It’s been ten and a half months since NetsGC last played a game in the NBA 2K League. In a very anticipated start to their second season, which tips off this Friday night, the team will be hoping the wait was worth it.
A lot has changed since Brooklyn closed out its inaugural season last July. Although Aziz “Shuttles” Salem and Isiah “Wavy” Hancock will both return for their second season with NetsGC, the roster now comprises multiple rookie draft picks including Josh “Choc” Humphries, Marquis “Randomz” Gill and Jackson “Potts” Potts, alongside the team’s latest addition Kory “Chess” Taylor, another first-year player Brooklyn acquired on Wednesday.
More information on the team’s offseason can be found in the season preview.
OFFICIAL: We have acquired SG Kory “Chess” Taylor, who will begin playing with the team this Friday, May 29 for the remainder of the 2020 NBA 2K League season.
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After some schedule adjustments, the four rookies, Choc, Randomz, Potts, and Chess will make their professional debuts on Friday night, but it won’t be easy. NetsGC opens its season against Mavs Gaming, a second seed in last year’s playoffs and who currently sit at 4-2 this year.
“We’re excited to finally tip off our season,” said team Assistant General Manager Wael Ankouni. “We’ve got a great group of players who have already gone through so much adversity this season.”
Here’s how Brooklyn will line up against the projected Mavs Gaming squad:
This year’s first-round pick Choc gets the start at point guard alongside new teammate Chess in the backcourt, while Randomz will be tasked with defending opposing ball-handler Sherm. Potts makes his debut at the 4 next to Shuttles, who will start his second season manning the center position.
One of this week’s priorities for General Manager/Head Coach Ivan “OG King Curt” Curtiss and Co. was likely to figure out how to stop the dynamic guard duo of Sherm and Dimez. The two share backcourt duties together for the second straight season, but have swapped positions this year, giving Sherm primary ball-handling duties and moving Dimez down to the 2 as a secondary ball-handler.
The move has worked well for Dallas. Sherm has been up to the task of running the offense so far, averaging 19.1 points per game and 4.3 assists per game on 56.1% shooting. Dimez, season one’s first overall pick, is scoring 16.9 points per contest on 58.6% shooting while adding 4.1 assists per game.
Down low, Shuttles will have his hands full with Mavs Gaming center PeteBeBallin, who’s currently averaging a double-double with 12.8 points and 11.6 rebounds per contest to go along with 3.3 blocks per game.
“We’re facing a great team in Mavs Gaming and our players can’t wait to finally start competing,” said Ankouni.
Some positive news for Brooklyn is that Mavs Gaming may be in the middle of the slump. After a hot 4-0 start, Dallas has dropped its past two series: 2-1 to Hornets Venom GT and 2-0 to defending champs T-Wolves Gaming on Tuesday. NetsGC has a chance to capitalize and get its season to the same auspicious start as when it opened its inaugural campaign with a win over Knicks Gaming in the TIPOFF Tournament last year.
You can watch NetsGC’s season opener on the NBA 2K League’s Twitch and YouTube channels, as well as ESPN2, at 7 p.m. ET.