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Award Winners

Season   Champion   MVP Defensive PoY Rookie of the Year 6th Man of the Year Most Improved GM of the Year Citizenship
2017-18 Brooklyn Mario Bailey Jervan Timmons Victorino Pinelo Harrison Legault Abel Debusiness Rondall Reynoso Pablo del Pino
2016-17 Brooklyn  Mario Bailey Jervan Timmons Clement Trentesols Branko Filipovic Marvin Lofton Guillermo Thomas Dave Williams 
2015-16 Brooklyn Mario Bailey Jervan Timmons Tristan Perrier Claude Weidner Edward Jefferson Quinten Lawrence Kelley Avery
2014-15 New York Almantas Talacka Lou Gonzales Almantas Talacka Devonta Corrigan Damien Bohm Steven Goodstadt Rondall Reynoso 
2013-14 Brooklyn Mario Bailey Lou Gonzales Merlin Lundy Oliver Doherty Walt Jackson Guillermo Thomas   Kelley Avery 
2012-13 Paris  Bishop Stein Lou Gonzales Omar Raoumbe Elvis Harris Abdiel Gordon Brad Bangerter  Kevin Harper
2011-12 Oregon  Heiko Van Brandt  Cordell Parks  Mark Carr  Scott Nicholson Ahmed Dougherty   Mike Esposito  Dave Williams
2010-11 Oregon  Lou Gonzales Lou Gonzales  Walt Jackson  Jim Wilson Bishop Stein  Kevin Harper Pablo del Pino
2009-10 Cancun  Lou Gonzales Lou Gonzales  Bishop Stein  Brad Bangerter  Brad Bangerter  Sam Plummer   
2008-09 Cancun  Lou Gonzales Lou Gonzales  Javier (Jay) Vazquez   Gordon Whitehouse   Corey Mosley Sam Plummer  
2007-08 Albacete            Pedro Alcaraz Sanchez   
2006-07 Cancun Wayne Taylor Lou Gonzales  Dave Troychak  Joe Clark  Devonta Corrigan Corey Bowen  
2005-06 Colorado            Brent Bangerter  
2004-05 Washington  Wayne Taylor Lou Gonzales Arron Black Al Zarra Frank Rose David Song  
2003-04 Brooklyn  Boom-Boom Casey   Lou Gonzales  Lou Gonzales  Abdullah Chanda  Tom Perkins  Brandon Morfeld   
2002-03 Boston Boom-Boom Casey Boom-Boom Casey & Joe Siebert   A.J. Schulz J. J. McCauley Jerry Simms Pedro Alcaraz  
2001-02 Fernie Curtis Bridges Joe Siebert  N/A  Jim Fox N/A  Rondall Reynoso   

Top Performers

Season   Points Rebounds Assists Steals Blocks
2017-18 Mario Bailey (2483) Jesus Morrell (810) Jervan Timmons (1056) Jervan Timmons (306) Ryan Rogers (236)
2016-17 Mario Bailey (2657) Wally Birkhead (832) Jervan Timmons (1042) Jervan Timmons (264) Juwan Bixby (223)
2015-16 DaRond Lyons (2627) Wally Birkhead (874)  Jervan Timmons (978)  Jervan Timmons (235)  Lou Gonzales (218) 
2014-15 Almantas Talacka (2339) Chad Nolan (841)  Jervan Timmons (865)  Jervan Timmons (222)  Lou Gonzales (251) 
2013-14 Wayne Taylor (2299) Simeon Hill (937)  Isaac Edmondson (837)  Jervan Timmons (206)  Lou Gonzales (224) 
2012-13 Dave Williams (2192) Corey Mosley (1067) Yuri Vilasny (968) Bobby Egan (418) Lou Gonzales (259) 
2011-12 Jaxon McCall (2152) Corey Mosley (1005) Yuri Vilasny (984) Bobby Egan (296) John Van Horne (302) 
2010-11 Samir Sheth (2124) Corey Mosley (1037)   Yuri Vilasny (994) Bobby Egan (286) Charles Cushman (302) 
2009-10 Emmett Yee (2322) Corey Mosley (949) Brandon Sandler (951) Bert Haug (320) Lou Gonzales (364) 
2008-09 Wayne Taylor (2334) Corey Mosley (1002) Jimmy Foster (966)  Lonnie Gerson (326) Lou Gonzales (411) 
2007-08 Dave Williams (2422) Paul Wilson (1191)  Chuck Henderson (977) John Greene (323) Arnold Eaton (276)
2006-07 Wayne Taylor (2525) Paul Wilson (1070)  Chuck Henderson (1059)   Lonnie Gerson (327)  Lou Gonzales (366) 
2005-06 Boom-Boom Casey & Harry Jarvis (2089)   Paul Wilson (1109)  Chuck Henderson (1004)  Chuck Henderson (294)  Lou Gonzales (377) 
2004-05 Wayne Taylor (2107)  Paul Wilson (1207)  Chuck Henderson (948)  Chuck Henderson & Otto Hameleers (260)   Lou Gonzales (451) 
2003-04 Boom-Boom Casey (2417)  Paul Wilson (1191)  Chuck Henderson (1278)  Chuck Henderson (287)  Lou Gonzales (388) 
2002-03 Boom-Boom Casey (2451)  Paul Wilson (1199)  Chuck Henderson (1102)   Chuck Henderson & Steve Peterson (289) John Riddle (305) 
2001-02* Jim McCarthy (1656)  Joe Siebert (743)  Curtis Bridges (671)  John Greene (193)  Joe Siebert (225) 

*2001-02 was a 62 game season.

Single Game Records

                      MOST POINTS — GAME

 1.  Maine                          DAY 64 (2002)  TOK             156

 2.  Albacete                       DAY 32 (2002)  TOK             153

 3.  Fort Worth                    3/18/2016      BAL            152

 4.  Colorado                       DAY 56 (2003)  IND             152

 5.  Colorado                       DAY 60 (2002)  TOK             151

     London                         DAY 18 (2002)  TOK             151

 7.  Oregon                         DAY 45 (2006)  SLC             150

     Gabon                          DAY 29 (2003)  BRM             150

     Washington                     DAY 18 (2003)  ADE             150

 10. Albacete                       DAY 28 (2006)  BAL             149

     Gabon                          DAY 53 (2003)  SC              149

                     FEWEST POINTS — GAME

 1.  S.Carolina                     DAY 82 (2003)  BRK              46

 2.  Bermuda                        DAY 21 (2003)  COL              47

 3.  Alaska                         12/2/2013      MC               48

 4.  Sydney                         11/15/2014     LV               49
 5.  Myrtle Beach                   DAY 66 (2003)  GAB              50

 6.  Sydney                         4/15/2016      GAB              51

     Chacarita                      DAY 20 (2005)  COL              51

 8.  Fort Worth                     12/1/2017      BOS              52

     Alaska                         2/28/2014      ORE              52

     Winifred                       DAY 44 (2004)  BRK              52

 11. Alaska                         2/24/2014      ORE              53

     Paris                          DAY 40 (2012)  NY               53

                        MOST FIELD GOALS ATTEMPTED

 1.  London                   2/24/2017            BAR             122

     London                   12/1/2015            NYC             122

     Paris                    3 OT  DAY 24 (2011)  GAB             122

 4.  Brooklyn                 2 OT  DAY 28 (2011)  GAB             120

     Gabon                    3 OT  DAY 24 (2011)  PAR             120

     Rochester                2 OT  DAY 13 (2011)  LI              120

 7.  Toronto                  11/15/2017           COL             119

     Boston                   2 OT  DAY 77 (2006)  LON             119

 9.  Washington               2 OT  DAY 30 (2010)  ALB             118

     Colorado                 2 OT  DAY 30 (2009)  NEB             118

 11. Cincinnati               12/16/2015           SYD             116

     Rochester                2 OT  DAY 63 (2010)  NEB             116

 13. Roswell                  2 OT  DAY 22 (2007)  NEB             116

 14. Sydney                   12/16/2015           CIN             115

     Gabon                    1/15/2016            ARZ             115

     California               12/1/2016            BOS             115

     Salt Lake                1 OT  DAY 49 (2009)  CAL             115

                     MOST FIELD GOALS MADE

 1.  Gabon                          DAY 53 (2003)  SC               69

 2.  Cancun                         DAY 67 (2003)  ADE              67

 3.  Brooklyn                       DAY 66 (2003)  BAL              67

 4.  Andorra                        DAY 74 (2011)  LI               66

 5.  Brooklyn                       DAY 74 (2011)  MEX              66

 6.  New York                 1 OT  DAY 49 (2003)  BOS              66

 7.  Colorado                       DAY 5  (2004)  SYD              65

 8.  S.Carolina                     DAY 76 (2002)  GAB              65

 9.  S.Carolina                     DAY 69 (2002)  LA               65

 10. Utah                           DAY 55 (2008)  TEX              64

     Budapest                       DAY 2  (2007)  BAL              64

     Virgin Isl.                    DAY 18 (2004)  SYD              64

                 MOST FREE THROWS ATTEMPTED

 1.  Andorra                        12/7/2013      SLC              74
     Andorra                        3/11/2014      SAC              74

 3.  Colorado                       DAY 80 (2002)  CIN              69

 4.  Washington                     DAY 47 (2009)  CAL              67

 5.  Washington                     DAY 17 (2009)  ALB              65

 6.  Colorado                       DAY 62 (2009)  OMA              64

 7.  Albacete                       DAY 19 (2008)  LON              64

 8.  Winifred                       DAY 18 (2002)  BRM              64

 9.  Washington                     DAY 41 (2008)  VI               63
     Barcelona                      2/14/2015      FRA              63

                    MOST FREE THROWS MADE

 1.  Andorra                        3/11/2014      SAC              65

 2.  Andorra                        12/7/2013      SLC              57

 3.  Washington                     DAY 17 (2009)  ALB              55

 4.  Colorado                       DAY 80 (2002)  CIN              55

 5.  Colorado                       DAY 12 (2009)  ROC              54

 6.  Sacramento                     11/19/2013     BOS              53

     Colorado                       DAY 16 (2002)  BRM              53

 8.  Colorado                       DAY 62 (2009)  OMA              52

 9.  Colorado                       DAY 55 (2009)  BIR              52

 10. Colorado                       DAY 27 (2002)  IND              52

                   MOST 3-POINTERS ATTEMPTED

 1.  London                         12/1/2015      NY               53

 2.  New York                       4/25/2018      KC               49

 3.  London                         12/6/2015      NY               48

 4.  Boston                         12/19/2015     NY               47

     Albacete                       4/16/2017      BAR              47

     Boston                         2/1/2018       NY               47

 7.  London                         1/12/2016      SYD              46

     Osaka                          12/14/2017     CAP              46

     Osaka                          2/26/2018      FRA              46    

10.  Toronto                        11/19/2013     CHA              45

     Toronto                        12/2/2013      FRA              45

     Toronto                        12/10/2013     CHA              45
     Toronto                        11/30/2014     CAN              45
     Toronto                        5/31/2015      NY               45
     New York                       6/1/2015       TOR              45

     Toronto                        6/5/2016       BRK              45
     New York                       12/26/2017     FW               45

18.  Las Vegas                      12/10/2013     SEO              44

     Toronto                        4/7/2014       ALB              44
     Seoul                          4/18/2015      BAR              44

     London                         4/8/2016       FW               44

     London                         4/23/2016      MIL              44

                    MOST 3-POINTERS MADE

 1.  London                         12/6/2015      NY               25

     Toronto                        2/2/2017       LON              25

 2.  New York                       3/10/2016      ALB              23
     New York                       3/10/2018      CAL              23

 5.  Toronto                        4/29/14        ROC              22
     Salt Lake City                 4/1/2015       NY               22

     London                         12/1/2015      NY               22
     Gabon                          2/15/2016      SAC              22
     Boston                         2/1/2018       NY               22
     Toronto                        2/17/2018      ARI              22

11.  Toronto                        12/2/2013      FRA              21

     Toronto                        4/25/2014      ROC              21
     Seattle                        1/13/2015      MIA              21
     Gabon                          1/15/2016      SEO              21
     London                         1/17/2016      SEO              21
     London                         1/18/2016      SEO              21
     Capetown                       4/15/2016      BRK              21
     London                         4/23/2016      MIL              21
     Toronto                        5/9/2016       LON              21
     Toronto                        6/5/2016       BRK              21

     Alaska                         11/8/2016      CIN              21

                   MOST OFFENSIVE REBOUNDS

 1.  California                     2/5/2018       MIA              35
 2.  Brooklyn                       DAY 44 (2004)  WIN              33

 3.  Budapest                       DAY 77 (2006)  UT               32
     California                     3/26/2018      SEA              32

 5.  Salt Lake City                 12/2/2016      COL              31

 6.  Baltimore                      DAY 29 (2012)  FRA              30

     Budapest                       DAY 32 (2007)  LON              30

     Salt Lake                1 OT  DAY 18 (2007)  MIA              30
     Tokyo                          1/15/2016      ALB              30

     Miami                          2/27/2017      OSA              30
     California                     4/12/2018      LV               30

12.  Brooklyn                       DAY 36 (2012)  OMA              29

     Brooklyn                       DAY 54 (2011)  AND              29

     Roswell                        DAY 15 (2010)  LON              29

     Budapest                       DAY 57 (2006)  LON              29

     New York                       DAY 63 (2004)  MON              29

     Cincinnati                     DAY 30 (2002)  BRM              29
     Tokyo                          12/31/2014     SEA              29
     London                         1/16/2015      ALB              29
     London                         12/1/2015      NY               29
     Cancun                         2/4/2018       PAR              29
    

                  MOST REBOUNDS — TOTAL

 1.  Brooklyn                       DAY 44 (2004)  WIN              81
 2.  Las Vegas                      12/11/2017     LA               71
 3.  Tokyo                          12/31/2014     SEA              70

 4.  Maine                          DAY 77 (2004)  SYD              69

 5.  Gabon                          DAY 69 (2009)  CAR              68

     Brooklyn                       DAY 28 (2003)  BRM              68
     Brooklyn                       1/21/2015      ALK              68
     California                     2/5/2018       MIA              68

 9.  Budapest                       DAY 66 (2005)  CAR              67

     Gabon                          DAY 44 (2005)  MIA              67

     Brooklyn                       DAY 81 (2003)  MB               67
     California                     3/26/2018      SEA              67

 13. Brooklyn                       DAY 36 (2012)  OMA              66

     Brooklyn                       DAY 22 (2003)  SYD              66
     Los Angeles                    11/19/2014     NY               66
     Los Angeles                    3/15/2015      LON              66

                       MOST ASSISTS

 1.  Brooklyn                       DAY 74 (2011)  MEX              53

 2.  Colorado                       DAY 58 (2005)  CAR              52

 3.  Colorado                       DAY 47 (2005)  ROS              50

 4.  Colorado                       DAY 41 (2005)  OMA              50

 5.  Colorado                       DAY 62 (2005)  TEX              49

 6.  Cancun                         DAY 27 (2003)  MB               49

 7.  S.Carolina                     DAY 76 (2002)  GAB              49

 8.  Andorra                        DAY 74 (2011)  LI               48

 9.  Paris                          DAY 19 (2011)  FRA              48

 10. Oregon                         DAY 51 (2010)  BAL              48

     Colorado                       DAY 9  (2010)  BOS              48

     London                         DAY 56 (2006)  SLC              48

     Colorado                       DAY 25 (2005)  MON              48

                    MOST BLOCKED SHOTS

 1.  Toronto                        DAY 5  (2012)  CHA              19

     Mexico City                    DAY 10 (2011)  MIA              19

     London                   2 OT  DAY 64 (2010)  BOS              19

     Omaha                          DAY 52 (2008)  CAN              19

     Omaha                          DAY 59 (2007)  ORE              19

     Gabon                          DAY 58 (2005)  TEX              19

     Montana                        DAY 16 (2005)  CIN              19

 8.  Albacete                       DAY 71 (2011)  BRK              18

     Long Island                    DAY 48 (2011)  BAL              18

     Salt Lake                      DAY 47 (2010)  NEB              18

     California                     DAY 25 (2010)  AND              18

     Baltimore                1 OT  DAY 24 (2010)  ROC              18

     Birmingham                     DAY 41 (2009)  VI               18

     Albacete                       DAY 72 (2008)  VI               18
     Milan                          2/15/2016      SLC              18
     Barcelona                      4/18/2018      LON              18

                       MOST TURNOVERS

 1.  Miami                          DAY 19 (12)    TOR              34

 2.  Albacete                       DAY 72 (2)     WIN              33

 3.  Albacete                       DAY 73 (2)     COL              31

     New York                       DAY 64 (2)     MB               31

     Bermuda                        DAY 24 (2)     NY               31
     Sydney                         3/15/2016      TOR              31
     Albacete                       2/23/2018      CAP              31

 8.  Sacramento                     DAY 62 (12)    CIN              30

     Omaha                          DAY 6  (8)     UT               30

     New York                       DAY 41 (2)     WIN              30

     Bermuda                        DAY 19 (2)     CAN              30
     Miami                          4/7/2015       PAR              30

     Colorado                       1/5/2017       TOR              30
     Cancun                         5/20/2017      TOR              30

                      MOST STEALS

 1.  Utah                           DAY 6  (2008)  OMA              29

 2.  Oregon                         DAY 20 (2007)  TEX              28

 3.  Sacramento                     DAY 54 (2011)  LI               26

 4.  Utah                           DAY 55 (2008)  TEX              26

 5.  Baltimore                      DAY 48 (2008)  VI               26

 6.  Colorado                       DAY 54 (2006)  TEX              26

 7.  Winifred                       DAY 61 (2002)  LA               26

 8.  Cincinnati                     DAY 51 (2002)  BRM              26

 9.  Miami                          DAY 14 (2011)  ORE              25

 10. Cincinnati                     DAY 24 (2002)  BRK              25

                       INDIVIDUAL RECORDS

                          MOST POINTS

 1.  Wayne Taylor — NEB            DAY 76 (2007)  ROC              67
 2.  Mario Bailey — BRK            11/14/2015                      62

 3.  Mario Bailey — BRK            3/26/2017                       61
 4.  Mario Bailey — BRK            12/31/2014                      60

 5.  Boom-Boom Casey — COL         DAY 24 (2002)  WAS              59

     Almantas Talacka — BOS        2/7/2017                        59  

 7.  Wayne Taylor — NEB            DAY 12 (2010)  BOS              58

     Dave Williams — BER           DAY 14 (2003)  BRM              58

 9.  Jaxon McCall — VAR            DAY 79 (2005)  TEX              57

     George Holt — VI              DAY 6  (2005)  LON              57
     Nikos Atrides — LA            12/12/2015                      57

 12. Bucky McCarty — MNE           DAY 74 (2003)  ADE              56
     DaRond Lyons — NY             5/21/2016                       56

     Primo Bugeia — BAR            3/20/2017                       56

 15. George Holt — VI              DAY 36 (2006)  BRK              55

     Boom-Boom Casey — COL         DAY 77 (2002)  SYD              55
     DaRond Lyons — NY             12/31/2013                      55
     Nikos Atrides — LA            11/18/2015                      55
     Maury Coleman — LV            3/3/2016                        55

                   MOST FIELD GOALS ATTEMPTED

 1.  Isaac Rice — ALA              DAY 47 (2011)  SAC              46

 2.  George Holt — VI              DAY 12 (2005)  COL              44

 3.  George Holt — VI        1 OT  DAY 8  (2005)  CAR              43

 4.  George Holt — VI              DAY 6  (2005)  LON              42

 5.  Jaxon McCall — VAR            DAY 22 (2004)  WAS              42

 6.  Isaac Rice — ALA              DAY 58 (2011)  CHA              41

 7.  George Holt — VI              DAY 36 (2006)  BRK              41

 8.  Dave Short — BOS        1 OT  DAY 49 (2003)  NY               41

     Mario Bailey — BRK            4/2/2017                        41

 10. Isaac Rice — ALA              DAY 54 (2011)  OMA              40

     Isaac Rice — ALA              DAY 24 (2011)  LON              40

     Harold Gil — VI               DAY 79 (2008)  CAN              40

     Wayne Taylor — NEB            DAY 76 (2007)  ROC              40

     Obafemi Mabruke — CAP         DAY 54 (2007)  BOS              40

     Wayne Taylor — NEB            DAY 69 (2006)  ORE              40
     Walt Jackson — TOR            11/19/2013                      40
     Mario Bailey — BRK            5/20/2015                       40
     Nikos Atrides — LA            1/22/2016                       40

     Mario Bailey — BRK            1/3/18/2017                     40

                       MOST FIELD GOALS MADE

 1.  Wayne Taylor — NEB            DAY 76 (2007)  ROC              28

 2.  Roy Base — NEB                DAY 83 (2011)  ORE              24

     Danny Hainge — BOS            DAY 46 (2011)  MEX              24

     Jaxon McCall — VAR            DAY 79 (2005)  TEX              24

     Jesus Morrell — MIA           2/21/2017                       24

 6.  Shane Strom — BRK             DAY 32 (2012)  FRA              23

     Dave Williams — ROC           DAY 77 (2010)  BOS              23

     Jim McCarthy — CIN            DAY 29 (2003)  ROS              23
     Mario Bailey — BRK            4/5/2015                        23
     Mario Bailey — BRK            11/14/2015                      23

 11. Dave Williams — ROC           DAY 65 (2011)  BAL              22

     Isaac Rice — ALA              DAY 47 (2011)  SAC              22

     Wayne Taylor — NEB            DAY 61 (2010)  WAS              22

     Lou Gonzales — ORE            DAY 36 (2010)  BIR              22

     Lou Gonzales — ORE            DAY 12 (2010)  NY               22

     Wayne Taylor — NEB            DAY 12 (2010)  BOS              22

     Kevon Duke — CAR              DAY 32 (2007)  NY               22

     John Davis — SLC              DAY 75 (2006)  COL              22
     Gerhold Verholm — OMA         4/16/2014                       22
     Gerhold Verholm — OMA         12/26/2014                      22
     Mario Bailey — BRK            12/31/2014                      22

     Mario Bailey — BRK            4/2/2017                        22
     Mario Bailey — BRK            2/25/2018                       22
     Mario Bailey — BRK            2/28/2018                       22
     Mario Bailey — BRK            4/9/2018                        22

                   MOST FREE THROWS ATTEMPTED

 1.  DaRond Lyons — NY             12/13/2015                      32
 2.  Boom-Boom Casey — WAS         DAY 34 (2007)  VAR              30

 3.  Isaac Rice — FRA        1 OT  DAY 5  (2011)  BRK              28

     Samir Sheth — COL             DAY 61 (2010)  SAC              28

 5.  Samir Sheth — COL             DAY 62 (2009)  OMA              27

     Samir Sheth — COL             DAY 55 (2009)  BIR              27
     Samir Sheth — SAC             12/29/2014                      27

 8.  Boom-Boom Casey — COL         DAY 27 (2002)  IND              26
     Nikos Atrides — AND           12/7/2013                       26

     Samir Sheth — SAC            3/11/2014                      26 
     Samir Sheth — SAC            12/22/2014                     26

                     MOST FREE THROWS MADE

 1.  DaRond Lyons — NY             12/13/2015                      28
 2.  Samir Sheth — COL             DAY 55 (2009)  BIR              27

     Boom-Boom Casey — WAS         DAY 34 (2007)  VAR              27
 4.  Harrison Legault — MIL        1/12/2015                       25

 5.  Boom-Boom Casey — COL         DAY 27 (2002)  IND              24
     Samir Sheth — COL             DAY 62 (2009)  OMA              24

     Samir Sheth — SAC             11/19/2014                      24
     Samir Sheth — SAC             12/22/2014                      24

 9.  Samir Sheth — COL             DAY 61 (2010)  SAC              23

     Samir Sheth — COL             DAY 70 (2009)  MIA              23

     Samir Sheth — COL             DAY 62 (2007)  TEX              23

     Nikos Atirides — AND          12/7/2013                       23
     Samir Sheth — SAC             3/11/2014                       23
     Samir Sheth — SAC             12/29/2014                      23

                    MOST 3-POINTERS ATTEMPTED

 1.  Walt Jackson — TOR            4/7/2014                        23
     Omar Jefferson — BRK          2/12/2015                       23

     Parker Mason — CAN            2/5/2017                        23

 4.  Dave Williams — ROC           2/12/2014                       22
     Walt Jackson — TOR            5/13/2014                       22
 6.  Bishop Stein — LON            12/1/2015                       21

 7.  Walt Jackson — TOR            12/7/2014                       20

     Tony Dimateo — ORE            DAY 74 (2009)  NEB              20
     Jesse Szcygiel — SYD          1/6/2016                        20

     Casey Pointer — LA            12/11/2016                      20

 11. Tony Dimateo — FRA            Day 75 (2012)  ROC              19

     Tony Dimateo — ORE            Day 36 (2009)  BIR              19

     Dave Williams — ROC           10/29/2013                      19

     Walt Jackson –TOR             11/19/2013                      19

     Branko Filipovic — FRA        1/10/2014                       19

     Dave Williams — ROC           2/23/2014                       19

     Dave Williams — ROC           3/23/2014                       19

     Omar Jefferson — BRK          5/17/2014                       19
     DaRond Lyons — NY             2/18/2015                       19
     Wayne Taylor — NY             6/1/2015                        19
     Bishop Stein — LON            4/26/2016                       19

     Parker Mason — CAN            1/16/2017                       19

     Shermar Mahara — LON          2/2/2017                        19
     Shermar Mahara — NY           1/28/2018                       19
     Dan Kincaide — NY             2/21/2018                       19

                      MOST 3-POINTERS MADE

 1.  Parker Mason — CAN            1/6/2014                        12
     Austyn Willaims — SLC         4/1/2015                        12
     Bishop Stein — LON            11/12/2015                      12
     Abdiel Gordon — CAP           4/15/2016                       12

 5.  Shermar Mahara — LON          12/3/2013                       11

     Walt Jackson — TOR            1/7/2014                        11

     Branko Filipovic — FRA        1/10/2014                       11

     Austyn Williams — SLC         3/29/2014                       11

     Walt Jackson — TOR            4/7/2014                        11
     Shermar Mahara — LON          2/15/2015                       11
     Dave Williams — ALB           3/12/2015                       11
     Shermar Mahara — NY           11/1/2017                       11
     Wu Dian-fan — FW              11/23/2018                      11

                    MOST OFFENSIVE REBOUNDS

 1.  John Davis — MON              DAY 61 (2005)  CHA              14

 2.  John Devine — GAB             DAY 50 (2012)  SEO              13

     Paul Wilson — LON             DAY 62 (2004)  BOS              13

     John Davis — NY               DAY 53 (2004)  MNE              13

     Kris Calhoun — VAR            DAY 25 (2004)  CAR              13

     Paul Wilson — SC              DAY 26 (2003)  ROS              13

     Tom Perkins — MON             DAY 10 (2003)  MB               13

 8.  John Davis — SLC              DAY 71 (2006)  CIN              12

     Bruce Johnson — BUD           DAY 65 (2005)  MIA              12

     Paul Wilson — SLC             DAY 7  (2005)  BAL              12

     Joe Siebert — BRK             DAY 28 (2004)  NY               12
     John Devine — Gab             11/18/2013                      12
     Paul Spagnoli — LV            3/25/2015                       12
     Wally Birkhead — SLC          12/20/2015                      12

     Clement Trentesols — CAN      3/30/2017                       12

                    MOST REBOUNDS — TOTAL

 1.  Cory Mosley — ORE             DAY 50 (2010)  MIA              29

 2.  Paul Wilson — LON             DAY 37 (2004)  ROC              27

 3.  Keyshawn Eosso — SL           DAY 31 (2004)  SYD              27

 4.  Devonta Corrigan — AND        DAY 56 (2012)  LON              26

 5.  Paul Wilson — BUD             DAY 45 (2011)  BAL              26

 6.  Paul Wilson — SLC             DAY 78 (2006)  ROS              26

 7.  Paul Wilson — LON             DAY 62 (2004)  BOS              26

 8.  John Davis — NY               DAY 12 (2004)  MID              26

 9.  Paul Wilson — SC              DAY 68 (2003)  VAR              26

 10. Bernie Cobb — LON             DAY 55 (2003)  CHA              26

     Kris Calhoun — MON            DAY 41 (2003)  VAR              26

     Paul Wilson — SC              DAY 11 (2003)  MB               26

                        MOST ASSISTS

 1.  Chuck Henderson — BOS         DAY 55 (2003)  BAL              27

 2.  Chuck Henderson — BOS         DAY 69 (2003)  MB               26

 3.  Chuck Henderson — ROC   1 OT  DAY 76 (2006)  NEB              25

     Chuck Henderson — BOS         DAY 52 (2003)  ADE              25

 5.  Yuri Vilasny — BIR      1 OT  DAY 40 (2010)  BOS              24

     Anson Valente — BAL     1 OT  DAY 24 (2010)  ROC              24

     Chuck Henderson — ROC         DAY 46 (2007)  OMA              24

     Keith Douglas — VAR           DAY 8  (2007)  BAL              24

     Jimmy Foster — CAN            DAY 67 (2003)  ADE              24

     Chuck Henderson — BOS         DAY 56 (2003)  BRM              24
     Austyn Williams — SLC         11/27/2013                      24
     Jervan Timmons — PAR          3/16/2018                       24

                        MOST BLOCKS

 1.  Lou Gonzales — ORE            DAY 75 (2008)  ALB              14

 2.  Charles Cushman — NY          DAY 80 (2010)  SLC              12

 3.  Lou Gonzales — ORE            DAY 79 (2010)  TEX              12

 4.  Boom-Boom Casey — WAS         DAY 75 (2006)  CIN              12

 5.  Arnold Eaton — ROC            DAY 65 (2006)  SLC              12

 6.  John Riddle — SYD             DAY 56 (2002)  CHA              12

 7.  John Van Horne — SAC          DAY 59 (2011)  FRA              11

 8.  John Van Horne — SAC          DAY 12 (2011)  NY               11

 9.  Harry Applegate — ALA         DAY 35 (2010)  SLC              11

 10. Pat Stephenson — MON          DAY 72 (2008)  CAL              11

     Lou Gonzales — ORE            DAY 69 (2005)  NEB              11

     Lou Gonzales — ORE            DAY 29 (2005)  UT               11

                      MOST TURNOVERS

 1.  Parker Mason — WAS            DAY 9  (2004)  GAB              13

     Parker Mason — WAS            DAY 21 (2003)  GAB              13

 3.  Donavan Jones — ORE           DAY 14 (2011)  MIA              12

     John Riddle — SYD       1 OT  DAY 8  (2002)  SC               12

     Jimmy Foster — NY             DAY 54 (2009)  SLC              12

     Roger Bradshaw — CAN          DAY 4  (2002)  GAB              12
     Edgar Kamara — NY             3/20/2016                       12

     Almantas Talacka — BOS        12/22/2016                      12

 9.  Donavan Jones — ORE           DAY 57 (2010)  SAC              11

     Jimmy Foster — NY             DAY 63 (2009)  CAL              11

     Dontae Evans — CIN            DAY 25 (2009)  MIA              11

     Keith Douglas — VAR           DAY 69 (2006)  ALB              11

     Keith Douglas — VAR           DAY 67 (2006)  BUD              11
     Curtis Starman — LA           2/11/2015                       11

     Demarcus Walton — TOK         2/9/2017                        11
     Alston Irving — SLC           4/1/2018                        11

                       MOST STEALS

 1.  Bobby Egan — SAC              DAY 18 (2012)  TOR              14

 2.  Bobby Egan — SAC              DAY 45 (2009)  MON              14

 3.  Bobby Egan — SAC              DAY 30 (2012)  CHA              13

 4.  Bobby Egan — SAC              DAY 11 (2011)  NY               13

 5.  Bobby Egan — SAC              DAY 86 (2012)  SLC              12

 6.  Bobby Egan — SAC              DAY 71 (2009)  TEX              12

 7.  J.J. McCauley — ORE           DAY 22 (2007)  GAB              12

 8.  Lonnie Gerson — CAR           DAY 62 (2006)  NY               12

 9.  Bobby Egan — SAC              DAY 46 (2012)  ORE              11

 10. Bobby Egan — SAC              DAY 32 (2011)  CAP              11

     Bobby Egan — SAC              DAY 2  (2011)  COL              11

     Brandon Sandler — CIN         DAY 2  (2010)  SAC              11

     Lonnie Gerson — CAN           DAY 25 (2008)  ROC              11

     Otto Hameleers — GAB          DAY 17 (2005)  ROC              11

     Otto Hameleers — GAB          DAY 40 (2004)  ROS              11

     Steve Peterson — COL          DAY 35 (2003)  MB               11

Season Records

BEST RECORD

1.  76- 4  0.950          Brooklyn        2017-18
2.  73- 7  0.913          Colorado        2003-04

3.  71- 9  0.887          Colorado        2005-06

4.  70-10  0.875          Colorado        2004-05

5.  54- 8  0.871          Los Angeles     2001-02

6.  69-11  0.863          Brooklyn        2016-17

    69-11  0.863          Brooklyn        2015-16
    69-11  0.863          Paris           2011-12

    69-11  0.863          Albacete        2007-08

    69-11  0.863          Boston          2006-07
11. 68-12  0.850          Toronto         2015-16
    68-12  0.850          Brooklyn        2014-15

13. 52-10  0.839          London          2001-02

14. 67-13  0.837          Brooklyn        2003-04

    67-13  0.837          Brooklyn        2002-03

WORST RECORD

1.   5-75  0.063          Tokyo           2015-16
     5-75  0.063          Bermuda         2003-04

3.   7-73  0.087          Sydney          2004-05

4.   8-72  0.100          Virgin Island   2008-09

     8-72  0.100          Capetown        2006-07

     8-72  0.100          Varese          2003-04

     8-72  0.100          Myrtle Beach    2003-04

8.   9-71  0.112          Gabon           2002-03

9.  10-70  0.125          Albacete        2015-16
    10-70  0.125          Alaska          2013-14

11. 11-69  0.138          Winifred        2004-05

    11-69  0.138          Tokyo           2002-03

BEST OFFENSE

1.  117.48                Brooklyn        2015-16
2.  117.39                Brooklyn        2017-18
3.  115.78                Toronto         2016-17
4.  114.8                 Colorado        2003-04
5.  114.36                Brooklyn        2016-17
6.  113.95                Barcelona       2017-18

7.  113.6                 Oregon          2011-12

8.  113.5                 Colorado        2002-03

9.  113.3                 Albacete        2007-08
    113.30                New York        2014-15
11. 113.2                 Colorado        2005-06
    113.20                California      2017-18
13. 113.10                New York        2015-16
14. 113.01                New York        2017-18

15. 112.7                 Colorado        2004-05

    112.7                 Roswell         2002-03

17. 112.4                 Paris           2011-12

18. 112.2                 Tokyo           2003-04

BEST DEFENSE

1.  84.1                  Los Angeles     2001-02

2.  86.3                  Brooklyn        2003-04

3.  86.8                  Cincinnati      2002-03

4.  87.0                  Gabon           2003-04

5.  88.01                 Cancun          2013-14

6.  88.4                  Brooklyn        2002-03

    88.4                  Midland         2002-03

8.  88.9                  Budapest        2005-06

    88.9                  Nebraska        2004-05

10. 89.1                  Cincinnati      2004-05

    89.1                  Colorado        2003-04
12. 89.13                 Cancun          2017-18

INDIVIDUAL RECORDS

SCORING AVERAGE

1.  33.21    Mario Bailey                 2016-17
2.  32.84    DaRond Lyons                 2015-16
3.  32.73    Mario Bailey                 2015-16
4.  32.25    Boom-Boom Casey              2002-03

5.  31.56    Wayne Taylor                 2006-07
6.  31.04    Mario Bailey                 2017-18

7.  30.61    Wayne Taylor                 2007-08

8.  30.28    Dave Williams                2007-08

9.  30.21    Boom-Boom Casey              2003-04
10. 30.17    Wayne Taylor                 2009-10
11. 30.02    Mario Bailey                 2014-15
12. 29.97    DaRond Lyons                 2014-15

13. 29.36    Abdiel Gordon                2015-16
14. 29.24    Almantas Talacka             2014-15

15. 29.18    Wayne Taylor                 2008-09
16. 29.17    Dave Williams                2013-14 
17. 28.74    Wayne Taylor                 2013-14
18. 28.47    Dave Williams                2012-13
19. 28.31    Dave Williams                2009-10
20. 28.33    Jesus Morrell                2016-17

REBOUNDING AVERAGE

1.  16.32    Paul Wilson                  Season 3

2.  16.09    Paul Wilson                  Season 4

3.  15.27    Paul Wilson                  Season 7

4.  15.18    Paul Wilson                  Season 2

5.  14.60    Kris Calhoun                 Season 3

6.  14.40    Paul Wilson                  Season 5

7.  14.34    John Davis                   Season 4

8.  14.27    Paul Wilson                  Season 6

9.  13.38    Kris Calhoun                 Season 4

10. 13.17    Cory Mosley                  Season 12

ASSIST AVERAGE

1.  15.98    Chuck Henderson              Season 3

2.  14.0     Yuri Vilasny                 Season 10

3.  13.78    Chuck Henderson              Season 2

4.  13.24    Chuck Henderson              Season 6

5.  13.21    Chuck Henderson              Season 5
6.  13.05    Jervan Timmons               2017-18
7.  13.03    Jervan Timmons               2016-17

8.  13.02    Yuri Valasny                 Season 9

9.  12.96    Jimmy Foster                 Season 3

10. 12.91    Yuri Vilasny                 Season 12

11. 12.8     Steve Peterson               Season 2

12. 12.78    Yuri Vilasny                 Season 11

BLOCKS AVERAGE

1.  5.64     Lou Gonzales                 Season 4

2.  5.14     Lou Gonzales                 Season 8

3.  4.85     Lou Gonzales                 Season 3

4.  4.71     Lou Gonzales                 Season 5

5.  4.57     Lou Gonzales                 Season 6

6.  4.55     Lou Gonzales                 Season 9

7.  4.18     Arnold Eaton                 Season 6

8.  3.94     Jim McCarthy                 Season 3

9.  3.91     John Riddle                  Season 2

10. 3.87     John Van Horne               Season 11

TURNOVERS AVERAGE

1.  4.42     Jimmy Foster                 Season 2

2.  4.36     John Riddle                  Season 2

3.  4.25     Parker Mason                 Season 6

4.  4.21     Doc Salmon                   Season 2

5.  4.02     Roger Starr                  Season 1

6.  3.97     Omar Jefferson               Season 7

7.  3.93     Parker Mason                 Season 7

8.  3.92     Roger Starr                  Season 2

9.  3.90     Bill Rainwater               Season 6

10. 3.88     Parker Mason                 Season 4

STEALS AVERAGE

1.  5.57     Bobby Egan                   Season 12

2.  4.80     Bobby Egan                   Season 9

3.  4.77     Bobby Egan                   Season 10

4.  4.09     John Greene                  Season 7

    4.09     Lonnie Gerson                Season 6

6.  4.08     Lonnie Gerson                Season 8

7.  4.00     Bert Haug                    Season 9

8.  3.87     Chuck Henderson              Season 5

9.  3.85     Otto Hameleers               Season 8

10. 3.80     Otto Hameleers               Season 6

MOST POINTS

1.  2657     Mario Bailey                 2016-17
2.  2627     DaRond Lyons                 2015-16

3.  2586     Mario Bailey                 2015-16
4.  2525     Wayne Taylor                 2006-07

5.  2483     Mario Bailey                 2017-18
6.  2451     Boom-Boom Casey              2002-03

7.  2422     Dave Williams                2007-08

8.  2418     Wayne Taylor                 2007-08

9.  2417     Boom-Boom Casey              2003-04
10. 2349     Abdiel Gordon                2015-16
11. 2339     Almantas Talacka             2014-15

12. 2334     Wayne Taylor                 2008-09

13. 2322     Emmett Yee                   2009-10
14. 2308     DaRond Lyons                 2014-15

15. 2299     Wayne Taylor                 2013-14

MOST FG MADE

1.  1055     Mario Bailey                 2016-17
2.  1010     Wayne Taylor                 Season 6

3.   981     Jesus Morrell                2016-17
4.   980     Dave Williams                Season 7

5.   966     Dave Williams                Season 12

6.   964     Dave Short                   Season 3

7.   952     Shane Strom                  Season 11
8.   944     Mario Bailey                 2015-16

9.   942     Mario Bailey                 2017-18
10.  926     Wayne Taylor                 Season 7

11.  924     Shane Strom                  Season 6

12.  923     Bill Yeager                  Season 3

13.  919     Jaxon McCall                 Season 6

14.  915     Wayne Taylor                 Season 3

MOST FT MADE

1.  907      Boom-Boom Casey              Season 2

2.  888      Samir Sheth                  Season 8

3.  874      Samir Sheth                  Season 9

4.  815      Samir Sheth                  2013-14

5.  783      Samir Sheth                  Season 10

6.  757      Samir Sheth                  Season 7

7.  730      Boom-Boom Casey              Season 3

8.  682      Samir Sheth                  Season 11

9.  634      Nikos Atirides               2013-14
10. 627      DaRond Lyons                 2015-16

11. 591      Boom-Boom Casey              Season 7

12. 587      Boom-Boom Casey              Season 8
    587      Samir Sheth                  2014-15

MOST 3P MADE

1.  417      Bishop Stein                 2015-16
2.  400      Branko Filipovic             2013-14
3.  382      Shermar Mahara               2016-17

4.  370      Abdiel Gordon                2015-16
5.  366      Shermar Mahara               2015-16
6.  341      Bishop Stein                 2013-14
    341      Bishop Stein                 2014-15

8.  331      Tony DiMateo                 Season 9

    331      Walt Jackson                 2013-14

    331      Parker Mason                 2013-14

11. 328      Tony Dimateo                 Season 12

12. 327      Dave Williams                2013-14
13. 323      Abdiel Gordon                2016-17
14. 322      Maury Coleman                2015-16
15. 317      Dave Williams                2014-15
16. 312      Omar Jefferson               2015-16
17. 314      Maury Coleman                2017-18
    314      Shermar Mahara               2017-18

19. 310      Omar Jefferson               2013-14

MOST OFFENSIVE REBOUNDS

1.  466      John Davis                   Season 4

2.  461      Paul Wilson                  Season 3

3.  423      Paul Wilson                  Season 2

4.  415      Tom Perkins                  Season 3

5.  390      Paul Wilson                  Season 5

6.  377      John Davis                   Season 3

7.  376      Kris Calhoun                 Season 3

8.  375      Paul Wilson                  Season 7

    375      Dave Short                   Season 4

10. 372      Tom Perkins                  Season 4

MOST REBOUNDS

1.  1207     Paul Wilson                  Season 4

2.  1199     Paul Wilson                  Season 2

3.  1191     Paul Wilson                  Season 7

    1191     Paul Wilson                  Season 3

5.  1168     Kris Calhoun                 Season 3

6.  1147     John Davis                   Season 4

7.  1109     Paul Wilson                  Season 5

8.  1070     Paul Wilson                  Season 6

    1070     Kris Calhoun                 Season 4

10. 1067     Cory Mosley                  Season 12

MOST ASSISTS

1.  1278     Chuck Henderson              Season 3

2.  1102     Chuck Henderson              Season 2

3.  1059     Chuck Henderson              Season 6
4.  1056     Jervan Timmons               2017-18
5.  1042     Jervan Timmons               2016-17

6.  1037     Jimmy Foster                 Season 3

7.  1019     Ed Kane                      Season 3

8.  1015     Steve Peterson               Season 2

9.  1004     Chuck Henderson              Season 5

10.  994     Yuri Vilasny                 Season 10

11.  984     Yuri Vilasny                 Season 11

12.  977     Chuck Henderson              Season 7

MOST PERSONAL FOULS

1.  392      Jim McCarthy                 Season 9

2.  378      Steve Foreman                Season 2

3.  376      Tom Perkins                  Season 8

4.  371      Myron White                  Season 4

5.  370      Larry Chapman                Season 8

6.  369      Tom Perkins                  Season 7

7.  368      Bill Rainwater               Season 9

8.  366      Jaxon McCall                 Season 9

9.  361      Bobby Cress                  Season 9

    361      Bernie Cobb                  Season 6

MOST BLOCKS

1.  451      Lou Gonzales                 Season 4

2.  411      Lou Gonzales                 Season 8

3.  388      Lou Gonzales                 Season 3

4.  377      Lou Gonzales                 Season 5

5.  366      Lou Gonzales                 Season 6

6.  364      Lou Gonzales                 Season 9

7.  315      Jim McCarthy                 Season 3

8.  309      Arnold Eaton                 Season 6

9.  308      Jim McCarthy                 Season 5

10. 305      John Riddle                  Season 2

MOST TURNOVERS

1.  340      Parker Mason                 Season 6

    340      John Riddle                  Season 2

3.  336      Jimmy Foster                 Season 2

4.  324      Doc Salmon                   Season 2

5.  314      Parker Mason                 Season 7

6.  312      Bill Rainwater               Season 6

7.  310      Parker Mason                 Season 4

8.  300      Dontae Evans                 Season 9

9.  291      Parker Mason                 Season 8
10. 290      Almantas Talacka              2016-17

10. 284      Henry Jordan                 Season 2

MOST STEALS

1.  418      Bobby Egan                   Season 12

2.  327      Lonnie Gerson                Season 6

3.  326      Lonnie Gerson                Season 8

4.  323      John Greene                  Season 7

5.  320      Bert Haug                    Season 9

6.  308      Otto Hameleers               Season 8
7.  306      Jervan Timmons               2017-18

8.  304      Otto Hameleers               Season 6

9.  303      Chuck Henderson              Season 6

10. 301      Otto Hameleers               Season 7

11. 296      Bobby Egan                   Season 11

Career Records

INDIVIDUAL RECORDS (as of summer 2018)

* Indicates retired
250 Game Minimum

Average Minutes per Game

1.  Steve Peterson              40.10*
2.  Wesley Phillips             38.7*
3.  Wayne Taylor                38.1
4.  Bishop Stein                38.0
5.  Jesus Morrell               37.8

6.  Pete Benton                 37.43*

7.  Parker Mason                37.4

8.  Dave Williams               37.3
9.  Almantas Talacka            36.9
10. Marquez Houston             36.6

11. Jerry Bramson               36.5*

12. Harry Jarvis                36.2
13. Lou Gonzales                35.9

14. Jim McCarthy                35.84*
15. Devonta Corrigan            35.8

16. Jay Vasquez                 35.7
17. Dave Short                  35.3
18. Ira Redwine                 35.1

19. Danny Hainge                35.1
20. Heiko Van Brandt            34.89*

 Average Field Goals Made per Game

1.  Wayne Taylor                10.0
2.  Dave Williams                9.9
3.  Jesus Morrell                9.9
4.  Kevon Duke                   9.40*
5.  Almantas Talacka             9.2
6.  Mario Bailey                 9.1
7.  Shane Strom                  8.92*
8.  Jaxon McCall                 8.6
9.  Lou Gonzales                 8.3
10. Walt Jackson                 8.3
11. Bishop Stein                 8.2
12. DaRond Lyons                 8.0
13. Kent Mercer                  7.9
14. Jay Vasquez                  7.7
15. Dave Short                   7.7
16. Jim McCarthy                 7.60*
17. Abdiel Gordon                7.5
18. Magic Toby                   7.45*
19. Harry Jarvis                 7.44*
20. Shermar Mahara               7.4
 

Average Field Goals Attempted per Game

1.  Wayne Taylor                20.6
2.  Dave Williams               20.5
3.  Kevon Duke                  19.63*
4.  Shane Strom                 18.70*
5.  Almantas Talacka            18.3
6.  Bishop Stein                17.9
7.  Walt Jackson                17.9
8.  DaRond Lyons                17.8
9.  Joe Jones                   17.88*
10. John Ferguson               17.67*
11. George Holt                 17.45*
12. Mario Bailey                17.4
13. Boom-Boom Casey             16.83*
14. Shermar Mahara              16.6
15. Isaac Rice                  16.5
16. Jaxon McCall                16.2
17. Jay Vasquez                 16.1
18. Gerhold Verholm             16.1
19. Dave Troychak               16.0
    Samir Sheth                 16.0
    Obafemi Mabruke             16.0


Average Field Goal Percentage

1.  Rafael Mahaffey             61.97*
2.  Lou Gonzales                61.2
3.  Jim Fox                     61.23*
4.  Chuck O’Rourke              57.26*
5.  Tom Perkins                 54.57*
6.  Ossie Gordon                54.31*
7.  Magic Toby                  53.79*
8.  Cristobal Dasher            53.72*
9.  Jaxon McCall                53.2
10. Geroge Foster               52.80*

11. Oshodi Bombata              52.6
12. Webster Hewlett             52.52*

13. Justice Grant               52.5

14. Dick Pelham                 52.4
15. Mario Bailey                52.1

16. Merlin Lundy                51.7
17. Geroge Lush                 51.66*

18. Tony Gaston                 51.61*

19. Kent Mercer                 51.5

20. Coomas Neetar               51.0

21. Frank Rose                  50.97*

Average Free Throws Made per Game

1.  Samir Sheth                  8.1
2.  Boom-Boom Casey              6.22*
3.  Almantas Talacka             5.3
4.  DaRond Lyons                 5.3
5.  Harrison Legault             5.1
6.  Nikos Atrides                4.8
7.  Pete Benson                  4.71*
8.  Emmett Yee                   4.71*
9.  Cole Bayo                    4.7
10. Merlin Lundy                 4.6
11. John Riddle                  4.52*
12. Paul Quevedo                 4.42*
13. George Holt                  4.36*
14.  Isaac Rice                  4.3
15. Wayne Taylor                 4.2
16. Mario Bailey                 4.2
17. Dave Troychak                4.1
18. John Van Horne               4.1
19. Ira Redwine                  4.0
20. Scott Lio                    3.8
    Oliver Doherty               3.8
    Ian Tilmon                   3.8

Average Free Throws Attempted per Game

1.  Samir Sheth                  9.0
2.  Almantas Talacka             7.2
3.  Boom-Boom Casey              7.17*
4.  DaRond Lyons                 6.2
5.  John Riddle                  6.11*
6.  Isaac Rice                   5.9
    Harrison Legault             5.9
8.  Abdiel Gordon                5.8
9.  Pete Benton                  5.73*
10. Raul Quevedo                 5.71*
11. Nikos Atrides                5.6
12. George Holt                  5.52*
13. Dave Troychak                5.1
    Cole Bayo                    5.1
    Mario Bailey                 5.1
16. Scott Lio                    4.9
    Wayne Taylor                 4.9
    Jesus Morrell                4.9
    Merlin Lundy                 4.9
20. Jevon Carter                 4.7
    John Van Horne               4.7

Average Free Throw percentage

1.  Jose Nobis                  94.6
2.  Abdullah Chanda             93.86*
3.  Bernie Henderson            93.81*
4.  Darryl Whitaker             93.4
    Ira Redwine                 93.4
6.  Harry Jarvis                92.8
7.  Cole Bayo                   92.1
8.  Eugene LaMaitre             91.9
9.  Clyde Summers               91.8
10. Tony Henderson              91.3
11. Merlin Lundy                91.1
12. Joe Torney                  90.9
13. Chad Archer                 90.9
14. George Foster               90.86*
15. Mark Carr                   90.4
16. Samir Sheth                 90.1
17. Jarius Miles                90.0
18. Nike Johnson                89.8
19. Mike Bennett                89.4
20. Peter Parker                89.2

Average 3 Pointers Made per Game

1.  Shermar Mahara               3.8
2.  Walt Jackson                 3.3
    Bishop Stein                 3.3
4.  Ahmed Dougherty              3.2
5.  Ajan Estay                   3.0
    Maury Coleman                3.0
7.  Branko Filipovic             2.7
    DaRond Lyons                 2.7
    Wes Taylor                   2.7
    Damien Bohm                  2.7
    Dan Kincaide                 2.7
12. Tony Dimateo                 2.6
    Lenn Marella                 2.6
    Pat London                   2.6
15. Casey Pointer                2.5
    Almantas Talacka             2.5
17. Jaxon McCall                 2.4
    Omar Jefferson               2.4
19. Arturo Fonzarelli            2.3
    Abdiel Gordon                2.3

 Average 3 Pointers Attempted per Game

1.  Shermar Mahara               8.2
2.  Bishop Stein                 7.7
3.  Walt Jackson                 7.5
4.  Ahmed Dougherty              7.1
5.  Ajan Estay                   6.8
6.  Jaxon McCall                 6.5
    Casey Pointer                6.5
    Maury Coleman                6.5
9.  DaRond Lyons                 6.4
10. Wes Taylor                   6.3
    Almantas Talacka             6.3
12. Lenn Marella                 6.1
    Dan Kincaide                 6.1
14. Tony Dimateo                 6.0
    Jesse Szcygiel               6.0
16. Damien Bohm                  5.9
17. Branko Filipovic             5.8
    Pat London                   5.8
    Omar Jefferson               5.8
20. Arron Black                  5.63*



Average 3 Pointer percentage

1.  Garth Donohue               47.26*
2.  Abdiel Gordon               47.1
3.  Damien Bohm                 46.6
4.  Branko Filipovic            46.5
5.  Shermar Mahara              46.1
6.  Coomas Neetar               46.0
7.  Maury Coleman               45.7
8.  John Devine                 45.4
9.  Jay Dickenson               45.2
10. Pat London                  45.0
11. Ahmed Dougherty             44.6
12. Angelo Bacchi               44.3
13. Oryn Dasing                 44.0
14. Tony Dimateo                43.9
15. Walt Jackson                43.8
16. Ajan Estay                  43.7
17. Wayne Taylor                43.3
    Dan Kincaide                43.3
19. Austyn Williams             43.1
20. Frank Ryan                  42.8

 Average Offensive Rebounds per Game

1.  John Davis                   4.31*
2.  Paul Wilson                  3.81*
3.  Marquez Houston              3.4
4.  Tom Perkins                  3.30*
    John Devine                  3.3
6.  Dave Short                   3.2
    Craig Bradshaw               3.2
8.  Bruce Johnson                3.08*
9.  Lou Barnes                   3.07*
10. Lew Carney                   3.05*
11. Wally Birkhead               2.9
    Sheldon Gorman               2.9
13. Bobby Cress                  2.81*
14. Johnny Brose                 2.80*
    Greg Lacy                    2.8
16. John Felton                  2.77*
17. Joe Siebert                  2.7
18. Cristobal Dasher             2.61*
19. Simeon Hill                  2.6
    Walt Jackson                 2.6

Average Total Rebounds per Game

1.  Paul Wilson                 11.47*
2.  John Davis                  10.91*
3.  Craig Bradshaw              10.4
4.  Marquez Houston             10.0
5.  Simeon Hill                  9.9
6.  Dave Short                   9.7
7.  Devonta Corrigan             9.6
8.  Heiko Van Brandt             9.53*
9.  Jim McCarthy                 9.49
10. Pete Benton                  9.36*
11. Joe Siebert                  9.3
    Obafemi Mabruke              9.3
13. Jerry Bramson                9.28*
14. Sheldon Gorman               9.2
    Lazaro Hendricks             9.2
    Jesus Morrell                9.2
17. Walt Jackson                 8.7
18. Kent Mercer                  8.5
    Cory Mosley                  8.5
    Oman Fatafehi                8.5

Average Assists per Game

1.  Jervan Timmons               11.9
2.  Yuri Vilasny                 10.0
3.  Alvin Simpson                 9.76*
4.  Steve Peterson                9.73*
5.  Anson Valente                 8.4
6.  Chuck Henderson               9.29*
7.  Jimmy Foster                  9.12*
8.  Stub Madison                  8.49*
9.  Isaac Edmondson               8.4
10. Jose Hayes                    8.40*
11. Ed Kane                       8.16*
12. Edgar Kamara                  8.1
13. Brandon Sandler               7.9
14. Austyn Williams               7.8
15. Jovante Bolk                  7.7
16. Kelvin Davidson               7.67*
17. Bob Bennett                   7.47*
18. Parker Mason                  7.4
19. Bishop Stein                  7.0
20. Kadeem Reed                   6.5
    Shermar Mahara                6.5

 
Average Personal Fouls per Game

1.  John Van Horne                3.7
    Senecca Redd                  3.7
3.  John Davis                    3.69*
4.  Tom Perkins                   3.67*
5.  Steve Combs                   3.61*
6.  Jaxon McCall                  3.6
    Craig Bradshaw                3.6
    Sean Ashman                   3.6
    Omar Raoumbe                  3.6
    Isaac Rice                    3.6
11. Jim McCarthy                  3.59*
12. Larry Chapman                 3.52*
    Bill Yeager                   3.52*
14. Gerhold Verholm               3.5
15. Horace Colbert                3.45*
16. Shane Strom                   3.43*
17. Cordell Parks                 3.4
    Shermar Mahara                3.4
    Matias Gutierrez              3.4
20. Samir Sheth                   3.3
    Joe Siebert                   3.3
    Zane Rivers                   3.3
    Oman Fatafehi                 3.3

Average Blocks per Game

1.  Lou Gonzales                  3.7
2.  Jim McCarthy                  2.60*
3.  Joe Siebert                   2.5
4.  Arnold Eaton                  2.44*
5.  John Riddle                   2.36*
6.  Boom-Boom Casey               2.31*
7.  Jay Vasquez                   2.3
8.  Donavan Jones                 2.23*
9.  Pat Stephenson                2.2
    Kent Mercer                   2.2
11. Bill Yeager                   2.13*
12. Larry Chapman                 2.09*
13. Bobby Cress                   2.06*
14. Greg Lacy                     2.0
    Lazaro Hendricks              2.0
16. Charles Cushman               1.8
    John Van Horne                1.8
    Juwan Bixby                   1.8
    Ryan Rogers                   1.8
20. Magic Toby                    1.77*
21. Tom Perkins                   1.72*

Average Turnovers per Game

1.  Parker Mason                  3.0
2.  Almantas Talacka              2.8
3.  Jesse Szcygiel                2.7
4.  Jimmy Foster                  2.66*
    Bill Rainwater                2.66*
6.  Bob Bennett                   2.52*
7.  Casey Pointer                 2.5
8.  Dave Starr                    2.45*
9.  Fernando Edward               2.40*
10. DaRond Lyons                  2.4
    Ira Redwine                   2.4
    Curtis Starman                2.4
13. Obafemi Mabruke               2.3
    William Curry                 2.3
15. Pete Benton                   2.29*
16. Dave Williams                 2.2
    Omar Jefferson                2.2
    Napoleon Carter               2.2
    Ajan Estay                    2.2
    Wes Taylor                    2.2
21. John Greene                   2.19*


Average Steals per Game

1.  Bobby Egan                    3.1
2.  Steve Peterson                2.91*
3.  Jervan Timmons                2.9
4.  Rich Johnson                  2.72*
5.  Lonnie Gerson                 2.7
6.  Otto Hameleers                2.6
7.  Chuck Henderson               2.56*
8.  Alvin Simpson                 2.53*
9.  Wesley Phillips               2.46*
10. John Greene                   2.45*
11. Leon Berthelson               2.33*
12. Cordell Parks                 2.3
13. Jose Bergman                  2.25*
14. Dave Troychak                 2.2
15. Tyler Kane                    2.2
16. J.J. McCauley                 2.1
17. Lou Gonzales                  2.0
    Brandon Sandler               2.0
    Parker Mason                  2.0
    Austyn Williams               2.0
    Dexter Kodak                  2.0

Average Total Points per Game

1.  Almantas Talacka             26.3
2.  Wayne Taylor                 26.0
3.  Dave Williams                24.7
4.  DaRond Lyons                 24.0
5.  Mario Bailey                 23.3
6.  Jesus Morrell                22.9
7.  Kevon Duke                   22.39*
8. Bishop Stein                 22.1
9.  Walt Jackson                 21.9
10. Shermar Mahara               21.8
11. Arron Black                  21.45*
12. Joe Jones                    21.25*
13. Samir Sheth                  21.1
14. Jaxon McCall                 20.9
    Abdiel Gordon                20.9
16. Shane Strom                  20.63*
17. Boom-Boom Casey              20.30*
18. Harry Jarvis                 20.1
    Ahmed Dougherty              20.1
    Isaac Rice                   20.1
21. Lou Gonzales                 19.7

Games Played

1.  Joe Siebert                  1243
2.  Dave Short                   1240
3.  Wayne Taylor                 1210*
4.  Chuck Henderson              1187*
5.  Kent Mercer                  1173
6.  Parker Mason                 1172
7.  Dave Williams                1166
8.  Jim McCarthy                 1151*
9.  Lou Gonzales                 1142
10. Harry Jarvis                 1127
11. Dexter Kodak                 1104
12. Boom-Boom Casey              1099*
13. Tom Perkins                  1097*
    Otto Hameleers               1097
15. Bill Blackstone              1091
16. George Holt                  1069*
17. Corey Mosley                 1067
18. Paul Wright                  1059*
19. Heiko Van Brandt             1058*
20. John Greene                  1052*
    Buck Jones                   1052*
  

Total Minutes Played

1.  Wayne Taylor                46,117
2.  Dave Short                  43,724
3.  Dave Williams               43,442
4.  Parker Mason                43,020
5.  Jim McCarthy                42,012*
6.  Lou Gonzales                40,948
7.  Harry Jarvis                40,762
8.  Joe Siebert                 40,675
9.  Chuck Henderson             40,003*
10. Kent Mercer                 39,103
11. Heiko Van Brant             36,921*
12. John Greene                 36,609*
13. George Holt                 36,517*
14. Boom-Boom Casey             36,468*
15. Otto Hameleers              36,179
16. Jimmy Foster                35,863*
17. Bill Yeager                 35,587*
18. Tom Perkins                 35,502*
19. Dexter Kodak                35,359
20. Jerry Bramson               34,920*

 Total Offensive Rebounds

1.  Dave Short                  4009
2.  Tom Perkins                 3623*
3.  Paul Wilson                 3484*
4.  John Davis                  3388*
5.  Joe Siebert                 3355
6.  Wayne Taylor                2996
7.  Bobby Cress                 2788*
8.  Jim McCarthy                2589*
9.  Marquez Houston             2563
10. Craig Bradshaw              2501
11. Boom-Boom Casey             2411*
12. Greg Lacy                   2314
13. Marty Williams              2242*
14. John Devine                 2219
15. Parker Mason                2218
16. Jerry Bramson               2210*
17. Bruce Johnson               2169*
18. Abdullah Chanda             2148*
19. Kent Mercer                 2143
20. Wally Birkhead              2134
 

Total Rebounds

1.  Dave Short                   12,031
2.  Joe Siebert                  11,522
3.  Jim McCarthy                 10,921*
4.  Paul Wilson                  10,494*
5.  Heiko Van Brandt             10,084*
6.  Kent Mercer                    9957
7.  Corey Mosley                   9091
8.  Tom Perkins                    8986*
9.  Wayne Taylor                   8927
10. Jerry Bramson                  8904*
11. John Davis                     8571*
12. Boom-Boom Casey                8501*
13. George Holt                    8479*
14. Horace Colbert                 8370*
15. Craig Bradshaw                 8232
16. Lou Gonzales                   8013
17. Bobby Cress                    7907*
18. A.J. Schulz                    7897*
19. Bill Yeager                    7578*
20. Obafemi Mabruke                7532

Total Assists

1.  Chuck Henderson               11,026*
2.  Jimmy Foster                    9058*
3.  Parker Mason                    8632
4.  Austyn Williams                 7810
6.  Kelvin Davidson                 7431*
6.  Steve Peterson                  7378*
7.  Ed Kane                         7187*
8.  Yuri Vilasny                    6990
9.  Brandon Sandler                 6747
10. Anson Valente                   6557
11. Buck Jones                      6506* 
12. Jervan Timmons                  6418
13. Dexter Kodak                    6324
14. Stub Madison                    5960*
15. Heiko Van Brandt                5858*
16. Isaac Edmondson                 5732
17. Alvin Simpson                   5469* 
18. Edgar Kamara                    5348
19. Omar Jefferson                  5106
20. Anson Valente                   5053*
   

Total Blocks

1.  Lou Gonzales                    4228
2.  Joe Siebert                     3115
3.  Jim McCarthy                    2987*
4.  Kent Mercer                     2528
5.  Boom-Boom Casey                 2392*
6.  Bill Yeager                     2149*
7.  Bobby Cress                     2027*
8.  Donavan Jones                   1993*
9.  Tom Perkins                     1886* 
10. Arnold Eaton                    1880*
11. Pat Stephenson                  1828
12. Jay Vasquez                     1720
13. Abdullah Chanda                 1648*
14. Greg Lacy                       1640
15. Larry Chapman                   1623*
16. Jerry Bramson                   1621*
17. Horace Colbert                  1586*
18. Magic Toby                      1572*
19. John Van Horne                  1536
20. Al Zarra                        1472*

 Total Turnovers

1.  Parker Mason                    3525
2.  Jimmy Foster                    2698*
3.  Jim McCarthy                    2340*
4.  John Greene                     2304*
5.  Dave Williams                   2522
6.  Wayne Taylor                    2254
7.  Dave Short                      2194
8.  Harry Jarvis                    2063
9.  Joe Siebert                     2075
10. Horace Colbert                  2024*
11. Lou Gonzales                    1938
12. Austyn Williams                 1912
13. Boom-Boom Casey                 1898*
14. Jaxon McCall                    1882
15. Obafemi Mabruke                 1880
16. Bill Yeager                     1879*
17. Jerry Bramson                   1836*
18. Scott Nicholson                 1828*
19. Mario Bailey                    1820
20. Omar Jefferson                  1819

Total Steals

1.  Chuck Henderson                  3042*
2.  Otto Hameleers                   2894
3.  Jon Greene                       2573*
4.  Lou Gonzales                     2341
5.  Parker Mason                     2340
6.  Steve Peterson                   2210*
7.  Dexter Kodak                     2160
8.  J.J. McCauley                    2043
9.  Scott Nicholson                  1994*
10. Bobby Egan                       1969
11. Dave Troychak                    1998
12. Eugene LaMaitre                  1954
13. Lonnie Gerson                    1929
14. Austyn Williams                  1960
15. Cordell Parks                    2019
16. Jimmy Foster                     1738*
17. Brandon Sandler                  1735
18. Ed Kane                          1685*
19. Harry Jarvis                     1681
20. Cory Mosley                      1655
  

Total Points

1.  Wayne Taylor                   31,443
2.  Dave Williams                  28,750
3.  Harry Jarvis                   22,640
4.  Lou Gonzales                   22,448
5.  Dave Short                     22,333 
6.  Kent Mercer                    21,777
7.  Boom-Boom Casey                21,741*
8.  Parker Mason                   21,550
9.  Jim McCarthy                   21,412*
10. Shane Strom                    21,270*
11. Jaxon McCall                   20,865
12. Mario Bailey                   20,118
13. George Holt                    20,072*
14. Eugene LaMaitre                18,970
15. Bill Yeager                    18,911*
16. Tom Perkins                    18,548*
17. Otto Hameleers                 18,366
18. Samir Sheth                    17,571
19. John Greene                    17,553*
20. Bill Blackstone                17,395 

Albacete Burning Hell

Season 2

What a way to start a franchise. No players, an expansion draft, a 9th pick in rookie draft. The WBA had started one season before, and the new plans looked at 6 new teams that could only pick unprotected players with teams allowed to protect eight players each.

