NBA 2K League Season Two Preview: Mavs Gaming
Mavs Gaming finished the inaugural season with a record of 6-8, which was good for the 12th seed. Throughout the season, Mavs Gaming showed spurts of greatness, and were considered to be one of the top teams in the league through the first half of the season. When the playoffs started, Mavs Gaming was on the outside looking in.
In the offseason, Mavs gaming retained the No. 1 overall draft pick from the inaugural season, Artreyo “Dimez” Boyd. They traded their talented big man, Ryan “Dayfri” Conger, away to Wizards District Gaming for the No. 14 draft selection in the season two draft. Dimez and Dayfri were a talented duo who combined to average over 40 PPG in the inaugural season.
Heading into the season two draft, Mavs Gaming only had one roster spot filled and had five selections to make.
Mavs Gaming made their intentions of building around Dimez clear when they traded Dayfri and released everyone from their roster. Draft night was important for Mavs Gaming to be able to build in the direction they wanted to go.
With the No. 5 selection in the draft, Mavs Gaming filled their vacancy at center be selecting Peter “PeteBeBallin” Malin. PeteBeBallin was the second center taken in the draft, and is expected to contribute big numbers in the pick and roll with Dimez.
Mavs Gaming had another selection in the first round and selected Moustapha “Mo” Saab with the No. 14 pick. Mo is going to be the guard slotted next to Dimez in the backcourt for Mavs Gaming. Mo is a high-level player that will compliment Dimez extremely well.
With the No. 25 pick, Mavs Gaming selected Justin “Sherm” Sherman. This was an interesting pick for Mavs Gaming. In terms of talent and holes to be filled, the pick made complete sense. However, Mavs Gaming had major chemistry issues in season one. NBA 2K League fans know that Sherm played with Dayfri in the ProAM scene during the off-season. There is most likely no bad blood between Sherm and Dimez, but it is something to keep in mind.
Mavs Gaming selected Matthew “Rux” Rux and Grant “Grant Monster” Barker with the No. 41 and No. 59 picks, respectively. Rux will be in the starting lineup at the power forward position next to PeteBeBallin. By selecting both Rux and Grant Monster, Mavs Gaming gets two season one veterans who showed they can perform at this level.
Season Two Prediction
The vibe Mavs Gaming is radiating is that the team chemistry problem is fixed, and they are locked in to make a run towards a championship. There is no doubt that Mavs Gaming has talent on their roster, everyone is waiting to see if the team will mesh or if there is toxicity within the team.
If Mavs Gaming is able to mesh well and get along, they are going to be one of the top teams in the league. There is too much talent on this roster to argue that. That being said, they were also very talented in the inaugural season.
Prediction: regular season record 8-8, 8th seedN