Swagger season 2: how to watch, episodes, trailer, cast and everything we know about the basketball drama

Swagger season 2
Isaiah Hill in Swagger (Image credit: Apple TV Plus)

The NBA season has wrapped up, but basketball isn't going anywhere from our TVs just yet, with the return of an acclaimed sports drama. No, not Winning Time season 2, but Apple TV Plus' Swagger.

Swagger premiered in 2021 and was created by Reggie Rock Bythewood, taking inspiration from the experiences that NBA champion Kevin Durant had when he was rising up the ranks of youth and high school basketball (Durant is also an executive producer on the series). It is another example of a well reviewed (84% "Fresh" on Rotten Tomatoes for season 1) but somewhat under the radar show on Apple TV Plus, like Slow Horses, Foundation, Black Bird and more.

Here's what you need to know about Swagger season 2.

When is the next Swagger season 2 episode?

The Swagger season 2 finale is now available on Apple TV Plus. The episode is titled "Journey and Destination," here is the official synopsis:

"Swagger Prep play their most important game of the season. The players share their plans for the future."

All episodes of Swagger season 2 are now available to stream on Apple TV Plus.

Swagger season 2 plot

Here is the official synopsis for Swagger season 2 from Apple TV:

"In season two, we meet the man-children Jace, Phil, Nick, Musa, Drew and Royale as they are entering their senior year of high school. All but Phil will be attending Cedar Cove Prep; a predominantly white institution where wealthy board members control the entire operation from the hiring of faculty to the enrollment of students. It is a school of power and influence. 

"For all of their academic success, their basketball program has not been competitive until Emory Lawson, the athletic director, managed to acquire the Swagger players. Almost overnight, Cedar Cove’s basketball program becomes elite, attracting the attention of Alonzo Powers from Gladiator Sneakers. Games are attended by top college scouts from the nation and are live-streamed for thousands of fans.

"With winning comes scrutiny and the players find themselves under a microscope as they vie for a national high school championship. Everything is going right in the life of Jace Carson and his family. Jenna is renting a house in a residential neighborhood and her cosmetic sales business is booming. Then, a video surfaces that threatens to destroy it all. It is surveillance footage of Coach Warwick, Crystal's former coach, being beat down in an alley. The attackers are masked but Coach Warwick believes he has found evidence proving the Swagger players were involved. As this speculation reaches the public eye and social media, the bond of brotherhood the players have built is tested. Their once promising futures are in jeopardy."

Swagger season 2 episodes

Here is the synopsis for all Swagger season 2 episodes released so far:

Swagger season 2 episode 1, "The World Ain't Ready"
"On the cusp of his senior year, Jace is offered a college scholarship. Ike faces a career decision."

Swagger season 2 episode 2, "18"
"Jace struggles with a tough situation days away from his 18th birthday, but is he mature enough to handle it?"

Swagger season 2 episode 3, "RISE + FALL"
"Ike challenges Emory to a one-on-one game. An event from the past threatens to ruin everything for Jace and his teammates."

Swagger season 2 episode 4, "Through the Fire"
"Jace, Crystal and the Swagger players are seen as criminals. They’ll either come together or be torn apart."

Swagger season 2 episode 5, "Are We Free?"
"Team Swagger play a game at a youth detention facility, and what they experience will impact their lives forever."

Swagger season 2 episode 6, "Jace + Crystal"
"After spending the day together, Jace and Crystal's relationship reaches a new level."

Swagger season 2 episode 7, "Homecoming"
"With scholarship offers revoked, Jace is determined to impress college scouts. C.J. has a secret."

Swagger season 2 episode 8, "Journey and Destination"
"Swagger Prep play their most important game of the season. The players share their plans for the future."

Swagger season 2 cast 

Most of the Swagger cast is back for season 2, including O'Shea Jackson Jr. (Cocaine Bear, Straight Outta Compton), Oscar-nominee Quvenzhane Wallis (Beasts of the Southern Wild, Black-ish) and Isaiah Hill as Jace Carson. They are joined by some new additions as well, including Orlando Jones (American Gods, Sleepy Hollow) and Shannon Brown (Empire, Extant).

Here is the main cast of Swagger season 2:

  • O’Shea Jackson Jr. as Isaac "Ike" Edwards
  • Isaiah Hill as Jace Carson
  • Shinelle Azoroh (Don't Let Go) as Jenna Carson
  • Quvenzhane Wallis as Crystal Jarrett
  • Tristan Mack Wilds (Praise This) as Alonzo Powers
  • Caleel Harris (When They See Us) as Musa Rahaim
  • Tessa Ferrer (Grey's Anatomy) as Meg Bailey
  • James Bingham as Drew Murphy
  • Solomon Irama (Supergirl) as Phil Marksby
  • Ozie Nzeribe (Shameless) as Royale Hughes
  • Jason Rivera as Nick Mendez
  • Christina Jackson (The Good Fight) as Tonya Edwards
  • Sean Baker (The Rookie) as Naim Rahaim
  • Orlando Jones as Emory Price
  • Shannon Brown as LJ Ryder

Swagger season 2 trailer 

It looks like a thrilling season on and off the court for Swagger. Check out the season 2 trailer right here: 

Also check out this behind-the-scenes look at the new season:

How to watch Swagger

Swagger is an Apple TV Plus original series, so the only way to watch it is if you have a subscription to the streaming service. A monthly subscription to Apple TV Plus costs $6.99 per month, though there is a seven-day free trial available to new subscribers. 

Michael Balderston

Michael Balderston is a DC-based entertainment and assistant managing editor for What to Watch, who has previously written about the TV and movies with TV Technology, Awards Circuit and regional publications. Spending most of his time watching new movies at the theater or classics on TCM, some of Michael's favorite movies include Casablanca, Moulin Rouge!, Silence of the Lambs, Children of Men, One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest and Star Wars. On the TV side he enjoys Only Murders in the Building, Yellowstone, The Boys, Game of Thrones and is always up for a Seinfeld rerun. Follow on Letterboxd.