Announcements of NBA 2K League players protected from the 2019 expansion draft continued Wednesday when Hawks Talon GC revealed it would be keeping its two biggest offensive weapons from this past season. The team formally announced over social media that it protected Connor “Dat Boy Shotz” Rodrigues and Randolph “Rando” Moreno.
Hawks Talon GC is the third team in the league to protect players from the upcoming expansion draft. On Tuesday, Wizards District Gaming kept Ryan “Dayfri” Conger and Maurice “ReeseDaGod” Delaney. Meanwhile, Mavs Gaming protected Artreyo “Dimez” Boyd, Peter “PeteBeBallin” Malin, and Justin “Sherm” Sherman.
Out of the 21 total teams in the NBA 2K League, 18 teams remain to reveal their protection plans. The deadline for teams to select their protected players is Monday, Sept 2. A full list of league rules regarding protecting players and transactions was released by the league office last week.
🚨 Player Protection Announcement 🚨
— Hawks Talon GC (@HawksTalonGC) August 21, 2019
Hawks Talon GC did not experience the same first-year success as its expansion counterpart T-Wolves Gaming. After beginning the season with respectable results, Hawks Talon GC struggled to win down the stretch of the regular season. Atlanta’s team finished the year at 5-11, placing the Hawks in 18th.
Rodrigues was the top pick in last year’s expansion draft and was the leader of Hawks Talon GC throughout the year on the scoresheet. He averaged 16.6 per game and ranked 18th in the league. Rodrigues added 3.0 rebounds, 2.2 assists, and 2.2 steals to his per-game averages.
Moreno contributed to the offense of Hawks Talon GC through both scoring and setting up his teammates. He was second on the team for scoring, averaging 14.7 points. Moreno was one of three players on the team to average over four assists a game.
The four remaining Atlanta players now enter the expansion draft player pool. Mark “XxSTL2LAxX” Hampton, Devon “Arsonal” Peek, Jonathan “Jay A Fool” Jefferson, and Andrew “MrStylez” Valle are now possibilities to be drafted by Hornets Venom GT and future expansion teams in the expansion draft.
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