We have to start with something, and that is the first player ever to be in Albacete, his name, Frank Osteen, a serviceable PF on the offensive end who lacked a defensive presence. Three picks more were received in that trade. Like every expansion team, Albacete was expected to be a bad team, but they never counted with the desire of management to start to build something from the beginning. A frenzy of trades were made well even before the expansion draft was celebrated. The 9th pick was translated in the 7th pick, which was exchanged by a lot of picks more, and some of these picks ended with the first star in Albacete…John Riddle. We all thought that he was the franchise player for years to come, that Albacete had found a holy grail.

By then, the expansion draft started, with very sad results: Felipe Smith, Dave Brennan, Curt Wilson, Eddie Stuart, John Brett…only Brennan ended contributing with 7 points and 7 rebounds that season.

The draft was about to start, and Albacete found a player they coveted for long time. We knew he was going to be at 11th, but couldn’t find a way to trade for that pick unless Riddle was involved. GM didn’t hesitate and he triggered. Getting 4 lottery picks, one of them being Harry Jarvis this season. What could have been a good draft ended being a great one after selecting Bill Blackstone with the 43 th pick. Harry Hancock and George Burke were non-factors.

Having got Mike Reardon and Dave Thompson through trades, having selected Jarvis and Blackstone in the wings, only a frontcourt was needed, and Bill Cash was the answer, even overpaying by him.

The season was perfect; Albacete won 36 games, getting the last spot in the playoffs. Rookies scouting and trading aggressively were the key for the success. With no pressure, Albacete met in the first round with the top team that season, Brooklyn… and Blackstone exploded in that series averaging over 26 points, in one of these moment deserving to be in VINTAGE WBA. BB destroyed by himself to Brooklyn, but he was short of gas to do the same with London, and Albacete ended the second round being swept

THE PLAYERS:

PG: Mike Reardon. He was 19 by then, he got his first significant playing time, and he responded with 11 points and 5 assists

SG: Harry Jarvis. He is Albacete and Albacete is Harry Jarvis. He leaded the team from the start. 23 points shooting over 50% is great for a rookie. The heart and the soul of a team

SF: Bill Blackstone. He was the key. We all knew Jarvis was that good, but Blackstone added a boost unexpected. A relentless scorer in the regular season with 17 points and 6 boards, really exploded in playoffs averaging over 25 points

PF: Frank Osteen. Someone had to play

C: Bill Cash. Six fouls to give, six millions to earn, 9 points to add

SEASON 3

With a great first season, Alabcete’s people didn’t want to celebrate. A championship was the goal, and we still hadnt won one. The team was good enough to be in the playoffs for years to come, but with some of the players signed in the inaugural draft gone for good, a new frontcourt was freferential. Bill Cash, Dave Brennan, Frank Osteen were serviceable big men, but to be frank, they were scrubs. A new sheriff was needed to come to platrol the zone, and Albacete had good assets to make a trade work. In a season 2 deal, we got the 5th pick overall. That pick would have been a good one to get a good even a great player, but Lou Gonzales and Kent Mercer were going to be selected before, and we decided to trade it (now i miss not to have waited for Parker Mason or Heiko Van Brandt). The player was Larry Chapman, a solid big man capable to average 20 points and 10 boards in any given night. With a core of Jarvis, Blackstone and Chapman, the scoring department was well covered, but there was still a lot of voids to fill

That year’s draft was awful… with 22th pick we selected Shawn Newman, a player who never lived up to the hype he generated as a college star and Chaim Sowders with the 54th pick who played as expected for a player selected that low.

Free agency had some nice results. We added Jim Donelly to our team, and two former siberian players in Marty Atkinson and undrafted rookie Goirdon Whitehouse who ended being a Cinderella history in the league, even receiving top 6th man award in 2 seasons. Jin Donelly was traded to London for a much needed PG in Antonio Swift who didnt need to shoot the ball to be happy. With the backcourt set, and Chapman at the middle, only a PF was needed in the worst way. With a single pick and one of the worst players ever to play in a basketball court, we landed Jim Fox, a veteran big man capable of scoring when needed, crash the boards, block some shots…and you cant forget Bill Blackstone signing a new contract.

The season was a good one, we improved our record, thanks in part to a new trade which resulted in exchanging Chaim Sowders in monter rebounder Kris Kalhoun. We went from 36-44 to 51-29, thats 15 games improvement. But  thing inside the team werent as good as the previous season. Chapman came to the team asking to be the man. His character never went along with Harry Jarvis and Bill Blackstone and it had an effect in team’s play. The coach tried desperately to even the plays for every player, and you can see it in the averages of 20.5, 20.2 and 19.7 they ended with. The playoffs were celebrated with escalated tension in the locker room and it ended with a first round sweep under the feet of Washington

PG : Antonio Swift. He was asked to distribute the ball, and he did it. He was asked to share the plays between the big three and he ended crazy. 6 points and 8 assists were a good stat line for him. The backup spot was splitted between Duke Robinson and Mike Reardon

SG : Harry Jarvis. He ended the season 3rd in scoring and that was bad for team’s chemist, his 19.7 points in over 50% shooting are great, but he was frustrated all year. He ended asking for Chapman’s head in a silver plate…like always he got his wish.

SF : Bill Blackstone. With a new contract under his belt, he wanted to demostrate he wasnt overpaid and he got career highs of 20.5 points and 7.9 boards. His relationship with Jarvis was great, and he felt safe

PF : Jim Fox. He had a good season, but as a veteran, he should have been a pacificator in this locker room. He shot over 60% for 10 points together with 8 boards, 4 assists and 2 blocks, be he lacked leathership.

C : Larry Chapman. His legend as a locker room cancer started here. He destroyed an enviroment almost perfect. His 20.2 points and 11.2 boards were great, but he wasnt the player to drive us to the promise land

SEASON 4

Given that season 3 had ended with a lot of bad blood, team responsibles decided to cut with it as soon as possible. No major trades were made before draft, but we knew that some chages had to be made to keep our track. Since that trade of Jhohn Riddle, we had what ended being the 9th pick in draft. With Blackstone and Jarvis like our unique safe players, we had to select the best available player, who ended being Dimitri Kolosov…well, he wasn’t the best available player, passing on players like Alvin Simpson and Arnold Eaton. He was a bad fit since the very first day and he ended traded very fast. In the second round, we got two players who ended contributing in the league, Keyon Brown, a center with an offensive game, but some deffensive problems and Dominyk Lang, who has even started in some playoff teams.

Our only key free agent that season was Larry Chapman, and he was intentionally downballed with his offer. Chapman wanted to be the best paid player on the team, and GM didn’t accept it. He ended signing a very lucrative deal for Baltimore, who never made the playoffs again. That left Albacete without a center again, and we invested on a young, promising player called Marty Williams for half the money that was asked by Chapman. In that process, Gordon Whitehouse resigned for 5 seasons. Dino Robbins was the other player signed in this period. So Albacete was ready to start the season with a starting 5 of Robbins-Jarvis-Blacstone-Fox-Williams. Enough to make the playoffs, not enough to win it all, but we believed in a young team.

When the season started, results werent as good as they were in season 3. We saw a promising team, but the crowd wanted to win not to develop players, and they started to boo the team. There was a divorce between the conception of a basketball franchise between the fans and the GM and there was a lot of changes in the staff. Theres a saying that tells that you cant bite the hand that gives your food, and we decided to sacrifize a little the future for some present. Kolosov and a future pick were traded to Midland for the rights of Eugenie Lamaitre, resulting a very attractive backcourt and the fans cheered about it. But bot Lamaitre and Jarvis wanted to play SG and it never resulted. Blackstone played some PF to free time at the SF for them, but when they were together on the court, no one played like a SF, and the crowd started to woo again. BTW, in that process we ended losing the rights of selecting Austyn Williams the following draft.

Before the trade deadline, some changes were made in the team. Lamaite and Robbins were shown the door, getting a player with some talent for rebounding in Langstraat and a PG who ended being fundamental y the history of this team Bill Andrews. Besides, the patience with Marty Williams ran off and he was exchanged for a lot of draft picks. These changes didn’t liked people and the enviroment were the home games were celebrated was very bad, Albacete won more games as a visitor than as a home team for a record of 47-33. Blackstone, Jarvis and Andrews shared the offensive game, and very few players decided to play some defense.

In the playoffs, we were the 7th seed and had to play with Gabon, the 2nd best record in the Eastern Conference. No one gave us a shot at it, but the legent of the GiantKiller grew. Once again, Bill Blackstone led the team in playoffs, but against washington we felt short, losing 4-2

The Players

PG: Bill Andews. He added a scoring punch from the PG spot we never had. His 18 points and 8 assists were a great adition.

SG: Harry Jarvis. Jarvis improved without Chapman, but he never connected with Lamaitre and started to develop a history of `not easy going’ player

SF: Bill Blackstone. Once again he led the team in scoring with 22 points and 7 rebounds. You cant ask fo more production

PF: Jim Fox. HE played well, but we all can feel this player could make a lot more if he had the desire. 10 points 6 rebounds and 2 blocks werent very bad

C: Peter Langstraat. PL was addet to crash the boards and that’s what he did. 5 points and 12 boards were the production

 SEASON 5

At the end of Season 4, we had a big problem. Albacete’s top players Bill Blackstone and Harry Jarvis ended their contracts and loosing one of them would make the team to walk backwards. Of course, we had a lot of money to spend, but we didn’t know how the market was going to be that summer.

First of all, we had a exciting draft, Albacete would have 2 picks in  the lottery (4th and 11th overall)and one more in the late 1st round. The result was one of the worst drafts selections in league’s history. Only one relief. Albacete traded 4th pick for Jim Wilson and the 7thpick, where the player we coveted would be still available. With the 7th pick, we selected Tony Alfonso, a SG with a great scoring ability and skills to play the PG spot. Nash Badger was selected 11th overall, he was one other SG we felt like the best player available. With 25th pick we selected PG Hick Carpenter, and with 39th SF Tim Boham came to the city. You have to remember that Alfonso was a top 4 player in every mock draft and Badger was defined as the best all around player in draft. Summer leagues got started, and sadly, team coaches started to see that they didn’t adjust to WBA game. They were being abused by lesser players, and I was a revelation, that season 5 was THE WORST DRADT SELECTION made by one team in WBA’s history.

Then came free agency. Knowing little help would come from rookies, GM push the Panic Button as we made monster offers to resign our free agents. Blackstone and Jarvis agreed for offers valued over 20 M a year. To sign them, we had to move Jim Fox Contract to Virgin Island, exchanging it for some picks. Jarvis’ contract was market wise, but Blackstone’s one doubled the best offer he had. The little money we had, was used to sign undrafted rookie PF Paul Dilmore, who ended being the best rookie in Albacete, enough said. Drake Bacheman was signed too for a low contract, maybe a great adquisitions since he is one of the best passers in the league.

The season started with a starting five of Andrews-Jarvis-Blackstone-Whitehouse-Wilson, that’s a good starting unit on paper, but with a lot of conditioning issues in the frontcourt, Whitehouse and Wilson could barely play more than 20 minutes. Besides, fornt office was scared with Blackstone’s contract, thinking that it would hurt flexibility. Coaches had a lot to say too. The team had too much scoring, everyone in the starting five was a shoot first player. The season was being a winning one, but once again, we weren’t on the top. And by the trade deadline, Albacete decided to shake things up a little. In a big 3-way trade, we traded Bill Blackstone, some picks and unloaded Alfonso and Badger, and we got Jim Donelly and Donovan Jones. It was sad to part ways with Blackstone, but that was a great trade talent wise and salary wise, cutting like 8 million in costs. Donelly was a totally different player to Blackstone. Looknig always for the pass, he became a fan favorite. Donovan Jones started too the rest of the season. Things started to improve. Two unselfish players sharing the ball to the likes of the 4 scoring machines we had. The season ended with a 50-30 record, 6th in the East, and headed against Gabon one more time. Harry Jarvis dominated that season, scoring 26 points a game. Bill Andrews, Whitehouse and Wilson ended with 12, 11 and 10 points a game. Once again Peter Langstraat was the best rebounder with 10.2. Three players ended with over 5 assists.

In the playoffs, once again we were the underdog against Gabon, but the giant killer legend was made stronger with a 3-2 win. Washington, 2nd seed received us and was destroyed 4-2. Once again, we ran out of gas in the Conference Fials against London

THE PLAYERS

PG: Bill Andrews. His scoring went down, but he had to share that responsibility with a lot of teamates. Drake Bacheman was his backup with a whooping 4.5 assists in 17 minutes he played

SG: Harry Jarvis. He played his best basketball. Scored 26.1 points and gave 3.8 assits. The heart and the soul of the team

SF: Jim Donelly. He was a total change with Blackstone. 7 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists was his production, good defense and care with the ball.

PF: Gordon Whitehouse. A great talend on a crappy body, Whitehouse scored well enough to play 20 minutes. Donovan Jones played too the PF with 8 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assistsand 2.6 blocks

C: Jim Wilson. He played 20 minutes a night and got 10 points and 8 boards that’s great, but you have to have a great backup for the rest of the tteam, and Langstraat is.

SEASON 6

Four season in the life of the franchise. Four playoffs appearances. Props from the specialized press. Not enough. Albacete wanted to take the next step. Like always, we were a player short of the Promised Land. The season before had ended with the team in the Conference Finals, but we had some players ending their contracts. With a 6th pick, we expected to get a big man, but that class draft was a little thin in frontcourt players. The very first decision was to trade tat pick to Nebraska for 4 more picks, including 18th pick which was used to select Michael Kutak, a combo guard well known in the GCBA for his fierce defense and scoring ability. Karl Maloney and Andy Dilbert were selected in the second round.

It wasn’t a bad draft. Kutak was a great pick, but sadly for him, the positions he could play were well covered in Bill Andrews and Harry Jarvis. Maloney contributed as a backup and that is the best you can expect in a 2nd rounder.

Then free agency came, and the debacle for the team is only comparable to Cleveland Cavaliers with Carlos Boozer. With GM visiting Paris, and expecting to come back home 2 days before the free agency period would start, an airport’s staff strike had him 4 days more there. When he arrived, the damage was not reparable. Donovan Jones and Jim Wilson had agreed offers with other teams, weakening extremely Albacete’s frontcourt. The panic was patent in the front office, as no players of quality were left. Albacete only could arrange deals with Gus Rizzolo and Russ Chase, two second tier players at the best.

The season started, and like always, Jarvis took control. The team wasn’t as good as before, but we managed to keep a winning record. From the start of the season, we were negotiating a trade in what could have been the longest negotiation in WBA’s story, with over a month of daily conversations with Colorado, well, all veteran owners know how was a negotiation with Marc. Our obscure object of desire was Bobby Cress the center of Colorado. And We had a problem. Marc wouldn’t let it go easily, not even hardly. The trade was finally made with the participation of Brooklyn, and it resulted with Albacete sending 2 lottery picks and Peter Langstraat to Colorado and Russ Chase to Brooklyn, and getting Bobby Cress, and some future low first round picks. With Cress in the line-up, we finally had a presence in the middle. The team started to  play better and better, and was even being considered as a favourite to win it all, but fate had a last surprise for us, and with 7 games to end the season, Bobby Cress suffered a heart attack and was done for the season. That was a low blow for us, Albacete lost 5 of that last 7 games playing without a real center. The record was good (54-26) but the sensations were terrifying.

Albacete was the 4th seed and got the home court advantage for the first time ever. London was the rival, the arch-enemy who had a real center. We fought really hard, winning 2 games, but we had no shoot at winning in any of the 3 losses. Frank Fitzerald tried to cover Cress’ loss, but his 14 points a game were only accompanied by 3 rebounds.

THE PLAYERS

PG: Bill Andrews. Solid, like always. His numbers don’t tell the whole history of how good he is. His backup Drake Bacheman gave more than 5 assists in 19 minutes

SG: Harry Jarvis. Not as good as the season before, but with 22 points a game he leaded the charge

SF: Jim Donelly. Never spectacular, but his contributions were huge. 9 points, 6 boards, 6 assists, 2 blocks and 2 steals. Gus Rizzolo aported scoring with 12 points and 6 boards

PF: Gordon Whitehouse. 13 points and 6 boards were good contributions  for him.

C: Bobby Cress. 13 points, 10 boards and 3 blocks were the best C the team had had in history

SEASON 7

After a tragic exit in season 6 playoffs, there were strong evidences that the fan base of the team was tired of good regular seasons without success in postseason. The Championship was the only goal in the franchise, and only a player in the league was a safe pick for this team. His name Lou Gonzales, the best defender in the league and only one problem, but a big one: Gonzo was not in my team. Kevin Harper was the proud owner of the center and had zero intentions to let him go. Immediately after the Finals, Albacete started negotiations which lasted for weeks. After some days of a flat NO WAY IM TRADING LOU, Oregon began to consider some offers, but the asking price was too much high for any team to swallow. Finally, Albacete got their interest by throwing a lot of lottery draft picks, a bunch of second round picks and a promising young player in Michael Kutak The trade was a boost for Albacete, who became the inmediate favourite for the championship.

The draft was bad again. With 19th pick, we got a great defender at the GCBA level, but he had no offensive game. Alfred Hodge never had the chance to contibute. But with a late 2nd round pick, Albacete found an interesting role player in Tre Freeman, a player with a very bad stamina but an offensive machine when needed.

With Lou in the team, some adjustments needed to be made, because two great centers were on the team, and the very first thoughts were towards trading Bobby Cress for a top point guards, but none of them were availables or the asking price was out of range. For the time preseason started, no trades were made, and coach Alcaraz started to play Cress at PF as a temporary solution, and the it happened. Bobby Cress started to play his best minutes as a proffesional player, Lou and him devastated every single frontcourt around the league, combining for 39 points, 19 rebounds, 7 assists, 5 blocks and 4 steals per game. You cant find a duo like that in the WBA. But every great team needs a balance in his game, and a great frontcourt needs to be complemented by a decent backcourt at least. Bill Andrews and HArry JArvis were the primary weapons from the guards’ spot. Jarvis led the team in scoring at 23.5 points, and both combined for 39 points and 10 assists. We had 4 great players, 78 points per game. But a team needs always role players, and Albacete had the definitive team player starting at SF. Jim DOnelly was the glue on this team, playing good defense, being the top passer, drawing fouls, and helping with the defensive rebounds. As a result of such a staring 5, the bench was weak again. Gordon Whitehouse was the unique quality player in the second unit, but played his butt every  night deserving the title of TOP 6th man.

The record talked by itself, 69 wins and 11 losses. Ten wins better than the second team in the league. Top scoring team at 113 points and good perspectives coming playoffs time.

The playoffs started with an easy victory over Gabon (3-1) and Brooklyn (4-1), BUt we needed to play a 7th game in the conference finals agains Washington. With that awakening, Albacete started to give his best effort and ended with a sweep against Cancun in the Finals.

THE PLAYERS

PG: Bill Andrews. Not a prototypical PG, Andrews was mor of a scorer than a playmaker. He shot great (over 50%) and averaged 15 points and 6 assists. He clearly benefited to be the open man with such the scorers albacete had

SG: Harry Jarvis. You can bring the best plaer in the league. Jarvis wont back down. Gonzales arrived to Albacete and Harry J managed to be the top scorer in the team. He averaged 23.5 points shooting over 50% and gave a carrer high 4.3 assists. His game improved even more in the playoffs, averaging almost 36 points, shooting at 54% and giving 4.7 assists

SF: Jim Donelly. His numbers wont jump at you in this team, but he was a key factor with 8 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. The unselfish player every great team needs

PF: Bobby Cress. At the start of the season, Bobby didnt want to play PF, but this was his best season as a pro. 18 points, 11 rebounds and 2 blocks gave him the recon as ALL-WBA PF. Little experince costed him a little in playoffs, because his production dropped to 16 points and 10 rebounds

C: Lou Gonzales. HE was a beast. Maybe not the one man show he were used to seeing in Oregon, but he was deadly in the zone, shooting 57% (62% in playoffs) and averaging 22 points and 8 rebounds

Season 8

Celebrations did not lasted enough in Albacete after the first championship in thier history. There were two reasons: firstly, the feud between Harry Jarvis and Lou Gonzales; second the desire of the management of playing a faster paced basketball. As for the rift, Gonzales considered himself the best player in the game, and he  (along with his ego) never assumed being eclipsed for a teammate; Jarvis always has been the heart and the soul in Albacete, and not even the most dominant player in the league was going to change that. Gonzo asked the coaching to change the orientation of the game to have more touches, asking for Jarvis to set up in the three point line waiting him to distribute the ball. When Jarvis knew about it, he demanded the team to choose between one of them… they would not play together again. Management had to make a hard election, but it was not too difficult at the end, trading Lou would allow to build around Jarvis a dynamic team and some young assets, and trading Jarvis would make the team to lose his identity.

GM took the decision. Lou Gonzales was put in the market, and of course you cant get equal value for a player like this one, even more when you are offering him. There were some lowballing offers, some decent ones and then the chance to get the hands on a top pick in the upcoming draft, for a really loved player in the staff. Oregon had lots of picks and some interesting players, and the serious talks started. Finally, after weeks of negotiating, Lou Gonzales was in his way back to Oregon, while Albacete received young players like Omar Jefferson, Nick Adams and Dontae Evans and two picks in the following draft, being one of those picks a sure top 3 pick.

With this new supporting cast, Albacete had the second pick in that draft, and with the unanimous decision of Jay Vasquez as the top pick, there were little doubts about picking Brad Bangerter with the 2nd choice. IN the second round, Albacete selected Jamal Duncan who never played for the team.

The free agency period was just testimonial, given that there were no cap room available, and just the signing of Angel Rojas, an undrafted rookie who ended finding a niche in the rotation could be mentioned.

The season started with a very well known starting five of Bill Andrews, Harry Jarvis, Jim Donelly, Brad Bangerter and Juwan Bixby. But the fans started to ask questions, the players coming in Gonzo´s trade were not playing significant time, and not even one of them could crack the starting five: Nick Adams plaed 16 minutes and missed 22 games, Dontae Evans played barely 18 minutes and Omar Jefferson averaged 10 minutes in 48 games. The summary, 68 games missed, 15 minutes averaged each one and 17 points per game. With all that Albacete was playing well enough to get the attention of their rivals. Harry Jarvis played the rol of captain and conjured the rest of the team to play even better defense that the time Gonzales was around. The results were obvious, Albacete was the best defense of the league allowing 94.8 points per game, just allowing the rivals to get the 40.6 % of FG. The offensive load was in Jarvis’ shoulders again, helped for the trio of Bill Andrews, Gordon whitehouse and Bobby Cress who scored 13 points per game each one. Donelly was making the dirty work.

We all know Albacete fan base is very very exigent, and rookie Brad BAngerter, even with his loads of potential was having a hard time finding his rythm. The crowd was more impatient every single game, and with such an ugly name, things were going in the worst possible way. Then, Cancun arrived with an offer loaded of picks, in fact it was 3 first round picks and 3 second round picks, and Albacete decided not to invest a dollar or a second more in Bangerter. With this substraction, the results were going down, but the defense was keepeng the team on the top of their division. At the end, ALbacete had the best record in the Eastern Conference, just Oregon had more wins, and the step back was only about ten game (Albacete won 59 games).

The playoffs were dissapointing at the best. The first round should have been easier, but Gabon forced Albacete to the 5th game of the series. The second round was against Birmingham, a team which is a bad fit for the Burning Hell. Every team won their home games until BIrmingham upset albacete in the 5th game, making them to go for the back door from the season. Its ironic that Jarvis, Andrews and Cress improved their performances in the postseason dramatically, but the supporting cast choked big time.

THE PLAYERS

PG. Bill ANdrews: Andrews played very well his role. NOt known for his number of assists, Andrews scored when needed. His 13 points and 6 assists during the regular season were a good complementary stats of Jarvis. During the playoffs, he made 17 points and 6 assists in 58 % shooting

SG. Harry Jarvis: Jarvis showed he is the man and made a case of it with his feud against Gonzales. He responded to the confidence with a great season where he averaged 25 points a game, with 2 boards and 3 assists. In the playofs he was lethal with 29 points, 3 boards and 4 assists, but he could not do it for himself

SF. Jim Donelly: Donelly had to fight for the starting spot with the newcomer Nick Adams, and was projected to start the game from the bench. But with Adams not preforming as expected, and Jonelly doing all that things that dont figure in stats. His defensive effort was a key for the team success. 9 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists with 2 steals and 1 block dont tell the whole story

PF: Gordon Whitehouse: The first power forward was Brad Bangerter, but the primary player and the starter after Bangerter´s trade was Gordon. His offensive spark was very important in limited time. 13 points and 6 boards in 23 minutes are great number to pay for him. The problem was his performance in the playoffs where he dropped

C. Bobby Cress: Cress came back at the center after Lou’s trade, and played a good season. He allowed Jarvis to capitalize the offense. His 13 points and 9 boards were improved for his 17 points and 9 boards in the playoffs

SEASON 9

Season nine was considered since two seasons before as a season to retool the team with some young people without sacrificing too much the winning options. The team went from 69 wins in season 7 to 59 in season 8, and the fans wouldnt allow to drop much more. The way this season was to be focused was set in the trade with Oregon the year before. Lou Gonzales was traded and Albacete received some young role players and two picks with upside. The core was Jarvis-Cress again with the expected aportation of Bill Andrews and Gordon Whitehouse to help in the offensive end…but plans never go your way.

The lottery was good news for the franchise. Albacete had the option to choose between the best 2 pick that Oregon owned, and they resulted to be the picks 1 and 2. For the first time ever, Albacete was the first team selecting in a draft with very good players in the top. Besides, Albacete had the picks 12 and 19 and the future could not be brighter.

That Siberia University players are of the likes of Albacete management is not a secret. But no one knew how far this afinity would go. It was a draft with the first four picks closed, Bishop Stein, Tyler Kane, Edgar Kamara and Juwan Bixby, it just left to know the order. Juwan Bixby was the top player in GCBA the season before, and most of the league was believing about him as the top pick, even more with Albacete needs at the frontcourt. But Tyler Kane was an attractive option, and he was a Siberian and you never can count him off the Albacete sweeptakes. The debate had been created. Everyone around the league knew that Kane as a top pick was a reach, and Albacete started to try trading down. Oregon never answered calls, and Colorado asking price was too high. London had the 4th pick and they were receptive. At that point Albacete still was thinking that Kane would be available with this pick. It was a hard deal to swallow, but if Albacete wanted to get Bixby and Kane, something needed to be made. The trade for the 4th pick involved picks 12 and 19 along with Nick Adams… a lot to give up but we had what we wanted. The dradft was about to start when things started to complicate, Oregon theathened to select Tyler Kane with the 2nd pick if Bixby was not around, Colorado was thinking about Kane too if Bixby and Bishop Stein had been selected, and the conclusion was that Kane could be easily selected before the 4th pick. The next decision was very controversial around the league and created some discussions with some staments in the league. Albacete decided to select Tyler Kane as the top pick in draft in a risky decision. The surprise around the league was great, ans some GMs called it the worst decision in draft history. But there were some of the best observers working for Albacete, and their advice was clear, there was a chance to get Bixby AT 4th pick!!! Oregon picked Bishop Stein at the 2nd and Colorado selected Kamara next. Albacete then had the option to pick Bixby and didnt pass. It still was not understanded by some journalists and GMs (specially from bad teams which are bad because of not understanding this), but Albacete had the players they wanted at 1st and 4th at 4th and 1st. Stan Lee was selected in the second round, but he never was a factor for this team.

Plans started to collapse in free agency. Albacete had some key free agents to resign and lots of money to spend. Bill Andrews, Jim Donelly and Gordon Whitehouse were the top priority, 2 starters and the 6th man are very important for a team with the need of keeping in a winning way. Oregon had other plans and chose Bill Andrews to be the mentor of Bishop Stein, the offer was so good that Andrews inmediatelly accepted, leaving Albacete shocked without a point guard ready to play right now, given that Tyler Kane was projected not to help too much in his first two seasons. Donelly and Whitehouse were resigned for reasonable contracts, while Dontae Evans looked for his fortune far from Albacete. Omar Jefferson went away too, and the 1st pick was the only asset albacete was keeping form trading Lou Gonzales the season before. With the need for a starting PG as the primary target, Albacete tried to change their philosophy, contracting a pass first point guard, and Keith Douglas came to mind. Douglas signed a long term contract although in the end, everyone knew that his starting spot would last 2 seasons at the best. Paul Wright and Jason Moss joined the team too to give more depth to an already filled bench.

The regular season was a hard as a season can be for such a young team. Kane played from the bench, learning how to create an offensive game, but he showed plashes with his passing and his defense. Bixby was as good as expected, maybe not a lot of points scored, but he had promise behind. The wins dropped again, with 51 of them, but the buzz around the team was a optimistic one.

The playoffs were disaponinting. After a first round sweep of London, with a great performance, people wanted to win Washington finally in a playoff match up. Seven games were enough to show the opposite.

THE PLAYERS

PG. Keith Douglas. Douglas was signed to pass the ball, and while his assists werent too much (8.6 a game), he was a good floor leader. He scored 11 points too, but he commited almost 3 turnovvers a game, and his defense was far from tenacious.

SG. Harry Jarvis. Jarvis scored 24 points one more season, but his apportation dropped in the other aspects of the game but the defense, whre he stole over 2 ball per game. His name as a hall of famer started to be heard frequently. His playoff performance involved more other aspects of his game. He was by far the best player of the team, but at the end, it was not enough…again

SF. Jim Donelly. Donelly started to experiment what happens when your age is increasing. His stats dropped in

every area, but he was still an improtant player for the team, with his defense, and helping to distribute the ball.

PF: Bobby Cress. Cress played power forward again to help Juwan Bixby to play his natural position and allow him to learn the game as soon as possible. He played great again, averaging 18 points and 10 boards in 31 minutes, and he had people asking if he was a real center.

C. Juwan Bixby. Bixby had a good rookie season, with 12 points and 6 boards in 31 minutes. He showed he could excel as a frontcourt player, and the only flaw in his game was his rebounding ability. His work ethic made the coaching staff to wonder he would improve in every area

THE BENCH

The players form the bench could start for some teams in this league. Tyler Kane, Paul Whrigt and Gordon Whitehouse were quality players who renounced to start for the team, but they were awarded with significant playing time

Baltimore Pirates

Team Season Records

Season 1: 11-51 (Out of Playoffs)

Season 2: 30-50 (Out of Playoffs)

Season 3: 40-40 #8 Seed

Season 4: 49-31 #6 Seed

Season 5: 31-49 (Out of Playoffs)

Season 6: 31-49 (Out of Playoffs)

Season 7: 24-56 (Out of Playoffs)

Season 8: 34-46 (Out of Playoffs)

Baltimore Pirates

Season 9: 43-37 #7 Seed

Team Playoff Records

Season 3: Loss to Brooklyn 3-0 in 1st Round

Season 4: Loss to Washington 3-1 in 1st Round

Baltimore Pirates

Season 9: Loss to Budapest 3-2 in 1st Round

Season Leaders

Season 1

Points per game: Mike Sewell (17)

Rebounds per game: Frank Osteen (6)

Assists per game: Stub Madison (9.9)

Season 2

Points per game: Joe Jones (23.2)

Rebounds per game: Bill Lopez (10.8)

Assists per game: Stub Madison (11.2)

Season 3

Points per game: Joe Jones (25.9)

Rebounds per game: George Lush (8.8)

Assists per game: Stub Madison (11.9)

Season 4

Points per game: Joe Jones (24.7)

Rebounds per game: Larry Chapman (8.7)

Assists per game: Stub Madison (11.6)

Season 5

Points per game: Larry Chapman (19.9)

Rebounds per game: Larry Chapman (8.6)

Assists per game: Ethan Hunt (6.8)

Season 6

Points per game: Joe Jones (21.3)

Rebounds per game: George Lush (7.7)

Assists per game: Stub Madison (9.3)

Season 7

Points per game: Joe Jones (18.4)

Rebounds per game: George Lush (7.5)

Assists per game: Stub Madison (8.7)

Season 8

Points per game: George Lush (19.6)

Rebounds per game: George Lush (6.6)

Assists per game: Anson Valente (10.8)

Baltimore Pirates

Season 9

Points per game: Johnny Tatum (19.1)

Rebounds per game: Zane Rivers (8.3)

Assists per game: Anson Valente (10.7)

In the Beginning

As one of the original franchises in the World Basketball Association the Baltimore Golden Beavers began their quest for glory as optimistically as any of the other twenty-two teams embarking to build a champion.  However, as circumstances would have it the Baltimore franchise ended up with a precarious position in the inaugural draft drafting from the 15th spot.  Without a guarantee to land a star, management immediately set out on a course to build for the future.  Credited with pulling off the first trade in WBA history, Baltimore reached an agreement with New York sending their 15th pick Mike Begley to New York for the 20th pick Pete Benton and a pair of future second round draft picks.  The rest of Baltimore’s draft that was to shape the fortune of the team for years to come looked something like this:

2nd Round 30th Overall: Stub Madison

3rd Round 45th Overall: Mike Sewell

4th Round 60th Overall: Joe Clark

5th Round 85th Overall: George Grabowski

6th Round 100th Overall: Roger Mayer

7th Round 115th Overall: John Shannon

8th Round 130th Overall: Joe Miller

9th Round 160th Overall: Frank Osteen

10th Round 185th Overall: Jimmy Ortiz

11th Round 200th Overall: Barry McCormick

12th Round 215th Overall: Joe McCarthy

13th Round 230th Overall: Steve Walters

14th Round 245th Overall: Johnny Mitchell

Season 1

As the season commenced Mike Begley soon made Baltimore management regret trading him as he blossomed averaging close to 22 points, 11 rebounds and 3 blocks a game, eventually leading division rival New York to the playoffs.  As the wins came few and far between management eventually decided to go the whole nine yards into a full on rebuilding mode.  The team traded their 4th round pick Joe Clark to Roswell for Tom Robertson a 13th round pick and another future 2nd round.  Although Clark had not panned out as planned, Robertson was not going to help any the hope laid in the overrated 2nd round pick.  To further emphasize rebuilding the team dealt their supposed star Pete Benton and a 2ndround pick to Midland for a future first round pick.  Management obviously felt these draft picks to be quite a commodity for the price that was being paid for them.  Only time would tell if these investments in the future would pan out for the franchise.

Rebuilding is often a softer term given to the fact that the team is going to face a lot of losing and that is what Baltimore did in season one, a lot of losing.  Their eleven wins were second only to Gabon’s nine as worst in the league.  One media report summarized the season for Baltimore, “they sucked they did end up battling for the worst record and were tied with Gabon until recently. They had the third worst offense and the second worst defense. But, 3 first round draft picks should help ease the pain.”  Indeed, the only bright spot in season one was the play of second round pick Stub Madison as he garnered an all-spot after averaging close to 10 assists a game.  The leading recipient of those assists was 3rd round pick Mike Sewell as he too earned an all-star spot leading the team in scoring at a 17 a game while contributing with rebounds and assists.  Although wins were scarce the franchise and the city of Baltimore had a lot to look forward to as their all-stars developed but the ultimate hope lay in the draft picks that they had sacrificed so much to attain.

Season 2

The fate of Baltimore lay in the league’s first rookie draft as they had four draft picks and three of those of the first round caliber.  The first rookie draft proved abundant with talent as names like Wayne Taylor, Bill Yeager, and A.J. Shulz were taken.  However, as luck would have it the cream of the draft was taken right before Baltimore could get a slice of it.  Holding the number nine, ten, and fourteen picks the team ended up with Joe Jones, Bill Lopez and George Lush, missing out on such players as Horace Colbert, Scott Nicholson, Paul Wilson, Kelvin Davidson and passing up on Harry Jarvis.

The young blood brought newfound hope to the franchise as each of the picks showed promise with Joe Jones lighting it up as one of the league’s leading scorers while Lopez gave the team its first consistent double digit rebounder.  Lush provided solid play and coupled with Stub Madison and Mike Sewell the team almost tripled its win total of the previous season be racking up 30 wins but finished just outside the playoffs.

Although disappointment lingered the Baltimore loyal remained hopeful as reports credited the young age of the players as the reason for the struggles and maintained that the team would “mature into a great team over the next few years.”

Season 3

Drafts had not been kind to Baltimore, as it seemed that the superstar that would redefine the franchise was always slightly out of reach but this season’s draft proved that even if within reach the right selection consistently eluded them.  For the season three rookie draft the team ended up with the 11th overall pick and unfortunately for the team the 10th selection by Washington snatched hall of fame point guard Parker Mason off the boards.  The team could have rebounded well with the selection of Heiko Van Brandt who was still on the boards but opted to select the mediocre Bob Delaney.  To Baltimore’s credit, even the team after them Varese passed on Van Brandt opting to take the forgotten Myron Faris.

Early in the season in a quest to reach the next level Baltimore put together a package that included Bill Lopez to acquire a true center in Winifred’s Marty Williams who was good for 15 points and 10 rebounds a game.  The move helped Baltimore tremendously but later in the season William’s welcome wore out.  In the 3rd time that season Williams was moved once again this time to Midland in exchange for unproven player Burt Rodriguez and two future 1st round picks.  Right when the team was on the way to respectability a move for the future once again sacrificed the present.

Still the improved play of last years rookies Joe Jones and George Lush and the core of Stub Madison and Mike Sewell provided Baltimore with its best season finishing at an even 40-40 good enough for the 8th seed in the east.  The core of the team looked strong, Jones ignited the scoring with 25 points a game while Sewell and Lush chipped in with a 19 and 17 points respectively while Madison enjoyed a career year with 11.9 assists.  However, the team was still not ready to face the big boys as evidenced by Brooklyn’s 3-0 sweep over Baltimore in the team’s playoff debut.

Season 4

During the off-season the team faced the loss of Mike Sewell via free agency but as free agency takes it also gives as the team was able to sign double-double machine Larry Chapman a career 20 point and 10 rebound player.  Besides the loss of Sewell the rest of the team remained intact and with Chapman signifying an improvement over Sewell the team was set to achieve its greatest season yet.  Joe Jones now established as one of the leagues most proficient scorers averaged close to 25 points a game while new addition Larry Chapman chipped in 21 of his own while pulling down almost nine rebounds a game.  Madison proving himself as one of the leagues most consistent performers once again had a great season by dishing out 11.6 assists a game.

Ultimately, the team improved by nine games over the previous season reaching the highest point in the franchise’s history by recording a 49-31 record and attaining the number six seed in the east.  Media reports were now showering praises on Baltimore’s high octane offense that allowed them to average 105 points a game but what kept them from the top was their rebounding.  This weakness was compounded in the playoffs when they squared off against the defensive minded Washington Monuments led by Boom Boom Casey.  Although losing the series to Washington three games to one Baltimore managed to make break new ground by attaining their first playoff win in franchise history.  The franchise was set on an upward swing but only time would tell if these seasonal improvements marked a continuing winning trend or this playoff win signified the peak of the franchise for years to come.

Season 5

#20 Baltimore John Kelly

Baltimore

Larry Chapman    8.6 reb  19.9 ppg  2.4 bpg

Ethan Hunt       6.8 apg  14.3 ppg  55.4 fg%

Baltimore      31     49

No play-offs

Season 5 trades

Baltimore gets:

Ethan Hunt, Jesus Dienes and VI’s Season8-2nd Round Pick

Virgin Island gets:

Stub Madison, John Simmons, Billy Owens, Rochester’s Season6-1st round pick,

and 1mil in season 6

Baltimore gets:

Sage Walker

Gabon gets:

Burt Rodriquez

Baltimore gets:

Mercer, Alfonso, E. Jones Montana season 6 2nd,

& London season 7 2nd

Chacarita gets:

Delaney & Baltimore Season 10 2nd

FA               G  MIN  FG%   FT%   3P%   REB   A    PF  BLK   TO  STL   

PTS

Don Beard       61  21  45.2  63.6  31.0   1.7  0.7  1.2  0.0  0.4  0.4   

9.3

Lou Lee         76  11  38.0  77.6   0.0   1.4  1.0  0.7  0.3  0.7  0.5   

3.6

Junior Palladin 51   7  40.9  46.7   0.0   1.7  0.4  0.5  0.2  0.5  0.4   

2.9

Roger Starr     26   9  38.7  50.0   0.0   0.5  1.1  0.4  0.0  0.4  0.1   

2.5

Eric Bonham     33   8  42.5  62.1   0.0   2.0  1.0  0.4  0.1  0.8  0.4   

2.4

Extended contract of PF George Lush

A new wind blew into Baltimore, with it came a new Coach/Gm owner

Robby Arnold and new name the Sentinals Coach Arnold got to inherit a

playoff team but also had to

handle FA and an unholy cap problem.

With three players (Madison,Chapman and Delaney)  combined salaries over 20+

million and fa George Lush and Joe Jones

GM Arnold had to make a decision.So he decided to have an fire sale by

letting Jones go and resigned Lush,

and then made the move that

still stands as one of the most inexprenced trades in league history traded

George Lush to Washington. This was

overturned by Commish Hicks who ruled that the was trade was unfair and

started the now infamous trade committee

to protect other rookiee GM’s from making mistakes.

With Jones gone the Sentinals had no real offensive threats Chapman tried to

pick up the gap but the pressure

was showing on the old vetran who just didnt have enough help.

So Arnold did the next logical thing he started trading superstars to get

under the cap.

He traded away Stub Madison and Bob Delaney for scrubs picks and cap room.

Season 5 was an learning experince for the GM/Coach Arnold.

Rookie Season    G  MIN  FG%   FT%   3P%   REB   A    PF  BLK   TO  STL   PTS

John Kelly      80  21  39.3  82.9  30.5   2.9  2.8  2.1  0.4  1.5  0.4   6.9

Where are they now:

John Kelly Retired working as a physical therapist in Coral Springs Fl.

Season 6

Baltimore      31     49

No play-offs

Joe Jones  21.3 ppg

George Lush 7.7 reb

Stub Madison 9.8 apg

Draft

#11 Baltimore Bert Haug

#12 Baltimore Roy Hoyle

#38 Baltimore Bob Kaplan

#39 Baltimore Bob Price

Trades

Baltimore gets:

Ray Walters, Clark Wayne, Lance Armstrong & $1.29 million in season 6

Birmingham gets:

Roy Houle, Bob Price, & Baltimore’s Season 11 2nd rounder

FA               G  MIN  FG%   FT%   3P%   REB   A    PF  BLK   TO  STL   

PTS

Craig King      79  17  51.8  86.5  47.2   3.0  1.5  0.9  0.5  1.0  0.9   

6.5

Johnny Tatum    79  15  45.1  75.0  18.5   1.5  1.6  0.9  0.2  0.5  0.8   

6.2

Gilbert Silvers 28  14  36.8  58.1   0.0   3.9  0.2  1.9  0.6  1.2  0.6   

5.9

Damon Trout     62  16  40.9  98.5  22.1   1.3  2.4  0.9  0.0  0.8  0.7   

5.2

Well you can say one thing about Coach Arnold he is consistent matching last

season of futility

with another season of futility.Still struggling to figure out the ins and

outs of the WBA and Fa

Coach Arnold made another rookie mistake in the draft but made some nice

picksin the 2nd round.

After his first draft where the Sentinals had two first round picks and two

second rd picks.

Coach Arnold went after old Sentinals Joe Jones and Stub Madison.Traded away

Larry Chapman and brought in defensive minded

PF/C Clarennce Collins.Lance Armstrong made Rookie All-Star team and game

MVP.

Rookies          G  MIN  FG%   FT%   3P%   REB   A    PF  BLK   TO  STL   

PTS

Lance Armstrong 71  22  34.2  80.7  27.3   5.2  2.8  1.9  0.1  1.9  1.0   

9.4

Bert Haug       73  15  45.3  74.3  31.5   2.2  1.0  1.4  0.5  0.8  2.1   

7.8

Clark Wayne     36  13  45.1  80.8  17.1   2.4  0.6  1.5  0.5  0.6  0.4   

6.7

Bob Kaplan      45  12  35.3  85.6  14.9   0.5  2.4  0.5  0.0  1.0  0.3   

4.6

Where are they now

Lance Armstrong FA

Bert Haug Rochester Blaze

Clark Wayne Retired boys basketball Coach at his high school

Bob Kaplan Retired working as Computer Graphics artist.

Season 7

Baltimore      24     56

No Play-offs

Joe Jones       18.4 ppg

George Lush     7.5  reb

Stub Madison    8.7 apg

Draft

#10 Baltimore Obibe King

#38 Baltimore Chuck Murphy

#48 Baltimore Oliver Doherty

No Trades

No FA

The third season for Coach Arnold was even worse

than previous two. The fans were calling for the head of

Coach/GM Arnold. The team was really showing its age and the

the draft picks weren’t getting the job done. The bright

spot for this horrible season was the emergence of Clarence Colllins

who took over the C postio avg 6.9 reb and 12.9 pts

against some of the division Centers.King played like the rookie

he was projected to be.

Rookies seasons

                 G  MIN  FG%   FT%   3P%   REB   A    PF  BLK   TO  STL   

PTS

Odibe King      80  32  40.8  69.0  36.4   5.6  2.7  2.0  0.4  0.1  1.1  

13.0

Chuck Murphy     4  19  44.1  66.7   0.0   3.3  1.0  1.0  1.0  2.0  0.8   

8.0

Oliver Doherty  68  11  37.3  72.2  22.7   1.4  1.1  0.7  0.0  0.6  0.7   

6.5

Where are they now

Odibe King playing for Alaska

Chuck Murphy California Hellcats

Oliver Doherty backup for Montana

Season 8

Record    34     46

No play-offs

George Lush      19.6 ppg  6.6 reb

Anson Valente    10.8 apg  6.2 reb

Draft

#5 Baltimore Don Laine

#29 Baltimore Walter Callaway

#32 Baltimore Mike Ivey

Trades

Baltimore gets:

Anson Valente and Washington and Montana’s S 9 second round picks

Nebraska gets:

Johnny Burns and $0.05 in season 8 and Baltimore S9 1st rd

FA

                 G  MIN  FG%   FT%   3P%   REB   A    PF  BLK   TO  STL   

PTS

Lance Armstrong  8   9  34.5  80.0  33.3   2.5  0.9  0.8  0.0  0.8  0.9   

3.6

Steve Vernie    33   7  44.7  59.4   0.0   0.5  1.0  0.4  0.1  0.3  0.5   

3.4

Extended contract of  PG Anson Valente

Extended contract of PF/C Clarence Collins

The Sentinals increased their win total by 10 games.

Coach Arnold attributed this to the trade for Anson Valente.

Moving John Tatum (who Baltimore aquired during fa)

to starting line-up and the improved play of

Odibe King and a better bench.

Rookie seasons

                 G  MIN  FG%   FT%   3P%   REB   A    PF  BLK   TO  STL   

PTS

Don Laine       80  13  38.2  73.6   0.0   3.3  0.3  1.0  0.6  0.4  0.9   

4.3

Walter Callaway 54  10  43.7  65.9  32.1   2.3  1.1  0.6  0.5  0.3  0.4   

3.9

Mike Ivey       46   9  41.3  90.3  31.5   2.1  0.9  0.8  0.4  0.3  0.0   

3.2

Where are they now

Don Laine Resigned with Baltimore

Walter Callaway playing for Budapest

Season 9

Baltimore      43     37

Play-offs

Budapest beat Baltimore     3-2

Johnny Tatum    19.1 ppg

Zane Rivers      8.3 reb

Anson Valente   10.7 apg

Draft

#22 Baltimore Matt Archer

#36 Baltimore Bailey Wood

Trades

Baltimore gets:

pick #22

Texas gets:

Pick #41, #52nd and Baltimore’s first round pick

in season 11

FA               G  MIN  FG%   FT%   3P%   REB   A    PF  BLK   TO  STL   

PTS

Zane Rivers     80  30  46.9  83.3  27.7   8.3  2.9  4.3  1.7  3.1  0.7  

12.8

Ruben Schmidt   16   3  25.0  78.6   0.0   0.4  0.5  0.2  0.0  0.3  0.3   

1.3

Extended contract of SF/PF Mike Ivey

After several seasons as the Sentinals GM Rob Arnold

thought it was a time for a change so once again the

team went through another change. A new name the

Pirates and new colors purple and black.Also Stub Madison,

George Lush,and Joe Jones were let go for new stars to rise.

Johnny Tatum,Anson Valente,and Clarence Collins formed a new

exciting brand of Piratre ball which moved Baltimore to new

terrioty play-offs. Even though they lost in the 1st round. Coach

loved the new style of ball. Mike Ivey was the

new star on the horizon this season splitting time with

Odibe King.

Rookie seasons

                 G  MIN  FG%   FT%   3P%   REB   A    PF  BLK   TO  STL   

PTS

Bailey Wood     78  10  37.2  82.9  36.6   0.5  1.5  0.3  0.2  0.6  0.6   

3.3

Matt Archer      0   0   0.0   0.0   0.0   0.0  0.0  0.0  0.0  0.0  0.0   

0.0

Where are they now

Matt Archer playing for Miami

Bailey Wood FA

Season 10

Record   39     41

Play-offs

Baltimore beat Albacete 3-2

Round 2

Rochester beat Baltimore 4-2

Johnny Tatum    18.5 ppg

Don Laine        8.8 reb

Anson Valente   11.6 apg

Draft

#17 Baltimore Joe Herrera

Trades

Miami gets:

Matt Archer, Baltimore’s Season 12 2nd, and Baltimore’s season 13 1st

Baltimore gets:

Tobias Harrison and Carolina’s Season 13 2nd Round pick

FA               G  MIN  FG%   FT%   3P%   REB   A    PF  BLK   TO  STL   

PTS

Johnny Burns    21  11  34.2  75.0   0.0   0.3  1.5  0.4  0.0  0.5  0.6   

2.7

Lonnie Graham   78  15  41.7  67.9   0.0   2.3  1.4  0.9  0.5  1.3  0.2   

6.7

Stub Madison    29   8  37.2   0.0   0.0   0.7  1.0  0.7  0.0  0.4  0.4   

1.1

Extended contract C Don Laine

Now how do the Pirates repeat last year success? They dont they go in the

opposite

direction by losing 4 more games but still slip int the play-offs.

Where the team really picked up and shocked the league by making it into

the second round before losing to Rochester.Don Laine finally

showed why he was the 5th pick in season 8 by avg 18.2 ppg and 12.7 reb

and 1.7 blks in the play-offs.Coach Arnold is relly looking for next seaon

and hopes the Pirates will make it back to the play-offs and

continue to make the next steps in the play-offs.

Rookie Season    G  MIN  FG%   FT%   3P%   REB   A    PF  BLK   TO  STL   

PTS

Joe Herrera     32   5  36.4  90.0  42.9   0.9  0.8  0.1  0.0  0.1  0.1   

1.6

Where are they now

Joe Herrera Still with Baltimore.

Baltimore Season 11

Baltimore finished season 11 of the World Basketball Association with a underachieving record of thirty one and forty nine. Granted the young Pirates are in a stacked division filled with league powerhouses such as Brooklyn and Boston. Their leading scorer for the season was guard Joe Watts who managed to put up twenty three points per game. He was below average in terms of rebounds and assists, but on the other hand he was a defensive beast averaging two blocks per and steal per game. The leading rebounder for the Pirates was big men George Lush and Mike Ivey. Ivey pulled down seven point three rebounds while also putting up fourteen points per game. Lush also put pulled down nearly eight rebounds per game and scored fourteen points per game next to Ivey down on the blocks for the Pirates. Finally the leading assist getter for the Pirates was passing savant Anson Valente. Valente dished out nearly eleven assists per game for the Pirates while also swiping a steal per game at the point guard.

Throughout the season Baltimore made one major trade and a few minor trades. The major trade for the Pirates involved them getting rid of young wing Jim Woods to Frankfurt for veteran Antonio Gleason. While Woods had a ton of potential to be one of the most underrated wings in the league in the future, Baltimore was trying to win noe and Gleason is already established in the league being able to lead the young Pirates on and off the court.

During the offseason Baltimore managed to score the number one draft pick in the upcoming draft. They used the pick to select the Italian guard Arturo Fonzarelli or the “Fonz” as he is known as. Arturo is filled with potential to be a elite scorer, but is a raw prospect at this point in his career. One day though he could be skilled enough to garner a max contract during the point of his free agency.

Baltimore Season 12

Season Twelve for the Baltimore Pirates was an improvement for the franchise, but they are far from the desired product. They finished the season with a thirty eight and forty two record in a tough division once again led by Brooklyn, Long Island, and Toronto. Their leading scorer for the year was veteran big man Mike Ivey who put up an average of fourteen points per game nearly identical to the year before. The leading rebounders for the Pirates were big man Mike Ivey who was second on the team pulling down just over seven rebounds a game. The leading rebounder for the Pirates was veterna big man Don Laine who led the team for the year pulling down an average of nearly ten rebounds per game. Finally the leading assist getter for the Pirates was once again guard Anson Valente. Valenite was once again the maestro of the Pirates offense dishing out nearly ten assists per game for the Pirates while also scoring nine points per game running the Pirates offense to a tee once again.

During the season Baltimore managed to supplement their youth movement with veterans that will be able to help the kids on and off the court that they had acquired over the past few seasons. They did this by acquiring veteran guard Joe Watts from Omaha for three second round picks. While picks are a valuable commodity in the league veteran leadership is perhaps even more valuable allowing the young guys to be able to absorb any knowledge the vets have.

The other trade that Baltimore made during the season was shipping off the twenty eighth overall pick from the previous year Jim Woods. Woods was full of potential, but had a long way to go in order to reach a level where he could fully contribute to a contending team. In return from Woods the Pirates received guards Scott Currie and point guard Yoshi Tawaraya while also picking up Frankfurts first round pick.

During the offseason Baltimore should really focus in building around their core young guys and continuing to ship out the veterans for draft pick compensation. This includes the “Fonz” as well as young wings Jay Dickinson and Justus Rhodes. Dickinson, Rhodes, and the “Fonz” are all long and lengthy and should fit perfectly in the Pirates system of moving the ball and a free flowing offense. On the other hand while bigman Mike Ivey has always been solid for the franchise management should really consider moving on from him and acquiring a young big man that can be groomed in the Pirates system.

Baltimore Season 13

In the return of the great World Basketball Association Baltimore reintroduced themselves to being one of the top teams in the league finishing with a record of forty seven wins and thirty three losses in the pretty talented Atlantic division. Their leading scorer for the season were guard Jay Dickinson and forward Arthur Fonzarelli. Dickinson was the teams leader and averaged twenty points per game while also starting all eighty games. The Fonz on the other hand averaged a clean sixteen points per game while also shooting nearly forty seven percent from the field. The leading rebounder for the Pirates was veteran big man and the voice in the locker room Mike Ivey. Ivey has been solid throughout his career and should be kept around to lead the young stars on this team in Dickinson and The Fonz. Finally the leading assist getter of the Pirates was passing savant Anson Valente who averaged nearly eight assists a game by far the most on the team.

The Pirates only made one trade during the year, but it was a massive trade involving four teams including themselves. The main gets for the Pirates were big time and could help them build for the future. In essence they traded veterans Jamie Crouch and Yoshi Tawaraya for young wins David Flores and Commas Neeter. While Crouch and Yoshi are established and solid they have already reached their potential and are not part of the long term solution for the Pirates. Flores and Neetar on the other hand should be as both are oozing full of potential. Neetar has the all around game and does not possess many major holes in his game while also on standing out in any one area. He will need help from Baltimore’s training staff in order to prioritize how he want to develop his game. Flores on the other hand is an athletic freak and at a young age is definitely still a raw prospect. What makes him intriguing his if he can develop his game and pair it with his athleticism making him a very good player in the future.

Baltimore went into the playoffs full of optimism as most teams often do, but ended up being cut short as they ran into the four seed, Miami Xtreme. The Xtreme slowed the Pirates young guards down with their dynamic duo of Birkhead and Ashman pulling out the series win in a brutal seven game struggle leaving the Pirates disappointed with the outcome. Management went into the season without their first round pick, but still able to get in on the action in the draft with a late first rounder at number twenty five. They used the pick to draft young big man Guy Welty. At just twenty years old and already possessing a solid inside game Welty is a solid young prospect that Baltimore will be able to pair with their young core in order to mesh them together for the future.

Baltimore Season 14

Season fourteen for the Baltimore Pirates showed that they need to reset and build around their young core of guards. They finished with a record of thirty eight and forty two record in the insanely tough East Division that was created after league realignment. Considering this fact Baltimore still a decently competitive team, but in a ever improving division it was time for them to blow it up. Their leading scorers for the year were once again the dynamic duo of Jay Dickinson and Arturo Fonzarelli or The Fonz. Dickinson once again poured in twenty points per game while also adding six rebounds and nearly a steal a game. The Fonz bumped his scoring average up to nineteen points per game while also pulling down three rebounds and dishing out three assists. The leading rebounder for this team was veteran bigman Don Laine who pulled down nearly seven boards a game followed closely by Dickinson at six boards a game. The leading assist leader was once again Anson “The Glue” Valente who dished out seven assists a game running this offense to perfection and also leading the team on defense.

There was obviously no playoffs for the Pirates due to the below average record and they did not own their first round draft pick unfortunately. They did add talent in the second round though as Earl Martin was drafted with the twenty second pick of the second round. Martin should prove to be a solid bench option with a little grooming and development. Baltimore’s young draft pick they are still waiting on Vitor Morales should also be able to lead the Pirates in a new direction once he comes over from the IBA due to his increased development and skills. The problem is getting a good enough core around Morales to convince him to come over to the WBA and lead the young Pirates into the future.

Baltimore Season 15

Season fifteen of the WBA was again a disappointing one for the Baltimore Pirates as they finished the season with a record of twenty seven and fifty three good for last in the ever so tough East Division. The Pirates went all in on the youth movement as three of their five starters were under twenty six years of age and they still had four guys under twenty five years coming off the bench. The leading scorers for the young Pirates guard and forward Lenn Marella and Justus Rhodes. Rhodes was the leading scorer for the team averaging fifteen points per game while also pulling down six rebounds and dishing out three assists. Marella on the other hand averaged fifteen points while also pulling down five rebounds and swiping one steals a game. The leading rebounder for the Pirates was veteran center Michael Huryta who pulled down eight rebounds a game. The second rebounder was young forward Rhodes who managed to pull down six rebounds a game from the three position. Finally the leading assist man for the Pirates young point guard Trevor Tomlin who dished out five assists a game while also swiping nearly a steal a game.

The Pirates made multiple trades throughout the season in order to fully delve deeper into the well oy youth that they had started on the past few season. They acquired a number of new guards and brought in some old faces as well. They firstly acquired veteran forward Jaime Crouch after trading him a few seasons ago as well as bringing back guard Yoshikazu Tawaraya. Crouch and Yoshi will provide some help to the young guys while also delivering valuable minutes to the rotation. Some newer faces that the Pirates brought in were Lenn Marella, Trevor Tomlin, and Remi Jeay. Marella and Tomlin are young and full of potential, but are extremely young and should require some development before reaching their full skills. Jeay on the other hand is a established veteran who is perfect to help lead Tomlin and coach him through how to run a offense.

The draft for the Pirates was a major bust as they picked up guard Stephen Harrelson over game changing talents such as Victorio Pinelo and Chris Dao. While Harrelson is solid he is now where near the talent that Pinelo and Dao are and the Pirates should feel the pain for a few more years to come.

