The #21Teams21Days series will highlight one NBA 2K League team each day, in alphabetical order, reviewing each team’s 2018 season, while also taking a look at each teams outlook in 2019, including the four new expansion franchises.
Team: Blazer5 Gaming
Manager: Cameron McAlees
2018 Regular Season Record/Finish: 12-2/ 1st in the League
2018 Season Accolades: Finished with the best record in the NBA 2K League regular season, Clinched the No.1 Seed in the NBA 2K League Playoffs, Champions of THE TURN Tournament.
Protected Players for 2019 Season: OneWildWalnut, Mama Im Dat Man, Lavish Phenom, KinG PeroXide* (Acquired in trade from Bucks Gaming in exchange for Blazer5 Gaming’s 1st Round Pick in the 2019 Draft)
Blazer5 Gaming was a force all year long. The team from Portland finished the regular season with a phenomenal 12-2 record, which was best in the league. They also had strong tournament success capturing THE TURN championship while also making it to the finals of THE TIPOFF, eventually losing to 76ers GC. For all of the team’s regular season success, however, they were not able to translate that into postseason success. Blazer5 Gaming was upset by eventual NBA 2K League Champions Knicks Gaming in the opening round of the Playoffs.
Returning for the 2019 season for Blazer5 Gaming will be NBA 2K League MVP & DPOY OneWildWalnut, who led the team in both points per game (21.2 PPG) and rebounds (13.8 RPG). Also returning for Blazer5 is floor general Mama Im Dat Man, the fiery point guard that averaged 13.1 assists per game, which was good for 3rd in the league. Lavish Phenom (8.5 PPG, 1.5 APG) is another familiar face that is being retained by the team for the 2019 season and team also acquired KinG PeroXide from Bucks Gaming in exchange for their 2019 1st Round Pick.