T-Wolves Gaming has a new face on the roster. On Sunday, the team announced that they had traded for Jordan “JMoneyRep817” Martinez.
The T-Wolves sent Brandon “Hood” Caicedo to HEAT Check Gaming in order to acquire JMoney.
JMoney’s first experience with video games came at a young age, when he played Halo 2 with his cousins. At that point, he wasn’t as skilled as he is now.
“My three cousins would stay at my grandma’s house and we would play free-for-all Halo 2, and I sucked at it,” he said. “But I was like five years old, so when Halo 3 came out I said alright I’m going to get good at it. I bought Halo 3 and played it 24/7 and became a god at it.”
For JMoney, the transition into 2K was a natural one. Basketball and video games had always been a part of his life, it was just a matter of bringing the two together.
“I branched out into 2K because I played basketball on the side my whole life, so it was always games and basketball,” JMoney said.
JMoney started playing 2K with 2K11 and ended up playing with a group of people that ended up winning some early Pro-Am tournaments. Now he’s ascended to the highest levels of the game. This is JMoney’s first year in the 2K league.
The transition from playing 2K, even at a high level, in Pro-Am and online to playing in the league is a big one. JMoney has felt that transition acutely. Originally from Dallas, TX, JMoney has now relocated twice in the span of a few months in order to play for different squads.
“It’s been pretty crazy. Just got traded so that’s a new aspect to it. I never thought I’d be traded in a video game,” he said. “To get traded from Miami down here, so like 2,000 miles to Minnesota, for basically a Pro-Am team, it’s amazing, but I’m happy to be here and I just can’t wait to work.”
The 💰man himself is in the city 🙌
— T-Wolves Gaming (@TWolvesGaming) May 14, 2019
Talking to JMoney, it’s clear he understands basketball. When asked about his play style he launched into an explanation of the way he likes to position himself on the court—wrapping around bigs, breaking down defenses from the midrange and most importantly filling the role his team needs him to fill. He identifies with players like Feast and Turnupdefense in the way they star in their roles and always advance the cause of the team before themselves.
“I like people that just buy into the team and buy into their roles. That’s what I’m looking forward to,” he said.
With JMoney on the squad, T-Wolves Gaming will be able to send lots of different kinds of looks at their opposition.
“I play different,” said JMoney. “I play any position so I can play point guard, shooting guard, small forward, I played PG for HeatCheck. I’m unorthodox.”
For a T-Wolves Gaming squad finding their identity as a scrappy, talented team that plays together in order to win, JMoney seems like a perfect fit.