained AuthenticAfrican (Meyhar Ahmed-Hassan) and Vandi (Zach Vandivier) following season three, and they remain on the roster. First round selections and select additional players will be available to media via Zoom after their selection.
For the first time, fans watching the draft will have access to a variety of viewing options through Twitch’s Command Center, including 2v2 MyPark games with former NBA 2K League players and draftees; live interviews with draftees; and the Virtual VIP Lounge featuring influencers Champ2K, Dominus, Dribble2Much, KILLA KAY, KRYPTO9095, Miro and Overtime Megan. The broadcast will also feature special guests announcing select picks, including hip-hop artists 2 Chainz (Hawks Talon GC) and Big Latto (Hawks Talon GC), Boston Celtics President Rich Gotham (CLTX Crossover Gaming), seven-time NBA Champion Robert Horry (Lakers Gaming), Executive Vice President of Operations for Hornets Sports & Entertainment James Jordan (Hornets Venom GT), Philadelphia 76ers President of Basketball Operations Daryl Morey (76ers GC) and former NBA player Quentin Richardson (Magic Gaming), as well as a live musical performance by hip-hop recording group ISO INDIES.
Scott Cole will return to host the 2021 NBA 2K League Draft alongside color commentator, esports host and broadcaster Malik Forte, NBA 2K League sideline reporter Autumn Johnson and sports host Ms.Basketball, who will serve as the Virtual VIP Lounge host. Additionally, sports and video game journalist Brian Mazique of Forbes.com and Heavy.com has joined the NBA 2K League as an insider and beat writer. Beginning with the 2021 Draft, Mazique will appear on NBA 2K League broadcasts throughout the season and will cover the league for NBA2KLeague.com.
About the NBA 2K League
The NBA 2K League, a professional esports league co-founded by the NBA and Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. (NASDAQ:TTWO), launched in 2018 and features the best NBA 2K players in the world. Each of the league’s 23 teams features six players who compete as unique characters in 5-on-5 play against the other teams in a mix of regular-season games, tournaments and playoffs. NBA 2K League partners include Anheuser-Busch, AT&T, Champion Athleticwear, Dash Radio, DoorDash, Mondelēz International, Raynor Gaming, SAP, SCUF Gaming, Snickers, Twitch, Wilson and YouTube. For more information about the NBA 2K League, visit NBA2KLeague.com.