NBA 2K League Explained

The world of professional NBA video game teams is in full force after its first successful season in 2018


No matter who you are, the urge to be competitive will always be there. Whether you’re actually on the court, or if you’re playing on a console watching on your T.V., wanting to prove that you are the best at your game is why many people compete.

This goes for the NBA 2K Franchise as well. Of course, a game about basketball would definitely draw competitors, wouldn’t it? Of course it would! As such, many compete on the leaderboards online and sometimes in person locally to show that they are better than others.

But, for those that are tired of beating the same people over and over again, and for those that a simple top of the leaderboard isn’t enough, there’s the NBA 2K League. This is where the best of the best go to compete. Those that see it as a necessity to prove that they are the best and better than everyone else at the game, can try to get chosen for the NBA 2K League and have the honor of competing at this level of play. But what exactly is the NBA 2K League?

What it is

The NBA 2K League is the official league of the NBA and Two-Take Interactive, the creators of NBA 2K19. This is the league that you, if drafted, can join a roster of other talented NBA 2K Players, and go on to be able to compete against the highest level of competition. Players are selected from both America and Europe to compete, meaning it is quite open to everyone. If you are drafted, you would then be put onto a team sponsored by an actual current NBA Team.

Who Are the Teams?

Although not all of the current NBA organizations are on for the gaming hype, there are quite a few that have. In 2018, the teams in the NBA 2K League were: The 76ers GC, Blazer5 Gaming, Bucks Gaming, Celtics Crossover Gaming, Cavs Legion GC, Grizz Gaming, Heat Check Gaming, Jazz Gaming, Kings Guard Gaming, Knicks Gaming, Magic Gaming, Mavs Gaming, Pacers Gaming, Pistons GT, Raptors Uprising GC, Warriors Gaming Squad, and the Wizards District Gaming.

That was just for 2018, however. For the 2019 season of the NBA 2K League, there will be 4 more organizations joining in. These are the Hawks Talon GC, Nets GC, Lakers Gaming, and T-Wolves Gaming. You can probably guess which organizations each of these teams are affiliated with.

What is played?

Now, there are quite a few different modes that can be played in NBA 2K19. As such, there is only one mode that really matters in the League, and it is much like the regular NBA: 5 on 5 competition. 

Each team builds a group of 5 players and possible substitutes to compete against each other. What makes this quite unique is each player that they pick up for the position will be using their own customized character to play. As such, there will be no pre-generated characters to use and compete with. This makes it resemble the NBA in the likes that everyone is different, and each team has different courses of action on the court.

Unfortunately, the draft period for the NBA 2K 2019 season is over, but you can always count on this to be around, as the NBA 2K League and the 21 have over 1.8 million followers combined on their social media platforms. So, good luck making it in, and never stop grinding!

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