Jazz Gaming Begins NBA 2K League Play in May

28-Game Schedule Announced Plus Three In-Season Tournaments

 

SALT LAKE CITY (April 27, 2021) – Jazz Gaming, the official NBA 2K League affiliate of the Utah Jazz, will play a 28-game regular season schedule, plus three in-season tournaments beginning with THE TIPOFF Powered by AT&T on May 19-22. The season concludes on Sept. 4 with the 2021 NBA 2K League Finals Delivered by DoorDash.

The NBA 2K League today announced its schedule and season-long competition structure, featuring conferences for the first time, for Season 4 with 23 esports teams competing for the title. The 14 regular season matchups will be played in a two-game format, with each game counting in the overall season standings.

Jazz Gaming will begin the 2021 season playing remotely from the Zions Bank Jazz Gaming Center on Level 5 of Vivint Arena. Games will be simulcast live on the NBA 2K League’s Twitch and YouTube channels as well as Jazz Gaming’s Twitch channel, and will be available on Dash Radio, ESRevolution, Loco in India and Sport1 in Europe.

Reigning NBA 2K League Coach of the Year Jelani “Comp” Mitchell guided Jazz Gaming to its first postseason berth last season, advancing to the semifinals of the NBA 2K League Playoffs. Jazz Gaming posted a franchise-best 14-2 record and placed in the top four in both its in-season tournament appearances.

Jazz Gaming’s schedule for the 2021 NBA 2K League season is below:

 

Date Day Opponent Time (MT)
5/19-22 THE TIPOFF
5/26 Wednesday @ Blazer5 Gaming 5 p.m.
5/28 Friday vs. Lakers Gaming 5 p.m.
6/9 Wednesday @ NetsGC 5 p.m.
6/10 Thursday vs. Warriors Gaming Squad 5:40 p.m.
6/16 Wednesday vs. T-Wolves Gaming 5 p.m.
6/24 Thursday @ Kings Guard Gaming 6 p.m.
6/26 Saturday @ Pacers Gaming 7 p.m.
7/14-17 THE TURN
7/23 Friday @ Lakers Gaming 5 p.m.
7/24 Saturday vs. Magic Gaming 5 p.m.
7/28 Wednesday @ Pistons GT 5 p.m.
7/29 Thursday vs. Kings Guard Gaming 6 p.m.
8/4 Wednesday vs. Blazer5 Gaming 7 p.m.
8/6 Friday vs. Mavs Gaming 5 p.m.
8/14 Saturday @ Warriors Gaming Squad 5 p.m.
8/19-21 THE TICKET
8/26-28 NBA 2K LEAGUE PLAYOFFS
9/4 NBA 2K LEAGUE FINALS

 

For the first time, the NBA 2K League will be aligned into two conferences: the Eastern Conference and the Western Conference. Each team will play matchups both within its conference and against teams in the other conference. The teams in each conference are listed below:

  • Eastern Conference

o   76ers GC, Celtics Crossover Gaming, Gen.G Tigers of Shanghai, Grizz Gaming, Hawks Talon GC, Heat Check Gaming, Hornets Venom GT, Knicks Gaming, Magic Gaming, Nets GC, Raptors Uprising GC and Wizards District Gaming

  • Western Conference

o   Bucks Gaming, Blazer5 Gaming, Cavs Legion GC, Jazz Gaming, Kings Guard Gaming, Lakers Gaming, Mavs Gaming, Pacers Gaming, Pistons GT, T-Wolves Gaming and Warriors Gaming Squad

 

Also new this year, the field for the 2021 NBA 2K League Playoffs Delivered by DoorDash has expanded to 12 teams. The playoffs will begin Thursday, Aug. 26.

The 2021 season will once again include three in-season tournaments (THE TIPOFF, THE TURN and THE TICKET) as part of THE BANNER CHAIN powered by AT&T. All 23 teams will compete in THE TIPOFF and THE TURN. The top five teams in each conference at the end of the regular season will automatically qualify for the NBA 2K League Playoffs Delivered by DoorDash. The 13 remaining teams will compete in THE TICKET, with the winning teams from each conference earning the 11th and 12th spots in the playoffs. The NBA 2K League will award $1.5 million in prize money across the THE TIPOFF, THE TURN and the playoffs.

Jazz Gaming’s roster features five returning players: Brent “Lord Beezus” Aasgaard, Shaka “Compete” Browne, Kimanni “Splashy” Ingram, Spencer “Ria” Wyman and Freddy “GetOnMyLevel” Whelan, who was redrafted after spending last season in Utah. “Ria” is a former No. 1 draft pick in 2019 for Jazz Gaming and earned a spot on the USA Basketball E-National Team last year.

The team’s six-person roster was completed at the 2020 NBA 2K League Draft in March, where Jazz Gaming acquired point forward Alex “Expose” Whelan from Hornets Venom GT. He joins his identical twin brother Freddy Whelan in Salt Lake City. Last year, they were the first brothers to play in the NBA 2K League although on different teams.

“We feel really good about the six players on our roster and are anxious to get to work building upon last season’s semifinals appearance,” Mitchell said.

The full Jazz Gaming roster is below:

 

No. Name Gamer Tag Pos. From Acquired
00 Alex Whelan Expose F Stratford, Conn. Trade from Hornets
10 Brent Aasgaard Lord Beezus C/F Houston, Texas Returning
11 Spencer Wyman Ria C Shoreline, Wash. Returning
20 Kimanni Ingram Splashy G Milwaukee, Wis. Returning
21 Freddy Whelan GetOnMyLevel G Stratford, Conn. Draft (56th overall)
24 Shaka Browne Compete G Mount Vernon, N.Y. Returning

Head Coach: Jelani “Comp” Mitchell

 

For more information, visit jazzgaming.gg and follow @UtahJazzGaming on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

 

–@UtahJazzGaming or jazzgaming.gg

 

About Jazz Gaming

Jazz Gaming is one of 23 esports teams competing in the NBA 2K League, founded by the NBA and Take-Two Interactive Software. The six-player squad is based in Salt Lake City and competes as unique characters in 5-on-5 play against the other 2K League teams in a mix of regular-season games, tournaments and playoffs.