Knicks Gaming, Heat Check Gaming Become 1st NBA 2K League Finals Teams

    Heat Check Gaming and Knicks Gaming have both entered into the NBA 2K League‘s history book, both teams are the first two teams to make it to the finals for the first time.

    Knicks Gaming came back in a hard fought battle against Cavs Legion GC, Heat Check Gaming pummeled their way through the 76ersGC in a dominating 3-game series

    Both teams will meet-up Saturday, Aug. 25 for a best-of-three series, which will be available to watch 4 p.m. ET on Twitch. 

    Even before the matchup begins, here are some interesting season stats from the league:

    NBA 2K League content has generated more than 132 million video views on social media channels.

    The NBA 2K League awarded $1 million in prize money over the course of its inaugural season, with the largest prize pool reserved for the end of season champions.  The best-of-three NBA 2K League Finals will see the winning team receive $300,000, and the remainder of the $600,000 total prize pool will be awarded to the remaining seven playoff teams.

    The NBA 2K League regular season consisted of 186 games.

    The NBA 2K League and its teams feature more than 1.6 million likes and followers across all league and team social media platforms.

    Grizz Gamings Mehyar AuthenticAfrican Ahmed-Hassan set the NBA 2K League single-game scoring record with 84 points.

    Five players have recorded triple doubles in the inaugural season of the NBA 2K League: Heat Check Gamings Juan Hotshot Gonzalez, Raptors Uprising GCs Kenneth Kenny Hailey, Celtics Crossover Gamings Ahmed Mel East Kasana, Wizards District Gamings Austin Boo Painter Painter, and Knicks Gamings Idris Idrisdagoat6 Richardson.

    There were nine international players on 2018 opening-night NBA 2K League rosters: Yusuf Yusuf_Scarbz Abdulla (Raptors Uprising GC; Canada), Mehyar AuthenticAfrican Ahmed-Hassan (Grizz Gaming; Canada), Jamie vGooner- Bull (Pacers Gaming; U.K.), Ryan Devillon de Villon (Mavs Gaming; Canada), Thomas Speedbrook Genaj (Celtics Crossover Gaming; Canada), Harry HazzaUK2K Hurst (Mavs Gaming; U.K.), Jannis JLB Neumann (Mavs Gaming; Germany), Basil 24k Dropoff Rose (Heat Check Gaming; Canada), and Jomar Jomar12 PR Varela-Escapa (Blazer5 Gaming; Puerto Rico).

    Erin Ashey Simon is a writer, producer, host and contributor for The Shadow League. Host of Cheddar Esports and Grass Routes Podcast, a former college athlete who passes the time playing flag football. Simon has previous work experience at Cycle Media, REVOLT TV, The Wall Street Journal, and more. Originally from New Jersey, Simon graduated from the University of Kentucky.