Baltimore Season 16

Season sixteen for the Baltimore Pirates was another bust of a season as they finished the season with a record of twenty seven and fifty three record once again oddly. The leading scorers for the team once again guard and forward Lenn Marella and Justus Rhodes. Rhodes averaged seventeen points, six rebounds, and three rebounds a game in just under thirty six minutes a game. Marella on the other hand averaged nearly sixteen points a game while also pulling down six rebounds a game in just under thirty six minutes a game. The leading rebounder for the Pirates was three man Justus Rhodes. Rhodes managed to once again pull down nearly seven rebounds a game. The leading assist man was veteran guard Remi Jeay who dished out nearly six rebounds a game perfectly running the Pirates offense.

The only major transaction for the Pirates during the offseason was picking up big man Andre Rawlings for three years in free agency. Rawlings was a good pickup for the Pirates as he was the center of the defense for the young Pirates. He averaged six points and five rebounds a game while blocking nearly two blocks a game. While Rawlings was a solid pickup for the Pirates he is not the long term solution for the Pirates as he has already reached his prime.

The offseason was a eventful time for the Pirates as they acquired some major young talent to help them build for the future in foreign guard Vitor Morales and forward Aidan de Schutter. Morales was a draft pick by the Pirates a few years back but did not come to the WBA due to

the structure of the team. Morales is already established and should be a top talent in a few years while being developed in the Pirates system. de Schutter on the other hand is a top draft pick for the Pirates this year and is only nineteen years old. While he is talented he is still more than a few years away from really reaching his full potential. While he is developing his skills his major athleticism should serve to help him compete with established veterans in the league.

Brooklyn Rage

Brooklyn_Rage

The Brooklyn Rage GM: Rondall Reynoso.  
Mascot:  Ray the screaming ape
Arena:  The Barclay Center

TEAM HISTORY

2001-2002

The Rage were the first team in the WBA and owner Rondall Reynoso struggled between having the team be from Sacramento (his hometown) or Brooklyn (his current residence). He decided on Brooklyn mostly because he felt a team based in New York would better be able to attract the big name free agents as well as provide additional revenue that wouldn’t be available in a smaller market.

Brooklyn had the 12th pick in the inaugural draft which they used to select Joe Siebert. They used their second-round pick to select Scooter Jacobs who was later traded for John Davis. These two combined as an impressive front court in Season 1 ending the season as the best and second best rebounders in the league. In addition, Siebert was also the league’s best shot blocker. Siebert and Davis were the core of what would be a perennial defensive powerhouse. In 2001-02, the Rage finished with the third best defense allowing only 90.3 points per game on 40.5% shooting. Gene Allen and Ozzie Kramer are two other players who also had a strong defensive presence- not in their steal or blocks but by the pressure and headaches they gave their opponents. Despite the fact that Brooklyn played a slow style of basketball they were an efficient team that shot 47% from the floor.

Ozzie Kramer and John Davis represented Brooklyn at the All-star game in what turned out to be a classic humiliation of the East as they lost by 22 points. Probably, the biggest surprise about the Eastern All-star team was that Joe Siebert was not included. Many people still cannot understand how a player who led the league in rebounds and blocked shots doesn’t get selected for the team. This insult was partially made-up for when Siebert was selected as defensive player of the year. Additionally, Rondall Reynoso was selected as Executive of the Year. In many ways, this was well deserved considering that Reynoso traded for three of the players who would be in his starting line-up. Not to mention that four of Brooklyn’s five starters were twenty years old or younger. Reynoso had a team with an exciting future without sacrificing current success.

In Season 1 the Rage won the Mid-Atlantic division (38-24), quite an accomplishment considering they were predicted to finish last, but unfortunately lost to Varese in the second round of the play-offs, 4-2, after having a bye in the first round. This was a huge blow to the Brooklyn franchise but in retrospect shouldn’t have been a surprise. While Brooklyn won their division, they had actually finished with the same record as Varese. The Roosters also had Super Star Center Earl Baldwin on their team who gave them solid offense. Brooklyn, on the other hand, had one of the worse offenses in the league. Youngster Gene Allen and key sixth man Bill Meyer also played very poorly on the offensive end. The Rage only managed to score 83.2 points a game against Varese. The shining spot for Brooklyn was the play of Pee-Wee Stoddard who averaged 14.5 points, 8.3 assists and 7.7 rebounds.

2002-2003

The off-season of 2002 was both exciting and tragic. The tragic, was the loss of 19 year old point guard Bill Meyers who was considered to be the teams point guard of the future. He was extremely well liked on the team. Best friend Myron White called him “A burst of enthusiasm in the locker room.” The excitement came when the Team was able to trade for the sixth pick in the draft which they used to select AJ Schulz. The combination of Schulz, Davis, and Siebert provided the team with the possibility of having arguably the best front court in the league and most definitely the best rebounding front court. The move seemed even more brilliant when Pee-Wee Stoddard, who the Rage had traded to acquire the pick, was sent to jail for a year on a drug charge. Adding Schulz to the team gave Brooklyn’s horrible offense a real threat and it completely changed the team from one of the worst offensive teams in the league to one of the best. Their scoring average raised an amazing 12 points per game. At the same time, their defense improved to #2 in the league only allowing 88.4 points a game and only allowing the opponents to shoot 39.2 points a game compared to their 50.2.

After the draft Brooklyn, however, still had a major hole at the point guard spot. They traded away Stoddard expecting Meyers to fill his spot but with Meyer’s death they had no real talent at the point. The Rage however have a history of finding quality players who were overlooked in the draft. The first such player was point guard Woody Reynolds. Reynolds like Allen and Kramer has pure tenacity on the defensive end, but he also has good hands and was able to make some steals.

Season two was a magically one for the Rage. Going into the season everybody knew they would be good and they were. Just over half way through the season the Rage had the opportunity to send starting shooting guard Gene Allen to South Carolina in exchange for J.J. McCauley. The Rage jumped at the chance. They moved Ozzie Kramer into the starting shooting guard spot and allowed J.J. to be a force off the bench. It worked wonderfully. Brooklyn ended the season with the best record in the league, 67-13, and J.J. McCauley was voted 6th Man of the Year. Rookie sensation A.J. Schulz was also voted rookie of the year. The front court combination of Schulz, Davis and Siebert had indeed been impressive with all three averaging double figures in points and rebounds. Siebert also had what is by many considered his finest season with 17.5 points, 12.7 rebounds and 3.5 blocks.

The season 2 play-offs were a totally different story for Brooklyn. They went into the play-offs as the favorite to win the Championship but ended up being knocked out of the first round by an expansion team three games to two. The Albacete Burning Hell became instant world wide stars as they bumped the team that was believed to be the best in the league. Brooklyn’s impressive defense was shattered and their flowing offense stumped. AJ Schulz, who had been so impressive during the season, only shot 35% from the floor and John Davis, who Albacete let shoot at will, was sucked away from the basket for open shots but only made 39% of them.

2003-2004

Reynoso believes that the best way to win a championship is with consistency so in the off season he refused to dismantle his team like other GM’s were doing. He kept the same core of starters but was able to add tremendous depth. Mike Byrd had been a spark plug off the bench for the Rage, but his age was starting to show so he decided not to return. Brooklyn went into the draft with the last pick of the first round and a middle pick in the second round. In the first round, they selected Mike Stanley who they believed to have similar skills to Mike Byrd. This pick however turned out to be Reynoso’s first major mistake as Brooklyn’s GM. Stanley may be the biggest bust of the season three draft, especially considering they passed up players like Sheldon Maloney, Tyler Durden, Bruce Johnson, Bernie Cobb, Dave Williams and Shane Strom. Their second round pick did turn out very well as they finally selected Shane Strom. They were also able to pick up undrafted rookies Al Zarra, Brody Liang, and Art Sentipal.

The expectations were very high and Brooklyn did have an excellent season, 67-13. To the teams chagrin though they were over shadowed by the phenomenal success that Colorado was having ending the season 73-7. But, Brooklyn still had the third ranked offense (107.9 ppg) and the top ranked defense (86.3 ppg) so it was hard to complain. They ended the season with seven players averaging in double figures. One of which was a second round pick, Shane Strom, and two who were undrafted players, Woody Reynolds and Al Zarra. Strom had quickly shown that he was going to be a star in the WBA. In only 22 minutes he averaged 16.5 points and 4.8 rebounds. The Rage rotation now had three players coming off the bench who would start for most teams, Shane Strom, J.J. McCauley and Al Zarra. Mike Stanely only played 54 minutes all season.

The Brooklyn stat line was truly impressive that year. They shot 9.9% better than their opponents from the field, grabbed 16.1 more rebounds, made 9.3 more assists, blocked 1.3 more shots, grabbed 2.6 more steals and scored 21.6 more points. They were convinced that they were they best team in the league and that Colorado only managed the superior record because the West was a much weaker conference. The only catch was that they had lost to Colorado both times they played. But, the Rage were sure that in the finals they would prove their superiority.

The play-offs went exactly as planned. They swept Baltimore in the first round 3-0, crushed Berlin in the second round 4-1 and dismantled Washington in the Conference Finals 4-1. They did all the things in the post season that had given them success in the regular season and this year Schulz played like the star he was. Every thing was perfect except one thing. Colorado lost to Tokyo in the second round of the play-offs. Tokyo like the others fell easily four games to one but there has always remained the feeling that the Rage sure would have liked to beat Colorado instead. Still, 15-3 is one of the all-time great play-off runs and it is hard to complain about.

2004-2005

After winning the Championship Brooklyn had a very hard off-season. John Davis and J.J. McCauley both left for bigger contracts than Brooklyn could afford. There is no way to fill that kind of gap. Fortunately, AJ Schulz was able to move to the Power Forward position and Shane Strom took over the starting Small forward position. This gave Brody Liang who the Rage had picked up as an undrafted rookie the season before a chance to play more. J.J. McCauley was the harder hole to fill. They had no money and only the #16 pick in the draft. With that pick they selected 20 year old Justin Krueger who they felt would eventually be the best Point Guard to come out of the draft. Krueger did a decent job of playing but he was nowhere near the defensive threat that J.J. McCauley had been.

Despite the challenges Brooklyn again finished with the second best record in the league 64-16 only behind Colorado’s 70-10. But, they were not the same team. Their offense was scoring five points less a game than they had the year before and they were allowing five points more a game. This still left them averaging 12.1 points more than their opponents. But, they did not have the confidence of the previous year. A fear of Colorado had begun to germinate.

Strom had stepped into the starting small forward role without a hitch. He led the team in scoring with 22.2 a game. The rest of the starting cast was the same and Brody Liang who was now the back-up small forward was not the scorer Strom had been but was very versatile as both a quality rebounder and passer.

Despite their misgivings Brooklyn still had the best record in the East and went into the play-offs with plenty of confidence. But, in the first round they fell to Rochester who was a great Cinderella story that season as they made it to the Conference Finals were they lost to the eventual Champions, Washington. The Brooklyn defense which was usually so impressive wasn’t and the guard play for the Rage was even pathetic with the three guard rotation of Reynolds, Allen and Krueger shooting only 38%. Even the usually steady Joe Siebert shot only 40% in the series. Brooklyn despite winning the Championship the year before in an impressive 15-3 run had now been in the play-offs for all four years of the WBA but in three years they had not won a play-off series. This is not a good trend and the critics were really talking.

2005-2006

Once again the Rage had a challenging off-season. They lost starting point guard Woody Reynolds to free agency and decided to trade key reserve Brody Liang rather than loose him also the following season. There were also some major changes in the Brooklyn rotation. Reserve Al Zarra was moved into the starting power forward position, AJ Schulz was returned to the small forward spot, Shane Strom slipped to the shooting guard moving Gene Allen to be the reserve shooting guard and small forward. Justin Krueger also took the starting point guard spot. Only Joe Siebert stayed in the same position. Two key bench positions were also filled by Jarrod Edwards and Larry Saunders for whom the Rage had traded. This is a lot of change for a franchise that doesn’t often embrace change.

Brooklyn finished the season with a 54-26 record which for most teams would have been a success. For the Rage however it was a bitter disappointment. Not only had they dropped ten games compared to the previous season they had also for the first time not won the Mid-Atlantic Division.

One of the key disappointments of the year was the play of Joe Siebert. His shooting percentage had slipped and for the first time ever he had finished with less than 10 rebounds a game and less than three blocks a game. Many felt an era was coming to an end.

The feeling of impending doom was increased when Brooklyn lost once again inn the first round to the Budapest Tigers 3-1. Siebert once again shot poorly in the play-offs and Justin Krueger really struggled in his first play-offs as a starter shooting only 25% and making only four assists a game. Unfortunately, his back-up Jarrod Edwards wasn’t much better only shooting 26%.

2006-2007

Despite the struggles Brooklyn had endured over the last couple of seasons they were once again hit hard in the off-season when Al Zarra left during free agency. What made this even harder was that Brooklyn had no draft picks. They were fortunate that they were able to get eighteen year old Mario Bailey as an undrafted rookie. Signing Bailey, who turned out to be much better than many thought, allowed Brooklyn to move Schulz back to the power forward spot and Shane Strom back to his natural small forward position. For Strom this was key as he raised his scoring average to 26 points in Season 6 and was the fourth highest scorer in the league.

The Rage also acquired Russ Chase who they felt would do a better job backing up Krueger than Edwards had done. Chase was certainly a better passer as he averaged 5.3 assists per game coming off the bench.

There were a few nice surprises for Brooklyn during this season. Mario Bailey turned out to be a star in the making. As an eighteen year old he averaged 11.8 points, 4.4 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 1.4 blocks and 1.1 steals. Shane Strom also despite being a great scorer is also turning into a premier playmaker averaging 4.8 assists and he is also a very good rebounder pulling down 7.0 boards a game, all while committing only 0.9 turnovers a game. Joe Siebert also seemed to be returning to his old form by grabbing 11.6 rebounds and blocking 3.4 shots a game. But, as a whole the season was another disappointment. The team finished with a 48-32 record which at 0.600 was their worst winning percentage ever. Even more humiliating was their finishing with only the seventh seed in the play-offs.

The final humiliation was when Washington, who had once again won the Mid-Atlantic Division, swept them in the first round. It wasn’t even close. Not only did Washington win three straight but they out scored Brooklyn by fifteen points a game. Schulz, Krueger and Bailey all shot less than 40% and Siebert once again struggled only shooting 44%.

2007-2008

Finally, Brooklyn had an off-season where they weren’t trying to fill a hole. But, once again they had no picks and little money. The major move they did in the off-season was acquiring Lonnie Gerson in a trade that sent Russ Chase to Carolina. Brooklyn hadn’t had a good steals man since J.J. McCauley in Season 3. Gerson did exactly that and in the same way. Gerson came off the bench behind Strom and Bailey and helped to shut down the opposing team. Another key signing for Brooklyn was Bernie Henderson who had been drafted by Texas in the second round but not signed.

Overall this was a good year for Brooklyn. They improved their record five games from the season before to 53-27. And, while they still did not retake the Mid-Atlantic Division they finished only two games behind Washington. Shane Strom continued to average over 23 points and 7 rebounds and for the first time reached 5 assists per game. Justin Krueger also seemed to be finding his place averaging 7.3 assists per game which was the most of any Brooklyn Point guard since Pee-Wee Stoddard averaged over 8 a game in Season 1. Mario Bailey also continued to show that he was a star in the making as he improved in every area of the game. Brooklyn also returned their defense to the days of old. They allowed only 96.1 points a game which was first in the league.

The real improvement however showed in the post-season. This was only the second time that the Rage had made it past their first series. They beat London 3-1 in the first round but fell 4-1 to the eventual Champion, Albacete, in the second round. As a whole the team played very well. The sad surprise was that Shane Strom was the weak link in the team. He only shot 41%. His scoring was down five points from during the season and his rebounding was also down. Gerson on the other hand was impressive with five steals in only 24 minutes a game.

2008-2009

In this off-season, Brooklyn returned to their old issue of having players they couldn’t keep. Lonnie Gerson had impressed everyone with his play in Season 7 and as a result he got a large contract offer from Cancun. Brooklyn was then once a gain left with a defensive hole. To cover this hole Brooklyn dealt a future first round pick for Michael Kutak. Kutak was expected to fill in off the bench in the point guard and shooting guard positions. However, Kutak had a great off-season and won the starting shooting guard spot from Mario Bailey.

Brooklyn seemed to be a top team again. However, management didn’t feel that they had what it took to win a championship so they pulled the trigger on a blockbuster deal that sent long time Rage member, A.J. Schulz, to Montana for Tom Perkins. Perkins improved the teams rebounding scoring and shot blocking. This turned out to be a solid move. Brooklyn, regained the Mid-Atlantic Division title, raised their win total by six to 59-21 which tied them with Albacete for the second best record in the league.

Brooklyn, once again, had one of the top offenses in the league finishing with the third most points scored and they also had a top notch defense which was ranked number six. Strom also continued to show improvement averaging almost six assists this year and Perkins finished averaging about two points more than Schulz had previously.

Once again Brooklyn was to return to the Championship game. But, this year it was not by total domination. They had a big fight in the first round to squeeze past seventh seed Gabon 3-2. In many ways Brooklyn dominated Gabon but they also committed 39 more fouls which put them in serious foul trouble. Much of this was due to Perkins being more foul prone than Schulz but also while Perkins may be a better individual player than Schulz he is not the floor leader that Schulz is so the coaching had to adjust. In the Second round Brooklyn had an easier time as they handily beat Budapest four games to one. Birmingham, this seasons’ Cinderella team, was a tougher match. Birmingham tied the series 2-2 before Brooklyn was able to put them away 4-2. In the Finals, Brooklyn met Cancun who was also trying for their second championship. Which ever team won would be the first team to repeat. Unfortunately, despite a strong start to the series that had it tied 2-2 Brooklyn fell short loosing 2-4.  

 
2009-2010

The story never ends for Brooklyn. Once again they lost a key player to free agency. Michael Kutak who had a solid year starting for Brooklyn in season 8 chose to take a big contract in Omaha instead of returning to Brooklyn. Sadly, Kutak never got settled in Omaha and was traded to Birmingham mid-season where he performed well off the bench. In the end, Kutak ended up trading a starting role and a shot at a championship for a huge contract. This is a choice many former Brooklyn players seem to make.

In an attempt to replace Kutak and simultaneously look to the future Brooklyn signed 22 year old Omar Jefferson. Jefferson is not the player that Kutak is but he is young and has great potential. Also, Brooklyn was able to sign him to a long term contract at a reasonable price which is important for a team that is always loosing free agents. Fortunately for Brooklyn Mario Bailey ended up having an incredible off season and came to camp ready to retake his starting role for the Rage. His improvement was so marked that he ended up finishing second in the most improved balloting.  Jefferson ended up only playing a minor role off the bench but Brooklyn still expected that he would be crucial in the future.

Once again Brooklyn had a solid season with all their starters performing admirably. Some observers consider Brooklyn as being slighted with only Shane Strom being invited to the All-Star game. Strom once again was constantly mentioned as an MVP candidate averaging 22.9 points, 6.7 rebounds, 5.8 assists and 1.8 steals. Tom Perkins also played especially well averaging 19 points on nearly 57% shooting. Siebert once again averaged a double-double and Bailey, age 22, showed that he is a future super star averaging 15.7 points, 5.2 rebounds, 4.3 assists 1.6 blocks and 1.3 steals. Long time point guard, Justin Krueger also had one of his best years leading the team with 8 assists and 2.4 steals.

In the end though, the regular season ended up being a bit of a disappointment. Only Shane Strom received a year end award and even that was only third team All-WBA. Most frustrating though was that the retooled Washington Monument regained the Mid-Atlantic title and Brooklyn ended up only being the third seed for the play-offs.

The play-offs started well with a sweep of Boston, a team that had caused Brooklyn problems the previous season. Expectations were high going into the second round against Budapest. The series was incredible with seven close games and four times the road team winning. But, in the end Budapest was the victor. Despite the bitter disappointment Brooklyn fans were finally able to really see why Mario Bailey excites Rage management so much. Young Bailey showed the heart of a champion as he averaged 19.8 points in the post-season on over 50% shooting. Still, loosing 3-4 in the second round was a disappointing end for the Rage.

2010-2011

Rage management felt a bit betrayed during this off-season. Justin Krueger is a player who management continually went to bat for and always promoted. Early in his career there were many who thought he was a bust even as a mid first round pick. But, now he is seen as one of the most productive and consistent point guards in the league. But, Krueger like so many previous Rage players had a chance to get a big contract and he went for it. What hurt management was that he chose to play for arch rival Washington. The Monuments now boast the services of both Krueger and AJ Schulz and used their considerable talents to once again win the Mid-Atlantic.

Everyone expected that as before Brooklyn would rebound from the loss of Krueger and they would once again be a top team. Even though it had been a long time since the Rage had started a point guard other than Krueger they had a great deal of talent in the position with long time back-up Bernie Henderson and young studs like Omar Jefferson and Daren Benson. But, Krueger was more valuable than most realized. He wasn’t flashy but he was efficient. Jefferson the new starter was the exact opposite. He has a world of talent but is prone to mistakes. It became clear that the Rage were not the team they once were so management made the decision to trade Tom Perkins for 20 year old prodigy Jarius Miles. This created a young and exciting core with Jefferson, Bailey and Miles but it is also a group that makes a lot of mistakes. For the first time in Brooklyn history they would finish the season without a winning record going 39-41.

Shane Strom statistically had arguably his best year posting 24.5 points, 7.5 rebounds, 6.2 assists & 1.8 steals. Mario Bailey made it clear that he is an elite shooting guard making the all-star team along with Strom and averaging 18.1 points on 56% shooting. What most impresses people about Bailey though is his all around play putting up 5.3 rebounds, 4.6 assists, 1.6 blocks and 1.5 steals. Jefferson also had a solid season averaging 16 points and 7.4 assists. However, he was not very efficient shooting only 37% and committing 2.7 turnovers a game. Miles despite his ability to put up triple doubles also is young and makes mistakes with 3.3 turnovers a game. Despite the talent of this roster they committed too many fouls and too many turnovers. The future may be bright but the team was often in a haze this season.

While Brooklyn broke their steak of winning seasons at nine they were still able to keep their play-off appearances streak alive. However, it was an entirely uneventful appearance. In round one they were swept by the second seed Washington Monuments. The one point of excitement in this sad series was Mario Bailey’s performance. He averaged 28 points in three straight losses.

2011-2012

There was a lot of pressure on this proud franchise coming off their worst season in franchise history. For the first time in a long time this team lost no major players in the off-season and with the same core returning the hope was that the maturation or Jefferson, Bailey and Miles would result in great improvement. But, there was a big surprise early in the season when the Rage were able to trade the unused but very talented Daren Benson to Andorra for Al Herbert who was also buried deep in the Highlander rotation. The trade turned out well with both teams getting pieces that they used heavily. Herbert while a natural center spent most of the season playing Power Forward which allowed Brooklyn fixture Joe Siebert to stay at Center and the young and talented but mistake prone Jarius Miles to come off the bench.

Shane Strom had another strong season averaging 26.1 points (on 52.9% shooting), 7.2 rebounds, 6.2 assists, 1.6 steals and only 1.0 turn overs. He once again proved to be arguably the best all around Small Forward in the league earning an All-star appearance and All-WBA honors. Mario Bailey also had a great improvement raising his scoring average to 22.8 points (on 57.1% shooting). He also continued to be a great all around player averaging 5.5 rebounds, 4.5 assists, 1.8 blocks and 1.9 steals. Jefferson also had an improved year averaging 18.3 points and 8.0 assists while lowering his turnovers and raising his field goal percentage. All of this resulted in an improved team which won seven games more than the previous year.

For the 11th straight season Brooklyn made it to the play-offs and unlike last season they actually made some noise. Their first round match-up was against Andorra which game a nice twists to see them against each other after the big trade early in the year. Brooklyn was able to dominate the series winning 3-1. Unfortunately, they met Paris in the second round. Paris had the best record of the regular season and only lost one play-off game on their way to the WBA finals. At least that game was against Brooklyn who lost the series 4-1. Bailey for the second straight year was a great post-season performer averaging 25.8 points on 63% shooting.

2012-2013

There was a seismic shift in Brooklyn this off-season. Joe “The Priest” Siebert had been the heart and sole of the Brooklyn Rage since the beginning of the WBA. But, He was now 31 years old on a team experiencing a youth movement. The WBA was also expanding and Brooklyn had to figure out their strategy. So, they ended up pulling an unorthodox deal where they allowed Seoul to draft Siebert in the expansion draft and gave up several picks. The off-season also consisted of Brooklyn shoring up their bench. They added defensive guard Bert Haug, defensive swing man J.J. McCauley returned to the Rage, and arguably the WBA’s best ever rebounded Paul Wilson took on a key role off the bench.

The mixture of the youth movement with the veteran leader of Strom and veterans coming off the bench worked very well for the Rage. They once again exceeded 62 wins and returned to an elite position in the league. But, Paris still had a better record. The offense was certainly clicking as the Rage had three players averaging at least 22 points. Shane Strom lead the pack with 24.0 points, 6.7 rebounds, 5.6 assists, & 1.1 steals. Mario Bailey was second at 23.2 points and Omar Jefferson was rising to star level with 22.6 points and 8.2 assists. The really impressive part is that Strom and Bailey both shot over 50% and Jefferson shot 48%. At 106.2 points per game Brooklyn was second in the league. But, their defense had slipped some to #11. One of the big keys for Brooklyn was also their bench play. Paul Wilson averaged 8.2 rebounds a game with only 24 minutes off the bench while Bert Haug averaged 1.3 steals in just 13 minutes. Plus both shot over 50%. The rebuild had clearly worked and impressively the Rage had done it without missing the playoffs, ever.

It was a good playoffs for the Rage…but not yet where they wanted to be. In round one they swept Albacete. Rage fans always enjoy a win over Albacete ever since the shocker in 2003. The second round wasn’t quite as easy but they were still able to squeeze past the prolific Dave Williams 4-2. However, Paris which had finished only one game ahead of Brooklyn in the regular season was clearly still the better team as they dominated Brooklyn for the second straight year winning the series 4-1. An important development for the future of the franchise was that all the starters continued to play well in the playoffs. There were no players who completely disappeared in the playoffs as had happened only a few short years before. And, returning to the conference finals along with winning 62 games was helping this young team regain the swagger of the early Rage teams.

2013-2014

Last year, Brooklyn once again became a premier team in the league. This year’s version of the Rage brought back all five starters but a radically different bench. Bert Haug, J.J. McCauley, and Paul Wilson were replaced with Kelvin Boice, rookie Mark Vaden, Brice Bell, and Joe Clark. While Brooklyn’s depth didn’t have the name recognition as the year before the proved completely capable of doing the job.

With 63 wins the Rage slightly improved their record but more importantly, they had the best record in the league. Brooklyn’s offense continued to improve to 109.7 points per game which was the second-best in the league. However, defense continued to be a weakness with the Rage ranking 21st in the league in points allowed. Surprise superstar Mario Bailey also continued his ascendance. He led the Rage in scoring with 27.5 points ranking fourth in the WBA and received the WBA coveted MVP award not to mention All-Defense 1st Team. Strom, on the other hand, scored 6.1 fewer points a game than he did the previous year. Offense was the Rage’s greatest asset. Despite being second in the league in scoring they led the league in field goal percentage, second in offensive efficiency, and second in pace. They also led the league in rebounding.

Despite being #21 in opponent scoring, defense was not the weakness for Brooklyn that it would appear. The Rage were second in the league in steals and fourth in blocks. They were also fifth in opponent field goal percentage and fifth in Defensive Efficiency. This incarnation of the Rage is not the defensive power of previous generations, but they had enough defense to be a power in the post season.

The Rage struggled in the first round of the postseason losing games two and four to the eighth seed Cincinnati Hitmen. However, once they made it through the first round Brooklyn found their playoff legs. Mario Bailey, Omar Jefferson, and Shane Strom all performed well in the playoffs averaging 25.5, 20.7, & 20.7 respectively. In the second round, Brooklyn swept Miami, in the Conference Finals the beat Paris 4-1, and then in the Finals they swept Cancun. This was a triumphant return to the finals for Shane Strom who hadn’t won a championship since his rookie year. He averaged 22 points in the finals as he led the Brooklyn offense in this defensive focused championship series.    

2014-2015

Brooklyn’s starters stay the same this season with Mario Bailey improving over his previous MVP season and Jarius Miles climbing toward being an elite player. Unfortunately, Shane Strom’s age is starting to show. But, the main improvement over the previous year was the bench. Brett Krieg and Kelvin Spalding were added to the bench while Andre Rawlings, Brice Bell, and Kelvin Boice all showed improvement. All this equaled a more dominant Brooklyn Rage.

While rookie sensation Almantas Talacka won the MVP, probably because Bailey missed 15 games due to injury, Bailey had a terrific season improving his scoring by 2.5 points per game in 2.6 fewer minutes. He also increased his rebounding, assists, blocks while keeping his steals the same. Jefferson also averaged more than 20 points a game. But, what was really impressive wasn’t individual play but the team play. The Rage were once again the second most prolific offense at 109.3 points. They also led the league in rebounding, assists, steals, and blocks. On the defensive end they allowed the second-fewest points. Their pace slowed slightly but the improved defense made all the difference In fact, they led the league in Defensive Efficiency. The margins tell the real story of Rage dominance in this 68-win season: +18.2 points, +7.1 rebounds, +6.7 assists, +3.9 steals, and +2.7 blocks. All those, except steals which was second, were the best in the WBA. Bailey and Herbert were both 1st team All-WBA. Herbert was first-team All-Defense while Bailey and Miles were 2nd team All- Defense.  

Brooklyn’s drama this year happened in the post-season. They started the playoffs just as dominating as they were in the regular season. They swept Miami in the first round, beat Boston in 5 in the second round, but in the Conference Finals, things fell apart. Al Herbert was injured in the last game of the first round. It didn’t make much of a difference at Brooklyn dominated Boston, but he was really missed in the conference finals. The absence of Herbert left a hole in the middle. Andre Rawlings tried to fill that hole in the first three games of the series he averaged only 4.8 points and 3.8 rebounds. He didn’t play at all the last two games. The Liberty completely shocked the WBA universe as they dominated the series. Brooklyn won the first game, but New York swept four straight after that on their way to the Finals and an eventual championship.

2015-2016

After faltering in the postseason, Brooklyn came into this season with a huge chip on their shoulder. The big shock for the team though was the departure of Shane Strom who opted to leave the team to play in Las Vegas. Unfortunately, for Strom Las Vegas ended up waiving him. He was then picked up by the Zulu who also waived him and he ended the season in California. The big trade of the off-season was when the Rage send both their 2016 1st round pick and the Baltimore 2016 f1st round pick to Tokyo for Simeon Hill. This allowed the 6’9” Al Herbert to Power Forward and the 6’10” Jarius Miles to move to Small Forward where he can take better advantage of his passing. Importantly, they also added greater depth with Joe Siebert returning to Brooklyn to play off the bench and Mike Ivey coming to the Rage in search of a ring.

Bailey once again improved both winning the scoring title, for the first time in his career, and once again claiming the league MVP and 2nd team All-Defense. Omar Jefferson also had a great year averaging 21.3 points and 6.5 assist, both improvements over the previous year. He was also 3rd team All-league. Jarius Miles continued to gain more attention as he received 1st Team All-Defense honors. Simeon Hill proved his worth as he led the team in rebounds and helped Brooklyn be an improved defensive team. Herbert while playing a new position and not the same player that he was before the injury was able to be very efficient finishing the season with the second-best plus/minus on the team. The Rage offense exploded this season averaging a league-best 117.5 points per game while their defense averages allowing only 94.8 points, third best in the league. Once again the Rage were first in most statistical categories and second in blocks. They also led the league in in field goal percentage and held their opponents to the lowest field goal percentage. The biggest indicator of Rage dominance was their +22.3 point margin. Additionally, Brooklyn had the fastest pace in the league, the best offensive efficiency, and best Defensive Efficiency.

Brooklyn was determined to not falter in the playoffs as they did the previous year. They swept the first two rounds of the playoffs against Sacramento and Las Vegas and beat the Liberty impressively in five games. The finals against the Toronto Dinos who were in the Finals for the second year in a row was tough fought. Toronto stole a game in Brooklyn and then went 2-1 in Toronto for a 3-2 lead in the series. Brooklyn managed to win a close game six in Brooklyn to tie up the series. But, once again Al Herbert got hurt. But, the depth that Brooklyn acquired in the off-season cam into play in a big way. Mike Ivey who had spent the season as a key reserve stepped into the starting line-up and was too physical for Walt Jackson. Jackson scored only 25 points on 29 shots while Ivey led the Rage with 22 points on only 12 shots as the Rage had an impressive 22 point game seven victory.

2016-2017

When a team wins 69 games and the championship it is hard to improve. The Rage went into the season with high expectations. They had a great offseason signing Tyriq Land, who would join the starting line-up as a mid-level exception. Lang made it clear that he wanted to win a Championship and that is why he took less money to play in Brooklyn than he could have earned elsewhere. The Rage also signed Harry Kramer, who had been a part of the Toronto team that Brooklyn beat for the Championship the year before, to a low-level exception. Surprisingly they were also able to sign Keven Rollins to a minimum contract. But, they were not able to re-sign Mike Ivey who used the recognition he got from the previous finals to sign a larger contract in Moscow. Still the Rage had their deepest team in recent history.

While the Rage tried all season to reach the coveted 70 mark which only Colorado has previously reach, twice, they ultimately failed going 69-11 for the second straight year. They went 4-4 to end the season which was a hard way to end a season with such high hopes. For the eighth straight year, Mario Bailey increased his scoring average to 33.7. He again won the MVP award, 1stTeam All-League, and 1st Team All-Defense. While Omar Jefferson again was the second leading scorer on the Rage, Jarius Miles ascended to the position of being the Rage’s second most prominent star. Miles averaged 16.2 points, 9.2 rebounds, 8.0 assists, 2.5 steals, and 1.2 blocks which was clearly his best season in the WBA. He again received 1st Team All-Defense and 3rd Team All-League. As a team, the Rage once again had a prolific offense 114.8 points per game (2nd in the league) and a stingy defense 94.9 points (3rd in the league). They continued to dominate at a high level with a +19.4 point margin.

Once the playoffs started, The Rage played well. They beat the Massacre 4-1 in the first round and the Dragons 4-0 in the second. The Wild, however, put up a fight in the Conference Finals stealing a game in Brooklyn and pushing the series to 6 games. In the Finals, the Dinos made it for the third straight year only to fall short once again. This was the Rage’s third championship in four years and their fifth year with 60+ wins which puts them in the conversation for best all-time dynasties.

Boston Massacre

Season Leaders

Season 1

PPG: Dave Short       20.0

Reb: Dave Short       11.0

Ast: Chuck Henderson  10.5

Blk: Chuck Henderson   0.5

     Bob Murphy        0.5

Stl: Chuck Henderson   3.1

Season 2

PPG: Bill Yeager      23.0

Reb: Dave Short       12.1

Ast: Chuck Henderson  13.8

Blk: Bill Yeager       2.7

Stl: Chuck Henderson   3.6

Season 3

PPG: Bill Yeager      27.1

Reb: Dave Short       13.0

Ast: Chuck Henderson  16.0

Blk: Bill Yeager       3.0

Stl: Chuck Henderson   3.6

Season 4

PPG: Dave Short       23.9

Reb: Dave Short       12.3

Ast: Mike Taylor       4.4

Blk: Bill Yeager       2.9

Stl: Wes Mullen        2.0

     Sheldon Maloney   2.0

Season 5

PPG: Dave Short       23.5

Reb: Dave Short       11.7

Ast: Andruw Williams   6.4

Blk: Bill Yeager       2.6

Stl: Andruw Williams   2.3

Season 6

PPG: Bill Yeager      19.7

Reb: Dave Short        9.5

Ast: Charlie Daidone   4.2

Blk: Bill Yeager       2.3

Stl: Camron Diaz       2.1

Season 7

PPG: Dave Short       20.8

Reb: Dave Short       10.1

Ast: Charlie Daidone   4.8

Blk: Bill Yeager       2.1

Stl: Camron Diaz       2.3

Season 8

PPG: Dave Short       19.5

Reb: Dave Short        9.9

Ast: Danny Hainge      5.7

Blk: Bill Yeager       2.5

Stl: Danny Hainge      2.3

SEASON 1

Record: 14-48, no playoffs

After the GBA fell through, the city of Boston was elated to have a new basketball team in town.  The city felt it would be appropriate to keep the same uniforms and nickname.  Before the inaugural draft, the consensus was to draft young!

INAUGURAL DRAFT

R1:  Chuck Henderson     

R2:  Henry Jordan          

R3:  Ted Schulz          

R4:  Mike Reardon     

R5:  Mike Mays          

R6:  Bob Murphy     

R7:  Joel Pearson     

R8:  Tony Wills          

R9:  John Wolfe          

R10: Roy Williams     

R11: Tim Smith          

R12: Bubba Bradshaw     

R13: Jim Connors     

R14: Jim Kellogg

With the #7 overall pick, the Boston personnel was torn between Chuck Henderson and Dave Short.  Fortunately, they were able to draft Henderson, and later trade to get Dave Short.  However, the team gave up a plethora of future talent, surrendering three future first round picks and two second round picks.  Prior to the Dave Short trade, the Massacre practically gave away their season, letting Henry Jordan, Ted Schulz and Mike Mays go for future picks.  “We knew with the players we had, we weren’t going to be able to contend,” remarked Boston GM/Coach Cory Bowen.  “Our main focus was to establish a foundation – we did so with Chuck Henderson and Dave Short.” Nevertheless, the supporting cast for Henderson and Short was plain awful.  Many of the players like Bob Murphy, Joel Pearson, Mike Reardon and Tony Wills were too young, and under skilled to take care of the “garbage work.”

The highlight of the season came when 3-point ace, John Wolfe, notched a WBA season high seven 3-pointers against the team that traded away Dave Short, North Carolina.  It was also extra nice, because Dave Short and Coach Bowen are both Carolina natives.  But all good things come to an end – and John Wolfe was later traded to Midland, for two second round picks.  Boston struggled mightily, winning just 14 games.  “I can’t honestly imagine this team being any worse,” said all-star point guard, Chuck Henderson.

AWARDS

All-Stars: Chuck Henderson, Dave Short

SEASON 2

Record: 66-14, #2 seed

With Washington’s 1st round pick, Boston got a fortuitous bounce in the lottery draft, ending up with the #2 pick.  The Boston front office was pleased with the pick, but they were also very adamant that they needed another “quality player.” In result, Boston gave Albacete three players (Murphy, Pearson, Reardon) and four draft picks for the #7 overall pick.

Season 2 Draft

2. Bill Yeager, 7. Jeff Bailey, 29. Gomer Cummings

While the team was hoping AJ Schulz would still be around at #7, Boston ended up with two great selections.  The atmosphere in Boston was electric.  The fans, players and coaches all knew this team was legit.  The team was strengthened when two backup youngsters, Don Terrell and Eddie Stuart, signed in the off-season.

The Massacre took off at blistering pace, winning the pre-season with a 10-1 record.  The fabulous quartet of Henderson, Bailey, Short and Yeager was soon dubbed, “The Four-Headed Monster.”  The regular season did not start out as smooth as the pre-season.  Boston went 5-3 in the first 8 games, and the lack of depth started to show.  Gomer Cummings and Eddie Stuart were swiftly shipped to Albacete, for interior players, Steve Felix and Woody Summers.  Felix and Summers would share roles with Don Terrell and Tony Wills, to complete the garbage team.  But ultimately, the difference in attitude and winning, from this year compared to last year – the two rookies, Jeff Bailey and Bill Yeager.  Jeff Bailey, the first-ever GCBA player of the year, was more than what Boston asked for. He averaged 18.4 ppg, 4.7 reb, 5.5 ast and 2.7 steals a game.  Bill Yeager, arguably the MVP of the team, put up close to 23 points, 11 boards and 3 blocks.  Chuck Henderson, Dave Short and Bill Yeager were all rewarded to the annual all-star game.  

Season 2 Playoffs

Boston d. Maine 3-1

Boston d. Berlin 4-1

Boston d. London 4-0

Boston d. Roswell 4-3

Boston stormed through the Eastern Conference Playoffs, with an 11-2 record.  Waiting for them in the finals, was a very confident team in Roswell.  The XT players appeared to be too much, even for the four-headed monster.  Roswell had a comfortable 3-1 series lead, and their coach, Bryan Hasho, was already making celebration plans.  “That fueled us – we knew the series wasn’t over,” said Dave Short.  Boston was indeed resilient, and won the next two games.  For the third consecutive series, Roswell would be playing in a Game 7.  This Game 7 was an instant classic, as the title came down to a mere two points.  Boston held a 100-98, with just seconds to play.  Ironically, John Greene, a Massachusetts native, would get the chance to be the villain in his home state.  However, as Greene found an open seam, waiting for him was Bill Yeager, who sent his shot, and the Roswell team down.

AWARDS

All-Stars: Chuck Henderson, Dave Short (Game MVP), Bill Yeager

Rookie Game: Jeff Bailey, Bill Yeager

All-Rookie Team: Bill Yeager

THE 14 MEMBERS OF THE SEASON 2 BOSTON MASSACRE WILL FOREVER BE REMEMBERED: Bill Yeager, Dave Short, Jeff Bailey, Chuck Henderson, Tony Wills, Steve Felix, Don Terrell, Woody Summers, Tony Marshall, Charlie Devlin, Tim Elliot, Darby Terry, Chris Hubbard, Stump O’Connell   

Interesting to note:  Tony Marshall was a member of the Season 1 WBA Champs, Fernie Firestarters.  In addition, Peter Aiello, the original coach of this team, left during the middle of the season.  So therefore, Boston is the first team to win a title with a coach!

SEASON 3

Record: 60-20, #4 seed

The defending champs were in awe at how little a rest they had.  In fact, the Season 3 Draft was held on the same day that Boston won the title.  Boston only had the #35 pick, but still felt overwhelmed with the lack of preparation.   

Season 3 Draft

35. Abu Zimmerman

The Boston Staff sent two assistants to discuss the possibilities of the draft day.  These two were a bit oblivious as they let Dave Williams pass by on their pick.  The Boston Staff was furious, and later fired these soon forgotten coaches.  “We had Williams as a lottery pick – passing up on him is not excusable,” wrote the Boston Front Office.  Even so, Boston landed with a decent Abu Zimmerman, who would take over Tony Wills starting job.

The free agents in season 3 were reasonably good.  Boston signed former Roswell player, John Erickson and two rookies who weren’t drafted, in Raul Qvevdo and John Felton.  All three were very nice pickups, but Boston felt they could rely on the big four to guide the team back to the finals.  These three free agents, who signed with Boston, were all traded to other teams for future picks.  Doing so may have been Boston’s first major mistake – the big four were logging in huge minutes, ranging from 43 to 47 a night.  The lack of depth on the team was evident, when Abu Zimmerman, a second round pick, was playing 38 minutes a night.  The season 3 draft was exceptionally strong, and the Boston staff did a poor job of finding opportunities for more of those players.  Boston did acquire one good bench player, Jimmy Waters.  He was an upgrade from Steve Felix – but, one person doesn’t make a good bench.

Being the defending champs, and having the presence of the amazing quartet, Boston was still armed and feared by others.  Henderson, Short and Yeager were named as starters in the all-star game.  Henderson averaged an amazing 16 assists per game; Short averaged 26 points and 13 rebounds; Yeager averaged 27 points, 11 boards and 3 blocks.  When the season came to an end, Boston had another fantastic season with 60 wins.  But, the consolation was being a #4 seed, and playing a 58 win team in Berlin.

Season 3 Playoffs

Berlin d. Boston 3-1

“We were too tentative and too scared,” stated Chuck Henderson.  “We were playing as to not lose; we should have played as though it was a must win.”  Boston also suffered an untimely injury to Bill Yeager in Game 2.  The injury was only for one game, but it was a huge momentum shift.

AWARDS

All-Stars: Chuck Henderson, Dave Short, Bill Yeager

All-WBA: Chuck Henderson, Jeff Bailey

All-Defense: Chuck Henderson

Interesting to note: Jeff Bailey didn’t make the all-star team.  But, he was 1st-Team All-WBA. Also, in the first three seasons, there was no second or third team for All-WBA honors.  

SEASON 4

Record: 51-29, #5 seed

Boston was not overly concerned with the Season 4 Draft.  With only the #39 pick, Boston was not expecting much talent to be left on the board.  In addition, Boston was more concerned about free agency, as Dave Short and Chuck Henderson could go a separate way.

Season 4 Draft

39. Jose Pearce

Boston has made it known that they regret drafting Pearce, instead of the much more hyped, Arnold Eaton.  Boston was looking for need and not talent.  This mistake would certainly not be the worst of the off-season.  The most shocking event in franchise history came when Chuck Henderson announced his long term deal with the Berlin Blaze.  Many analysts criticized Boston, for not offering the maximum contract.  “We made a huge mistake,” said Boston GM, Cory Bowen. Henderson admittedly had a tough time picking between the hated rivals of Berlin and Boston.  Much to the dissatisfaction of Henderson, Berlin promptly moved to Rochester.

With the loss of Henderson, Boston had to move on to more important issues.  They signed their new franchise player, Dave Short, to a seven year contract.  With the available money from Henderson’s departure, Boston sought players looking for one-year deals.  Wes Mullen and Mike Taylor were quickly added to the team.

With a different looking team, Boston was in no hurry to start the new season.  They needed to practice together, as much as possible.  While practice is always good, a little too much can be costly.  Such as the case with Jeff Bailey, who was burnt out over the summer practices.  Much to the dismay of Boston, his capabilities seemed to have worn down in the off-season.  Bailey was traded a month into the season to Nebraska, for Sheldon Maloney.

The absence of a star point guard, severely hurt Boston’s passing game.  The assists per game went down from 33 to 22.  Mike Taylor, a SF, led the team in assists, with 4.4 per game.  Short and Yeager were frustrated they could not get the same looks they once had a year ago.  Talent still existed on this team, but cohesiveness did not.  The bench may have been less noticeable than last season.  Abu Zimmerman took a drop in minutes and production as well.  With all of the trials going on in Boston, effort was still made to attempt a playoff run.

Season 4 Playoffs

Boston d. London 3-1

Rochester d. Boston 4-0

Boston surprised many when they beat London in four games.  But, in the second round against Rochester, an excruciating series came about.  Rochester was the #8 seed, but they played like a top-tier team.  Getting swept by the team that stole your point guard was demoralizing to the franchise.

AWARDS

All-Stars: Dave Short, Bill Yeager

All-WBA: Dave Short (2nd)

SEASON 5

Record: 47-33, #7 seed

Boston’s off-season wish list included: getting a productive point guard in free agency and a rookie who can contribute right away.  With the #21 pick, Boston wasn’t too optimistic about a rookie who could impact in his first year.

Season 5 Draft

21. Jerry Kumanchik

Management was pleased when, Jerry Kumanchik, the scoring machine from Siberia, was still available.  Re-Signing Mike Taylor was unlikely, so Kumanchik was a nice fit.  Wes Mullen had the duties of point guard last season.  While he gives a nice effort, he is more of a two guard.  Boston found it rather easy to lure away WBA Journeyman, Andruw Williams.  The pieces were set for the season, and Boston could only hope the players would perform as expected.

This team was slightly worse than the year before.  Even with a more experienced ball handler in Andruw Williams, the passing game did not improve.  This is because no one else on the team could pass very efficiently.  Jerry Kumanchik was a solid rookie, but his playing time was limited, due to his lack of stamina.  Fred Cane, Craig King and Wes Mullen all came off the bench to try and pull their weight; but, it was not enough.  This team relied on Dave Short and Bill Yeager too much.  They have trouble scoring and turning the ball over, when they feel pressure in their path.

Boston stuck with their team, and didn’t make a single trade in season 5.  The franchise appears to be dwindling, with very few transactions made in the last few seasons.  Dave Short did earn an appearance to the all-star game for the 5th time; he carried this team on his back with his leadership, court skills and positive attitude.

Season 5 Playoffs

Washington d. Boston 3-1

Down 0-2 in the first round of the playoffs, against the defending champs — the odds were not looking to good.  Furthermore, Boston was without the services of Dave Short for the next two games.  Boston demanded Fred Cane to fill a big hole.  He helped propel Boston to victory in game 3 – but in the end, Washington was too much.  During the series, Cane averaged an impressive 8 points and 9.5 rebounds in just 25 minutes.

AWARDS

All-Stars: Dave Short

Rookie Game: Jerry Kumanchik

All-WBA: Dave Short (1st)

SEASON 6

Record: 69-11, #1 seed

Boston was slowly turning into an old-team that could not compete with the big boys.  Season 6 featured a talented rookie class and free agent class.  If there was going to be a change, the time was in the Season 6 off-season.

Season 6 Draft

15. Charlie Daidone

Boston was ecstatic when Cincinnati passed on Charlie Daidone.  Never did they think a player of Daidone’s caliber would fall to #15.  Even more, Boston still had lots of cap space for one big-time player, or two good players.  The Massacre expected they could land either Parker Mason, Kent Mercer or Cristobal Dasher.  But, all three offers didn’t meet their demands.  So, Boston signed two of the “good players” — Camron Diaz and Jim Wilson.  Andruw Williams was lost to Roswell, so Boston would have to ask Don Terrell to step up again.

Much like the team from Season 2, this squad dominated from the get-go.  They cruised in the pre-season and won the tournament.  The Hopes of the Boston faithful were renewed.  Many teams wondered why this team was so successful.  There passing game was atrocious, to say the least.  Boston was 26th in the league in passing, and Daidone led them with 4.2 per game.  What Boston did have though, are players who could score.  The team averaged over 110 points a game.  “I would rather have five guys who can score, than five guys who can pass,” said Coach Bowen.  Boston’s successful season can also be contributed to the bench.  None of the starters played more than 36 minutes.  Don Terrell, Jerry Kumanchik, Joe Menendez and Jim Wilson all saw a good 12-20 minutes each game.  Joe Menendez is a player who does not get much publicity at all.  But, he was very efficient, putting up 14 points and 13 rebounds per 48 minutes.

When the all-star game came around, no Boston player was selected.  The Boston fans were appalled with the voting. “Surely the team with the best record should have at least one all-star,” said an angry fan.  The Boston coaches believe this happened because they played the bench quite a bit.  Coach Bowen stated to his player that, “individual awards mean nothing.  Don’t get caught up in this.”  The Boston players responded well, and finish the season with an 18 game winning streak.  

Season 6 Playoffs

Boston d. Rochester 3-0

Boston d. London 4-1

Boston d. Washington 4-3

Cancun d. Boston 4-1

The Boston players and coaches got their revenge in the first round, by knocking out Rochester with authority.  Boston ousted London in the second round, but struggled with Washington in the conference finals.  This series was hard to watch because there was so many fouls; four of the six highest foul totals in the playoffs, came in this series.  Even with the home court advantage, Boston narrowly escaped.  The WBA Championship would not be as kind.  Boston was outplayed in every facet of the game.  Everyone thought Boston would win – but, they did not perform.  Cancun showed up, and Boston didn’t.  This series was eerily similar to Det-LA 2004 NBA Finals.

AWARDS

All-Stars: None (Crazy)

Rookie Game: Charlie Daidone

All-WBA: Dave Short (1st), Bill Yeager (2nd)

GM of the Year: Cory Bowen

Note: how can Short and Yeager make the All-WBA teams and not the All-Star team?

SEASON 7

Record: 53-27, #3 seed

With the exception of the Finals, everything went right last season.  The only position Boston could improve at, was the point guard spot.  Felipe Juarez and Danny Hainge were the two intriguing prospects.  There was not a lot of room for free agency, but if something good comes around, Boston would prance on it.

Season 7 Draft

28. Danny Hainge

With the last pick in the first round, Boston picked a very fragile, Danny Hainge.  Hainge is not a good man to man defender, and he is very injury prone.  Otherwise, he is the perfect compliment to Charlie Daidone.  Cincinnati released Jerry Sims during the off-season, and Coach Bowen was all over it.  Boston’s bench was looking stronger and stronger.  

The starting lineup was the same as last year’s: Daidone, Sheldon Maloney, Camron Diaz, Dave Short and Bill Yeager.  Danny Hainge, Jerry Kumancik, Jerry Sims and Jim Wilson were the key reserves.  The Season 7 Draft included some big names, so the WBA was much more balanced than last season.  The two Jerry’s, Sims and Kumanchik were unhappy with their playing time.  Sims and Kumanchik weren’t get any playing time for a good portion of the season; they combined to play just 86 games.  Boston simply did not have enough minutes to go around.  Also, Don Terrell and Joe Menendez both suffered minutes because of the great depth.  Towards the end of the season, Danny Hainge was given the starting point guard spot.  There was a bit of contention in the locker room.  But, when you’re winning, a lack of playing time does not always matter.  After last year’s surprise, Short was voted back to the all-star game, averaging 21 points and 10 rebounds per contest.  

Season 7 Playoffs

Boston d. Rochester 3-2

Washington d. Boston 4-2

The Eastern Conference Champs knew the playoffs would be a fight in every round.  Boston survived a Game 5 elimination game against Rochester.  In the Conference Semifinals, Washington was looking to get payback on Boston from last season.  Boston was looking sharp, with a 2-1 series lead.  But, Hainge was lost for the playoffs, with an injury.  Many Washington people feel it’s only right that Hainge got injured – Dominik Lang had an injury during last year’s conference championship.

AWARDS

All-Stars: Dave Short

Rookie Game: Danny Hainge

All-WBA: Dave Short (2nd)

SEASON 8

Record: 42-38, #7 seed

Last season, Boston probably should have considered trading either Sims or Kumanchik.  Sims & Kumanchik couldn’t both get the minutes they wanted, and a future pick would have more than compensated for it.  On the day of the Season 8 draft, Boston was involved in a three way trade, where they received Mike Taylor and relinquished Jerry Sims and the #24 pick.  

Season 8 Draft

No picks

Trading for Mike Taylor was a mistake.  Giving up the #24 pick was a mistake.  Taylor had a salary of $6 million, which gave Boston very little cap room to re-sign Jerry Kumanchik.  Not surprisingly, Kumanchik fled to New York.  The trade with Taylor and Sims ruined any chance for Boston to get new young talent, or affordable/productive talent.

Boston was not impressed with Charlie Daidone’s work ethic in the off-season.  So, most of his minutes went to Danny Hainge.  With Daidone in the final year of his contract, and Boston in no need of someone playing 14 minutes a game for one more season, Boston gave him away to Carolina for two 2nd round picks.  After the Daidone trade, Boston’s passing game suffered even more; the team averaged fewer than 20 assists per game.  Sheldon Maloney was second on the team in assists, with 2.6 a game – while playing 38 minutes a night.  In addition, when Hainge was injured, Boston would start SG/SF Gannon Moore at point.  The team could only hope Yeager and Short would do their normal load of work, and that Hainge would stay healthy.  Boston’s game plan was get the ball to the big boys (Jim Wilson included) and hope the other players could get to the foul line.  All five of the starters were lethal from the charity stripe. In one game against Omaha, the team made 51 of 54 free throw attempts.  But, when the end of the regular season came, Boston finished with a disappointing 42-38 record.

Season 8 Playoffs

Albacete d. Boston 3-2

As a #7 seed, Boston actually like their chances in the first round.  Albacete only has big scoring threat – Harry Jarvis.  If Boston could contain him, they would have a chance.  Jarvis can create a lot of fouls, so Boston put a very patient Joe Menendez on him.  Boston played about as well as they could, but still came up short.  It was a challenging 5 game series for the defending champs.

AWARDS

All-Stars: Dave Short

All-Defense: Sheldon Maloney (3rd)

SEASON 9 / TEMPORADA 9     (by P. del Pino)

Preseason / Pretemporada

Boston’s nineth season in the WBA was an important landmark in the history of this franchise. Cory Bowen, Massacre’s owner, had opened negotiations to sell his team. However, it all remained top-secret so as not to provoke any crisis that could affect the performance of the players or disturb the relationship between the club and its fanbase. Therefore the main objective was clear: business as usual. Nevertheless, that did not imply any lack of activity in the transfer market.

La novena temporada de Boston en la WBA iba a marcar un antes y un después en la trayectoria de esta histórica franquicia. Cory Bowen, propietario de los Massacre, había iniciado conversaciones para una posible venta del equipo. Sin embargo, todo se había mantenido en el más alto secreto con objeto de no generar ninguna crisis que pudiera afectar al rendimiento de los jugadores ni enturbiar la relación de la entidad con la masa social. Así que el primer objetivo era claro: normalidad. Sin embargo, eso nunca significó pasividad a la hora de reforzar la plantilla.

Regular Season / Temporada Regular

In a move that provoked great controversy in the Boston sports media, Massacre offered the Gabon Giants, the veteran center Jim Wilson, the promising newcomer Marty Feldman, Boston’s first round pick in season 10 draft plus 1 million in cash for legendary player from Tatum, NM, Magic Toby. The stage was set, in a league where the rebounding and defensive ability is ever more important, the Massacre Board, still believed in the scoring talent of a player who, despite his undoubted quality, didn’t seem to be able to fit in any franchise, after having been with 4 different teams in his previous 6 seasons as a professional. The Boston board, determined to use Toby’s technical skills, feels forced to play him as shooting guard, nothing to do with his natural position of power foward/center. Whilst the team did not suffer because of this, neither did it give the expected improvement in quality. In Cory Bowen’s final attempt to turn the team into something more than a mere playoff dreamers, Boston sends Camron Diaz, Sheldon Maloney and several draft picks to New York in exchange for the one-time league’s best player John Greene. The fans were hopeful about what an injury-prone man, whose quality was beyond all doubt, could bring to the team. After this season’s last trade, the final piece of the team’s jigsaw was in place for the playoffs or more. Danny Hainge at point guard supported by former Paris University player Hank Pynn, the versatile Toby playing at shooting guard, Greene taking charge of the small forward with Art Campbell, and the legendary duo Dave Short and Bill Yeager with a mission to stop the opposition’s big men.

En un movimiento que en su momento provocó una gran controversia en los medios deportivos de Boston, los Massacre ofrecieron a los Gigantes de Gabon, el veterano pivot Jim Wilson, la joven promesa Marty Feldman,  la primera elección de Boston en el draft de la temporada 10 más un millón en metálico a cambio del legendario jugador de Tatum, NM, Magic Toby. La polémica estaba servida, en una liga donde el poder reboteador y defensivo aumentaba año tras año, los directores deportivos de los Massacre, apostaban por el talento anotador de un jugador que, aunque su calidad estaba fuera de toda duda, no parecía encontrar su hueco en la liga, como lo demostraba el hecho de haber estado en 4 equipos diferentes en las 6 temporadas que llevaba como profesional. La dirección técnica de Boston, empeñada en aprovechar las cualidades técnicas de Toby, se ve obligada a situarle de escolta, muy alejado de su puesto natural de Ala-Pivot. El equipo no sufría por este hecho pero tampoco dio el esperado salto de calidad que marcara la diferencia. En un último intento por parte de Cory Bowen de llevar al equipo a algo más que a ser un mero aspirante a los play-offs, Boston manda Camron Diaz, Sheldon Maloney y varias elecciones del draft a New York a cambio del que una vez fuera el mejor jugador de la liga, John Greene. Los fans se mostraban expectantes sobre lo que podría aportar el equipo un hombre tan maltratado por las lesiones, pero cuya calidad quedaba fuera de toda duda. Tras este último movimiento de la temporada, el equipo quedó finalmente configurado en su camino hacia los play-offs y en principio a algo más. Danny Hainge de base apoyado por el ex-jugador de la Universidad de Paris Hank Pynn, el sorprendente Toby llevaba las labores de escolta, Greene se hacía cargo junto a Art Campbell del puesto de alero pequeño, y la legendaria pareja Dave Short y Bill Yeager se cuidaban de parar a los hombres altos de los equipos contrarios.

Play-offs

Masacre reached the playoffs clearly with a record of 45-35. But the worst was yet to come. Boston’s first round rival were their bogey team, the Brooklyn Rage, led by Rondall Reynoso. The fans’ worst fears came true. Brooklyn thrashed Boston mercilessly 3-0, including an injury to John Greene, whose poor body said “enough” in the first game of the series, where the Rage defense was dominant. It was the end of an era for the Masacre franchise, Cory Bowen finally abandoned the ship, leaving behind him an uncertain future.

Los Massacre alcanzaron claramente los play-offs con un record de 45-35. Pero lo peor estaba por venir. El rival de los de Boston en primera ronda era una de sus bestias negras, los Rage de Brooklyn, comandados por Rondall Reynoso. Los peores augurios de los fans se hicieron realidad. Brooklyn arrasó sin piedad a Boston por 3-0, con lesión inlcuida de John Greene, cuyo maltrecho cuerpo dijo basta en el primer partido de las series, donde la defensa de los Rage fue contundente. Se acababa un ciclo en la franquicia de los Massacre, Cory Bowen finalmente abandonaba la nave y tras de sí dejaba un futuro cuanto menos incierto.

Key stats (regular season) / Estadísticas destacables (temporada regular)

PTS: Dave Short 22.4 – Bill Yeager 20.7

REB: Dave Short 10.5 – Bill Yeager 7.0

A: Danny Hainge 5.5 – Magic Toby 4.6

BLK: Bill Yeager 2.5 – Magic Toby 1.8

STL: John Greene 2.4 – Danny Hainge 2.2

SEASON 10

Part 1 of 3 – Hainge and the Free agency

     Still in charge of the franchise, Cory Bowen decided to take the risk of giving Danny Hainge Free Agent status, hoping to renew his contract under better conditions for the organization. While a Free Agent, Danny Hainge was believed to have received tempting offers from a variety of other teams, especially the Texas Juggers, who were looking for the final piece in their championship jigsaw. Finally, as expected, Danny Hainge re-signed with Boston on a contract of $8,50 for 8 years, clearly showing that the team will rely on him in the future. The rest of Boston’s Free Agency signings were Herman Burke, Felipe Juarez, Pedro Otis, Bennie Armstrong, Lou Boone and Michael Huryta.

Part 2 of 3 – Cory Bowen quits and what now for John Greene?

     Following Cory Bowen’s unexpected sale of the team and departure to Rio’s Carnival, the rest of league owners were wondering why he had made so many Free Agency signings if his intention was to quit the team so soon. This probably explains why Boston had such a bad season. The new owner del Pino inheritated a team clearly over the salary cap. Trying to kill two birds with one stone and forced by the circumstances of the market, John Greene was traded to New York for Jimmy Foster. Boston therefore regained a true Point Guard and at the same time cut their payroll. But still Boston needed another trade to get themselves under the salary cap. The legendary Bill Yeager was traded to Cape Town for George Holt. These deals concluded the preseason transfer activity.

Part 3 of 3 – Season is over after Day 40, here is the next season

Things didn’t work out as planned after the complicated preseason. Jimmy Foster, Danny Hainge, Magic Toby, Dave Short and George Holt made up the starting five. Foster was no longer the player he once was and Toby scored points but had no rebounds. Defeat followed defeat and by halfway Boston had no chance at all. The planning for next season got under way. John Greene came back from New York in exchange for Jimmy Foster and Art Campbell. Felipe Juarez went to Roswell in exchange for Ajani Valentine. Matthew Pitcher came from Cancun in exchange for a first round draft pick. Magic Toby went to Albacete in exchange for Jim Donnelly. And Lou Boone and Bennie Armstrong left for Alaska. The idea of the new project was clear, a team of rebounders and defenders built around the franchise player, Danny Hainge.

