Race to the MVP: Week 8 Edition - NBA 2K League

Race to the MVP: Week 8 Edition

As we head into the final tournament of the season, it’s worth noting that the MVPs of each of the first two tourneys currently reside on this list.

76ers GC’s Radiant took home the honors at THE TIPOFF, while Type of Warriors Gaming Squad did the same at THE TURN.

Will one of these 10 contenders in our bi-weekly Race to the MVP Rankings follow suit and grab the hardware this week at THE TICKET?

1. Mama Im Dat Man, Blazer5 Gaming

Regular-season stats: 23.5 PPG, 11.3 APG, 1.7 SPG
Previous rank: 1

Winners of 10 straight, Blazer5 enter the week as the top seed thanks to the play of Mama. He’s shown no signs of slowing down since a torrid start, continuing to pace the league in scoring while sitting second in assists. The only thing he hasn’t done this year is guide his team to a tournament title, which could change by the weekend.

2. Radiant, 76ers GC

Regular-season stats: 20.0 PPG, 9.5 APG, 1.4 SPG
Previous rank: 2

Here’s why his teammates love him. Radiant and ZDS were both nearing the season’s single-game scoring record last week against Pistons GT. The 76ers GC point guard easily could have pursued the mark himself, but instead deferred and set up his teammate to make sure ZDS got the record. Radiant still finished with 34 points and 15 assists with just 2 turnovers.

3. oFAB, Celtics Crossover Gaming

Regular-season stats: 22.5 PPG, 13.0 APG, 2.6 SPG
Previous rank: 3

Don’t look now, but here come Fab and Celtics Crossover. Boston is riding a season-best, three-game winning streak on the back of its point guard, who is averaging an eye-popping 27.6 PPG and 14.3 APG in that span. If his team can keep ascending in the standings, the league’s assists leader should be an MVP finalist at season’s end.

4. Arooks, Bucks Gaming

Regular-season stats: 22.1 PPG, 4.5 APG, 2.1 SPG
Previous rank: 4

Arooks has had limited opportunities of late to showcase himself, playing just one game over the past two weeks. The league’s third-leading scorer dropped 23 points in that contest, right at his average, in a game in which he took a backseat to Plondo (36 points). The result was an important win over Magic Gaming that kept his team in the postseason mix.

5. OneWildWalnut, Blazer5 Gaming

Regular-season stats: 15.7 PPG, 14.0 RPG, 2.3 SPG
Previous rank: 7

The season to this point feels very business-like for the reigning MVP. Walnut has unselfishly given way to his teammate and MVP front-runner, Mama Im Dat Man, as the duo have paced Blazer5 to the top of the standings. He ranks third in the league in rebounding following his 19 boards in his last outing.

6. Dimez, Mavs Gaming

Regular-season stats: 14.7 PPG, 8.6 APG, 1.6 SPG
Previous rank: Unranked

He’s been in and out of these rankings this season while piloting Mavs Gaming’s record-setting start, but appears to have put some inconsistent early-season play behind him. We’ve seen a more aggressive-and as a result more confident-Dimez in recent weeks as his level of play has clearly elevated. He’s averaging 19.7 PPG and 8.7 APG over the past four games.

7. Reizey, Magic Gaming

Regular-season stats: 16.3 PPG, 9.4 APG
Previous rank: Unranked

After making an early original appearance, Reizey returns to the rankings fueled by a three-game stretch during the past two weeks in which he averaged 21.6 PPG & 11.6 APG. He currently leads all rookies in assists and is fourth overall. His hot play has helped keep Magic Gaming solidly in the playoff mix.

8. PeteBeBallin, Mavs Gaming

Regular-season stats: 14.5 PPG, 11.2 RPG, 2.6 SPG, 1.3 BPG
Previous rank: 8

The other half of Mavs Gaming’s dynamic point guard-center duo, Pete continues to be a consistent force in the paint. He’s recorded double-doubles in each of the past five games in his usual even-keel approach. He’s coming off a cool 22-point, 15-rebound effort on 11 of 12 shooting his last outing.

9. Type, Warriors Gaming Squad

Regular-season stats: 12.4 PPG, 11.9 RPG, 2.4 SPG, 1.9 BPG
Previous rank: Unranked

If this was the list for Defensive Player of the Year, chances are his name would be on top. While he takes a backseat in the scoring department to BSmoove, Type contributes at a high level across the board for the league’s third-place team. On a defensive-minded squad, he’s the engine that makes things go.

10. Bp, Kings Guard Gaming

Regular-season stats: 17.5 PPG, 6.8 APG, 1.6 SPG
Previous rank: 6

All rookies go through struggles at some point. Bp is hoping he got his out of the way in a tough Week 7 doubleheader in which he scored 9 points on a combined 4 of 19 shooting in a pair of defeats. He’s still been among the top rookie point guards so far and should be primed to rebound coming off a bye week.

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