NBA 2K League Combine Details (All): Dates/Hours, Archetypes List, Requirements, & More

Here are all of the details of NBA 2K League Combine for the 2019 season, which have been recently announced by the NBA 2K League. The NBA 2K League Combine playing windows are set to begin on December 8 at 11 AM PST / 2 PM EST. 150 new players who will be eligible for the 2019 NBA 2K League Draft. Included here are: archetypes list, requirements, schedule of dates/hours of the playing windows, structure, evaluation process details, and more.

Check out our full overview of how to join the NBA 2K League as well as tips for getting drafted.

Requirements:

  • Players from the Americas and Europe need to complete a minimum of 40 games at one position and players from every other region need to complete a minimum of 30 games at one position, all during pre-set time windows. Combine dates and playing windows will be announced at a later date.


Structure:

  • The NBA 2K League Combine will take place within NBA 2K19 (Xbox One or PS4).
    • The Combine will be available for players who met the requirements of the Qualifier.
  • Combine games will be in a 5-on-5 format with each participant competing with, and against, nine other qualifiers in full games.
    • There are five archetypes within each position to select from for each game.
    • All archetypes will have an equal skill level (90 rating).


Playing Windows

All official playing windows are listed below (all times are Eastern Standard Time)

December 8:
2 – 8 p.m. (NA/EU)

December 9:
2 – 8 a.m. (APAC)
2 – 8 p.m. (NA/EU)

December 11:
2 – 8 a.m. (APAC)
1 – 7 p.m. (EU)

December 12:
2 – 8 a.m. (APAC)
8 p.m. – 12 a.m. (NA)

December 14:
8 p.m. – 12 a.m. (NA)

December 15:
12 – 6 a.m. (APAC)
2 – 8 p.m. (NA/EU)

December 16:
2 – 8 a.m. (APAC)
2 – 8 p.m. (NA/EU)

December 18:
2 – 8 a.m. (APAC)
1 – 7 p.m. (EU)

December 19:
1 p.m. – 12 a.m. (NA/EU)

December 20:
2-8 a.m. (APAC)
1-7 p.m. (EU)

December 21:
8 p.m. – 12 a.m. (NA)

December 22:
12 – 6 a.m. (APAC)
2 – 8 p.m. (NA/EU)

December 23:
2 – 8 a.m. (APAC)
2 – 8 p.m. (NA/EU)

December 27:
2 – 8 a.m. (APAC)
8 p.m. – 12 a.m. (NA)

December 28:
12-6 a.m. (APAC)
2-8 p.m. (NA/EU)

Draft Pool:

  • Through the qualifying process, the NBA 2K League will determine a pool of at least 150 new players who will be eligible for the 2019 NBA 2K League Draft.
    • In addition to the pool of at least 150 new players, the draft pool will also consist of players who competed in the inaugural season, were not protected by their original team for season two, and successfully met the Combine requirements.
    • New this year, there will be more draft-eligible players than spots available in the league.
    • Each of the league’s 21 teams has at least one player on their existing rosters and will draft the remainder of their roster from the pool of draft-eligible players.
    • Additional details on the 2019 NBA 2K League Draft will be announced at a later date.
  • The NBA 2K League will host a pre-draft, invitational tournament consisting only of players from Asia-Pacific. Top players from the region, as determined by the NBA 2K League Combine or their historical performance, will be invited to compete in an in-person tournament, and the winners will automatically become eligible for the 2019 NBA 2K League Draft. The winners who become draft-eligible will be in addition to the players identified through the Qualifier and Combine. Additional details about the tournament will be announced at a later date.

*Other top performers outside of the winning team from the tournament could be selected by the league to become draft eligible.


Evaluation Process:
*The Evaluation Process will take place once Combine ends and dates will be announced later.

Quantitative Evaluation
All combine statistics and basketball/2K IQ tests from the application players completed during the Qualifier will be evaluated and used to narrow the prospective player pool to the top 250 players. Audio submissions of the players who rank between 150-250 will be reviewed as part of an additional cut to the top 200 players.

Top 200
Players who advance to the top 200 will be notified via an email from the NBA 2K League.

Interviews
All 200 prospective players need to complete a 30-minute video interview with a league representative.

Selection Committee
A committee comprised of NBA 2K League, NBA and 2K representatives will evaluate all 200 players who make it to the interview stage. To evaluate each player, each committee member will individually rate all players based on their results from three categories: Combine statistics, interviews and application. The committee will then meet to discuss their scores for each prospective player from the Qualifier and Combine and finalize the top 150 players who will be eligible for the 2019 NBA 2K League Draft.

Conditional Offers
Players will be contacted by an NBA 2K League representative via phone if they have made the draft pool. All players who receive a conditional offer must pass a background check and social media check to confirm their draft eligibility. For any players who do not pass a background check and social media check, the NBA 2K League will make a conditional offer to the next player in the final ranking at the same position.

What Happens After the Draft?
Drafted players will be contacted by their respective team and will relocate to their team market before the season begins.


