Aaron "Arooks" Rookwood playing in the NBA 2K League
Aaron "Arooks" Rookwood playing in the NBA 2K League

It has been a busy week for the NBA 2K League, what with the start of the playoffs, partnership announcements, and now the release of part of the yearly awards. The league announced Wednesday the winners of the 2019 Intel Performance Awards, including All-Defensive Team, All-Rookie Team, and All-NBA 2K League First and Second Teams.

All awards were voted on by the NBA 2K League’s players, managers, media, broadcast talent, officials, and fans. The rest of the individual awards, including MVP, will be announced Thursday.

All-NBA 2K League First Team

Aaron “Arooks” Rookwood – Bucks Gaming
Ramo “Ramo” Radoncic – Pacers Gaming
Dayne “OneWildWalnut” Downey – Blazer5 Gaming
Nidal “Mama Im Dat Man” Nasser – Blazer5 Gaming
Albano “oFAB” Thomallari – Celtics Crossover Gaming

The regular-season champion Blazer5 Gaming got its dominant duo on the All-First Team, and it was no surprise. Nasser led the league in points per game this season and was second for assists behind Thomallari. Downey was second in rebounds and 20th in points.

All-NBA 2K League Second Team

Alexander “Bsmoove” Reese – Warriors Gaming Squad
Juan “Hotshot” Gonzalez – Heat Check Gaming
Tyler “Plondo” Lay – Bucks Gaming
Ethan “Radiant” White – 76ers GC
Marcus “Godddof2k” Glenn – Cavs Legion GC

Reese and White were integral pieces of their respective teams’ playoff runs in the regular season. Both players ranked in the NBA 2K League top 10 for scoring. White averaged 20.0 a game and sat third for assists per game at 11.1.

NBA 2K League All-Rookie Team

Peter “PeteBeBallin” Malin – Mavs Gaming
Christopher “BreadwinnerLA” Lafanette – 76ers GC
Tyler “Plondo” Lay – Bucks Gaming
Michael “Bp” Diaz – Kings Guard Gaming
Brendan “Reizey” Hill – Magic Gaming

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As a rookie point guard, Diaz excelled in the situation he was drafted into by Kings Guard Gaming. He led the team in points per game (19.3) and assists per game (7.9). Both numbers were top 10 in the league this season.

NBA 2K League All-Defensive Team

Christopher “BreadwinnerLA” Lafanette – 76ers GC
Xavier “Type” Vescovi – Warriors Gaming Squad
Yusuf “Yusuf_Scarbz” Abdulla – Kings Guard Gaming
Marcus “Godddof2k” Glenn – Cavs Legion GC
Samuel “Gradient” Salyers – Warriors Gaming Squad

Prior to their losing streak after The Ticket Tournament, Warriors Gaming Squad was known for its ability to lockdown teams. Vescovi and Salyers played a big role on that end of the floor. Both players ranked in the top 10 for steals per game. Vescovi was third for blocks per game at 1.6.

Play of the Year

Jomar “Jomar12 PR” Varela Escapa – Blazer5 Gaming

Fan Engagement Award

Brandon “ToXsiK” Raudenbush – Magic Gaming

Check back with Daily Esports for updates on the rest of the NBA 2K League honors being released Thursday.

Adam Obringer
Proud alum of the slimy pebble, Slippery Rock University, and DePaul University. Making the transition from four years in traditional sports to esports. Happy to turn my obsession with NBA2K, CSGO, and Rocket League into content.

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