Introducing the NBA 2K League Combine
We’re excited to introduce the NBA 2K League Combine – the second phase of qualifying for the NBA 2K League. It will run from February 2 – February 21, 2018. All players who won 50 games during January’s NBA 2K League Qualifier will move on to the combine.
Participants must fit the following age requirement to participate in the combine:
The player (i) is or will be at least eighteen (18) years of age as of February 1st, 2018, and (ii) has graduated from high school (or, if the player did not graduate from high school, the class with which the player would have graduated had he graduated from high school has graduated).
Players who complete January’s NBA 2K League Qualifier will automatically see a new menu item, NBA 2K League Combine, in NBA 2K18 during February.
The Online Application will be made available during February. This means you only need your 50 wins to advance to the NBA 2K League Combine in February.
The NBA 2K League has expanded the player pool from 85 to 102 to allow for roster flexibility. The combine will now identify the top 102 players and each of the 17 teams participating in the inaugural season will draft six players.
There will be multiple playing windows available from February 2 – February 21, and all combine play must take place during these windows. Playing windows are distributed to suit the various regions of our global playing community.
Updated Combine playing windows (ET):
2/14 – 2am-8am (APAC) and 8pm-12am (NA)
2/15 – 2am-8am (APAC) and 1pm-7pm (EU)
2/16 – 2am-8am (APAC) and 1pm-1am (EU + NA)
2/17 – 8am-10pm (EU + APAC + NA)
2/18 – 2pm-8pm (EU + NA)
2/19 – 2am-8am (APAC)
2/20 – 2am-8am (APAC) and 1pm-7pm (EU)
2/21 – 2pm-12am (EU + NA)
APAC = Asia Pacific
NA = North America
EU = Europe
Playing windows are available for all players to participate at any time during the windows, however for optimal matchmaking, we recommend following the above guidance on what time to enter the playing windows from your respective regions.
Participants must play a minimum of 40 games using their primary position (PG/SG/SF/PF/C).
Games will consist of four, 6-minute quarters, with standard Pro-Am rules. If a player fouls out, they will be replaced by a AI participant. There will be one position played per team (i.e. even roster composition using Point Guard, Shooting Guard, Small Forward, Power Forward and Center). Players will have five archetypes to choose from for each position, but must compete in only one position throughout the combine.
Players can choose the archetype* they play with for their selected position. The complete list of available archetypes is below:
Playmaking Shot Creator
Slashing Shot Creator
Sharpshooting Shot Creator
Sharpshooting Shot Creator
Slashing Rim Protector
Rebounding Athletic Finisher
Slashing Post Scorer
Sharpshooting Rim Protector
Post-Scoring Athletic Finisher
Pure Rim Protector
Slashing Stretch Five
Rebounding Post Scorer
*Archetype = preset skills and attributes.
There will not be a leaderboard, however participants will be able to view statistics and VOD highlights (video-on-demand) of their games throughout the combine.
During the combine, the NBA 2K League will measure high-level statistics such as points, rebounds and assists, as well as more in-depth statistics such as shot release time, pass to assist and block efficiency.
Following the combine, all player information will be evaluated and used to determine the top 102 players available for the draft.
The league will continue its analysis of game play and qualitative data in the weeks following the combine. Players in consideration for the draft pool will be contacted to complete additional steps.
Be sure to follow @NBA2KLeague on Twitter for future updates!