ORLANDO – Now playing in their second NBA 2K League season together, Brendan “Reizey” Hill and Daniel “DT” Tlais are confident they can be one of the best point guard-center duos in Season 3.
Based on how in sync they looked for most of Magic Gaming’s pair of series during opening week, it wouldn’t be surprising if they indeed end up ranking somewhere near the top of this unofficial category by the time the season is complete.
The two were pretty much unstoppable against Bucks Gaming. In Game 1, it was their passing out of pick-and-roll sets that proved crucial. Reizey, who finished with 13 assists in that victory, repeatedly found open 3-point shooters in the corners when Milwaukee chose to collapse on him in the paint. DT, an excellent facilitator at his position, also had a few key assists.
In Game 2, the Magic edged the Bucks behind Reizey and DT’s scoring prowess. The two combined for 57 points, with DT slamming home a dunk with 31 seconds remaining that put Orlando up five.
Although Orlando lost to Wizards District Gaming a couple nights later, DT once again was terrific, finishing one assist shy of a triple-double in Game 1 with 21 points, 17 rebounds and nine assists before racking up 20 points and 10 rebounds in Game 2.
Being two of the top players from last year’s team made it an easy decision for the Magic to retain Reizey and DT for Season 3. But even more important was the chemistry they formed throughout the 2019 season, which appears to be even stronger this year.
“Our chemistry on the court is really unmatched,” Reizey said. “We just kind of understand each other’s game and know what each other is going to do.”
It’s critical, especially this season with the way the game was built, for teams to have a point guard and center that complement each other’s talents. The Magic have that in their toolbox, as do a few of the other veteran-laden teams throughout the league such as Blazer5 Gaming, who feature the MVPs from the first two years – Dayne “OneWildWalnut” Downey and Nidal “Mama Im Dat Man” Nasser.
What Reizey, last year’s Rookie of the Year, and DT also both excel at is making adjustments on the fly, which is vital in a best-of-three format.
“Me and him are really good at adapting to what teams are giving us,” DT said. “At half (of Game 2 against Bucks) we were down seven, then me and him just kept talking about how they were playing the pick-and-roll. Then we come out of the half, I slipped two straight screens and Reid ends up getting two straight threes off of it, so as soon as I saw that I said, yea I think we have this in the bag.”
Additionally, both are committed to playing hard-nosed defense, which was noticeable in the Magic’s series against the Bucks. DT helped limit Tyler “Plondo” Lay to just 12 points in the two games of the series combined, while Reizey did an outstanding job containing Aaron “Arooks” Rookwood, who only scored 11 in Game 2.
Magic Gaming’s next opponent following its bye week also features an exciting point guard-big man duo. Jazz Gaming is led by center Spencer “Ria” Wyman and rookie point guard Kimanni “Splashy” Ingram. Be sure to tune in to this best-of-three series on Friday, May 22 starting at 7 p.m. on the NBA 2K League’s Twitch or YouTube channels.