THE TURN Preview: Four things to know ahead this week’s tournament

THE TURN takes place virtually this week from Wednesday, July 22 to Saturday, July 25. This year’s tournament features the largest prize pool ever at $260,000. All 23 NBA 2K League teams have the opportunity to take home a share of this pot. Mavs Gaming heads into this tournament as the the No. 6 seed.

One minor change for this season’s tournament is the archetype banning system. Last season, teams banned one archetype each for the opposing team. This year up to six (6) archetypes can be banned in a three-game series, and each ban will impact both teams.

“We have something to prove,” Dimez said. “It’s time to bring a banner to Dallas!”

As the team prepares for the second virtual tournament, here are four takeaways ahead of MavsGG’s run in THE TURN.

1. The team enters THE TURN on a win against Gen.G.

Although Mavs Gaming split wins last week against the Jazz and Gen.G, the victory over the Shanghai team put them one step closer to securing a spot in playoffs.  It was a decisive victory where the team came out early to set the pace.

2. Bans could work to this team’s advantage.

At the beginning of the season, Sleetys was on the starting lineup and put up solid shooting from the corners. Since THE TIPOFF, Mo has come in for him. His impact at the lock position has been huge, forcing turnovers and sinking open shots when needed. Dimez, Sherm and SPARTAN have all played on multiple archetypes throughout the season. With more experience on different builds, this team’s preparations could go much smoother than others.

3. To win THE TURN Tournament, Mavs Gaming will need to win a total of four games.

The team’s first game of the week takes place on July 23 at 7PM CT. MavsGG will face the winner of Lakers Gaming and Grizz Gaming. On Wednesday, the 14 lower-seeded teams will compete in round one to advance to Thursday’s games of tournament play. For a complete breakdown of the schedule, check out the 2K League’s seeding breakdown and the complete season schedule.

4. Dominant PG/C duo.

For back-to-back seasons, Sherm and PeteBeBallin have established as themselves dominant players in this League. Now with former at the point, these two often lead way on offense with Sherm on fast breaks, and PeteBeBallin’s defense protecting the paint. Both are also on League’s Stat Leaderboards, PeteBeBallin is third in total blocks (70) and tied for second in blocks per game (3.3). Sherm sits at No. 13 in total points scored (431) this season.

Tune in live on Twitch or YouTube Gaming beginning this Thursday, July 23 at 7PM CT.