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17 NBA teams to participate in debut season of gaming league

Karl-Anthony Towns Visits Activision's Call Of Duty: Black Ops 3 Booth At E3 2015 In Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 16: Karl-Anthony Towns checks out Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 at the Activision booth at the E3 Convention at the Los Angeles Convention Center on June, 16 2015 in Los Angeles California. Towns is the anticipated #1 NBA draft pick and is a huge fan of Call of Duty, frequently playing the game to unwind. Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 launches on November 6, 2015. (Photo by Imeh Akpanudosen/Getty Images for Activision)

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NEW YORK (AP) — How about Cleveland against Golden State again - this time for the video game championship?

The Cavaliers and Warriors are among 17 teams who will participate in the NBA 2K eSports league that will debut in 2018.

Along with the Cavs and Warriors, who won the last two NBA titles, eight other teams that made the postseason were chosen Thursday to compete in the first eSports league operated by one of the four major pro sports leagues in the U.S.

Plans for the league, in which gamers will compete while representing actual NBA teams, were announced in February by the NBA and Take-Two Interactive Software. Each NBA franchise will select five gamers to represent its team.

The full list of participants:


  • Boston Celtics
  • Cleveland Cavaliers
  • Dallas Mavericks
  • Detroit Pistons
  • Golden State Warriors
  • Indiana Pacers
  • Memphis Grizzlies
  • Miami Heat
  • Milwaukee Bucks
  • New York Knicks
  • Orlando Magic
  • Philadelphia 76ers
  • Portland Trail Blazers
  • Sacramento Kings
  • Toronto Raptors
  • Utah Jazz
  • Washington Wizards

Commissioner Adam Silver has said that eventually all 30 teams will participate.