Season 11
Boston finished the year of 2011 with a record of 37 wins and 43 losses. They missed the playoffs for the second year in a row after making it to the “big dance” for the past eight years. It is clear this team is on the rebuilding track.

The big deal of the season for Boston was trading a established player in George Holt for a young prospect in Reuben Sax at the end of the year. Boston traded their young draft pick in Luca Mcmillan with whom they drafted with the 5th pick at the end of the season. Considering Luca was the fifth pick and a rookie, this seems like a good deal on the surface.

Boston needs to focus on their young talent that they have on their roster in Ajani Valentine, Matthew Pitcher, and Reuben Sax who look to be up and coming stars in the future, and can be the backbone of this team for years to come. Who knows, Reuben Sax has enough talent that he could get signed to a max 90 million dollar once he comes off his rookie contract in a few years.

For the time being Boston can rely on the always solid Danny Ainge and Dave Short to give them the production in order to compete. Hainge averaged 25 points, 4 assists, and 4 rebounds this year in 40 minutes. He was also the most reliable on the team playing all 80 games. Short averaged 20 points and 10 rebounds while also playing a
reliable 78 games.

John Greene had another solid season this year, averaging 13 points and 5 rebounds after averaging 14 points and 6 rebounds last year to provide Boston with a third scoring option. He has been solid for years and Boston should hold on to him to provide the young team with a veteran presence.

Due to the below average record for the Massacre they ended up with the 5th pick in the first round and selected Luca Mcmillan.

Season 12

Boston dove into the fountain of youth this year fully, converting to young talent and prospects that can grow together into the future. They finished the year with a 27-43 ecord and got rid of nearly all their veterans for young prospects.

The huge deal of the year for Boston marked the rebuilding start for them as they traded away Davion Stahl, John Greene, and Dave Short for young talent in Tyriq Lang, Brendan Dawson, Samson Erikson, and Harry Applegate. This gives Boston four great young pieces to build around in the future while they start the rebuilding process. The young guys were unable to produce at a high level which was expected as they only had about a season to gel and grow together. The bright spots of the season were Samson Erickson and Tyriq Lang. This 4-5 punch provided Boston with solid numbers, but were unable to give Boston the high volume scoring it desperately needed. Short and Greene were solid guys who could give Boston up to 35 points and 20 rebounds combined a night. The young guys did not live up to those standards, as Lang averaged 13 points, 9 rebounds, and 1.5 blocks. Erickson was the leading scorer on the team with 13.3 points, 7 rebounds, and nearly 4 assists. He also contributed on the defensive end
with 1 block a game.

Later on in the season Boston flipped Applegate for yet another young prospect in SF George Faup who will provide the Massacre with a 3-4 guy unlike Applegate who couldonly play the 4.

Boston had two picks in this years draft, but unlike last year they kept both of the prospects they drafted. Even though Boston finished with a subpar record they ended up with the 17th pick in the first round and the 54th pick in the 2nd round. In the first round Boston selected Kennan Carrington, a young center who can serve as the backup to Lan or a third center of this young roster. In the 2nd round they selected Al Levy, a young point/shooting guard, who’s defensive prowess could someday grow into a solid lockdown defender

Season 13

Heading into the 13th season of the WBA there was a lot of optimism surrounding the Boston Massacre. In the summer the team had inherited a young and ambitious new general manager to lead this team named Quinten Lawrence. This new young GM was poised to lead the promising team full of potential that the previous general manager had put together, but that did not work out as the young Massacre finished the season with a record of 30-50 in Lawrence’s first season was a general manager.

The leading contributors of the young team were Ajani Valentine and Brendan Dawson. Valentine averaged 18 points, 4 rebounds, and 3 assists in 34 minutes also playing all 80 games in the year proving to be the most reliable player on the team. Dawson was inconsistent shooting 40% from the field. This forced Boston to make a move at the end of the season moving Dawson to the sixth man role letting him score in small bunches. Due to the inconsistent play by this young team they made several trades throughout the season. One of the bigger trades the young gm Lawrence made was moving offseason acquisition Otto Hameleers to Albacete Burning Hell for Greg Lacy, a rebounding and defending veteran of which the Massacre needed desperately. Another big deal that the Massacre made was to trade a young power forward in Samson Erickson to the Mayhem for a assist monster in Kadeem Reed. Both of these moves helped the Massacre establish a veteran presence on the young team to help it grow as
a unit.

The offseason was less of a busy time for the Massacre as they ended up with the sixth and seventh pick in the draft following a deal. They then flipped both picks for perhaps the biggest offseason acquisition in the league acquiring the number one overall pick in the upcoming draft. They used this pick to select Almantas Talacka, a young scoring stud who is poised to lead the Massacre for years to come.

Season 14
In Lawrence’s second season as the general manager the Boston Massacre made a huge leap into contention behind their youthful core of scorers, Brendan Dawson, Ajani Valentine, and the MVP Almantas Talacka. Dawson averaged 15 points 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Valentine had 16 points 6 rebounds and 2 steals but had trouble staying on the floor due to trouble fouling out in games. Talacka in his rookie year won Rookie of the Year and was the first rookie to win MVP in WBA history. He averaged 29 points 5 rebounds and 4 assists in addition to edging out league favorite
Mario Bailey for MVP honors. The youthful Massacre finished the season with a 51-29 record which earned them the fourth seed in the USA conference.

In the first round of the playoffs they were matched up with the Las Vegas Gamblers home to that years GM of the year. The series for the Massacre was quick as they put the upstart Gamblers down in 5 games only losing one in Las Vegas. This was redemption for the young Quinten as some thought he deserved GM of the year for the quick turnaround. Round two had the Massacre matched up against the juggernaut of the WBA the Brooklyn Rage led by Mario Bailey who finished second in the MVP voting that year leaving some wondering if he had been replaced by the young Talacka. Well Bailey and the Rage proved otherwise in the series nearly sweeping the Massacre in 5 games eventually losing to the champion Dinos in the conference finals.

Going into the offseason the Massacre had a plethora of cap space as well as a volume of draft picks to stock up the bench. They used the cap space to sign two star free agents Arturo Fonzarelli and Casey Pointer in addition they re signed defensive stud Ajani Valentine to a max deal building a fearsome foursome for years to come. With the draft picks Boston restocked their bench with young talent in forwards Jeff Starkey and Davey Durtnall who would spend most of the year in the D-League honing their skills. They also drafted Joe Valandingham a PG who Quinten is hoping will
eventually become their backup PG of the future.

Season 15
Heading into the sixteenth season of the WBA Boston had its highest hopes in a long time. They had signed two marquee free agents in the offseason in guards Arturo Fonzarelli and Casey Pointer. They also had resigned defensive ace Ajani Valentine to a max deal. This created a foursome that GM Quinten Lawrence thought would dominate both ends of the court. Boston finished with a fifty seven and twenty three record at the end of the year and ended up losing the tiebreaker for the second seed in the division to the Liberty which would prove to be their downfall in the playoffs. Boston’s leading scorer for the year was reigning MVP Almantas Talacka who poured in twenty five points, five rebounds, and five assists while also shooting fifty percent from the field and forty percent from the three point line. The Massacre’s leading rebounder for the year was Reed Moses who brought down nearly nine rebounds a game, he was also the team’s best shot blocker finishing with two blocks per game.

Boston did not finish the end of the season with the same roster they had though despite their above average record. Boston knew they needed efficient scoring to pair with Talacka in order to compete in the playoffs with the likes of Brooklyn and Toronto. So they traded offseason acquisition Casey Pointer, Auston Monte, and Evelio Jackson to the Sun Warriors for all scoring guard Ahmed Dougherty, and defensive beast Reed Moses. Lawrence thought this trade would put the Massacre in prime position to compete in the playoffs, but they were unfortunately wrong. The playoffs for the Massacre was a huge disappointment for the organization as they got knocked in the first round by the insanely efficient Las Vegas Gambler who slowly picked apart the
confident Massacre team.

Heading into the offseason the Massacre knew they needed to upgrade the guard position after being picked apart by the Gamblers stingy perimeter defense. They used the first round pick that they had acquired from the Sacramento Fighting Cocks a few years ago to draft foreign guard Vitorino Pinelo. They were unsure if Pinelo would decide to come over to the WBA, but they were willing to take a chance on the young guard due to his insane athleticism that is eerily similar to MVP Almantas Talacka

Boston 2016

Season 16 of the great WBA was a major disappointment for the usual juggernaut that is the Boston Massacre. They went into the season with major expectation as usual especially from the ambitious general manager Quinten Lawrence. Instead they finished the season with a forty two and thirty eight record. They barely made the playoffs treading water with a two and six record and getting passed up in the standings by their division rival the Miami Xtreme. In the playoffs they unfortunately got matched up against the bonesaw that has become to be known as the Brooklyn Rage. Many experts predicted a Rage win in five games and that prediction came true as the Massacre went down in a quick five games against the Rage.

One significant trade made by the Massacre during the year was to the Hitman. The Massacre knew they needed youth and defense and that they had too much scoring on their team. So in turn they traded super scorer Arturo Fonzo to the Hitman as well as his massive contract to the Hitman for Tyris Mayes, and Dondrell Palmer. Mayes was the catalyst of the deal as his youth and defense provided just what the Massacre covered in their deal. The second major deal that Massacre made was to the Counts. This one involved super scorer Isaac Rice. Rice was dealt to the Massacre for all defender Ajani Valentine and veteran Greg Lacy. The leading scorers for this team during the year were as usual Almantas Talacka who averaged one of his best season of his short
career at twenty seven points, six rebounds, and six assist. He yet again had trouble with turnovers though averaging a career high 3.6 turnovers a game. The other leading scorer for the Massacre was mid season acquisition Isaac Rice who averaged twenty one points and five rebounds.

The offseason was a interesting one for the Massacre as they did not have a draft pick in a unusually low talent draft. They did make a trade in the offseason though to the struggling Bloods involving a point guard that they have coveted for years in Jesse “Mighty Mouse” Sczygiel. The Massacre traded mid season acquisition Isaac Rice, and their worthless 2019 first round pick. In return they got two above average prospects for their D’League team as well as Mighty Mouse. This should prove to be a major pick up for the Massacre as this now allows Talacka to play in his natural offball position and score off Jesse’s drives and passes. The Massacre did resign big man Reed Moses to a one year deal in order to plug up the center spot in the short term.

California Fighting Cocks

Sacramento(Varese) Team History

Season 1

Varese had a strong performance in the league’s debut season. Finishing the year with a record of 38-24 and record of 9-1 over the last ten games. This put the team in second place in the Atlantic Division and tied for the second best record overall for the Eastern Conference.

Varese accomplished this behind their strong defense. They finished the season as the fourth best defensive team in the entire league behind Center Earl Baldwin who was honored by being named to the All Defensive Team for the league at his position. This tenacious defensive coupled with the ninth ranked offense propelled Varese to home court advantage in the first round of the playoffs.

This team would have been better named as the Baldwins in their first season. Starting Center, Earl Baldwin, led the team in scoring with 22.9 points per game shooting a team best of 51%. This combined with 10.9 rebounds per game placed him sixth overall in the league in scoring and 7th overall in rebounding. He was not done. He was the second leading shot blocker in the league averaging 3.5 blocks per game. The complete package, he was also the second best passer on the team averaging 3.2 assists a game.

Baldwin did have some help. The aptly named Workman pulled down 8.7 rebounds per game while scoring 10.2 points per game on 50% shooting. Cronin the team’s leading passer averaged 5 assists per game and put up 13.5 points per game with a solid 48% field goal percentage while averaging 2.1 steals per contest.

Varese entered the playoffs with momentum sweeping Maine in the first round. They easily walked over a weak weak Brooklyn team in the second round. The third round found Varese outmatched against London. London coming off a 52 and 10 season earning them the best record in the Eastern Conference was at home and prepared. Varese battled Goliath to the 7th game, but exited the playoffs at the end of that game.

Season 2

In the first season this team relied heavily on the well-rounded capabilities of Earl Baldwin complimented by the work ethic of the aptly named Workman. The impact of these two core players is further exemplified by the drastic drop off Varese had in Season 2 when both players were traded. The logic behind this trade will never be known, but the outcome of the decision was obvious.

In one season, Varese dropped from second place in the Atlantic Division to second to last. This team dropped from the second best record in the Eastern Conference to fourth from the bottom. Varese finished Season 2 missing the playoffs and 34 games behind the division leading Boston.

Interestingly, the team, which acquired both Baldwin and Workman, Winifred, went from dead last in the Midwest Division in Season 1 to a third place finish in the division in Season 2. Winifred climbed from dead last in the Western Conference to fifth in one season. The reverberations of this trade will hurt Varese for seasons to come.

Varese in season 2 did not have too many bright spots as their record reflects. The top scorer Dave Booker averaged 13.5 points a contest on a weak 41% shooting. The sole bright spot was a young Frank Constantine who led the Roosters in rebound with 5.5 boards per game coming off the bench for 17 minutes on average. Charlie Brewer led the team in assists averaging 5.7 per game in only 25 minutes, but coupled with 32% shooting and 3.3 turnovers a night Varese may have been better off handing the ball to the water boy.

Varese maintained their defensive tenacity stating in the top ten in the league, but dropped to the second weakest team in offensive production in the league.

In summary, why Baldwin and Workman???!!! What was received in their place??!!??

Season 3

Varese’s record in their third season pretty much sums it up. A dismal 8 win season. They finished dead last in the Atlantic Division and had the second worst record in the entire league. Obviously, Varese failed again to extend their season into the playoffs.

Varese’s two-season streak for having one of the top ten defenses in the league came to an abrupt end in season 3. They finished with the sixth worst defense overall in the league and maintained their crown as the second worst producing offense over all. Incredibly, Varese failed to provide their fans with a scorer on the court that fell in the top sixty scorers in the league.

Sadly, out of thirteen categories of individual records kept by the league for the twenty best players in each category (260 players listed for you math geniuses), Varese produced six players on the list. Three of the six players made the lists for most fouls per game…….

Frank Constantine was the top scorer in season 3 averaging only 14 points per game, which was made with a pathetic 34% shooting. Young Constantine does show some promises also leading the Roosters with 8.7 boards per game, but this team needs to compliment this young man with an efficient scorer to make any progress. Felipe Smith lead the team in passing with 5.7 assists per game, but he also led the team in turnovers averaging 2.1 per contest and shot a sub par 37%. Believe it or not this was a significant improvement from Brewer’s performance running the offense in the previous season. Chuck Archer shows some promise as the second leading scorer averaging 12 points per contest on 45% shooting, and above 95% from the line with 2 assists per game, but a defensive stopper he is not.

The Baldwin/Workman trade continues to haunt this management team as predicted. The good news is Varese cannot get much worse.

Season 4

Varese finished 35-45 this year, which was quite an improvement from their 8 win season last year, but nothing to be pleased about. This finish left them a spot away from their second playoff appearance in franchise history. Maybe next year…… Unfortunately for the Roosters, the Atlantic Division was the most competitive division in the league and they placed second to last this season.

The Roosters made significant improvement as a team finishing in the middle of the pack for offensive production and team defense. The offensive improvement can be contributed to a young stud named McCall who finished fifth overall in the league in scoring. This coupled with the addition of a workhorse named Gus Rizzolo provided the offense for The Roosters. Ed Kane provided the assists to these two scorers finishing eighth over all in the league.

The credit for the turnaround in defense has to be contributed to the newly found presence of a BIG MAN down low. Kris Kalhoun finished third in the entire league in boards pulled down per game and with over 13 per game. The bad news is all three of these big men have the same hole in their game. They all averaged almost four fouls per contest. Varese will have to keep these young men in the game to continue forward.

An entire new team with some promise this season led by McCall and his 24.9 points per game on 47% shooting. He added over 5 rebounds on average and all this in 35 minutes a night. The new big man, Kris Calhoun, kept the ball in McCall’s hands pulling down 13.4 rebounds per game and swatting two shots a game. The third of the big man trio was a well-rounded workman and was second on the team in both rebounding and scoring with 8.8 rebounds and 14.5 points respectively. Ed Kane ran the offense leading the team with almost 10 assists per game.

If this trio is kept together, this team should have a promising future. McCall will be making big things happen for many seasons to come.   

Season 5

Back to the bottom is the best way to describe Season 5 for the Roosters. After showing strong promise last season with the trio working down low in Season 4, management traded 2 of the 3 big men away. Calhoun went to New York, thankfully not helping that team over the hump, and Rizzolo went to Carolina leading them in rebounds and ending the season as their second leading scorer. Jaxon McCall was left on his own and produced strong numbers especially considering his lack of experience in the league. McCall has shown the talent and potential to take this team to the next level, but he will need some solid role players to achieve a shot at the OK Corral.

The Roosters had a tough end to an already tough season losing 9 of their last 10 games and going on a five game skid to end the season. They finished last in arguably the most competitive division in the league, the Atlantic Division. They fell to the seventh worst record in the league.

The team production reflects the losing season. The Roosters fell back to the bottom of the heap for offensive production ranking 22 out of the 28 teams in the league. Their defense presence was worse ranking 23 out of the 28. McCall again finished as one of the top ten scorers in the league with McCarty the only other Rooster to make it to the top sixty. Kane was the fourth best passer in the league this season averaging 10.5 dishes per game. A noticeable whole for Varese is rebounding. Varese did not have a rebounder in the top twenty in the league and averaged 5 less boards than their opponents.

McCall was a one-man show this year. He averaged 24.5 points per game on an efficient 52% shooting and was the second leading rebounder for the Roosters pulling down 6.2 boards each night. Ed Kane was responsible for the open looks McCall got this season with 10.5 assists per contest to lead the Varese.  McCarty’s all around contribution is the only other individual numbers worth mentioning this season. He scored 19 points a game while averaging 4 assists, 1 steal, and 2.3 rebounds per contest.

Management for Varese needs to get some help for McCall namely a dominate big man and the Roosters will make some noise in Season 6.

Season 6

Still on the bottom is the mantra for this season. The Roosters finished this season with a 30-50 record, which placed them squarely on the bottom of the Atlantic Division. Varese did makes some moves in the off season and the Atlantic Division is once again the toughest division in the league, but everything will need to go right for this team to make a big push towards the playoffs in Season 7.

Larry Chapman started at Center this season. He is more of a scoring center than the big time rebounding presence the Roosters need, but he was the second leading scorer this season averaging 15.5 points per game. A young Charles Cushman came off the bench behind Chapman and looks like the future defensive presence the Rooster need. He is over aggressive and out of control at times, which is reflected in 2.5 turnovers per game and foul issues, but he led the team in rebounding with 8.7 boards per contest in only 28 minutes a game. This could be the wave of the future if he works hard in the off-season. McCall is still the leader on and off the court averaging 26.5 points per game on 54% shooting. He is the all around guy pulling down 6.2 rebounds per game, with 2.2 dishes, and over a steal per contest. The newly arrived point guard Keith Douglas shows a ton of potential with 9.3 assists in only 27 minutes per night.

The potential of the players above need to be coached into a cohesive unit prior to next years tip off. Finishing 8th in the league in both team defense and offense will not get it done. McCall’s finishing as the 3rd best scorer in the league is an outstanding foundation to build on, especially considering the open looks Douglas was able to provide him this season. A focus on tenacious defense will be the key to success in the next season.

Season 7

It did not seem possible, but the Roosters slipped a little further this season tying for the 3rd worst record in the league at 24-56. The Roosters kept games close averaging the same field goal percentage as their opponents at 45% and equaling their opponents rebounding with 40 per game. Fundamentals killed the Roosters this season. They averaged 3.5 fewer assists per game and 5 more fouls than their opponents on average. These contributed to the losing season, but the turnovers to steals ration is what gave the opponents nine point victory on average. Varese averaged 4 more turnovers and 2 less steals per game, which will not win too many games as they proved.

Charles Cushman’s injury was a set back for the Roosters, but should have helped them in the turnover department. McCall is a hero, which the Roosters need to win to keep. His points per game dropped by 3 versus last season, but he was still able to lead the team with 23,2 points a night. He complimented his scoring with almost 7 boards, 3 assists and a steal on average. Chapman’s 44% shooting for the season leaves some to be desired when you consider those shots could come from McCall’s hands, but Chapman’s passing ability or lack there of, is not going to make that happen anytime soon. To his credit, he was the second leading scorer this season, and pulled down an additional 7 rebounds per game. Douglas worked hard in the off-season and it is reflected in his stats. He increased his minutes to 35 a game and dished out an amazing 13 assists per game. He could have a great future in front of him, but will need to work on his shot selection. Shooting 39 % is not good on any team, let alone with a teammate like McCall.

The offensive duo of McCall and Douglas put Varese’s team offense up into the middle of the pack, which is not something normally celebrated, but it is quite a jump from previous seasons. A second to last finish in team defense offsets any benefit the improved offense could have provided. As discussed at the end of Season 6, a strong defensive presence is still the gaping hole for this Roosters team.

Season 8  

Although, this season was completed with another losing record, Rooster fans have been re-inspired with an ownership change in the off-season. In my humble opinion, the previous owner should stick with selling ladies undergarments for plus sizes where he made his fortune. The team finished this season with 12 more wins than last with a final record of 36-44. This improvement was made while still being in the toughest division in the league, the Atlantic.

Management made multiple personnel changes before and during the season with an eye to the future. He picked up a quality point guard in John Gaiser. Gaiser can pass as well as most point guards in the league, but he must improve his shot selection to take his game to the next level. New management also found a back up for Gaiser. Bobby Egan was playing street ball in the Bronx when he was discovered. He had been cut from the league, but had really focused on his defensive game during his unemployment. He was a steal. Paul Dilmore was picked up as a workhorse to start at the 4 position. Finally, Jeff Sandbeck was a steal as a rookie this season. He was picked late in the first round and is a scoring machine. His rebounding will need to improve to become a starting power forward in the league, but his potential is solid.

McCall again led the team in scoring averaging 23 points per night and over 6 rebounds. Cushman led the team in rebounding with almost 9 a game and shows real promise as the needed defensive presence. This team needs to work on their shot selection. Without McCall’s 58.8% shooting from the floor, this team would probably have a field goal percentage in the thirties.

New management may be the key…..

Season 9

Management moved the team to Sacramento in hopes of inspiring more effort from the team on the backs of Sacramento’s spirited fans. The team also took a more aggressive name to reflect the new attitude expected to be a Cock. The Cocks(Cocks) finished a disappointing 33-47 for the season. This placed them in a tie for the worst record in the Atlantic Division, which continues to be the toughest Division in the league. The bright spot, surprisingly, is that this record still put them better than 11 other teams in the league, four of them in the Eastern Conference.

Management continues to make personnel changes planning for the future. The Cocks chose to gamble by picking up the “Bad Boy” of the league, Harold Gil. Gil is on of the top shooting guards in the league, but cannot keep his temper under control. He averages a technical foul each night to go along with his 15.8 points per game on 47.5% shooting. This took the pressure off of McCall and gave the Cocks the second scoring threat they needed.

Dilmore’s health began to deteriorate and was traded for Cameron Sampson right before he suffered a career changing injury. Sampson’s youthful energy made him a force on the boards, but his shooting has to improve to hold the starting position next season. Cushman led the Cocks in rebounding again this year, but 7.7 per game is not the level of tenacity the Cock’s require from there big man.

Jaxon McCall was and will continue to be the backbone of this team. He led the team in scoring with almost 23 a night on an impressive 59% shooting. He has been focusing on rebounding to become multi-dimensional and it showed with 6.3 boards per night. John Gaiser led the team with 8.2 assists per game this season, but his lack of discipline when selecting his shots could land him a spot on the pine as well. 32% shooting will not get the Cocks to the next level.

The offense is starting to click. The Cocks finished in the upper half of the league in offense, but with the third worst defense; playoffs are out of the question. This will be the focus of the off-season.

Season 10

The first playoff appearance since season 1!! Management in its third season has brought the Roosters from the third worst record in the league to a tie for the fifth seed in the stronger eastern conference. What an amazing turn around!!

The playoffs were not easy. Van Horne, an off-season sign and trade and one of the best up and coming centers in the league, was out for 3 games against Budapest in the first round. Nevertheless, Sacramento took them to the wire and lost the series 2-3. Budapest went on to face Oregon and lost in the WBA Championship. What could have been….

Despite the tough playoff experience, the Cocks are looking to Season 11 with confidence and optimism. Van Horne was an outstanding acquisition by a young management team that continues to impress. He led the team in rebounding with almost 10 per game coupled with almost 4 blocks a night. He will need to improve his shot selection to become the center the Cocks are expecting, but is 89% free throw shooting helps to balance his poor shooting from the floor.

Sampson was a solid starter at the power forward position this season with 9.2 rebounds per night and 3.5 assists. Egan is still the defensive wizard with 4.8 steals in his 20 minutes a night.

McCall and Gil were the offense for the Cocks again this season combining for 46 points per contest. Gil shot 50% for the season combined with 3.8 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 1.9 steals. He will need to watch his turnovers and keep that temper in check for Season 11. McCall remains the backbone of the Cocks. He led the team in scoring with over 25 a night on 58% shooting. His improved aggressiveness around the board gave him 7.4 boards per night. He also managed to get about 3 assists and 1.5 blocks each night.

Sacramento has their offense clicking on all cylinders finishing the season with the 6th best offense in the league. However, ending the season for the second year in a row with the 3rd worst defense will not meet the standards of management. Surely that will be the focus of the off-season.

Season 11

Sacramento earned a playoff berth for the second season in a row, but exited in the first round. Capetown felt a little fear as Sacramento fought to take them to the deciding game 5, but it was not enough in the end. The word in Sac is still Defense Defense Defense.

Management has taken the defensive need to heart. This year the Cocks were able to move up to the fifth worst defense in the league strongly due to the fact they added Edgar Kamara to the roster late in the season. He was acquired from Colorado for Harold Gil. Gil’s antics made him expendable and the Cocks had plenty of offense.

The most crippling fact this season was the loss of veteran PF/C, John Davis. Davis had what turned out to be a career ending injury in the fifth game of the regular season and Sampson was never able to fill his shoes.

Van Horne has become the heart of this team. He led the team in rebounding with over ten per night and through in four blocks per contest. His effort in the off-season showed in his newfound scoring ability. He was the second leading scorer this season averaging 18.7 points on 45% shooting.

The soul for Sacramento was once again Jaxon McCall. He shot an astounding 58% averaging almost 27 points per game. He was still able to get 6 plus boards per night an almost 3 assists.

Foster was once again the floor admiral with over 9 assists per game and an efficient 50% field goal percentage. The new addition, Kamara, is a tough-minded ball player comfortable at the SG or SF spots. His offense needs work, but he does the small things the Cocks needed. He averaged 5.4 rebounds as a shooting guard and 8.2 assists. The Cocks have needed a second passer on the team and have found it in Kamara.

Sacramento has a strong core, but I believe they will need to shake it up in the off-season in order to climb to the next level. They are now a playoff caliber squad, but are missing one more piece to join the elite. Lets see what management has up their sleeve….  

Season 12

Sacramento reached the playoffs again this season and again had major injuries during the regular season. This is the third season in a row the team has earned a playoff berth, but the second early exit. Sacramento raced Gabon for the 7th seed and won, but luck would have it Oregon placed 2nd in the conference. Sacramento still needs a solid addition to the starting line up to move up and challenge the elite teams.

As expected, Sacramento management made some big changes during the off-season. The heart and soul, Jaxon McCall, was traded to Colorado for Samir Sheth. Sheth is 3 years younger and a prolific scorer. Sheth earns close to half his points from the line versus the deadeye shooting of McCall. He came in and took the reins of the team in stride. Unfortunately, his was the biggest injury of the season putting him out for the first 27 games of the season. He led the team and would have been 2nd in the league with a scoring average of 25.3 per night. He threw in almost 6 rebounds per contest but needs to improve his shot selection as he matures.

The second big trade was during the season and saw Jimmy Foster go to Las Vegas and newly signed Horace Colbert put a Snow Bears jersey on. Management was able to unload almost $15 million in CAP space to acquire a proven PF in Mark Miller. Foster was in the last year of his contract and was on the downside of his career. He was cut mid season. Colbert still had a couple years left but is past the time where he might play PF as intended by Sacramento. Miller scored 15.7 points per game on 45% shooting while pulling down 7 rebounds, 2 blocks and 2 steals.

Bobby Egan started at point guard this season and put up 14.5 points per game on 45% shooting. His amazing defense chalked up an inhuman 5.6 steals per game and 3 rebounds. Egan’s only fault was the injury he received almost the same day Sheth returned which put him out for 7 games. Jesse Szcygiel the young back up Guard was acquired in free agency and seemed to be the glue that held the team together. He was injured the day Egan returned and missed 8 games, the worst 8 game stretch of the season.

Kamara started at SF and played incredible defense, but took more shots this season, which was not advisable shooting 25%.

Van Horne is still the backbone of the team. He averaged 15.7 points per game and pulled down 9.5 rebounds. Another solid season by him and the Cocks, but nobody is satisfied in this organization.

Season 13

It sounds like a broken record, but once again Sacramento fans had to endure a season full of major injuries. It looked like the Cocks had turned the corner with Edgar Kamara starting at the PG, crowd favorite Bobby Egan as SG with Sheth moving up to play SF and earning the All Star nod at that position. Mark Miller was the PF management had been looking for averaging 15 points and 8 rebounds per game. Then there is the backbone, Van Horne, at the center position and he is still one of the best defensive centers in the league. It all looked and sounds great until you review the brutal string of injuries. First to go down was Kamara. A broken foot sidelined the promising floor general for 45 games over half the season. Management was planning ahead knowing the evil commissioner would find a way to sideline his talent, so he picked up young PG Evelio Jackson during free agency for depth. While covering for Kamara, Jackson turns an ankle and misses 7 games. This puts the third string veteran Tyson Cooper into the fray to try and hold down the fort until his teammates heal. Kamara returns with about 20 games left in the season. In his absence, the Cocks had shown tremendous heart holding on to a playoff position and a .500 record. The team is finally back to full strength and looking to make a push to improve their seed in the playoffs, but that is not to happen. Van Horne and Egan both go down within days of each other for the remaining 15 games of the season. Management wisely plays his youth with an eye to the future and the chance of an improved draft pick. He tanks. The teams goes 1-15 down the stretch. The Alaska Snow Bears are the one team that can’t seem to be the college team that Sacramento puts on the floor. The won win is the difference from having the fourth pick and ending up with the 8th pick and still an 8th seed in the playoffs. The Fanatics soundly sweep the still injured Fighting Cocks and the season is over. You might think that Sacramento has injury prone players and therefore management should pay more attention to the injury history of players, but looking back at Kamara’s history, he had not missed a game in the last four seasons. Van Horne hadn’t missed but a game or two in the last couple seasons. Fans feel the commissioner has some dirty tricks to keep Sacramento down, but they will not quit fighting on to next season.

Season 14

Sacramento finished the season with 41 wins and 39 losses. They ended up the 7th seed in the USA Conference and faced the eventual 2014 Champions, The New York Liberty in the first round of the playoffs. They were quickly sent home 4-1. It was another tough season for injuries. Bobby Egan, the renowned pick pocket of the league missed 46 games. During his absence both starting wings, Woods and Sheth also missed a combined 15 games. Most of their missed games were simultaneous. With three guards on the bench, the low point of the season came when 3rd string veteran Peter Parker had to square off against All WBA, Mario Bailey. Parker gave it his all, but even at his prime Bailey has him beat at every component of the game. It ended as expected.

There are some young ball players in Beck and Woods that will be a terror here in the near future, but the timing may just be too late as Van Horne and Sheth start to decline against the battle with father time. Sheth can still score with the best of them and led the team with 24 points per night to finish 11th in the league. Beck led the team in rebounds with 8.9 per contest and finished 13th overall and Kamara was no slouch at point guard finishing 3rd in assists with 10 dimes per contest. Overall the team finished with the 10th best defense in the league, but their offense was just average and needs to improve.

It is clear depth needs to be the focus for management in the offseason. A perfect indication of how this season went is summed up with Peter Parker playing in 58 games at this late stage of his career. He even started in six of them. On a positive note, The Brooklyn Rage did not win the championship this season. The future looks bright for this Sacramento squad. They currently own a lottery pick in this season’s draft. With a couple of the right young pieces, this team could be a dominate force for seasons to come.

Season 15

This was the season of change for Sacramento. This season started off on a high note as the organization was thrilled to get young hard-working talent, Hassan Watt. With veterans, Sheth, Haug, Kamara, and Egan, Watt was able to spend a year in the D League, which looks to make next season interesting. Hardly any injuries this season compared to the last decade, but the inevitable happened and it all came at once. Father time tracked down Sheth, Van Horne and Egan and their production dropped significantly. Management needed another two seasons for Beck and Woods to catch up, but it was not to be.

The front office decided to go younger and start to build around the 6’6 SG, Watt. They traded Sheth for an expiring contract and a pick. Van Horne had to be coupled with Kamara to send him to another city, but for Kamara, Sacramento was able to get a savvy veteran in the post, Tom Kinsey. Through all the turmoil, Sacramento was still able to grab the 8th seed hoping to stay as competitive as possible for the next free agency. It was a disappointing 38-42, but the future could be on the right track.

Beck and Kinsey were almost clones in production playing at the forward spots. Kinsey had 18.8 points and 9.1 rebounds per night and Beck had 18.9 points and 9.3 rebounds per night. They led the team and were 7th and 8th in the league overall. Woods was the third option with 17.6 points and 5 boards. Reid Dall and Branko Filipic were the guard duo. They were on expiring contracts from the trades. Basically, a one-year rental until Watt was ready next year.

With this hodge-podge band-aid thrown together, it was no surprise that as a team they finished 19th in both offensive production and points allowed. The team was swept by the Rage in the first round of the playoffs, and unfortunately the Rage went on to win it all. However, spirits were high around the Sacramento front office. Watt had a great year in the D League and they freed up $19 million to go after one of the best PG’s in the league, Bishop Stein. The future is bright.

Season 16

This was the best season in franchise history. Sacramento, now California, finished the regular season 53-27 to win the West Division. This was on the back of a 24-1 run to finish the regular season. Woods, Beck and Kinsey all returned, but there were key new contributors. Hassan Watt won MVP in the D League and it showed as he is already one of the best SG’s in the league. The front office was able to land Bishop Stein in free agency, but the kicker was a mid-season trade for the team’s new defensive anchor down low, Tony Patrick. California had to overcome some early injuries missing both Stein and Beck for 25 games stretches, but when everyone became healthy the 24-1 run began. This was the best team in the league going into the playoffs. They had beat quality teams such as the Rage and Zulus by 12 and 15-point margins down the stretch run. However, it was all for not. Hassan Watt’s rookie season ended in the second game of the playoffs due to a leg injury. They were facing Kansas City in Kansas and already up 1-0 on the road, but were only able to win one more game without Watt ending the series   4-2. Kansas City went on to the Conference Championship game and let the Rage walk right through with a 4-2 series win. What could have been. The Rage win another championship.

This shows how quick a window could close. Kinsey is a free agent, but California has the money and need, the investment does not seem to fit another team that has the cap space, but crazier things have happened. On a positive note, the name change came with a move to San Francisco. Ownership realized that to compete with the Brooklyn’s and New York’s, you had to get into a huge market and one was open 90 miles away. The D League moved to Sacramento and The California Fighting Cocks were born. Most of the team is returning and on the upside of their careers, so Season 17 is promising. California will be in the top 5 at least starting next season, so anything can happen when you are that close. A minor improvement could mean the championship.

Cancun Outlaws

Team season records:

2001:   18-44   #10 (out of the playoffs)

2002:   34-46   #8 seed

2003:   57-23   #2 seed

2004:   45-35   #6 seed

2005:   61-19   #2 seed

2006:   59-21   #1 seed

2007:   59-21   #1 seed

2008:   55-25   #2 seed

2009:   65-15   #1 seed

2010:   59-21   #4 seed

2011:   62-18   #2 seed

2012:   63-17   #1 seed

2013:  58-22   #3 seed

2014:   54-26   #3 seed          

Season Leaders:

2001:

Min:    Roger Bradshaw (39)

Pts:      Roger Bradshaw (18.7)

Rbd:    Roger Bradshaw (8.9)

Ast:     Jimmy Foster (9.7)

Stl:      Roger Bradshaw (2.5)

Blk:     Thurman Holt (1.5)

FG%: Turk Moran (49.8%)

FT%:   Bill Owens (95%)

3pt%: Bill Owens (32.2%)

2002:

Min:    Scott Nicholson/Jimmy Foster (40)

Pts:      Herman Burke (19.1)

Rbd:    Scott Nicholson (9.3)

Ast:     Jimmy Foster (12)

Stl:      Roger Bradshaw (2.7)

Blk:     Roger Bradshaw/Tony Gaston (0.8)

FG%: Tony Gaston (53.9%)

FT%:   Jimmy Foster (79.5%)

3pt%: Herman Burke (44.6%)

2003:

Min:    Jimmy Foster (40)

Pts:      Kent Mercer (21.3)

Rbd:    Kent Mercer (9.2)

Ast:     Jimmy Foster (13)

Stl:      Scott Nicholson (2.4)

Blk:     Kent Mercer (2.8)

FG%: Kent Mercer (56.4%)

FT%:   Herman Burke (89.4%)

3pt%: Shawn McKick (53.8%)

2004:

Min:    Scott Nicholson (39)

Pts:      Kent Mercer (22)

Rbd:    Kent Mercer (10.4)

Ast:     Jimmy Foster (10.7)

Stl:      Scott Nicholson (2.7)

Blk:     Kent Mercer (3.2)

FG%: Tony Gaston (54.8%)

FT%:   Elvis Harris (93.8%)

3pt%: Shawn McKick/Herman Burke (41.3%)

2005:

Min:    Scott Nicholson (39)

Pts:      Parker Mason (20.9)

Rbd:    Kent Mercer (8.6)

Ast:     Parker Mason (9.7)

Stl:      Scott Nicholson (2.5)

Blk:     Kent Mercer (2.9)

FG%: Kent Mercer (54.5%)

FT%:   Tony Gaston (91.5%)

3pt%: Parker Mason (37%)

2006:

Min:    Scott Nicholson/Parker Mason (39)

Pts:      Parker Mason (21)

Rbd:    Kent Mercer (9.3)

Ast:     Parker Mason (10.5)

Stl:      Scott Nicholson (2.7)

Blk:     Kent Mercer (2.3)

FG%: Kent Mercer (56.9%)

FT%:   Tony Gaston (93.8%)

3pt%: Parker Mason (35.4%)

2007:

Min:    Parker Mason (39)

Pts:      Kent Mercer (23.3)

Rbd:    Kent Mercer (11.1)

Ast:     Parker Mason (9.4)

Stl:      Parker Mason (2.7)

Blk:     Kent Mercer (2.9)

FG%: Kent Mercer (52.2%)

FT%:   Wilson Callaway (87.6)

3pt%: Shawn McKick (40.9)

2008:

Min:    Parker Mason (39)

Pts:      Kent Mercer (21.5)

Rbd:    Kent Mercer (9.6)

Ast:     Parker Mason (9.1)

Stl:      Lonnie Gerson (4.1)

Blk:     Kent Mercer (2.9)

FG%: Kent Mercer (51.8%)

FT%:   Tyson Cooper (96.7%)

3pt%: Parker Mason (39%)

2009:

Min:    Scott Nicholson (39)

Pts:      Kent Mercer (21.0)

Rbd:    Kent Mercer (9.1)

Ast:     Parker Mason (8.5)

Stl:      Lonnie Gerson (3.5)

Blk:     Brad Bangerter (2.2)

FG%: Kent Mercer (48.6%)

FT%:   Kent Mercer (93.6%)

3pt%: Parker Mason (38.1%)

2010:

Min:    Parker Mason (38)

Pts:      Kent Mercer (20.5)

Rbd:    Kent Mercer (8.6)

Ast:     Parker Mason (7.9)

Stl:      Lonnie Gerson (3.2)

Blk:     Kent Mercer (2.5)

FG%: Kent Mercer (53.9%)

FT%:   Kent Mercer (92%)

3pt%: Parker Mason (42.5%)

2011:

Min:    Parker Mason (37)

Pts:      Kent Mercer (22.2)

Rbd:    Kent Mercer (9)

Ast:     Parker Mason (8.1)

Stl:      Lonnie Gerson (3.5)

Blk:     Kent Mercer (2.5)

FG%: Kent Mercer (52.8%)

FT%:   Lonnie Gerson (92.6%)

3pt%: Parker Mason (45.9%)

2012:

Min:    Parker Mason (35)

Pts:      Kent Mercer (18.8)

Rbd:    Kent Mercer/Reed Moses (8.1)

Ast:     Paul Carroll (7)

Stl:      Lonnie Gerson (2.5)

Blk:     Kent Mercer (2)

FG%: Reed Moses (50.5%)

FT%:   Lonnie Gerson (87.1%)

3pt%:  Parker Mason (44.6%)
2013:

Min:    Parker Mason (38.1)

Pts:      Ahmed Dougherty (22.6)

Rbd:    Reed Moses (8.5)

Ast:     Paul Carroll (5.7)

Stl:      Parker Mason (2.3)

Blk:     Reed Moses (1.4)

FG%: Kent Mercer (52.8%)

FT%:   Lonnie Gerson (88.1%)

3pt%:  Ahmed Dougherty (45.4%)

2014:

Min:    Ken Mercer (39.7)

Pts:      Ahmed Dougherty (25.9)

Rbd:    Reed Moses (9.9)

Ast:     Paul Carroll (5.7)

Stl:      Parker Mason (2.3)

Blk:     Reed Moses (1.4)

FG%: Kent Mercer (52.8%)

FT%:   Lonnie Gerson (88.1%)

3pt%:  Ahmed Dougherty (45.4%)

Draft selections:

2001: No draft

2002: Scott Nicholson, PF/C (#4) Herman Burke, PG/SG (#34)

2003: Kent Mercer, PF/C (#3) Adam Birkett, PF/C (#41) Shawn McKick, PG/SG (#56)

2004: Chip Wilkinson, PF/C (#22) Trey McLaughlin, PG (#44) Rey Benedetto, SF/PF (#50)

2005: Charlie Hernandez, C (#41) Davonte Gonzalez, PF/C (#43) Jimmy Lewis, SG (#54)

2006: Wilson Callaway, PF (#45) Dan Castle, SF (#54) Pat Herget, C (#55)

2007: Felipe Juarez, PG (#27) Chris Worsinger (#55)

2008: No selections

2009: No selections

2010: Quade Nash, PF/C (#11) Ahmed Dougherty, SG (#14) Jim Koons, SG (#28) Liam McKee, PF (#42) Jim Young, C (#56)

2011: No selections

2012: Ulrich Kunze, C (#48)

2013: No selections

2014: No selections

Trades:

2001:

  • No trades

2002:

  • Bill Owens to Ferniefor Tim Smith and Myrtle Beach’s 2003 2nd round pick
  • Thurman Holt to Mainefor Maine’s 2003 1st rounder and NY’s 2004 2nd round pick

2003:

  • Roger Bradshaw, Picks #13, 15 and 31 to Nebraskafor picks #3 and #56

2004:

  • Rey Benedetto to Midlandfor Nebraska’s 2006 2nd round pick

2005:

  • Jimmy Foster, Herman Burke, pick #15 and Cancun’s 2006 & 2008 1stround pick to Washington for Parker Mason, Jalen Bell and pick #26
  • Pick #26, 1.25 million in season 5 to Midlandfor picks #41 & #55, London’s 2006 2nd round pick and 1.5 million in season 6
  • Jalen Bell, Chip Wilkinson, 2 million in season 5 to VIfor Montana’s 2008 & 2009 2nd round picks and 1 million in 2006

2006:

  • Pat Herget to Miamifor Miami’s 2008 2nd round pick
  • Art Manchese to VIfor VI’s 2011 2nd round pick

2007:

  • Tony Gaston and 0.5 million in 2007 to Montanafor Montana’s 2012 2nd round pick
  • Frank Costantini, Cancun’s and Miami’s 2008 2ndround picks to Budapest for Budapest’s 2012 1st round pick
  • Adam Birkett to Capetownfor Capetown’s 2010 2nd round pick

2008:

  • Cancun’s 2009 1st& 2nd round picks, Montana’s 2nd round picks in 2008 & 2009 to Nebraska for Nebraska’s 2011 2nd round pick and Nebraska’s 1st and 2nd round picks in 2012
  • Felipe Juarez and 1 million in 2008 to Omahafor Omaha’s 2010 2nd and Omaha’s 2011 1st round pick
  • Wilson Callaway, Jerry Dickenson, Derek Berenyi, Capetown’s & Omaha’s 2010 2ndround picks, VI’s & Nebraska’s and Cancun’s 2011 2nd round picks, Cancun’s 2011 1st round pick, Montana’s & Nebraska’s 2011 2nd round picks and Budapest’s 2012 1st round pick to Albacete for Brad Bangerter and 2.5 million in season 8

2009:

  • Wong-Wei Wang to Gabon for Gabon’s 2010 2ndround pick

2010:

  • Brad Bangerter to SLCfor Gabon’s 2010 1st round pick, Montana’s 2012 1st round pick and SLC’s 2011 2nd round pick
  • Nebraska’s 2012 1stround pick, SLC’s 2011 2nd round pick and Cancun’s 2013 2nd round pick to Washington for SLC’s 2010 1st round pick
  • Pick #15, Cancun’s 2012 and 20142nd rounders to Miami for pick #11
  • Scott Lio to Texasfor Sam Plummer and Texas 2014 2nd round pick
  • Quade Nash, Sam Plummer and Texas 2011 2ndround pick to Washington for Reed Moses
  • Cancun 2013 1stround pick to Sacramento for Matthew Pitcher
  • Scott Currie and Jim Young to Omahafor Ellis Law and 1.25 million in 2010
  • Mathew Pitcher, Cancun 2015 2ndround pick and 0.12 million in season 10 to Boston for Boston 2013 1st round pick

2011:

  • Jeremy Aarons to Budapestfor Budapest’s 2013 & 2014 2nd round picks
  • Long Island 2012 1stto Albacete for Albacete 2015 first and Long Island 2012 2nd
  • Marvin Lee to NYfor NY 2013 2nd round pick
  • NY 2013 2ndround pick, 1 million in season 11 to Omaha for Chad O’Donnell

2012:

  • Scott Nicholson (sign and trade) to Alaska for Sacramento’s 2013 2ndround pick and Toronto’s 2013 1st round pick
  • Pick #58 and Sacramento’s 2013 2ndrounder to Toronto for Seoul’s 2013 2nd round pick
  • Toronto’s 2013 1stround pick and Boston’s 2013 1st round pick to Long Island for Paul Carroll
  • Seoul’s 2013 2ndround pick to Las Vegas for Issac Rice and 2.1 million in season 12

2013:

  • Luke Benner, Cancun 2014 1st, Budapest 2014 2nd to Milan for Cristobal Dasher

2014:

  • Felipe Juarez, Cancun 2017 1st, Cancun 2016 & 2017 2nd to Las Vegas for Jimmy Foster
  • Lonnie Gerson, Al Zarra, Treyvon Marlow, Cancun 2015 1st, Albacete 2015 1st to Seattle for Justin Hill, Felipe Juarez

2001 Season:

Starting five: Jimmy Foster, Bill Owens, Tony Gaston, Thurman Holt, Roger Bradshaw

Key bench players: Duke Thompson, Blue Walsh, Turk Moran

Playoffs: Did not make the playoffs

Drafting second to last in the inaugural WBA draft, the Cancun Outlaws made PF/C Roger Bradshaw the first ever player of the organization. The strategy of GM Pat Fullum was to select youth, especially in the first couple of rounds. After Bradshaw, the team selected PG Jimmy Foster, a selection that raised many eyebrows. But Foster proved the critics wrong when he went on to be selected on the all-star team and had a solid game with six assist and five rebounds. The 19 year old PG and Bradshaw were the lone bright spots in a season where the goal of the coaching staff was to develop youngster like these two and Tony Gaston.

2002 Season:

Starting five: Jimmy Foster, Herman Burke, Tony Gaston, Scott Nicholson, Roger Bradshaw

Key bench players: Duke Thompson, Blue Walsh, Turk Moran

Playoffs: Eliminated in the first round by Cincinnati (0-3)

After a tough first season, Cancun quickly turned things around in season two. First, the team drafted 19 year old Scott Nicholson at the #4 spot, officials felt lucky as Nicholson was #2 on their list. And then at #32, the team selected combo guard Herman Burke, who would go on to lead the team in scoring in his freshman year. The two rookies would have an immediate impact as the Outlaws improved their win total by 16 games. The emergence of the rookies chased veterans Thurman Holt and Bill Owens from Cancun as the organization continued its youth movement. Burke led the team in scoring thanks in large part to the unselfish play of frontcourt players Roger Bradshaw and Scott Nicholson, as well as Jimmy Foster’s passing ability. Burke was big in the rookie game scoring 18 points on 8/12 shooting while Nicholson was quieter. Jimmy Foster finished 3rd in the league in assists and continued to improve. Tony Gaston also made big strides and showed up to camp a much improved player. So coupled with the addition of two rookies and the development of the young veterans, Cancun was able to make the playoffs for the first time in franchise history. But the franchise was reminded it was a long way from being a contender by being swept by an older and superior Cincinnati team. Roger Bradshaw struggled in that series against Jim McCarthy, but the Outlaws simply were no match for Cincy.

2003 Season:

Starting five: Jimmy Foster, Herman Burke, Tony Gaston, Scott Nicholson, Kent Mercer

Key bench players: Shawn McKick, Elvis Harris, Adam Birkett, Duke Thompson

Playoffs: Lost in the conference finals to Tokyo (1-4)

After Roger Bradshaw’s poor showing in the previous season’s playoffs, team officials decide it needed to find a more conventional center, as Bradshaw, like Nicholson, was more comfortable playing outside and handling the ball. So Bradshaw was shipped to Nebraska along with three picks for the third overall pick and the last pick of the rookie draft. The Outlaws found their center in franchise player Kent Mercer. Adam Birkett and Shawn McKick (last player selected in the draft) were also selected and bolstered a weak Cancun bench. Another rookie was signed in free agency and was an important factor in the team’s success: Elvis Harris. Finally, the team had players to compete for playing time, creating a good competition in practices. Right at the beginning of the season, McKick challenged Burke for the starting shooting guard spot, Duke Thompson saw Harris steal his backup SF spot, only to reclaim it back in the playoffs. All this meant that Cancun went from 34 wins to 57 wins, thus earning the #2 seed in the west. A nice rivalry was born in season’s 2 playoffs when Cancun beat Nebraska, as both would face each other many times in the next couple of post-season. So the team made it to the conference finals, where the Outlaws were facing a young and talented Tokyo team. It was a battle between the top two rookie big men, Lou Gonzalez and Kent Mercer. Gonzalez had the upper hand as the pressure seemed to get to a young Outlaw team that was favoured in this series. Scott Nicholson had a great postseason, being  the best player of his team.

2004 Season:

Starting five: Jimmy Foster, Herman Burke, Tony Gaston, Scott Nicholson, Kent Mercer

Key bench players: Shawn McKick, Elvis Harris, Adam Birkett, Chip Wilkinson

Playoffs: Eliminated in the first round by Nebraska (2-3)

Season 4 was a big disappointment for this franchise. Taking a step backward and dropping to a 45-35 record was not what the coaching staff was expecting. It all started in the draft, where at first it was thought that Cancun had a great draft night. But unfortunately, Chip Wilkinson and Trey McLaughlin turned out to be busts. Wilkinson did play some minutes as he was given an opportunity to contribute, but was not convincing. Returning the same starting five and their best three bench players plus having one of the youngest teams in the league, much was expected of this squad. But things didn’t click, and even 10 games above .500 was considered a failure. One bright spot on the team was the emergence of Kent Mercer, as he became one of the best players in the WBA, averaging a “20-10-3”. Jimmy Foster and Scott Nicholson also continued their steady development. Things seemed to be looking up just prior to postseason as the Outlaws won their last seven games. Going into the playoffs as a #6 seed facing Nebraska, Mercer led the way to two straight victories to give the club a 2-0 lead. But the dismal shooting of Jimmy Foster and Scott Nicholson was the downfall of the team as Nebraska came back and won the last three games to eliminate the Outlaws.

2005 Season:

Starting five: Parker Mason, Shawn McKick, Tony Gaston, Scott Nicholson, Kent Mercer

Key bench players: Elvis Harris, Adam Birkett, John Stewart, Charlie Hernandez, Jimmy Lewis

Playoffs: Lost in the conference finals to Colorado (0-4)

MVP! MVP! MVP! Those were the chants heard all season long in Cancun for the team’s newest star, Parker Mason. Mason came over from a trade with Washington and immediately made a huge impact. Paired with Kent Mercer, he led the Outlaws to their best ever season record, 61-19. Shawn McKick stepped in the starting lineup to replace Herman Burke and gave Mason a perfect running mate in the backcourt. One of the only negatives in this season was the struggles of Scott Nicholson, who didn’t seem to be playing as well, struggling to fit in a new offense ran by Parker Mason. Coming into the playoffs, most observers were anticipating a Colorado/Cancun confrontation, and that’s what happened. After having taking its revenge on Nebraska by eliminating them, Cancun was ready for Colorado, coming off the best season ever for a WBA team. But the play of Mason had everyone believing Cancun could upset the Darn Pioneers. But Colorado was not to be denied on its quest for the championship, crushing Cancun in four straight games. Nicholson continued to struggle but Mason and Mercer both played extremely well in the playoffs.

2006 Season:

Starting five: Parker Mason, Shawn McKick, Elvis Harris, Scott Nicholson, Kent Mercer

Key bench players: Tony Gaston, Wilson Callaway, Jimmy Lewis, Adam Birkett

Playoffs: Won the WBA championship vs. Boston (4-1)

This season was all about M’N’M, Mercer, Nicholson and Mason. They dominated all season long to earn Cancun its first ever #1 spot. Minor changes were made to the team, as Elvis Harris was inserted into the starting lineup, replacing solid veteran Tony Gaston. Wilson Callaway was arguably the steal of the draft at #45 and came in as the backup PF. And second year player Jimmy Lewis replaced John Stewart as the backup guard, Stewart having signed elsewhere as a free agent. And then everything went well all the way to the WBA finals, where the Outlaws, led by the spectacular play  of Parker Mason, beat the Boston Massacre to earn its first ever championship. Mason was the only contributor of this team that was not drafted by the organization and some were late second rounders (McKick, Callaway, Lewis, Birkett and Harris who wasn’t drafted). So a great season ended on a great note for the Cancun Outlaws as they won the franchise’s first ever WBA championship.

2007 Season:

Starting five: Parker Mason, Shawn McKick, Elvis Harris, Scott Nicholson, Kent Mercer

Key bench players: Wilson Callaway, Sam Plummer, Felipe Juarez

Playoffs: Lost in the WBA finals to Albacete (0-4)

Just after midseason, the Cancun franchise suffered a major blow when Scott Nicholson landed awkwardly during practice and injured his knee. Nicholson’s knee would not jeopardize his career, but the knee would never heal completely. Nicholson missed 18 games in the regular season and played in only 9 of the teams 21 playoffs game.  And to make matters worse, Cancun didn’t possess the same depth it had the past couple of seasons. But still, the Outlaws were able to secure the #1 seed on the last game of the season, at Baltimore. Cancun was ½ games behind Nebraska and needed a win at Baltimore to secure the #1 spot. With Baltimore leading by one point with seconds left on the clock, Parker Mason came to the rescue and hit a jump shot as time expired to give his team the win and home court advantage for the western conference playoffs. And that shot was even bigger when Nicholson missed the first 6 games of the conference finals against Nebraska. So there was a game seven, in Cancun. Nicholson was able to play in that game but wasn’t a factor as Kent Mercer put the team on his shoulders and brought them back to the WBA finals for a second consecutive season. But in the finals, Lou Gonzalez, Harry Jarvis and the Albacete Burning Hell were waiting patiently to get their first ring. Despite a courageous performance by Kent Mercer, the Outlaws were no match for Lou and his band, as Albacete won convincingly in four games.

2008 Season:

Starting five: Parker Mason, Scott Lio (after Shawn McKick went down), Lonnie Gerson, Scott Nicholson, Kent Mercer

Key bench players: Brad Bangerter, Elvis Harris, Tyson Cooper, Wong-Wei Wang

Playoffs: Won the WBA championship vs Brooklyn (4-2)

The season started on a very positive note, as Scott Nicholson showed up to camp in great shape, rehabbing his knee hard in the regular season. And in the off-season, the team was able to sign free agent Lonnie Gerson to a contract. Gerson brought his great stealing ability and immediately made the defense better. And another free agent was acquired that would play a big role, Tyson Cooper. The shooting guard fit in perfectly in the backcourt, as he is a great ball handler and didn’t commit many turnovers (a flaw on this team). But after 12 games, another important player fell to an injury. Shawn McKick tore his Achilles tendon in a game. McKick was having a career year, averaging 12 points, fives assist and five rebounds and over one block and one steal. So GM Pat Fullum was in a hurry to find a replacement for Mckick. Several offers were made but the player the organization had targeted was in Texas, a division rival. So a potential lottery pick was offered and a deal was made. Rookie Scott Lio came in Cancun and provided a great lift with his slashing ability and toughness. The last piece of the puzzle was added just prior to the trade deadline when Brad Bangerter was acquired. Fullum had tried to trade for his services since the beginning of the season but Albacete’s GM only accepted a deal late in the season. Three players and eight picks were sent to Albacete to acquire Bangerter. But it was all worth it at the end as Bangerter was an important part of the team that would go on to win its second WBA title.  The team almost fell again to Lou Gonzalez, now back in Oregon, but Cancun was victorious in game seven vs. Oregon. In the finals, things didn’t look so good after Brooklyn took a 2-0 lead at home, but behind the play of Cancun’s three stars (Mercer, Nicholson and Mason) and the inspired play of the rookies Lio and Bangerter, Cancun became the first franchise to ever win two WBA crowns, and the team with the most finals appearances (three). Parker Mason also became the first player ever to get three rings.

2009 Season:

Starting five: Parker Mason, Scott Lio, Lonnie Gerson, Scott Nicholson, Kent Mercer

Key bench players: Brad Bangerter, Shawn McKick, Paul Carroll, Jim Fox

Playoffs: Won the WBA championship vs. Washington (4-1)

In the off-season, Cancun finally got a player they were looking to acquire since season one: Jim Fox. The veteran player accepted a minimum deal to have a shot at the title and to provide help should Nicholson’s bad knee need rest. The team also signed undrafted rookie shooting guard Paul Carroll to a minimum contract and Carroll turned out to be one of the best rookies of this draft after he left his abusive wife in a much publicized divorce. And there was Shawn Mckick, who worked very hard to overcome a serious achilles injury and come back to Cancun’s lineup. So everything was in place for the season. The season started with a great showing by the Cancun bench in the preseason. But some criticized Cancun’s choice to rest the big players and not work out its rotation. Those doubts might have been founded has the Outlaws, after winning the three first games of the regular season, dropped the next five. It was the worst loosing streak of the club since season two. But Cancun was 62-10 the rest of the way, getting their best regular season record ever. One of the keys to the turnaround was the emergence of Brad Bangerter, who was asked to backup all three frontcourt positions. Bangerter was awarded by being voted as the most improved player and best sixth man in the league. And BB was huge late in the season when Cancun went to Washington to play co-league leading Monuments in a game that would eventually decide home court advantage in the WBA finals. With Scott Nicholson out with with bad knee, BB was the player that led Cancun to an impressive blowout game versus Washington. So Cancun headed to the playoffs with a lot of confidence, but also with a lot of pressure. Not only did this team had the opportunity to be the first ever team to win back-to-back championship, but with a third title and fourth finals appearance in four seasons, they had a shot at greatness: being the first ever dynasty of the WBA. The team responded well going 15-4 in the playoffs and winning its third championship. Good leadership, enthusiasm from young rookies and veterans looking for their first rings and a breakout performance by Scott Nicholson all led to this win. Nicholson, often criticized for never living up to expectations placed on his shoulders when he came out of college, was the MVP of the finals and was superb all the way to the championship. As for Parker Mason, he got his fourth ring and thus consolidated his place among the all-time greats, and probably assured himself a spot at the hall of fame.

2010 Season:

Starting five: Parker Mason, Jeremy Aarons, Lonnie Gerson, Scott Nicholson, Kent Mercer

Key bench players: Reed Moses, Ahmed Dougherty, Ellis Law, Jim Koons, Treyvon Marlow

Playoffs: Eliminated in the second round by Texas (1-4)

The season started with an uncharacteristic busy off-season for the Outlaws. Many trades were completed, plenty more were discussed and players came in and out of the organization. Cancun completed eight trades during season 10, which was by far the most in franchise history. The biggest one came when Brad Bangerter was traded to SLC in a sign-and-trade, a move BB’s agent was pushing for since the season ended. With Bangerter gone, sophomore Reed Moses was brought in to replace the frontcourt minutes and he was one of the best sixth man in the league. Ellis Law was brought in later in the season and provided instant offense off the bench. Rookies Jeremy Aarons, Ahmed Dougherty and Jim Koons were nice surprises coming from the draft and contributed solid minutes, but having three rookies at the shooting guard spot might have hurt the team in the long run. But everything seemed to be going well up until the trading deadline. Parker Mason and Kent Mercer were their usual dominant self, while Scott Nicholson was once again the perfect sidekick to the two superstars. Cancun was sitting atop the WBA with a somewhat comfortable lead. But then their was a rumour that Mason and Lonnie Gerson had been dealt to Montana in exchange of Jarius Miles and Kadeem Reed. But Montana’s disgruntled point guard Umberto Ditullio, included in the deal, refused to waive his no-trade clause and everyone had to stay put. Miles and Ditullio were later traded to Brooklyn, but the effect on the Outlaws seemed negative. Everything went downhill from then on as the lead began to evaporate, with the ballclub loosing many games to lowly teams. Finally, the team went on a 4-8 finish, dropping its last three regular season games and finishing a disappointing fourth in the western conference. In the first round, Cancun got by Capetown playing inspired basketball, but the Dynasty was ended when Texas won convincingly in five games. Everything went wrong for Cancun in that series and Texas outplayed them from the opening tip of the series to the last second of play…

2011 Season

Starting five: Parker Mason, Ahmed Dougherty, Lonnie Gerson, Kent Mercer, Reed Moses

Key bench players: Scott Nicholson, Jim Koons, Chad O’Donnell, Treyvon Marlow

Playoffs: Eliminated in conference finals by Oregon (3-4)

Is the dynasty over? That was the question everyone was asking around the Outlaws all offseason long. Were the veteran players happy and content with four finals appearances and three rings? Still feeling the sting of a disappointing season, most of the returning players showed up to camp in great shape. Two sophomores, Jim Koons and Ahmed Dougherty, made huge strides and made another sophomore, starting shooting guard Jeremy Aarons, expendable.  Dougherty was the most impressive, improving his interior scoring and most aspects of his game. Reed Moses also was improved and the veterans kept in good shape. Everything indicated that the Cancun Outlaws were ready for another championship run. There was a little bit of controversy at camp when it was announced that Scott Nicholson would be relegated to 6th man duty in favour of Reed Moses, but Scott was professional about it and ended up getting the 6th man of the year award. The Outlaws coasted through the season and ended with the second best record in franchise history, tied with Oregon for the top spot in the western conference (with Oregon holding the tie-breaker). Ahmed Dougherty had a breakthrough season and was rewarded with the most improved player award. The playoffs started very well for The Outlaws, winning the first two series by sweeping the opposing team. In the conference finals they had to face the defending champions Oregon Golden Bears. The series was a WBA classic, as the two teams went at it, with two of the top guards in the league, Parker Mason and Bishop Stein, fighting it out. It went to a game seven where Oregon proved why they were the champs, using home court advantage to completely dominate the Outlaws…

2012 Season:

Starting five: Parker Mason, Ahmed Dougherty, Lonnie Gerson, Kent Mercer, Reed Moses

Key bench players: Paul Carroll, Chad O’Donnell, Roy Cader, Al Zarra, Isaac Rice

Playoffs: Eliminated in conference finals by Oregon (2-4)

The season began with one of the team’s star being dealt: Scott Nicholson, the longest standing Outlaw was shipped to Alaska because of cap issues. So Kent Mercer and Parker Mason went into this season with the third member of M’N’M playing elsewhere, a trio that brought Cancun three championships. Some predicted doom on the franchise, but Reed Moses emerged as a great starting center, relegating Kent Mercer to the power forward spot. Paul Carroll, who was signed as an undrafted rookie free agent, was brought back to stabilize the backcourt and bring some much needed passing to this squad. Centers Al Zarra was signed as a free agent as he had been a target of the organization for some time and was finally brought over. With these two additions plus the late signing of Roy Cader, Cancun opened the season on fire, winning nine of its first ten games. Ahmed Dougherty, in a contract year, quickly emerged as the offensive leader for a deep offensive team. As the Outlaws were battling for top spot in the league all season long, they went out and acquired oft-injured power forward Isaac Rice. Rice is known as a great talent, but a player who’s had a history of injuries. When he was acquired, Rice was already on the sidelines because of knee tendonitis, but GM Pat Fullum made the move to boost the team’s performance in the playoffs. So Rice played the last seven games of the season, helping the team secure homecourt advantage throughout the post season. But in the last game, in the fourth quarter, he sprained his knee. That injury turned out to be fatal for the Outlaws, because center Reed Moses suffered a broken leg against the Gabon Giants in the first round of the playoffs. The team was able to regroup and beat a tough Capetown squad in the 2nd round, but in the conference finals, Oregon and their new supersub Scott Nicholson were just too much for the depleted Cancun team.

