NBA 2K League holds first expansion draft

SECAUCUS, N.J. – The NBA 2K League held its first expansion draft today at the NBA office in Secaucus, New Jersey.

The league’s four expansion teams, affiliates of the Atlanta Hawks, Brooklyn Nets, Los Angeles Lakers and Minnesota Timberwolves, recently announced their NBA 2K League names as Hawks Talon GC, NetsGC, Lakers Gaming and T-Wolves Gaming, respectively.  Each of the four expansion teams selected two players from a pool of 68 players who participated in the inaugural season and were not protected by their original team.  All expansion draftees will join their new teams for the 2019 season.

The expansion draft was a two-round snake draft, meaning that the second round had the inverse order of the first round.  With the first pick, Hawks Talon GC selected Connor “Dat Boy Shotz” Rodrigues, who spent his first season in Portland with Blazer5 Gaming.  NetsGC selected second, T-Wolves Gaming selected third and Lakers Gaming selected fourth.  The complete list of round-by-round selections and team-by-team selections can be found below.

The draft order was determined by a draft lottery earlier this month, which was conducted by drawing ping-pong balls in random order from the official ball machine that is used for the NBA Draft Lottery.

From Sept. 27 to Oct. 10, all 21 teams will have the opportunity to make trades, and the original 17 teams can retain additional players from their 2018 rosters in exchange for 2019 draft picks.  For more information on offseason player protection, additional player retainment, and trade rules, click here.

The date of the 2019 NBA 2K League Draft will be announced in the coming months.  The 2019 NBA 2K League Draft order is subject to change based on trades and additional player retainment.

First Round

Pick Team Player Name Gamer Tag
Hawks Talon GC Connor Rodrigues Dat Boy Shotz
NetsGC Nate Kahl NateKahl
T-Wolves Gaming Tim Anselimo oLARRY
Lakers Gaming Mitchell Franklin Mootyy


Second Round

Pick Team Player Name Gamer Tag
Lakers Gaming Chris Cantrell Kontrul
T-Wolves Gaming Mihad Feratovic I F E A S T
NetsGC Moshood Balogun, Jr. Shockey
Hawks Talon GC Devon Peek ARS0NAL x



Hawks Talon GC
1. Connor Rodrigues (Dat Boy Shotz)
8. Devon Peek (ARS0NAL x)


2. Nate Kahl (NateKahl)
7. Moshood Balogun, Jr. (Shockey)


T-Wolves Gaming
3. Tim Anselimo (oLARRY)
6. Mihad Feratovic (I F E A S T)


Lakers Gaming
4. Mitchell Franklin (Mootyy)
5. Chris Cantrell (Kontrul)


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