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The
next two weeks could potentially be pivotal in the burgeoning history of
Canada’s NBA side The Toronto Raptors. The Raptors have set new records already
this season with Golden State Warriors now standing between them and a first
NBA Finals win.

The
Raptors advanced to the finals courtesy of a 4-2 victory over the favourites
Milwaukee Bucks in the Eastern Conference Finals. But Bobby Webster and co
aren’t the only ones flying the flag for Canadian basketball this summer.

Canada’s emerging eSports scene is being felt in the NBA 2K League, the official eSports tournament of the NBA. Here’s everything you need to know about Raptors Uprising GC, the officially licensed eSports team of the Toronto Raptors.

The NBA 2K
League – an overview                   

Established
in February, 2019 the NBA 2K league is an eSports joint venture between the NBA
and Take-Two Interactive. The league follows the exact same format as the NBA
with 21 officially licensed teams competing for glory.

A
rigorous qualifying campaign whittled down the 72,000 eSports hopefuls to just
102 players who were drafted at the beginning of the season. The tournament
pits teams against each other in 5 on 5 matches and the inaugural winners of
the competition were Knicks Gaming – the licensed team of the New York Knicks.

Who are the competitors?

Just
9 NBA teams have failed to enter a team into this season’s NBA 2K League with
that number expected to fall next year. The 9 NBA teams yet to put their name
to the 2K League are;

Chicago
Bulls, Charlotte Hornets, Denver Nuggets, Oklahoma City Thunder, Los Angeles
Clippers, Phoenix Suns, Houston Rockets, New Orleans Pelicans, San Antonio
Spurs.

Other
than those 9 teams it’s a pretty full roster of the best NBA teams and the New
York Knicks are red hot favourites to retain their crown this season. Although
they are expected to face tough competition from Dallas Mavericks, Golden State
Warriors and our very own Toronto Raptors.

The Raptors Squad

Point
Guard – Frederick Mendoza

Shooting
Guard – Joshua McKenna

Small
Forward – Kenneth Hailey

Power
Forward – Seanquai Harris

Center
– Gerald Knapp

Sixth
Man – GeorgioBonte

One to watch – Kenny Got Work AKA
Kenneth Hailey

Hailey has been retained by Raptors Uprising after an impressive first season where he top scored for the team from Point Guard. This season he has been switched to Small Forward and has been the team’s stand out performer, contributing the most overall points to the team at an average of 18.6 per game.

If
the eSports team are to have any hope of emulating the success of the official
team then Hailey’s performances will be key to their success.

Where can I watch the NBA 2K League?

Twitch
have the exclusive rights to the NBA 2K League with all games being streamed
over the service. The regular season is in full-swing at the moment with the finals
scheduled for the beginning of August.

You can check out the latest fixtures and team news for Raptors Uprising on the official NBA 2K League page by clicking HERE.

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