Race to the MVP: Week 9 Edition - NBA 2K League

Race to the MVP: Week 9 Edition

The time for players to make their case as league MVP is nearly expiring. Only three weeks of game action remain in the regular season, sandwiched around a league-wide bye for the 4th of July.

The names currently occupying a place in our bi-weekly Race to the MVP Rankings remain familiar ones. The only thing left to see is how the order shakes out in the final weeks.

Here’s where things stand heading down the stretch run.

1. Mama Im Dat Man, Blazer5 Gaming

Regular-season stats: 23.4 PPG, 11.2 APG, 1.5 SPG
Previous rank: 1

Will anyone catch him over the final weeks of the season? It seems like a longshot at this point, as the award is his to lose. Mama turned in another steady performance last week, averaging 23.0 PPG and 10.5 APG with eight 3-pointers in a doubleheader sweep despite Blazer5 not looking like their usual dominant self while running their winning streak to 12 games.

2. Radiant, 76ers GC

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

His hold on the second position might be slowly slipping, no fault of his own, but more a result of the play of the player next on the list. The last time we saw Radiant, he went for 14 points and 17 assists in the quarterfinals of THE TICKET. He was unable to carry his team to an unprecedented third-straight tournament final, but he’s done just about everything else asked of him. 

3. oFAB, Celtics Crossover Gaming

Regular-season stats: 23.0 PPG, 12.9 APG, 2.5 SPG
Previous rank: 3

Celtics Crossover Gaming are suddenly one of the hottest teams in the league thanks to their point guard. Fab continued his run of outstanding play in a Week 9 doubleheader, averaging 25.0 PPG and 12.5 APG with 10 3-pointers in propelling his squad to wins over Warriors Gaming Squad and Mavs Gaming by a combined 71 points. It helped them jump into seventh in the standings.

4. Arooks, Bucks Gaming

Regular-season stats: 21.8 PPG, 4.4 APG, 2.2 SPG
Previous rank: 4

Both he and his team had a fairly neutral week in beating Lakers Gaming by 45 points before losing to Nets GC by 17 points. Arooks averaged 15.5 PPG, a good tick below his season average, to go with 4.0 APG and 2.5 SPG. He is third in the league in scoring, while Bucks Gaming remain in a fight for a playoff spot after a strong start to the season.

5. Ramo, Pacers Gaming

Regular-season stats: 14.3 PPG, 7.1 RPG, 5.2 APG, 2.3 SPG
Previous rank: Unranked

Ramo returns to the rankings after a brief absence. All he’s done in the two weeks since is lead his team to a runner-up finish at THE TICKET followed by a doubleheader sweep a week later in which he nailed the game-winner vs Wizards District Gaming. Oh, and he again has Pacers Gaming near the top of the standings.

6. Dimez, Mavs Gaming

Regular-season stats: 15.8 PPG, 8.7 APG, 1.6 SPG
Previous rank: 6

His performance last week against Warriors Gaming Squad might just be Exhibit A for Dimez’s MVP candidacy. He helped pull his squad out of a 19-point halftime deficit with a huge comeback over Warriors Gaming Squad in which he finished with 25 points on 9 of 11 shooting (including 5 of 6 on 3-pointers) along with 10 assists. When he’s locked in like that, Mavs Gaming are as dangerous of a team as there is.

7. Reizey, Magic Gaming

Regular-season stats: 16.3 PPG, 9.4 APG
Previous rank: 7

Might we be looking at the favorite for Rookie of the Year? Reizey certainly made his case at THE TICKET, where he performed at the highest level of any point guard in the field to lead Magic Gaming’s run to the semifinals. He still ranks as the only first-year player among the top-five league leaders in assists.

8. OneWildWalnut, Blazer5 Gaming

Regular-season stats: 15.6 PPG, 13.4 RPG, 2.2 SPG
Previous rank: 5

While Mama Im Dat Man continues to receive the bulk of the praise this season for Blazer5, and rightfully so, Walnut is producing at a high level minus the fanfare he received as MVP last season. Case-in-point: His two-game performance in Week 9, in which he averaged 15.0 PPG, 10.0 RPG and 2.0 SPG while shooting 15 of 17 from the floor.

9. PeteBeBallin, Mavs Gaming

Regular-season stats: 15.2 PPG, 10.8 RPG, 2.5 SPG, 1.2 BPG
Previous rank: 8

Like his teammate Dimez, Pete played a huge part in the comeback over Warriors Gaming Squad. He scored a game-high 27 points, while missing just three shots, and adding 8 rebounds and 3 steals. He followed it up with 12 points (despite getting only seven shots) and 9 rebounds in a loss to Celtics Crossover in Mavs Gaming’s doubleheader split.

10. Bp, Kings Guard Gaming

Regular-season stats: 17.2 PPG, 7.8 APG, 1.6 SPG
Previous rank: 10

The engineer of one of the league’s most surprising teams, Bp continues to perform at a high level. He turned in a pair of double-doubles in Week 9 in averaging 15.5 PPG and 13.0 APG while nailing nine total 3-pointers in two wins that kept Kings Guard in third place, inching them closer to securing a playoff spot.

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