2013:

Starting five: Parker Mason, Ahmed Dougherty, Paul Carroll, Kent Mercer, Reed Moses

Key bench players: John Gaiser, Frank Rose, Lonnie Gerson, Roy Cader, Al Zarra

Playoffs: Eliminated in WBA finals by Brooklyn (2-4)

Before the 2013 season started, Cancun management decided to make an important change in its lineup: for the first time in five years, Lonnie Gerson was no longer the starting small forward. The playmaking and passing abilities of Paul Carroll replaced the defense and aggressiveness of Gerson. The additions of free agents John Gaiser and Frank Rose gave Cancun the depth it needed at guard with the move of supersub Carroll to the starting unit. The moves paid dividends for most of the season as Cancun was cruising towards a #1 seed in the eastern conference. But, around the 55 game mark, injuries started to hit the aging Outlaws hard. Reed Moses, Al Zarra, Kent Mercer, Frank Rose all missed significant time due to various injuries and that sent the Outlaws to the #3 seed. In the first round, Cancun got by a tough young Omaha Wild squad in seven games while also winning a tough seven game series with Capetown. In the conference finals, a familiar foe awaited the Outlaws as they squared off against a young up-and-coming Gabon team. The Giants were fortunate to have faced two teams decimated by injuries, top seeds Salt Lake City and #4 Tokyo but eventually ran into a healthy squad. Cancun’s outside shooting proved impossible to stop and Gabon was eliminated in five games. This setup a 2008 rematch between the Brooklyn Rage and Cancun Outlaws. A meeting between the WBA’s two most successful franchises that did not live up to the hype. Brooklyn, coming off a 63 win season, proved to be to much of a challenge and completely dominated an overmatched Cancun squad in four easy games.

2014:

Starting five: Parker Mason, Ahmed Dougherty, Justin Hill, Kent Mercer, Reed Moses

Key bench players: Mark Carr, Ron Avery

Playoffs: Eliminated in 1st round by Capetown (0-4)

2014 was a very difficult season for Outlaws fan. The team traded three crowd favorites away in Lonnie Gerson, Al Zarra and 5’6” Treyvon Marlow, along with two first rounders to acquire Justin Hill. Hill was very high on Cancun’s board prior to the 2012 draft and the front office tried to acquire a pick to select Hill before Las Vegas nabbed him at the 18th spot. To acquire the young and versatile defender, Cancun had to take on the heavy contract of another fan favorite, 2007 first round pick Felipe Juarez. Unfortunately for the Cancun fateful, Juarez contract was dumped alongside picks to Las Vegas and another crowd favorite was gone. It gets worse: coming back in the trade for Juarez was Jimmy Foster, the original point guard of the Outlaws who spent the first four WBA seasons leading the team. But in another financial move, Foster was cut in favor of a rookie contract.  Colorado cast out Mark Carr was signed to a three year deal for MLE and Ron Avery signed to the LLE, but the club couldn’t quite count on its usual strong depth.  With attendances down and bench play an issue, the coaching staff decided to ride their starters hard during the regular season. Kent Mercer, at 33, played a career high 39.7 minutes a game while not missing a single game. As in 2013, the injuries started piling up with Parker Mason (36.3 mpg), Justin Hill (35 mpg after starting the season on the bench) and Ahmed Dougherty (39.1 mpg) all suffering serious injuries. Dougherty’s separated shoulder just prior to the playoffs proved very costly as Cancun closed out the season on a bad note and got swept by division rivals Capetown as a #3 seed.  After signing a big extension after an all-WBA season, Parker Mason showed he might be declining faster than anticipated when signed. On the bright side, Ahmed Dougherty continued to increase his scoring for the fifth straight year and was 4th in scoring while Reed Moses stepped up on the boards, also finishing fourth at 9.9 rpg.

Capetown Zulu

Team Season Records

Bermuda Bombers

Season 2: 27-53 (Out of Playoffs)

Season 3: 5-75 (Out of Playoffs)

Season 4: 19-51 (Out of Playoffs)

Cape Town Bandits

Season 5: 20-50 (Out of Playoffs)

Season 6: 8-72 (Out of Playoffs)

Season 7: 47-33 #5 Seed

Season 8: 43-37 #6 Seed

Season 9: 49-31 #5 Seed

Cape Town Zulus

Season 10: 56-24 #5 Seed

Season 11: 58-22 #3 Seed

Season 12: 60-20 #4 Seed

Season 13: 58-22 #2 Seed

Season 14: 48-32 #6 Seed

Team Playoff Records

Season 7: Loss to Cancun 4-3 in 2nd Round

Season 8: Loss to Oregon 3-2 in 1st Round

Season 9: Loss to Colorado 3-2 in 1st Round

Season 10: Loss to Cancun 3-1 in 1st Round

Season 11: Loss to Cancun 4-0 in 1st Round

Season 12: Loss to Cancun 4-1 in 2nd Round

Season 13: Loss to Cancun 4-3 in 2nd Round

Season 14: Loss to Toronto 4-3 in Conference Finals

Bermuda Bombers

Season 2 Leaders:

Points per game: John Ferguson (19.6)

Rebounds per game: John Ferguson (9.9)

Assists per game: Bill Owens (4.7)

Season 3 Leaders:

Points per game: Al Wood (13)

Rebounds per game: Benjamin Myers (6.9)

Assists per game: Al Wood (6.6)

Season 4 Leaders:

Points per game: Clifton Banko (20.1)

Rebounds per game: Keith Chambers (6.9)

Assists per game: Bubba Hennessy (6.4)

Cape Town Bandits

Season 5 Leaders:

Points per game: Clifton Banko (18)

Rebounds per game: Chaim Sowders (6)

Assists per game: Jeff Bailey (4.3)

Season 6 Leaders:

Pointers per game: Bucky McCarty (18)

Rebounds per game: Jack Spiegel (7.4)

Assists per game: Bucky McCarty (3.7)

Season 7 Leaders:

Points per game: Obafemi Mabruke (23)

Rebounds per game: Obafemi Mabruke (11)

Assists per game: Dexter Kodak (7.9)

Season 8 Leaders:

Points per game: Obafemi Mabruke (19.9)

Rebounds per game: Obafemi Mabruke (9.4)

Assists per game: Chuck Henderson (11.4)

Season 9 Leaders:

Points per game: Obafemi Mabruke (21.1)

Rebounds per game: Obafemi Mabruke (10.3)

Assists per game: Chuck Henderson (9.9)

Cape Town Zulus

Season 10 Leaders:

Points per game: Obafemi Mabruke (23.5)

Rebounds per game: Obafemi Mabruke (10.5)

Assists per game: Chuck Henderson (9)

Season 11 Leaders

Points per game: Obafemi Mabruke (19.3)

Rebounds per game: Obafemi Mabruke (10.1)

Assists per game: Kelvin Davidson (6.6)

Season 12 Leaders

Points per game: Abdiel Gordon (23.7)

Rebounds per game: Abdiel Gordon (10.7)

Assists per game: Eric Manning (7.3)

Season 13 Leaders

Points per game: Abdiel Gordon (24.3)

Rebounds per game: Obafemi Mabruke (8.2)

Assists per game: Dexter Kodak (4.3)

Season 14 Leaders

Points per game: Abdiel Gordon (23.3)

Rebounds per game: Abdiel Gordon (8.2)

Assists per game: Dexter Kodak (4.2)

In the Beginning

As the popularity of the WBA began to reach new levels all fingers pointed towards expansion of the league. With WBA executives wanting to capitalize on spreading worldwide and with the surmounting fans in Africa calling for another franchise, Cape Town emerged as the ideal choice. However, interest groups searching for a marketing ploy became infatuated with the phenomena that is the Bermuda Triangle and somehow managed to persuade WBA execs to choose Bermuda over Cape Town. This decision proved disastrous, as the phenomena of unexplained disappearances seemed to follow the franchise. Players would come then disappear, draft picks once present would not be there when it came time for the draft. But these occurrences were not the result of unexplained phenomena but rather the result of the lack of any kind of leadership.

Season 2

The expectations for an expansion team are never set high. Indeed, the WBA media never expected much out of this young franchise. Reports with low expectations were common as was the case in the following source, “This is how I picture an expansion team, very few skilled players, and their star being a rookie. Rod Lawrence, the rookie, has good numbers…. But, he will need lots of help before Bermuda is out of the re-building stage.” Most of the media seemed to agree with this statement, even esteemed reporter Ron Chambers of GSPN was at a loss for words. “Not much to say here. This is an expansion team that will play like an expansion team. Rod Lawrence was a good pick who is playing very well he just doesn’t have the support.”

Even with its apparent lack of talent the team competed valiantly racking up 27 wins in its first season. The rookie Rod Lawrence played well putting up 16 points and 8 rebounds in his first season. There were also a few surprises as John Ferguson established himself as one of the team’s leaders averaging close to 20 points and 10 rebounds a contest. The future looked bright in Bermuda but this hope wouldn’t last, the inaugural season would prove to be the best season Bermuda ever experienced…

Season 3

Season 3 would prove to be a historic season for the Bermuda Bombers. Incompetent management would guide the once hopeful franchise into a downward spiral that would take years to recover from. In an array of questionable moves only conceivable in the mystery that is Bermuda, the teams premier players and future first round picks would disappear from site leaving the team thinner than the soup made from the shadow of a pigeon who had starved to death. After the dust had settled the leftover players managed to make history as the worst team in WBA history with a 5-75 record that has yet to be broken.

The WBA media was all over the Bombers. One source was reported as saying, “When you look down the starting lineup of Bermuda it is a who’s who of Nobodyville. Al Wood, Bill Milligan, Benjamin Myers, and Dennis Thomas.” Indeed, the key contributors from the season before had all departed. Offering an insight to Bermuda’s peculiar situation one reporter put it like this, “The bottom line is that Bermuda has an old team. And instead of being old and good, as is the case most times, they are old and bad. And that is the worst case scenario to be in.” Management had attempted to deal youth for veterans in hope of a playoff run but in dealing their future away had only acquired mediocre, retiring players. Summing up the pathetic state of the franchise, one reporter emphatically put it like this, “Imagine that an expansion team that was worse in their second season!” Indeed the Bermuda Bombers would be a team facing serious problems for a time to come…

Season 4

After a dismal season 3 the franchise managed take some steps in the right direction almost approaching the level of mediocrity. No longer the cellar dwellers, the franchise managed to rise to the third worst record in the league. The key reason leading to this improvement was the acquisition of Clifton Banko. Another new key contributor was Keith Chambers whose team leading 6.9 rebounds a game helped ease the rate at which Bermuda constantly got out-rebounded. WBA media reports began to ease up on the lowly franchise almost feeling sorry for them, “At least this franchise finally has some talent. They desperately need to improve their rebounding and they need to be able to resign Ed Bryant and Clifton Banko.”

Although slight improvements were made, when a franchise hits rock bottom as in season 3 it is impossible to get any worse and the only way to go was up. It was clear that changes had to be made and thus relocation became the answer, paving the way for our Cape Town Bandits.

Relocation

After being snubbed in season 2 over Bermuda, WBA executives had learned their lesson and made Cape Town the unanimous choice for the site of the newly relocated franchise. The African fans were jubilant. Located on the southern tip of Africa this allowed African fans more chances to watch WBA basketball as the other African franchise, Gabon, is located far away on the western coast of Africa. This proved much safer for South African fans in saving them the treacherous journey through Namibia, Angola and the Congo to catch some WBA action.

Season 5

Having waited so long to have their own team the local fans were just happy to have a team and not much was expected out of Cape Town early in their existence. The teams lack of talent and coaching leadership did not bother the fans and in fact were grateful for each and every win their club produced. This was good because the wins were few and far between having reached only 20 wins that season. The teams leading scorer was once again Clifton Banko with 18 points a game. However, the team possessed several weaknesses, mainly it lacked a true point guard with its leading assist man, Jeff Bailey, being a shooting guard. Furthermore, the team constantly struggled on the boards with Chaim Sowders the teams leading rebounder coming out of the small forward position averaging a meager six rebounds per game. The team had also acquired some hope in the form of rookie center Jack Spiegel.

The team was once again back at square one with a few skilled players and a hopeful rookie in Jack Spiegel. The question was would history repeat itself? Would management learn from mistakes of the past?

Season 6

In season 6 new ownership undertook the Cape Town franchise. However, the new owner was more concerned with going on African safaris than running the team. The fact that the Cape Town franchise was ignored by their owner may have well been the greatest blessing the franchise could have received. This benevolent ignorance proved a worthy substitute for the patience and self-control required in building a winning team.

Although the poorly coached franchise only amassed 8 wins they managed to position themselves for the future by not making any deals that would sacrifice the future as the previous owner had done in Season 2. Although up to this point the Cape Town franchises’ existence was pitiable there was some light at the end of the tunnel. The WBA media recognized this when in the ranking of the top franchises Brad Bangerter commented, “Frankly, Cape Town is in bad shape…They will be a bad team this year…If the new ownership can resist taking over priced players from top teams and giving up draft picks and money in exchange, then they will be ok… just not this year.”

Season 7

“Adding Mabruke gives this team an all-star type of player and in my opinion, the favorite to be named rookie of the year. Kodak’s addition is also important, as I feel he is one of the most underrated players in the league. If Mabruke plays really well, they could challenge for a playoff spot.”

So were the words professed by the media in entering season 7. The previous seasons’ 8-72 record allowed for Cape Town to attain the second pick in the draft. Their were also rumors abound that Cape Town although still officially ran under old management were being secretly run by a friend of the ownership. Some speculate this may have been Kevin Harper the current owner of the Oregon Golden Bears. These two factors contributed greatly to the greatest season to date from the Cape Town Bandits.

After Greg Lacy went #1 in the draft all of Africa went crazy knowing that Africa’s own native son, Obafemi Mabruke of Johannesburg South Africa would be playing for the Cape Town Bandits. The transformation of the Cape Town Bandits had begun! Shoring up a weakness at point guard that had plagued the franchise since its inception the team managed to acquire Dexter Kodak in exchange for the now disappointing Jack Spiegel. The draft also wielded two pearls, not only was Mabruke the leading candidate for rookie of the year but second round pick Cole Bayo proved to be an unexpected surprise. To put icing on the cake the team also acquired the rights to power forward and fellow African native Oman Fatafehi. One could only imagine the jubilee in Africa!

With these moves a special season for the Cape Town Bandits was inevitable. Dexter Kodak would make his first All-Star appearance, Oman Fatafehi would make the All-Rookie team and Obafemi Mabruke would win the Rookie of the Year award. The team would also garner a franchise best 47 wins and the first ever playoff berth for Cape Town.

And what a playoffs they were! The first round had the Bandits pitted against the famed Colorado Pioneers. The series went the distance and the young Bandits with three rookies in the starting lineup through fight and determination would prevail over the experienced Pioneers. The Bandits would reach the second round in their first ever trip to the playoffs. The next stop was sunny Cancun. With 59 wins in the regular season the Cancun Outlaws were vying for a championship. Most predicted Cancun to make quick work out of the young Cape Town team but the Bandits never let up and kept fighting to the end taking Cancun to a seventh game. The talent and experience of Cancun proved to be too much to overcome and the magical season would come to an end.

Season 8

After the emotional high that was season 7 the team would have to come back to earth and face the realities of business in the WBA. The team would lose Cole Bayo to free agency, resulting in having to depend on the enigma that is Bucky McCarty. There were no magical moves made during the off-season to compete with the ever-increasing talent level of the WBA, the negative effects from the lack of a true owner were now starting to manifest themselves. However, in a stroke of luck the franchise found a young albeit inexperienced owner in Adrian Arceo who was willing to take the reigns of the team on his shoulders. The new owner did not waste any time and when the opportunity to attain the leagues all time leader in assists and steals presented itself the move was made to acquire this player in Chuck Henderson. A couple more deals were rumored and their was apparently some disagreement between the new owner and the trade committee but the only other deal made was an attempt to shore up the center position by acquiring Zane Rivers. The team finished with a 43 and 27 record which was a let down from last season but good for a #6 seed in the west. In the first round the team faced the Oregon Golden Bears and Kevin Harper the man credited for putting Cape Town on the map. The series was close, going the full distance but Oregon would win decisively in the deciding game.

Season 9

Entering the off-season, the Bandits would seek to fill two gaping holes at shooting guard and center. Holding two first round picks in the rookie draft, the team decided that they could not depend on a rookie to fill either of these holes and accordingly went with the best talent available. The draft then wielded power forward Abdiel Gordon and small forward Josiah Gillies. Two talented and versatile players who although needed to refine their shooting abilities would undoubtedly have an impact down the road.

As free agency loomed the pressures of attaining a starting center and shooting guard would keep rising. Negotiations between Cape Town management and free agent center Zane Rivers seemed to be going nowhere and extra pressure in acquiring a shooting guard was put on the team after the release of Bucky McCarty who the team had grown disenchanted with.

Negotiations with Rivers would come to a halt after Baltimore would make a bid that management felt was too extreme. As luck would have it news came through the sports wire that George Holt had been released by the New York Firestorm. Although having a bad reputation for shot selection, Holt had been a player that had intrigued management since taking over the team. Feeling appreciated, Holt would sign with Cape Town on the first bid and for a cheaper price than it would have cost to get Rivers.

With the center spot solidified the team would have less luck acquiring a shooting guard. Free agency would wield no shooting guard signees and the issue would haunt Cape Town throughout the season. Still the team had many good points to look forward to as Abdiel Gordon began playing especially well in the rookie league, giving the team very good depth at the power forward position. Season forecasters thought of highly of Cape Town as Pat Fullum would state, “Should Cancun have trouble staying healthy, Capetown might just steal the division crown from them. Maybe even if Cancun is healthy they might win it.”

Gene Allen was looking more and more like the teams starter at shooting guard. Although a defensive wonder, Allen had no other skills of merit. The need for a shooting guard was glaring especially as rookie small forward Josiah Gillies was slotted as the teams backup shooting guard to Allen. Reporters constantly pointed out this weakness and Wes Ford would even remark, “If they still need a shooting guard, they should sign me!” More creditable reports remarked, “Shooting guard is the weak link on this team. Allen is a great defender but he doesn’t have the natural ability that the other players on the court with him have.”

Even with this weakness the Bandits would go 8-3 in the pre-season and would advance to the championship game of the tournament. As the season commenced the Bandits would hold onto first place of the mid west division but soon the weaknesses of the team would begin to be exploited. The Outlaws would climb back and regain their position by the halfway point of the season. The All-Star game would have Mabruke being named as a reserve and Gordon being named as a reserve to the rookie game.

At this point talks had been finalizing about bringing in veteran shooting guard Pedro Otis to the Bandits. The move was eventually made for Otis and in return the Bandits would deal little used but potentially good players Donovan McCormick, Jerry Bolling and a draft pick. Although the deal was praised by some the effects did not manifest themselves onto the court. The team’s play remained basically the same. This was by no means a knock as the Bandits were playing at a high level. In fact the Cape Town franchise was often mentioned as one of the top teams in the west.

It was at this point that rumors began circulating regarding Abdiel Gordon and Oman Fatafehi. With Fatafehi’s free agency looming the decision to choose the power forward of the future became a matter of great debate. Abdiel Gordon was reportedly getting a lot of interest from other teams but management hesitated in moving Gordon. Just when a consensus was reached that the team will wait to see how free agency plays out an opportunity to fill a long needed hole presented itself. A trade deadline deal was made sending Oman Fatafehi and Pedro Otis to Budapest in return for All Star shooting guard Jalen Bell. The fans had mixed reactions to the trade but most realized that the deal was inevitable. The team felt confident that Gordon could take over Fatafehi’s position and that Bell would help greatly in easing the scoring pressures off of Mabruke.

With the playoffs so close the team did not have much time develop a working chemistry but still the prospects of the new look Bandits was intriguing. Having only played two games together the Bandits were set to face the Colorado Pioneers.

Both the bright spots and the newfound weaknesses were apparent in the series. The first game opened up with a win in Colorado and Gordon’s best game of his career with twenty-eight points and eight rebounds. Gordon’s potential became evident to all after this game. Cape Town would take the next game also in Colorado and while most predicted the series would be over soon, Samir Sheth of Colorado had other plans. In game three Sheth would go 20-25 and score 47 points in a blowout win over Cape Town. This amazing game turned the tides of the series and Colorado would sweep the rest of the games.

The Bandits were certainly not ready for a playoff run as the addition of Jalen Bell transformed the whole makeup of the team. Still this season saw its share of milestones as the team set a new record for regular season wins with forty-nine and Obafemi Mabruke being named to the All-WBA 2nd team. The potential of the team is apparent but adjustments would have to be made for Cape Town to reach the next level and join the elite of the WBA.

Season 10

Seeking to secure a place among the WBA elite the Bandits embarked on what would become one of the busiest off-seasons in team history. Immediately the team pulled off a surprising trade sending away recently acquired Jalen Bell to Salt Lake City in return for two first round picks. The move secured draft picks and would save 5 million in cap room but the loss of the prolific scorer opened up the recurring hole at shooting guard for the Bandits.

As the draft approached the Bandits managed to pull of a series of deals securing the 7th and 13th overall picks. The Bandits picked up combo guard Evelio Jackson with the 7th and small forward George Bissett at the 13th spot. Draft reviewers praised the selection of Jackson calling it “a big time pick for Cape Town,” but were not impressed with Bissett as he went unranked in the draft experts draft board. Ironically Jackson would eventually be dealt and Bissett kept.

As free agency loomed the Bandits had amassed a considerable amount of spending money and the fate of the franchise lay in their ability to convince free agents to sign with the franchise. In an effort to maximize this effort the Bandits secured the services of Mike Begley in writing a letter informing the league of the benefits in signing with Cape Town. However, as the days progressed the Bandits only managed to secure the services of a few career role players. With a large amount of money left in the bank the free agent talent level became slimmer and slimmer. But as the final day arrived deals started presenting themselves revolving around teams that were tight against the cap and a surprise deal was made with Boston exchanging George Holt with the higher paid and more talented Bill Yeager. With a formidable big man secured, the next point of concern dealt with shooting guard position. After reporting to camp, the young Evelio Jackson did not appear ready to handle the rigors of the WBA and was accordingly dealt for a player who could contribute immediately. That player was former Cancun Outlaw, Scott Lio. After securing a hall of fame caliber center and a shooting guard with championship experience the Bandits were ready to make a run to become an elite team in the WBA.

Before the run would ensue the Bandits had to take care of an issue that had been looming over the owner since taking over. This issue dealt with the team’s moniker of the “Bandits.” The name simply had nothing to do with Cape Town and a change was issued in favor of the new team name the Cape Town Zulus. Everyone was happy with this change as the fans now had a team name they could feel a part of and the players had a symbolism to aspire to.

With the revamped lineup and the new team name the excitement to start the season was intense. Fans geared up for what they knew would be the greatest season in Cape Town history as they predicted the number of wins never falling below the 50 win mark; a figure the franchise had never attained. Some fans were even thinking championship. These expectations were validated as the season commenced and Cape Town came off to a hot start. Early in the season the Bandits were 15-4 and tied with Cancun for the best record in the Midwest division. The players were playing excellent and Bill Yeager in particular was leading the Zulu’s in scoring at 24 points a game while shooting 55% from the field.

The fans were loving it, eventually the Bandits would sweep division rival Texas causing their owner Gustavo Follana to exclaim “Why me! What have I done to deserve this!!” As the season progressed the Zulu’s fought neck and neck with Canun for control of the division and even held the best record in the league during the middle part of the season. This team success led to individual glory as Obafemi Mabruke and Chuck Henderson made their way to the all-star game.

The second half of the season would prove more difficult as the team had the prospect of facing more road games than any other division rivals. To make matters worse Scott Lio would miss 6 games in which the team struggled and the momentum was slow to build up again. To cope with this increased difficulty in scheduling the Zulu’s pulled off a trade with Washington acquiring the services of veteran power forward/center Leo Rice in return for T.J. McFarland and Chuck O’rourke. Rice helped the team defensively and the team eclipsed the franchise’s best record of 49 wins with a week still left in the season. As the season drew to a close, the Zulu’s won the last game of the season with a win over Cancun and ending the season with a franchise best 56 wins.

Coincidentally the first round opponent for the Zulu’s would become the three-time champion Cancun Outlaws. The reward for attaining the greatest regular season in Cape Town history was the chance to play underdogs to the leagues only dynasty.

With Cancun struggling late in the season experts predicted the Zulu’s pull away with the upset remarking that “this series is tough to call, as any team that wins it could go all the way for the title. My prediction is Cape Town, with more hunger for post-season wins, will end Cancun’s dynasty.” The predictions did not stop there as the Zulu’s were predicted to beat Texas in the second round and face Colorado in the western finals. As a testament to the unpredictable nature of WBA basketball neither Colorado nor Cape Town would make it past the first round as the Zulu’s succumbed to the Outlaws three games to one.

Although the series seemed a decisive and easy victory for Cancun the statistics revealed a much closer battle as the Zulu’s played well but in the end only the wins count. The goal early in the season was improvement over the last and with this as the goal the season was a success. The success was due in large part to the maturing play of Obafemi Mabruke who worked hard in off-season conditioning and played in every game for the Zulus. His play garnered him the honored position of being named to the All-WBA first team. Little by little Mabruke and the Zulu’s are carving a niche in the league and with the goal as improvement the bar has been set high for the upcoming season only time will tell whether this progress will continue or if the team has already reached the apex.

Season 11

The eleventh season in the World Basketball Association saw many changes for not only the Zulu’s but for the entire league in the form of realignment. The talent discrepancy between the Eastern and Western conferences had long been recognized and while the Zulu’s pushed for a move to the Eastern conference they nevertheless had to remain in the West due to difficulties in geographic placement. The long desired division rivalry between Cape Town and their African neighbor the Gabon Giants would have to wait for the future.

The changes in regards to the makeup of the team were even more drastic. It was a cruel coincidence that the contracts of both Chuck Henderson and Scott Lio (the starting backcourt) had to expire within the same season. It turned out that both Henderson and Lio’s demands were too high for Cape Town management to concede. As a result both tested the free agent waters. Cape Town did not give up on these players but as the market would have it Henderson would sign with Alaska and Lio with his former team, Texas.

Without a starting point guard or shooting guard the team had to think fast for replacements. A trade was soon executed to acquire the services of combo guard, Eric Manning from Salt Lake City. This move would help alleviate the problem but would not completely solve it. As luck would have it the franchise managed to sign a consolation prize in veteran point guard and WBA champion, Kelvin Davidson. However, a hole still remained at shooting guard. In an experimental move the team decided to take its chances on combo forward, Ellis Law and see if he could possibly fill some minutes as a shooting guard.

The team was set to start the season and analysts clearly viewed Cape Town as a legitimate contender. One report commented that, “with the age of Davidson and Yeager Cape Town clearly wants to make a push to win it all this year and they have the talent to do it.” Other reports agreed that the team had improved and that “every year they add pieces to the puzzle and every year they seem to get a little bit better.” Even the legendary Sam Plummer commented that the team that really intrigued him was Capetown, citing that “they could make some serious noise this year.”

The reports vilified themselves early as Cape Town got off to a hot start with the best record in the first week of the season. Although the team could not keep up the pace they still managed a 31-14 record for third place in the West halfway through the season with Obafemi Mabruke earning another starting slot in the all-star game.

It was during this period of the season that two major moves were made in the hopes of improving their chances for the playoffs. First, Bruce Johnson was acquired in a deal sending defensive bulwark Leo Rice to Albacete. This would leave a defensive void in the post but a later move acquiring the veteran center Jim Wilson from Gabon would help alleviate this void. With these moves it was hoped that Capetown could join its place among the WBA elite. The results of the moves produced better results but it seemed that the rest of elite teams had also driven their playing level up a notch. Eventually, the Zulu’s would attain a 58-22 record-the best in franchise history. However, the team remained a number 3 seed going into the playoffs.

The first round saw the Zulu’s matched up against Sacramento. Although the Zulu’s secured an early 2-0 lead, Sacramento would fight back and push the series to five games. Despite winning the decisive game at home, this push by Sacramento would forecast the future troubles in the next series against the perennial powerhouse, Cancun Outlaws. The series was not even close. Cancun capitalized on the Zulu’s weakness and completely shut them down with their stifling defense. Cancun swept the series 4-0. It was a sour way to end a season, which had marked the best record in team history. Nevertheless, the overriding goal of improvement was met once again this season. The bar has now been set high and it will be interesting to see if Cape Town can continue to improve as it has since current management has stepped in.

Season 12

It has seemed that up to now the Zulu’s had faced rebuilding in one way or another each off-season.  This especially held true this season with the retirement of Bruce Johnson and Jim Wilson coupled with the impending free agency of Bill Yeager.  With this situation the Zulu’s had to act fast in deciding which way to take the franchise.  The goal was for the team to both rebuild and improve for next season.

This lofty goal was attempted but not resolved in the draft as the Zulu’s traded for a first round pick and selected a project of a point guard in Nathan Jackson.  One reporter commented that Jackson was serviceable but far from what the team had hoped for.  The next order of business was the crucial free agent period.  A replacement guard and center were the top priorities on the list.  To address this need the team managed to sign combo guard Dexter Kodak and center Zane Rivers.  The team may have overpaid a little to acquire the services of Kodak as one report noted that Kodak’s contract was a little too high and a little too long for his age.  At this point the team seemed to have rebounded to stay competitive but the changes would not have signified drastic improvement until a surprise move came along.

This surprise move came in the form of a center named Oshodi Bombata who was dealt for forward Ellis Law and a future draft pick.  It had been a well established fact that the Zulu’s have been interested in acquiring Bombata since he came into the league.  However, circumstances prevented this acquisition for three seasons.  Cape Town had consistently let Andorra know of their interest and the surprising feature of the deal is that for all these efforts the deal was rumored to have only taken a matter of minutes to finalize. Cape Town finally received the player they had long coveted.

These moves coupled with rumors of the great off-season by Abdiel Gordon gave great hopes for the upcoming season.  Early reports commented that Gordon might soon become the best player on the team which was high praise considering that Mabruke was still on the roster.  With improvement as the continual goal of the Cape Town Zulu’s it seems that they managed to accomplish this goal once again.  Many prognosticators saw this as the year that Cape Town finally eclipsed their long time rival, Cancun.  One reported commented that the fact that Cape Town seems to have improved while Cancun has remained stagnant this past off-season.  Others commented that this is a very dangerous team and is probably the only other team other than Oregon and Cancun that would represent the West in the finals.

The only problem that analysts saw that could hurt this team was turnovers.  One analyst commented that “Everyone knows that defense wins championships. The problem is that if they face Oregon or Cancun in the playoffs, these teams will take advantage of their weakness. That is really the only thing that separates Cape Town from the other two. They are still a very dangerous team and I wouldn’t want to face this team in the playoffs.”  These words would prove prophetic.

As the season progressed Cape Town held the best record in the league.  However, too many they did not receive much respect and one article addressing this was even titled “Cape Town Deserves Respect.”  The season saw a couple changes for the team.  The emergence of Abdiel Gordon as an MVP caliber player saw the transfer of franchise player from Mabruke to Gordon.  This transition did not cause much friction between the team as the team finished with a franchise best sixty wins.  It was unfortunate that the best regular season in Cape Town history would result in a fourth seed and a playoff matchup against the upset makers, Budapest.

The series was as close and exciting as a series can get.  After losing both games on the home court by narrow margins of victory Cape Town managed to fight back and win both games in Budapest.  A final deciding game was played on the home court and Cape Town managed to squeak by in overtime.  This win pulled a large monkey off the back of Cape Town as they finally reached the second round of the playoffs since current management took over.  But up next was the dreaded rival Cancun.  Things seemed to be going different after the first game with Cape Town stealing a game in Cancun’s floor.  However, the team would go on to lose four straight.  It was a disappointing way to go down especially considering the loss of a key player on Cancun’s squad.  But when viewed with perspective the season marked another milestone with a franchise best in wins and marks continued improvement for the franchise.  The goal for next season will continue to be improvement, through all means necessary.

Season 13

After ten years in hibernation, Rondall Reynoso spoke, and the WBA awoke to a new era. GM’s gathered and greeted now older and wiser with less hops and a few kids on their back, sharing hands to continue the dance onto season 13.

While some teams headed straight into rebuilding mode, the Zulus, after all this time still thought they had a fighting chance at that ring, and without a real clue made a few free agent bids, bringing in Jim Koons and Oliver Doherty riding a whimsical desire to play small ball.

As the season tipped off and losses piled the small ball fantasy faded, though Doherty began living up to the potential Esposito had given up on, and Abdiel Gordon’s stellar shooting, with Dexter Kodak’s steady hand, and Mabruke’s rebounding, were proving why the Zulu’s might have a chance after all.

Instead of going small ball the Zulus went the opposite way executing a mid-season trade bringing in Cincinnati 7’3” behemoth Justice Grant. As the Zulus previously ranked dead last in blocks per game, this moved seemed to move them in the right direction finishing the season on an impressive ten plus win streak peaking to #2 seed in the playoffs.

Drawing the young Seoul Dragons in the first round, the Dragons perhaps never stood a chance against this Zulu team firing on all cylinders. Though Merlin Lundy played well, the Dragons were only able to defend their home court once with aslight  three point edge, and the series ultimately favored the Zulu’s 4-1.

However, the Zulu’s were in for a rude awakening in round two, drawing the famed Cancun Outlaws, or Capetown slayers, eliminating the Zulu’s in four of eight playoff appearances. It did not help matters, that the Zulus’s experienced the loss of reserve big man Oshodi Bombata. The Zulu’s suprised the Outlaws in game one with a seven point edge going small ball but they ultimately dropped home court advantage in game two with a 14 point loss surrendering 17 offensive rebounds.

With the return of Bombata in game 3 at Cancun the Zulu’s did the unthinkable and retook home court advantage edging the Outlaws by ten points with solid performances by Abdiel Gordon and Dexter Kodak combining for 45 points. Nonetheless, the Zulus woke a sleeping giant, suffering a blow out loss in game 4 managing to score only 78 points.

It would all come down to game 7 in Capetown up to that point the biggest game in the club’s history. As expected the game evolved into a physical, tightly contested duel, dominated by defense. Though the Zulu’s led 40-25 at halftime, the Outlaws hall of fame crew rallied pushing the game into overtime where they held the Zulus to two points. Just another game in the life of the Outlaws, heartbreaker for the ages in the land of the Cape.

Season 14

It was a long summer considering all the what ifs that could have made the difference between two points. Perhaps still reeling from the loss, the Zulu’s pulled off a major trade bringing in premier scorer Branko Filipovic in return for George Bissett and a future 1st round pick. Perhaps the Zulu’s just needed more fire power?

Well in basketball ecology if you affect one element it affects the entire ecosystem. And the entire ecosystem seemed to go haywire as the Zulu’s never got into sync, with the team’s defense in particular surrendering an average of seven more points per game than the previous season.

The main joy of the season seemed to have come from an unexpected source, as the team’s D-league affiliate, Nairobi Roosters, blossomed into a dominating force. Perhaps investing more time in the D-league than the WBA, the Zulu’s suffered a considerable ten game dip, sputtering to 48 wins and number six seed in the playoffs.

First round of the playoffs, and as luck would have it, the Zulu’s drew none other than… the Cancun Outlaws. And as luck would have it, the Outlaws, were without Ahmed Dougherty and Justin Hill. With hungry Capetown vying for payback, and an injured Outlaws, it was not pretty and though several games came down to the wire the Zulu’s came away with a 4-0 sweep.

Following the injury riddled path, the Zulus drew the Oregon Bears in the next round, albeit againnwithout All-World SG Bishop Stein. Akin to the Outlaws and Dougherty, the Bears were just not capable of providing the necessary scoring punch without their star scorer. As such the Zulu’s quickly dispensed slaying the Bears 4-0 in consecutive blow out wins.

And so the Zulu’s reach the Conference Finals for the first time facing the Toronto Dino’s who seemed bent on a championship quest after injuries riddled their chances the previous season. Led by WBA star, Walt Jackson and an assortment of talented scorers, the Zulu’s seemed no match on paper. Indeed, few commentators gave the Zulu’s a chance at even winning a game, saying the Zulu’s “are not even supposed to be here” given their way to the Conference finals was paved by the misfortune of other teams.

As the first two games would have it the media seemed correct in their assessment as the Dino’s executed their gameplan and took the first two games at home in efficient fashion. Subsequently splitting games in Capetown, it seemed the series would close in predictable fashion. However, in an inspring show of pride, the Zulu’s managed to put on quite a spectacle, heading into Toronto and besting the Dino’s at their own game with a 123 point explosion. Riding that momentum, the Zulu’s held down their fort in Capetown with another twenty point routing. And so, Capetown reached game 7.

Riding a wave of momentum, and one game away from the finals, disaster strikes in the form of migraine headaches to key reserve Oliver Doherty. Faced with a critical decision, whether to play Doherty or let him sit, the Zulu’s settled on the former. Coach Arceo remarked,  “in a game this important you got to go with who got you there and Doherty was one of those guys. At the end of the day it’s a team game and it’s up to other guys to step up when teammates face tough times.” All the advil in the world could not help the Zulu cause as Doherty went 0 for 7 and the Zulu’s sank to the Dino’s ferocity in a decisive 110 to 97 loss. And so, another season to regroup and assess, Obafemi Mabruke approaches free agency, and rumors circulate Branko Filipovic is being discussed in a trade.

Season 15: 

56-24 #2 Seed

Team Playoff Records

Season 15: Loss to Toronto 4-0 in Conference Finals

Season 15 Leaders:

Points per game: Abdiel Gordon (29.4)

Rebounds per game: Abdiel Gordon (8.1)

Assists per game: Yuri Vilasny (7.4)

Season 15

Just one day after a few missed baskets away from their first finals appearance the Zulus decided to retool by engaging in trade talks with Liberty GM Cole Johnson to deal their entire backcourt, Branko Filipovic and Dexter Kodak for former WBA Champion and top ball handler and passer PG Yuri Vilasny.

Many in the league, including Zagrieb Zano, noted the Zulu’s might have given up too much for the guard, arguing “they simply gave up too much that that Japanese point guard. Losing that much offensive production is hard to replace.”

However, in a twist of fate the Zulu’s agreed to terms with the familiar North Eastern Moscow standout, and Zulu draftee, SG George Bissett who the Zulu’s had traded for Filipovic in the previous season. All was forgiven, as the Zulu’s had seen success with Bissett, and Bissett had seen success with the Zulus.

In a further twist the Zulus came away with one of the steals of free agency as the reigning two time defensive player of the year and future hall of famer, Lou “Gonzo” Gonzales agreed to sign with the team for the mid-level exception. However, commentators such as Zano were not convinced Gonzo would have the same impact remarking he was “aging quickly” and the Zulu’s would only be “a shell of what they once were,” battling for a “low” playoff seed.

Cape Town front office was more optimistic. With 7’3” behemoth Justice Grant already manning the Center position the Zulus decided to go BIG or go home pairing up Gonzo with Grant in the front court and moving Abdiel Gordon to small forward and Obafemi Mabruke to SG.

This shift drew the praise of esteemed WBA writer Turk Moran, who described Mabruke, as “an elite defender with the ability to stay in front of quicker two guards who won’t be posted up be any other guard in the league.”

As such, the Zulu’s embarked upon the season with the tallest starting lineup in league history, 7’3” Justice Grant, 7’1” Lou Gonzalez, 6’10” Abdiel Gordon, 6’7” Obafemi Mabruke and 6’3” Yuri Vilasny.

This shift had immediate results especially on the defensive end, where the Zulu’s consistently ranked among the top defense in the league holding opponents to a league best 41% FG%. This proficiency combined with Abdiel Gordon’s ruthless scoring prowess propelled by Vilasny’s sweet passes, allowed the team to stay neck in neck with the Toronto Dinos for the majority of the year competing for the best record in the World Division.

That is until injury knocked Mabrule out for 15 games. As the team struggled to retain the same chemistry the losses grew though thankfully the Zulus were fully healthy embarking onto the playoffs as the #2 seeed facing the young Mexico City Hellcats. Though the Hell Cats put up a hell of a fight the Zulu’s managed to sweep the young team, and advance to the second round squaring off against African foe and friend, the Gabon Giants.

Some including, Zagrieb Zano, who tends to frequently be incorrect in his analysis predicted the Zulus would “struggle with Gabon” noting “Gabon has more depth than the Zulus” and predicting Gabon to win 4-2.

Struggle the Zulu’s did, dropping the first game at home in blowout fashion. However, ss Zagrieb glowed with pride, the Zulu’s managed to bounce back, regain their composure and bring it down to a seventh game in Cape Town.

To the dismay of the Zulu’s, the soul of the frontcourt and all time stalwart, Gonzo would not be able to suit up for the deciding game due to a sprained ankle that would keep him out for ten days.

Someone had to step up at the center spot to defend all league center Jarrod Roe, to which Abdiel Gordon responded, “I may not be able to stop him but he certainly won’t be able to stop me. Put me at the center.” And so it went down to classic game seven, with Gordon and Roe going neck and neck, and the Zulu’s squeezing away with the victory for their second conference finals appearance againt familiar foe Toronto Dinos.

With the Dino’s rolling through the playoffs undefeated, and the Zulu’s coming off a grueling 7 game series suffering the loss of Gonzo, the series was not even close, as the Dinos rolled on all angles, with the speed of a Velociraptor and the strength of a T-Rex, demolishing the Zullus and speeding their way to the finals against the Brooklyn Rage.

As the Zulu’s tipped their hats, the time came again to reassess as all franchise player Mabruke indicated his intent to test the waters of free agency, while Abdiel Gordon realizing he is not getting any younger is looming in the background wondering if the Zulu’s will be able to allow him to compete for a WBA championship.

Season 16:

55-25 #3 Seed

Playoff Record:

Loss to Outlaws 4-2 in 2nd Round

Leaders:

Points: Abdiel Gordon (27.2)

Rebounds: Abdiel Gordon (8.4)

Assists: Casey Pointer (5.9)

Recap

The offseason began with nervous energy as Obafemi Mabruke entered free agency waters with the Zulu’s ultimately rewarding him with the contract he deserved, while picking up former Rage bench players, Brice Bell and Kelvin Boice to help shore up the defense.

Still there was an uneasy feeling looming after a healthy Zulu squad was dismantled 4-0 in the conference finals. Did it make sense to bring back essentially the same team with only a few added role players?

After a slow start to the season, on December 15, drastic decisions were made resulting in two huge blockbuster deals that saw the Zulu’s dealing half the roster in return for a backcourt of PG Casey Pointer and SG Ahmed Dougherty in hopes of providing the necessary support for Abdiel Gordon. Amongst the storm, the franchise made the tough decision to part ways with Obafemi Mabruke.

When the dust settled, the Zulu’s likely had the most talented roster in franchise history but also a depleted bench and possibly the lowest cohesion the team had ever faced. However, things soon started turning up as the team enjoyed separate winning streaks of 9 and 8 in the second half of the season, ultimately scoring 107 points per game for the season, the highest in franchise history, as the team sneaked into the 3rd seed of the playoffs.

The team was hopeful with the start of the playoffs with only Oshodi Bombata injured, however, the team drew a tough matchup in their African neighbors the Gabon Giants. Perhaps as a sign the team still had not fully meshed together, and as a sign of Gabon’s determination, the team suffered a 19-point blowout loss at home to start the playoffs.

However, this loss seemed to bring the team together as the Zulus won the next four games to defeat Gabon in 5 games. Though the team suffered the loss of defensive stopper Al Rozier in the process, the team remained hopeful in a possible run to the finals. Next up the team faced longtime rival Cancun Outlaws who had made their return to the playoffs with a menacing defense led by Clement Trentesols and Justin Hill.

The team battled neck and neck in a classic game one showdown, though with five minutes left to play, the stadium turned eerily silent as Ahmed Dougherty fell to the ground grabbing his leg. Dougherty had to leave the game carried by his teammates and it was later diagnosed he had suffered a broken foot which would keep him out of the playoffs indefinitely.

Though the team gave its all the Outlaw defense was just too suffocating at the end of the day as the they took the series 4-2 with Clement Trentesols proving he was the real deal and a true competitor that future Zulus will need to contend with.

What lies next for the Zulus? Most signs point to keeping the team together aiming for a healthy run at the playoffs. We will see!

Cincinnati Hitmen

History of the Cincinnati Hitmen

The Cincinnati franchise, once deemed the “Cyclones,” now referred to as the “Hitmen” has been one of…

History: 418-364

4 playoff appearances

2 Division

1 Conference

Season One

Leaders

Minutes: Jim McCarthy (40)

Points: Jim McCarthy (26.7)

Rebounds: Jim McCarthy (10.3)

Assists: Steve Peterson (9.9)

Steals: Rich Johnson (3.6)

Blocks: Jim McCarthy (3.6)
Team Records

Overall Record: 33-29

Offense: 100

Defense: 94.6

Playoff Result: Missed Playoffs

Trades

London gets:

Hick Hiller and Cincinnati’s season 2 first & second round picks

Cincinnati gets:

Jim Fox

Cincinnati gets:
Wes Mullen, John Simmons, & Dan Weaver

New York gets:

Charlie Young, Bill Johnson, & Floyd Clancy

Cincinnati gets:

Joe Clark, Curly Whitehouse & Roswell’s season 5 and 6 second round picks

Roswell gets:

Joe Devlin

Washington gets:

Al Wood, Joe Clark, Cincinnati’s Season 3-1st and 2nd Round picks, and Roswell’s Season 5 and 6-2nd Round picks

Cincinnati gets:

Steve Peterson and Washington’s Season 2-2nd Rounder

Cincinnati gets:

Dave Booker and Roy Johnson

Berlin gets:

John Simmons, Frank Moore, and Washington’s 2nd round pick in season 2

Inaugural Draft

Round One: Jim McCarthy

Round Two: Charlie Young

Round Three: Mike Taylor

Round Four: Al Wood

Round Five: Hick Hiller

Round Six: Rich Johnson

Round Seven: Joe Devlin

Round Eight: Mike Byrd

Round Nine: Don Evers

Round Ten: Bo Coffman

Round Eleven: Frank Moore

Round Twelve: Rich Stafford

Round Thirteen: Bill Johnson

Round Fourteen: Floyd Clancey

Season Overview

The Cincinnati franchise began their quest towards WBA greatness with fortune smiling on their side.  Drawing the number three pick in the inaugural draft – the selection virtually assured the franchise a young superstar to spearhead the team to greatness.  The man filling these big shoes wore big shoes himself as the team selected the young 19 year old center, Jim McCarthy.  Management was known to have been swayed by his “rebounding, defensive presence, and overall offensive skill, combined with his youth.”

This was a great foundation for the young franchise to build upon.  But to make that foundation even stronger – the team managed to acquire, star point guard Steve Peterson.  Since the addition the team managed to go on a tear winning 8 out of their next 10 games – however, the addition was too little too for that season.  As the team did manage to be above .500 it was not enough to secure a playoff spot.  Nevertheless, the Cyclones had already proven to become a team to be reckoned with as Jim McCarthy and Steve Peterson would be ranked the #2 and #6 best players in the league according to statistics.
Season Two

Leaders

Minutes: Jim McCarthy (42)

Points: Jim McCarthy (26.3)

Rebounds: Jim McCarthy (12.8)

Assists: Steve Peterson (12.8)

Steals: Steve Peterson (3.7)

Blocks: Jim McCarthy (3.4)

Team Records

Overall Record: 66-14 (#1 Seed)

Offense: 104.1

Defense: 86.8 (3rd Best in League History)

Playoff Result: Conference Finals, Loss to Roswell 4-3

Trades

Albacete gets:

Dave Booker & Cincinnati’s season 4 second round pick

Cincinnati gets:

24th pick

Cincinnati gets:

Ernie Barnes

New York Gets:

Steve Felix

Cincinnati gets:

Bert Latham

Winifred gets:

Ernie Barnes & Fred Gumbert

Los Angeles gets:

Mike Taylor

Cincinnati gets:

Ray Walters

Draft

First round, 24: Steve Felix

Season Overview

Their stock rose a lot in the preseason. They had a tough schedule and played very well. They are not a great offensive team but have a tremendous defense. They play a hard nosed slow the game down style so even though they don’t score a lot they are very efficient. In the preseason Jim McCarthy looked like he may be the best player in the league. The addition of Bert Latham in the preseason really solidified an already strong team. Prediction: Second in the Midwest and make the play-offs

With a returning cast aided by several new additions the Cyclones predicated their team on defense.  Early preseason action immediately showed off what the team was capable of.  Commentators noted that “they had a tough schedule and played very well,” and while they were not a great offensive team they were “tremendous on defense.”  The style of play also showed through – a characteristic hard nosed slow the game down style based on efficiency.  High hopes were ignited throughout Cincinnati.

Accordingly, the team got off to a hot undefeated start and in turn led the league with the best record.  Many were impressed by not only the defense but surprisingly, the offense as well.  Some argued that they were “the most efficient team offensively,” they had reason to believe so as the team shot over 51% and led the league in assists.

Ultimately this proved to be a glorious year for Cincinnati.  Amassing an amazing 66 wins the team secured the first seed in the league but not only that they also achieved one of the best records and the third best defense in league history.  The team would make its way to the Conference finals where they would meet a worthy foe in Roswell.  The contest was evenly matched making its way to a deciding game seven – where Cincinnati ultimately came up short.  Nevertheless, the season was a great success and with a young squad it assuredly would not be the last time they challenged for a title.

Season Three
Leaders

Minutes: Jim McCarthy (42)

Points: Jim McCarthy (18.5)

Rebounds: Jim McCarthy (12.9)

Assists: Wesley Phillips (5.9)

Steals: Rich Johnson (2.3)

Blocks: Jim McCarthy (3.9)
Team Records

Overall Record: 50-30 (#6 Seed)

Offense: 103.1

Defense: 94.6

Playoff Result: First round, Loss to Nebraska 3-1

Trades

Los Angeles gets:

Bert Latham & Don Evers

Cincinnati gets:

London’s season 4 2nd & London’s season 8 1st

Montana gets:

Jim Fox, Wes Mullen & London’s season 4 2nd, (Cincinnati pays for the

salaries of fox and mullen for this season)

Cincinnati gets:

Albecete’s season 4 1st, John Welch & Joe Gerlachs (Montana pays 1.25 of his salary season 4)

Nebraska gets:

Steve Peterson, Jo Gerlachs

Cincinnati gets:

SC’s 1st Rd. Pick Season 4, NEB’s Season 4 2nd Rd. Pick, Alonzo Hatfield, Al McCauley, Bill Mangano, plus 4.6 million dollars in Season 3

Cincinati gets:

Dave Brennan, Gomer Cummings and Albacete’s first round pick in season 5

Albacete gets:

Ray Walters, Cincinati 2nd round pick in season

Cinci gets:

Roswell season 5 and 6 1st round picks

South Carolina gets:

Peter Langstroat

Steve Cavallo

Cincinnati gets:

Wesley Phillips, season 6 Indiana 1st, season 5 Indiana 2nd

Indiana gets:

Gomer Cummings, Albecete season 4 1st, cincinnati

Cinci gets:

Greg Lynn

Nebraska gets:

Jim Robinson, Dave Brennan

Cincinnati gets:

Raul Qvevdo

Boston’s 2nd rd pick in season 5 and 6

Boston gets:

Roswell’s Season 6 first

Draft

No Selections

Season Overview

The moves made during the offseason would have proven “busy” for any team but especially for one who was so close to competing for a championship.  Fearing the uncertainty of free agency – several moves were made dealing away many pivotal players.  One of these questionable moves was the departure of All-Star point guard Steve Peterson to Nebraska in exchange for 2 draft picks the next season and 3 players whose salaries will be paid by Nebraska. The positive was that these moves opened up huge cap space for the upcoming season even if it meant sacrificing the current season.  Although many lambasted the coach for making these moves – they atleast improved the chances of a better future.

As the season progressed – it was clear that Jim McCarthy was still one of the best if not the best player in the league.  Indeed, the team managed to win a respectable 50 games – but the offense and especially the defense was never the same.  As a result – the team experienced an early playoff exit to the same team that acquired Steve Peterson – Nebraska.

Season Four

Leaders

Minutes: Jerry Sims (39)

Points: Jim McCarthy (20.9)

Rebounds: Jim McCarthy (12.1)

Assists: Wesley Phillips (6.6)

Steals: Rich Johnson (2.7)

Blocks: Jim McCarthy (3.3)
Team Records

Overall Record: 58-22 (#3 Seed)

Offense: 102.1

Defense: 89.1

Playoff Result: Finals, Loss to Washington 4-2

Trades

Rochester gets:

Ron Rubinov & Albecete’s season 5 1st round pick

Cincinnati gets:

Jerry Sims

Draft

First round, 11: Webster Hewlett

First round, 17: Ron Rubinov

Second round, 49: Kenyon Maggette

Season Overview

The offseason ended with the assertion that Cincinnati was “loaded with talent,” and once again was a great defensive team.  Some even projected that GM Matt Mitchell should receive some votes for Executive of the Year. The “sacrifice” of the previous season saw its fruit with the main addition of the offseason – Jerry Sims.  Indeed, Sims would do much to help McCarthy out with the scoring load proving to become a great one-two combo.

The reputation of Cincinnati also reached an all-time high during this point.  Esteemed writer Ron Chambers would write his franchise rankings and place Cincinnati as the number three team overall.

The team was geared for another great season and indeed managed to win 58 games.  This record was good for a #3 seed in the playoffs but Cincinnati would make the most of it eventually reaching the WBA Finals! Here Cincinnati squared off against Boom Boom Casey and the Washington Monuments.  It was a battle of the Titans – Jim McCarthy and Boom Boom Casey the leagues two best heavyweights.  However, Casey just seemed to have the better supporting cast – with Aaron Black and Parker Mason providing excellent play and eventually securing the series four games to two.  Nevertheless, any season in which a team can make a trip to the finals should be considered a success.

Season Five
Leaders

Minutes: Jerry Sims (40)

Points: Jim McCarthy (24.8)

Rebounds: Jim McCarthy (11.4)

Assists: Jim Glenn (6.3)

Steals: Roger Bradshaw (1.9)

Blocks: Jim McCarthy (3.8)
Team Records

Overall Record: 59-21 (#3 Seed)

Offense: 103.6

Defense: 93.4

Playoff Result: Second round, loss to Cancun 4-3
Trades

Varese gets:

Pick #49

Cincinnati gets:

Gannon Moore and $1.5 in seasons 5 & 6

New York gets:

Alex Galizkikh, Nick Bavos & Cinci Season 6 1st

Cincinnati gets:

Jerry Dickenson & Tony Wills

Draft

First round, 18: Steve Vernie

Second round, 34: Alex Galizkikh

Season Overview

Season five for the Cincinnati franchise would constitute the last of the early glory years.  This season saw much of the same results as the year before.  With Jim McCarthy and Jerry Sims leading the way – each increasing their scoring average from the prior season.  The season also saw the further development of the prior season’s draft selection – Webster Hewlett.  The team also retained their characteristic hard-nosed defense and expectedly won a similar number of games increasing their win total by one.  The team was ready to avenge the prior season’s playoff loss but a new foe had now entered the spectrum led by a familiar player – Parker Mason.

Indeed, Cancun’s acquisition of point guard, Parker Mason virtually made the team into championship contenders and it was not good for Cincinnati that they shared the same division.  The two went neck and neck for the whole season with Cancun eclipsing them by two games.  With the eyes on the same prize – the two would inevitably meet in the playoffs.  Indeed, the showdown occurred sooner than expected in the second round of the playoffs.  Led by Parker Mason, Kent Mercer and Scott Nicholson Cancun and Cincinnati battled it out fiercely with the series going seven games eventually coming down to the home-court advantage and the two games that separated the teams.  Cancun, with the home-court advantage taking the decisive game.  The blow would be one so severe that Cincinnati is still recovering from it to this date..

Season Six

Leaders

Minutes: Jerry Sims, Jim McCarthy (38)

Points: Jim McCarthy (21.5)

Rebounds: Jim McCarthy (10.5)

Assists: Brandon Sandler (7.3)

Steals: Roger Bradshaw, Brandon Sandler (2.0)

Blocks: Jim McCarthy (2.7)
Team Records

Overall Record: 46-34 (#5 Seed)

Offense: 98.0

Defense: 96.0

Playoff Result: First round, loss to Texas 3-1
Trades

None
Draft

First round, #13: Brandon Sandler

Second round, #51:Keith Krause

Season Overview

The Cinncinati Cyclones had another solid season ending with a playoff appearance, but exited early in the first round against division rival Texas. Some fans voiced the sting of losing to the hated team from Texas. On the bright side, young rookie, Brandon Sandler , had a big debut season showing the fans he can run an offense already.  He led the team with over seven assists per night and two steals. He should fit real nice under the giant veteran wing of McCarthy and they will make quite a duo for the future.

The Cyclones finished an impressive 5th in the league in defense allowing only 96 points per contest. The defense led by one of the top defenders in the league, Jim McCarthy. He averaged over 10 rebounds per night and 2.7 blocks. He was the intimidator in the middle. However, the Cyclones were only able to score 98 points per night which placed them 20th in the league in offensive output. Management will have to look for some offensive power to combine with the young captain, Brandon Sandler.

Season Seven

Leaders

Minutes: Webster Hewlitt (39)

Points: Webster Hewlitt (17.5)

Rebounds: Craig Bradshaw (10.6)

Assists: Brandon Sandler (9.6)

Steals: Brandon Sandler (2.5)

Blocks: Jim Fox, Craig Bradshaw (1.4)
Team Records

Overall Record: 31-49

Offense: 96.8

Defense: 101.7

Playoff Result: No appearance
Trades

Cincinnati Gets:

#3 pick, #20 pick, #23 Pick,

Jim Fox, Ramiro Watts

NEB S8 2nd

Nebraska Gets:

Jim McCarthy

Draft

First round:        #3: Craig Bradshaw

#14 Abegunda Abasi

#18 Misha Kryznetsov

#20 Peyta Denisov

Second round:  #46 John Archibald
Season Overview

This was a tough season for The Cyclones and especially for their fans. They watched as management traded their Golden Boy, Jim McCarthy to Nebraska. The Cyclones netted quite a booty for their long time leader getting 3 first round picks including the 3rd overall, a 2nd rounder and two quality role players. Jim Fox is a proven veteran and will bring some leadership and Ramiro Watts is going to be a solid starting big man in the future. They selected Craig Bradshaw with the 3rd pick. He looks to be an all star in the near future and can already rebound with the best of them averaging 10.6 boards per night in his rookie debut.

However, overall Cincy had 15 less wins this season than in Season 6. Management feels the future is bright, but one thing fans are not known for is patience. The rabid Cincy fans had gotten used to the thrill of some playoff games and McCarthy dominating the middle most nights. This season’s youth saw the team drop from the 5th best defense to the 20th without the beast down low and the offense dropped to the 5th worst in the league. This young core will improve and be good one day, but now is the grueling grind known as patience.

Season Eight

Leaders

Minutes: Webster Hewlitt, Emmitt Yee (37)

Points: Emmitt Yee (26.1)

Rebounds: Craig Bradshaw (11.2)

Assists: Brandon Sandler (8.5)

Steals: Brandon Sandler (2.7)

Blocks: Abegunda Abasi (1.7)

Team Records

Overall Record: 28-52

Offense: 96.7

Defense: 104.6

Playoff Result: No appearance

Trades

Cincinnati gets:

Emmett Yee

Colorado gets:

Cincy’s Season 9 1st Rd Pick

Cincy’s Season 11 2nd Rd Pick
Draft

First round:        #9: Trevant Bordeaux

Second round:  #54 Jeffery Thomson
Season Overview

Management was looking for some offensive punch and got it in Emmitt Yee. His 26.1 points per evening earned him 4th in the league amongst the big names like Gonzalez and Jarvis, but overall as a team they finished with the 4th lowest offensive output. Defensively they did not fair much better finishing with the 6th most giving defense in the league.

The Cincy Cyclones have taken a step backwards in order to develop their youth for the future. The trade for Yee looks like the offense they need to compliment Sandler’s passing skills and it only cost them a 1st and 2nd round pick. Coupled with the presence down low of Bradshaw the future should reverse course soon.

Season Nine

Leaders

Minutes: Brandon Sandler (43)

Points: Craig Bradshaw (16.7)

Rebounds: Dontae Evans (10.0)

Assists: Brandon Sandler (11.9)

Steals: Brandon Sandler (3.5)

Blocks: Dontae Evans (1.9)

Team Records

Overall Record: 31-49

Offense: 95.3

Defense: 99.5

Playoff Result: No appearance

Trades

None

Draft

First round:        None

Second round:  #34 Tom Kinsey
Season Overview

The Cincy Cyclones look to be starting to make the turn back in the direction of winning. They only improved by 3 wins compared to last season, but their difference in offensive output and points allowed last season was 7.9 points per game on average. They shrunk that in Season 9 to 4.2 points per contest. This season had far more closely contested games are their margin for loss was almost half. The fans appreciated the new competitive sprirt and came out in droves.

