The NBA 2K League’s triple-double club has been an exclusive one for much of the season.
Boo Painter became just the second player to achieve the feat, posting a monster line for Wizards District Gaming in Week 8. Idrisdagoat6 of Knicks Gaming owns the other triple-double.
It was just the latest in a long line of strong performances for Boo, who has been one of the league’s most consistent players while putting up some huge numbers.
Boo made the biggest jump in this week’s Race to the MVP rankings as a result.
1. OneWildWalnut, Blazer5 Gaming
Stats: 19.3 points, 12.4 rebounds, 2.4 blocks, 2.5 steals
Last week: 1
The league’s best defensive player continues to hold down the top spot. Just how dominant is he? Walnut currently ranks first in the league in rebounds and blocks and is second in steals. Oh, and he’s also in the top-15 in scoring. He put together a workmanlike performance in this week’s win over Cavs Legion GC, scoring 18 points on 9-of-14 shooting while pulling down 17 rebounds. He added 4 steals and 2 blocks as Blazer5 bounced back from their first loss of the regular season.
2. Radiant, 76ers GC
Stats: 20.1 points, 12.5 assists, 2.0 steals
Last week: 2
It was an interesting weekend for Radiant and 76ers GC. They stumbled in the opener of a doubleheader, with Radiant posting 21 points, 13 assists and 2 steals in a loss to Knicks Gaming. Ahead of their next game against Pacers Gaming, 76ers GC decided to experiment with a lineup change, shifting Radiant to a playmaking small forward. He finished with 24 points, 9 assists and 5 rebounds, but his squad needed a furious rally to prevent a weekend sweep.
3. Mama Im Dat Man, Blazer5 Gaming
Stats: 20.7 points, 12.1 assists, 1.7 steals
Last week: 3
Mama didn’t have the biggest statistical game by his standards this week. He scored 14 points, but surprisingly missed all four 3-pointer attempts. He added 9 assists and 2 steals but was also responsible for 6 turnovers in the win over Cavs Legion. Mama’s assist totals have taken a slight hit of late (7.3 over the past three games), but he still ranks fourth in the league in dimes.
4. Boo Painter, Wizards District Gaming
Stats: 26.6 points, 8.9 rebounds, 4.6 assists, 2.2 blocks, 1.1 steals
Last week: 6
No one had a better weekend than this guy. Boo was nearly unstoppable, transitioning to a ball-dominant small forward from his usual power forward position. He scored a season-high 45 points on 21-of-26 shooting with 12 assists and 10 rebounds. He added a pair of steals and a block for good measure in the win over Grizz Gaming. Boo ranks second in the league in scoring and is third in blocks.
5. Dimez, Mavs Gaming
Stats: 20.4 points, 12.8 assists, 2.7 steals
Last week: 5
Dimez did his part this week against Warriors Gaming Squad. He had 17 points, 13 assists and 3 steals in a game in which Mavs Gaming was firmly in control, only to get outscored 7-0 down the stretch for a second-straight loss. Dimez leads the league in steals and is second among point guards in points and assists. He’ll have extra motivation at THE TICKET, as Mavs Gaming enters the tournament as the 14th seed.
6. oFAB, Celtics Crossover Gaming
Stats: 18.6 points, 17.7 assists, 2.4 steals
Last week: 4
Despite scoring a game-high 29 points, oFAB wasn’t able to guide his squad past Heat Check Gaming. A bulk of his points came from distance as he hit six 3-pointers, but finished just 11-of-21 overall from the floor. oFAB, who leads the league in assists, dished out a game-high 14 dimes against just 2 turnovers. He failed to record a steal, a rarity for a player who ranks third overall in the category.
7. Hotshot, Heat Check Gaming
Stats: 24.4 points, 7.9 rebounds, 4.6 assists, 1.9 steals, 1.8 blocks
Last week: 7
Another week, another near triple-double. Hotshot finished with 25 points, 9 rebounds and 8 assists against Celtics Crossover, his team’s third straight win. He was efficient in getting to the free-throw line, making all five attempts, but didn’t manage a block in the victory despite ranking fifth in the league in swatted shots. Hotshot is averaging 30.5 points, 11.5 rebounds and 8.0 assist over his past two outings.
8. Dat Boy Shotz, Blazer5 Gaming
Stats: 21.1 points, 8.5 rebounds, 3.8 assists, 1.7 steals, 1.3 blocks
Last week: 8
Shotz also flirted with a triple-double in Week 8. He scored a team-high 20 points along with 10 rebounds and 6 assists as Blazer5 dispatched Cavs Legion. His scoring returned to form in the win after averaging just 14.0 in his two previous outings. The league’s fifth-leading scorer was feeling it from distance this week, converting 4-of-5 from 3-point land, while adding 3 blocks and a steal.
9. Hood, Cavs Legion GC
Stats: 29.2 points, 5.6 assists, 5.5 rebounds, 1.4 steals
Last week: 9
Cavs Legion stuck with the lineup that features Hood playing the power forward spot in this week’s matchup with Blazer5. Hood scored a game-high 26 points but shot just 11-of-23 in the process as his team snapped a three-game winning streak. He added 8 rebounds and a pair of steals. Hood remains the league’s leading scorer entering the season’s final tournament.
10. Lets Get It Ramo, Pistons GT
Stats: 18.8 points, 8.3 rebounds, 3.7 assists, 1.7 steals, 1.5 blocks.
Last week: Unranked
Ramo returns to the rankings after a multi-week absence. He’s consistently been the best player for the league’s third-place team. He’s averaging 20.0 points and 9.6 rebounds over the past three games. He tallied 19 points, 10 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals in this week’s win against Kings Guard Gaming. A knock on his game can be traced to turnovers, of which he is tops in the league, averaging 3.6 per game.