Warriors Gaming Squad will go into the 2020 NBA 2K League Draft on Feb. 22 looking to fill up the last two remaining spots on their roster. The 2K League Draft, taking place at Terminal 5 in New York City is four rounds long. However, WGS only will have picks in the first and fourth rounds.
After each season, teams can protect two of six players from their roster to bring back for the following season without penalty. If a team wants to protect a third player, that team will lose a third-round pick in the following league draft.
WGS protected CB13 (PG), Bsmoove (SG), and Gradient (SF) from last season's team, forfeiting their third-round pick.
The players who are not protected are then entered into the expansion draft for new teams to fill out their roster. Type (C), who was on WGS last season, was taken in the first round of the expansion draft by Hornets Venom. Because WGS had a player taken in the expansion draft, they were allowed to retain a fourth player, but it would cost them their second-round pick.
The team decided to retain Jin (SG), which now leaves WGS without picks in the second and third rounds.
Chiquita, who was on WGS last season and the first female drafted into the 2K League, was not protected or retained after the expansion draft, which now makes her draft-eligible for the other 22 teams to select in the upcoming league draft later this month.
Last season was a mixed bag for WGS. They finished the regular season just 7-9, but they won two out of the three mid-season tournaments, including The Ticket which secured them a spot in the playoffs. WGS beat Blazers Gaming in the first round of the playoffs. They eventually lost in the second-round to T-Wolves Gaming, who eventually won it all.
Warriors Gaming Squad clinched their second-straight playoff appearance Tuesday after a 2-0 series sweep against T-Wolves Gaming.
WGS is one of just four teams to have already clinched a playoff spot with a week and a half still remaining on the regular-season schedule. After a hot 6-0 start to the season, the Warriors have kept stride and currently sit at 11-3.
Just like CB13 has done all season -- he leads the team in points (31.3) and assists (8.1) per game -- the Warriors point guard led the way in the playoff-clinching series against the T-Wolves.
CB13's consistent play and ability to score in bunches has put him in the conversation for the NBA 2K League's MVP award.
Warriors Gaming Squad didn't make it to this position because of just one player, which can often be the case, but CB13 is surrounded by talent who consistently steps up when called upon. Whether it's BSmoove providing the secondary scoring when the team needs it most, or Gradient working on both ends of the court, WGS has proven to be a complete team.
Slaughter, the 2020 first-round pick of the Warriors, has locked down the center position and is putting up outstanding numbers while doing so. He's currently averaging a double-double for the season, with 11.7 points and 14.4 rebounds per game.
Warriors Gaming Squad still has two matchups left in the regular season. They have the potential to climb the standings with the two teams currently ahead of them, holding the same amount of wins with just one fewer loss. Realistically, the highest seed WGS could earn would be the No. 2 spot. Raptors Uprising GC has been locked into first place from the jump, sitting at a perfect 13-0 record.
The remaining couple of matchups this season will be a good tune-up for the Warriors as they get ready to make a run at their first NBA 2K League Championship.
Prior to the coronavirus, the summertime was when youth sports organizations, such as AAU, ramped up to give kids a place to compete and grow during their time off from school. Most of those leagues and organizations won't be happening this summer, but the Golden State Warriors and Warriors Gaming Squad are doing what they can to fill that void.
Warriors Gaming Squad announced on Friday an NBA2K tournament for AAU basketball teams who are unable to compete due to the coronavirus.
The Bay Area Showdown gives AAU teams a chance to compete against each other on the virtual hardwood for prizes such as Warriors Gaming Squad swag, money for their team and a 30-minute private training session with the Warriors Basketball Academy.
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