ORLANDO — Magic Gaming entered the 2020 NBA 2K League Draft aiming to grab the final pieces required to assemble a team not only capable of making the postseason, but of earning tournament trophies and winning a championship.
After selecting Alex “ProFusion” Snowden with the 35th overall pick and Daniel “djbama” Burge with the 60th overall pick, they now feel those dreams are one step closer to becoming a reality.
Anxiously pacing through the draft room, Magic Gaming players and staff exploded with excitement when it became clear that ProFusion would be available with their second-round selection.
Considered by many to be one of the best sharpshooters in the draft, the offensively gifted shooting guard fills one of the team’s biggest needs.
“He was one of the best sharps in the league the last two years,” Magic Gaming Head Coach Jonah Edwards said. “He’s definitely a pure sharpshooter that’s going to complement (Brendan “Reizey” Hill) well and he’s also close friends with (Brandon “ToXsiK” Raudenbush) and has been for a number of years now. So from a culture standpoint, he’s going to fit right in and from a gameplay standpoint, he’s going to be as good of a fit as anybody.”
A two-year player for Celtics Crossover Gaming, ProFusion averaged 16.6 points per game during the 2019 regular season, while shooting 59.3% from the floor.
“He’s one of the best sharps, if not the best sharp in the league, so for us to get him (at 35) is awesome,” ToXsiK said. “He fits in right away with our personalities. We needed to fill that role with someone we could trust, who we knew was going to be a good shooter and he fits right in with that.”
With their fourth-round selection, Magic Gaming added a versatile, high-character player in djbama. A mathematics graduate from UAB, djbama qualified for the draft pool through the 2020 NBA 2K League Combine.
“He has high upside and really pretty low risk,” Edwards added. “DJ is someone we’re really familiar with, so we really trust him and his game.”
ProFusion and djbama join an already loaded roster.
Earning 2019 NBA 2K League Rookie of the Year honors, Reizey put up sensational numbers. The point guard led all rookies in assists, dishing out 9.8 dimes per contest, and finished 13th in the entire league in points per game, posting 17.3 per clip.
Daniel “DT” Tlais, the team’s second-round selection from the same class, also warranted consideration for ROY for much of the season. In addition to posting 14.3 points and 3.4 rebounds per game, the squad’s power forward delivered lock-down defense, coming up with 2.7 steals (ninth in the league overall) and 0.8 blocks (19th in the league) per contest.
ToXsiK, who was acquired in a mid-season trade from Grizz Gaming, provided an instant boost for the squad. The small forward’s defensive tenacity and leadership qualities were instrumental in Orlando making a strong push for the playoffs.
Magic Gaming sacrificed their first-round selection in this draft to Pistons GT earlier this offseason in order to acquire Robert “May” May. The big man 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 its system, which places a heavy emphasis on the pick-and-roll game between Reizey and its five-man.
“We have one of the more balanced groups,” Edwards said. “Based on what our plan was going into tonight, perfect draft, in our opinion, and we’re exactly where we wanted to be.”
With the perfect draft in place, now Magic Gaming will set their sights on having an ideal season.