The third season of the NBA 2K League is set to begin in the spring of 2020, but the qualifying process will get underway on Tuesday October 22, and it will run through Sunday, November 10.
The criteria for the first leg of qualifying will be as shown in the tweet from the NBA2K League below:
Most of this is similar to what we’ve seen in the previous two years, but instead of winning 100 games, entrants only need to win 50. Like last year, they must maintain a .500 or better winning percentage, and the victories must take place in 5-v-5 Pro-Am or The Rec Center.
Reaching those benchmarks is just the first step of qualifying for the league in Season 3. Gamers who are able to meet this criterion will unlock the Combine mode on their systems. As has been the case in the past, the Combine will be a module that is slightly different than traditional Pro-Am, and it will prove to be the largest platform for entry into the draft.
Player win-loss records and advance stats will be kept, and a designated number of applicants will be entered into the draft. We haven’t seen all of the details for this year’s draft process. Unless there are drastic changes from Season 2, not everyone in the draft pool will be selected.
Prior to the Season 3 new-entry draft, there will be an expansion draft to help the two new teams, Hornets Venom GT and Gen.G fill their roster. The current 21 franchises could protect two players from their roster, and the two new squads will choose from the players left unprotected. The expansion draft will be held on October 18.
There is no public date for the new player entry draft, but the Season 2 event was held on March 5. It stands to reason the Season 3 draft will take place around the same time in 2020. Season 2 saw the league’s first true star emerge as Michael trial aka Bear Da Beast led T-Wolves Gaming to the championship in their first year.
Bear’s magnetic personality, confidence and gift for gab has made him a global star, as we found out just weeks ago when he traveled to China and was received warmly by fans.
The Season 3 draft qualification process begins the league’s journey to find the next star who can elevate the league.
Stay tuned for more information on the draft as it becomes available.