ORLANDO – Over the last season and a half, it’s been clear that Magic Gaming has one of their franchise cornerstones in place.
Point guard Joshua “unguardable” Hunter has helped Magic Gaming reach new heights over that span by leading them to their first playoff berths in both 3v3 and 5v5 game modes, bringing home the team’s first banner title, and becoming the first player in franchise history to be named an All-Star.
Now, Magic Gaming is doing everything in its power to put the pieces in place around unguardable to help him and the franchise take the next step.
On Tuesday, Magic Gaming completed two separate trades, acquiring big man Ashton “LowkeyGodlike” Agredano from DUX Infinitos in exchange for the sixth overall pick in the 2024 NBA 2K League Draft and nabbing shooting guard Alexander “BSmoove” Reese from HEAT Check Gaming in exchange for small forward Matthew “Matty” Grant.
“I feel really good about where we’re at in the moment,” said Magic Gaming General Manager and Head Coach Jonah Edwards. “Obviously, our backcourt is now complete, and we have two of members of our frontcourt (with LowkeyGodlike and recently retained Devin “Scoreo” Lawrence). We still have the No. 12 overall pick. A lot of potential is still here. We have a really good blend to our roster.”
It’s hard to believe that a player of LowkeyGodlike’s caliber was on the market after such a successful rookie campaign. The versatile big played an integral role in helping DUX capture not only a banner title but the 2023 2KL 3v3 championship as well.
The Rookie of the Year finalist is known as an exceptional shooting big man who excels in pick-and-pop situations, as evidenced by his sensational 3v3 SWITCH OPEN run where he was named the tournament’s MVP.
“We’re taking a swing here with LowkeyGodlike,” said Edwards. “I think he has the ability to be the best big in all of 3v3. He showed that last year. He’s probably the best shooting center of any big in the entire 2K League. He has the potential to be that. We’re hoping he’s the kind of guy that will be part of Magic Gaming for years and years to come. Really excited about getting him.”
BSmoove, who’s been in the 2KL since its inception, played in 16 5v5 games for Heat Check Gaming last season, averaging 12.3 points, 3.3 assists, and 1.5 steals per game, while shooting 57.6 percent from the field and 50 percent from 3-point range.
The six-year 2KL veteran is known as a highly efficient backcourt player who’s more than capable of handling the load should an opposing team put all their efforts into limiting his new running mate, unguardable.
“One of the goals of this offseason was to get Josh a backcourt partner that he can gel with for a year or two and get some consistency there,” said Edwards. “We’re really excited about getting him. Last year, he had one of the lowest usage rates in the league, but yet had one of the highest efficiencies of any shooting guard in the league. If he can give us that level of production at that efficiency level, then we’re going to get him some more usage this year because Josh likes to spread the ball around a lot more than a lot of guys do. Really thrilled to get him.”
Unfortunately, these moves, along with retention decisions, end the run of two of Magic Gaming’s longest tenured players.
Matty spent the last two seasons with Orlando after being selected by the franchise with the No. 19 overall pick in the 2022 2KL Draft. The team also decided not to retain center Robert “May” May, who spent the last four seasons with Orlando. Both players were leaders in Magic Gaming’s locker room and carried themselves with the utmost professionalism.“It’s really tough,” Edwards explained. “Those two embodied everything that I imagine Magic Gaming being about. (Great) work ethic and team-first guys. The highest character of people who are in this space and in general. Some of the better human beings you are going to meet in the gaming world. It’ll be tough not to have those guys with us.”
With four players on the roster, Magic Gaming will weigh their options for how to fill out their roster. They could use the No. 12 overall pick to select the final piece but will also consider making another move for an established player should the right deal come along.