Week 5 of the 2020 NBA 2K League regular season tips off now. All 23 NBA 2K League teams will participate in regular-season gameplay from their local markets with matches airing live on ESPN’s platforms, Sportsnet (Canada), Twitch and YouTube.
MAMA 77: Blazer5 Gaming point guard Nidal “Mama Im Dat Man” Nasser (left) was named NBA 2K League Player of the Week for Week 4 of the 2020 NBA 2K League season. Having set the NBA 2K League record for most points in regulation with 77 points against Bucks Gaming last week, Nasser has led Blazer5 Gaming to a 4-1 record on the season. Blazer5 Gaming will visit Kings Guard Gaming on Wednesday, June 3 at 9 p.m. ET and Warriors Gaming Squad on Friday, June 5 at 9 p.m. ET.
DEFENDING THE CROWN: Anchored by 2019 NBA 2K League All-Defensive Team member Yusuf “Yusuf_Scarbz” Abdulla (Canada), Kings Guard Gaming’s defense has turned heads in the first four weeks of the NBA 2K League season. On May 28, Sacramento held Jazz Gaming to seven points in the first half, setting the record for the least amount of points allowed in one half. Kings Guard Gaming’s impressive defense will get its biggest test of the season when they host Blazer5 Gaming Wednesday, June 3 at 9 p.m. ET.
ROOKIE DUEL: Two of the most talked about rookies in the NBA 2K League will meet when John “JBM” Mascone and Wizards District Gaming hosts Kimmani “Splashy” Ingram and Jazz Gaming on Friday, June 5 at 9 p.m. ET. Mascone was the No. 1 overall pick in the 2020 NBA 2K League Draft delivered by Panera Bread while Ingram was the No. 10 overall pick.
THREE MORE: In addition to tonight’s broadcast, ESPN2 has picked up three additional nights of NBA 2K League competition –Friday, June 5, Tuesday, June 9 and Wednesday, June 10. Games begin at 7 p.m. ET.
WEST COAST SHOWDOWN: Entering the 2019 NBA 2K League Playoffs as the No. 8 seed, Warriors Gaming Squad pulled off the upset against Blazer5 Gaming, the top-seeded team. The teams will meet in the NBA 2K League “Game of the Week” on Friday, June 5 at 9 p.m. ET. Both teams had coaching changes in the offseason. Golden State hired Mike Newton, a former member of the NBA G League’s Santa Cruz Warriors coaching staff, while Portland tabbed Andrew Maxie, a former professional basketball player who played in Australia, Italy, Ireland, Macedonia, Mexico and Canada.