February 27, 2020 – The NBA 2K League today revealed the schedule for the 2020 season, which marks the debut of Hornets Venom GT, the official NBA 2K League affiliate of the Charlotte Hornets.
Hornets Venom GT’s schedule is highlighted by a home game in Charlotte against defending NBA 2K League Champion T-Wolves Gaming on Saturday, May 2, at Spectrum Center. New this season, select NBA 2K League teams, including Hornets Venom GT, will host rivalry matches and round-robin events in their local markets. The contest is considered a rivalry match as Hornets Venom GT Manager of Marketing & Team Operations Brian “NachoTraynor” Traynor played for T-Wolves Gaming last year during their championship run.
The NBA 2K League’s third season tips off Tuesday, March 24, with The TIPOFF powered by AT&T at the NBA 2K League Studio. Weekly regular-season matchups at the NBA 2K League Studio will begin at 7 p.m. ET on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays.
Each team will play a total of 16 regular-season games and will have five bye weeks during the season, along with a league-wide bye week July 1-4. All rivalry matches and round-robin games will count toward a team’s regular-season standings, with the exception of the round-robin championship games. Each round-robin event will have a total prize pool of $20,000 with the winner of the championship game receiving $15,000.
Additionally, every Friday, the NBA 2K League Studio will host a “Game of the Week,” featuring a compelling matchup and unique studio experience for fans in attendance and watching on the broadcast. Hornets Venom GT will be featured in two “Games of the Week” – May 8 against Warriors Gaming Squad, the former team of Hornets Venom GT center and NBA 2K League Expansion Draft No. 1 pick Xavier “Type” Vescovi, and June 12 against fellow expansion team Gen.G Tigers.
The 2020 season will once again feature three in-season tournaments (THE TIPOFF, THE TURN and THE TICKET) in which teams compete for banners that link together to form THE BANNER CHAIN powered by AT&T. All 23 teams will compete in THE TIPOFF and THE TURN. The 14 teams that are not one of the top nine playoff seeds will compete in THE TICKET, which will see the winning team earn the 10th and final spot in the 2020 NBA 2K League Playoffs, which will tip off Wednesday, July 29, and take place over four days of gameplay.
Led by Head Coach & General Manager Lawrence “Bigg West” West, Hornets Venom GT chose center and 2019 NBA 2K League All-Defensive Team member Xavier “Type” Vescovi with the first overall pick in the NBA 2K League Expansion Draft last October. In last Saturday’s NBA 2K League Draft, the team added guards Alexander “Expose” Whelan (sixth overall pick) and Justin “Snubby” Stemerman (18th overall pick), along with forwards Zaeya “Zae” Ishak (19th overall pick), Robert Giovanni “Trap” Elizondo (28th overall pick) and Alontae “Gliz” Proctor (55th overall pick).
Hornets Venom GT’s complete 2020 regular-season schedule is as follows:
WK DAY DATE OPPONENT TIME LOCATION
Tue. – Sat. March 24-28 THE TIPOFF powered by AT&T TBD NYC
1 Thur. April 2 vs. Raptors Uprising GC 7:00 NYC
1 Fri. April 3 at Jazz Gaming 7:00 NYC
2 April 8-10 BYE WEEK
3 Wed. April 15 vs. Celtics Crossover Gaming 7:00 NYC
4 April 22-25 BYE WEEK
5 Sat. May 2 T-Wolves Gaming 3:00 Charlotte
6 Thur. May 7 at Cavs Legion GC 9:00 NYC
6 Fri. May 8 vs. Warriors Gaming Squad* 9:00 NYC
Wed. – Fri. May 13-15 THE TURN powered by AT&T TBD TBD
7 Sat. May 23 at Heat Check Gaming 2:00 Orlando
7 Sat. May 23 at Magic Gaming 4:00 Orlando
7 Sat. May 23 vs. Hawks Talon GC 5:00 Orlando
8 Wed. May 27 vs. Pacers Gaming 8:00 NYC
9 June 3-6 BYE WEEK
10 Fri. June 12 vs. Gen.G Tigers* 9:00 NYC
11 Thur. June 18 at Mavs Gaming 8:00 NYC
12 June 24-27 BYE WEEK
July 1-4 LEAGUE-WIDE BYE WEEK
13 Fri. July 10 vs. Knicks Gaming 8:00 NYC
14 Sat. July 18 vs. 76ers GC 2:00 Washington, DC
14 Sat. July 18 at Wizards District Gaming 4:00 Washington, DC
14 Sat. July 18 at NetsGC 5:00 Washington, DC
Thu. – Sat. July 23-25 THE TICKET powered by AT&T TBD TBD
All times Eastern
Asterisk denotes NBA 2K League “Game of the Week”