Devin Booker is the first-ever NBA 2K Players champion

The first-ever NBA 2K Players Tournament held its finals over the weekend and Devin Booker of the Phoenix Suns was crowned champion. Facing off against Deandra Ayton in the finals, Booker won two matches back to back to win the best of three competition. The win secures a $100,000 USD grand prize that will be split between #FirstRepsondersFirst and the Arizona Food Bank Network.

Beginning as a single-elimination tournament and featuring 16 NBA players, NBA 2K Players was played on Xbox One and took place from April 3-11. Booker won matches against Michael Porter, Jr., Rui Hachimura and Montrezl Harrell to head into the finals.

Players were required to select eight NBA teams that they would each only use once in the tournament. In the finals, Game 1 saw Booker use the Houston Rockets to beat Ayton as the Lakers. Game 2 was Denver Nuggets v Milwaukee Bucks with Booker winning 74-62.

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Booker said;

I had a really great time participating in the NBA 2K Players Tournament.

Winning it was really great for my competitive spirit and I’m glad I could give our fans a little taste of basketball while supporting COVID-19 relief efforts. I hope that our fans stay safe and healthy during this time and I can’t wait to get back on the court soon.

#FirstRespondersFirst is a fund providing essential resources to frontline healthcare workers. The Arizona Food Bank Network is a non-profit helping five regional food bank members across Arizona.

Booker has already pledged more than $2.5 million USD over the next five years through his Starting Five Initiative and fans can helo by donating through his Twitch channel.

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Leo Stevenson
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