After two seasons of knocking on the entrance to the NBA 2K League playoffs, Magic Gaming is now ready to blow the door off its hinges.
On Friday, the franchise made a significant move to add to its already illustrious core when it acquired center Robert “May” May from Pistons GT in exchange for Magic Gaming’s 2020 first-round pick.
“I truly believe he fits our play style,” Magic Gaming Head Coach Jonah Edwards explained. “Clearly, we value rebounding, and in my opinion, Robbie is the best rebounder in NBA 2K – that’s really his true strength. He’s an elite defender and somebody who fits right into our system and culture here.”
May, the No. 16 overall pick in the 2019 NBA 2K League draft, switched between center and power forward during his inaugural campaign, while averaging 11.5 points, 11.2 rebounds, 3.8 assists, 1.4 steals and 0.6 blocks per game.
Orlando believes that May will fit even better into their system, which places a heavy emphasis on the pick-and-roll game between 2019 NBA 2K League Rookie of the Year Brendan “Reizey” Hill and their five-man. As a team that typically plays in stretches through their center, May will have an opportunity to showcase his skills on both ends of the floor.
“He’s as elite of a rebounder and defender as you can find in this league,” Edwards added. “He’s a gamer. He wants to play the game, plays the game all day, and wants to get better.”
In addition to Reizey, May joins a roster that already features a pair of defensive stalwarts in power forward Daniel “DT” Tlais and small forward Brandon “ToXsiK” Raudenbush, who were retained by the organization earlier in the year.
“We now have one of the best defensive trios,” Edwards said. “We have an elite corner defender in DT, May is a great pick-and-roll defender, and ToXsiK is one of the more consistent and reliable lock-down defenders in the league.”
The organization will now turn its sights on the 2020 NBA 2K League Draft. After retaining three players, which cost the franchise its third-round pick, and dealing its first-round selection in exchange for May, Orlando is left with second and fourth-round picks.
With three dynamic defenders in its frontcourt and the reigning Rookie of the Year anchoring its offense at point guard, Magic Gaming is likely looking to add shooting and positional versatility to round out its roster.
After finishing one spot short of the playoffs in each of the league’s first two seasons, Magic Gaming is now hoping it not only has the pieces to get to the postseason, but the franchise cornerstones in place to make their championship aspirations a reality.