THE TICKET Preview: NetsGC Heads to Orlando as Third Seed

In the NBA 2K League, there’s only one golden ticket, and this one offers you more than a trip to Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory.

This week brings THE TICKET Tournament to the NBA 2K League. On Saturday, June 15 one team will take home over $90,000 of the tournament-wide $180,000 prize pool, as well as the most important prize of all: a ticket bearing an automatic berth to the 2019 NBA 2K League playoffs.

The tournament this year will be held at “The Fortress,” Full Sail University’s new esports facility in Orlando. It’s the second tournament to be held outside Long Island City, the NBA 2K League’s home base, after THE TURN took place at the HyperX Esports Arena in Las Vegas.

THE TICKET will mimic THE TURN in format. Seeding is based on team performance from weeks 5 to 8, regular season games played between the aforementioned two tournaments. Teams seeded 12th through 21st will compete in play-in games on Thursday, June 13, with the winners being reseeded 12th through 16th in the main, single-elimination bracket.

NetsGC will have to wait until Friday, June 14 to tip off. The team finished the middle portion of the season 3-1, earning the No. 3 seed in THE TICKET as a result.  Their opponent will be determined by the play-in games; the best bets are that NetsGC will face one of Bucks Gaming, Jazz Gaming, or Pacers Gaming. NetsGC defeated Jazz Gaming 71-65 in week 6. The team could also potentially match up with crosstown rivals Knicks Gaming, seeded 18th, for the third time this season.

Power forward Shuttles, making a return to Orlando, and lock NateKahl both rank in the top 5 league leaders in steals with 2.8 swipes per game. Primary scoring options Lav and Wavy.zay have shown improved chemistry after switching ball handler roles, with both averaging around 15 points per game on the season. Shockey has averaged a double-double over the last four weeks of the season.

Much like Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory, it’s difficult to emerge from the gauntlet unscathed, with a TICKET victory. Last year’s titleholders clocked in as the 15th seed. Each of the top three seeds fell in the first round. High seeding offers no guarantees. The only guarantee is the work you put in.

There’s only one golden ticket, and NetsGC is headed to Orlando to do its best to claim it.