Brandon Sandler continues to impress improving his assists per game to 2nd in the league at 11.9 per night. Without Emmitt Yee, the offense was not the bright spot this season. The Cyclones were 5th overall in offensive output with big man Bradshaw having to lead the team in scoring with 16.7 points per game. The talk of the town in Cincy is the improved defense. Allowing just under 100 points per game at 99.5 a night, they earned the 8th best defense in the league. Management is definitely looking to build on that for next season.

Season Ten

Leaders

Minutes: Brandon Sandler (39)

Points: Craig Bradshaw (16.1)

Rebounds: Craig Bradshaw (11.8)

Assists: Brandon Sandler (9.9)

Steals: Brandon Sandler (2.5)

Blocks: Dontae Evans (2.4)

Team Records

Overall Record: 16-64

Offense: 86.5

Defense: 101.2

Playoff Result: No appearance

Trades

None

Draft

First round:        #9: Seth Finkestein

Second round:  #37 Lance Stow
Season Overview

This is just a difficult season to write about. As a journalist, staying objective is paramount to the job but this season the best way to describe it is the wheels just came off. The Cincy Cyclones went from a promising Season 9 tightening the gap between opponents to less than a 5 point difference per night. In season 10 that difference grew to a league worst of 14.7 points per night. This translated into 15 less wins versus last season for a league worst of 16-64. I watch every game of the season. Most of them multiple times, but pin pointing a single issue seems near impossible. You might think it was a lack of effort night in and night out, but their defense was just below average at 20th. The glaring stat is their offense was dead last this season only producing 86.5 points per contest. This leads me to believe the coaching philosophy just did not match the personnel and yet there were no major changes to personnel. Bradshaw still led in both points and rebounds while Sandler was double digits in assists. Management will have to take a hard look during the offseason or fans are threatening to become Cleveland Browns fans, which is not a subject taken lightly.

Season Eleven

Leaders

Minutes: Brandon Sandler (38)

Points: Dennis Evans (17.2)

Rebounds: Craig Bradshaw (12.5)

Assists: Brandon Sandler (10.4)

Steals: Brandon Sandler (2.7)

Blocks: Craig Bradshaw (1.8)
Team Records

Overall Record: 26-54

Offense: 93.5

Defense: 101.3

Playoff Result: No appearance

Trades

Cincinnati Gets:

Pick #24, Nick Adams

Dennis Evans & Marty Williams

Nebraska Gets:

#3 Pick, CIN S12 1st

Webster Hewlett & 2.0 mill in season 11
Draft

First round:        #24: Justice Grant

Second round:  None

Season Overview

Management has been busy. The Cyclones did not make a playoff appearance, but they turned the ship around and made progress. It is quite a risk trading off the 3rd overall pick, but Dennis Evans has come in and immediately led the team in scoring, which seems to have taken some pressure off of Bradshaw. Bradshaw’s rebounding, blocks and steals all went up despite him still scoring close to the same. Although having said that, the offense only climbed up to 2nd worst in the league, but the margin of defeat was cut in half from last season’s 14 point difference. This season it seems the offensive output of Evan’s increased the overall defense of the team.  This brought their team defense to above average as the 14th best in the league and translated into 10 more wins than last season with a record of 26-54 for the season. Management looks to moving in the right direction and has some pieces to build with.

Season Twelve

Leaders

Minutes: Dennis Evans (39)

Points: Dennis Evans (16.8)

Rebounds: Craig Bradshaw (12.8)

Assists: Dennis Evans (5.9)

Steals: Craig Bradshaw (1.0)

Blocks: Craig Bradshaw, Angelo Bacchi (1.7)
Team Records

Overall Record: 27-53

Offense: 90.6

Defense: 97.2

Playoff Result: No appearance

Trades

Cincinnati gets:

Angelo Bacchi, Luca McMillan

Andorra’s 1st round pick season 13

Omaha’s 1st round pick season 15

Omaha’s 2nd round pick season 14

Alaska’s 2nd round pick season 14

Omaha gets:

Brandon Sandler & Dontae Evans

Draft

First round:        None

Second round:  #36: Timi Rambuka

Season Overview

In Season 12, the conferences were realigned and the Cincy Cyclones found themselves moved to the Eastern Conference after 11 seasons in the West. For some strange reason, Commissioner Rondall and his jolly hooligans in the WBA front office placed Cincy in the Atlantic Division. I think you can google a map nowadays, but anyways back to basketball. Although the Atlantic turned out to be the weakest division in the league this season, our Cyclones were only able to improve by one game in the win column. Management pulled off a solid trade getting a younger scoring small forward, Angelo Bacchi, for Brandon Sandler, but it did not reflect in wins. Dontae Evans also being packaged with Sandler might have been the piece that hurt, but Sandler’s dime dropping style is missed. This might have been a slight step back for a brighter future as the young talented core of Dennis Evans and Bacchi coupled with now veteran Craig Bradshaw is a solid nucleus to continue to build around. Fans are cautiously optimistic, but have embraced Bacchi as if he was a long lost cousin.

Season Thirteen

Leaders

Minutes: Dennis Evans (34.9)

Points: Dennis Evans (17.0)

Rebounds: Craig Bradshaw (10.8)

Assists: Dennis Evans (4.6)

Steals: Ronald Bartholomew (1.0)

Blocks: Craig Bradshaw (0.9)

Team Records

Overall Record: 40-40

Offense: 96.9

Defense: 98.0

Playoff Result: 8th Seed – First round loss(4-2) to #1 Seed and Season 13 Champion – Brooklyn Rage

Trades

Cincinnati gets:

SF Patrick O’ Connor

PG Nathan Jackson

SF Jim Donnelly

Burning Hell 2014 1st Round Pick

Zulus get:

PG Luca McMillan

C Justice Grant

Draft

First round:        #17 C Humberto Saez

Second round:  #31 PG Alton Francis

#47 SF Stephen Johnson

#49 PF Noe Addis

Season Overview

Ownership Change!! After struggling the past five or six seasons the previous ownership regime decided to throw in the towel citing the name calling from the fans was adding too much stress on their sleep pattern. In steps the dashingly handsome young billionaire, Joe LoMonaco. He instantly looks to change the culture of the Cincy Cyclones, some were calling them the dust devils, by changing the name to the Cincinnati Hitmen. He wants a culture of tenacious effort and the spirit of a winning underdog. And it almost works in the first season that he is steering the ship. The Hitmen make the playoffs for the first time in 6 seasons and scare the daylights out of the Season 13 champions, The Brooklyn Rage, by taking them through a tough 1st round battle. After going up in the series and giving fans of Brooklyn the fear of finally being the favorite again only to get booted once again in the first round, the Hitmen lost the series 4-2. Fans look to this 40-40 season as a great improvement and a sign of what’s to come in the future. Management wisely kept the core of Evans, Bradshaw and Bacchi together. These three led the team in all major categories.  And they added promising young rookie big man Humberto Saez to the team. Cincy’s Hitmen are once again on the right track and threats from fans to move to Cleveland has quieted.

Season Fourteen

Leaders

Minutes:  Dennis Evans (33.9)

Points:  Dennis Evans (16.4)

Rebounds:  Humberto Saez, Angelo Bacchi (7.1)

Assists: Dennis Evans (4.7)

Steals: Tim Rambuka (0.8)

Blocks: Craig Bradhsaw (0.9)

Team Records

Overall Record: 28-52

Offense: 95.3

Defense: 102.5

Playoff Result: Finished 13th in the USA Conference

Trades

None

Draft

First round:        
Draft SF Duke Norman with pick #14 of round 1.

Draft C Humberto Saez with pick #17 of round 1.

Second round:  

Draft PG Alton Francis with pick #1 of round 2.

Draft SF Stephen Johnson with pick #17 of round 2.

Draft PF Noe Addis with pick #19 of round 2.

Season Overview

Management stayed pat this season and rode their three solid veterans to see what they had for the future direction of the team. The Hitmen finished 13th in the conference with a disappointing 28-52 record. The fans had high expectations this season hoping to build off the near epic upset last season of the dynasty that is the Brooklyn Rage, but it was not to be. Management appears to be moving towards youth for the future and I would not be surprised to see some or all of the core three veterans moved in the offseason. In the draft, The Hitmen picked up a promising young Center in Humberto Saez. However, the small forward from the Euro League decided to pass on joining the WBA just out of spite as far as I can tell. This was a setback as management had high hopes for Duke Norman to make an impact on this team for seasons to come. Cincy was also able to grab 3 youngsters in the 2nd round, but it is only Stephen Johnson who looks ready to play a few minutes off the bench. He is an all around SF with no holes in his game. Just solid. Evans, Bradshaw and Bacchi led the team once again in the stat columns, but they are in desperate need of a floor general at PG. A true point guard would get these three back to the playoffs, but they need a couple more pieces to go with him to truly get in the mix. Management has some tough calls to make heading into Season 15.

Season Fifteen

Leaders

Minutes:  Tyris Mayes (34.5)

Points:  Wes Taylor (17.9)

Rebounds:  Alonso Staton (8.7)

Assists: Wes Taylor (4.9)

Steals: Dennis Evans (0.9)

Blocks: Tyris Mayes (1.7)

Team Records

Overall Record: 38-42

Offense: 101.1

Defense: 102.7

Playoff Result: Finished 9th in the USA Conference

Trades

Mayhem                          Trade 2018 Mayhem 1st Round draft pick to the Hitmen  
Mayhem Trade SF Harrison Legault to the Hitmen Mayhem Trade PG Bob Bodnar to the Hitmen Mayhem Trade PG Dondrell Palmer to the Hitmen Hitmen Trade PG Alton Francis to the Mayhem Hitmen Trade PF Patrick O’Connor to the Mayhem Hitmen Trade PG Ian Tilmon to the Mayhem   Sun Warriors                    Trade 2016 Snow Bears 1st Round draft pick to the Pioneers Sun Warriors Trade SF Tony Henderson to the Pioneers Hitmen Trade 2015 Hitmen 1st Round draft pick to the Sun Warriors Pioneers Trade SF Jeffery Wetzel to the Hitmen Pioneers Trade 2015 Gargoyles 1st Round draft pick to the Hitmen      Hitmen                            Trade SF Angelo Bacchi to the Hellcats  Hellcats  Trade PG Ian Tilmon to the Hitmen        


Draft

First round:        
Draft PF Bradley Bangerter with pick #2 of round 1.

Draft PF Andrew Peterson with pick #24 of round 1.

Second round:  

Draft SF Tony Bly with pick #6 of round 2.

Season 15 Overview

This season the Hitmen finished just outside the playoffs. Their record of 38-42 tied them with California for the 8th seed and a playoff berth, but they were beat out by a tie breaker. This disappointing finish ended the run of the three core vets that have been the heart of this team for so long. Management started got busy making trades and looking with more of an eye towards youth. The first big pick up was the free agency signing of Tyris Mayes. He is a promising defensive big man that will lead the league in blocks someday.  Through trades the Hitmen let veteran Angelo Bacchi go and ended up with a couple young small forwards in Jeffery Wetzel and Harrison Legault. They also looked at the point guard position and picked up solid depth in Palmer and Bodnar. The youth movement is in full effect and could provide a good foundation to move forward to Season 16.

Season Sixteen

Leaders

Minutes:  Wes Taylor(35.6)

Points:  Arturo Fonzarelli(19.6)

Rebounds:  Alonso Staton(7.5)

Assists: Wes Taylor (5.6)

Steals: Jeffery Wetzel(1.3)

Blocks: Shawn Jones (0.9)

Team Records

Overall Record: 31-49

Offense: 100.4

Defense: 107.5

Playoff Result: Finished 10th in the USA Conference

Trades

Fury        Trade 2019 Fury 1st Round draft pick to the Hitmen  
Fury Trade 2018 Fury 1st Round draft pick to the Hitmen Fury Trade 2017 Zulus 1st Round draft pick to the Hitmen Fury Trade SG Daniel Bradley to the Hitmen Fury Trade PF Gerardo Amey to the Hitmen Hitmen Trade 2018 Mayhem 1st Round draft pick to the Fury Hitmen Trade SG Timi Rambuka to the Fury    
     
Massacre   Trade PG Arturo Fonzarelli to the Hitmen
     
Hitmen Trade PG Dondrell Palmer to the Massacre
Hitmen Trade PF Tyris Mayes to the Massacre

Draft

First round:        Draft SF Vítor Morales with pick #13 of round 1

Second round:  Draft PG Ermenegilde Delattre with pick #13 of round 2

Season 16 Overview

The Hitmen finished third in a tough Central Division that produced two teams with 45+ wins in the Pioneers and Wild. Management traded away solid young big man Tyris Mayes and picked up a dynamic young scorer in Arturo Fonzarelli. Fonzi can score with anybody in the league, but Cincy needs to look for a floor general to set him up. Wes Taylor is solid, but only 5.6 assists per game in 36 minutes needs to improve. Taylor may be more of a natural shooting guard that can dish when the defense collapses on him. The other glaring opportunity is down low with the bigs. The Hitmen drafted two promising young centers that are just now turning 22 years old in Bradley Bangerter and Humberto Saez, but neither has developed as quickly a most experts expected. Cincy management has compiled 7 1st round picks over the next 3 seasons, which should bode well for Fonzi to get some help down low and another passer to take some pressure off of him. Season 17 should be exciting.

Colorado Pioneers

The Colorado Pioneers have made a brand new start in the second season of the WBA.

The initial season Colorado was looking for ways to build behind their power Forward/Center Perkins, who was their main asset. However, when the possibility opened up to acquire Boom Boom Casey, Colorado jumped at the chance. Now, in this second season of the WBA, Colorado is looking 100% better than last season, and seems to be headed straight into the playoffs behind Boom Boom and Taylor, and some solid players behind them. The future looks even brighter, with 4 starters and several key reserves still very young. The Future may just be the right time to be on the Colorado roster!!!!

THE STARTERS

C: Boom Boom Casey: Acquiring Boom Boom has to be counted among GM Marc Hameleers greatest successes as GM in Colorado. Boom Boom has to be considered as the single best offensive threat in the WBA, and he has some defensive qualities next to that. His fg% is still a bit too low this season, but his numbers are still very impressive, especcially knowing that he plays a longside another superstar. Still very young, Boom Boom will become even bigger in the future.

PF: Ernie Coustier: Ernie Coustier, one of Colorado’s many youngsters, this young PF is a solid player on an ever improving franchise. Just 21, this player will probably play a roll for years to come on this Colorado team. No one will mistake his determination as greatness, but Coustier is the kind of player that every coach wishes he had a few more of. Solid, hard working and aware of his limits. His role on this team should not be underestimated,as his rebounds, assists, fouls and even scoring means that the great guns are free to do their stuff. Taylor and Casey often mention young Ernie as a key factor in their offensive succes.

SF:Wayne Taylor: Proving each and every game that he not only was the number one pick because of his bright future, Wayne Taylor is the second part of Colorado’s mighty One-Two punch. Second, and by now means secondary, the 17 year old is already showing more than even his biggest fans would have expected at this stage. How good he can become? Only time will tell, but that he will be one of the greatest players in this league seems an almost certainty.

SG: Paul Wright: Acquired last year in a trade that saw highly touted pg Buck jones go, Paul is delivering this year what GM Hameleers thought he would be capable off. One of the most underestimated shooting guards of the league, Paul shows that he is worthy of a lot more respect and consideration than he gets outside of Colorado, where his great offensive capabilities are highly apreciated. Only his 3 pointer needs some improving. And Paul is still young as well, so that seems very likely to happen in the future

PG: Sam Sewell: the older brother of Rookie George Sewell is getting on in years, but still plays a vital role on this young Colorado team. His experience is needed, often more during training than on the floor, but in his limited minutes as starting PG Sam shows that he still can run with the young guns. Although there is some rumour that he will join the Colorado coaching staff next year, GM Marc Hameleers hopes to convince the old fox to play at least one more year.

KEY RESERVES:

SG: George Sewell: The second first round pick this year, Sewell was a steal at the 20th spot. His performance so far has been very, very  well, sharing the SG position with fellow 22 year old Paul Wright. Sewell and Wright seem destined to share that positions for years in Colorado. And if they both stay, it means that Colorado has no problems on that spot for the future.

SF: Sean Clark: Sean has a spot on this team that no one envy’s. He replaces Wayne Taylor when neccessary. But Sean Clark shows some class of his own during those minutes he gets to play, and the 23 year old played that well, that Taylor each game moves a few minutes to PF to give Clark more playing time.

PG: Fred Mota : This 30 year old , although not the starter, plays most minutes at pg for the Pioneers, and as such is a valuable asset in this team, that often is lead in the attack from other places than point (Boom Boom  and Coustier are often key passers in the offense of Colorado).

Other Players:

PG: Eric Salazar, 27, played a few minutes each game so far

SF,PF: Terry Walters, 32, valuable minutes each game from the Veteran

PF,C: Don Boyer, 27, stand in for Boom Boom. It is hoped by the whole of Colorado that he sees as less minutes as possible

SF,PF,C: Larry Brooks, all round player who will see few minutes

SF PF: Jim Mendoza, 32, veteran, will see very limited play.PG

PG: Frankie Yount, 22, youngster who will hopefully learn a lot froom Sewell and Mota, and may see some playing time in the future

Season Two

Heading into the second season of the great WBA Colorado possessed the number one pick of the draft and used it on what would become on of the most well known players in all of the WBA, Wayne Taylor. Taylor came into the league and averaged twenty four points and seven rebounds while also shooting forty five percent from the field. He helped Colorado finish the season with a record of sixty four and sixteen only one game behind Roswell in the Pacific division. During the season Colorado only made one deal but it was one of the biggest in the early history of the WBA. He acquired Boom-Boom Casey, one of the best players in the history of the league. Casey helped the Pioneers right away putting up thirty two points, twelve rebounds, dishing out four assists, while also blocking three shots, and swiping two steals a game. In all of the history of the league this must have been one of the best all around seasons of the WBA.

The leading scorers for the Pioneers were off course Boom-Boom Casey and rookie Wayne Taylor. Casey put up a stellar thirty two points per game to lead the team while Taylor also poured in twenty three points as a rookie in his first year. The leading rebounders for the Pioneers were once again big man Boom-Boom Casey who pulled down nearly thirteen rebounds a game. Taylor and Eric Coustier were tied for second on the team in rebounds averaging almost eight rebounds per game. Finally the leading assist getter for Pioneers was guard Eric Salazar who managed to dish out five assists a game while also swiping nearly a steal per game.

In the playoffs the Pioneers were riding high prior to a matchup against Sydney. This proved to be a quick series as the stout offense of Colorado pulled away from the Australians in a quick four game series. Colorado series in round two would not be so easy though as they faced a matchup against the juggernaut that was Roswell. Roswell proved to be too much for Boom-Boom and Wayne Taylor as Colorado lost the series in a seven game series four games to three.

Season Three

Season three for the Colorado Pioneers represented a shift in the managements mindset for the future of the team. The Pioneers had the twenty fourth pick in the draft and used it on young point guard Dexter Kodak. Kodak is a solid backup for this top team and has good potential to one day turn into a good all around point guard. Kodak was not on the team for long though as the Pioneers used him as well as number one overall draft pick from the year before Wayne Taylor in a blockbuster deal for the number thirteen pick in the draft Heiko Van Brandt as well as wing player Steve

Patterson. Van Brandt while solid does not have much potential to be a all star caliber player. On the other hand he is going to prove to be one of the most consistent contributors in the league. Van Brandt proved to be just that very solid as he averaged twelve points, nine rebounds, while also block two shots per game.

The leading scorers for the Pioneers were once again all world talent Boom-Boom Casey, but this year he had different company in guard Paul Wright. Casey had another stellar season putting up thirty points, thirteen rebounds, four assists, while also blocking four shots per game, and swapping three steals per game. Wright was second on the team in scoring and he put up a respectable sixteen points per game allowing for the workload Casey has on his shoulders to be lessened just a bit. The leading assist getter was guard Steve Peterson who ran the Pioneers offense to perfection dishing out twelve assists per game. Finally the leading rebounders for the Pioneers was once again the beast Boom-Boom who pulled down thirteen rebounds per game, second on the team was rookie Heiko Van Brandt who pulled down nearly ten rebounds per game.

Going into season two’s playoffs Colorado had championship hope coming off of a seventy three and seven record good for the number one seed in the Western Conference. The matched up against Montana in the first round of the playoffs and swept them with ease three games to none. In the second round of the playoffs they had another matchup against a juggernaut in Tokyo, who came off a fifty six and twenty four record led by rookie stud Lou Gonzales. Tokyo was too much for the top team Colorado as they once again lost in the second round in seven games four to three.

Season Four

Season Four of the great World Basketball Association was a great one for the Colorado Pioneers. They did it with a more balanced attack then they had in the past though as they traded away all time big Boom-Boom Casey in order to balance their roster. They did not have a first round pick in what turned out to be a very weak draft, but they did have two second round picks in which they used to fill out their roster and add depth to their bench without putting a dent in their cap.

The leading scorers for the seven and ten win juggernaut were Kevon Duke as well as Cristobal Dashe. Duke recorded twenty one points per game while Dashe recorded fourteen points per game on the other hand. While the Pioneers did not stand out in their scoring attack they did systematically take down teams with their scoring from multiple players. The leading assist guys for the Pioneers during the season were Steve Peterson and big man Heiko Van Brandt. Peterson recorded nearly eleven assists per game during the season, on the other hand Van Brandt turned out nearly six assists per game playing from the four position really showcasing his all around game. The leading rebounders for the Pioneers during the season were Cristobal Dashe as well as Heiko Van Brandt. Dashe recorded a team high ten rebounds per game while Van Brandt came in second on the team recording nearly eight rebounds per game.

Colorado flew into the playoffs leading the league with a seventy and ten record good for first overall in the playoffs. While the regular season was plentiful for the Pioneers the playoffs were less of a success for sure. The Pioneers did have an easy matchup in the first round against Montana, but that did not come to fruition as they got knocked out in the first round four games to one. Colorado took a gamble trading away its star player for assets galore, but the balanced attack did not come to the joys that general manager Hamleers thought they would. Management needs to regroup and see what kind of package they can stir up for some star power to push them over the top.

Season Five

Season Five represented one of the greatest turnarounds in the short history of the WBA for the Pioneers. They quickly turned their plentiful amount of assets into real talent that will help them rebuild their dynasty for many years. They finished the season with an even better record than last year at seventy one and nine. They used their three first round picks in the draft to fill out their roster once again with some very nice talent that included Austyn Williams, Arnold Erhardt, and Mike Farrell. All three of them can fill out a needed role for the Pioneers.

There leading scorers for the season were once again Kevon Duke and Cristobal Dashe.  Dashe improved his scoring output from the previous year and poured in sixteen and a half points per game. Duke on the other hand stayed steady with his scoring output putting in nearly twenty two points per game. The leading assists getters for the Pioneers during the season were once again Steve Peterson who poured in nearly ten assists per game, big man Van Brandt once again improved upon his assist numbers and recorded nearly seven assists per game for the Pioneers. Finally, the leading rebounders for the Pioneers during the season were Cristobal Dashe and big man Heiko Van Brandt. Dashe led the team in rebounding at just over ten rebounds per game, while Van Brandt recorded just over seven rebounds per game while also putting in his assists numbers on the Pioneers.

The Pioneers headed into the playoffs with as much confidence as they had ever had as a franchise. They once again led the league with the best record and held the overall number one seed. In the first round they were matched up against the Salt Lake and swept them easily 4-0. In the second round they got matched up against the Nebraska with whom they also swept with ease 4-0. The Conference finals were supposed to be the Pioneers toughest matchup in the playoffs yet as they had to go through Pat Fullum and the Outlaws, but that series was a quick sweep as well. Finally the Pioneers breezed through London in five games giving them the title they so desperately coveted after resetting after the Boom-Boom Casey trade.

Season Six

After the title run in Season five Colorado struggled mightily the next season and felt the effects of taking on so much youth from the Casey reset. They used the fifth pick in the draft to wing player Emmett Yee. Yee is a solid prospect for Colorado to recharge the and help out with the rebuild. Even so Colorado finished the season with a thirty four and forty six record good for fifth out of seven teams in the newly formed Pacific division.

The leading scorers for Colorado Pioneers for the season were newly acquired wing Emmett Lee who poured in twenty four points a game while also recording nearly two steals a game. The second leading scorer for the  Pioneers was aging veteran big man Heiko Van Brandt who continued his all around dominance and recorded sixteen and a half points per game from the four position. The leading rebounders for the Pioneers for the season were big man Heiko Van Brandt as well as Peter Langstraa. Van Brandt recorded nearly ten rebounds per game and Langstraa was right behind him recording a rebounding total .1 behind Van Brandt. The leading assist getters for the Pioneers finally during the season was Steve Peterson and newly drafted point guard Austyn Williams. Peterson led the team recording nearly nine assists per game run the offense perfectly as much as he can. Williams was second on the team recording just over eight assists a game to give general manager Hameleers a thought as too who is the future of the team as point guard.

The only trade that the Pioneers pulled off during the season was a switching of draft picks between them the Brooklyn Rage, as well as the Albacete Burning Hell. The deal involved up to five first round picks and three players. Colorado was able to get two firsts and two seconds from Brooklyn and the Burning  Hell. They were also able to get big man Langstraa from the Burning Hell which was able to give them the rebounding big man that they needed in order to help expedite the rebuild while the young bigs that the Pioneers are fostering can have time to grow into well rounded players.

Season Seven

Season seven was a bounce back year for the once great juggernaut Colorado Pioneers. They rebounded from an awful season six and ended up with a fifty and thirty record good for second in the Pacific division only behind Nebraska. During the draft they possessed the number one overall pick and used it to draft defensive monster Greg Lacy. Then they used pick 6,7, and 12 to draft Samir Sheth, Sean Ashman, as well as Ramon Phelan. Sheth is a long and lengthy wing who gets to the line like his life depends on it as well as being a quality defender. Ashman and Phelan are young big man studs who have plenty of potential and should fit in nicely next to number one draft pick Greg Lacy whos defensive skills can complement them very nicely.

The leading scorers for the Pioneers during the season were top draft pick Samir Sheth and young wing Emmett Yee. Sheth poured in just over twenty one points per game on over thirty seven percent from the field and ninety four from the line. Yee also scored exactly twenty points per game during the season while also shooting forty two percent from the field. The leading assist getters for the Pioneers during the season were second year point guard Austyn Williams and Heiko “glue guy” Van Brandt. Williams averaged just under ten assists per game which allowed the Pioneers to easily feed their scorers in Sheth and Yee. Van Brandt once again averaged over six assists per game from the four position allowing the Pioneers to run the offense through him at times during games. Finally the leading rebounders for the Pioneers were Van Brandt and number one overall pick Greg Lacy. Van Brandt averaged just over eleven rebounds per game while Lacy poured in just under seven rebounds per game while also averaging over one steal and block per game.

During the playoffs the young Pioneers were matched up against a veteran team in the Cape Town Zulus. The Zulus were led by a grizzled management team that fielded a defensive minded squad. That formula allowed for the Zulus to lock down the young Pioneers and quench their young legs in five games winning the series gour games to one. Even though they got knocked out early in the first round this season represented a leap in a great direction for the franchise allowing them to show their young stars and give them the experience they needed to take a large step in the right direction for the future.

Season Eight

Season finally allowed the young Pioneers to grow into themselves fully. They improved upon last year’s record and finished the season with a sixty four and sixteen record good for first in the Pacific division ahead of Oregon. In the draft Colorado picked up bench fodder Harvey Dwyer helping them to fill out their bench and pick up a long term prospect to see if they can cultivate in the future.

The leading scorers during the season for the Pioneers was once again second year wing Samir Sheth as well as Mr. Reliable Heiko Van Brandt. Sheth improved upon his scoring output from the year before and averaged twenty three points per game. His field goal percentage was definitely below average at thirty five percent something that he definitely needs to work on if he is to validate his draft position. Van Brandt averaged his usual fifteen points per game showing his usual consistency for the Pioneers allowing his value to show through as usual. The leading assist getters for the Pioneers during the season were the usual suspects in Austyn Williams and Heiko Van Brandt. Williams averaged just under ten assists per game while also scoring in double digits for the year. Van Brandt averaged below five assists for the first time in years but he still put in just under the five assist mark showing his versatility once again. Finally the leading rebounders for the Pioneers during the year were second year big man Greg Lacy and four man Heiko Van Brandt. Lacy averaged over seven rebound per game this year while also improving his defensive skill averaging two steals and two blocks per game. Van Brandt once again poured in over nine rebounds per game for the Pioneers allowing for the young bigs to grow into themselves and not shoulder a large load early in their careers.

This year playoffs was a time of intense confidence for the Pioneers. They felt like they were ready to once again make a move for another title run. In the first round they breezed by Utah in a quick four game sweep and were then matched up against Texas in the second round. That series was another quick series for the young Pioneers as they ended the Texas run in five games. In the conference finals the young Pioneers were matched up against the buzzsaw that had come to be known as the Cancun Outlaws. The Outlaws were led by veterans Parker Mason and Kent Mercer two players who knew who to win and what it took something that the young Pioneers had yet to figure out. This is why the Outlaws ended the Pioneers hopes of another title run in a quick four game series showing that they still had some work to do in order to get to the next level of elite.

Season Nine

Season nine was a continued success for the Colorado Pioneers as they added to their core guys once again through the draft. In this years draft they once again possessed top picks and used them to draft a long defensive minded point guard in Edgar Kamara as well as big man Paul Spagnoli. Kamara is a very raw talent for the Pioneers, but his passing skills will be able to contribute right away to the offensive flow. Spagnoli on the other hand is an established defensive and rebounding big man that will be able to help the Pioneers off the bench and grow alongside scoring machine Jaxon Mcall as well as young second year big man Greg Lacy. The team once again ended the season was a above .500 record at fifty five and twenty five good for third in the division, but only separated by two games from first place.

The leading scorers for the Pioneers during the season were big man Jaxon McCall as well as guard Mark Carr. McCall led the team in scoring at just over twenty six points per game for the season. On the other hand Carr was able to pour in just under twenty three points per game while also averaging two and a half steals per game contributing greatly on the defensive end for the Pioneers. The leading assist getters for the Pioneers during the season were guard Charlie Daidone and big man Greg Lacy. Daidone while not the traditional point guard was able to average six assists per game for the Pioneers not being able to fully extend the offense, but just able to give the Pioneers a guard to run the offense through. Lacy on the other hand was able to excel and provide the Pioneers with someone who can offset the lack of assists from the point guard position. He was able to average five assists per game while also averaging two blocks and a steal per game. The leading rebounder getters for the Pioneers throughout the season were big men Jaxon McCall as well as Greg Lacy. Lacy led the team in rebounding for the year at just under ten rebounds a game. McCall was just barely second on the team at just under eight rebounds per game allowing for the Pioneers to dominate the boards on both ends.

In the playoffs the Pioneers were by far not the top team or the headliner heading into the start of the games. They got matched up against the veteran Cape Town Zulus in the first round and won a relatively tough series three games to two. In the second round the Pioneers got matched up against every team’s nightmare in the Cancun Outlaws and general manager Pat Fullum. Similar to most teams the Pioneers went down to the Outlaws in six games sending them home packing and gearing up for training camp next year.

Season Ten

Colorado improved on season nines record in season ten and finished the year with a sixty and twenty record good for a two way tie for first in the division. In the draft the Pioneers did not have a quality draft pick and the ones that they did have they used to fill the bench out for minor roles for the team. The three draftees for the Pioneers were big man Jack Berkley and guards Trevor Rosin as well as Darius Burns. Berkley being the only one out of the three that will really contribute for the Pioneers coming off the bench and backing up bigs Greg Lacy and Arnold Eaton.

The leading scorers for the Colorado Pioneers for the season were wings Samir Sheth and guard Charlie Daidone. Daidone has been a steady contributor for the Pioneers and was once again this year averaging eighteen points per game, eight points behind Sheth. Sheth on the other hand poured in just under twenty seven points per game allowing the other players to have to shoulder less of the scoring load and contribute in other areas. The leading rebounders for the Pioneers during the season were defensive stud Greg Lacy and veteran big man Mark Crowley. Lacy averaged just under ten rebounds per game for what seems like to be the 20th season in a row while also contributing over two steals and a block per game. The leading assist getters for the Pioneers were rookie point guard Edgar Kamara as well as bench key Mark Crowley. Kamara showed out in his rookie season putting in just under seven assists per game while also recording a steal and a half and a block per game showing he has more than just good passing skills.

In the playoffs for what seems like the umpteenth season in a row the Pioneers started as a mid level seed getting matched up against Nebraska and all league scorer Wayne Taylor. Taylor was no match for the Pioneers and their non defensive wings who got shredded by Taylors skill on the inside and the outside. The series was a quick one as the Pioneers got ousted in a five game series four games to one.

Season Eleven

Season eleven was another successful one for the  Pioneers, but was unsuccessful in many other ways. Colorado finished the season with sixty two and eighteen record in the Pacific division good for first place. In the draft they used their two top fifteen first round picks to select guard Mark Carr as well as four man Sam White. Carr is definitely known for his scoring ability something the Pioneers needed desperately. White on the other hand can help the Pioneers in many other ways similar to another big man they possess in Greg Lacy. White has similar skill sets and potential, but his skills are of a much rawer variety. Colorado also had two other picks in the draft in the second round that they used to draft big men Dave Curico and DeOntae Perez. Curico is more of a solid prospect for Colorado and has much more potential for growth on his end trying to become a solid defensive and rebounding five man.

The leading scorers for the Colorado Pioneers during the season were once again wingman Samir Sheth and guard Charlie Daidone. Sheth led the team in scoring at just over twenty three points per game to turn in another big scoring season. Daidone came second in scoring on the team pouring in just over eighteen and a half points per game while also averaging just under a steal and a half a game. The leading rebounders for the team during the season were big men Greg Lacy as well as Arnold Eaton. Lacy led the team in rebounding during the season at under ten rebounds a game while also leading the team in assists at under six assists per game. Eaton on the other hand came second on the team in rebounds at just under nine rebounds per game giving the Pioneers a deadly one two punch on the boards. The leading assist guys for the Pioneers were two big men once again in Greg Lacy as well as bench specialist Mark Crowley. Crowley was second on the team in assists during the season at just over four and a half a game while in contrast Lacy was at just under six assists per game to lead the team.

The playoffs for season eleven were once again a quick trip for the Pioneers. They came into the first round as a mid tier team and got matched up once again against Nebraska, also coming after they picked up all future point guard Jervan Timmons in the draft. Timmons was enough to make the series a quicker and easier one for Nebraska as they ended the Pioneers in five games.

Season Twelve

The twelfth season of the WBA was a unsuccessful one for the Pioneers as opposed to their usual success. They finished the year with a forty seven and thirty three record in the Pacific division good for second in a division that definitely has fallen off in skill set and should be prime for the taking in the near future. In the stacked season twelve draft that Pioneers used their one and only overall pick to select four man Polikarps Dragunas with the twenty first overall pick in the season 12 draft. Dragunas while may being very raw in terms of his skill has a ton of potential to become a defensive specialist for any team that wants his services.

The leading scorers for the Pioneers during the season were four man Jaxon McCall whom the Pioneers acquired in a offseason deal and Mr.Reliable Charlie Daidone. McCall had his usual standout scoring season for any team that has come to possess his skills as he poured in just under twenty two points per game. Daidone also had his usual scoring output for the Pioneers as he once again averaged just over seventeen points per game giving the Pioneers the perfect second tier scorer. The leading assists getters for the Pioneers during season twelve were guard Mark Carr as well as big man Greg Lacy with whom turned out another season averaging above three assists per game from the four position. Carr in his second year averaged just under six assists per game for the Pioneers from the two position. Lacy came in second on the team in assists per game while also pouring in double digit rebounds for the Pioneers. Lacy had exactly five and a half assists per game once again giving the Pioneers a cog to run their offense through down low. Finally the leading rebound getters for the Pioneers during the season were once again big men Greg Lacy and Arnold Eaton. Lacy finally reached a double digit rebounding season and had just under ten and a half rebounds per game. Eaton also had his usual rebounding season for the Pioneers and had exactly eight and a half rebounds per game while starting all eighty games for the team.

In the playoffs the Pioneers were at their usual spot in the standings which also meant their usual matchup went quick.

Season Thirteen

In the inaugural return season of the World Basketball Association the Pioneers returned and struggled mightily in their return. They finished the season with a seventeen and sixty three record good for last in the Midwest division by more than fourteen games. Unfortunately they did not have a high first round pick due to a recent trade, but they did have a low first round pick at twenty one. They used this pick to select the power forward Errol Bierman. Bierman is a raw prospect who’s strength will lend well to his ability to score down low in the post. They also used their second round picks to help them round out the bench with prospects they can mold into key contributors for their bench mob.

During the season the leading scorers for the abyssal Pioneers squad were two old veterans in Mark Carr and Charlie Daidone. While Daidone is getting much older and slowing down in his skillset he still managed to pour in just over sixteen points per game for the Pioneers as well as once again putting up over a steal a game. Carr on the other hand averaged just barely above sixteen points per game as well for the Pioneers while also averaging just above a steal per game from the shooting guard position. The leading assist getters for the Pioneers during the season were also the “dynamic duo” Mark Carr and Charlie Daidone. Carr led the team in assists for the year at just under five and a half per game while also averaging just over a steal per game. Daidone had one of his worst assist years in recent memory only being able to come up with just under three and a half per game. Finally the leading rebounders for the Pioneers during the year were veteran big man Arnold Eaton and young swingman Juwan Bixby. Eaton was second on the team in rebounds per game averaging just under eight rebounds per game. Bixby on the other hand led the team in rebounds for the year coming in at just over eight rebounds per game while also being able to put up a block per game for the Pioneers.

This year was a rebuild year for the Pioneers as they were forced to trade away most of their veterans for young pieces or draft picks the most significant being veteran big man Greg Lacy as well as shuffling picks and bench pieces with the Massacre and the Brooklyn Rage.

Season Fourteen

In the second season back from the ten year break the Pioneers finally got to flourish in their returns from the rebuilding trades. They used their two top three draft picks to select big man Lazaro Hendricks as well as tweener wing Jeffrey Wetzel. Hendricks is a legit big man who can dominate in the middle for years the only problem is that he is slow as soup so the Pioneers will need to try to figure out what position to play him at. Wetzel is in the same boat being to small to play the four position, but not skilled enough on the outside to play the three position. These two are very good starting points for the Pioneers, but they will need more top talent in order to help them get back on track. They also used a late first round pick and two second round picks to once again fill out their bench with prospect able to be molded into bench guys.

During the season the Pioneers ended with a twenty nine and fifty one record good for third in a very weak Central division. The leading scorers for the team during the season were three man Juwan Bixby as well as rookie three man Jeffrey Wetzel. Bixby although having his natural position at the three was forced to play at the four. They both excelled though at the positions that they played not enough for a successful Pioneers season though. The leading assist getters for the Pioneers during the season were veteran point guard Daren Benson as well as veteran shooting guard Elvin Harris. Benson easily led the team in assists and was really the only source of passing for the Pioneers. This is because of the low number of assists Harris had at just over two and a half assists per game for Colorado. Finally the leading rebounder getters for the Pioneers during the season Ramiro Watts as well as rookie big man Lazaro Hendricks. Watt was second on the team in rebounds coming in with just under eight rebounds per game. Hendricks was first on the team in boards averaging over eight rebounds per game to lead the team by a narrow margin.

There obviously wasn’t any playoffs for the Pioneers as they continued to rebuild through the young guys they acquired and the picks they possess. The next few seasons should be a stepping stone for the young Pioneers.

Season Fifteen

Season fifteen for the Pioneers represented another stepping stone for the Colorado Pioneers. They started the season off by acquiring three young wing men in the draft in David Carlo, Francis Murray, as well as Wilmer Zamora. All three of these acquisitions can step in for the Pioneers and start for them from the beginning of the season and for the near future. They did not make any slections in the second round despite needing to improve their bench substantially. Zamora probably has the most potential long term out of the three, but David Carlo is the most ready to help the Pioneers right now. Murray is definitely the tweener of the group he is never gonna be the all star caliber player Zamora could be nor is he ready enough to contribute as much as Carlo is at this time in their careers.

The leading scorers for the Pioneers during the season were mid season acquisition Tony Henderson as well as veteran wingman Juwan Bixby. Henderson was stolen from the Sun Warriors during the season for what seems like a light bulb and a nickel to give the Pioneers a young wing full of potential in all areas of his game. During the season Henderson averaged just over sixteen points per game to come in second on the team by a narrow margin. Bixby on the other hand led the team in scoring by more than a two point margin. During the season he averaged just over eighteen points per game. The leading assist getter for the Pioneers were veteran point guard Kadeem Reed as well as the young wing Tony Henderson. Despite being second on the team in assists Henderson only averaged three assists per game from the shooting guard position. Reed on the other hand was the Pioneers heart and soul in terms of how the offense was ran. During the season he averaged just over six assists per game to lead the team by a wide margin. Finally the leading rebounder getters during the season for the Pioneers were second year big man Lazaro Hendricks as well as veteran wing man Juwan Bixby. Hendricks led the team in rebounds from the four position and during the season he averaged exactly nine and a half rebounds. Bixby was second on the team in rebounds from the three position averaging exactly seven and a half assists.

Similar to last year the Pioneers missed the playoffs, but different from the year before they only missed them by a three game margin coming in behind the California Fighting Cocks. With the young talent the Pioneers have they should fully expect to make the playoffs next year and should be disappointed if that does not happen.

Season Sixteen

The young guns of the Colorado Pioneers came into their own in Season Sixteen as their talent and skill finally came into fruition as they finished first in their division with a forty seven and thirty three record. In the draft they had tow low picks one in the late first round and another in the early second. In the first round they selected a young raw power forward in Chris Jones who at most has potential to be a solid bench piece for the Pioneers. In the second round they improved on their pick and selected a young point guard in Sheldon Hunt. Hunt is raw at this moment, but he has the ability to hone his skills enough in order to potentially become a starting point guard in this league. The Pioneers also benefited from multiple midseason and early season acquisitions via trade. Their main core of players came from trades from multiple teams in the form of John Devine, Edgar Kamara from as well as young shooting guard stud Kelley Brandon.

The leading scorers for the Pioneers during the season were “Divine Devine” as GM Hamleers once called him as well as Tony “The Glue” Henderson who was coming into his own as a all star caliber small forward for the Pioneers. Devine led the team in scoring by a wide margin averaging twenty five and a half points exactly. On the other hand Henderson was second on the team by a narrow margin ahead of rookie shooting guard Kelley Brandon. Henderson nearly averaged twenty points per game to continue to come into his own as a all star scorer. The leading assist getters for the Pioneers during the season were all stud point guard Edgar Kamara as well as the Glue Tony Henderson. Kamara led the team in assists by a wide margin topping out at just under ten per game during the season to run the team expertly for GM Hamleers. Henderson was second but his assist numbers were nowhere near that of Kamara’s topping out at just under three and a half per game for the season. The leading rebounders for the Pioneers during the season were Divine Devine as well as Tony Henderson. Devine topped out at just under nine and a half rebounds per game to lead the team by just under two rebounds per game. Henderson was second and put up a very respectable number of rebounds per game from the small forward position at exactly seven and a half per game.

The playoffs for the Pioneers during season sixteen was definitely a time of growth for the team as they were matched up against a veteran Dragons team in the first round led by Ajan Estay and Brian Armstrong. Estay and Armstrong proved too much for the Pioneers as they exploited the young rookie Brandon and the Pioneers big men down in the post. The series was a relatively long one at six game, but the Dragons pulled it out four games to two sending the Pioneers packing to go and develop for another season.

Gabon Giants

Team history

Season 1

This is where it all began for the WBA, and the Giants were already a part of it. But the Giants were not going to be a competitive team from day one, as management decided to opt for a questionable strategy to improve the team in the long run. They decided to trade most of the good players they obtained in the inaugural draft (including three players out of their first four picks) for future draft picks. The results: a league low 9 wins for the first season. Even if that season had only a total of 62 games, you can’t be proud of a 14,5% winning percentage. It’s difficult to win games when you get outscored by 18 points, get outrebounded by 7 rebounds, get 5 less assists and do 5 more fouls than you opponent every given night. Shooting 45% while the opposing team shoot 50% won’t help either. It was one very difficult and long season.

No need to say that no player from this original squad was named to the All-Stars team and none of them received an award. I could name some of the players that were part of the team inaugural season but none of them had a real impact on the team’s future. They were just there to fill in until they would be replaced as soon as some promising rookies can be drafted.

That was the sacrifice that the general manager was willing to do hoping that the future will be brighter in the land of the Giants. It was a big gamble, as only a small group of fans were present to follow this team disastrous performances game after game. The Giants were the laughing stock of the entire league.

Season 2

Since the management strategy to trade all the good assets they had for future picks was a 2-year plan, and since the Giants had no draft pick for the second draft, the second season was even worse than the first. The Giants went on to win the same number of games than the previous season, only 9. But this time it was done within an 80 games schedule. With a 11.2% winning percentage, they were once again in the bottom of the league standings all year long. Only 2 players averaged double digit in scoring with the top scorer at 14 points per game.  Outscored by an average of 24 points a game, outrebounded by 9 boards a game, and shooting 43% from the floor while the opponent shoots 51%, the Giants found a way to do the impossible; do even worse than they did in a disastrous first season.

The opponents had so much fun playing against this team, as a numbers of records were set against this pitiful basketball squad. Like South Carolina and Albacete, who both scored 83 points in a half against the Giants.

Once again, Gabon was the laughing stock of the entire league. Winning 18 games out of 142 games over two seasons sure won’t get you any credibility. Rumors began spreading that the general manager could be fired and that this team could be sold. The situation had to change drastically in a near future for this team to stay in Gabon.

Season 3

The wait is over. After two atrocious seasons, Gabon Giants fans would finally be rewarded. Entering the season 3 draft with five selections out of the first sixteen picks, they had now the possibility to start from scratch and build a complete new starting five.

With the second pick in the draft, shooting guard Otto Hameleers was the first addition. Otto did not waste anytime leading this squad with 20 points and 3 steals per game in his first season, while shooting 48 % from the field.

With the fourth pick in the draft, power forward Jerry Bramson was selected. A tough and physical player, Bramson was all over the place every game scoring 15 pts, grabbing 11 rebounds and dishing 3 assists, while also adding a steal and 2 blocks. He was the defensive presence the Giants needed to protect the basket.

With the ninth pick in the draft, point guard Leon Berthelson was selected. A floor general, he helped this new group of guys to play as a unit. With 9 assists and 3 steals per game, while also scoring 12 points, he was the player that logged the most minutes in season 3.

With the fourteen pick in the draft, forward Blaine Brooks was selected. While he had less impact than the four other players picked by the Giants in the first round, Brooks still managed to do a little bit of everything, with his 5 points, 6 boards and 4 assists per game.

With the sixteen pick in the draft, small forward Derek Vinyard was selected. The versatile slasher was a steal late in this draft producing 19 points, 9 rebounds, 3 assist and 2 blocks right from the get-go.

The Gabon Giants would never be the same again. This new group of young and hungry players stormed into a 65 wins season winning 83% of their regular season games. They did that outscoring opposing teams by average 17 points, while outrebounding them by 7 rebounds and getting 5 more assists. That is what you called a major turnaround. They even had a game were they scored 150 points and another that they won by 69 points in the regular season.

Facing New York in their first playoff series in WBA history, the Giants found a way to win a decisive game 5 by scoring 70 points in the second half. Even if they went on to be swept in the second round by Washington, this was a very successful season and the beginning of something special in Gabon. This team lead by rookies had shown to the entire league that they would be a force to be reckoned with for many years to come.  Most importantly, they had conquered the heart of the Gabon population, has the stade d’Angondgé was completely sold out as we were getting near the end of the season.  40 000 intense fans created an atmosphere like no other in the playoffs. The Gabon Giants had finally found their identity.

Season 4

The Gabon Giants had become one of the best defensive team in the league, as they allowed only 89 points per game during the 4th season. The backcourt duo of Otto Hameleers and Leon Berthelson combined for more than 6 steals per game while the muscled frontcourt of Jerry Bramson and Derek Vinyard were blocking 3.5 shots per contest. And the Giants were no slouch on offense neither, as they scored almost 102 points per game with some strong contributions from their stars Hameleers and Vinyard, scoring respectively 22 and 19 points per game. Bramson averaged double-double for the season with 17 points and 11 rebounds. Otto and Leon were among league leaders in 3 points FG%.

Life was good in Gabon, as they cruised all season long to easily capture their second straight division title. A nice chemistry had quickly grown between all those young players drafted a year ago. So what was the next step for this up-and-coming franchise? Maybe a trip to the Conference finals? Not quite. After a successful regular season, the Giants entered the playoffs with home court advantage in the first round against the Albacete Burning Hell.

Even though they won the first game by a 22 points margin, the Gabon Giants were surprised and beaten the next 3 games by the underdog Burning Hell. Lack of rebounding, bad shot selections and poor defense by the Giants were among the reasons for an early first round exit. It showed that, even if they were talented, this group of youngsters still needed time to grow as a unit if they were to get to that next level. The supporting cast also required some improvement has they were no significant impact from the bench.

Season 5

No division title this year for the Giants has they finished second behind the London Disco, led at that time by the dynamic duo of  Horace Colbert and Kevin Davidson. They were no real setback for the Giants as they still won an impressive 61 games in the regular season, same wins total they had a year earlier. Defense was still Gabon’s trademark as they again allowed only 89 points per game to the opponent, 2nd best in the league in that category. Their offense showed a slight improvement of 1 point per game. Gabon was led by the usual suspects, as Hameleers, Bramson, Vinyard and Berthelson had almost identical stats from the year before.

This unit racked up wins pretty easily in the regular season as they were outscoring opponent by 14 points a game. So, let’s fast forward to the post-season. The Gabon Giants had, of course, home court-advantage in the first round. This season they had to face… oh no. Not again. The Albacete Burning Hell. The matchup against this nemesis was a bad one for the Giants as their weakness were exposed last playoff. The Giants did put a good fight, extending the series to a final and decisive 5th game, but the Burning Hell had the better of them. Gabon’s coaching staff made some adjustments prior to the series, but it was not enough as they were still outrebounded and shoot selection was questionable once again. Also, the input from the supporting cast was limited.

The Gabon Giants have been successful in the regular season for the last three years, but this success has not followed them in the post-season has they only have won one series out of four. Those first round exits were considered a failure by Gabon management and by the fans as well. Even though team’s stars were still young, there was uncertainty in Gabon’s land as it seems that this group has already reached his potential and results were not as good as expected. A stronger and deeper bench would certainly help the Giants cause. Some moves had to be made to get the Giants out of this funk.

Season 6

While the trio of All-stars (Hameleers, Vinyard and Bramson) is still firmly in place as the core of this team, there are some new faces arriving in Gabon’s land. Young point guard Ethan Hunt was directly inserted in the starting unit moving Otto to shooting guard position, which he’s more suited for. Hunt had a nice first season with the Giants, leading this squad in assists (7.3 per game) while also being a pest on defense (2.9 steals per game). He also finished 4th in team’s scoring while playing 38 minutes per game in all contest in the regular season. Hunt was a true point guard and a nice addition as he was now taking the ball handling duty, freeing up his teammates. Another newcomer was rookie center John Diblasi. He was not your typical center as he only grabbed 4 boards per game as the starting center. But he was athletic enough to produce some steals and blocks while hitting the occasional 3-point shot. Another rookie by the name of Fernando Edwards was drafted. A glue guy, this small forward could do a little of everything. These new additions were supposed to give help to the main guys and help them make a playoff run. The results?

The Gabon Giants had a successful regular season again. Even though they won 11 less games than the previous season, they still managed to win 50 games. They outscored their opponents by an average of 7 points per game and were efficient with perimeter defense with the duo of Hunt and Hameleers, who combined for almost 7 steals a game while only making 2.5 turnovers. But beside that, this team was not as dominant as they used to be in other categories, especially in rebounding, which has been a trademark for this team over the years.

When playoff time arrived, the Giants had to be ready because they would face old demons right away, as the first round matchup was against, who else, the Albacete Burning Hell. After getting kicked out by this rival for the last 2 consecutive seasons, the Giants had to get over the humped this time. The Giants played a better team game than the Burning Hell and were more efficient in almost every aspect of the game. Still this best of 5 series had to come to the last game as Albacete still could break the heart of Gabon’s fans. But this time, it would be the Giants who came on top winning the crucial and decisive game. It was redemption time in Gabon.

The party didn’t last long as Washington crushed them 4-0 in the second round.  Still, it was a huge moral victory for this team to finally get past Albacete.

Season 7

Even though all keys guys from the previous season were back in action for another year, the Giants lost 7 more games in the regular season. More than 43 wins were expected from team’s management before the season began.  Those results came, of course, with a significant drop in the standings. It was now apparent that this squad was slowly declining and was doing so for the last 2 seasons. After a disappointing season, Gabon just barely made the playoffs obtaining the 8th and last seed in the Eastern Conference. Albacete Burning Hell really enjoyed putting the Giants out of their misery in the first round.

Who was to blame? This roster was very similar than the one who went to win 61 regular season games 2 years before. At that point, this squad was on the rise and was supoosed to be a dominant team for years to come. Team’s leaders (Hameleers, Bramson and Vinyard) were still there and doing their things. They were now veteran with 5 years of WBA experience each and were still in their prime, or where they? Point guard Leon Berthelson (member of the Giants in season 5) had been replaced by Ethan Hunt, two point guards with similar talent and skills set. The coaching staff hadn’t changed and strategies employed by them were the same. Once feared for his domination of the boards, this unit was now getting outrebounded by 2 rebounds per game in the regular season, and they were outrebounded by a whopping 9 boards per game in the playoffs.

What could explain that drop? Most of all, how to stop it? Maybe the all-star trio of Hameleers, Bramson and Vinyard, who had already peak talent wise, had already grown old. Maybe the talent level in the league had improved quickly and the Giants had trouble adapting. Maybe the supporting cast was not efficient enough to help this team become a contender and maybe not even a top team in this league. Something was not working but it seemed difficult to pinpoint it right away. As you see, they were a lot of questions but not many answer as the Gabon Giants had entered a more obscure and unpredictable phase of their existence.

Season 8

Same roster. Same results. The Giants won 41 games in the regular season, just good enough to capture the 8th and last spot in the Eastern conference. Even though they put a good fight against regular nemesis Albacete Burning Hell in the first round, it was another first round exit that capped a another disappointing season in Gabon. This team was clearly on the decline and some major moves had to be made to put this squad back in the right direction.

Once this boring season was over, changes were coming. With the 15th pick of season 9 draft, the Giants would select a player that will have a major and positive impact in the franchise for many years to come. John Devine, an unorthodox 6-11 power forward with impressive long rang skills to go along with a special talent to grab offensive rebounds, was joining the team and giving them hope that future could get bright again in Gabon. Selected at mid-first round in a talented draft class that included Bishop Stein, Edgar Kamara and Juxan Bixby, Divine Devine was one of the steal of the draft (Let’s not forget that Abdiel Gordon was selected 18th).

This is how Gabon’s management would get winning ways back in Gabon, by selecting quality players in the draft even tough they did not own a top 10 picks. We must admit that scouting was not the same during that period, and that finding a gem with a 15th pick was something possible. With all the information gathered by the scouts today, these kind of franchise players usually are selected much sooner in the draft make it difficult to repeat what the Giants made during season 9 and season 11 draft.

Season 9

Although drafting John Devine was a step in the right direction, there was still a lot of work to be done by Gabon’s management to bring back success to this franchise. And fans had to be patient because this process take some time. Only 36 wins in the regular season but still good enough for the 8th spot and a playoff appearance. Once again, the Giants put on a fight against the top seed Washington and lost in a decisive game 5.

This team was still led by the trio of Hameleers, Vinyard and Bramson. It would be Derek Vinyard last season with team, and the sign that this was the end of an era. Vinyard would leave the city with much admiration from the fans, and left his name close to the top of Gabon all-time leading list in points, rebounds and blocks.

As for the future, we already said that it will take some time for John Devine to develop into a star in this league. He was still given close to 24 minutes of playing time every  night, and put some decent numbers (8 points 6 rebounds and 1 block). You could already see his 3 points skills at display as he hits 35% of his attempts from long range. Divine Devine was already a fan favorite, but he would need help improving this franchise. But a little patience was required.

Season 10

The Giants were back playing .500 ball winning 41 games in the regular season. They improved enough to get the 5th spot in the playoffs. Another thought battle in the first round but once against a lost in a 5th and decisive game this time against Rochester. Even though those results were almost identical from the one they were getting the last few seasons, Giant’s management and fans were happy to see improvements and hope for the future.

Let’s not forget that Hameleers and Bramson are still running the show here, and doing a pretty good job at doing so. Those veterans are still very efficient at playing bball, and lots are being put on their shoulders every given night. Once again, they were able to do so successfully.

John Devine was much better in his second season, improving in almost every area while playing the same amount of minutes. Getting more comfortable within the offense and with a better shot selection, Devine vastly increased in FG%, and was now shooting 39% from deep. But he was only scratching the surface of his immense potential.

The Giants also added a nice backup point guard in Reid Dall, with their 18th selection in the draft. The rookie was able to run the offense for major part of the game scoring 6 points and getting 6 assists in 28 minutes per game.

The improvements were nice to see but there were still missing pieces. A major part of the team’s future would be arriving in Gabon soon.

Season 11

The worst season of Giants history since WBA first two seasons. At that time, Gabon’s management had at least some excuses as they were making some moves planning for a better future. But no excuse in season 11. This one really hurts.

Otto Hameleers and Jerry Bramson were still team’s main guys playing 40 minutes each and every game. Promising young center John Devine was continuing his progression scoring 13 points and grabbing 8 boards per game. 2-year man and point guard Reid Dall was as steady as his rookie season the previous year. But results were not the same. The Giants were outscored by an average or 6 points per game and, most unusually for this team, they were outrebounded by more than 3 boards per game. It seems that the experiment of having the type of post player who can score but can’t defend or rebound (Magic Toby and Oryn Dasing)  wasn’t working well for the team.  As a results, the Giants won only 27 games and missed the playoffs which is rare for this franchise. And also unacceptable as management didn’t seem to have a clear vision and plan for the future at that point.

As changes were needed, the Giants let go future Hall of Famer Otto Hameleers after 9 seasons in Gabon. Hameleers has been an ironman since he came to the league, not missing one single game in his career in Gabon. He has forever impacted this team positively leaving the Giants as the team scoring, assists and steals career leader. Some of these records, like 2374 steals, are almost impossible to surpass.

One bright spot during these dark times, the arrival of rookie center Jarrod Roe. Selected with the 15 pick, Roe showed signs that he could one day become a valuable assets in this league. His versatility (10 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 steal and 1 block playing 23 minutes  per game) gave some hope that better days were ahead for this team.

Season 12

Giants showed some improvement from the previous season, winning 10 more games for a total of 37. They got back at working hard on the glass as they were now outrebounding the opponent by 3 boards per game. Center John Devine, now on his fourth season in the league, was now the clear cut leader for the Giants. He led the team in points (18.4), rebound (8.2) and blocks (1.6). Devine did all that while still playing alongside Gabon’s legend Jerry Bramson, who was playing his last season for the Giants. After Hameleers the previous season, Gabon’s fans were saying goodbye to another very special player. Bramson was also an ironman, missing only one game in a decade of basketball played in Gabon. He left as the team’s career leader in rebounds and blocks, and second in points and assists behind only Otto.

Drafted with the 7th selection in the draft, a local guy from Senegal, Omar Raoumbe, made quite an impression in his rookie season. Not only he could defend, score and rebound, but he also was making some very flashy dunks during his rookie season and quickly became a crowd favorite.

The Hameleers-Bramson-Vinyard era was now officially over and it is with pride and nostalgia that we remember all the great memories they left in Gabon. Although it was another quick first round exit in the playoffs for the Giants, management had some nice pieces to build around as a new era was beginning.

Season 13

Dark days are already way behind for the Giants as they won 51 games in the regular season. The frontcourt combo of Devine and Roe is already paying off as they combined for 38 points, 16 rebounds and 2 blocks per game in regular season. But the biggest addition was incontestably the signing of WBA champion Charlie Meyers.  Gabon’s management made all the right moves convincing the best player available in this year free agency. Right away, Meyers completely changed the dynamic of this team with his superior leadership skills. He finished the regular season with 18 points, 7 assists, 5 rebounds per game. Charlie was also filing a void as an elite perimeter defender and was able to get 2 steals per game.

Although it was sad for fans to see promising 2nd-year man Omar Raoumbe play his last season in Gabon, they were pleased with the acquisition via trade of sharpshooter Zacharia Salera. This small forward really explode in Gabon, already reaching his potential in his first season with the team (18 pts per game with efficient FG%). Signed long term at a very cheap contract, Salera was a real bargain that would help this squad for many years.

Winning 51 games in the regular season was good enough for a third spot in the talented World Division behind Capetown and Cancun and a fifth spot in the Western Conference playoffs. Even though they didn’t have the home-court advantage, the Giants had no problem taking care of Oregon in 5 games in the first round. And they repeated the same accomplishment in the second round kicking out Salt Lake City in 5 games also. The adventure finally stopped against a experienced Cancun team in the Conference finals. Still, this season considered as the best the Gabon Giants had in franchise history thus far. A 50 wins regular season mixed with a trip to the Conference finals was having both management and fans very delighted.

Season 14

If a team wins 53 games in the regular season that year, it’s good enough to win the division title in 3 out of the 6 divisions in the league. It’s also good enough to get the 2nd place in 5 out of the 6 divisions in the league. But the Global Division (formerly known as the World Division), is not your typical WBA division. It’s arguably WBA best Division ever so Gabon winning 53 games that season will get them a 3rd place behind Toronto and Cancun.

Nevertheless, it was another successful tour for this group. The core of Meyers, Devine, Roe and Salera was again very efficient outscoring opponent by an average of 6 points in the regular season. Since Salera skills were more suited for the shooting guard position, Gabon’s management was looking for the last piece of the puzzle; a small forward. That’s why the Giants gave a very substantial and long-term contract to veteran Jevon Carter. A potent scorer who could rebound the ball well, Carter had no problem fitting with the team in his first season, and he had career high in FG and FT% to go along with a PER of 18.6.

Gabon took major blow when All-star center Jarrod Roe went down with an injury (broken foot) less than 10 games to play in the regular season. The Giants limped to the finish line after the injury, losing 5 out of the 9 last games to close out the regular season. Still, this squad showed characters in their first round matchup against eternal rivals Albacete even without Roe out for the playoffs. Some wise coaching moves, like playing Jevon Carter at the power forward position and giving role player Mathew Gill the starting small forward spot, made quite a positive impact on the outcome of this series. Carter was especially efficient giving the Giants a nice boost on offense. Somewhat surprisingly, and thanks to home-court advantage, Gabon won the series in 5 games. Facing Conference best team (Dinos) in the second round, Gabon didn’t back down a bit taking the future Conference champions to the limit, losing game 7 by 10 points in Toronto.

