Anchorage’s Kwintin Williams has been all over social media for dunks so creative they’re almost video-game-like. Now he’s going to be in a video game.
Williams and his spectacular dunks will appear in the next edition of NBA 2K in the form of “dunk packages” that players can equip their created players with.
The NBA 2K series has been around since November 1999 and has been the basketball video game of choice for more than a decade.
“As one of the little kids growing up in Anchorage playing NBA 2K, it’s a big deal -- and the reality of the situation still hasn’t fully kicked in," Williams said last week.
NBA 2K’s popularity has paralleled the growth of e-sports and has grabbed the mainstream spotlight. Come NBA 2K20′s release this fall, players will be able to break out Williams’ dunks on NBA greats or other created players in the popular MyPark mode, where players duke it out in virtual pick-up games similar to pickup basketball in an actual park.
“The animations I did are going to be in 2K20 under my name, Kwintin Williams,” the 6-foot-7 high-flying forward said.
Last week, Williams flew to San Francisco and donned a motion-capture suit to perform some of his dunks. Slam Magazine captured the moment in Instagram stories and their Twitter account.
Slam Magazine and NBA 2K both reached out to him, Williams said.
Williams never played a minute of high school basketball in Anchorage but spent two seasons at Pima Community College in Tucson, Arizona, before spending two seasons at Division I basketball powerhouse UConn.
While Williams didn’t see the floor much at UConn -- he averaged 1.3 points per game and played 136 total minutes in 25 career games -- he and his dunks became stars on Twitter. He was suspended for the second half of his senior season, but he said he will walk at UConn’s graduation ceremony later this month.
“Things (at UConn) didn’t work out in my favor," he said. "But with God, everything works out for me.”