As we reach peak NBA offseason, The Basketball Tournament (TBT) is here to satisfy your basketball-watching needs.
In what will be the TBT’s ninth year, the field will feature 64 teams in a single-elimination tournament. The winning team takes home $1 million to split between its players, coaches and GM.
With high stakes comes high competition and the best of the best teams feature the world’s best players that aren’t in the NBA — from former college stars that have taken their talents overseas to former NBA players that are there to show they’ve still got something left in the tank.
The Basketball Tournament will be televised on ESPN’s family of networks. You can also stream The Basketball Tournament on Sling TV, the official streaming partner of TBT. Viewers who sign up for Sling TV get half off the first month with no long-term contracts.
Tune into any TBT game and you’re sure to see a familiar face or two from years past, many of whom are getting better with time. From Jimmer Fredette to Jamario Moon, here are the players to keep an eye on in the 2022 TBT.
Best players in The Basketball Tournament
Jimmer Fredette, The Money Team (TMT)
Fredette really needs no introduction. The 2011 consensus National college player of the year is suiting up for Floyd Mayweather’s TMT, where he’ll put his sharpshooting on display just as he did over his four years at BYU.
Jamario Moon, Georgia Kingz
In 2007, Moon made a name for himself as a 27-year-old rookie with the Raptors, putting his otherwordly athleticism on display. At 42, Jamario Moon will play alongside his nephew Xavier Moon, as the Kingz pursue the grand prize.
Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Team DRC
Yep, that Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie. The 11-year NFL veteran is the namesake of Team DRC and will take the hardwood alongside the rest of his team. We’ll see what type of basketball skill the former first-rounder has.
Robbie Hummel, Men of Mackey (Purdue Alumni)
It’s been 10 years since Hummel rocked Mackey Arena as a Purdue Boilermaker and while the 6-foot-8 sharpshooter is just 33 years old, he’s retired to launch his broadcasting career. Don’t let the broadcasting fool you, though, the jumper is as pure as ever.
Peter Kiss, Air Raiders (Texas Tech Alumni)
Months after leading Bryant to its first-ever NCAA Tournament berth, Kiss is back in a different kind of 64-team tournament. We’ll see if he brings the same type of flair he brought during his senior season with the Bulldogs.
The nation’s leading scorer is hooooping rn.
Peter Kiss is like that. pic.twitter.com/HKohfqCmVi
— SLAM University (@slam_university) March 9, 2022
Tyrese Rice, Gutter Cat Gang
Last year’s TBT MVP deserves some love. Rice, who was a standout during his career at Boston College, is still cooking at the age of 35. After winning alongside Syracuse alums in 2021, Rice takes the floor with a new squad in 2022.
Julian Newman, Team Challenge ALS
The source of many viral YouTube highlights, Newman recently announced TBT would be his next step after finishing his prep career.
— Overtime (@overtime) June 10, 2022
He’s an undersized guard with plenty of pizzazz and the cameras are likely to follow his moves.
Zhaire Smith, Air Raiders (Texas Tech Alumni)
It’s been just four years since Smith was selected 18th overall in the NBA Draft and while he’s only played in a total of 13 games so far, he’s still just 23 years old. A dominant TBT showing could kickstart Smith’s return to the league.
Ryan Boatright, Team HEARTFIRE
The 5-foot-11 Boatright was a starring attraction at UConn, where he played a major role as a starter on the Huskies’ 2014 National Championship team. After going undrafted in 2015, Boatright’s had stints in the G League but has found a lane playing overseas.
Marcus Keene, Sideline Cancer
Simply put: Marcus Keene is a bucket. As a redshirt junior at Central Michigan, Keene led all of Division I in scoring with 30.0 points per game. After skipping his senior year to go pro in 2017, Keene is set to light it up in the tournament.
Fletcher Magee, WoCo Showtime (Wofford Alumni)
If you’re unfamiliar with the name, get familiar. Magee is a pure shooter. No player in the history of men’s college basketball sank as many 3s as Magee, who finished his career at Wofford having made 509 triples.
Tyler Ennis, Boeheim’s Army (Syracuse Alumni)
Ennis parlayed a strong freshman season at Syracuse into being selected 18th overall in the 2014 NBA Draft. It’s been four years since Ennis played in an NBA game but he continues to thrive overseas, spending each of the last two seasons in Turkey.
CJ Miles, Sideline Cancer
From being drafted straight out of high school in 2005 to being a veteran on the NBA G League Ignite pathway program to being a hardship 10-day signing with the Celtics, Miles has done it all. You can add The Basketball Tournament to that list.
Omari Spellman, Eberlein Drive
Spellman, who was one-and-done at Villanova, won a national title as a freshman before being selected in the first round by the Hawks in 2018. Four years later, Spellman is back stateside for TBT action after a season in the Korean Basketball League.
Kwe Parker, Team Overtime
Remember Parker? If not, allow me to share a video from 2014 titled “Kwe Parker Is The BEST Dunker in High School!”
Eight years later, he’ll bring his elite bounce to The Basketball Tournament.
Janis Timma, Eberlein Drive
You might not recognize the name, but you might recognize Timma, who went viral during the 2021 NBA Summer League.
I’ve seen things you people wouldn’t believe pic.twitter.com/zLRTyoj5LT
— Antonio McDyess Clay (@thom_not_tom) August 10, 2021
The Latvian spent forward last season with the G League’s Lakeland Magic and will vie for a TBT title alongside Spellman and the rest of Eberlein Drive.
How to watch The Basketball Tournament
- When: July 16th through August 2nd
- Where: Multiple different regions
- TVChannel: ESPN Networks
- streaming: ESPN app | sling TV
The Basketball Tournament will be televised on ESPN’s family of networks: ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN3, ESPNU and the ESPN app. You can also stream The Basketball Tournament on Sling TV, the official streaming partner of TBT.
Viewers who sign up for Sling TV get half off the first month with no long-term contracts. Watch The Basketball Tournament live on ESPN and enjoy access to sports programming on the ESPN family of networks.