The NBA 2K league is taking the next step to making the professional eSports league a reality, announcing its plans for a draft lottery. The NBA and 2K Sports gave us detailed plans for exactly how teams will stock their rosters on Friday, with a draft lottery method arranged to help determine draft order.
The NBA announced Friday that the Draft Lottery drawing will take place on March 13 at 1 p.m. with the Draft itself taking place on April 4 at 1 p.m. in the Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
The Draft Lottery for the 2K League will look a lot like the lottery the NBA uses, with ping-pong balls selected in random order using the official ball machine that’s used for the NBA Draft Lottery. Every team will have one ping-pong ball with its logo, meaning the draft will not be weighted. This makes sense, given that the 17 teams don’t actually exist yet. Draft order will be announced on Twitter using the league’s official account, starting at pick 17 and working its way down to number one.