Offseason Recap: Get Ready For Season 5

It’s been a LONG time since we last caught any NBA2KLeague gameplay (last August, in fact) but fear not.

We’re here to help you get caught up on what happened during the offseason so you’re ready to go for Season 5 when the action begins with The TIPOFF Presented by AT&T on April 5.

August 20: The Offseason Begins – HEAT Check Gaming made some noise in The Ticket Presented by AT&T, eliminating a surging Raptors GC squad in the first round of the end-of-season tournament. However, after taking the first game of our best-of-three series against Gen.G Tigers of Shanghai in the second round, Gen.G completed the reverse sweep and eliminated HEAT Check Gaming from playoff contention. 

November 5: Player Protections Announced HEAT Check Gaming announced that it would be protecting Sten ‘SAV’ Aleksander Valge-Saar, Juan ‘Hotshot’ Gonzalez, and Abud ‘TBShiftay’ Noman from the Season 5 NBA2KLeague Player Pool.

November 10: The Draft Lottery – HEAT Check Gaming has never received a first round pick higher than 7 in any Draft Lottery dating back to the inaugural NBA2KLeague season, and that wasn’t changing in Season 5 as we received Pick 8 in the 2022 NBA2KLeague Draft


November 17: DUX Selects Killeyy – Brian ‘Killeyy’ Diaz, who joined HEAT Check Gaming midway through Season 4, was selected by DUX Infinitos with Pick 2 in the NBA2KLeague Expansion Draft.


December 1: Thank you, Deedz & GoonerJamie ‘Gooner’ Bull and Demar ‘Deedz’ Butler are released into the Season 5 NBA2KLeague Player Pool.


December 7: TB to T-Wolves Gmaing – TBShiftay is traded to T-Wolves Gaming in exchange for the 11th Pick in the 2022 NBA2KLeague Draft.


December 21: Hotshot to Hawks Talon GC – Hotshot and Pick 29 are traded to Hawks Talon GC in exchange for Picks 6 and 43 in the 2022 NBA2KLeague Draft.

January 6: Bsmoove to Miami – Pick 6 in the 2022 NBA2KLeague Draft would have been the highest selection in franchise history. However, that pick ultimately wouldn’t happen. HEAT Check Gaming trades Pick 6 to Gen.G Tigers of Shanghai for Alexander ‘Bsmoove’ Reese. 

February 7: That’s Alotta’ Picks – HEAT Check Gaming, Mavs Gaming, and Gen.G Tigers of Shanghai execute a three-team deal that includes eight draft picks


February 26: The NBA2Kleague Draft Is Here – GM/Head Coach Derric ‘Famous Enough’ Franklin selects Deondrick ‘DTrick’ Leon, Kennedy ‘Sawc’ Tauala Jr., and Josue ‘FutureClutch’ Acosta with the 11th, 16th, and 26th picks in the 2022 NBA2KLeague Draft.

March 8: Indy, Here We Come – HEAT Check Gaming joins nine other NBA2KLeague teams to participate in the Indianapolis, IN central market. The move marks the team’s first shot at live regular season gameplay since 2019 (Season 2). 


April 5: The TIPOFF Begins – HEAT Check Gaming will face off against 76ersGC, Gen.G Tigers of Shanghai, CLTX Gaming, Wizards DG and Hawks Talon GC in Group C of The TIPOFF Tournament Group Play.



Make sure to catch our 1-on-1 series of Q&A’s with all the members of HEAT Check Gaming, starting with Famous & SAV.

Tune in April 5 for The NBA2KLeague’s coverage of The TIPOFF Tournament Presented by AT&T at 

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