ORLANDO – Jackson Potts, who uses his last name as his gamertag, noticed the draft was going far differently than he and many others expected. As the night went along and selections in the 30s and early 40s were being made, he started to wonder if Magic Gaming, a team with players he’s very familiar with, would consider choosing him with their third round pick.
So, when he got the call from Jonah Edwards, Magic Gaming’s general manager and head coach, and was told Orlando was indeed selecting him 45th overall, he was thrilled.
“Jonah called me. I figured I would be a potential candidate for the 45th pick, but I wasn’t necessarily expecting it. But it was like unreal excitement (when he learned he was their pick),” he said.
Already close with the three returning players from last year’s squad, Brendan “Reizey” Hill, Daniel “DT” Tlais and Robert “May” May, as well as Justin “Snubby” Stemerman, acquired by Orlando in an offseason trade from Hornets Venom GT, Potts feels he will fit like a glove on this team.
“I absolutely feel like I was the perfect fit,” he said. “I have a great relationship with those guys, so off the court chemistry it shouldn’t be a problem at all. They are some of my closest friends in the 2K community. On the court, I’ve got a lot of respect for how they play. They are all very smart players, which I also consider myself to be. All in all, I really didn’t feel there was a better candidate for this spot and I’m happy they decided to select me.”
Having NBA 2K League experience is also a big plus. Potts, a Hudson, Ohio native, played last season in Brooklyn for NetsGC. He averaged 7.9 points and 3.8 rebounds in games and tournaments during his rookie campaign, while shooting 50.5 percent from the floor and 49.5 percent from 3-point range.
Aside from being a good outside shooter and a reliable defender, Potts watches a lot of film and enjoys studying the game, which Edwards and his new teammates will greatly appreciate.
Making it even sweeter for Potts is the fact that he believes this Magic roster is good enough to win a championship.
“I honestly think we’re the best team in the league,” he said. “I know everybody says that right when they get drafted. The Magic are an attractive organization to play for. They (had) four players, retained three and traded for one, and they’re all at the top of their position. I think they made a great draft pick in FutureClutch (Josue Acosta Gomez). I’m just super excited. This could not have gone better for me. It is a dream scenario.”