AND THEN THERE WERE TWO: Jazz Gaming will meet Wizards District Gaming in the 2021 NBA 2K League Finals Delivered with DoorDash on Saturday, Sept. 4 at 5 p.m. ET. The best-of-five series will air live on the NBA 2K League’s Twitch and YouTube channels, and will also be available on Dash Radio, ESRevolution, eGG Network in Southeast Asia, Loco in India, Sport1 in Europe and Tencent in China. The 2021 NBA 2K League Champions will receive $450,000 from the season’s $1.5 million prize pool and the right to hoist the NBA 2K League Championship trophy. Click here to read Brian Mazique’s recap of the 2021 NBA 2K League Playoffs Delivered with DoorDash.
LOOKING TO MAKE HISTORY: After winning the 2020 Finals, Wizards District Gaming is looking to become the first NBA 2K League team to win multiple championships. Last season, the team recorded a 3-1 series victory over Warriors Gaming Squad to win its first championship. Ryan “Dayfri” Conger was named Finals MVP with averages of 14.8 points and 11.8 rebounds.
SPLASHY’S YEAR: This Spring, Jazz Gaming’s dynamic point guard Kimanni “Splashy” Ingram reached the final round of the $250,000 NBA 2K21 MyTEAM Unlimited Tournament. After a strong regular season (27.3 points, 10.3 assists), Ingram has led Jazz Gaming to the Finals, where the team has a chance to earn $450,000.
ALL THE STARS: The rosters for the inaugural NBA 2K League All-Star Game will be revealed during the Finals on Saturday, Sept. 4. The three guards and four frontcourt players with the best score in each conference will be named 2021 NBA 2K League All-Stars. Additional details about the 2021 NBA 2K League All-Star Game are available here.
AT HOME: Before winning the 2020 NBA 2K League Finals MVP, Ryan “Dayfri” Conger was an accomplished baseball player. The Dallas-area native began playing at four years old and earned a scholarship to play catcher at Letourneau University. After tearing his ACL, Conger picked up NBA 2K, and the rest is history.
NO. 1 PICKS: The 2020 NBA 2K League Finals will feature two former No. 1 NBA 2K League Draft selections playing critical roles for their team. With the No. 1 pick in the 2019 Draft, Jazz Gaming selected center Spencer “Ria” Wyman, who’s averaging 17.7 points and 13.3 rebounds in the Playoffs. John “JBM” Mascone, the top overall pick in 2020, has helped lead Wizards District Gaming back to the Finals by averaging 31.8 points and 12.5 assists in the Playoffs.
JUST DEFENSE: A key component of Wizards District Gaming’s success is small forward Justin “Just_Awkward” Howell. Howell has played stellar defense throughout the regular season and playoffs. The second-year player has garnered strong consideration for NBA 2K League Defensive Player of the Year.
BEST FRIENDS: When Jazz Gaming acquired guard Lytel “Lotty” Martin in July, it reunited him with longtime best friend Shaka “Compete” Browne. Both players are from Mount Vernon, N.Y. and have played on the same team in the NBA 2K Pro-Am community. FUN FACT: Prior to joining the NBA 2K League, Browne was an Uber driver and Martin was a police officer.
COACHING THEM UP: At the helm for Jazz Gaming is third-year head coach and 2020 NBA 2K League Coach of the Year Jelani “Comp” Mitchell. Prior to joining Jazz Gaming, he was a popular figure in the NBA 2K community through debate show “First Shake” that discussed all things NBA 2K and NBA 2K League. A graduate of St. John’s University with a degree in legal studies, Mitchell volunteered with AmeriCorps for a year as an afterschool instructor and has worked closely with children at the I Have A Dream Foundation in East Harlem, N.Y.