Deal Completed with Pacers Gaming to Acquire Former First-Round Pick Ramo “Ramo” Radoncic
Club Acquires First-Round Pick in 2020 NBA 2K League Draft from Magic Gaming
DETROIT, Mich. – The Pistons Gaming Team announced today that the club has made two trades to shape the roster for the upcoming 2020 NBA 2K League season. Pistons GT completed a deal with Pacers Gaming to bring back former 2018 first-round selection Ramo “Ramo” Radoncic, as well as trade for a first-round pick from Magic Gaming in the 2020 NBA 2K League Draft.
Pistons GT acquired its former first-round pick and 2018 MVP candidate in Radoncic along with a 2020 second-round draft pick from Pacers Gaming in exchange for a first and second-round pick in the upcoming 2K League Draft. In another move, the club received a first-round pick from Magic Gaming in exchange for Robbie “May” May.
The club’s roster now stands at two heading into the draft as the team previously retained Devin “DevGoss” Gossett. Pistons GT’s newly acquired first-round pick (14th overall) from Magic Gaming and second-round pick (39th overall) from Pacers Gaming gives the club the 14th, 39th, 47th and 70th overall picks in the upcoming draft.
Pistons GT parted ways with its originally slotted draft selections in the first round (fourth overall) and second round (24th overall) in the 2020 NBA 2K League Draft to reunite Radoncic with his former team.
Radoncic, a power forward, posted averages of 14.8 points, 6.3 rebounds, 5.4 assists and 2.1 steals through 16 regular season games a year ago. He finished the season shooting .549 from the floor, .423 from beyond the arc and .765 from the free throw line. Radoncic also saw action in two playoff games, tallying 16.0 points, 3.0 rebounds and 5.5 assists while shooting .583 from the field.
While with Pistons GT in 2018, Radoncic was a league MVP candidate after totaling 19.2 points, 9.6 rebounds, 4.2 assists, 1.9 steals and 1.4 blocks in 21 total games. He led the club in scoring, rebounding, steals and blocks that season.
“When the opportunity to bring Ramo back to Detroit was presented to us it was hard to pass up,” said general manger Adam Rubin. “Ramo brings the leadership and winning mentality we will need going into season three. Ramo has a strong point-forward mentality with years of NBA 2K experience.”
May played in 13 regular season games for Pistons GT in his rookie season in 2019. He collected regular season averages of 11.5 points, 11.2 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 1.4 steals. May led the team in rebounding 15 times during the 2019 season and had seven double-doubles.
“We’d like to thank Robbie for everything he has done for us in our second season. We wish him luck in the coming season and look forward to competing against him in the future,” said Rubin.
Pistons GT is entering its third season in the NBA 2K League and is one of 23 franchises participating in the league in 2020. Pistons GT made one postseason appearance in 2018 and is headed by 2018 NBA 2K League Coach of the Year Duane Burton and General Manager Adam Rubin. The NBA 2K League is the first official esports league operated by a U.S. professional sports league. According to Newzoo, the global esports audience will reach 453.8 million in 2020 and will generate revenues of $1.1 billion. NBA 2K League content has generated more than 306 million video views across all NBA and NBA 2K League social media platforms, while the league and its 23 teams have more than 2.0 million combined followers on those platforms.