The third iteration of the NBA 2K League entry draft has come and gone in a blur. Teams are now preparing for the actual season and seeing where old and new pieces fit. Some players are retained, some are picked up from other teams by way of the draft and some are rookies trying to make a splash in their debut seasons.
Let’s take a look at multiple players looking to make noise in their rookie year for their new franchise.
JBM, Point Guard – Wizards District Gaming, 1st overall
Drafted first overall by Wizards District Gaming, JBM has a lot to prove in his first season in D.C., and will be surrounded by three veterans who have been around the league for two straight seasons. Dayfri, Reese and Newdini will help bring JBM along at point guard just fine. Based on his pre-draft performances, JBM really knows how to score the ball and get his teammates involved when necessary as well. He should be ready to perform on the stage right from the jump and show the league why he was the consensus first overall pick of season three. Expect him to break out early.
Crush, Small Forward – Kings Guard Gaming, 3rd overall
Crush will look to make an impact at lock right away. In a draft where point guards were the clear favorites, Crush at lock was a no-brainer for the Kings, who already had a strong nucleus with frontcourt duo Dat Boy Shotz and Yusuf_Scarbz, two league veterans. We can’t forget to mention that they kept top sharpshooter BallLikeSeem, who has arguably been one of the top sharps in the league for two straight seasons.
Crush will fit in well alongside an already talented roster after proving post-draft 2K19 and pre-draft 2K20 that he was one of the top locks on both consoles, a key factor in the Kings’ decision to select him close to the top of this year’s draft. Crush will look to lock up the top point guards in the world week after week, helped by teammates swinging behind him and making his job just a little bit easier.
Choc, Point Guard – NetsGC, 9th overall
NetsGC General Manager and Head Coach OGKINGCURT was excited to get his man with the team’s first selection. After being left out of the first two seasons, Choc will look to make an impact in his debut season with the Nets. He was the first Legend in the Park game mode this year on either console and has shown dedicated hard work to the game over the years at multiple positions, but his main one has always been point guard.
Choc can definitely get a bucket when need be, but his vision has always been something that sets him apart. NetsGC’s top pick has been waiting for this moment for quite some time, and he should be able to perform when the lights are bright. There’s no reason not to believe that Choc quickly becomes one of the top guards in the league.
Regg, Point Guard – Bucks Gaming, 12th overall
Regg fell farther down the draft than some expected, so when Bucks Gaming had an opportunity to pick him they couldn’t say no. Regg in the pick and roll with second-year center Plondo should be something to keep an eye on all season long. The two of them will look to develop chemistry and really ignite the fire to help the Bucks succeed this season. Regg is a bucket at the point guard spot and is also a vocal leader who likes to get his teammates involved in the action.
Veteran scorer ARooks will join Regg in the backcourt to help shoulder the load in terms of scoring, so the rookie shouldn’t feel too much pressure once he hits the stage for the first time. Regg should turn heads all over the league in his first season and many will see if they will regret not picking him before No. 12 overall.
CantGuardRob, Center – Knicks Gaming, 15th overall
The only big to make the list is none other than Rob, a difference-maker on both ends of the court who has been causing havoc for many years on PS4. Knicks Gaming will be excited to have him not only in the pick and roll on offense with second-overall pick Duck, but also to have CantGuardRob locking up on defense with fellow rookie BigRiM.
CantGuardRob is a vocal leader who doesn’t stay quiet on either end and lets his teammates know from the jump what he expects of them. He has always been willing to do anything to jumpstart his team and to give them the energy needed to take them to the next level. From day one, he will come in and make noise at center; he could be one of the top big men in the league when all is said and done. Even in the league, CantGuardRob will continue to make a difference on both ends of the court week in and week out.
Sleeper pick: Gen, Shooting Guard – Gen.G Tigers of Shanghai, 34th overall
Drafted in the second round, Gen has been one of the top sharps in Pro-Am for the past two years; it’s no coincidence expansion team Gen.G noticed and decided to take a chance on him. Though he’ll likely slot in at power forward with ShiftyKaii and Killeyy both on the roster, Gen should be able to make an immediate difference on the offensive side of the ball. A player that defenses need to keep track of at all times, Gen will always be involved in the offense in some way shape or form.
Gen has the potential to be one of the best shooters in the league in just his rookie season.