Kevin Durant, the top seed in the tournament, was upset by No. 16 seed Derrick Jones Jr.
Their matchup was the kickoff and marquee showdown broadcast on ESPN, a partnership with the league and NBA 2K — the popular basketball video game — occupying the space that prior to the coronavirus pandemic and suspension of the NBA season would be showing Friday night contests. Seeding for the 16-player, two-week tournament was based on players’ NBA 2K rating. If players’ ratings were the same, the higher seed was given to the player with the longer NBA tenure. That left Jones, 23, with the No. 16 seed, tied with Harrison Barnes for a 78 rating. But, playing as the Milwaukee Bucks, he took control of the contest with Durant (owner of a 96 rating, even though he has not played a game this season as he recovers from an Achilles injury), who was playing as the Los Angeles Clippers. “I scored at will, but I couldn’t stop nothing,” Durant said after his 78-62 loss to the 2020 Slam Dunk Contest champion.