NBA 2K League Season 2 Preview: Knicks Gaming
The regular season was a rough ride for Knicks Gaming during the inaugural season of the NBA 2K League. They had a record of 5-9 and ended as the 14th seed. With no playoff berth in sight, Knicks Gaming claimed an automatic berth to the playoffs by beating Cavs Legion Gaming Club and Celtics Crossover Gaming to win THE TICKET tournament title.
In the playoffs, Knicks Gaming kept writing their Cinderella story by upsetting No. 1 seeded Blazer5 Gaming. Knicks Gaming defeated Cavs Legion GC in a best-of-3 series in the semifinals to move onto the finals. They beat Heat Check Gaming in the finals to capture the inaugural NBA 2K League Championship.
Heading into the off-season, Knicks Gaming retained their entire starting five. They retained inaugural season MVP candidate Adam “iamadamthe1st” Kudeimati, point guard Eric “YEYNotGaming” Ward, big man Dayvon “GOOFY757” Curry, finals MVP Nathaniel “NateKahl” Kahl, and big man Idris “idrisdagoat6” Richardson.
However, Knicks Gaming lost their finals MVP during the expansion draft when NetsGC picked up NateKahl to build their expansion team around.
Knicks Gaming only had two selections to make on draft day due to retaining four of their inaugural season players. One hole they needed to fill immediately was the sharpshooter role.
With the No. 21 pick, Knicks Gaming selected Malik “OriginalMalik” Hobson to be their sharpshooter. Malik is going to be an important and reliable scoring option for the defending champions.
Knicks Gaming selected Harry “HazzaaUK2K” Hurst with the last pick in the draft, the No. 75 pick. Hazzaa performed as much or more than any other sixth man last year, and the Knicks gain even more experience with this selection
Season Two Prediction
Making a season two prediction for Knicks Gaming is not easy. Few thought Knicks Gaming was going to be competitive in the inaugural season, yet they came away with the championship.
I have a lot of faith in the returning lineup for Knicks Gaming. iamadamthe1st is a great point guard and he has a lot of pieces around him that will compliment his playing style. Knicks Gaming is already a tight knit group that has their eyes on their second championship.
Prediction: 11-5 regular season record, 4th seed