“A successful team is a group of many hands and one mind. The best teamwork comes from men who are working independently toward one goal in unison.” -Bill Bethel
The following images are the culmination of those sage words. They are visual proof of comradery and the execution of a historic undefeated season that will forever go down in the history books as dominance and excellence in the bowels of esports.
On Aug. 7, Raptors Uprising GC became the first team in NBA 2K League history to achieve an undefeated season. They are the 2K League affiliate of the 2019 NBA champion Toronto Raptors.
The squad: Jake Knapp, “Legit 973”; Maurice Flowers, “ReeceMode”; Eric Donlad, “Timelycook”; Kenneth Hailey, “Kenny Got Work”; Gerald Knapp, “Sick One”; and Anthony Rivas, “Wuan.”
Teamwork makes the dream work. #Unity
“The group’s unique blend of talent, hard work and chemistry made it clear we had something special this season,” said Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment (MLSE) esports manager Shane Talbot in an interview.
Much of the Raptors Uprising success is due to the efforts of leading NBA 2K League MVP candidate “Kenny Got Work.” He led the league in points and is also a candidate for defensive player of the year. The 30-year-old Memphis native is the longest-serving Raptors Uprising player and the only player to represent Toronto in all three NBA 2K League seasons. #HeartandSoul
On July 16, Raptors Uprising set a league record for most points scored in a game at 112. This was actually their second time breaking that record in the same season, when they put up 109 points in a game a month prior, which was broken July 1 by Bucks Gaming at 110.
In addition to the historic 16-0 regular season, Raptors Uprising went undefeated through 27 matchups in all competitions, winning the two in-season tournaments along the way, “THE TIPOFF” and “THE TURN.” In doing so, they became the first team in NBA 2K League history to capture the first two tournaments of the season.
About the NBA 2K League
The NBA 2K League is an esports league joint venture between the National Basketball Association and Take-Two Interactive, established in 2018. It is currently comprised of affiliate teams from 23 of the 30 NBA teams. You can catch league action on ESPN 2, ESPN App, Twitch, and YouTube.