On Thursday, January 26, Kings Guard Gaming selected the following gamers in the 2023 NBA 2K League Draft:
|Name||Gamertag||Hometown||Position||Round / Pick|
|Brayden Puchalski||Braynoss||Bronx, New York||Point Guard||1st / 8th Overall|
|Artreyo Boyd||Dimez||Cleveland, Ohio||Center||1st / 12th Overall|
|Kerry Thompson||Kerry||Louisiana||Power Forward||2nd / 28th Overall|
The newly drafted players will join point guard Matthew “Bash” Robles and point guard Reginald “Regg” Nash Jr in representing Sacramento for the upcoming season. DJ “DLAY2K” will once again lead the team as head coach.
“We are excited to bring three extremely talent players in Braynoss, Dimez and Kerry to Sacramento for the upcoming season,” said Kings Guard Gaming Head Coach DJ Layton. “The energy is great in Sacramento, and we can’t wait to get started.”
In 2017, the Sacramento Kings revealed the identity of their first esports team – Kings Guard Gaming –that participated in the inaugural season of the NBA 2K League in 2018. The Kings unveiled the world’s first dedicated esports training facility and content studio inside a professional sporting venue, featuring a broadcast center, gamer lounge and full-service music recording studio. Using the world’s most connected in-arena network, the studio has full broadcast capabilities to produce livestreams and content, as well as the latest hardware for zero-lag gaming. In 2019, the team made its first NBA 2K League playoff appearance. The 2020 NBA 2K League season saw Kings Guard Gaming tied for fifth place in the playoffs with a regular season record of 11-5. During the 2021 season, Kings Guard Gaming finished 15-13, ranking eleventh in the league.
Kings Guard Gaming ended the 2022 season in August after a hard fight in the THE STEAL and THE TICKET play-ins. The team did not advance to the playoffs and finished the season 8-10 in 3v3 and 10-9 in 5v5. The 2022 Kings Guard team was led by Head Coach Del “DLAY2K” Layton and consisted of Rafel “Crush” Davis, Timothy “Bigrim” Hayworth, Tyrell “Ty” Johnson, Myles “Myles” Lyons and Matthew “Bash” Robles.
Additional details about the 2022 NBA 2K League season will be announced in the near future. For more information, fans can visit KingsGuard.gg or follow the team on Twitter, Instagram, TikTok and Facebook – @KingsGuardGG.
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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 24 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, Sport1, SPS, Wilson and YouTube. For more information about the NBA 2K League, visit NBA2KLeague.com.