- Mavs won the draft lottery meaning they get the first pick in the draft next month
- The Draft will be done in a snake format so Mavs will have last pick in round two
- Each team will draft six players for the first ever season of the NBA 2K League
A lottery was held last night to decide the draft pick order for the inaugural season of the NBA 2K League.
Each team had an equal chance to receive the first overall pick as 17 ping pong balls (one with each team’s logo) were drawn at random after being mixed in a machine for 20 seconds.
It was Mavs Gaming of the Dallas Mavericks who were lucky enough to be drawn first, gaining the all-important first pick. They will have all 102 players to choose from as they start to form their six man roster.
The NBA 2K League Draft pick order was decided by randomly drawing ping pong balls
NBA 2K LEAGUE DRAFT PICK ORDER
1. Mavs Gaming
2. Celtics Crossover Gaming
3. Jazz Gaming
4. Kings Guard Gaming
5. Pistons GT
6. Blazer5 Gaming
7. Heat Check Gaming 8. Magic Gaming
9. Knicks Gaming
10. Bucks Gaming
11. Raptors Uprising GC
12. Wizards District Gaming
13. Pacers Gaming
14. 76ers GC
15. Grizz Gaming
16. Cavs Legion GC
17. Warriors Gaming Squad
Mavericks owner Mark Cuban said: ‘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.’
The six-round draft will be conducted in a snake format, meaning the pick order will reverse each round.
This means that Mavs will have the first pick in round one, the 17th pick in round two, the first pick again in round three etc.
Warriors Gaming Squad (from the Golden State Warriors) were drawn last meaning that they will get to pick two players in a row, after the first round. This could give them an advantage as they try to build team-synergy in the games which will be played as five vs five.
The actual draft will take place Wednesday, April 4 at The Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden’s Lobby at 1pm ET (6pm GMT).
The League’s Managing Director, Brendan Donohue, says he is eager for draft to start: ‘The NBA 2K League Draft is going to be incredible as we watch dreams become reality for our players.’
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