The 2019 NBA 2K Draft featured many professional E-Gamers from across the United States who saw dreams come true when they heard their names announced and walked the stage in Brooklyn's Barclays Center.
Those fortunate few will now be working for NBA teams who own their own NBA 2K teams. They will be facing some of the stiffest competition the E-Gaming world has to offer when the 2019 NBA 2K League season begins in April.
In the second round of the 2K Draft, the Milwaukee Bucks' team - Bucks Gaming - was on the board with the 26th pick. The team submitted its pick and the NBA 2K League Managing Director Brendan Donohue announced "ChaddyNick from Texas."
"ChaddyNick from Texas" also goes by another name - Chad Fodderie from San Antonio.
Fodderie was born and raised in San Antonio. He attended O'Conner High School and graduated from Brandeis High School on the city's Northside. He attended San Antonio College.
San Antonio is where he honed his gaming skills.
"It's a dream come true. It's something you think about," Fodderie told the Spurs Zone following the 2K League Draft. "You don't really know when it comes to fruition until it actually happens. So I feel blessed. I was really excited."
The 2K League is a part of the NBA, much like the G League is under the umbrella of the NBA. It has its own uniforms, regular-season, post-season, training camps and much more, including a rigorous gaming combine.
Each members of the team play an individual position. A player will control the team's center, the point guard, shooting guard and so on.
"So basically, each team gets up to six players on their roster after each year," Fodderie explained. "You're allowed to retain two players. Then the rest of the un-retained players are eligible for the draft pool for next year's 2K Draft."
Said Fodderie: "You have over 20-30 other people trying out in the combine that they host every single year. And you have to try out for that."
The odds of making an NBA 2K team's roster are very slim according to Fodderie.
"In this year's draft, there was 74 spots available. Your chances are probably super slim, less than almost 1 percent of the 1 percent," Fodderie stated.
As part of being selected, he will live in Milwaukee and travel to New York City for official games held in "The Arena" located in Queens.
His transition will be eased by the Bucks, who will provide transportation to and from New York City, as well as pay for room and board, gaming perks (equipment) and a nice paycheck to represent Bucks Gaming.
"Yeah it's freezing. But I know Milwaukee is constantly going to be cold," said Fodderie. "I've never been up north before but thankfully I will be up there during the summertime so I'm hoping it's nice."
Nice can't describe what could be ahead financially for the new professional gamer.
Should Bucks Gaming be named the 2019 NBA 2K Draft champs, the purse is upwards of $1 million, and that does not include weekly winnings.
"As far as salary goes, depending on your winnings, it is definitely double-digits, but if you win and you win the champion we can do a lot more than that. You definitely go into the triple digits," Fodderie said.
The 26-year old San Antonian is hoping his time as a high school basketball player will translate into the league. He says his time on the court is an advantage as well as the support from his family in San Antonio and in Houston.
"[They're my] biggest supporters and I have my family with me here. And then I have a family in Houston," said Fodderie.
Growing up in San Antonio, the San Antonio Spurs were a huge in influence on him.
An avid Spurs fans, Fodderie is hoping to take the Spurs' way to Bucks Gaming once the season gets underway.
"I'll always be Spurs fan first at heart," Fodderie said.
"I grew up learning, thankfully, watching the Spurs. Watching Tim Duncan, (Manu) Ginobili, Tony Parker throughout their entire careers. It seemed like the greatest thing for me," Fodderie said. "I never thought I could ever be in a position to replicate professionalism like they did and I was able to grow up and watch them and learn from how they acted on or off the court."
And that professionalism and team-first mentality is what he's looking to add to Bucks Gaming.
"They're always for the team. And I think that's something that I think I've been blessed with in having a family guide me and show me the way at just being humble," Fodderie said.
As for his favorite Spur, Fodderie was quick to say Ginobili.
When asked if we could see him bring the "Eurostep" to the 2K League like Ginobili did for the NBA, Fodderie admits he is anxious to befuddle players with the move.
"The thing about Ginobili is he's unpredictable. If he doesn't know what he's going to do, how can you? That's the thing about me," Fodderie joked. "You don't know what I'm going to do. I can pull out the Euro. I might call it a Euro and go into a dunk. You don't know what I'm going to do."
Fodderie is anxious to join the Milwaukee gaming squad. He is looking to add his style of play and help the team chase the 2019 NBA 2K crown.
But before he gets to work next month, he had a few words for San Antonio and his supporters.
"This is an absolute blessing. I just love San Antonio and you know the whole city itself being a Spurs fan," Fodderie said. "This is not about playing games. There's a lot outside of it that you have to really balance out your life and balance on who you are if you want to make it to be a pro. And not just video games you know just about anything."