Season 15

The Giants kept almost the same core as the previous season and got similar results. Management quickly realize that signing the 30 years old small forward Jevon Carter to a 4-year 38.5 million dollars deal wasn’t exactly a smart move. Although he was a great help in last playoff run, Jevon game has considerably diminished as training camp arrived and management tried to ship him elsewhere… unsuccessfully. But, after finding out that Jevon had violated a clause in his contract, this one was void and another problem was solved for team’s management. The quest to find another small forward was starting over.

In a league counting many offensive-oriented small forwards especially efficient from long-distance, and since none of them were available, Gabon’s management decided to take their chance on another kind of player. Raphael Park offense is somewhat limited, but he’s an excellent perimeter defender with great stealing abilities. He is also a tough rebounder on the offensive end and he can pass the ball very well for a forward. Gabon acquired Park via trade during the course of the season, coming with a 4 year-deal around 9 millions per season. This might seems like a big contract for Park, but Gabon’s management really though that he could be the missing ingredient, the defensive «stopper» that will handle the Walt Jackson, Abdiel Gordon and others WBA scoring machines at the small forward spot.

After winning at least 50 games in the regular season for the second year in a row, and after an impressive sequence where they won 17 out of the last 19 games, the Giants were ready for another playoff run. With that record they capture the 6th spot in the Conference and a matchup against the Arizona Dragons. Counted out by many journalists who predict that the Dragons will win this series easily, the Giants had other plans. After many adjustments in rotation and a after falling behind 3-2 in the series, the Giants kept fighting and handled the pressure very well to win game 6 and 7. Winning a game 7 on the road is no easy task and Gabon’s management were pleased to see the team step up to the challenge. Salera offensive outbursts, along with Jarrod Roe domination from inside and outside were some key elements for the team’s success. Roe was a monster in game 7 (40 points and 10 rebounds) and was simply unstoppable leading the Giants to win this contested battle by only 3 points.

It was another close fight in the second round against the Zulus. The Giants really gave them a scared but this time the home team came out on top, as Capetown won game 7 at home by 7 points. Even though they didn’t reach the Conference finals like they did last year, it was another successful season for the Giants, and they became a team you don’t want to face in the playoffs no matter what the season records indicates.

Kansas City Wild

Marysville, Adelaide and Omaha Team History

Season 1:

With the 5th overall pick, Marysville selects Larry Chapman. And thus the start of what many supporters hoped would be the corner stone of a strong and winning organization. Larry Chapman only 23 years of age was a young promising Center. He had strong intangibles, and was thought of as one of the top rebounding/shot blocking centers. Roger Starr and Garth Donohue were strong selections that would prove to be one of the better tandems in the league. Chapman to nobodies surprise played a strong all-around game. Averaging 20 points per game, along with 10 rebounds, 3 blocks and even 1.5 steals. Despite such impressive numbers, he was overlooked for ALL-WBA honors as well as All-Defensive WBA honors. Regardless Marysville finished its first season with a strong 47-15 record. This was good enough to nab the 4th overall seed. The team was 3rd in the league in points scored at 104.5 while allowing only 94.4 points per outing on defense which was bested by only 4 other teams. Unfortunately, in the playoffs they were matched up with a team of destiny … the 5th seeded Fernie squad that would go on to win the title. Marysville was simply outmatched at times, as Fernie swept them 3 games to 0. There were some questionable moves, one of which included sending off a 1st round pick and a 2nd rounder along with two players to get Wally Brown and Jesse Harrington. Neither of these players played a significant role in the first season.

Statistical Team Leaders:

Points: Larry Chapman 20.2

Rebounds: Larry Chapman 10.1

Assists: Roger Starr 9.7

Blocks: Larry Chapman 3.0

Steals: Roger Starr 2.4

Season 2:

Despite the success from the previous season, the owners were unable to pay the salaries of their players, in which an ownership group from down under purchased the team. The team was moved to Adelaide. As often that happens with franchises the ownership or the General Manager feel they need to make the team their own, even if it reduces the overall talent of the team. This unfortunately was the case, as the team’s best player Larry Chapman and Garth Donohue were sent off to Midland in a trade that would cause this franchise to struggle for many years. Adelaide received an decent center in return by the name of Frank Fitzgerald, in addition they received Maury Foreman, season 3 1st round pick of NY and Midlands season 3 2nd round pick in addition to Midlands season 4 1st round pick. While it can be said they received fair trade value. Larry was one of those guys you just don’t trade away. Very quickly Adelaide became a bottom tier team overnight. They finished 41 games out of 1st place and would miss the playoffs. While Donohue scored nearly 21 ppg, and Chapman another 20 ppg. Midland quickly became one of the top teams.

Maury Foreman and Frank Fitzgerald were easily the best two players on the Aussie team but couldn’t compare to Donohue and Chapman. Adelaide would win only 24 games, and the fans were no longer excited about the prospects of this team.

Statistical Team Leaders:

Points: Maury Foreman 16.9

Rebounds: Willie Gates 6.6

Assists: Roger Starr 7.8

Blocks: Jesse Harrington 1.1

Steals: John Lary 1.8

Season 3:

With Draft Day nearing for the 3rd season, there was at least a small glimmer of hope for the struggling Aussie team. Having accumulated 2 first round picks and 2 second round picks, perhaps with a little luck they would get some impact players. Season 3 will go down as one of the most impacting drafts that will affect the league an over the next decade. Arguably the most talented draft pool ever seen in the WBA. It was no surprise to see Lou Gonzalez go number 1 followed by Hammeleers, Mercer, Bramson, Diaz, LaMaitre, and Duke. All of these players have gone to at least 1 all-star game with many going multiple times. Not to mention All-WBA honors. So it would seem that with the 8th overall pick that whoever it was, they would be an impact player. Arnold Pine was the selection with the 8th pick. And while he shot over 53% from the field, he only scored 9 points a game. He was very one dimensional, and while not technically a bust, compared to some of the names that followed him, it goes without saying that Arnold Pine was a wasted pick. They missed out on Parker Mason who was selected by Washington as well as Leon Berthelson. Not to mention players like Heiko Van Brandt, Derek Vinyard, George Foster, Abdullah Chanda, Christobal Dasher, Jim Peyton. The list goes on. To be fair, it is not easy to know which players will go on to stardom, but regardless it is somewhat easy to know which players is one dimensional. With the 19th pick, Adelaide chose Casey Curtis, who was another player that didn’t have much of an impact. Berlin owner David Williams nearly had an accident when he realized that He would be able to select Abdullah Chanda with the 20th pick. In the second round they selected Bruce Johnson which was defiantly better than their 2 first round picks. They would claim Pete Haddon with the 51st pick, but at that point nobody would be surprised that Pete wouldn’t do much for the team. History would show that even in the 2nd round, there was All-WBA player talent available. Such as Shane Strom taken 46th, Dave Williams taken 47th. The best draft class in league history indeed.

As the season got underway, it quickly became apparent that the draft did nothing to really improve the team. Adelaide was not only losing games, but were doing so in such a grand method; they rarely lost by less than 10. After the first couple months of the season, Midland came calling trying to bolster their chances in the playoffs. They would end up taking Bruce Johnsen for 4 second round picks. Near the end of the year Nebraska struck up deal that would give Adelaide their top lottery pick for season 4 and Frank Fitzgerald. In exchange they would get Garth Donohue back who was averaging nearly 19 points a game, but was he fairly one dimensional. It also included the Boston season 4 1st round pick which would be a very late pick. This was yet another example of how inedpt the ownership was to make such a trade. The team has no point guards, in fact Jim Kellogg lead the team with 3.3 assists per game while playing only 16 minutes. The team lacked a viable center, and for the most part it lacked any quality players.

When it was all said and done, Adelaide would win a whopping 15 games against 65 losses. Fan attendance was something you would expect to see in professional women’s basketball.

Statistical Team Leaders:

Points: Garth Donohue 18.9

Rebounds: Jesse Harrington 7.3

Assists: Jim Kellogg 3.3

Blocks: Jesse Harrington 1.1

Steals: John Donohue 1.5

Season 4:

Determined to make the season 4 draft count, management decided to make an early trade to move up in the draft. Adelaide grabbed the #15 pick from Washington in exchange for the 18th pick and 1.75 million spread over two seasons. Perhaps this was a little costly to move up just 3 spots, but the management had their eye on someone.

With the 15th pick they selected Ossie Gordon. Ossie appeared to be a quality center, despite not being a physical player who would pound the boards. With the 24th pick, they selected Evertt Kubey while not a point guard, would hopefully be a quality shooting guard, as it was expected that Garth Donohue would cost too much to resign in Free Agency.

It quickly became apparent that both Kubey and Gordon were terrific picks, as they were the team’s top two scorers. Both of them attended the rookie all-star game. Unfortunately while there was almost a reason to watch an Adelaide game, the wins were few and far between. Arnold Pine continued to show that he was a bust of a lottery pick, and was relegated to backup duty. It was clear that there was some future for this team. Little did the fans know that the future would not include staying in Adelaide. At the end of the season after winning just 18 games, team management was forced to sell the franchise causing the team to move to one location in BFE to another.

Statistical Team Leaders:

Points: Everett Kubey 17.3

Rebounds: Keaton D’Agostino 7.7

Assists: Russ Chase 7.4

Blocks: Ossie Gordon 1.7

Steals: Russ Chase 1.4

Season 5:

Going in to the offseason there was much uncertainty about the Adelaide franchise. As management was finalizing the details of selling the franchise, this was temporarily put on hold for the season 5 draft. Having the 3rd overall pick, it was known that Devonta Corrigan would go #1. And it was assumed that Adelaide would select one of three players. Jack Spiegel, Pat Stehenson or Roy Base. Both Spiegel and Stephenson were centers, which caused most to assume that Roy Base was the most likely choice so he could play next to Ossie Gordon. As Bermuda Selected Jack Spiegel, Adelaide wasted no time in selected Pat Stehenson, would along with Corrigan and Spiegel was easily considered part of the top 3 players in the draft. In the 2nd round they would take a Point Guard out of North East Moscow State University by the name of Johnny Meynardie. Meynardie had just led his NE Moscow State University to a 37-9 record in the GCBA. Nike Johnson was also selected in the 2nd round, as well as some no name that doesn’t deserve to have his name in print.

By the time that preseason started the sale of the team had officially happened. Enter the Omaha Wild. Kelley Avery led the management team that purchased the struggling Adelaide franchise. Mr. Avery would control all personnel decisions. Under the direction of new management, it was clear that this team would win more games than it had previously.

One of the first steps included trading away Tyler Durden who had been signed during free agency. Tyler was a pure shooting guard. Omaha would send away Tyler Durden and their season 8 first round pick and 2 million in cash in exchange for Frank Rose and John Felton. Frank Rose was similar to Tyler Durden being a pure shooter, but John Felton was a solid small forward who would bang the boards and his contract was only 2 million a year.

As the season started, Omaha was already a stronger club. Thanks to Pat Stephenson and John Felton they were much stronger on the boards and that alone was something the growing number of Wild fans appreciated. Midway through the season Omaha made another trade. They received JJ.McCauley, Jovany Oneil, Eliseo Jones and a pair of 2nd round picks. They sent Russ Chase, Johnny Meynardie, Ossie Gordon and an Omaha 1st round pick. This was a questionable move, as the 1st round pick was still expected to be a lottery pick.

Before the end of the season one last significant trade occurred. Omaha grabbed Chacarita’s season 6 and 8 1st round picks along with some dead weight players. They had to give up Evert Kubey, 2 1st round picks of their own for season 7 and 9 and a 2nd round pick along with some other dead weight players.

Omaha would miss the playoffs again; however they had won more games finishing with a 26-54 record. While still a lottery based team, the franchise was making moves to improve their situation.

Statistical Team Leaders:

Points: Frank Rose 21.7

Rebounds: John Felton 8.6

Assists: J.J. McCauley 6.4

Blocks: Pat Stephenson 2.8

Steals: J.J. McCauley 3.1

Season 6:

With the draft coming up, it was believed at the time that having the #4 overall pick along with two 2nd round picks may be enough to put the Wild where they needed to be. While J.J. McCauley did a valiant job trying to be the floor leader at the point guard spot. It was clear to any knowledgeable basketball fan that Omaha needed to improve in that position more than anything. The 2nd most pressing need would to simply get some scorers. With only two players in Rose and Stephenson scoring in double digits it was accepted that getting a 3rd player who could put up 10ppg+ a night would go a long way in making this team a playoff contender.

This draft seemed to be strong for point guards. With Dave Troychack while recognized more as a shooting guard, but still good enough to play the point. Jimmy Whalen and John Gaiser were most likely whom Omaha would need to choose from. While Wahlen was recognized as a better passer, Gaiser was geared to put some points on the board with some decent passing ability. Overall Whalen was probably a little bit better. When it came to draft time, unfortunately for the Wild ownership they never got the chance to decide between Whalen and Gaiser, as Salt Lake traded their #3 pick to Nebraska who snatched him away. Disappointed slightly, Omaha selected Gaiser with the #4 pick. It was shortly thereafter in which Omaha found out that Gaiser was illiterate which apparently was something common from the graduates of Chesapeake U.

With the 35th pick Omaha selected big man Samson Reeves, this was coined by some of the experts in the league as one of the steals of the draft. Ellis Law was selected with the #47 pick.

Gaiser played respectable for a rookie point guard trying to run a team. He managed 6 assists and 11 points a game. But his unrefined shooting style led to many defensive rebounds. John Felton has a strong year averaging a double-double with 10 boards and 11 points a game.  When it was all said and done. Omaha only won 4 more games than the previous year. Oddly enough Omaha made no trades during the season as they were hoping to give this team a solid chance to gel.

Statistical Team Leaders:

Points: Frank Rose 17.9

Rebounds: John Felton 10.7

Assists: John Gaiser 6.0

Blocks: Donavan Jones 2.7

Steals: J.J. McCauley 2.5

Season 7:

Things began to look bleak early into the off season with no first round picks; Omaha was relegated to hoping for a diamond in the rough. They selected Peter Parker out of the University of Utah. His spider like senses made this selection appear to be a smart on. They also selected another guy, but he was such a poor player that mentioning his name would be a sin.

Management decided they needed to make some deals to try to bolster the team and hopefully let their fans know they were indeed trying to build a winning franchise. However, their lone trade of the year was met with a significant amount of fan opposition. They traded Frank Rose, Bill Reynolds, J.J. McCauley, Oregon’s season 8 2nd, Omaha’s season 9 2nd and 1 million for season 7. In exchange Omaha received Walt Rodgers, Ray Houle and a 2nd round pick.

There is no doubt that Walt Rodgers is a good talent but to give up so much just to get Rodgers was clearly something that only the delusional or Alaska management would consider. As predicted the season was a severe disappointment for the fans. Winning a mere 19 games out of 80 attempts apparently is not a good way to bolster ones fan base.

Rodgers did lead the team in scoring and had a strong year, but this team was in shambles and scoring less than 90 points a game does not win many games in the WBA.

Statistical Team Leaders:

Points: Walt Rodgers 18.5

Rebounds: John Felton 9.3

Assists: John Gaiser 7.2

Blocks: Donavan Jones 3.4

Steals: John Gaiser 1.9

Season 8:

     The only thing worse about being one of the worst teams in the league is being one of the worst teams in the league and not has your own 1st round draft pick. Perhaps now The management were regretting the deal they made back in season 5 where they send Tyler Durden and the their season 81st round pick to Salt Lake while getting Franke Rose and John Felton. Considering that Salt Lake Selected Dennis Evans with the Omaha pick and the Wally Birkhead a pick after, Omaha had to be wishing they could have selected one of those two fine players.

Not all was lost, as Omaha did own the #8 pick where they quickly selected Branko Filipovic a strong shooting SG/SF who loved to bomb from down town. They also selected the youngster Gerhold Verholm who many believed would become a all-star player after several years in the league. Overall it was viewed as a solid draft for the team. And if anybody thought that the Wild were opposed to making trades based off the previous two years. They were in for a shock. As Omaha be the time the season was done would confuse people as if they were a Montana or New York based team.

The first major trade occurred shortly after the draft. Sending Walt Rodgers and a future 1st to Capetown in exchange for Ed Bryant, Lyutfulo Sobirov and a 2nd round pick. Omaha was the 3rdwheel on this deal and it didn’t appear to be a strong move once again. The 2nd move occurred during preseason when Omaha picked up Felipe Juarez and cash for a 2nd round pick and a season 11 1st round pick. Again, continuing the history of making unwise trades. The 3rd trade which actually seemed to be okay was sending Gaiser and Jovanny O’Neil to Varese in exchange for Tyler Durden, Pepe Garcia and a 2nd round pick. While Gaiser was playing well, he simply wasn’t going to lead this team anywhere.

Early on in the season Omaha made what may be regarded as one bright moment in making trades. Shipping Durden to Miami in exchange for over the hill Schooter Jacobs and Miami’s season 9 1st round pick. With the team playing much better in which they would go on to win 33 games; a rash decision was made. The wild shipped off Pat Stephenson to Montana, in exchange for some no names along with Bernie Cobb, Yuri Vilasny and a 1st.  This trade was viewed as one that could potentially pay big dividends, however not having a legit center would come back to haunt this team for years to come.

Statistical Team Leaders:

Points: Peter Parker 13.6

Rebounds: Donavan Jones 9.3

Assists: Yuri Vilasny 7.5

Blocks: Donavan Jones 2.4

Steals: mike Bennett 1.8

Season 9:

Fans have started to believe that again this team could become one that sees post season play. With the #9 pick Omaha selected Harry Kramer and then selected Scott Currie at the 14thselection. They drafted some foreign guy in the 2nd round, but again, you will never hear of him.

With the season well under way and the Wild roaming around 35% winning percentage, they made a trade just before the deadline. The received Frank Rose back along with Oliver McCarty and a 2nd round pick. While giving up their PG Vilasny and Michael Kutak along with a future 1st round pick. They also quickly moved on a deal with London giving them Brian Collins, a 1stround pick and PG Johnny Meynardie. They had to give up Peter parker, Felipe Juarez and a 1st and 2nd round pick.

These moves proved to be beneficial for the team. Ellis Law was coming into his own despite playing only 27 minutes a game. He was leading the team in scoring. McCarty was handling the point guard duties. Brian Collins was showing that he was one of the up can coming shooting guards in the league. If there was anything disappointing about the trades, it had to be Frank Rose. Not dealing well with being relegated to non-starter minutes, he played like he wanted out of town and fast. The team was coming along with 6 players averaging in double figures for scoring. And the biggest news was making the playoffs for only the 2nd time in team history. Though Cancun crushed Omaha like a semi driving over a grape. This was still something the fans could be happy about.

Statistical Team Leaders:

Points: Ellis Law 16.2

Rebounds: Donavan Jones 9.5

Assists: Oliver McCarty 5.7

Blocks: Donavan Jones 2.4

Steals: mike Bennett 1.5

Season 10 Review

Here we are with a new season in the WBA.  Where will the Wild go? What will the Wild do? Is there life after Donovan Jones? Last season the Wild ended their season in a playoff sweep by Cancun 0 – 3. Every fan was expecting at least one playoff win, but got nothing. So in the off-season the Wild’s main job was to make cap room and sign the back duo that the organization traded for the previous season. Critics told the Wild that they could not sign both of them, so the organization made sure that they could. The first thing they did was remove the salary of Frank Rose by cutting him to let him resume his WBA career that needed him. Then the ownership told Jerry Meynardie that they would not pick his contract demand up, making him a free agent.  The biggest move in the Omaha Wild’s organization was trading Donovan Jones and Scott Currie for Tony Dimateo, #4 pick in season 10, Oregon’s 14th Season 1st Rounder, and Oregon’s 11th and 13th Season 2nd Rounder picks. With this trade it allowed Omaha to get back in the draft, and also created more salary cap room. Omaha was not done there with the fourth pick of the draft they selected Al Herbert, Center, but Andorra wanted him more. Omaha traded the rights to Al Herbert to Andorra and they got the number the next pick in the draft which was the 5th pick. Omaha also received Andorra’s 11th Season 1st and 2nd round picks. With the 5th pick and had traded any hopes of having a decent center they took the best center that was available, which was Chad O’Donnell.  Short on the rebound side, but can score and play defense.  For your 10th season Omaha Wild Team Roster.

Projected Starters: PG – Oliver McCarty, SG – Brian Collins, SF – Ellis Law, PF – Tony Dimateo, C – Mike Bennett

Key Role Players: Branko Filipovic SG/SF, Roy Houle SF/PF, Gerhold Verholm PF/C, Chad O’Donnell C.

Key Players: Brian Collins, Oliver McCarty, Tony Dimateo, Branko Filipovic

Rundown:

During the middle of the season the team was not happy with the performance of the team on and off the court rumors of team scuffles between Brian Collins, Harry Kramer and Tony Dimateo was tearing the team apart. So GM Kelley Avery made two key trades that would send this franchise spiraling for years to come. The first was trading Harry Kramer – PF and Andorra 11th season 1st round pick to Roswell and in return Omaha got Cullen

Phillips – PG/SG, Alaska 11th season 1st pick, and Roswell 12th season 2nd pick. The bigger of the two trades was definitely the second. They traded Tony Dimateo – PF, Maurice Evers _ SG/SF, Omaha 15th season 1st pick, Oregon 11th season 2nd pick, $1.25 mil in 10th season and a future 2nd round pick. Omaha got Ramiro Watts – C and Jamie Crouch – PF/C. With all the fighting over the team made a late run for the last playoff spot. The experiment of Jamie Crouch was not working out so GM Avery traded Crouch to Gabon for hired gun Derek Vinyard – SF/PF and $3.00 mil in season 10.  After All of the moving of players the Wild fell short of their goal to make the playoffs by 4 games. The final record of the team was 35 – 45. The team improved by 3 games but did not reach the playoffs.

Omaha

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G  MIN  FG%   FT%   3P%   REB   A    PF  BLK   TO  STL   PTS

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Ramiro Watts    79  31  55.7  76.8  26.3   7.8  1.2  2.5  1.6  1.8  0.5  18.1

Branko Filipovi 78  31  41.9  78.0  43.8   3.3  3.7  2.3  0.5  2.1  0.9  15.6

Brian Collins   80  31  49.9  63.4   0.0   5.9  4.3  1.6  1.2  1.2  0.1  13.9

Mike Bennett    80  38  51.3  91.0  31.0   6.8  2.7  2.4  2.7  1.0  2.5  13.9

Oliver McCarty  80  38  44.9  80.6  35.9   6.3  5.8  2.6  0.6  2.0  1.6  12.4

Derek Vinyard   22  20  39.3  89.3  23.1   4.2  1.0  1.3  0.6  0.8  0.3   8.6

Gerhold Verholm 70  15  40.6  91.3  19.5   2.1  1.5  1.8  0.6  1.5  1.0   7.6

Roy Houle       80  16  34.5  70.6  26.1   4.0  1.2  2.3  0.7  0.4  0.8   7.3

Scott Currie    61  21  35.4  83.8   0.0   5.1  3.2  0.4  0.5  0.5  0.8   5.1

Pepe Garcia      6  11  56.3  50.0  16.7   0.3  3.0  1.0  0.0  1.2  0.2   3.3

Chad O’Donnell  33  11  35.4  73.5   0.0   1.8  1.0  0.8  0.6  0.4  0.8   2.9

Cullen Phillips 61   7  31.7  86.7   0.0   1.4  0.7  0.5  0.1  0.4  0.2   2.5

Luo-Kung Liu    20  10  18.8  60.0  50.0   1.9  2.4  0.4  0.1  0.6  0.3   0.9

Jim Young        3   7  33.3   0.0   0.0   1.0  1.0  0.7  1.0  0.0  0.0   0.7

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Totals          80  48  44.2  78.1  34.7  43.6 26.9 17.3  8.3 11.4  9.2  97.4

Top Two Statistical Team Leaders:

Points:   Ramiro Watts     18.1

Branko Filipovic 15.6

Rebounds: Ramiro Watts      7.8

Mike Bennett      6.8

Assists:  Oliver McCarty    5.8

Brian Collins     4.3

Blocks:   Mike Bennett      2.7

Ramiro Watts      1.6

Steals:   Mike Bennett      2.5

Oliver McCarty    1.6

Season 11 Review

Last season the Wild record was 35 – 45. During the off season they re-signed Scott Currie for an extended for 5 yrs @ $4.75 with a No Trade Clause.  In the drafted the GM Kelley Avery picked at number 3 – Davion Stahl – PG, at number 7 – Scott Berger – SF, and at number 12 – Raheem Qualls – PF. During the Free Agent signing period GM Avery signed Angelo Bacchi to 5 years for $5.0 mil per year. GM Avery also signed Andres Fernandez to a 1 year for $0.25 mil per year. The last free agent that GM Avery signed was Roy Houle to a 1 year for $0.25 mil per year. In the off season they also traded Derek Vinyard -SF/PF, draft pick number 40 and 51 in season 11.

Probable Starting 5: PG – Oliver McCarty, SG – Brian Collins, SF – Gerhold Verholm, PF – Ramiro Watts, C – Mike Bennett

Key Reserves: Davion Stahl, Scott Currie, Angelo Bacchi

This team was picked by some to win the division. They have a ton of depth. Verholm is the key to the success in what the Wild will do this season. After letting Filipovic go in free agency coach Kelley had to shore up his bench. With three pick in the top twelve pick this team has a lot of young talented players. So the “Wild Bunch” Stahl, Currie, Bacchi, Berger, Qualls, and O’Donnell will have to play big for this team to compete with the elite. During the season GM Avery made some trades and the first of them was Omaha getting their 15th season 1st round pick back from Frankfurt giving them Cullen Phillips and Oregon 14th season 1st round pick. The next trade that GM Avery made was acquiring New York 13th season 2nd rounder pick and receiving $1.0 mil in season 11 and GM Avery gave up Chad O’Donnell to Cancun. The last trade was with Frankfurt. GM Avery acquired Clarence Collins, Jim Woods and Alaska 14th season 2nd round pick, but gave up in the trade Mike Bennett and Scott Currie.

The offense was 4th from the bottom with only 95pg that is one of the many reasons the wild have been the worst team in the WBA this season. Davion Stahl a guy thought to be classified as ROY material averaged only 5.4 points per game. Watts lead the team with just a shade over 17. The Wild Season on offense was very disappointing. The Defense for this team struggled to stop anyone and needed help.  The team was 7th from the bottom and giving up 104.6 point per game.  The future of the Wild Organization will get hopefully better by having 2 chances to win the draft lottery and probably the best 2 chances with Cincinnati’s pick and their own. Worst case situation they probably have 2 top 5 picks. That can change the future greatly. The future look better than the past season, but the key is the Wild Organization needs to be patient and let the talent develop. This has been a shocking season. This team was supposed to be a team on the rise but instead it was a car wreck. This has been one of the worst seasons in this franchises history.  The team finished 20 – 60.

Omaha

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G  MIN FG%   FT%   3P%   REB   A    PF BLK   TO STL   PTS

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Ramiro Watts    80  31  53.5  68.0  28.8   7.7  1.4  2.7  1.2  1.5  0.4  16.9

Angelo Bache   80  38  41.3  78.4  29.9   8.4  2.7  2.3  1.4  0.9  0.2  14.9

Clarence Collin 80  38  45.9  76.2  10.0   7.4  2.6  3.0  2.0  0.8  0.6  14.3

Brian Collins   68 33 45.1 60.9   0.0   5.6 4.5 1.8 1.2 1.3 0.1 13.6

Gerhard Varoom 79  22  38.5  75.7  23.2   3.5  2.2  2.6  0.8  1.3  1.1  11.0

Oliver McCarty  80  28  46.3  79.9  38.0   4.1  4.1  1.7  0.3  1.5  1.0   9.3

Davison Stahl    69 23 41.7  90.0  34.0   1.7  4.9  1.0  0.2  1.8  1.0   7.4

Justin Krueger  60  20  45.4  64.9  17.4   1.3  4.0  0.9  0.5  1.2  1.0   6.4

Jim Woods       16  10  41.3  84.4  37.5   1.1  1.4  0.4  0.3  0.1  0.9   5.1

Kent Croce       3  10  62.5 100.0  50.0   2.7  0.7  0.3  0.3  1.3  0.0   4.3

Scott Berger    62  11  36.5  82.0  37.3   1.3  1.4  0.6  0.2  0.9  0.4   3.5

Roy Houle       43   8  32.7  67.5  34.4   1.8  0.6  1.3  0.3  0.2  0.3   3.4

Lonnie Graham   12   7  44.4  83.3   0.0   0.6  0.4  0.6  0.1  0.8  0.2   3.1

Raheem Qualls   45   5  35.1  86.7   0.0   1.0  0.3  0.4  0.3  0.5  0.1   2.0

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Totals          80  48  43.8  76.2  29.7  42.2 25.6 16.2  7.6 10.8  6.9  95.3

Top Two Statistical Team Leaders:

Points:   Ramiro Watts     16.9

Angelo Bacchi    14.9

Rebounds: Angelo Bacchi     8.4

Ramiro Watts      7.7

Assists:  Davion Stahl      4.9

Brian Collins     4.5

Blocks:   Clarence Collins  2.0

Angelo Bacchi     1.4

Steals:   Gerhold Verholm   1.1

Oliver McCarty    1.0

Davion Stahl      1.0

Justin Krueger    1.0

Seattle Rainmakers

Formerly Carolina, Charlotte, & Las Vegas

Season 1

The North Carolina Hurricanes were one of the original 22 teams in the WBA.  Owned by who else, but some kid named, Corey Daubanton, the team decided that in the inaugural draft they would draft the best young players that they could.  That scheme seemed to work, as with the #8 pick in Round 1, the Hurricanes selected 19 year old PF/C Dave Short.  They followed this in the 2nd round by choosing 20 year old C Marty Williams.  In fact, the team selected several other players known around the league, such as Bill Andrews and Chuck O’Rourke.  Here was their original roster from the draft:

1. Dave Short
2. Marty Williams
3. Gene Allen
4. Bill Andrews
5. Doug Beliaeff
6. Bill Cash
7. Chuck O’Rourke
8. Pete Small
9. Nick Mann
10. Fred Phelan
11. Bill Alston
12. Woody O’Dea
13. Hugh Gregg
14. Chuck Herman

As the started was going to begin, Coach Daubanton started to do some trades.  Trading Bill Cash to London, he was able to obtain a younger Leon Peterson and their second round pick.  Using their own second round pick and London’s second round pick, the Hurricanes also picked up Joe Miller.  It was around this time, at the beginning of the season that Daubanton had a grand idea on how he could make his team really good.  Trade all of the good players on his team so the team will be bad enough to get a top pick in the next season’s rookie draft!!!  Looking back, perhaps this wasn’t such a great idea, as the Hurricanes gave Marty Williams to Roswell for Bennie Armstrong and Roswell’s Season 5 first round pick, as well as trading Dave Short to Boston for Boston’s Season 2 1st and 2nd round picks, London’s Season 2 1st round pick, and Boston’s season 3 1st round pick.  Other trades were also made, including a trade with New York than sent Gene Allen and Boston’s 2nd round pick for Pat McDaniel and NY and Boston’s Season 6 first round picks.  However, the most controversial trades at the time was when North Carolina traded scrub player Woody O’Dea to London for scrub player Wes Ford, which wasn’t too bad considering Wes Ford was somewhere around an eight year younger scrub than O’Dea.  Seeming insignificant at the time, it was later revealed by Hurricane and Disco management that Wes Ford was in fact, a real, live ladies’ man with a below average IQ, and that he personally wanted to be on North Carolina, a team with a good looking cheerleaders (even though a crappy team), so he could get more excited about his game.

At the end of the season, Daubanton’s goal of having a bad team was somewhat fufulled as his Hurricane’s 16-46 record made him the third worst team in the league.  

Season 2

With his pick (#3 overall), and Boston’s pick (#8 overall), there was some expectations over what might happen.  With his eyes set on Paul Wilson, a PF who didn’t do much, except for the fact that we has the best rebounder ever to come out of the college level, Daubanton projected that he could trade his #3 pick down a few spots and still get him, therefore he traded it to Winifred for the #5 and #33 picks in the draft.  Another before draft trade occured when the Hurricanes gave up their #8 pick from Boston and the recently obtained #33 pick to New York for a young PG in Ed Kane.  As hoped for by management, the Hurricanes took Paul Wilson with their #5 pick.  It was a little questionable whether Wilson was worth that high of a pick, as he really had no other game besides his 15+ rebounds a game, but it didn’t seem to matter to Daubanton.  Also, with possesion of the #27 pick in the first round, the Hurricanes decided to try their luck on a 17 year old kid by the name of Ed Bryant.  He wasn’t immediately great, but the team hoped he’d get better someday (which he really didn’t).

In the pre-season, the league was surprised at how well the team was doing, ranking among the best in points scored, even though the team really didn’t have a big-name scorer on the team.  Everybody on the team was just contributing in some fashion or another.  Of course, moving down south to a new state-of-the-art arena in South Carolina might have helped (actually not, if you read about the team’s record later).

Of course, coach Daubanton wasn’t in the mood to keep his team exactly the way it was.  Early in the season he traded Ed Kane in a three-way deal involving Roswell and New York and got J.J. McCaughley, Frank Cox, Carl Mercer, and Roswell’s season 7 2nd in return.  J.J. McCaughley didn’t have much time to spend in Carolina, as he was eventually traded to Brooklyn, along with their Season 3, and 7 second round picks for Gene Allen to return back to the team that originally drafted him.  Another trade that never worked out was when the Hurricanes gave up a pair of first round picks (Boston’s season 3 first and South Carolina’s season 4 first) for 18 year old Charlie Brown. Management was hoping that at his age, he’d become a top center in the league in a few years, but they were wrong, and Charlie Brown really never had a big impact in his career (good grief!).  The last trade was when South Carolina traded Carl Mercer to Baltimore for Roger Mayer, who ironically plays on Daubanton’s Andorra team today.

As Season 2 went on, South Carolina had one of the better teams in the league, relying mainly on their  offensive effectiveness, scoring 108.9 ppg on a 51.1 FG% as a team.  Gene Allen lead the team in scoring, averaging 18.1 ppg.  Other contributors included Pat McDaniel averaging 14.5 ppg on 54.7 FG%, and 5.7 apg in 23 minutes, Bill Andrews, who as Pat McDaniel’s backup averaged 10.4 ppg on 54.4 FG% and 4.2 apg in 19 minutes, and Chuck O’Rourke, who averaged 11.8 ppg on 55.2 FG%, and 5.0 rpg in 22 minutes.  It’s also worth noting Paul Wilson, who although only averaging 5.4 ppg in 38 minutes, lead the lead with an astounishing 15.2 rebounds per game!  Also, it was worth noted the efforts of Wes Ford, who although having some problems with home-cooked meals, was among the league’s best with a 56.4 FG%, in what was perhaps, the only season where Wes Ford actually did play on the court when asked to.  Ironically, the South Carolina franchise only went 20-20 on at home, but one the road, they played with a greater intensity, winning 31 out of 40.  With a 51-29 record, South Carolina qualified for the sixth seed in the East, and was forced to play Berlin.  Unfortunately, playing the Blaze wasn’t a easy task, and was only able to steal one game before losing the series 3-1.  The main cause of defeat could be traced to the overaggressiveness of the South Carolina defense, which allowed Berlin to get free points by giving up 28.0 fouls per game vs 12.8 of Berlin.  Although the season had to end, it was a fun ride for South Carolina.

Unfortuanately, after Season 2, South Carolina made some mistakes that turned the team for the worse.    Still thinking that 18 year old Charlie Brown had the potential to be a huge player in the league, the Hurricanes offered him a 7-year contract.  Other controversial moves included refusing to re-sign fan favorite Wes Ford, as he didn’t appear to be as productive on the court during summer camp, and the drafting of 19 year old Marcellus Hoover with the #18 pick, who was picked for his age, and not his talent (as much, much better players were still around at the time).  Seeing that his mistakes would possibly lead his team to a disaster, Coach Daubanton resigned from the WBA, making the excuse that he had too much homework to do and wanted to spending his time learning how to use a new computer program he bought.  Unfortunately, the South Carolina Hurricanes, later renamed as the Carolina Storm never were able to pick up the pieces after Coach Daubanton’s resignation, and the team has never seen a .500 season again, and, in fact, today rates among the worst teams in the league.  Nowadays, while Coach Daubanton was re-hired to take other the Utah (now Andorra) Highlanders, perhaps Carolina will make a turnaround like they did Season 2, as they do have possession of their first round pick, which should give them talent for the future.

SOUTH CAROLINA HURRICANES
SEASON 3 HISTORY

The Hurricanes are coming off an impressive Season 2 record of 51-29 and planned to build on that momentum in Season 3. They started Season 3 with the 18th pick in the first round and chose a promising 19 year old in Marcilus Hoover. Hoover took the money and ran and did not play a minute on the court for the Hurricanes this season. They traded away their 2nd rounder making this their only draft pick. A tough draft result lead this team into a long disappointing season. They were 17th in the league in scoring averaging 100.4 points/game. Defensively they were a little above the league average only allowing 103.6 points/game. This lead them to a disappointing 32-48 record for the season despite Paul Wilson leading the league in rebounds at 16.3/game with a league leading 6.3 of them on the offensive end of the court. Defense was definitely an issue this season allowing their opponent to score over 100 points per contest, but the more glaring change from last season is the difference in offense. After having 5 players last season in the top 25 for their FG %, they could only claim one in the top 25 in Season 3, Joe Miller with 58.2% for the year. This overall drop in FG% could definitely be attributed to the lack of a floor general. The Hurricanes were not represented by anyone in the top 25 assist leaders this season. Pat McDaniel lead the team with a disappointing 4.7 assists per game. This selfish style of not sharing the basketball lead to their top scorer, Pat McDaniel, being only 27th in the league and only two scorers in the top 60. Season 4 will start with the search for a distribute first point guard to get this offense clicking again.

CAROLINA HURRICANES
SEASON 4 HISTORY

After a tough and long Season 3 and a no show in the playoffs, management is hopeful that dropping the “South” in their name and going with plain Carolina will start this team in the right direction. The Hurricanes look to the draft in Season 4 to give them a spark. With the 27th overall pick, they chose Floyd Acevedo to be that guy. They followed up in the second round of the draft at number 30 to pick Matt Hernandez to add some much needed depth. The draft and name change only netted them a fourth place finish in their division with a disappointing 34-46 record. Although, two games better in the win column than last year, it does not meet management’s expectations. Hernandez didn’t add the depth or make the roster for that matter, but Acevedo did. He had a solid rookie season coming off the bench for 28 minutes and averaging 12.3 points/game on a respectable 45% shooting. Trading away the best rebounder in the league may have been a big factor dropping them from an average of 46 boards/game last season to only 38 rebounds a game in Season 4. Their offense overall improved scoring 100 points per game, but their defense dropped to 5th worst in the league giving up 105 points/game to their opponents. Paul Wright led the team with 20.5 points/contest and was helped by Pat McDaniel’s offseason focus on his passing. McDaniel improved his assist per game by 1.5/game from last year putting him in the top 20 assist leaders in the league at 6.3/game, but without Wilson the Hurricanes could not claim a player in the top 20 rebounders this season. If McDaniel continues his hard work in the offseason they could have the floor general they need, but Season 5 will start with the hunt to replace the rebounding machine that is Paul Wilson.

CAROLINA HURRICANES
SEASON 5 HISTORY
After a successful draft in season 4, Carolina traded away its first round pick for Season 5. This left them with little hope of an impact player with the 50th pick in Round 2. They chose John Allen at #50 who did not earn the right to suit up for the squad. The Hurricanes might as well have let Allen play as they may have had their worst season to date finishing 2nd to last in their division with a record of 21-59. They were still unable to locate a replacement for the rebounds of Paul Wilson. Their top rebounder was an up and comer by the name of Gus Rizzolo who may compete with Wilson in the future, but only averaged 7.8 rebounds per game this season. Without a double digit rebounder on the squad, they only averaged the same 38 boards/game as last season and were out rebounded by their opponents by 10 rebounds/game. This could not have helped their offense, which finished 3rd to last at only 91.3 points/contest. The defense improved from last season, but found the Hurricanes still below the league average allowing 103.4 points per game. Luke Benner led the offense with 17.1 points per game, but that was only good enough for 41st in the league and no other Hurricanes broke the top 60 scorers. Pat McDaniel dropped back to only 4.5 assists per game this season, which may not have been entirely his fault. This squad is packed with average offensive talent with none of the Hurricanes finishing in the top 20 for FG%, FT% or 3-PT%. Not to blame it all on the offense. Nobody finished in the top 20 for rebounds, assists, blocks or steals either. The Carolina Hurricanes will look to grow their youth and add some more young talent in Season 6.

CAROLINA HURRICANES
SEASON 6 HISTORY

Carolina had the 14th overall pick in Season 6 and looked to add a defensive presents that should slow the opponents down for years to come. The quick hands of Lonnie Gerson are a welcome sight. Management traded away their 2nd round pick which was probably for the best as neither of the last 2 2nd rounders made the team. The Hurricanes moved up significantly in their division to 3rd best, but for the fourth season in a row they were unable to make the playoffs with a 32-48 record. The offense struggled again finishing 7th in the league with an average of 96.6 points/per game. Quite an improvement from last season with two scorers making it into the top 40 scorers in the league. Luke Benner put up 19pts/game on an impressive 51.3% and Kevon Duke finished 13th in the entire league with 22.2/game on 42.6%. Luke Benner can also boast about his 95.4% FT shooting, which netted him 5th overall in the league. Carolina may have found their rebounding future in Keyshawn Eosso who broke elusive top 20 rebounders in the league at the final spot, 20th, with 8.89 grabs/contest. He also had 3 offensive rebounds per night, which put him among the league leaders in that category as well. The defense still came up short finishing in the bottom 3rd of the league allowing 101.9pts/game. This despite the defensive prowess of their incredible new rookie. Lonnie Gerson averaged a jaw dropping 4.1 steals per night. We won’t see pick pocketing like that again. The Hurricanes showed some promise in Season 6 and look to be headed down the right path with some solid trades this season and the gunslinger quick hands of Lonnie Gerson.

CAROLINA HURRICANES
SEASON 7 HISTORY

Season 7 was the season of hope after a playoff drought that has lasted the previous 4 seasons. The Hurricanes came in with the 25th overall pick and chose a young stud by the name of Johnnie Watson. Watson did suit up for the team and shows promise, but he will have to work on his jump shot to be the stud management is hoping for. Kevon Duke continues to lead this team in scoring and rebounding with 26.1 points per game and almost 8 boards/game. This gives Carolina fans hope for the future, but this season only netted them the 3rd worst offense in the league averaging 94 points per night. Defensively the Hurricanes are still just slightly below the league average allowing their opponents to score almost 102 points each contest. Three scorers in the top 60 hasn’t happened since Season 2 for Carolina, but led by the third best scorer in the league (you read that correctly), Kevon Duke’s 26.1 points a game earned him 3rd overall spot this season. Duke misses the work ethic of Pat McDaniel, but has to thank Russ Chase and his 8.5 assists per night for helping him to the third overall. Chase was quoted this season as saying he’d rival the great Chuck Hendersen in passing if he could get more than 30 minutes/game. Something management may consider in Season 8. The offense is starting to come together, but at what cost. Giving up The 4+ steals per game of Lonnie Gerson to those crooked dealers over in Brooklyn hurt the defense significantly. Coupled with once again The Hurricanes not being able to boast of a rebounder in the top 20 hurt bad on the defensive end of the court. Management is in the market for a defensive minded guard and a rebounding monster to go to battle in Season 8.

CAROLINA HURRICANES
SEASON 9 HISTORY

The Hurricanes had hope going into Season 9 holding the 10th overall pick. They chose a young man with a lot of promise in Maurice Evers at number 10. The 2nd rounder pick for Season 9 was traded away during the last season, so Evers was the only fresh face this year. Unfortunately, he did not help Carolina from finishing with their worst record to date, 18-62. This dismal finished earned them the last place finish in their Mid-Atlantic Division. Although, finishing with the 9th worse defense in the league was definitely a contributing factor to their poor finish, this season the wheels came off on the offensive side of the ball. The Hurricanes can claim dead last in offensive production only averaging 89.3 points per contest. Duke still continued to shine scoring 23.9 points per game, but the rest of the team could not give him the support he needed. Their top assist guy in Chase averaged 4.3 dishes per game, but only saw the floor for 18 minutes per night. No other player averaged over for assists in a night. This lack of passing seemed to really hurt Carolina in the perimeter game. They averaged 21.7% from beyond the arc as a team 6% less than the league average despite shooting almost 41% from the floor as a whole. The team has some shooters they were just not able to get the timely kick out when they were open for the shot. Rebounding seems to be a bright spot as Eosso still managed to pull down over 11 boards per night. This put him fourth in the league in rebounding and third on the offensive glass at almost 3.5 per game. Him coupled with the up and coming Simeon Hill’s 8.3 rebounds per contest kept them in a lot of games. The Hurricanes look to change their offensive philosophy and focus on sharing the ball in the offseason to get back in the hunt for the playoffs.

CAROLINA HURRICANES
SEASON 10 HISTORY

Carolina had the 39th and 50th picks in this year’s draft hoping to find a diamond in the rough choosing Ken Young at 39 and Jaret Girard with the 50th. Without a first round pick management was not expecting an impact player right off the start and they were not proven wrong. Ken Young never played a game and Girard averaged 3 minutes per night, which is surprising he got any playing time averaging only 24% from the floor. The team improved by 7 wins this season compared to last year, but could still not fight out of the last place in the Mid-Atlantic. The bright spot this season was the trade of top scoring for a promising young scorer in Eugene LaMaitre. He averaged 19 points per night on almost 50% shooting. The Hurricanes corrected the two biggest issues they had from last season. They found the floor general they needed in Alvin Simpson who averaged over 11 dimes per game. This led them to a much improved 3PT % at 26.7% per night which was slightly better than the league average. Unfortunately, this only improved their overall offensive output by one position from last season. They finished second to last over Cinncinati with 92.3 points per contest. The tough nosed hustle first and ask questions later defensive philosophy made them the twelfth best team defense in the league and is definitely something to build on for the future. Management reports the area of focus for the offseason will be rebounding. Looking at all the major stats they fall within respectable distance from the league average except scoring 92 points per night and allowing their opponent 99 in a contest. The defense was solid, but being out rebounded by 8 boards per night is the key factor to this scoring differential and management has made no bones about fixing that issue on way or another.

CAROLINA(Charlotte Crusaders) HURRICANES
SEASON 11 HISTORY

Management intends to change the mindset and philosophy in the front office with the intent of the effects trickling down through the entire organization and they have started down this new path with a new look and new name. The Charlotte Crusaders have arrived. Ownership is definitely on a crusade and throwing money around like they mean it. They pushed hard and greased the right palms, Commissioner Reynoso, to move out of the Atlantic division to find themselves in a division just as competitive in the Southern Division. They started this year with the 26th overall pick and chose the talented Jalon Clair. Clair missed home and never got on the bus. With the new name change came a complete re-haul of the talent on this team. New faces like Paul Spagnoli took on the scoring role and put up a respectable 22.7 per night and pulled down 10.3 rebounds per contest. A shining star is born. This coupled with Maury Coleman’s 21 points and it looks like the offense has taken a turn in the right direction. Management was deeply concerned about no longer having Alvin Simpson to drop 11 dimes per game, but with a stud like Spagnoli it was worth it. He led them to one of their best records in history at 36-44. This moved them up to a respectable 4th in their new found division. The defense continued to improve and finished 7th overall in the league, but offensively this team continued to struggle. They finished fourth worst in the league in offensive production with only 95.8 points per night. Spagnoli and Coleman definitely did their jobs on the offensive end of the ball, but they were two out of three players to average double digit scoring for the season. And with only 3 players scoring more than 9 points per night depth and role players will be this off-season’s main goals.

Seattle Season 12

Season twelve was the inaugural season for Las Vegas after the expansion draft in season eleven which saw Vegas get Bill Blackistone and Mark Miller amongst many other names that will fill out the roster for their first season. The first season did not go well though as it saw Vegas finish with a twenty seven and fifty three record to go third in a division led by the juggernaut Oregon Bears. The season saw the new team make many trades trying to find the right pieces to set them up for the future. The highlights of these trades were Las Vegas giving up their first round pick Mark Miller to Sacramento for a flurry of assets as well as point guard Jimmy Foster. Another highlight from the flow of trades was Vegas receiving point guard Otto Hameleers from Gabon to pair with Foster in the backcourt. The final highlight might prove to be the biggest for the future of the Gamblers which saw them giving up young big man Isaac Rice in order to receive Bob Kinsey as well as a second round pick.

At the end of the season after a flurry of trades that set Vegas up for the future their leading scorers were Otto Hamelers and Justin Hill. Hameleers finished with fourteen points and three assists while also contributing nearly two steals a game. Hill on the other hand finished with twelve points and five rebounds and three assists a game.

In the offseason Las Vegas also picked up a wealth of talent from the draft picks they had. With their picks they selected Jeremy Sims, Seneca Redd, and Justin Hill to form a very formidable core for the future of this fledgling team trying to make its mark in the WBA. Sims is a young center, but he has huge potential and if developed right could turn into a do it all big man for whatever team decides to hold onto to his talents. Redd on the other hand has less potential than Sims, but could still turn into a solid player similar to young big man Tyriq Lang in today’s WBA. Lastly Hill is a solid three man already who is mostly already developed to his fullest potential. But that fullest potential is already a very solid contributor to any WBA team. This team is well set up for the future and should continue to develop the assets that they got from their first official season of WBA action.

Seattle Season 13

The second inaugural season for the Las Vegas Gamblers was a relative success for them given their status in the league and the lifetime of the team itself. They finished with a below average record of thirty three and forty nine record to finish fourth in their subpar division. Their leading scorers for the year were Wes Taylor, Chad Archer, and Len Marrella. Taylor averaged twenty points after being traded to the Gamblers during the season, but we will get to the trade details later. The young wingman Archer averaged a solid sixteen points while shooting forty forty percent from the three and from the field. He also shot a very solid eighty five percent from the free throw line. Archer is a very solid young wing for this team, and should be held on in order to be groomed for the future. Marrella was the partner in crime for Archer and he averaged fifteen points and five rebounds.

The Gamblers took their amount of trades down to a few in their second year, but the influence of the trades that they made were just the same. The first one that they made was towards the start of the year and involved the young big man Jeremy Sims. Sims who has oodles of potential was traded to the Dinos for another young big man in Quade Nash as well as two first round picks. The Gamblers did downgrade in this trade, but they received two very good first round picks that should be very high in the upcoming draft which should set them up for the future. The second trade that the Gamblers maid involved their other young big man Reuben Sax. Sax was traded to the Burning Hell for a slashing point guard in Wes Taylor. The Gamblers also gave up two second round picks and a backup small forward and point guard that will surely help with the Burning Hell’s depth.

The Gamblers were relatively weak as a whole throughout the year, but one of the strengths was their team three point shooting. They finished fourth in the league shooting just above fourty percent for the year. This came from their young wings in Archer, Mariella, and Taylor and should be a strength for this team as they grow in the future. Aspects that they do have to work on is their rebounding and their team defense as they finished last in the league in rebounding and eighteenth in points allowed.

Seattle Season 14

Season 14 for the Seattle Rainmakers, yes the Seattle Rainmakers are now being led by the former management of the Las Vegas Gamblers was a disappointment. They finished with a record of thirty three and forty seven, one that is nearly identical to last years, which shows the progress that they did not make throughout the year. Their leading scorers for the year were the young wing Chad Archer, Len Marrella, and Wes Taylor. Archer grew his points per game average to over twenty this year and cemented his role as the team leader. Taylor and Mareella average their usual points around sixteen points a game while both shooting above fourty percent. Taylor was also the team’s leading assist man averaging a below average five assists per game which was a weak number for any team starting point guard and should be worked be improved for the future season.

They also made multiple trades throughout the year that set them up further for the future. The highlights of the trades included them trading a young point guard in Al Levy for a young potential filled four man in Vincent Miles. The highlights of the second trade for the Rainmakers was them giving up their youth for future picks that could turn out to be the golden ticket to Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory in the next few seasons. The third trade included the Rainmakers giving up a young point guard in Marcus Rogers who was not getting very many minutes in a guard stacked team for another young power forward in Neville Donner. Donner is another young power forward who should be able to develop next to Vincent Miles. The final large trade for the Rainmakers showed them getting yet another first round pick and a young big man in a trade with the Dinos. Seattle was forced to give up Lonnie Gerson as well as a Zulus second round pick which should prove to be an absolute steal of a trade for this team.

Seattle did improve in their weaknesses from last year, but they did not improve enough to make major strides. They still finished twenty sixth in the league in rounds pulling down just under forty boards a game. Seattle did improve in the points allowed statistic finishing fourteenth in the league only allowing ninety eight points a game which is a large improvement for this team based on last years performance. A constant strength for this team though is their three point shooting as they finished in the top five yet again shooting just under forty percent from the field. This strength should be built around for the future as Seattle posses many assets that could contribute to such a strategy.

Season 15
Season sixteen for Seattle was yet another disappointment for the slowly rebuilding team. After finishing with a subpar record the year before they finished with a twenty four and fifty six record while also finishing last in their division. Their leading scorers for the year were their usual suspect in star wing Chad Archer, two guard Mark Carr, and veteran big man Sean Ashman. Archer was his usual self and averaged twenty three points, six rebounds, and three assists, while shooting above fourty percent from the field and beyond the three point arch. Mark Carr also had another solid season as he usually does averaging thirteen points, three rebounds, and three assists. Carr has been solid throughout his career, but his production has never been enough to carry a team on his one. Ashman has been solid throughout his career and was again this year averaging fifteen points, and eight rebounds while shooting forty five percent from the field.

The only major trade that the Rainmakers made throughout the year involved the veteran big man Sean Ashman. Ashman was traded from the Fanatic to the Rainmakers along with a twenty seventeen first round pick for veteran guard Anson Valente and a young prospect in Brian Sewell. Ashman is a very solid pickup for the Rainmakers at the price that they acquired him for and he should be able to be resigned at a discount if Seattle wanted to add a veteran piece. Throughout the year Seattle just did not have enough scoring to compete against other teams having only Archer scoring above twenty points. They finished twenty sixth in the league in points scored only putting up a little bit more than ninety four points per game. Their defense as a team was better than their offense as they finished eighteenth in the league allowing a tick below one hundred points per game. This defense came mostly from the front court duo of Ashman and young power forward Vincent Miles.

The offseason was mostly uneventful for the Rainmakers besides their draft pick which was in the lottery once again. With the eleventh pick in the twenty fifteen draft they selected center Donn Sellers. Sellers is a very raw prospect, but at seven feet and weighing two hundred and thirty three pounds he has defensive potential that should be very beneficial, a for the Rainmakers if they choose to slowly develop his skills.

Seattle 2015

Season 15 for the Rainmakers was a disappointment as usual for this struggling franchise as they finished the season with a twenty four and fifty six record and last in their division. The will have a solid first round pick in this years draft which should turn out to be a good prospect as the foreign class is very ideal for rebuilding team. The Rainmakers had one of the worst assist averages in the league finishing with a average of nineteen points a game which was good for twenty seventh in the league. The did have a solid defense though only allowing ninety nine points a game good for eighteenth in the league. 

The leading scorers for this team were the usual suspects in Chad Archer and veteran big man Sean Ashman. Archer led the way having his best season of his career averaging twenty three points and six rebounds while shooting forty six percent from the field and forty one percent from three point land. Ashman on the other hand was his usual self averaging fourteen points a game while pulling down eight boards a game and shooting a respectable forty four percent from the field. Young four-man Vincent Miles was also a bright spot for this team as he showed huge potential averaging twelve points and seven rebounds while also blocking nearly two shots a game. Miles has huge potential and Seattle would be smart to give him a camp in the future to help realize that potential.

Seattle’s top draft pick Don Sellers was a bust in his first year averaging only three points and one board a game while being played a measly seven minutes a game. The Rainmaker did make a significant trade in the season though as they shipped off super scorer Lenn Marella to Baltimore for back up bigman Don Laine as well as point guard Anson Valente. Valente should help this team tremendously as there assist numbers have been one of the worst in the league over the past few seasons. Another trade that the Rainmakers made was less significant but still changed their outlook on the season as they swapped picks with the Massacre giving up the Outlaws pick that year in return for the Massacres pick in 2017 which is almost guaranteed to be worthless due to the
prestige of the Boston franchise. The deal also included the second round picks of the Massacre in 2016 and 2017 as well as the Snow Bears and Rainmakers in 2015.

Seattle 2016

The Rain makers reached an all time low in season sixteen of this great league as they finished the season with a seventeen and sixty three record. The good news is though that they do have potentially two lottery picks in the upcoming draft and an up and coming big man in Vincent Miles who they have signed long term. They had one of the worst records in the league on the road at seven and thirty three only behind the Devils and Bloods whose company you never want to keep in any stat ever. 

The leading scorers for this team and bright sports were guards Scooter Baylor and Vester Friedrich. Friedrich led the way for this team averaging nineteen points, three boards and three assists while shooting forty two percent from the field. His running mate in the backcourt Scooter Baylor was the second leading scorer for the team putting up fourteen points a game while only shooting forty one percent from the field. This young guys are good, but this season showed that they are not ready to lead a team yet and need veterans around them to show them the ropes of being a leader in the WBA. The Rainmakers usual rock, Chad Archer had the worst season of his career coming off what was a career year in points for the Rainmakers in 2015. Archers struggle during the year was one of the great mysteries of 2016 for the WBA as he is one of the best pure scorers in the league when he is on track.

The Rainmakers did make multiple trades throughout the year all with the objective of shifting to a younger group of guys to build around. The first significance trade they made was shipping out veteran bigman Sean Ashman to the veteran graveyard in Salt Lake City. The deal included Roy Base, Dave Troychak, and Ashman as well as the second round pick for the Rainmakers in 2017’s draft. This was an odd deal for the Rainmakers as it gave them two vets for an expiring contract and a pick. The next trade that the Rainmakers made was to ship off backup point guard Mark Carr to the Xtreme for defensive beast and Greg Lacy V2 Sergei Danilov. This might have been the Rainmakers best deal of the year as Danilov was the exact veteran presence that this team needed and should be resigned.

Los Angeles Gargoyles

WASHINGTON MONUMENTS

SEASON 1 HISTORY

The Monuments finished third in their division in the inaugural season of the World Basketball Association, but that is not as good as it may sound. They had a record of 22 wins and 40 losses surpassing North Carolina and Baltimore who combined for only 27 wins. It was not the start that ownership was looking for, but there were some bright spots to build around.  Actually, looking back at the numbers, it is not as bright as I remember. Steve Foreman was the leading scorer and rebounder with over 14 points per night and 7.5 rebounds. He can hopefully grow into a 20 and 10 guy down the road. The second best scorer was Walt Rogers shooting an impressive 66% from beyond the arc, but only produced 12 points per game. I hope the coach gives this kid more than 27 minutes a night next season and takes off the handcuffs. Let the boy fire away!! As you might have guessed, Washington’s offensive output placed them 7th worse in the league, but the really bad news is their defense was even worse at 6th worse in the league. They did not produce a player in the top 25 in rebounds, assists, steals or blocks. Foreman did make the top 25 in scoring and is still one of the main hopes for the future. Let’s hope management holds onto him and allows him to develop. One positive note, they did not have a player leading in turnovers either. I believe these stats might be the key. Foreman played the most minutes with 34 per game and next was Rogers with 27 minutes. This team had 10 players average over 10 minutes in 50 games or more. The coaching staff may want to tighten up the rotation next season and let some of the stars show their true potential. During this inaugural season, management traded away both their season 2 picks, so the offseason does not have young rookies in the future to bolster Foreman and Rogers. The part of the trade that has left many fans disgruntled was the fact that Steve Peterson, The Monuments first overall draft pick, was traded to Cincinnati and ended the season averaging 9.9 assists per game. The Monuments could have used that kind of a floor general to spark their offense. Management will need to look at moving those future picks they accumulated to bring in some more talent and right this ship.  

WASHINGTON MONUMENTS

SEASON 2 HISTORY

A team was added to the Mid Atlantic Division, but it did not help the Monuments to place any higher.  They fell to second to last in the division out of seven teams with a final record of 22 wins and 58 losses. The normal regular season is now going to be 80 games, which only seem to add an additional 16 losses as the pride of Washington basketball came up with the same win total as last season. Joe Montgomery, the leading scorer this season for the Monuments, ended with an average slightly over 14 points per contest. As we saw last season, this will not get it done. Where is Foreman?? Joe Clark led the team with 8 boards per night and Jon Billings accumulated 6.2 assists per contest. Foreman, the top scorer and rebounder from last season, was inexplicably traded away for the 40th pick and a first rounder two years from now in season 4. That’s correct. No help was sent back to Washington and management sent Al Woods to help Bermuda to top it off. The fans are already starting to call for heads to roll in only the second season of this young basketball association. You can’t really blame them. The loss of Foreman dropped the Monuments to the 4th worst offense in the league. They were still trying on the court and managed to maintain their 6th worst defensive ranking. Washington cannot boast of a scorer in the top 60 in the league. Foreman was there at #38 in the league. Billings made it in the top 25 for assists albeit at the bottom of the list with is 6.2 dishes. And no one made it in the top 25 for rebounds, assists or steals again this season.  It is difficult to tell if this is due to talent or a lack there of or if it is because refuses to play any player more than 27 minutes on average per game. The stats dictate that this coach has a 14 man rotation. This is not city league where everyone gets to play. At this level, you have got to ride your stars and allow them to take you to the promise land. The front office did manage to hold on to a lottery pick for the upcoming Season 3 draft, so hopefully they have something up their sleeve and at least one eye for talent.

WASHINGTON MONUMENTS

SEASON 3 HISTORY

What a turnaround. Management had a plan I can only call patience. They traded away their draft picks for future picks and season 3 is when they spent their accumulated picks. The three rookies they grabbed all started for the Monuments and led them to an impressive 62 and 18 Season. This gave them second in their division. With the 7th overall pick, they chose Kevon Duke. Duke averaged 20 points per night on 53% shooting. He also managed to grab 5 boards and dish off 3 assists per contest. What a rookie season. Parker Mason was the floor general the Monuments have sorely been missing. He was stolen at the 10thoverall pick. In his rookie debut, he was able to put up over 16 points and 9 assists per game. His assist to turnover ratio was almost 3 to 1 and he managed to pick pocket his opponent almost twice per night. On top of all that, he grabbed over 5 boards per night at the point guard position. Incredible. Cristobal Dasher was the third rookie to come in and make an immediate impact. He averaged over 10 points and 8 rebounds per night. Normally quite impressive for a rookie, but compared to Duke and Mason it seems almost average. These rooks were actually led by Jon Riddle who led the team in scoring and rebounding with 21 points and 8.5 rebounds per contest. This new offensive output rocketed Washington to the 5th best offense in the league with 106.3 points per night. This is all the way up from third worst last season. The rookies can play defense too. They finished with a respectable 7th best in the league allowing only 93.5 points per night for an average margin of victory of over 13 points per game. Unlike the past two seasons, The Monuments can boast 3 scorers in the top 60, Riddle, Duke and Mason. Riddle made it into the top 20. Mason also was in the top 10 in assists, but he will have to learn the value of the rock as he also led the league with 3.5 turnovers per night. The rookies and Riddle sure hogged the spot light, but a couple other key contributors were Tyler Durden throwing in 11 points per night from the shooting guard spot and Joe Clark coming off the bench to pitch in 7 boards in only 20 minutes of work. This brought the Monuments to the Conference Championship only to get knocked out 4-1 by the hated division rival, The Brooklyn Rage. Management has got to keep this core together and let them grow.

WASHINGTON MONUMENTS

SEASON 4 HISTORY

The Monuments put together another good season with 61 wins and 19 losses giving them second in the division, but once again right behind that pain in the keister, Brooklyn Rage. However, The Monuments would have the last laugh over the silly Rage by winning the Championship!! That is correct Washington holds the trophy. Brooklyn had their number, but chokes in the first round and loses to Rochester 3-2. This opens the door for Washington and they bust through it knocking off Baltimore 3-1 in the first round. They followed this up by dispatching Albecete 4-2. It wasn’t as close as the series looks. Albecete rolled over. Then it was Rochester sent home easily in the Eastern Conference Championships 4-1. The Finals had Washington squaring up against Cincinnati and they sent them packing without much hoopla in a 4-2 series. What a year!! It was costly though. Management gave up 2 1st rounders in seasons 5, 6 and 8 and two promising rookies that led the team last year in Kevon Duke and Cristobal Dasher, but it was worth it to get the new team leader, Boom Boom Casey. Casey led the team with 20 points and 10 rebounds per night. A 20/10 guy and helped out with 3 assists and 2.5 blocks per night. Hopefully he clogs up the paint for many years to come. The number one overall pick, Arron Black, was not far behind him averaging 18 points and 8 boards per contest. Mason was still the floor general with 9 assists per game and he can shoot when need throwing in 17 points per game to boot. A championship team you would think would have the top offense or defense, but this well rounded squad was 6th overall in both categories and played steady ball all season. With The Boom, down low there was also a lot of double teams and kick outs to the perimeter, which suited newcomer Jalen Bell just fine as he led the league in 3pt % with an impressive 51% from behind the arc. And right behind him was rookie phenom Arron Black shooting 44% for 8th best in the league. Management has gone and done it now. They think they had pressure on them in the first couple of seasons expectations will be through the roof after a year like this one.

WASHINGTON MONUMENTS

SEASON 5 HISTORY

Division winner after a championship year is exactly what The Monuments fans and front office were hoping for. They finally in Season 5 were able to get that stinking monkey off their back known as the Brooklyn Rage. They had a strong record of 60-20, but it was not to be a repeat of the championship run. The Monuments got to the playoffs and put Boston out early in a 3-1 series, but then Albacete paid them back from last season and knocked them out 4-2. Once again The Monuments were led by their dominant big man, I would hazard to say the best big man in the league bar none, Boom Boom increased his offensive intensity and was able to produce over 26 points per game to go along with his 9 rebounds. This put him up there with the big boys, names like Jarvis and Williams and tied him for second overall in scoring for the season. The Boom was again able to set up his teammates 3 times  a game and almost 3 blocks per night makes a driving guard second guess his decision. Arron Black also improved his game producing 22 points per game and 7 rebounds. Management thought they could do without the scoring that Parker Mason brought to the table based on the newcomer Jimmy Foster producing 11 assists per night in his place, but in the playoffs a good team needs that third scoring option to keep teams honest on the double teaming. Although, you cannot really argue with the third best offense over the regular season, it is on the defensive side they slipped a little down to the eighth best. With two of the top 15 scorers and the second best assist man in the league it looks like the offense is ready to roll right into next season. The front office gave up all their draft picks to score Boom Boom, which paid off with a championship, but they will need to look for a trade or free agent to shore up their defense if they want to get back to the top. A young defense first guard like that Doug Christie kid in the NBA would fit perfect on this team.

WASHINGTON MONUMENTS

SEASON 6 HISTORY

Season 6 turned out to be another strong showing by the Monuments. They finished at the top of their division 11 games ahead of the pesky little Rage team, but finished the season in a tough conference championship series. They walked over the Rage in the first round winning the series 3-0. Next came Gabon in the second round and they were sent packing in a 4-0 sweep, but then Washington faced Boston in a tough nosed back and forth series, which saw them falling short 3-4. Boston was the best offense in the league and The Monuments did not improve much on the defensive side of the ball finishing one spot worse than last year with the 9th best defense. Boston went on to get smoked in the championship by Cancun 4-1, but for Washington this was another solid performance and a season to build on. Boom Boom and Black are both returning after both finished in the top ten in scoring with Eugene LaMaitre 17th overall it is a potent offense. The Boom is still the foundation finishing with 23.6 points per game on 46% shooting and pulling down almost 8 boards per night. He also threw in 3 assists and 2.5 blocks per contest. The Monuments need to find a floor general to go for it all next season. Herman Burke led the team with 5.6 dimes per night, but with this kind of potent scoring power a playmaker would take them to the next level. Cameron Sampson was the leading rebounder adding a solid 9.9 boards per night making him 14th in the league. Although, their defense was 9th, their offense finished an impressive 3rd overall in the league and should be able to stay there as long as The Boom stays healthy. More defense is what is needed here. Lamaitre finished 15th with 2.3 steals per night and Casey’s 2.5 blocks earned him 8th in the league, so they have team defense to build on. A player like Boom Boom Casey does not come around often and therefore is not cheap to acquire via trade and Washington is still paying for him with a lack of draft picks. They picked Bud Bock this season with the 27th pick who turned out to be solid depth scoring 9.5 points in 11 minutes per night, but next season the cupboard is pretty bare with only a late 2nd rounder. They will have to ride their big 3 in Season 7.

WASHINGTON MONUMENTS

SEASON 7 HISTORY

The Monuments were still able to hold on to the Division lead in Season 7, but they fell off a bit to 55 wins and the spoiled brats in Brooklyn seem to be starting to mature as they made up a big chunk of ground finishing only two games behind for second place in the Mid Atlantic Division. Their offense slipped a little bit from 3rd to 5th, but their defense jumped a solid 7 spots from 9th to 2nd in the league. Management was listening to me as they added Leo Rice for defense and a solid playmaker in Ed Kane. Boom Boom still led the team finishing 6th in scoring with 23.6 points per night. This is the same offensive production as last year, but the rest slipped a little. He only averaged 7.3 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 blocks this season. Arron Black still finished top 10 in scoring with 23 per night and Lamaitre was right on target adding 17 points per night. However, Black made a big jump in rebounding this year and led the team with just over 9 boards per night. These 3 offensive stalwarts are all also very efficient from the line with LaMaitre at 96%, Casey at 92% and Black at 91%. This ability to get to the line separates Washington from some of its talented competitors. Once again Washington did not have much trouble getting past the first 2 rounds of the playoffs. They knocked off New York 3-1 in the first round and Boston 4-2 in the second, but then ran into the team that would eventually win the Championship, The Albacete Burning Hell. Albacete luckily snuck by in a very competitive series and pulled out a 4-3 win. Sheer luck. Management traded their picks for Boom Boom and it paid off with a championship, but it may have cost them their future. They are still right in the mix of things, but do not have assets to bring in one more piece to put them over the top. Their one Season 7 pick at 54th overall, Patrick O’Connor was not asked to suit up for the regular season. Washington is close and if they are the healthy team come next playoffs they will make it interesting once again.

WASHINGTON MONUMENTS

SEASON 8 HISTORY

It finally happened. The roles have reversed. Brooklyn took the lead in the Mid-Atlantic Division with 59 wins and Washington finished 2nd with a record of 52-28. And it turned out to be an omen for a tough season that Washington fans have not been accustomed to after the past seasons of success. The Birmingham Blue Thunderbolts after finishing a disappointing 3rd in the Mid-Atlantic with a paltry record of 43-37 swept the Monuments 3-0 in the first round.  Washington fans can still not believe or figure out how their Monuments finished a decent 3rd in the Eastern Conference yet were thoroughly defeated by the 6th seed Thunderbolts. The Monuments finished in the middle of the pack this season for offensive output, which you would think would not earn them a 3rd seed, but once again their defense was stifling and held their opponents to only 96.3 points per night, which earned them the 2nd best defense in the league. It seemed as a team they missed Aaron Black. However, AJ Shulz had a strong year and Kadeem Reed is going to be a good passer for years to come. Once again they were led by the stalwart center, Boom Boom Casey. He averaged almost 22 points per game, close to 8 boards per night and threw in 2 blocks each night. Kadeem Reed led the team with 5.5 assists per night. He shows flashes of brilliance, and he will become the 8+ assists type playmaker The Monuments need, but that won’t be for a few more seasons and Washington wants the trophy now. Leo Rice’s defense is a big part of the team finishing 2nd overall and he led the team with 9.8 boards per night. Washington still only had one 2nd round pick to work with in Season 8, but they shrewdly picked up a young big man that will add depth off the bench for most teams in the league for years to come. Tristen Collins played in every game this season as a rookie averaging 8+ points per night in his 14 minutes. I think management would make that trade over again to get Casey and a championship, but they want another and I think a pass first point guard is the piece they need to find.

WASHINGTON MONUMENTS

SEASON 9 HISTORY

The Monuments are back on top of the division!! After letting the despised Brooklyn Rage sneak in their last year for one season, Washington soared past them with an impressive regular season record of 63-17. The second best record in the entire league behind Cancun’s 65 win season. This had fans ecstatic with the promise of home court advantage up until the championship. And The Monuments needed it through a couple of toughly contested rounds. Gabon would not give up without a fight and the 8th seed finally was sent home after a 3-2 series win. After finishing 4th in the conference, you would think Albacete would be put away rather quickly, but they must have watched some of the Giants gritty performances because they took the top seeded Monuments to a tight game seven. The Monuments persevered and must have wanted a little rest before the championship because they dispatched a quality Budapest team in a rather quick 4-1 series. However, Cancun had also survived some tough rounds and had the best record in the league for a reason. They beat Washington handily in a 4-1 championship series. This was another strong showing for Washington and another good run with Boom Boom Casey. They were still led by their defensive tenacity and earned the 3rd best team defense at the end of the regular season. Management also made some big moves bringing in Emmett Yee to get their offense back into the top ten. He averaged 29 points per contest, which made him the second best scorer in the league at brought their team offense back up to 8th in the league. Yee is almost all offense, but did throw in a couple rebounds and assists per night and a solid 1.6 steals per game. Casey’s offense dropped a couple points to 19 per night with Yee taking more shots, but he still grabbed 8 boards per night and was the all around team leader in the locker room. Leo Rice led the team in rebounds with 9.5 per night, but was followed closely by AJ Shulz at 8.7. And Kadeem Reed’s assist numbers jumped up to 7.3 per night as he found a favorite target in Yee. Casey is starting to age. The question is how many more runs does he have in him. We will see next season.

WASHINGTON MONUMENTS

SEASON 10 HISTORY

The Monuments had another solid season finishing with a solid 48-32 mark. Brooklyn went into somewhat of a rebuilding phase letting go of some of their stalwarts like Joe Seibert to get some youth on their squad and this opened the door wide open. The fans were thrilled to see Brooklyn with a sub .500 record this season, but most knew with 3 other teams finishing with 60 wins this season their Monuments had their work cut out for them in the playoffs. Luckily the fans were delighted to see their first matchup was a cupcake against the hated monkeys from Brooklyn. The Monuments made the best of it by getting the broom out and sending them home with a 3-0 sweep. The next round looked like it had promise as Budapest had just gone 5 grueling games against a tough well coached Sacramento team, so rest was on the Monuments side, but as we have all seen it before: rest became rust and the Monuments fell 4-1 to Budapest who would go on to lose in the Championship game. A solid season, but nobody was happy getting knocked out early in the second round. Emmitt Yee again led the team with 22.6 points per game on 45% shooting, but still only a few rebounds and assists. AJ Shulz led the team in rebounding with over 10 per contest, but his boarding buddy, Leo Rice, was moved to bring in a young new point guard. Justin Krueger was the new floor general and showed good potential already averaging 7 plus assists per night. I do not even need to mention the pillar of the team in Boom Boom  who was once again just a rebound away from being that 20 and 10 guy down low. The glaring weakness this season was the 5thstarter, Elvin Sanders. He only played 21 minutes per game, so management saw it as well, but he only got 12 points and 3 rebounds per night and when I say only I mean no assists and little defense. Needless to say he was not a crowd favorite and let’s hope management has a plan to upgrade those minutes.

ARKANSAS STINGERS(WASHINGTON MONUMENTS)

SEASON 11 HISTORY

Change is the word to describe Season 11, but where to begin seems to be the difficult part with so many changes. As you see above, The Washington Monuments moved to Arkansas and became the Stingers. This monumental change came about because there was a change in ownership of the team during the off-season and the Stingers were born. There was also a realignment of divisions. The Stingers would no longer be in the Mid Atlantic Division, but would now compete in the Southern Division of the Western Conference. This was disappointing to fans as their long time hated rival, the Brooklyn Rage, was in the midst of a rebuilding period and only came up with a 46 – 34 season. The fans would have loved to put a thumping on the Rage while they were down, but it was not to be. But we have not covered the biggest change, the roster. New management came in and decided the Monuments had gotten as close as they were going to get and it was time to rebuild. They traded away long time fan favorite Boom Boom Casey as well as Emmitt Yee and AJ Shulz. In return, they landed some youth such as DaRond Lyons who looks like he will go down in WBA history as he matures. Also, acquired were solid bigs in young Harry Applegate and veteran, Cristobal Dasher. Elvin Sanders stepped up from last season and led the team with 16+ points per contest. He also added over 5 rebounds, an assist and a steal and a half per game. Cristobal Dasher was the leading rebounder for the Stingers with just under 10 per night. He also contributed almost 15 points, a couple of assists and over one block and steal per game. Dasher was their defensive foundation as well as the most efficient offensive contributer shooting 55% from the floor. Promising young DaRond Lyons led the team with 4.4 assists per night with almost two steals and 11 points to boot. He is more of a naturally scorer and a off guard who may mature into one of the most prolific scorers in the WBA with some time. Management has definitely decided to go with a rebuild mode and some young faces for the future. Their Season 11 record of 25-55 will slowly improve as this young core matures. 

ARKANSAS STINGERS(WASHINGTON MONUMENTS)

SEASON 12 HISTORY

There was a realignment again this season and there are now 3 divisions per conference instead of 2. The Stingers found themselves still in the Western Conference and in the newly formed Midwest Division, which includes some historical franchises like Salt Lake and Colorado. Management is still in the rebuild phase and did not feel some of the veterans were bought into the direction that they wanted to go. Cristobal Dasher and Elvin Sanders were traded away.  They were able to acquire some youth and some familiar faces. Wu Dian Fan is an up and coming swing man who started at the shooting guard this season with a back up you might remember in Emmett Yee. Justin Krueger with a little more seasoning was back as the floor general. They were also able to grab to solid bigs to anchor the front court in Dave Short and Pat Stephenson. This scouting department is busy and driven to continue to improve. Dave Short led the team in scoring from the PF position with 16.8 points per night. He also led the team in rebounding pulling down 10.9 boards per contest, which put him 7th overall in the league. Krueger led the team in dishes for the season with 6.6 per game and he also threw in 11 points per night. Pat Stephenson is worth mentioning with his 15.5 points and 8.5 boards per game at the center position. These were solid individual performances, but as a team their offense ranked 21st in the league and their defense was only one spot better at 20th in the league, which left them with a record of 26-54. Arkansas had two of the top 10 free throw shooters in the league with Yee and Short, but did not have a player in the top 25 for 3pt%. Management has some young players to watch develop, but will have to look for an outside threat to round out this team.  They also cannot boast of a player in the top 25 for steals or blocks, so a defensive stalwart like Lou Gonzalez would be a huge pick up in the off season.

ARKANSAS STINGERS(WASHINGTON MONUMENTS)

SEASON 13 HISTORY

Arkansas finished 3rd in the Mid West Division this season. A marked improvement of 7 games compared to last season. They missed the 8th seed by a tie breaker finishing with the same record as Sacramento, but did not get the chance to get swept by the top team in the conference. The Wild and Fanatics ran away with the division especially the Fanatics with an impressive 60 win season, but this is a season to build on for Arkansas fans. Dave Short is starting to show his age at 32, so he and his down low companion switched roles this season. Pat Stephenson became the point and rebound leader averaging 19.8 points and 10.1 boards. He just missed that 20/10 tag all bigs shoot for, but he did swat 2 balls away per night, a solid foundation down low for the Stingers. Veterans Cole Bayo and  Justin Krueger split time running the show from the PG spot and both averaged about 4 dishes per game. Yee is still a solid contributor off the bench, and young 23 year old Dan Kincaide is worthy of a mention. He averaged 16.9 points, 5.8 rebounds, 2.4 assists and a steal per game while shooting a solid 40% from behind the arc. This is the outside threat the Stinger fans were hoping for last year. Kincaide may be the scorer to finish in the top 25 that the Stingers were missing this season, but boasting of two top 15 rebounders is something to build around. Stephenson finished 5th in the league and Short was no slouch at 13th. Stephenson also finished 2nd for blocks and 5th for FG%, what a solid season the big man put in. Even without a top 25 scorer Arkansas finished 12th in the league in offensive production at just under 100 points per game. It was on the defensive side of the ball that they needed to improve finishing 28th in the league. Arkansas finished 10th in blocks behind Big Pat down low, but 21st in steals. A steals machine like Bobby Egan in Sacramento and a focus on the opponent’s FG % would make life look good next season with the hopes that Kincaide progresses well and Short does not fall off to much more.

LOS ANGELES GARGOYLES (ARKANSAS STINGERS)

SEASON 14 HISTORY

The Los Angeles Gargoyles are born. In Season 14, management decided to stir things up and the team and fans know they are more frightening and formidable with a name change and a change of location. Moving the team to the 2nd largest market in the U.S. gives management the financial backing to compete with some of these other cash rich teams like the team every other team loathes, the Brooklyn Rage. It was perfect timing because the front office of the WBA decided to do one more re-alignment of teams and it looks like this one could last for many years to come. The conferences were split into USA and World, which seems to fit the vast geographical expanse of the WBA teams. The Gargoyles were placed in the West Division of the USA with teams like Las Vegas, Sacramento, Alaska and Seattle. Management also decided to make some big changes utilizing the draft and free agency. In the draft, they picked up a promising young shooting guard in Curtis Starman, but free agency is where the big splash came dishing out two max contracts to a young forward, Chance Crowley, and veteran big man, Rueben Sax. This brought the fans out in droves with Kincaide still the center piece, the future looks bright. Kincaide increased his point per games average by 5 points versus last season and led the team with 20.6 points per night. He still stayed active on the rest of the floor grabbing 5 boards, dishing 2 assists and snagging a steal per night. Starman in his rookie debut was no slouch dropping 18 points per game. His all around game will match Kincaide’s in a couple more seasons. Sax, of course led the team in rebounding with 9.1 boards per night. Crowley did not lead the team in stats other then +/-. He was the glue doing a little bit of everything for the team. Young Alvin Wendling led the team in assists with 6.5 per contest with Krueger now mentoring from the bench. The new faces did not gel this first season with the offense slipping back a few spots to the middle of the pack, but it was still their defense that held them back as they finished 28th in the league. Management and fans intend to build on this offensive success and improve next season on their 31-49 finish this season.

LOS ANGELES GARGOYLES (ARKANSAS STINGERS)

SEASON 15 HISTORY

This was a tough season. Management made some moves to The Gargoyles to the next level, but we’re hampered by some serious injuries. Once again in free agency, Los Angeles was able to woo a big time free agent in Nikos Atrides. Nikos is a scoring machine and led the team with over 26 points per night as well as 3 boards, 4 assists and almost 2 steals. With the signing of Atrides it look like management decided to make a run this season by trading Dan Kincaide for All WBA, Wayne Taylor. Taylor is one of the WBA’s all time scorers and he and Nikos make a powerful offensive one two punch, but it was not to be as Taylor was one of the stars struck by a big time injury. He ended up missing 24 games and the injury lingered for a few games after that. This may have been something the team could overcome, but it was not the Gargoyles’ worse injury of the season. Their glue guy from last season, Chance Crowley, went out for a brutal 37 game stretch that overlapped Taylor’s absences. There are not even a handful of teams in the WBA that can withstand two of their main 5 for that long of a stretch. The Gargoyles made a noticeable push at the end of the season with both players came back healthy, which is something to build on for next season. On the bright side, they were able to get Donovan McCormick down low to replace injury prone, Rueben Sax. McCormick led the team with 8.5 rebounds per night. The lead for assists was shared by Atrides with his 4 and young 22 year old up and comer, Lauren Stewart, who also averaged 4 dishes per night off the bench. If tough to look at where the Gargoyles ranked as a team with injuries of this nature, but surprisingly despite the injuries they were able to stay in the middle of the pack on the offensive side of the ball averaging just over 100 points per contest. The defense was the impacted more and kept them at 28th in the league this season. Fans are hopeful with a little luck from the Health Fairy and a little more depth off the bench and they could be playoff bound next season.

LOS ANGELES GARGOYLES (ARKANSAS STINGERS)

SEASON 16 HISTORY

Los Angeles fans were hoping for more than the 30-50 record that brought this season to an end. The Gargoyles earned a fourth place finish in a soft West Division. California looks to be close to unstoppable and will probably win it all next season against the Rage, which makes them a tough division leader for Los Angeles to chase, but chase them management will. The front office traded away young up and coming guards Casey Pointer and Curtis Starman in a 3 team trade and got back All WBA utility man, Heiko Van Brandt and the consummate league overachiever, Obafemi Mabruke. Unfortunately, these two veterans are on the wrong side of their illustrious careers.  William Curry is the saving grace for this trade, but he is slotted for the PG position in this lineup, which is not his natural position. He is only 22 years old, so patience and development will see this young star shine, but being patient in the WBA is not as easy as many outsiders would think. I will give fans one guess who the top scorer was for the Gargolyles this season. The league’s all time scoring leader, Wayne Taylor, is still getting it done with 22.6 points per night. How Nikos Atrides was right behind him with 21.2. Offense was not really the issue. The Gargoyles finished 12th overall in production with 104 points per night, but they were dead last in defense allowing over 110 points per night. Mabruke led the team in rebounds with 8.5 boards per contest, which is still amazing at his underwhelming height of 6’7”. Atrides and the aforementioned Curry both dished out 4 assists per game on average, but Wayne Taylor needs a true floor general to really flourish especially as he ages and cannot create his own shot with the ease of his younger years. Management will be busy in the offseason with an eye towards a PF that is taller than Mabruke’s 6’7 frame and a pass first PG to run the show for Old Man Taylor.

London Disco

Season 11
Season 11 was a whirlwind for the London Disco as it was filled with trades left and right as management tries to rebuild this young team. The team ended the season with a 36 and 44 record missing out on the playoffs and landing them fifth place in the Atlantic Division. Their leading scorers were guards Peter Parker and Bobby Cress. Parker averaged 19.5 points and 1.2 blocks becoming the leading scorer for this young team. Cress was the one two punch to Parker averaging 15 points and 9 rebounds while also averaging 2.4 block per game. Rookie Chance Crowley had a average season for his draft position putting up 9 points while also pulling down 4 rebounds per game. Crowley showed potential for London management that should a solid WBA future for years to come.

The highlight of the year came in the trade market for the DIsco as they managed to pull off 5 trades with five different teams each with potential for positive and negative effects for the London all depending on the growth of the players that they received and got rid of in the deals. The first deal involved a young stretch big man named George Faup, London had to give up a first round pick for the big which should work out well for them as it will end up being a middle of the road pick most likely. The other more major trade for the Disco happened in the draft leading up to the season. London traded their 15th overall pick for the 17th pick and Gabon’s 2nd round pick for the next season. They used that pick to select aforementioned Chance Crowley who has potential to develop into a star in the coming years. The final major trade of the year for the Disco was acquiring shooting guard/ small forward Jeremy Aarons from Budapest for point guard Bob Bobnar. London needed to address lack of real size that at the guard positions, and they did that with the trade while also acquiring cash considerations for the next few seasons.

The draft provided some good pieces as well for the Disco as they had 5 draft picks to throw around in how they want. They used the picks Cole Smith, Bob Bobnar, Gavin Wright, Chance Crowley, and Clyde Summers. Crowley was traded for during the season and Bodnar was gone by the end of the season which showed the potential that they had. These decisions have long term potential for the Disco, but can also set them back for many years to come.

Season 12
Season twelve had the London Disco on the rebuilding path slowly growing the young core that they had been acquiring over the past few seasons. Even though they were rebuilding the Disco finished the season with a record of 38 and 42 missing out on the playoffs in the Eastern Conference. Their leading scorers were early season trade acquisition Harry Applegate with whom they traded young four man George Faup for. Applegate averaged 16 points and 10 rebounds while accumulating 2 blocks per game. The young four showed London management he can be a go to scorer for this franchise for years. Young point Guard Shemar Mahara whom the Disco drafted the year before averaged 12 points and 5 assists in his rookie year contributing to a much needed
position for the Disco. Applegates counterpart in the post Evelio Nunez also was near the top of the Disco scoring averaging 16 points, 4 rebounds, and 4 assists. During the season London made two trades that proved to work out in their favor either during that season or in the long run. The first trade involved

During the season London made two trades that proved to work out in their favor either during that season or in the long run. The first trade involved Odibe King getting shipped Seoul in exchange for big man Evelio Nunez who was a large contributor to the Disco during the season. London also received Jeff Sandbeck, Joe Cornell, and Rochester’s 2016 2nd round pick. The second trade of the season for London was getting young big man Harry Applegate from Boston for a young stretch big in George Faup. London went through with this trade in order to get a true young big to pair with Nunez. Heading into the offseason London management decided to go the route of upgrading the bench and did that through the draft. They drafted four young prospects in Jewel

Heading into the offseason London management decided to go the route of upgrading the bench and did that through the draft. They drafted four young prospects in Jewel Boutwell, Raymond Tiller, Clay Harris, and Daniel Mckinnie. Out of the four prospects Boutwell has the most potential and could someday become a contributing bench piece to a team in need of a wing player. The other three prospects are young and are very long term projects if they want to earn a spot in the league of the best in the world. Tiller and Harris are young four men who could potentially grow in the developmental league while Mckinnie is the lone two guard of the bunch although his 6’6 frame could be a valuable tool for teams once he gets some experience amongst the best.

Season 13
The 2013 season was one filled with optimism for the London Disco. During the long offseason they had been taken over by a young and ambitious general manager Jorden Lawrence, who was poised to lead the young core that was in London. The Disco had a quality season for the amount of youth they had at key positions finishing 44-36, good enough for sixth in the World Conference. The leading scorers for the Disco were star guard Shemar Mahara, veteran two guard Bert Haug, and crafty wing Wu-Dian Fan. Mahara averaged 23 points and 5 assists while shooting 45 percent from three point range something he is quickly becoming known for. Haug had the best season of his career averaging 20 points, 4 rebounds, while adding 2 steals a game eighth in the league. Dian Fan also had the best season of his young career pouring in 15 points. Though Dian Fan is a quality scorer he only shot 38 percent from the field something that caused the Disco problems which teams took advantage of focusing on Mahara and Haug forcing Dian Fan to step up. Due to a relatively strong conference London’s quality season earned them the sixth seed in the playoffs and a first round matchup with the Paris Juggers an established veteran team who took advantage of the young Disco sweeping them in four games and ending the Disco dream season.

Heading into the offseason the Disco knew they needed to upgrade the big position with 217 pound Chance Crowley being forced to start at the four. During the offseason management chose to add some size and go in a different direction signing big man and defensive monster Chad Nolan from Mexico City for a max contract. Nolan was the perfect acquisition for the young wings on this team and should add a defensive presence that will help establish them as a very quality team in this league for many years to come. Also addressing the lack of bigs London management drafted foreign big man Djoka Andjelic whose seven foot frame will lead to a very stout defensive front court for the Disco that they hope will be able to challenge the star wing players of top teams such as Mario Bailey, Wayne Taylor, and Darond Lyons.

Season 14
Season 14 of the WBA was a disappointing one for the London Disco. They were surrounded with optimism going into the season led by a young and emerging core of Wu-Dian Fan and Shermar Mahara as well as draft pick Djoka Andjelic who the Disco drafted high in the 2014 draft. Though they went into the season with high expectations they did not meet the high standards this young core had going 32-48 and missing the playoffs after making the sixth seed the year before. The leading scorers for this team were the young point guard Shermar Mahara who dropped 24 points and 6 assists while shooting 47 percent from 3 point range good for eleventh in the league. Offseason acquisition Chad Nolan was the second leading scorer for the team with 15 points and 8 rebounds while struggling from the field only shooting 39 percent which was one of the problems for this team, the lack of a second go to star a problem they would solve in the offseason in one move. Djoka Andjelic was one the lone bright spots for this team averaging 12 points, 6 rebounds, and 1 block while shooting a very efficient 52 percent from the field. Though he did have a quality season Djoka was overshadowed by fellow rookie Almantas Talacka who won MVP of the league in his first year.

The Disco missed the playoffs ending a very disappointing season but also landing them the 10th pick in the draft during the offseason which they used to strengthen the backup guard spot, another weakness of this team during the season. The Disco drafted Sean Madera with the tenth pick, an all around guard that the general manager hopes one day can develop into a quality starting guard for a team with Bert Haug their starting two guard aging rapidly. Perhaps the most important aspect of the offseason for the London Disco though was the firesale that the Tokyo Devils roster turned into. Tokyo realized they were stuck in a matrix of being a quality team and not being able to compete with the top teams for a championship so London took part in the
firesale by acquiring Tokyo star guard Bishop Stein for young guard Keenan Holter, the aging guard Bert Haug, and a future first round pick. This deal not only solves London’s second scorer dilemma but gives them a one-two punch that is among the top in the league.

Season 15
London was a franchise surrounded by optimism heading into the 2015 season of the WBA. They Disco were coming off a very good season that saw them make the playoffs and compete in a very tough World Conference. This season they finished with a record of fifty four and twenty six and were the top team in their division albeit a very weak division that saw the second place team finishing with only a forty and forty record. The Discos top performers this year were their two backcourt running mates. The first being homegrown point guard Shermar Mahara who performed exceptionally in the first year of his long term extension with the Disco. Mahara averaged twenty five points, three rebounds, and seven assists while posting the best plus/minus on the team at seven and a half. The second leading scorer for the Disco was trade acquisition Bishop Stein, who in seventy seven games with the Disco averaged twenty four points, four rebounds, and six assists after coming over from the tanking Devils who threw in the season before it even started and pulled off a Sam Hinkie type of rebuild and set the franchise back for years.

As mentioned previously the Disco did pull off a blockbuster trade for a all star at the start of the season, but before we get to that one, a smaller trade that they made was with the Gabon Giants. London traded their twenty eighteen first round pick to the Giants for power forward Sam White, the Giants twenty seventeen first round pick as well as their twenty seventeen second round pick. This trade was a minor one in terms of star power, but it did set up the Disco with a nice backup power forward which was a weakness for them in previous seasons. Now the next major trade that the Disco made was for All Star guard Bishop Stein. This was a risk for the Disco considering Stein was an expiring deal, but considering the fact that they gave up a young point guard Kennan
Holter, veteran guard Bishop Stein, and a twenty sixteen first round pick, if Stein does leave in free agency it should not set the Disco back far at all.

The playoffs saw the Disco going up against the fifth seed Milan Mayhem in the first round pick. This was perhaps the most intriguing first round matchup in the playoffs, which ended up going six games and saw London beat Milan in Milan to move on to the second round matchup against the first seed juggernaut Toronto Dinos. Toronto was the perennial juggernaut of the entire league along with the Brooklyn Rage. This series was a quick one that saw the Disco getting swept by the Dinos in four games. The Disco were unable to match up with Toronto’s front court of Jeremy Sims, Walt Jackson, and Harry Kramer.

London 2016
The sixteenth season of the WBA was an interesting one for the London Disco as they had a major change in management shifting from Jordan Lawrence who had all but abandoned the franchise to Ryan Whitaker, a ambitious new gm who is also a Florida fan, which will work against him as they have gone through some tough times of late in the sports world. The Disco finished with a forty eight and thirty two record with their usual cast of characters getting yet another division crown and making the playoffs as a fourth seed. What was a surprise was the outcome of the playoff run as they got matched up against the Milan Mayhem and the first round. Nearly all of the experts predicted this one to be a seven game war, but it was a four game slaughter as the Mayhem won each game by more than twenty points introducing the new management to the WBA in a big way.

The leading scorers for the Disco were the usual suspects which has gotten them far in seasons past and should not change in the near future. Shermar Mahara led the team averaging twenty six points and eight assists while shooting a clean forty seven percent from two and forty eight percent from three point land. The Robin to Maharas Batman Wu-Dian-Fan came in second averaging eighteen points a game while grabbing down eight boards and five assists. The surprise of the season was first round pick Sean Madera who played twenty three minutes a game and averaged eleven points and three rebounds a game. This sparked the Discos bench and allowed them to maintain leads that the starters managed to get.

The future of this team is unsure as they are stuck in the perineal fifth seed land which is not always a bad thing, but the new management has made it clear they are aiming for higher. Mahara is signed long term, but he does not have a legitimate second scorer to help lighten the load on him. The Disco should help that this year though as they do have a first round pick that they acquired from Gabon. This should allow the Disco to pick up another scorer in the draft to strengthen the bench allowing the starters to be alleviated from a heavy workload.

New York Liberty

NEW YORK FIRE STORM
2001-2002 SEASON HISTORY

The New York Fire Storm is one of the original 22 founding teams of the glorious World Basketball Association. And with that honor they were able to participate in the event that might give sports fans more hope than any other. The Inaugural Draft!! Here is how it all started:
1. Pete Benton at #20 overall
2. Eddie Jacobsen
3. Frank Sommer
4. Wes Mullen
5. John Simmon
6. Felipe Smith
7. Wally Brown
8. Monty Patton
9. Leroy Cole
10. Dan Weaver
11. Gene Williams
12. Frank Bolton
13. Chuck Patteron
14. Broderick Tillman

This team might have been more aptly named the New York Double Consonants, but their play on the court was more of a fire storm. This group of youngsters was able to grab second in the Mid-Atlantic Division behind what some say was a Brooklyn Rage team fueled by PED’s. Their record of 36-26 landed them a solid 4th overall in the Eastern Conference. This led the Fire Storm to a head to head match with the least liked team in the league. Berlin. They should have been called the Bruisers and it was a bruising series. The only series in the first round to go all five games, but in the end New York was nosed out and lost in the first round. Management looked at this as definitely something to build on. Individually the team was led by Greg Lynn shooting 43% from beyond the arc and putting up an impressive 23.5 points per night. This put him fourth overall in the league and coupled with the almost 18pts a contest from both Scooter Jacobs and Marty Williams this looked to be a forceful trio. Unfortunately it dropped off significantly after that and overall as team they ended up in the middle of the pack on the offensive side of the ball. This in spite of Ed Kane’s 10.7 assists per night, which put him second overall in the league in dimes per game. Management knew a little depth on the offensive side and they were in business. Defensively they faired the same ending the season right at the middle of the league allowing over 97 points per game. Rebounding seem to be the key that stood out on the defense Marty Williams averaged a solid 9.9 boards per game but was the only one to crack the top 30 rebounders and was 20th in the league. Next season a little more rebounding and a chance to build on the experience gained in the playoffs will see this team move in the right direction.

NEW YORK FIRE STORM
2002-2003 SEASON HISTORY

The Fire Storm fans are confident after a better than expected first year that included their first playoff experience, but New York fans are not known for being easily satisfied for long and they want more. Management heard the chatter all off-season and wanted to make a splash in the draft with the young guard Kelvin Davidson at the 8th pick overall. There second round pick was next from the bottom at 55th, but don’t tell that to a 19yr old, Ferris Stottlemyre, was the choice and a lack of confidence was not his crutch. Davidson was the offensive punch that management was looking for to go along with Lynn, Jacobs and William’s performance from last season. Although, not the playmaker of departed Ed Kane’s ilk Davidson’s added 16.8 points per game pushed New York’s team offense up into the top ten in the league averaging over 106 points a night. This was again led by Lynn at 22 per night and Jacobs and Williams dropping 19.7 and 16.8 respectively per contest. This season 6 of the Fire Storm players averaged double digit scoring. Management had heard the word and zeroed in on improving the offense. Surprisingly at 54-26 behind this potent offense the Fire Storm was only the 5th best record in the Eastern Conference and drew a tough nosed London squad in the first round of the playoffs. London went on to sweep The Fire Storm and send them home with an early first round exit of the Season 2 playoffs. You would think with the offense clicking like it was all season that the early defeat must be contributed to the team defense, but looking closer they were a solid well coached team on the other side of the ball as well. Marty Williams was in the top ten in rebounding averaging over 11 boards per night. Scooter Jacobs placed in the top ten in steals at almost 3 per contest. Hatfield and Williams had close to two blocks each per night. And the team defense overall ranked in the top ten in the league. Management feels they have a solid foundation, but is looking to bring in some high flying young talent to push them to the next level in Season 3.

NEW YORK FIRE STORM
2003-2004 SEASON HISTORY

The New York Fire Storm has found themselves in the playoffs both times in the first two seasons of the World Basketball Association, but has gotten the early boot both times going home after a disappointing first round loss. The coach has been interviewed publicly requesting young talent to compliment his solid core and the front office has pushed to make him happy, but after trading away their first round pick last season they are hoping a young unknown guard by the name of Dave Williams can make at least a passable career in the WBA. It is on his shoulders at the 47th pick. Wouldn’t you know it young Williams didn’t even hit the court in a Fire Storm jersey getting traded early along with their top big man Williams. We will see if that Williams kid amounts to anything anyway, but losing their big man and the heart of their defense has not made fans happy. New York fans are known for their knowledge of the game and maybe they should have ran the front office this season as they seem to be fortune tellers. The Fire Storm slipped to #7 in the eastern conference this season. Williams was missed not for his rebounding as much as they were able to outrebound their opponents by 3 boards per game, but his overall defense clogging up the middle was sorely missed as the allowed their opponents to score almost 101 points per night. Newcomer Frank Fitzgerald led the team with 18.9 points and grabbing 7.8 rebounds per night, which was solid on 51% shooting, but they lost something in chemistry overall without Marty in the middle. Kelvin Davidson still put in the effort every night as the playmaker dropping 10.6 dimes and leading New York to the sixth best offense in the league. Davidson orchestrated an offense that boasted 7 players scoring in double digits with an impressive team field goal percentage of 48.5%, but the Eastern Conference continues to get stronger and New York will have to get the team defense shored up to compete in this league in the future. Overall defense found its way in the middle of the league once again with team steals and blocks dropping this season. These young players need to learn to trust each other on the court for this team to make the next jump.

NEW YORK FIRE STORM
2004-2005 SEASON HISTORY

Fans are starting to become restless with the front office. The first three seasons the Fire Storm has had an early exit from the first round of the playoffs, which is just enough to give them a taste of success, but makes them hungry for more and now. Once again management traded away their draft picks this time letting both the first and second go hoping to get a veteran or two in here to shore up the team chemistry. If teams aren’t careful, WBA leadership may not allow teams to trade away first rounders in consecutive years. Most teams rely on that influx of youth to keep salaries within the cap and talent on the cheap. Case in point, this season’s 32-48 record is the first season the New York Fire Storm did not reach the playoffs. Instead of grooming young rookies and building on their foundation. Management decided the hell with chemistry and completely revamped the line up. It will put them back a season or two until this new group can learn to work together, but the future does look bright with some of the new faces they were able to attract. John Davis is going to be like an ATM for rebounds in the future and George Holt will be a franchise big man, but the fans are going to have to be patient as they develop. This new squad just could not find the sweet spot together on the offensive side of the ball and what was once a top ten offense has now dropped to fourth worse in the league. The assists of Kelvin Davidson were sorely missed as he moved on to average 11 per game for a London team that did not deserve him. Without him, The Fire Storm did not have a player in the top twenty for assists per game and without an elite playmaker they could not boast of a single player in the top 60 scoring leaders. It does not matter too much what kind of defense you are playing with that kind of offensive output. It is obvious what the focus of management and the front office will be in this offseason and fans will be calling for heads to roll if there is not a big jump on scoring next year.

NEW YORK FIRE STORM
2005-2006 SEASON HISTORY

Fans are hopeful that management has learned its lesson by not giving the hope that comes with a young talented rookie the last two seasons. They kept two first rounders for this season’s draft and put their hopes In a young forward, Jason Crawford, with the 12th overall pick. They followed up at number 20 in the draft with Rick Kist. Not quite done yet they also held on to the 53rd pick in the second round to add Paul O’Dell. O’Dell may not make the squad, but if he works hard he could add a little depth and be a pleasant surprise. This much youth coming in means more adjustment period and it showed. The Fire Storm slipped a little more from last year’s disappointing finish to end this season with a record of 27-53. Missing the playoffs for the second year in a row has prompted a group of hardcore fans to start a movement threatening to go across the bay and start rooting for the hated Brooklyn Rage if something isn’t fixed and fast. It doesn’t help when two of your bright spots in George Holt and John Davis collude to demand a trade because they were so frustrated with not being on a playoff roster. This allowed management to get rid of them and bring in some promising youth in Kris Calhoun and Eugene LaMaitre, but the fans see true hope in the return of Greg Lynn. Lynn, a media darling and fan favorite, was the top scorer in the first two seasons of the WBA for the Fire Storm and was quoted as saying”If I don’t get us back to the promise land, I will donate my entire salary this year to the presidential campaign of George Bush!!” This new group has the heart of champions, but maybe not the skill. They were a top ten defense, but once again found themselves fourth worse in offensive output. Still missing a playmaker the likes of Kelvin Davidson from seasons past, this team could not boast of an assist leader in the top twenty or a scorer in the top 60. Even the once heralded Lynn could not perform offensively without that sweet pass when he was in his favorite spot. Management will go back to the drawing board on the offensive side of the ball for next season.

NEW YORK FIRE STORM
2006-2007 SEASON HISTORY

Fans were looking for a glimmer of hope after a few seasons of no playoff basketball to watch, but this season was not going to give it to them. This season is hopefully the low point of a once winning organization. Nobody is happy with the worst record in franchise history this season finishing a dismal 24-56. The fans will have to endure another season without a team to root for in the playoffs. With the very last pick in both the first and second rounds this season, management was clearly looking for a little luck in free agency to bolster their season five squad. With their first rounder they grabbed Dontae Evans, a promising young player, who will add depth this season and has the potential to take the starting spot in a couple seasons. The second round pick at #56 was another Donte, but with that last name Lord. He will find his way to the developmental league unless he grows a foot taller in the off season. The offense took a turn for the worst this season missing the like of Lamaitre and Fitzgerald. Roy Base led the team at 15 points per night as shows real promise to be a staple in this league for a long time but is more of an all around player versus the sole minded scoring of Eugene and Frank. Calhoun is back and rounding into the form we knew he would pulling down an impressive 12.7 rebounds per contest. And Jimmy Foster’s assists dropped slightly due to the lack of pure shooters, but he was still able to average 9 per night. Overall FG% has got to improve to compete in this league. 40.9% for the team is not going to get it done and placed them dead last in the league for offensive output at 90 points per game. The team defense dropped to the second half of the league overall giving allowing 100 points a night. The team is starting to turn the corner in my humble opinion built around the tough nosed attitude of Roy Base and Kris Calhoun second best in the league for rebounding. Emilio Browne gives them an outside threat you can trust shooting a solid 47% from behind the arc, which tied him for fourth best in the league. All this coupled with the top ten playmaker Jimmy Foster and the knowledgeable New York fans are seeing the light at the end of the tunnel.

NEW YORK FIRE STORM
2007-2008 SEASON HISTORY

The New York fans were only slightly appeased by seeing the entire staff of assistant coaches get run out of the building after another dismal offensive performance last season. And Greg Lynn was sent packing with them after his poor season, but more importantly to the fans he reneged on his promise to donate his salary if he did not get them to the playoffs back in Season 5. He stated his quote was actually in jest and that he just wanted to bring attention to the presidential campaign of a great man like George W. Bush, but actually giving away millions of dollars was silly. The fans were understandably not amused. This season New York landed the 22nd pick overall and chose Roy Cader. Cader could be a solid player in this league if he beefs up and gets stronger. They also had the 34th pick in the 2nd round and chose John Madden’s nephew in law Jim Madden. He has the fir of his uncle, but we will see how he fits on this roster. On a positive note, New York is back to its winning ways finishing the season with a much improved 43-37 record. Although, the Eastern Conference has grown to be the much tougher of the two this only landed them a 7th seed in the playoffs, but fans do not care this year as the playoff drought has come to an end. Another first round exit though against a tough 2nd seeded Washington squad was not what they or management hoped for. Offense was coming into form this season like the days of old with Paul Wright leading the charge on almost 55% shooting from the floor. Once again the Fire Storm was able to boast of six players averaging double digit scoring giving them over 106 points per night. Management has finally found a floor general to match old Kelvin Davidson in young point guard Jimmy Foster. He put up over 10.5 assists per contest as was the obvious catalyst for New York’s success. New bug man Zane Rivers was the window cleaner for the team pulling down over 9 boards per night. A true defensive stopper to compliment this bunch and we will be talking playoff run next season.

NEW YORK FIRE STORM
2008-2009 SEASON HISTORY

Season 8 was a difficult season to watch and will be twice as tough to write about, but that is why they call this work. Most times I cannot fathom a better career than following a game you have loved since playing in the driveway as a kid, but these are the times when you have to draw on your professionalism and persevere. The Fire Storm finished sixth out of seven in their division with a record of 23-57. New York did not have a draft to start this season in either round. The offense for the Fire Storm only mustered 98.1 points per game this season, which put them seventh from the bottom. This is not all that bad. The team FG% was adequate at 44%, but 3PT% needs to improve at 25% from beyond the arc. It was the other side of the ball that was the glaring issue that needs to be addressed in the off season. They were dead last in defense allowing their opponents to score over 107 points per night. On the bright side, up and coming big man George Holt put up 20 points and almost 7 rebounds per game to lead the team. Paul Wilson was a rebounding machine pulling down over 9 boards per night in only 25 minutes. This put Wilson in the top ten in rebounding and fourth in the entire league in offensive rebounding with 3.38 per night. The amazing thing was he did this in only 25 minutes per night. I would like to see those numbers on a full 40 minute game. Jimmy Foster led the league in assists averaging 12.4 dimes per night. Jimmy Foster was also in the top ten in steals with 2.74 per game. Individually there were definitely some bright spots this season, but as a team the cohesiveness was just not there. I am sure management will look to even up the fouls. The Fire Storm committed 7 more fouls per game than their opponent . Had two more turnovers each game, two less steals and 1.5 less blocks. That combines for a lot less possessions and at this level of the game they are hard to overcome. Management is going to look for some quality depth in the offseason and build around Foster, Holt and Wilson.

NEW YORK FIRE STORM
2009-2010 SEASON HISTORY

It was tough sledding for another season for the Fire Storm. They finished 6th out of 7 teams in the competitive Mid Atlantic Division with a record of 25-55. The team started out on a very positive note picking up a young promising center in Tyriq Lang. If this kid Lang is not the backbone of a top ranked team in four seasons, I will eat my shoe. They also had the 37th pick in the second round and chosea young maybe in David Kline. Kline did make the team and Lang showed his potential with 8 points, 6 boards, 2 assists, 2 blocks and a steal in 25 minutes of work per night. Jevon Carter led the team with 17 points per night and almost 8 boards per night, but he has got to work on his jumper in the offseason. The 37% field goal mark will not get it done in this league. I am not sure if Foster is missing some of his sharp shooting teammates but his assists are down to 7.8 per game versus his 12.4 to lead the league in past seasons. New York can boast 6 players scoring in the double digits, but do not let that fool you. They were outscored by their opponents by almost 8 points per night. This placed them 8th from the bottom on offensive production. This is in large part to shooting beyond the arc. If you are averaging, 18.3% shooting as a team, coaching needs to tell some players “I don’t care if the other team is all sitting on the bench, DON’T shoot from the outside. Not even in warm ups.” I am sure that will be addressed in the offseason. Without Paul Wilson, New York could not boast of a player in the top 15 in rebounding, but kept it close all season versus their opponents rebounding. The biggest issue for the offseason is finishing 4th in the league in overall defense. This New York squad allowed almost 105 points per night. The young rookie Lang was the only player to get on the top 20 in individual defensive stats with his 2 blocks per night. Management needs to look into a pick pocket like that young Egan kid to lead this defense. I’m sure the coaching staff will focus on that mindset in the offseason.

NEW YORK FIRE STORM
2010-2011 SEASON HISTORY

New York fans are not known for their patience and one more win this season versus last year’s 25 win mark is starting to get the sports talk radio fired up. In Season 10, The Fire Storm finished 26-54. It has been a couple season’s since the fans have seen a playoff game and saying they are getting antsy is an understatement. This put them sixth in the Mid-Atlantic Division for the third season in a row. New York had the second to last pick in the first round at 27th and chose Junior Jones. They had the 49th pick in the second round and picked Brandon Maddox. These late round picks are tough to find an impact player that is going to change the future of this team. They are solid picks, but not the franchise players fans are hoping for. Overall both the offense and defense finished in the bottom five teams in the league. There were some bright spots from newcomers like Charles Cushman and returners such as Jimmy Foster and Jevon Carter, but this puzzle is not complete yet. Bill Magenheimer led the team with 17 points per night with Carter and Kumanchik dropping 15 and 16 respectively. The new comer Cushman kept the windows clean like the days of Paul Wilson pulling down 9.3 rebounds per night in only 32 minutes. Foster’s minutes dropped to 31 per game, which allowed him only 7 assists per game. With Cushman’s rebounding prowess, young sophomore Land saw his minutes drop as well. Overall the Fire Storm out rebounded their opponent by a rebound per night, but had 4 less assists per game on average. With a guy like Foster on the team, you want to see that team assist total climb. He was born to pass. Fouls and turnovers were back up slightly, but the big hole last year was not addressed by the front office. New York shot a woeful 19.6% from beyond the arc. These guys are still not listening to their coach. If he cannot get them to buy in to not launching a wild shot from distance whenever they think they are open this team will continue to struggle. In the offseason, management needs to look at these players shooting under 20% and decide if team is important enough to them to allow them to stay. This is not an individual sport.

NEW YORK FIRE STORM
2011-2012 SEASON HISTORY

The good news is The Fire Storm did not have a worse record than last year. The bad news is it stayed the same at 26-54. This earned them last place in their division and fans are wearing the hated Brooklyn Rage t-shirts to the home games in protest. What could be more insulting than rooting for that pompous front office across town? Management decided to not keep either of their drafts in Season 11, so there are no young bloods to report to start the year. Individually, there are some players on this team still fighting hard and deserve the pieces around them to move forward. Jevon Carter has worked hard the last two seasons on his jump shot and has brought his FG% up 7% to 44% in Season 11. That is the dedication New York needs. He led the team with over 20pts per night coupled with 7 boards. Tom Kinsey was a welcome addition and right behind him with 19 points per contest and 6.9 boards. Cushman though is still the rebounder on the team with 8.8 per night. He just needs to temper his aggression with 4 fouls in 30 minutes. They need him on the court. Keith Douglas and John Gaiser handled the dishes combining for 15 assists per contest. This was a tough season to understand on paper. New York was right in line with their opponents on FG%, 3pts, rebounds and averaged 2 more assists, but if you look closely personal fouls and turnovers were the difference. I remember many games where the opponent reached the bonus first and that could be a deal changer. The Fire Storm averaged two more turnovers and five more fouls. This is definitely something to work on for next season. The record does not reflect it, but The Fire Storm almost moved out of the bottom third of the teams on both sides of the ball, which is quite an improvement from seasons past. The front office looks to hit the draft board hard next season and gain a little youth to compliment this core and we may be talkin playoffs next season.

NEW YORK FIRE STORM
2012-2013 SEASON HISTORY

This season The Fire Storm came roaring back to life similar to the earliest seasons in the league. It was only an 11 game increase in the win column and they just did miss the playoffs in a tough and competitive eastern conference, but now they look like the engine that could. They are back on track and ready to build momentum. New York made a big splash in the draft this year holding onto to a total of four picks and spending them wisely. The first pick, #5 overall was used to get a promising young guard in Damien Bohm. He backed up this season, but does everything well. Next selection was Ryan Rogers who added depth as a big man coming off the bench. In the second round is where the theft occurred grabbing the young small forward named Kyle Hawkins. He ended up playing considerable minutes and averaging double digit scoring as a rookie. Smooth move. And Matt Morris was taken at #50 for a project player who could work his way into some minutes in a couple seasons. Kinsey and Carter still led the team on the scoring side with 20 points and 16 points per game respectively. Both managed to grab about 7 boards per night in between shots as well. Veteran Cristobal Dasher led the team in rebounds with 8 boards per night and led the Fire Storm to out rebounding their opponent by three boards per night. This has not happened since maybe the beginning of the World Basketball Association. Job well done. Another notable improvement was the overall improvement on the offensive side of the ball. The Fire Storm was up to the middle of the pack and on average were only outscored by 2 points per night. These were some close competitive games, and shows the heart New York fans want to see. For next season it is going to be defense defense defense. It is difficult to pick out a single reason, but defensively the New York still finished 8th from the bottom in total defense. This will surely be the focus for the front office and coaching in the offseason.

NEW YORK LIBERTY
SEASON 14 HISTORY

Championship!! This says it all for The Liberty in Season 14. New management in only their second season in the league brings home the trophy. It is just like I have said all along. You have to get in the mix, the top 4 or 6 teams, and then see what happens down the stretch. New York’s management did just that with some gutsy trades and cohesion magic. First, management in a controversial trade sends young talented shooting guard, Marcus Rogers and Damien Bohm who is just hitting his prime to the Mayhem for the aging, but WBA all time scoring leader, Wayne Taylor. Some experts feel Taylor is past his prime, but management will hear none of it. Next, they send their young center prospect, Ryan Rogers, off to the Fury for veteran floor general, Yuri Vilasny. Finally, they traded young talented and promising young small forward, Chance Crowley, for the League’s all time utility man in, Heiko Van Brandt.  Not too many people around the league thought the coach could fit these veterans in the twilight of their career together for a successful season. Let alone a championship run. And New York fans are not known for their patience. This was no exception. They were calling for the GM’s head after the first trade and he pushed ahead with two more. Balls. The Liberty had a few draft picks to work with as well, but they amounted to little help. The 13th overall pick was used for a rising young PG from the IBF league, which would have fit in nicely, but young Perrier listened to the wrong advisors, his dad, and stayed overseas. I am sure he will have another chance at a WBA championship later in his career. Ha!! The story of this successful season was the play of All Stud DaRond Lyons. He tied for league lead in scoring averaging 30 points per night on 1.41 points per shot. His efficiency was unstoppable. He also made his teammates better averaging 4 dimes and 4 boards, but the kicker was a steal and a half a night. Most do not give him the credit due, but Lyons does play both ends of the court and can lead a team to the promise land. A legend is born when a player can accomplish the unimaginable multiple times. Here he comes Season 15.

NEW YORK LIBERTY
SEASON 15 HISTORY

They say the toughest thing in sports is to repeat and that proved true for the Liberty after having a phenomenal championship run last season. Most teams would count a trip to the Conference Finals of the WBA and a second place finish in the brutally competitive East Division as a successful season, but most teams do not reside in New York. Fans and management are disappointed and look to make off-season moves to stay out in front. The Rage were once again lucky to go through a season without significant injury and were responsible for sending New York home without a shot at the trophy. Management had an eye to repeat and did make one significant trade to jump up a level. The Liberty sent their backbone of a Center, WBA Champion Tom Kinsey, and some scrubs to Sacramento for the groundbreaking small forward turned point guard, Edgar Kamara and aging defensive center, John Van Horne. The trade looked like it would be great for both team’s future, but it was not enough against a healthy Brooklyn team. On a positive note, DaRond Lyons did edge Mario Bailey out by a tenth of a point and was the outright league leading scorer for Season 15. At only 25 years old, Lyons has 2 or 3 more years to reach his prime, which is a scary thought if he is already leading the league. He is still developing his all around game to compliment his scoring. He grabbed 5 boards, dished out 3 assists and had almost 2 steals per night. He is one of the league’s best for a reason. Newly acquired PG Kamara held up his end of the bargain finishing second in assists with 10.5 per contest. Not to mention his almost 8 rebounds from the PG position. He has always preferred to set up a teammate versus his own shot, which kept his offensive output to just over 8 points per game, but if he does not lose a step to old man time, he can be part of a championship roster. The Utility Monster, Heiko Van Brandt, led the team with over 9 boards per night. If Dan Kincaide can grow his game like Lyons has, this team’s future is bright for Season 16.

NEW YORK LIBERTY
SEASON 16 HISTORY

The Liberty increased their win total from last year by 4 games to 57-23, but it was a disappointing exit in the second round of the playoffs. The Wild who some say worked the sweetheart trade of the season by fleecing Toronto for big time Center, Jeremy Sims, was the team that closed out New York’s season. New York had been a solid second seed all season long after a big trade of their own, but the Wild got healthy down the stretch and were a much better team than their record showed. They were able to shut down the Liberty in 5 games winning the series and showing New York the door. This will not set well with management. Never one to sit idly by, management brought veteran floor general Yuri Vilasny back sending off Heiko Van Brandt in return. The GM also unloaded some hefty contracts in Van Horne and Dexter Kodak and landed a younger utility guy in Cordell Parks. However, these were the aftershocks from the big trade made early on in the season. Management turned Dan Kincaide and Edgar Kamara into two kind of big men. A 6’8” center does not sound big, but young Lazaro Hendricks is strong as an ox and slow enough to be called a big man. He was packaged with Juwan Bixby from Colorado and became the starting front court for New York all season. Despite their height, Hendricks and Bixby combined for 5 blocks per night and about 15 and 10 most nights. It was once again the Darond Lyons show. Lyons did drop to the third best scorer in the league this season behind of course Mario Bailey, but also behind a center with a huge future and a name you will hear for seasons to come, Jesus Morell. Lyons still put up a very respectable 28.2 points per game. Coupled with 5.5 boards and 1.8 steals, Lyons off season work ethic still impresses. With just a glance at management’s track record, you should be able to deduce what the future holds. Even after a successful championship run the GM began making trades with an eye to the future and a drive to always get better. This offseason should be no different. 

Paris Juggers

Paris Season 12

Season 12 was a continued success for the perennial juggernaut Paris Juggers after losing to Oregon in Season 11 in a seven game battle they finished 63-17 the this season and continued to sit uptop their relatively weak division having only one other team above a .500 winning percentage besides themselves. The leading scorers for Paris during the season were big man Jay Vasquez and forward Anthony Curtis. Both are in the middle of the prime at the time of Paris’s reign and each averaged above 20 points for the season. Vasquez chipped in eight rebounds, five assists while also blocking two and a half shots per game to cement his value as one of the best big man in the league during this time. Curtis on the other hand poured in seven rebounds from the forward position while also chipping in two assists per game.

The real strength of this time though is the depth that they possessed throughout the entire year. Paris had five guys score in double figures during the year and none dropped below an average of thirteen points for the year. They also had four guys average above three assist throughout the year which shows how much this team knows how to spread the wealth around making them even more challenging to guard for the opposition. At the end of the year Paris made a big decision to let go of their star guard Charlie Meyers due to his impending free agency. The young star would have garnered a lot of competition and Paris was unsure if they would be able to resign Meyers. This was a big loss for Paris, but in order to compensate they did get back two young point guards in Reid Dall and William Lomas both who management will hope to eventually develop into serviceable point guards for the future. Paris also made two trades

Paris did make two trades throughout the year that put them in a better position for the future. The first being getting rid of forward Heiko Van Brandt for forward Jim Mccarthy and a future first round pick. Paris was hoping to stock up on picks for the future and they felt slightly downgrading with Mccarthy was worth it for them at the time. The second deal they made was getting flipping the big man man Jim Mccarthy for a star big man on Anthony Curtis who proved to be one of the best players throughout the year.

Due to their continued success the draft was a relatively quiet time for Juggers management task they had the final two picks in the second round. With these they selected David Ross and Fan Lilling. These two players are relatively raw and are prospects that management is hoping to develop for the future

Paris Season 13

The WBA made its triumphant return in season thirteen and Paris picked up right where it had left off before the layoff. They finished with a record of fifty wins and thirty losses accumulating yet another 50 win season for this franchise. The leading scorers for this team were their backbone Jau Vasquez who averaged seventeen points and eight rebounds. Paris also had two other guys who averaged above seventeen points for the year in guard Scott Lio and forward Anthony Curtis. Yet again this team has shown how balanced it is with the way that it scores the basketball.

There balance was shown in their offensive and defensive numbers at the end of the year as they finished seventh in points at 101.6 and twelfth in points allowed at 95.1 They also rebounded the ball very well finishing second on the league only behind the eventual champs the Brooklyn Rage at 45.3 rebounds a game. This proved to be a strength of this team as they had five players average above five rebounds a game and two guards in Scott Lio and Al Lee who averaged above seven rebounds a game, Lee at 7.3 and Lio at 7.7. This gave the Juggers an advantage over almost every other team in the league and allowed them to play at the pace that they wanted for the entire game.

Paris finished the year at 50-30 earning themselves the third seed in the Western conference and the division crown once again. In the first round they matched up against they matched up against a young upstart Disco team whom they finished in four games. In the second round they got matched up against the two seed Toronto Dinos led by up and coming Walt Jackson who was on the cusp of becoming a MVP candidate in the league. The Juggers pulled out the victory in a slugfest beating the Dinos in seven hard fought games. They then got matched up against the buzzsaw that was the Brooklyn Rage. The Rage proved to be the Juggers Achilles heel as their journey ended in a quick five game series. The draft was quiet for the Juggers in the offseason as their next first round pick is in the year following the 2013 season and is not even their own. They should keep an eye on the Rochester Raiders in the next year as that is where their pick lies.

Paris Season 14

Season 14 for the Paris Juggers showed their aging core is not what it used to be anymore.The team finished with a thirty nine and forty one record and got the second in a very weak divisions after a division realignment that left the WBA in with a few top heavy divisions. The best players on the Juggers were the usual suspects, but their production was not enough to carry the team to their usual success. The top three scorers for the Juggers were Anthony Curtis, Jay Vasquez, and Scott Lio. Curtis was the star of the team and poured in twenty four points a game. Vazquez was solid as usual and averaged sixteen points and eight rebounds. Lio was also solid as he has always been averaging fiveteen points, seven rebounds, and four assists while also being the team most consistent players, playing in all eighty games.

Per usual Paris’s defense was solid finishing in the top half of the league at number twelve. Their offense was the subpar part of the team as the Juggers finished at a lowly twenty third in the league only putting up ninety four points per game. A few other strong suits of the team were their rebounds a block per game. The team finished at sixth in the league in rebounds pulling down forty four a game. They also finished at third in the league sending back nearly six block per game.

The good thing about Paris’s offseason was that they had enough cap room to sign a max deal free agent. This year free agency class was stacked with names such as Mario Bailey, Casey Pointer, and Marques Houston. Bailey and Pointer were more marquee names and got scooped up within the first few days. Houston on the other hand was not the razzle dazzle player that the other two were known for being and would be easier to grab. That is exactly what Paris did signing Houston to a max deal in the offseason to shore up their frontcourt. They also added to the point guard position in the draft as foreign guard Pan Then fell to them in the mid first round. Thum is an older rookie, but is already developed more than most and should be able to contribute to Paris while they decide which direction to go in the future.