ORLANDO – Magic Gaming is one step closer to finalizing their roster for the upcoming 2023 NBA 2K League season.
Last month, Orlando kept its foundational players in place when it officially retained point guard Joshua “unguardable” Hunter, small forward Matthew “Matty” Grant, and center Robert “May” May – a trio that lifted the franchise to playoff appearances in both 3v3 and 5v5 game modes last season.
On Friday, Magic Gaming added a complementary piece to that promising core when they acquired shooting guard Jarvis “Jarvis” Thompson from Mavs Gaming in exchange for a second-round pick.
“We feel like Jarvis is a great fit as far as what his role would be in our lineup as well as prior chemistry with unguardable,” said Magic Gaming General Manager and Head Coach Jonah Edwards. “He’s an absolute culture fit. He brings a ton of energy, which is something we’re aware the team needs.”
Selected in the second round – No. 33 overall – in the 2022 2KL Draft, Jarvis averaged 18.0 points and 2.6 assists, while knocking down 4.7 triples per game last season. Along with being a knockdown shooter, the Greenwood, South Carolina native is known for his off-ball movement and ability to get himself open on the offensive end. Defensively, he’s solid for his position and occasionally even served as Dallas’ lockdown during stretches of last season.
Perhaps what excites Orlando the most about the shooting guard is the tremendous strides he made over the course of his rookie campaign. After averaging just 11.4 points and 1.1 assists per contest in THE TIPOFF, Jarvis elevated his game to the tune of 21.4 points and 4.4 assists per affair during seed-week play.
“He improved greatly from the start of last season to the end last year,” said Edwards. “If he keeps trending in that direction, we think he can be really good.”
Jarvis is also a player that Orlando knows extremely well. The catch-and-shoot threat did damage to Magic Gaming last season in THE TICKET tournament finals, scoring 16 points to help lead Dallas to a 63-58 victory over Orlando.
He also has a prior relationship with unguardable, the runner-up for the 2KL’s Rookie of the Year award. Both members of Orlando’s backcourt come from the same 2K circle and have played together numerous times in non-league games over the last couple of years.
Edwards believes he’ll mesh extremely well with the key pieces Magic Gaming already has in place.
“We have a very level-headed, smart, hard-working, and really talented group right now,” said Edwards. “I love where we’re at. We have a potential great pick (with our first-round selection) at fifteen and a ton of flexibility still within the lineup itself. We’re going to have the right mindset coming in on day one to be a contender this season.”