#PickUpTheSticks: NBA 2K League Held Their Inaugural Draft

Yesterday, history was made for the non athletic sports fans. In fact, the NBA has become the first and one of a kind brand to introduce the wide world of sports virtual competition to the masses as they held their inaugural 2K League Draft. Using the ever so popular NBA 2K gaming franchise as the official gaming platform, each of the league’s 17 teams selected six players from a pool of 102 gamers.  Teams selected one player at each position (point guard, shooting guard, small forward, power forward, center) over the first five rounds.  In the sixth round, they selected a second player at the position of their choice. The draftees will become the competitive gaming league’s first professionals when the inaugural season tips off in May. First round draft picks will receive a salary of $35,000 which includes expenses to cover lodging, food, etc. Second round picks and beyond will receive up to $32,000.

Mavs Gaming selected point guard Artreyo Boyd (aka Dimez) of Ohio with the historic first pick of the 2018 NBA 2K League Draft, as announced by NBA Commissioner Adam Silver. Celtics Crossover Gaming selected point guard Albano Thomallari (oFAB) of Missouri with the second pick.  The third pick was also a point guard, with Jazz Gaming selecting Shaka Browne (Yeah I Compete) of New York. Below are round-by-round results and team-by-team selections from the 2018 NBA 2K League Draft.

First Round
Pick Team Player Name Gamer Tag Position
1. Mavs Gaming Artreyo Boyd Dimez PG
2. Celtics Crossover Gaming Albano Thomallari oFAB PG
3. Jazz Gaming Shaka Browne Yeah I Compete PG
4. Kings Guard Gaming Mitchell Franklin Mootyy PF
5. Pistons GT Ramo Radoncic Lets Get It Ramo PF
6. Blazer5 Gaming Dayne Downey OneWildWalnut C
7. Heat Check Gaming Juan Gonzalez Hotshot C
8. Magic Gaming Christopher Cantrell KontruL PG
9. Knicks Gaming Dayvon Curry G O O F Y 7 5 7 PF
10. Bucks Gaming Aaron Rookwood Drake Griffin PG
11. Raptors Uprising GC Kenneth Hailey Kenny PG
12. Wizards District Gaming Johnathon Fields Fresh Prince JT PG
13. Pacers Gaming Bryant Colon WoLF SF
14. 76ers GC Ethan White Radiant PG
15. Grizz Gaming Larell Mitchell Winner_Stayz_On PG
16. Cavs Legion GC Brandon Caicedo Hood is Glitchy PG
17. Warriors Gaming Squad Trong Nguyen Shawn_Win SF
Second Round
Pick Team Player Name Gamer Tag Position
18. Warriors Gaming Squad Alex Reese Bsmoove SG
19. Cavs Legion GC Gerald Knapp Sick x 973 C
20. Grizz Gaming Mehyar Ahmed-Hassan AuthenticAfrican C
21. 76ers GC Antonio Newman Newdini33 SG
22. Pacers Gaming Nicolas Grech Swizurk SG
23. Wizards District Gaming Austin Painter Shump PF
24. Raptors Uprising GC Christopher Doyle Detoxys PF
25. Bucks Gaming Timothy Anselimo oLARRY C
26. Knicks Gaming Nate Kahl NateKahl SF
27. Magic Gaming Emmanuel Cruz UCMANNY PF
28. Heat Check Gaming Stanley Lebron MaJes7ic PG
29. Blazer5 Gaming Nidal Nasser Mama Im Dat Man PG
30. Pistons GT Kris Dellarciprete iiNsaniTTy SF
31. Kings Guard Gaming Jhade Black Worthingcolt C
32. Jazz Gaming Malik Leisinger MrSlaughter01 C
33. Celtics Crossover Gaming Devon Peek ARS0NAL x C
34. Mavs Gaming Ryan Conger Dayfri PF
Third Round
Pick Team Player Name Gamer Tag Position
35. Mavs Gaming Jannis Neumann JLB C
36. Celtics Crossover Gaming Ahmed Kasana Melo East SF
37. Jazz Gaming DeMar Butler Deedz PF
38. Kings Guard Gaming Eric Donald Timelycook PG
39. Pistons GT Rochell Woods ixsplashkingxi SG
40. Blazer5 Gaming Connor Rodrigues Dat Boy Shotz PF
41. Heat Check Gaming Basil Rose l 24k Dropoff l PF
42. Magic Gaming Bilal Almashni SUPREME PULLER SF
43. Knicks Gaming Eric Ward YEYNotGaming SG
44. Bucks Gaming Jacob Walls Procis1on SG
45. Raptors Uprising GC Yusuf Abdulla Kobeyusuf C
46. Wizards District Gaming Maurice Delaney ReeseDaGod23 SG
47. Pacers Gaming Tucker Henry JordanLocksUp C
48. 76ers GC Mihad Feratovic I F E A S T PF
49. Grizz Gaming Troy Minott II AyeTHREAT SG
50. Cavs Legion GC Marcus Glenn Godddof2k SF
51. Warriors Gaming Squad Jordan Gates LeVert PF


