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NBA 2K League Power Rankings: Blazer5 Gaming Holds Top Spot, Celtics Crossover Gaming Climbs Up

Celtics Crossover Gaming were a double-digit seed, yet their run to THE TURN finals was hardly a Cinderella story.

Yes, they had struggled coming into the tournament. But the talent to contend has never been in question. That was evident by their showing at the league’s first mid-season tournament over the weekend.

Perhaps this will be the moment they look back on as the turning point of their season.

Up with a Rocket!

Celtics Crossover rode their impressive performance seven spots up the rankings to the No. 3 position this week.

Falling Back

A surprising first-round exit was the second straight loss overall for Pistons GT, who dropped two spots to No. 6.

1. Blazer5 Gaming

Regular-season record: 4-0
THE TURN result: Won championship

Last week: 1

“We’re the best team, we’re here to stay, and no one’s gonna stop us.” That emphatic statement came courtesy of Blazer5 center OneWildWalnut shortly after his team’s victory at THE TURN. It’s hard to disagree with him. Blazer5 has rattled off eight consecutive victories overall, including four straight in the tournament to take home a solid $75,600.

2. 76ers GC

Regular-season record: 4-1

THE TURN result: Lost in semifinals

Last week: 2

The champions of the season-opening tournament saw their hopes of a second title fade in a semifinal loss to Celtics Crossover. 76ers GC looked strong early in the tournament but had the misfortune of running into a team riding a hot streak. They won’t have to wait long for a chance at re-establishing themselves as the team to beat as a meeting with Blazer5 awaits in Week 5.

3. Celtics Crossover Gaming

Regular-season record: 2-3

THE TURN result: Runner-up

Last week: 10

The boys from Beantown caught fire at the right time. After losing three straight regular-season games, they strung together three wins to advance to the title game. Impressive considering their tough path included wins over the 6th, 3rd and 2nd overall tournament seeds. This confirms their recent struggles were more of a fluke instead of the norm.

4. Mavs Gaming

Regular-season record: 4-1

THE TURN result: Lost in quarterfinals

Last week: 3

On paper, Mavs Gaming and Celtics Crossover match up extremely well across all five positions. Mavs Gaming had the upperhand in the first two meetings, but couldn’t make it a three-peat in the series. It was the second abrupt tournament exit for Mavs Gaming, who have shown flashes of excellence in the regular season.

5. Wizards District Gaming

Regular-season record: 3-2

THE TURN result: Lost in quarterfinals

Last week: 5

Things have been trending up of late for this squad. They didn’t advance as far in the tournament as they hoped, coming up three points short against 76ers GC, a team they have now been on cusp of beating twice but unable to seal victory both times. Finding ways to close out games moving forward will be paramount for Wizards District.

6. Pistons GT

Regular-season record: 3-1

THE TURN result: Lost in first round

Last week: 4

As the No. 4 seed, they were the highest seed to be bounced in the opening round of the tournament. They suddenly are heading in the wrong direction, having dropped two straight games after winning three in a row. JosephTheTruth was a bright spot in his return to the lineup, recording 16 points and 11 rebounds in the team’s lone game of the weekend.

7. Jazz Gaming

Regular-season record: 3-2

THE TURN result: Lost in first round

Last week: 6

They drew an unfavorable first-round matchup in Celtics Crossover and were sent packing early. They were done in by turnovers, committing a costly 14 in the setback. Things don’t get any easier for Jazz Gaming in Week 5 as they are pitted up against Wizards District. They won the first head-to-head meeting between the teams by three points.

8. Knicks Gaming

Regular-season record: 2-3

THE TURN result: Lost in semifinals

Last week: 12

Knicks Gaming should be feeling good leaving the tournament.

They made a surprise appearance in the semifinals on the strength of their frontcourt. Idristhagoat6 recorded the first triple-double in league history in the opener vs Cavs Legion GC, while fellow big man GOOFY757 averaged 20.6 points over three games.

9. Cavs Legion GC

Regular-season record: 3-2

THE TURN result: Lost in first round

Last week: 7

Things appeared to be looking up for Cavs Legion entering the tournament. They came in as the fifth seed and were getting Hood back after he missed the four previous games. Things, however, didn’t go to plan. They fell to Knicks Gaming for their worst loss of the season while Hood was held to just seven points in the process.

10. Magic Gaming

Regular-season record: 3-2

THE TURN result: Lost in quarterfinals

Last week: 11

They did about as well as one could expect given their draw. Magic Gaming downed Kings Guard Gaming in the first round but were outmanned by Blazer5 in the quarterfinals. The loss was actually the team’s first in five games since KingCamRoyalty joined the starting lineup. Up next is a meeting with Bucks Gaming.  

11. Kings Guard Gaming

Regular-season record: 3-2

THE TURN result: Lost in first round
Last week: 8

For the most part, Kings Guard has beaten the teams they’ve been favored against and lost to the ones that have been favored against them. Friday’s game against Magic Gaming fell into the 50-50 category as either team could have made a case as the favorite. Kings Guard put together a lackluster performance in the loss. 

12. Heat Check Gaming

Regular-season record: 2-2

THE TURN result: Lost in first round

Last week: 9

Hotshot once again paced Heat Check, finishing with 26 points, but it wasn’t enough in his team falling in the first round to Wizards District. They’ve struggled to find consistency to this point in the season, having traded wins and losses over their past five games. They face a tough challenge in getting back in the win column with a date vs Blazer5 up next.

13. Warriors Gaming Squad

Regular-season record: 1-3

THE TURN result: Lost in quarterfinals

Last week: 13

They secured an upset of Pistons GT to open the tournament before falling short against Knicks Gaming. Things appear to be back on track for Warriors Gaming, who previously made a strong impression at THE TIPOFF only to follow it up with three consecutive losses to start the regular season.

14. Raptors Uprising GC

Regular-season record: 1-5

THE TURN result: Lost in first round

Last week: 14

They were faced with the difficult task of having to participate in the play-in game. Winning a matchup versus Pacers Gaming wasn’t the tricky part, it was Blazer5 awaiting in the first round that was a challenge too difficult to overcome. They did get balanced scoring across the board in both games, something they can build off of moving forward.

15. Bucks Gaming

Regular-season record: 1-3

THE TURN result: Lost in first round

Last week: 15

They’ve yet to find their groove to this point, winning just two of eight games thus far. They showed heart in the first round against Mavs Gaming, climbing out of a double-digit deficit to put a scare in their opponent before succumbing to defeat. A doubleheader awaits them in Week 5.

16. Grizz Gaming

Regular-season record: 1-4

THE TURN result: Lost in first round

Last week: 17

Looking for positive takeaways is about all Grizz Gaming can do after their latest loss in the opening round. DDouble2K provided a nice spark, scoring a season-best 24 points to go along with 10 rebounds. AuthenticAfrican scored 28 points to raise his average to 25.1, good enough for third in the league.

17. Pacers Gaming

Regular-season record: 0-4

THE TURN result: Lost play-in game

Last week: 16

Not a whole lot can be said for a Pacers Gaming squad that just can’t seem to figure things out. They own the distinction as the most underperforming team so far this season. They’re quickly running out of time to right the ship.