NBA 2K League reveals 2019 draft pool
NBA.com Global on Mar 05, 2019 07:13 AM
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NBA 2K League press release
NEW YORK – The NBA 2K League today announced the pool of 198 players who will be eligible for the 2019 NBA 2K League Draft taking place tomorrow, Tuesday, March 5 (Mar. 6, PHL time), at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. All 21 teams will complete their six-person roster at the four-round draft, which will begin at 5 p.m. ET and will be livestreamed on the league’s Twitch channel.
This year’s draft pool includes 22 international players from nine countries outside the U.S.: Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, New Zealand, the Philippines, Spain, and the United Kingdom. A complete list of draft-eligible players is available here*. Visit the NBA 2K League YouTube Channel to meet some of the members of this year’s class.
With the addition of four expansion teams, 126 players will compete in the NBA 2K League’s second season, and new this year, the number of draft-eligible players will exceed the spots available in the league through the draft. During the offseason, 52 players from the inaugural season were retained or selected in the Expansion Draft, leaving 74 roster spots available. The 198 draft-eligible players consist of 144 new players who were selected by the league following an extensive tryout process, six players from the league’s first-ever APAC Invitational that took place in Hong Kong in early February, and 48 unretained players from the inaugural season.
“I want to congratulate these 198 players on establishing themselves as among the best NBA 2K players in the world through a rigorous evaluation process,” said NBA 2K League Managing Director Brendan Donohue. “We’re looking forward to an exciting draft day as we welcome a new class of players to the NBA 2K League family.”
By winning the NBA 2K League Draft Lottery, Jazz Gaming has the first overall pick in the 2019 NBA 2K League Draft. The full draft order is available here.
*Draft pool is subject to change
**Qualified through NBA 2K League APAC Invitational