Gen.G Tigers of Shanghai has hired Jordan “Len” Ross as its first-ever head coach, the team announced today.
Len joins the Shanghai-based NBA 2K League expansion team after serving as DIMER’s senior analyst since March 2019. He made the season two NBA 2K League draft pool but went unselected in that draft.
“I’m extremely excited for this opportunity with the first international team in the league,” Len told DIMER. “It’s a surreal feeling, as this time last year I was filled with anxiety trying to make my mark as a player. After not getting drafted, I still committed myself to helping the league grow. This league is something I believe in, and for it to come full circle and finally have a team give me an opportunity to make an impact… I’m ecstatic.”
Set to debut in the 2020 season, Gen.G is the first international franchise in the NBA 2K League. The team recently revealed its NBA 2K League name and branding identity—the Tigers—at the NBA 2K League APAC Invitational in Seoul, South Korea. With the second pick in the 2019 expansion draft, Gen.G drafted 2019 champion Turnupdefense from T-Wolves Gaming. The franchise then executed a draft-and-trade with 76ers, sending ZDS back to Philadelphia along with a third-round pick in exchange for a first-round pick (No. 21) and a second-round pick, both in 2020.
The Tigers also have their own first-round pick, No. 5 overall, in the 2020 entry draft.