November 16, 2020 (DALLAS, TX) – Today, Mavs Gaming, the official NBA 2K League affiliate of the Dallas Mavericks, acquired two new players and the No. 27 overall NBA 2K League Draft pick in a trade with Hornets Venom GT for point guard Sherm (Justin Sherman) and center PeteBeBallin (Peter Malin). Joining MavsGG is former Raptors Uprising GC center Sick One (Gerald Knapp), who was initially acquired by Hornet Venom GT before being traded to Mavs Gaming, and former Hornets Venom GT power forward Zae (Zaeya Ishak).
“These two players with the addition of Dimez at the point guard position will put Mavs Gaming in a position to win an NBA2K Championship,” said Senior Vice President of Mavs Gaming Greg Nared. “We would also like to thank Sherm and PeteBeBallin for all they have done for Mavs Gaming the last two years. Both players played an integral part of the team’s growth and served as tremendous representatives of Mavs Gaming and the city of Dallas.”
Gerald “Sick One” Knapp was the No. 19 overall pick by Cavs Legion GC, the official NBA 2K League affiliate of the Cleveland Cavaliers, in the second round of the 2018 NBA 2K League Draft. The Verona, New Jersey native was traded to Raptors Uprising GC in a 2019 mid-season trade. Knapp played a notable role in the team’s 2020 undefeated regular season (16-0) that included winning back-to-back tournament banners (THE TIPOFF and THE TURN powered by AT&T). He averaged 14.3 points, 12.9 rebounds, 6.8 assists and 2.7 blocks in the 2020 regular season. Additionally, Knapp was ranked seventh overall in rebounds and blocks per game, 11th in field-goal percentage, top 25 for assists and was named to the All-NBA 2K League First Team.
Zaeya “Zae” Ishak was the No. 19 overall pick by Hornets Venom GT, the official NBA 2K League affiliate of the Charlotte Hornets, in the first round of the 2020 NBA 2K League Draft. In his rookie regular season, he averaged 13.0 points, 7.2 rebounds, 2.7 assists, 1.6 steals and 1.2 blocks. The power forward shot 52.7% from the field and 48.3% from the three-point line in the regular season and set a franchise record of 21 rebounds in a game for Hornets Venom GT in a regular season game. Ishak was named to the 2020 First-Team All-Rookie Team.
ABOUT THE NBA 2K LEAGUE: The NBA 2K League, a professional esports league co-founded by the NBA and Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. (NASDAQ:TTWO), launched in 2018 and features the best NBA 2K players in the world. Each of the league’s 23 teams features six players who compete as unique characters in 5-on-5 play against the other teams in a mix of regular-season games, tournaments and playoffs. NBA 2K League partners include Anheuser-Busch, AT&T, Champion Athleticwear, Dash Radio, DoorDash, eGG Network, ESPN, Facebook, GameStop, HyperX, Jostens, Panera Bread, Raynor Gaming, SAP, SCUF Gaming, Snickers, Stance, Twitch and YouTube. For more information about the NBA 2K League, visit NBA2KLeague.com.
ABOUT MAVS GAMING: Mavs Gaming is the Dallas Mavericks affiliate team in the NBA 2K League. The NBA 2K League is a professional competitive gaming league co-founded by the NBA and Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. Bringing together the world’s best basketball gamers, this marks the first official Esports league operated by a U.S. professional sports league. For more information visit mavsgaming.nba.com.