DETROIT, Mich. ¬– The Pistons Gaming Team announced today that the club has acquired the fourth overall pick in the 2019 NBA 2K League Draft in exchange for power forward Ramo Radoncic, “Lets Get it Ramo”. Pistons GT now has two first-round draft picks in the upcoming draft, pairing the fourth pick from Pacers Gaming with the team’s slotted 16th pick in the first round.
“This trade allows us to continue to build on a successful first season for Pistons GT and gives us options to strengthen our roster for the 2019 campaign,” said Adam Rubin, Manager of esports for Pistons GT. “We thank Ramo for his contributions to Pistons GT last season and wish him the best as he continues his career.”
Radoncic played an important role in helping Pistons GT reach the postseason in year one of the NBA 2K League. The power forward averaged 19.9 points, 9.6 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 2.1 steals and 1.7 blocks in 23 games during the season and was a NBA 2K League MVP candidate. Radoncic was the fifth overall pick in the inaugural 2018 NBA 2K League Draft.
Pistons GT finished the season with the NBA 2K League’s third-best record, 9-5, to clinch its first-ever playoff berth and was one of 17 franchises participating in the inaugural season. The NBA 2K League is the first official esports league operated by a U.S. professional sports league. According to Newzoo, by 2020 the esports industry is expected to grow to $1.5 billion worldwide while the audience for esports is expected to reach 557 million by 2021, including 250 million dedicated enthusiasts and 307 million occasional viewers.