On the ropes in the fourth quarter on Saturday, Blazer5 Gaming found themselves in an unusual position against Warriors Gaming Squad. That’s when their MVP candidates took over.
OneWildWalnut and Mama Im Dat Man came up big down the stretch, rallying Blazer5 from behind for a hard-earned win. The duo’s play has them perched at the top of the rankings for a second straight week.
There was some shake up in the lower half of the list, with a couple of familiar faces moving upward. See who landed where in the latest Race to the MVP rankings.
- OneWildWalnut, Blazer5 Gaming
Stats: 19.6 points, 12.2 rebounds, 2.4 blocks, 2.4 steals
Last week: 1
Another week, another solid performance by Walnut. He finished with 16 points and 9 rebounds against Warriors Gaming Squad, but more importantly his defensive effort helped fend off a potential upset. He recorded 4 steals and 3 blocks as Blazer5 put down the clamps late to remain unbeaten in the regular season. Walnut continues to lead the league in rebounding, is second in blocks and fourth in steals.
- Mama Im Dat Man, Blazer5 Gaming
Stats: 20.9 points, 12.8 assists, 1.7 steals
Last week: 2
Not only did Mama continue his streak of hot play, but he came up with the most important sequence of Blazer5’s comeback victory. Trailing by one point, he stole the ball and raced the length of the court, making a layup while getting fouled to complete the three-point play to put his team ahead for good. He finished with game highs of 25 points and 9 assists, while adding a pair of steals.
- Radiant, 76ers GC
Stats: 19.6 points, 12.3 assists, 2.3 steals
Last week: 3
The biggest blowout victory of the week belonged to 76ers GC, who ran away with a 40-point win over Magic Gaming. Radiant was a key cog in the dismantling, scoring 20 points on four 3-pointers. He more than did his part as a facilitator in dishing out 13 assists, impressive considering he didn’t turn the ball over once. He is averaging just 1.8 turnovers for the season. Radiant ranks fourth in the league in assists and is third among point guards in scoring.
- oFAB, Celtics Crossover Gaming
Stats: 18.1 points, 17.9 assists, 2.7 steals
Last week: 4
His team came away from its doubleheader with a split against Jazz Gaming and Grizz Gaming. oFAB put forth strong offensive efforts in both games, falling just shy of recording a pair of 20-20 performances. He totaled 52 points and 38 assists, while also notching 7 steals for the weekend. oFAB still leads the league in assists by a sizable margin, 5.1 per game more than Mama Im Dat Man. He is first in the league in steals and fourth at his position in scoring.
- Dimez, Mavs Gaming
Stats: 20.6 points, 12.6 assists, 2.6 steals
Last week: 5
Dimez got Mavs Gaming back in the win column, guiding his squad to a 35-point win over Pistons GT. He scored a game-high 24 points on an efficient 11 of 14 shooting, including hitting both 3-point attempts. Dimez dished out 18 assists against just one turnover and came up with 4 steals on the defensive end. The No. 1 overall pick ranks ninth in the league in scoring, third in assists and second in steals.
- Boo Painter, Wizards District Gaming
Stats: 25.8 points, 8.8 rebounds, 3.7 assists, 2.0 blocks, 1.1 steals
Last week: 6
Wizards District have dropped two straight games despite Boo continuing to put up big numbers. He again led the team in scoring with 25 points, while adding 10 rebounds, 5 assists and 3 blocks against Raptors Uprising. He did, however, turn the ball over a game-high four times while committing six personal fouls in the loss. Boo remains second in the league in scoring.
- Yeah I Compete, Jazz Gaming
Stats: 15.8 points, 11.8 assists, 1.4 steals
Last week: 9
The biggest riser of the week happens to spearhead the attack of one of the league’s top teams. Compete has helped his squad to consecutive victories, including a high-scoring battle against Celtics Crossover this week. He scored 23 points and dished out 15 assists, while also coming up with 3 steals. The No. 3 overall pick ranks has been a steady presence at the point, ranking fifth in the league in assists.
- Dat Boy Shotz, Blazer5 Gaming
Stats: 21.6 points, 8.4 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 1.8 steals, 1.2 blocks
Last week: 7
Shotz didn’t have his best statistical outing this week, but he still found ways to contribute in Blazer5’s win. He finished with 14 points and 8 rebounds but was also huge defensively with 4 steals. The do-it-all forward ranks fourth in the league in scoring and is among the top-15 in rebounds, steals and blocks. He’s been adept at drawing fouls, ranking first in both free-throw attempts and makes.
- Hotshot, Heat Check Gaming
Stats: 23.3 points, 7.3 rebounds, 4.0 assists, 2.0 steals, 1.9 blocks
Last week: Unranked
Heat Check’s success on offense is largely tied to the play of Hotshot. He’s been a stabilizing force in his team’s up-and-down season. He put his offensive abilities on full display this week, scoring 62 points over a doubleheader split. He also added a combined 15 rebounds and 9 assists. Hotshot’s scoring surge helped push him into third on the league’s scoring list.
- ARSONAL x, Celtics Crossover Gaming
Stats: 21.2 points, 10.8 rebounds, 1.8 steals, 1.4 blocks
Last week: 8
ARSONAL’s individual numbers have declined at the expense of other teammates’ production increasing. He had a subpar weekend by his standards, averaging 16.5 points and 6.5 rebounds in Celtics Crossover’s doubleheader. He’s still averaging a double-double for season, ranking second overall in rebounds and seventh in points.