TORONTO, Canada—GreenMode is back and he’s geared once again to light up the NBA 2K League in Season 4.
Originally selected in the third round (42nd overall) by Raptors Uprising GC in the 2020 NBA 2K League Draft, Maurice “ReeceMode” Flowers put together a stellar rookie campaign and is eager to build off last season’s success.
“I’m going to pretty much prepare the same as I did last year, coming in with the same mindset,” said ReeceMode. “I feel like I’m the best player at my position, so there’s nothing really that I need to change from my perspective, but I’m still going to do all of the little things to help the team win.”
Helping Raptors Uprising rewrite history as the first team to go undefeated in the regular season, the sharpshooting playmaker made a name for himself around the NBA 2K League as one of the premier three-point shooters in the game.
Starting all 36 regular season contests in his first year in the league, ReeceMode connected on an eye-opening 66.3 per cent of his shots from three-point range—good enough for fourth in the NBA 2K League—while also posting averages of 12.6 points, 3.7 assists, and 1.4 steals.
— Raptors Uprising GC (@RaptorsGC) December 23, 2020
Whether it was a clutch three from way downtown, a crucial stop, or simply a smart read, ReeceMode’s ability to be in the right place at the right time and seamlessly mesh with his teammates proved to be a valuable asset for Raptors Uprising last season. In fact, with the Chicago native in the lineup, Toronto owned a 96.6 per cent winning percentage—a 28-1 record in all competitions.
“Reece was a guy that I had been hearing about since Season 1 as a player who ran with Kenny and the Still Trill guys in Pro-Am, but he kept just barely missing out on the Draft,” said Raptors Uprising GM Shane Talbot. “When it finally happened, and he got his shot, he delivered in-game and out.”
— Raptors Uprising GC (@RaptorsGC) November 21, 2020
With a season of league experience under his belt after years of dominating the Pro-Am scene alongside the majority of his current teammates, ReeceMode believes he has improved dramatically over the past year. And backed by the trust of his teammates, the natural point guard-turned-secondary ball handler is expecting to take on a bigger role for a star-studded Raptors Uprising team in 2021.
“Me, coming into my second season, the game’s a little bit different and my team will need me to do a little bit more this season, especially from a secondary ball handler standpoint,” said ReeceMode. “I’ve just been working on my dribbling moves to take some pressure off the MVP (Kenny Got Work).
“It’s a very different year for me, and I think for the team in general.”
While last year’s version of NBA 2K was primed more towards point guards controlling the tempo offensively, in 2021, early on, it seems as though secondary ball handlers or ‘2 guards’ could be more important than ever this season to a team’s overall success.
“They’re going to be relied on to score way more than last season in my opinion, so the secondary ball handler is going to be really important, especially if you have a point guard guarding you, you’re going to have to be able to take advantage of that,” said ReeceMode.
The 27 year old has never been one to shy away from the big occasion, but at the same time, he has a unique ability to understand and identify what his team needs at a certain moment and is versatile enough to fill the gaps.
Whether that means making a different read on defence, a quick pass, or taking over offensively when the team is desperate for a bucket, ReeceMode can do it all with the understanding that his teammates have faith in him to make the correct decisions on the court—and vice-versa.
“I’m only going to do what my team needs me to do,” reiterated ReeceMode. “If Kenny is getting his 35-a-game again, and he only needs me to get about 10 or 12, then that’s all I need to do. I know Timely’s going to play defence, I know Type’s going to play defence, I know Trey is going to do what he needs to do at the 4-spot, so no need to go outside of my role.”
Although Raptors Uprising reached historic heights a year ago, there’s still unfinished business to take care of after falling to Wizards District Gaming in the semifinals of the NBA 2K League Playoffs.
However, instead of sulking over the loss, ReeceMode plans on using that as motivation heading into the 2021 campaign.
“We were all kind of salty about not bringing home that trophy. We wanted to go 3-for-3,” said ReeceMode. “Just watching DayFri and all of Wizards DG celebrating and kind of tooting their own horns, it kind of rubbed me the wrong way, so we’re definitely looking to put the league back on notice.”
Alongside, in his words, the most talented and chemistry-driven team that he’s ever been a part of, ReeceMode is in a prime position to build off last year’s success. Look for the second-year pro to take steps forward in 2021 to bring the ultimate prize—the coveted NBA 2K League Championship—to Toronto.
The start of the 2021 NBA 2K League campaign is right around the corner with Raptors Uprising looking to defend their banner at THE TIPOFF Tournament, which kicks off May 19. Keep it locked to @RaptorsGC on Twitter for further updates on the 2021 season.