VINTAGE WBA: BEST SEASON EVER (part 1)

BY KRIS SAGER

Maybe you have heard about that little league called NBA. They are celebrating one of their team breaking the record of won games in the regular season. It made me think about the teams with the most wins in WBA history. Here we go:

1. Colorado Pioneers (73-7, season 3)

PG: Steve Peterson: 13 ppg, 6 rpg, 11 apg, 3spg
SG: Paul Wright: 16 ppg, 2 rpg, 2 apg
SF: Jose Berman: 13 ppg, 5 rpg, 3 apg
PF: Heiko Van Brandt: 12 ppg, 9 rpg, 6 apg
C: Boom Boom Casey: 30 ppg, 13 rpg, 4 apg, 4 bpg

Over the span of 3 seasons, Colorado won 73, 70 amd 71 games. No other team has reached the 70 wins and this shows how dominant was Colorado back in the day. They had it all, the most dominant center at the moment in Boom Boom Casey, a floor general in Peterson and if thing did not go well, the were able to change his game and run plays through point forward Heiko Van Brandt. They could have been a dinasty, but the lose in the second round in 2003, and were upset in the first round by Montana, a team that had won 35 games in the regular season.

2. Boston Massacre( 69-11, season 6)

PG: Charlie Daidone: 12 ppg, 4 apg
SG: Sheldon Maloney: 13 ppg, 6 rpg, 4 apg
SF: Camron Diaz: 16 ppg, 6 rpg, 2 spg
PF: Dave Short: 19 ppg, 9 rpg, 2 apg
C: 20 ppg, 8 rpg, 2 bpg

Looking at the stats of the starting five, Boston did not look like a dominant team, but they were a perfect example of the team concept over individual stats. As a team, Boston made just 16% of their 3 pointers, but managed to lead the league in scoring, and won their games with a margin of 14 points. Sadly, they could no capitalize this marvelous season with the title, losing in the Finals to Cancun

3. Albacete Burning Hell (69-11, season 7)

PG: Bill Andrews: 15 ppg, 6 apg
SG: Harry Jarvis: 24 ppg, 4 rpg, 2 spg
SF: Jim Donelly: 8 ppg, 5 rpg, 6 apg
PF: Bobby Cress: 18 ppg, 11 rpg, 3apg, 2 bpg
C: Lou Gonzales: 22 ppg,, 8 rpg, 4 apg, 3 bpg, 3 spg

Once Albacete traded for Lou Gonzales, it was really evident that they had one of the best starting five ever. The frontcourt duo of Cress and Gonzales created havoc in the paint, and Harry Jarvis found lots of open shots. They only needed some glue players to round it all, and Jim Donelly took the role. Albacete won their games with a 16 points scoring margin, winning the championship after a little scare in conference finals

4. Paris Juggers (69-11, season 11)

PG: Charlie Meyers: 11 ppg 4rpg, 6 apg
SG: Scott Lio: 25 ppg, 5 rpg, 3 apg
SF: Al Lee: 14 ppg, 6 rpg, 3 apg
PF: Heiko Van Brandt: 22 ppg, 11 rpg, 6 apg
C: Jay Vasquez: 25 ppg, 8 rpg, 5 apg, 3 bpg

Paris had one of the best seasons ever, but they felt one game short of the championship, losing the Finals in a tight series against Oregon. Heiko Van Brandt repeated in a legendary lineup, and it has to mean something. He and Jay Vasquez were a nightmare for.any opposing frontcourt. Every player was a good rebounder, and the led the league in rebounding margin.

5. Brooklyn Rage ( 67-13, season 2)

PG: woody Reynolds: 14 ppg, 6 apg, 2 spg
SG: Ozzie Kramer: 13 ppg, 3rpg, 3 apg
SF: AJ Schulz: 24 ppg, 11 rpg, 6 apg
PF: John Davies: 14 ppg, 11 rpg, 4 apg
C: Joe Siebert: 17 ppg, 13 rpg, 4 bpg

You usually cant hear a lot about Brooklyn in season 2, because they choked terribly in first round of playoffs. There is some talk that 67 wins is too much for this team because of the 5 expansion teams there was, but they hit some remarcable feats. First to come to mind is the brutal scoring margin, we are talking about 20 points. We cant forget how the backcourt trio dominated the boards

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