Although the NBA 2K League has been postponed, it’s still interesting to take a look at the teams and that includes Hawks Talon GC going into their second year.
Hawks Talon GC was welcomed into the NBA 2K League last season, joining three other expansion teams. This includes T-Wolves Gaming, who won the whole enchilada last year.
Although there is some uncertainty surrounding the upcoming 2K League season, it’s still fun to take a look at some of the teams. Despite a losing season in their first year of existence, they had some sparks throughout.
Devin “Arsonal X” Peek finished in a tie for second in rebounding in the entire league. He finished 12.6, only a couple of rebounds shy of the top spot.
Andrew “MrStylez” Valle also enjoyed a very balanced season averaging 9.7 points, 5.2 assists, and 1.3 steals. In the TICKET Tournament, he averaged a double-double with 11 points and 11 assists.
Despite his success as a player, there are some other things that he feels he can improve on. That includes things not shown on the virtual court.
“One thing that I think I can improve on is being more vocal and being more of a leader”, Valle said. “I want to be there for my teammates and just want to put extra work in”.
Hawks Talon rookie Levi “Lee” Lamb sort of echoes what Valle said in that, the off the court aspect is just as critical as on the court. Lamb was chosen as the 16th overall pick in the 2020 NBA 2K League Draft.
“Having good teammate chemistry off the court, I feel like that’ big and very important”, Lamb said. “I feel like that’s something that’s going to work very well for us”.
Chemistry is always important in any sport or Esport and it seems like the guys at Hawks Talon have the right idea. Lamb, in particular, seems to have gotten comfortable quickly with his new team after being drafted.
Speaking of which, he talked about the draft experience and what it was like. Since its first year, the 2K League Draft has become quite a showing as its held in New York each year.
“It (the Draft) was a very good experience and a lot of the people who were selected before or after me I knew, so it was good seeing a lot of my guys get and it was heartwarming for me,” Lamb said. “The atmosphere and environment is something that I wish everyone could see but it was a moment in my life that I will never forget.”
Unfortunately Lamb, Valle and others, there’s no way of knowing if there will even be an NBA 2K League season this year. However, there is comfort in knowing that video games can be played online and from the comfort of homes.
The world-affecting coronavirus, which has forced many to stay at home, has made the NBA get creative and use this time effectively. They recently announced the “Three for All Showdown” which will be a three-on-three bracket-style tournament in the Park in NBA 2K20.
This event will begin on March 27 and will feature two stages. The first stage, which will start on that Friday and end on Sunday, will feature a bracket with 32-fan organized teams, meaning that some of the best non-professional players will be involved.
The second stage will have a mixture of everything from NBA 2K League teams, teams with top female players, and social media influencers among other things. You’ll also see some of the remaining fan squads as well.
This stage will take place from March 31-April 3. The winners will enjoy a share of a prize pool of $25,000 to put in their pockets.
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With the prospect of not having a 2K League season at all, this opportunity should be exciting for teams, including Hawks Talon GC. Their Head Coach, Wesley Acuff, has stated how pleased he is that the league is doing this.
“We’re happy to have an opportunity to participate in the NBA 2K League’s ‘Three For All’ Showdown,” Acuff said. “Both the fan and the 2K League brackets should be entertaining and produce some great basketball content that everyone can be supportive of.”
So there’s still hope yet for the hungry Hawks Talon GC to get some action before the season (hopefully) starts. They can certainly use this as somewhat of a warmup tournament, not to mention that it will be fun for all.
Whatever the case may be, Hawks Talon GC has a promising team and future. With Valle becoming an instant leader for the team, a potential rising star in Lamb, and Acuff steering the ship, things seem like they’re pointing up in Atlanta.