Fourth Round
Pick Team Player Name Gamer Tag Position
52. Warriors Gaming Squad Xavier Vescovi Type C
53. Cavs Legion GC Brandon Raudenbush iBall x ToXsiK SG
54. Grizz Gaming Antonio Saldivar UniversaIPhenom SF
55. 76ers GC Alexander Bernstein Steez SF
56. Pacers Gaming Jamie Bull vGooner- PG
57. Wizards District Gaming Jin Choe Jinsanity SF
58. Raptors Uprising GC Trevion Hendrix All Hail Trey SF
59. Bucks Gaming Mark Hampton Jr. XxSTL2LAxX SF
60. Knicks Gaming Adam Kudeimati iamadamthe1st PG
61. Magic Gaming Brian Traynor NachoTraynor SG
62. Heat Check Gaming Carlos Zayas-Diaz sharpshooterlos SF
63. Blazer5 Gaming Andron Thomas Lavish_phenom SF
64. Pistons GT Matt Rux NeNe C
65. Kings Guard Gaming Shane Farrar Safiya4ya SG
66. Jazz Gaming Delano Allsup Jr. Tifeworld SG
67. Celtics Crossover Gaming Alex Snowden Fusion SG
68. Mavs Gaming Waseem Talbert BallLikeSeem SG
Fifth Round
Pick Team Player Name Gamer Tag Position
69. Mavs Gaming Ryan de Villon Devillon SF
70. Celtics Crossover Gaming Thomas Genaj Speedbrook PF
71. Jazz Gaming Jaishon Scott l 24k JSmoove l SF
72. Kings Guard Gaming Christian Collazo Cowboyxcollazo SF
73. Pistons GT Fred Mendoza Im So Far Ahead PG
74. Blazer5 Gaming Grant Barker GRANT MONSTER SG
75. Heat Check Gaming Jalen Jones Jalen03303 SG
76. Magic Gaming Jorge Renteria marley213s C
77. Knicks Gaming Idris Richardson Idrisdagoat6 C
78. Bucks Gaming Matthew Hofmann KinG PeroXide PF
79. Raptors Uprising GC Joshua McKenna TsJosh SG
80. Wizards District Gaming Isaac Gilton xGREATxGILLY13 C
81. Pacers Gaming George Polk FrostytheTruth PF
82. 76ers GC Tilton Curry xTFr3sHxX C
83. Grizz Gaming Bono Nikolic PHENOM vv PF
84. Cavs Legion GC Christopher Anderson TURNUPDEFENSE PF
85. Warriors Gaming Squad Cody Hart Promeister PG
Sixth Round
Pick Team Player Name Gamer Tag Position
86. Warriors Gaming Squad Wallace Williams III EatSleepHoop15 PG
87. Cavs Legion GC Christopher Tracey SavageDoWerk PG
88. Grizz Gaming Daniel Davis DDouble2K SF
89. 76ers GC Rashann Petty ZDS PG
90. Pacers Gaming Samuel Beniaminian The Playa SF
91. Wizards District Gaming Evan Hinsch Doom SG
92. Raptors Uprising GC Seanquai Harris KingQuai614 C
93. Bucks Gaming Jovan Tenner BigBaby2k SF
94. Knicks Gaming Marc Rodriguez xKPMR PF
95. Magic Gaming Cameron Ford KingCamRoyalty PF
96. Heat Check Gaming Rahmel Wilkins HyPeR iS Pro SG
97. Blazer5 Gaming Jomar Varela-Escapa Jomar12 PR C
98. Pistons GT Joseph Marrero JosephTheTruth C
99. Kings Guard Gaming Cole Motta ColeWorld2K SG
100. Jazz Gaming Michael Stam Stambreezy PF
101. Celtics Crossover Gaming Mhabhusah Koffa PalmOilPlease PG
102. Mavs Gaming Harry Hurst HazzaUK2K C




