The NBA 2K Players Tournament culminated in a battle of Valley Boyz.
Devin Booker defeated Deandre Ayton as two of the most prominent members of the Phoenix Suns squared off in the best-of-three final. As the champion of the tournament created in partnership by the league and NBA 2K amid the season's suspension, Booker received $100,000 to donate to the charity helping in the fight against the coronavirus of his choice.
Booker took Game 1 of the final series 72-62 using the Rockets against the Lakers. In Game 2, the guard beat his own big man 74-62 using the Nuggets against the Bucks.
There was some good-natured trash talk throughout from the teammates, which made for a fun finale.
Undefeated to the title 🏆@DevinBook wins the #NBA2KTourney and $100K for charity! pic.twitter.com/Tvjrc1SUwC
"Undefeated tournament. Thanks to 2K for putting this on. Lots of good competition out here," Booker said after his victory.
In a follow-up interview with Ronnie 2K, Booker reiterated how impressed he was with Ayton's tournament. "I knew what Deandre was capable of. We have played in the past. He's definitely a gamer," Booker said.
“Get off the zone. Man up, this the NBA.”@DevinBook with some words of wisdom for @DeandreAyton in the #NBA2KTourney 🧠 pic.twitter.com/YS90dmbi5i
Ayton almost quit out the game 😨🤣 pic.twitter.com/CmSoq3r0TA
In the first semifinal, Booker took down the Clippers' Montrezl Harrell in two games.
Booker used Harrell's Clips in the first contest, securing a 68-54 victory against the Rockets. In the second game, Booker used the Raptors to dispatch the Bucks in a closer matchup.
Book dunks on Trez… with Trez 😂🔊 #NBA2KTourneypic.twitter.com/XqXCNCS0cU
Booker comes in clutch late and is headed to the finals 😤 #NBA2KTourneypic.twitter.com/lPILkEk2Mn
The second semifinal was extremely entertaining, thanks to the presence of Clippers guard Patrick Beverley. Pat Bev had some great trash talk, though Ayton did take both contests (Game 1 using the Nets against the Celtics; Game 2 with his own Suns against the Nuggets).
The second game in particular featuring Ayton's Suns provided the most laughs. An increasingly incredulous Beverley could not seem to believe that Ayton was using the Suns — among the weaker teams used in the tournament and currently sitting at 26-39 in real life — to beat him.
“Put some respek on it JC”@DeandreAyton hits 3 straight 3’s with his guy @nextlevel_03 and Pat Bev ain’t havin it pic.twitter.com/S3zyyP9i1J
Deandre introducing Pat Bev to the @Suns 🤣
He’s going off with his squad #ValleyBoyz#NBA2KTourneypic.twitter.com/VgjoSu8U3w
[email protected] FOR 3 !!! 🔋🔋🔋
“This man shot a 3 with himself” -Pat Bev pic.twitter.com/Dtmk7SjII1
[email protected] still gettin buckets with himself and Pat Bev says he’s never seen it IRL 🤣#NBA2KTourneypic.twitter.com/sglTBQ5W3c
In the end, Beverley stormed off. Ever the competitor, that Pat Bev.
[email protected] just walks off the screen 🤣 He’s hot he just got beat by @DeandreAyton and the @Suns#NBA2KTourneypic.twitter.com/Hj3hlJcviI
Booker, 23, was an All-Star this season and has averaged 22.3 points per game in his career after being selected by the Suns with the 13th pick of the 2015 draft. Ayton, 21, was the first pick of the 2018 draft. He's averaged 17.1 points and 10.8 rebounds per game in his career to date.
Devin Booker and Deandre Ayton during a November 2018 game. (Photo: Jennifer Stewart, USA TODAY Sports)
In this tournament, Booker earned the No. 5 seed, while Ayton was the 10thseed. Seeding was based on a player's NBA 2K rating, with tiebreakers determined by tenure in the league.
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