NBA 2K League Season 2 Preview: Magic Gaming
Magic Gaming proved they could compete with the top teams in the league during the inaugural season of the NBA 2K League. However, they fell one spot short of obtaining a playoff berth, falling to Cavs Legion on the final day of the regular season finishing with a record of 8-6. Above talent and on-court performance, Magic Gaming was perhaps the team with the strongest chemistry in all regards of the league. They always maintained high spirits and spoke about how closely knit they were. Magic Gaming retained Cameron “KingCamRoyalty” Ford and Emmanuel “UCMANNY” Cruz heading into season two.
When the No. 9 pick rolled around, commentators and NBA 2K League fanatics all assumed that Magic Gaming was going to select a primary ball handler. After not having a primary ball handler last season, it was certain Magic Gaming was going to fill that role. That was not the case, and Magic Gaming selected Brendan “Reid” Hill who is known for playing on the PlayStation 4 ProAM team MakeItHappen. He played primarily as a sharpshooter, but also as a secondary ball handler at times.
With the No. 29 pick, Magic Gaming selected another MakeItHappen player Daniel “DT” Tlais, who is now the only Canadian player in the league. DT and Reid will bring a solid foundation of chemistry to build upon for Magic Gaming.
Magic Gaming finished out their draft with the No. 43 and No. 63 picks, selecting Mykel “Kel Mav” Wilson and Tucker “TuckerLocksUp” Henry respectively. Kel Mav is a solid third round pick, and TuckerLocksUp could possibly be the steal of the draft.
Season Two Prediction
I predict that season two is going to be a roller coaster ride for Magic Gaming with more downs than ups. In the NBA 2K19 competition stage, it is essential to have a primary ball handler that can act as an on-court coach and really drive the offense. Magic Gaming does not have a primary ball handler. They had the opportunity to select one of the best point guards in the pool, Michael “BearDaBeast” Key, with the No. 9 pick, but went with Reid instead. I am not completely confident that Reid can be the primary ball handler on this big of a stage.
However, it must be mentioned that even though Magic Gaming does not necessarily have a primary ball handler, they have a lot of talent and a solid foundation of chemistry already. It will be interesting to see the potential lineups that Magic Gaming will generate.
Prediction: 5-11 regular season record, 17th seed