76ers GC   Blazer5 Gaming
14. Ethan White (Radiant), PG   6. Dayne Downey (OneWildWalnut), C
21. Antonio Newman (Newdini33), SG   29. Nidal Nasser (Mama Im Dat Man), PG
48. Mihad Feratovic (I F E A S T), PF   40. Connor Rodrigues (Dat Boy Shotz), PF
55. Alexander Bernstein (Steez), SF   63. Andron Thomas (Lavish_phenom), SF
82. Tilton Curry (xTFr3sHxX), C   74. Grant Barker (GRANT MONSTER), SG
89. Rashann Petty (ZDS), PG   97. Jomar Varela-Escapa (Jomar12 PR ), C
Bucks Gaming   Cavs Legion GC
10. Aaron Rookwood (Drake Griffin), PG   16. Brandon Caicedo (Hood is Glitchy), PG
25. Timothy Anselimo (oLARRY), C   19. Gerald Knapp (Sick x 973), C
44. Jacob Walls (Procis1on), SG   50. Marcus Glenn (Godddof2k), SF
59. Mark Hampton Jr. (XxSTL2LAxX), SF   53. Brandon Raudenbush (iBall x ToXsiK), SG
78. Matthew Hofmann (KinG PeroXide), PF   84. Christopher Anderson (TURNUPDEFENSE), PF
93. Jovan Tenner (BigBaby2k), SF   87. Christopher Tracey (SavageDoWerk), PG
Celtics Crossover Gaming   Grizz Gaming
2. Albano Thomallari (oFAB), PG   15. Larell Mitchell (Winner_Stayz_On), PG
33. Devon Peek (ARS0NAL x), C   20. Mehyar Ahmed-Hassan (AuthenticAfrican), C
36. Ahmed Kasana (Melo East), SF   49. Troy Minott II (AyeTHREAT), SG
67. Alex Snowden (Fusion), SG   54. Antonio Saldivar (UniversaIPhenom), SF
70. Thomas Genaj (Speedbrook), PF   83. Bono Nikolic (PHENOM vv), PF
101. Mhabhusah Koffa (PalmOilPlease), PG   88. Daniel Davis (DDouble2K), SF
Heat Check Gaming   Jazz Gaming
7.  Juan Gonzalez (Hotshot), C   3. Shaka Browne (Yeah I Compete), PG
28. Stanley Lebron (MaJes7ic), PG   32. Malik Leisinger (MrSlaughter01), C
41. Basil Rose (l 24k Dropoff l), PF   37. DeMar Butler (Deedz), PF
62. Carlos Zayas-Diaz (sharpshooterlos), SF   66. Delano Allsup Jr. (Tifeworld), SG
75. Jalen Jones (Jalen03303), SG   71. Jaishon Scott (l 24k JSmoove l), SF
96. Rahmel Wilkins (HyPeR iS Pro), SG   100. Michael Stam (Stambreezy), PF
Kings Guard Gaming   Knicks Gaming
4. Mitchell Franklin (Mootyy), PF   9. Dayvon Curry (G O O F Y 7 5 7), PF
31. Jhade Black (Worthingcolt), C   26. Nate Kahl (NateKahl), SF
38. Eric Donald (Timelycook), PG   43. Eric Ward (YEYNotGaming), SG
65. Shane Farrar (Safiya4ya), SG   60. Adam Kudeimati (iamadamthe1st), PG
72. Christian Collazo (Cowboyxcollazo), SF   77. Idris Richardson (Idrisdagoat6), C
99. Cole Motta (ColeWorld2K), SG   94. Marc Rodriguez (xKPMR), PF
Magic Gaming   Mavs Gaming
8. Christopher Cantrell (KontruL), PG   1.  Artreyo Boyd (Dimez), PG
27. Emmanuel Cruz (UCMANNY), PF   34. Ryan Conger (Dayfri), PF
42. Bilal Almashni (SUPREME PULLER), SF   35. Jannis Neumann (JLB), C
61. Brian Traynor  (NachoTraynor), SG   68. Waseem Talbert (BallLikeSeem), SG
76. Jorge Renteria (marley213s), C   69. Ryan de Villon (Devillon), SF
95. Cameron Ford (KingCamRoyalty), PF   102. Harry Hurst (HazzaUK2K), C


Pacers Gaming   Pistons Gaming
13. Bryant Colon (WoLF), SF   5. Ramo Radoncic (Lets Get It Ramo), PF
22. Nicolas Grech (Swizurk), SG   30. Kris Dellarciprete (iiNsaniTTy), SF
47. Tucker Henry (JordanLocksUp), C   39. Rochell Woods (ixsplashkingxi), SG
56. Jamie Bull (vGooner-), PG   64. Matt Rux (NeNe), C
81. George Polk (FrostytheTruth), PF   73. Fred Mendoza (Im So Far Ahead), PG
90. Samuel Beniaminian (The Playa), SF   98. Joseph Marrero (JosephTheTruth), C
Raptors Uprising GC   Warriors Gaming Squad
11. Kenneth Hailey (Kenny), PG   17. Trong Nguyen (Shawn_Win), SF
24. Christopher Doyle (Detoxys), PF   18. Alex Reese (Bsmoove), SG
45. Yusuf Abdulla (Kobeyusuf), C   51. Jordan Gates (LeVert), PF
58. Trevion Hendrix (All Hail Trey), SF   52. Xavier Vescovi (Type), C
79. Joshua McKenna (TsJosh), SG   85. Cody Hart (Promeister), PG
92. Seanquai Harris (KingQuai614), C   86. Wallace Williams III (EatSleepHoop15), PG
Wizards District Gaming  
12. Johnathon Fields (Fresh Prince JT), PG  
23. Austin Painter (Shump), PF  
46. Maurice Delaney (ReeseDaGod23), SG  
57. Jin Choe (Jinsanity), SF  
80. Isaac Gilton (xGREATxGILLY13), C  
91. Evan Hinsch (Doom), SG  

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