Brooklyn, N.Y. — Today, T-Wolves Gaming, the NBA 2K League team of the Minnesota Timberwolves, selected four players in its first ever NBA 2K League Draft at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. and live streamed on Twitch. With the 11th overall pick in the first round, T-Wolves Gaming selected BearDaBEAST23.
BearDaBEAST23 aka Michael Key is a 27-year-old from North Carolina who played in the online NBA 2K League Combine, averaged 35.4 points, 6.3 assists, 2.3 steals per game and was considered one of the top point guards in the draft. “For it to actually pay off, it’s amazing. It’s hard to explain how you actually feel because the feeling is surreal,” Key said live from the NBA 2K Draft at Barclays Center. BearDaBEAST23 is a graduate from Piedemont University where he majored in Christian Ministries and minored in Coaching.
“BearDaBEAST23 is a steal for us in the draft”, said Shawn Vilvens, T-Wolves Gaming Coach. “We were looking for a high-performing point guard to center our team around, and we are thrilled to get Bear. He has great on-court leadership skills of reading the players, seeing the game, and making solid plays. He’ll be a perfect fit for the culture we are building in Minneapolis.”
In addition to BearDaBEAST23, T-Wolves Gaming drafted the following talented players to comprise the first-ever T-Wolves Gaming team roster:
– Turnupdefense, aka Christopher Anderson, is a small forward from Nevada and averaged 28.7 points, 4.2 assists, 3.2 rebounds in the NBA 2K League Combine.
– Dr_JoJo_30, aka Josiah Oetjen, is a power forward from Indiana and averaged 16.7 points, 3.3 assists, and 3.7 rebounds in the NBA 2K League Combine.
– NachoTraynor, aka Bryan Traynor, is from Ohio and is one of the most versatile players in the draft who qualified at all five positions in the NBA 2K Combine.
The four players will join Brandon “HOOD” Caicedo, a guard from Weston, Fla. and Mihad “IFEAST” Feratovic, a power forward from Brooklyn, N.Y. The pair was acquired through the expansion draft in September following the inaugural season of the 2018 NBA 2K League.
T-Wolves Gaming will train at the state-of-the-art T-Wolves Gaming Training Center located in the highly visible skyway level at Mayo Clinic Square, the same building that houses the new practice courts for the Timberwolves and Lynx. More than 10,000 people will pass by the T-Wolves Gaming Training Center daily.
The players in the NBA 2k League Draft were selected from a pool of 126 draftees that were chosen by the league after an extensive tryout process that began in the fall of 2018. All players will be paid a guaranteed, competitive salary, and will have benefits as well as housing. T-Wolves Gaming players will live in a luxury condo building in downtown Minneapolis which includes a rooftop pool, basketball court and gym. Players will also receive a membership to Lifetime and a Fitbit, as do all employees of the organization.
The NBA 2K League is in its second season, with play for the 2019 season tipping off in April. Players will compete as unique characters (not as existing NBA players) in 5-on-5 gameplay. No artificial intelligence will be used; playing ability is strictly determined by skill. Teams will play a total of 16 regular-season games. All regular-season games will take place at the NBA 2K League Studio Powered by Intel in Long Island City, N.Y. and will be livestreamed on Twitch. The prize pool of the 2019 NBA 2K League is $1.2 million. For more details, follow T-Wolves Gaming on Twitter and Twitch.