JAN. 27, 2023 (DALLAS) – Last night, Mavs Gaming selected two players to fill out their roster at the 2023 NBA 2K League Draft: Ludlow “Glo” Samuels and Kwan “followTHEGOD” Niblack. These 2023 Mavs Gaming draft picks, presented by Chime, will prove to strategically set up the team for the upcoming sixth NBA 2K season, and beyond.
“With my first draft as head coach, I wanted to make a splash. Glo, who we believe is the best center in the draft, contributes a successful veteran mindset and leadership,” said Mavs Gaming Head Coach Ryan Conger. “FollowTHEGOD fits in perfectly with our current roster, bringing his experience and positional flexibility.”
All 25 NBA 2K League teams, including the league’s expansion team representing Australia, NBL Oz Gaming, completed their five-person rosters for both 3v3 and 5v5 competitions at the end of the three-round draft. During the offseason, 78 players who competed in the 2022 season were retained by their teams and one player was selected as the first-ever NBL Oz Gaming player, leaving 47 roster spots to be filled during the draft.
After the fifth season of the NBA 2K League, Mavs Gaming retained Kenneth “Kenny Zeus” Strombeck and Jeri “Jarsity” Pena. Making moves in the offseason for Reid “Reizey” Hill, the team was able to capitalize on their picks — No. 22 and 41. The Mavs Gaming season officially starts Mar. 8 with THE SLAM OPEN 3v3 Tournament.
MAVS GAMING 2023 ROSTER:
|DRAFT SELECTION||NAME||POSITION||GAMER TAG|
|Retained from 2022||Kenneth Strombeck||PG||Kenny Zeus|
|Retained from 2022||Jeri Pena||SF||Jarsity|
|Acquired via trade||Reid Hill||SG||Reizey|
|Round 2 / Pick #22||Ludlow Samuels||C||Glo|
|Round 3 / Pick #41||Kwan Niblack||PF||followTHEGOD|
MEDIA: Recordings of media availabilities with select draftees will be available here.
Fans interested in keeping up with Mavs Gaming can follow Mavs Gaming social media accounts on Twitch (twitch.tv/mavsgg), Twitter (MavsGG), Instagram (mavsgg) and Facebook (MavsGG) and visit mavsgaming.nba.com.
Additional details about the 2023 NBA 2K League season will be announced in the near future. For more information, fans can follow the NBA 2K League on Twitter (NBA2KLeague), Instagram (nba2kleague), Facebook (NBA 2K League), TikTok (nba2kleague), Twitch (NBA2KLeague) and YouTube (NBA 2K League) and visit NBA2KLeague.com..
ABOUT MAVS GAMING: Mavs Gaming is the Dallas Mavericks affiliate team in the NBA 2K League. The NBA 2K League is a professional competitive gaming league co-founded by the NBA and Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. Bringing together the world’s best basketball gamers, this marks the first official Esports league operated by a U.S. professional sports league. For more information, visit MavsGaming.NBA.com.
About the NBA 2K League: The NBA 2K League, a professional esports league co-founded by the NBA and Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. (NASDAQ:TTWO), launched in 2018 and features 25 teams and the best NBA 2K players in the world. NBA 2K League partners include Anheuser-Busch, AT&T, Champion Athleticwear, Coinbase, Dash Radio, Google, Loco, Mondelēz International, SAP, Snickers, Sony Interactive Entertainment, SPS, Wilson and YouTube. For more information about the NBA 2K League, visit NBA2KLeague.com.