Jazz Gaming to make season debut on Thursday

Jazz Gaming to make season debut on Thursday (Photo: Jazz Gaming)

Jazz Gaming, the official NBA 2K League affiliate of the Utah Jazz, will make its debut in the third season of the NBA 2K League on Thursday at 7 p.m. against Magic Gaming (Orlando Magic affiliate).

The club’s contest the following night on Friday, 5 p.m., against Heat Check Gaming (Miami Heat affiliate), will be broadcast nationally on ESPN2. All games will be simulcast on ESPN’s platforms and the NBA 2K League’s Twitch and YouTube channels.

Jazz Gaming will compete remotely from the Jazz Gaming Lounge powered by Maverik on Level 5 of Vivint Smart Home Arena, as the NBA 2K League begins its third campaign with at least six weeks of remote gameplay.

“We’re in a place in the world where we need sports, whether it’s esports or actual sports,” said Jazz Gaming Head Coach Jelani “Comp” Mitchell in a recent conference call with media. “It’s just great to turn on the TV and get to watch a form of basketball with live commentary.”

Each match will be played in a best-of-three format, which will allow the NBA 2K League broadcast to switch between games in real-time and give fans more opportunities to experience the league’s most exciting moments.

Each three-game series victory will represent one regular-season win, and each three-game series loss will represent one regular-season loss.

Jazz Gaming’s roster features three returning players: Shaka “Yeah I Compete” Browne, who was the franchise’s first-ever selection in the 2018 NBA 2K League Draft (third overall); Lytel “Lotty” Martin, who was acquired in 2019 in a midseason trade with Heat Check Gaming; and 2019 No. 1 overall selection Spencer “Ria” Wyman, who led Jazz Gaming in scoring last year (15.7 points per game) and ranked first in the NBA 2K League in blocks per game (1.8).

The team’s six-person roster was completed at the 2020 NBA 2K League Draft in February, where Jazz Gaming made three selections: Kimanni “Splashy” Ingram (10th overall), Freddy “GetOnMyLevel” Whelan (31st overall) and Brent “Lord Beezus” Aasgaard (57th overall).

The full Jazz Gaming roster is below:

As part of the NBA Together initiative in response to the coronavirus pandemic, Jazz Gaming has partnered with the Utah STEM Action Center and Maverik to provide multiple “STEM Challenge” videos engaging local students during this period of remote learning. Jazz Gaming center/forward Brent “Lord Beezus” Aasgaard encouraged students to engineer a game and create their own challenge in the series of videos.

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