The NBA 2K League is turning 21, announcing a quarter of expansion teams for the league who will be competing in season two.
Joining the roster of squads already taking part will be the Atlanta Hawks, Brooklyn Nets, Los Angeles Lakers and Minnesota Timberwolves, bringing the total number of NBA 2K League teams from 17 to 21.
“Welcoming these four world-class organizations and their passionate fanbases to the NBA 2K League is an exciting moment not only for the league, but for the entire 2K community,” said NBA 2K League Managing Director Brendan Donohue. “From their innovative spirit to their global reach, we know each of these teams will be a tremendous addition, and we are thrilled that this growth offers the opportunity for new players, coaches and support staff to join the league.”
The NBA 2K League Playoffs, which begin Friday at 6p, with the first NBA 2K League Finals running on Aug. 25 at 4p. All competition is streamed live on Twitch and takes place from the NBA 2K League Studio Powered by Intel in New York City.
The original 17 NBA 2K League teams are 76ers GC, Blazer5 Gaming, Bucks Gaming, Celtics Crossover Gaming, Cavs Legion GC, Grizz Gaming, Heat Check Gaming, Jazz Gaming, Kings Guard Gaming, Knicks Gaming, Magic Gaming, Mavs Gaming, Pacers Gaming, Pistons GT, Raptors Uprising GC, Warriors Gaming Squad, and Wizards District Gaming.
(In case you are wondering, that leaves nine NBA franchises who aren’t participating: Charlotte, Chicago, Denver, Houston, the Clippers, New Orleans, Oklahoma City, Phoenix, and San Antonio.)