NEW YORK – One of the cool features of this year’s NBA 2K League Draft was seeing special guests announce selections for teams they have affiliations with.
Ted Leonsis, Monumental Sports and Entertainment owner, revealed Wizards District Gaming’s first overall pick, Jack “JBM” Mascone. New York Knicks legend Allan Houston went next, telling the world Knicks Gaming had chosen Chris “Duck” Charles second overall. Other all-time greats in both the NBA and WNBA, including Steve Smith and Tamika Catchings, also participated throughout the program.
In Round 4, Magic Gaming power forward Daniel “DT” Tlais was up on the stage to share his team’s final pick of the night. He announced that the Magic were selecting Daniel “djbama” Burge with that 60th overall pick, which made him extremely proud considering he knows djbama well.
“He’s a PS4 player and I’m a PS4 player as well so I kind of pay attention to that scene a little bit more,” DT said from the draft’s location, Terminal 5 in New York City. “I think he’ll come in and be ready to work. I feel like he’ll have no problem fitting in with our team.”
Birmingham, Alabama native djbama was beyond excited to hear that he would be joining Magic Gaming, who had selected Alex “ProFusion” Snowden earlier in the night. One of the more versatile players available when Orlando was on the clock, the 24-year-old feels he will mesh in well with the rest of the squad.
Likely to start the season as the Magic’s sixth man, djbama is willing to accept any role Head Coach Jonah Edwards wants him to fill. Although he’s most accustomed to playing point guard, his strengths are so wide-ranging that he is confident he will be prepared regardless of the assignment.
“My strengths are probably just my patience and composure in-game and I think I’m a very good defensive player,” he said. “If possible, I probably could play any position.”
Being familiar with everyone else on the team should make the transition to the pro ranks less daunting as well for djbama, who started playing 2K about nine years ago. Edwards has had his eye on him for a while and he was ecstatic he was still on the board that late in the draft.
“DJ’s a guy who was initially pretty high on our boards,” the Magic’s coach said. “He’s someone that I think has been around the community for a while. He was in my opinion one of the top point guards back in like 2K17, 2K18. He’s a really smart guy. I think he’s a great culture fit for us. He has high upside and really pretty low risk.”