TORONTO, Canada—The biggest prize pool in NBA 2K League history, the second tournament banner of the season, and a little twist: Raptors Uprising GC have a lot to play for this week at THE TURN Tournament powered by AT&T.
Featuring all 23 NBA 2K League teams, THE TURN is a single-elimination tournament over four days (Wednesday, July 22 – Saturday, July 25). Like the regular season, matches will be played in a best-of-three series, with the winner of each match advancing to the next round.
Boasting the best record in the regular season, Raptors Uprising (13-0) will enter the competition as the top seed. As the No. 1 seed, the team received a bye into the round of 16 on Thursday and will await the winner of Magic Gaming (5-9) and Gen.G Tigers of Shanghai (5-8).
That match will take place on Wednesday, July 22 as teams seeded 10-23 will compete to earn the right to advance into the 16-team bracket.
Wednesday, July 22: 6 p.m. – 12 a.m. ET
Thursday, July 23: 5 p.m. – 11 p.m. ET
Friday, July 24: 5 p.m. – 11 p.m. ET (Quarterfinals)
Saturday, July 25: 12:30 p.m. – 8 p.m. ET (Semifinals and Finals)
“I think THE TURN is a great way for the league to shake things up a little,” said point guard Kenny Got Work. “It also provides an opportunity for the teams that really don’t have a true identity.”
In an effort to create even more on-court excitement and introduce an added layer of strategy, the NBA 2K League will implement an “Archetype Ban” concept for THE TURN for the second straight year.
In the first game of each match during the tournament, each team will determine two archetypes that cannot be used in the match by either team. In the second game, each team will then select an additional archetype that cannot be used. No further archetype restrictions will be implemented if the series goes to three games.
“The archetype ban is cool, it adds a more strategic chance for a team to have an edge over their opponent,” said Kenny Got Work, who often uses a scoring machine archetype at point guard. “I’ll adapt, you don’t have to worry about me.”
As mentioned off the bat, teams will be competing for the largest prize pool in league history: $260,000. The winner of THE TURN will earn nearly half of the prize pool, with the remainder being awarded to the second- to eighth-place teams (first place – $117,000; second place – $52,000; third and fourth place – $22,100 each; fifth to eighth place – $11,700 each).
THE TURN is the second tournament of the year. After capturing THE TIPOFF Tournament in June, Raptors Uprising—unbeaten in their last 20 matchups in all competition—will try and become the first team in NBA 2K League history to win the first two tournaments of the year.
Will the hottest team in the NBA 2K League continue their scorching run? Or will someone finally be able to put out this fire?
Stat to Watch: 7-0 – Raptors Uprising’s record in tournament play so far this season is a perfect 7-0 as the team went undefeated en route to winning THE TIPOFF Tournament earlier in the year. Since this is a single-elimination tournament, if the team from the North wants to add another tournament banner to their already historic resume this season, they’ll need to keep their record flawless. In other words, no number is more important this upcoming week than the win-loss column.
Player to Watch: PG Kenny Got Work – Just when you think Kenny has shown us everything, he reaches into his bag of tricks and pulls out something even more impressive. In the first tournament of the season, the Memphis native led Toronto to its first-ever Tournament banner, averaging 33.1 points, 9.3 assists, and 3.2 steals en route to being name THE TIPOFF MVP. He’s entering THE TURN playing some of his best basketball of the season, recording at least 41 points in each of his last three appearances. It’ll be interesting to see how the archetype ban effects the Raptors Uprising’s all-time leading scorer, but if he performs close to the level he has been, Toronto will be the favourites to win their second banner of the season.
How to Watch: Fans can watch THE TURN Tournament in its entirety via the Twitch Command Center, which is available on the NBA 2K League’s Twitch channel. The competition will also be available on Sportsnet and ESPN’s digital platforms, plus streamed on the league’s YouTube channel. Raptors Uprising will play the winner of Magic Gaming and Gen.G Tigers of Shanghai on Thursday July 23 (5 pm EST).