The grind of the regular season can be just that at times, a grind. The league’s first in-season tournament, THE TURN powered by AT&T, offered a reprieve while raising the stakes.
It marked the first time the league took its show on the road. Three days of intense, single-elimination matchups at the HyperX Esports Arena Las Vegas was capped off by a resilient Warriors Gaming Squad winning the title.
There were plenty of eye-opening individual performances along the way. See which players helped their cause the most in our latest bi-weekly Race to the MVP rankings.
1. Radiant, 76ers GC
Regular-season stats: 19.8 PPG, 9.8 APG, 1.6 SPG
Previous rank: 1
Tournament time is Radiant time. He’d been in danger of losing his hold on the top spot with Mama Im Dat Man making a strong case to surpass him in recent weeks. But then came THE TURN, and all Radiant did was lead his squad to a second straight tournament finals appearance by averaging 22.8 PPG and 8.8 APG.
2. MamaImDatMan, Blazer5 Gaming
Regular-season stats: 24.0 PPG, 12.4 APG, 1.3 SPG
Previous rank: 2
No player entered THE TURN playing better than Mama. Unfortunately, no MVP contender was impacted more by an early exit than him. He had 20 points and 13 assists as Blazer5 were unceremoniously bounced in the first round by T-Wolves Gaming. One game of action isn’t enough to overtake his fellow point guard above him, for now.
3. Arooks, Bucks Gaming
Regular-season stats: 24.2 PPG, 5.0 APG, 1.5 SPG
Previous rank: 3
Would it surprise you to know that Arooks was the leading scorer at THE TURN? Of course not. He’s been getting buckets all season long (ranking second in the league in scoring during the regular season) and continued that trend during the tournament with 29.0 PPG. He helped carry Bucks Gaming to the semifinals.
4. oFAB, Celtics Crossover Gaming
Regular-season stats: 21.5 PPG, 12.0 APG
Previous rank: 5
Stop me if you’ve heard this before: Celtics Crossover enters a tournament on a low note only go on a run with money on the line. Well, it happened again at THE TURN as oFAB guided his crew to the biggest upset of the week, a first-round win over top-seed Pacers Gaming, and into the quarterfinals as the 16th seed. He averaged 19.7 PPG and 12.0 APG over the three games
5. OneWildWalnut, Blazer5 Gaming
Regular-season stats: 17.1 PPG, 15.3 RPG, 2.6 SPG
Previous rank: 8
Chalk it up to a bad day for Walnut and Blazer5. He struggled to one of his tougher outings, scoring 10 points with nine rebounds in the upset loss to T-Wolves Gaming at THE TURN. In previous weeks, Walnut had been performing near his 2018 MVP-level output. Expect him and Blazer5 to get back on track in their next game.
6. Hotshot, Heat Check Gaming
Regular-season stats: 14.6 PPG, 14.4 RPG, 5.4 APG, 2.2 SPG, 1.2 BPG
Previous rank: 4
Hotshot and Heat Check would like a mulligan at THE TURN. He was held to 11 points, six rebounds and four assists in a two-point loss to the eventual champions, Warriors Gaming Squad, in the opening round. The good news is Hood’s arrival via trade should ignite the offense and make Hotshot’s job easier.
7. Dimez, Mavs Gaming
Regular-season stats: 11.9 PPG, 8.4 APG, 1.6 SPG
Previous rank: 7
The engineer behind Mavs Gaming’s undefeated start kept it going at THE TURN. He averaged 18.5 PPG and 11.5 APG over two games and was more assertive scoring the ball, averaging over seven more points than his regular-season average. Unfortunately, a tough-to-swallow loss to Warriors Gaming Squad in the quarterfinals cut the squad’s weekend short.
8. Plondo, Bucks Gaming
Regular-season stats: 12.2 PPG, 13.0 RPG, 5.2 APG, 2.7 SPG, 2.2 BPG
Previous rank: Unranked
He often gets overshadowed by his high-scoring teammate, Arooks, but Plondo deserves plenty of recognition of his own. He’s been the league’s top rookie big man so far, helping Bucks Gaming sit in the upper echelon of the standings. He’s not the most vocal player, but his numbers speak volumes.
9. Ramo, Pacers Gaming
Regular-season stats: 13.5 PPG, 8.5 RPG, 5.3 APG, 2.8 SPG
Previous rank: 6
Undefeated in the regular season, Pacers Gaming couldn’t escape the first round of the tournament despite owning the No. 1 seed. Ramo had a useful stat line with 13 points, 10 rebounds, six assists and two steals in the loss to Celtics Crossover Gaming, but the abrupt exit will hardly sit well with a player who had aspirations of winning the title.
10. Bsmoove, Warriors Gaming Squad
Regular-season stats: 24.4 PPG, 2.2 SPG
Previous rank: Unranked
It’s taken a little while to get here, but the league’s leading scorer makes his debut on the list. With apologies to his teammate Type, who was named MVP of THE TURN and is a top contender for Defensive Player of the Year, Bsmoove gets the nod for carrying the scoring load from the start of the season for this surging WGS squad.
This article represents the opinion of the writer and not of the league.