Archetypes:

PG 6’4” 195 lbs

  • Sharpshooting Defender (#11)
  • Playmaking Sharpshooter (#12)
  • Sharpshooting Playmaker (#13)
  • Playmaking Shot Creator (#14)
  • Pure Sharpshooter (#15)


SG 6’6” 210 lbs

  • Lockdown Defender (#21)
  • Sharpshooting Defender (#21)
  • Pure Sharpshooter (#23)
  • Sharpshooting Shot Creator (#24)
  • Sharpshooting Playmaker (#25)


SF 6’8” 230 lbs

  • Lockdown Defender (#31)
  • Two-Way Point Forward (#32)
  • Two-Way Shot Creator (#33)
  • Two-Way Sharpshooter (#34)
  • Sharpshooting Defender (#35)


PF 6’11” 240 lbs

  • Sharpshooting Post Scorer (#41)
  • Sharpshooting Athletic Finisher (#42)
  • Rebounding Stretch Four (#43)
  • Two-Way Stretch Four (#44)
  • Shot-Creating Post Scorer (#45)


Center 7’1” 260 lbs

  • Glass Cleaner (#51)
  • Pure Rim Protector (#52)
  • Two-Way Post Scorer (#53)
  • Sharpshooting Rebounder (#54)
  • Slashing Post Scorer (#55)
Frequently Asked Questions:
  1. Who can I contact if I am having technical issues?
  2. Can I change my archetype between games?
    • Yes
  3. How long is each game?
    • Six-minute quarters.
  4. Can I use my MyPlayer during Combine?
    • No, all players will compete using one of the five available archetypes within each position, which are of equal skill level (90 rating).
  5. Can I foul out?
    • Yes, a player will be dropped and replaced by an artificial intelligence player if the player commits six fouls.
  6. If you drop a game, does it count against you?
    • Drops are recorded and taken into consideration during the evaluation process.
  7. If you lag out of a game, does it count as a loss?
    • It will count as a drop.
  8. What is the housing situation if I make the league?
    • Teams determine the housing solution for their own players, while following league guidelines.
  9. Do I have to graduate high school by a certain date?
    • Yes, your high school class must have graduated by November 2, 2018.
  10. I received a notification that my audio submission has not been heard. Do I need to resubmit my submission?
    • A limited number of audio submissions will be listened to and serve as a final data piece when narrowing to the top 200 players.

 


Life in the NBA 2K League

Lets Get It Ramo (Ramo Radoncic, Power Forward, Pacers Gaming)

  1. What is it like being an NBA 2K League player? 

I’m getting paid to play a game I love, so to answer your question it’s the best job in the world!!

  1. What does an average day consist of during the season?

Weekdays are when you are practicing by scrimmaging other teams for your next opponent and watching as much tape as possible on them and yourselves, and the best is the weekends when you fly to the best city in the world, NYC! That’s where the studio is located to play NBA 2K League games, and let me tell you, the atmosphere in there is crazy. A whole bunch of excitement and trash talk – my favorite, haha.

  1. What is your favorite part of being in the league?

The fans for sure. I mean all the support I had throughout the season was insane. It’s a very surreal feeling when a little kid asks you to sign his shoes. I felt bad because my handwriting was bad but that kid was happy, haha. That’s just one of many examples I can go all day

  1. What advice would you give to prospective players? 

Put in the work and if you’re good enough, you will be one of the players for one of these 21 teams in the NBA 2K League. And trust me when I tell you, if you love 2K and you are competitive like me, this is where you want to be!! Get your 100 wins for the month of November and ball out in the Combine, which is the only thing that matters. So don’t come into the games trying to score 50 a game shooting 50 shots. Come into the Combine and play your game, be a great teammate and try to win every game while trying to showcase your skills

  1. What was the transition like becoming a professional athlete?

You are in a different type of light now. There are eyes everywhere and people who look up to you now, so if you want to be a professional you must act like a one. Clean up your social media accounts for starters. I see so many 2K league prospects posting the wrong things and it’s a very bad look at times.

Another thing is I hope everybody is comfortable leaving their family and friends for the next six months. It was hard for me at first because I’ve never been apart from them ever, and to live with complete strangers I didn’t know what to expect. But thankfully I had some great teammates/roommates with good hygiene, haha.

 

NateKahl (Nate Kahl, Small Forward, NetsGC)

  1. What is it like being an NBA 2K League player? 

It’s an unbelievable feeling being a player in the league. To be able to do something that I’ve been doing for my whole life without a clear path and now call myself a professional is what resonates most with me.

  1. What does an average day consist of during the season?

I’m sure an average day will vary depending on the team, but it my case it was usually a pretty packed schedule. Every day was unique but an average day consisted of waking up by around 9, either starting with 3v3 scrims or 5v5 scrims against other teams, then a film session after lunch (sometimes this was reversed). On some days there would be event showings that we would do that might deal with sponsorships, or events that dealt with the ambassador portion of the league and help growing it and our team collectively. Finally there was always enough time for “us” or “me” time later in the evening/night.

  1. What is your favorite part of being in the league?

Aside from obviously having a job that I look forward to every day and the people that I’m around, I would say actually competing on the stage is the best part. You get a feeling before games that not many other things can bring to a person. Plus, when the game plan works out and you’re able to come away victorious, there’s no better feeling.

  1. What advice would you give to prospective players? 

Advice for players trying to make the league STAY FOCUSED, don’t let anything stop you from achieving your goal, and always make sure you stay true to who you are. Once in the league the best advice I have is grind even more than you did when you weren’t in the league! Thousands of people would give anything to have your spot so don’t take it for granted.

  1. What was the transition like becoming a professional athlete?

It’s been a pretty neat transition, a lot more than I thought it would be. I feel like it teaches you life lessons and turns you in to a more complete person than you were before you started the process.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here