Devin Booker is officially the best NBA 2K player in the league. 🔥
Booker came out on top in the inaugural NBA 2K Players Tournament that saw 16 players from various NBA teams compete online over the past two weeks. He defeated Phoenix Suns teammate Deandre Ayton 2-0 in a best-of-three finals series on national television on Saturday night.
Not only has the All-Star guard earned the title of best virtual hooper in the NBA, but he also racked up a $100,000 donation for a charity of his choice to support coronavirus relief efforts. He split the money between Direct Relief and the Arizona Food Bank Network.
Across four total rounds of gameplay, Booker displayed his dominance by going undefeated and chalking up five double-digit victories.
He took down Denver Nuggets forward Michael Porter Jr., Washington Wizards forward Rui Hachimura and Los Angeles Clippers big man Montrezl Harrell before matching up with Ayton in the finals.
One of the funniest highlights of D-Book's championship run came when Porter Jr. suggested they play with their respective teams. After taking a few moments to think about whether he wanted to run with the Suns, Booker responded with a hesitant "Ehhh, no."
He later claimed he did't want to play with them "because @NBA2K has my player messed up." (When the NBA season was suspended due to the coronavirus, the Suns were sitting in 13th place in the Western Conference. 😅)
Rather than play with the Suns, Booker later opted for the Houston Rockets and the Denver Nuggets in the finals, while Ayton picked the Los Angeles Lakers and the Milwaukee Bucks.
"I said in the beginning that it was going to be Deandre and I in the championship -- and that's the way it ended up,'' Booker told ESPN.
As a member of esports team 100 Thieves, Booker is known as a highly capable gamer. You can often catch him live streaming on Twitch, and he's even played alongside former Call of Duty pro player Matthew "Nadeshot" Haag on several occasions.
"I played a lot growing up,'' he said. "It's all about timing and eye coordination.''
Other stars who competed in the tournament included the Brooklyn Nets' Kevin Durant, the Atlanta Hawks' Trae Young and the Portland Trail Blazers' Hassan Whiteside. As the No. 1 seed, KD was a favorite to win it all, but he was upset in the first round by Miami Heat forward Derrick Jones Jr, who was the No.16 seed. 😭