TORONTO TAKES THE TIPOFF: Raptors Uprising GC won the NBA 2K League’s first in-season tournament of the season, THE TIPOFF powered by AT&T, continuing its dominant start to the 2020 NBA 2K League season. Raptors Uprising GC finished the tournament with a 10-1 record, posted a TIPOFF point differential of +220 and took home $70,000 of the $160,000 total prize pool. Kenneth “Kenny Got Work” Hailey was named MVP, averaging 28 points and 9.5 assists for the tournament. Click here to view his highlights. At 9-0, undefeated Raptors Uprising GC will host 2019 NBA 2K League Rookie of the Year Reid “Reizey” Hill and Magic Gaming tonight at 9 p.m. ET.
GEN.G VS. JAZZ GAMING: Two teams from THE TIPOFF final four, Jazz Gaming and the Gen.G Tigers of Shanghai, will meet on Friday, June 26 at 8 p.m. ET. Led by dynamic rookie guard Dhwan “ShiftyKaii” White (33.6 ppg, 9 apg), Gen.G has impressed in its first season. Jazz Gaming has been propelled by the strong play of rookie guard Kimmani “Splashy” Ingram (19.7 ppg, 5.7 apg) and 2019 No.1 overall pick Spencer “Ria” Wyman (15.6 ppg, 14.2 rpg).
THE CHAMPS VS. THE KINGS: One of the best defensive teams in the NBA 2K League and TIPOFF runner-up Kings Guard Gaming will host 2019 NBA 2K League Champions T-Wolves Gaming on Thursday, June 25 at 9 p.m. ET. Kings Guard Gaming is anchored by guard Matthew “Bash” Robles (24.6 ppg, 6.4 apg) and Connor “Dat Boy Shotz” Rodrigues (11.2 ppg, 10.8 rpg), while 2019 NBA 2K League Finals MVP Michael “BearDaBeast” Key (29.2 ppg, 7 apg) leads T-Wolves Gaming.
MARK YOUR CALENDARS: Last week, the NBA 2K League announced the remainder of the 2020 season schedule. Click here to view the schedule. THE TURN powered by AT&T, the NBA 2K League’s second in-season tournament, will take place Thursday, July 23 – Saturday, July 25. THE TICKET powered by AT&T, the NBA 2K League final in-season tournament that sees the winner awarded a spot in the 2020 NBA 2K League Playoffs, will take place Thursday, August 13 – Saturday, August 15. The 2020 NBA 2K League Playoffs will begin on Wednesday, August 19 and will culminate with the 2020 NBA 2K League Finals on Saturday, August 29. Remote gameplay will continue through at least Week 11/Friday, July 17.
FRIDAY NIGHT E-BASKETBALL: ESPN2 will air all NBA 2K League competition on Friday, June 26, featuring the NBA 2K League Game of the Week: Mavs Gaming vs. Celtics Crossover Gaming at 9 p.m. ET. Games will begin at 6 p.m. ET Friday.
THIS IS NOT A GAME: When Celtics Crossover Gaming and Mavs Gaming collide in the Game of the Week, it will be a special moment for two of the NBA 2K League’s most dynamic guards: Celtics Crossover Gaming’s Albano “oFAB” Thomallari and Mavs Gaming’s Artreyo “Dimez” Boyd. The two teams met in the first round of the 2019 Playoffs, where oFAB and Celtics Crossover Gaming defeated Dimez and Mavs Gaming 2-0.
FUN FACT: oFAB credits Dimez for teaching him how to play NBA 2K. Ironically, Dimez was the No. 1 overall pick in the 2018 Draft, and his student followed him as the No. 2 overall pick.