BROOKLYN (March 13, 2021) – NetsGC, the NBA 2K League affiliate of the Brooklyn Nets, selected four elite players in the 2021 NBA 2K League Draft to complete its roster for the 2021 NBA 2K League season. With the 33rd overall pick in the second round, NetsGC point guard Josh “Choc” Humphries announced the team had selected Wahid “Faiz3752” Faiz, a shooting guard out of Toronto.
Later, NetsGC center Connor “Dat Boy Shotz” Rodrigues announced NetsGC had chosen Jake “Legit 973” Knapp as the 35thoverall pick. A full list of NetsGC players selected in the NBA 2K League Draft is below.
|Draft No.||Name||Gamer Tag||Hometown||Position|
|33||Wahid Faiz||Faiz3752||Toronto||Shooting Guard|
|35||Jake Knapp||Legit 973||Verona, N.J.||Power Forward|
|58||Dante Colache||Notorious||Williamston, N.J.||Small Forward|
|60||Stephen Lay||SlayIsland||Milwaukee, WI||Power Forward/Small Forward|
“Coming off our first playoff appearance last year, our mission this offseason was to get high-quality players to complete our roster,” said NetsGC Head Coach and General Manager Ivan “OG KING CURT” Curtiss. “The four key players picked up in tonight’s draft put us in the best position to continue pursuing our goal of bringing an NBA 2K League championship to Brooklyn, and we’re excited for what’s to come.”
After the conclusion of the 2021 NBA 2K League Draft, NetsGC will host a post-draft livestream on its Twitch channel (http://www.twitch.tv/netsgamingcrew). The show will be hosted by Harris Rubenstein, an award-winning sports broadcaster and social/digital content producer for the NBA 2K League, along with ESGN 2K Founder and CEO Champ “Champ2K” Bayless, and content producer and 2K analyst/on-air personality Joe “TheJoeVegas” Bettis. Throughout the livestream, hosts will speak with Curtiss and NetsGC Assistant General Manager, Wael Ankouni, along with interviewing NetsGC players “Choc,” “Shotz” and the team’s newest draft picks.
Returning to NetsGC this season is point guard “Choc,” who was drafted ninth overall by NetsGC in the 2020 NBA 2K League draft. He averaged 29.0 points and 8.9 assists per game throughout all competitions last season and led the league with 9.8 assists per contest in the regular season. The rookie point guard put together perhaps the most exciting debut campaign of any player in the league last year, knocking down multiple game-winning shots and earning both Week Five Player of the Week honors and the league’s Player of the Month for June.
Additionally, in November 2020 NetsGC acquired center “Shotz” from Blazer5 Gaming in the NBA 2K League’s first-ever three-team swap. In the trade, NetsGC received two 2021 draft picks and sent two of its previously retained players, “Randomz” and “JoelLazu” to Blazer5 Gaming, along with its own 2021 first-round pick to Grizz Gaming.
“Shotz” was selected first overall by Hawks Talon GC in the season two expansion draft and was later acquired by Kings Guard Gaming for the 2020 season. He averaged 12.1 points per game, 9.6 rebounds per game and 4.2 assists per game while shooting 70.6% from the field and 57.7% from deep, mainly at the center position, during the 2020 season.
The 63 players selected in today’s draft were chosen from a pool of 265 draftees, which consisted of 175 players who earned eligibility through the NBA 2K League Draft Prospect Series, 22 players from international qualifying events over the last two offseasons, five players from the NBA 2K League’s Women in Gaming initiative, five players who were identified by the NBA 2K League and its teams as high-performing players in the 2K community, and 58 unretained players from the 2020 season. With the conclusion of the four-round draft, all 23 NBA 2K League teams have completed their six-person rosters.
About Nets Gaming Crew (NetsGC)
Nets Gaming Crew (NetsGC) is the NBA 2K League affiliate of the Brooklyn Nets. NetsGC was one of four expansion teams joining the second season of the NBA 2K League, a professional competitive gaming league co-founded by the NBA and Take-Two Interactive Software. The six-player squad is based in Brooklyn and competes as unique characters in 5-on-5 play against 22 other 2K League teams in a mix of regular-season games, tournaments and playoffs. For more information on NetsGC, visit www.netsgc.com or follow the team on Twitter and Instagram.
About the NBA 2K League
The NBA 2K League, a professional esports league co-founded by the NBA and Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. (NASDAQ:TTWO), launched in 2018 and features the best NBA 2K players in the world. Each of the league’s 23 teams features six players who compete as unique characters in 5-on-5 play against the other teams in a mix of regular-season games, tournaments and playoffs. NBA 2K League partners include Anheuser-Busch, AT&T, Champion Athleticwear, Dash Radio, DoorDash, Mondelēz International, Raynor Gaming, SAP, SCUF Gaming, Snickers, Twitch, Wilson and YouTube. For more information about the NBA 2K League, visit NBA2KLeague.com.