NBA 2K League season tips off with at least six weeks of remote gameplay
Jazz Gaming, the official NBA 2K League affiliate of the Utah Jazz, will make its debut in the third season of the NBA 2K League on Thursday, May 21 at 7 p.m. (MT) against Magic Gaming (Orlando Magic affiliate).
The club’s contest the following night on Friday, May 22 at 5 p.m. (MT) against Heat Check Gaming (Miami Heat affiliate) will be broadcast nationally on ESPN2. All games will be simulcast on ESPN’s platforms and the NBA 2K League’s Twitch and YouTube channels.
Jazz Gaming will compete remotely from the Jazz Gaming Lounge powered by Maverik on Level 5 of Vivint Smart Home Arena, as the NBA 2K League begins its third campaign with at least six weeks of remote gameplay.
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Jazz Gaming’s schedule for the first six weeks of the 2020 NBA 2K League season is below:
|5/21||Thursday||@ Magic Gaming||7 p.m.|
|5/22||Friday||vs. HEAT Check Gaming||5 p.m.|
|5/28||Thursday||@ Kings Guard Gaming||7 p.m.|
|5/29||Friday||vs. Blazer5 Gaming||7:30 p.m.|
|6/4||Thursday||@ Lakers Gaming||7 p.m.|
|6/5||Friday||@ Wizards District Gaming||7:30 p.m.|
|6/10||Wednesday||vs. Warriors Gaming Squad||7 p.m.|
|6/12||Friday||vs. Hornets Venom GT||5 p.m.|
Each match will be played in a best-of-three format, which will allow the NBA 2K League broadcast to switch between games in real-time and give fans more opportunities to experience the league’s most exciting moments. Each three-game series victory will represent one regular-season win, and each three-game series loss will represent one regular-season loss.
The 2020 season will once again include three in-season tournaments (THE TIPOFF, THE TURN and THE TICKET), in which teams compete for banners that link together to form THE BANNER CHAIN powered by AT&T. The remainder of the 2020 season schedule and structure, including dates of tournaments, rivalry matches and round-robin events, will be shared as information becomes available.
Jazz Gaming’s roster features three returning players: Shaka “Yeah I Compete” Browne, who was the franchise’s first-ever selection in the 2018 NBA 2K League Draft (third overall); Lytel “Lotty” Martin, who was acquired in 2019 in a midseason trade with HEAT Check Gaming; and 2019 No. 1 overall selection Spencer “Ria” Wyman, who led Jazz Gaming in scoring last year (15.7 points per game) and ranked first in the NBA 2K League in blocks per game (1.8).
The team’s six-person roster was completed at the 2020 NBA 2K League Draft in February, where Jazz Gaming made three selections: Kimanni “Splashy” Ingram (10th overall), Freddy “GetOnMyLevel” Whelan (31st overall) and Brent “Lord Beezus” Aasgaard (57th overall). Jelani “Comp” Mitchell returns as head coach for his second season.
As part of the NBA Together initiative in response to the coronavirus pandemic, Jazz Gaming has partnered with the Utah STEM Action Center and Maverik to provide multiple “STEM Challenge” videos engaging local students during this period of remote learning. Jazz Gaming center/forward Brent “Lord Beezus” Aasgaard encouraged students to engineer a game and create their own challenge in the series of videos.