The NBA Draft is still over two months away, but on Wednesday in New York, the Magic were involved in a new kind of draft.
Magic Gaming, an eSports team representing the Orlando Magic, had the eighth pick in the inaugural NBA 2K League draft. With the pick, they drafted a hometown product, selecting Florida’s Christopher Cantrell, a point guard whose game tag is “KontruL.”
With their second round pick, the Magic selected Emmanuel Cruz (UCMANNY), a power forward from New York. They then added Bilal Almashni (SUPREME PULLER), a small forward from Illinois; Brian Traynor (NachoTraynor), a shooting guard from Ohio; Jorge Renteria (marley213s), a center from Arizona; and Cameron Ford (KingCamRoyalty), a power forward from Ohio.
The six-round draft, which had a snake format, came after a tryout that started in January. Teams had to use their first five picks to select a player at each starting position (PG, SG, SF, PF, C). The league, which has 17 teams, is set to kick off its inaugural season in May.
Meet the Magic Gaming squad: