They have plenty of young talent on the roster but who knew they'd be so good so fast? If SLA (G) Joe Kim is the front-runner for MVP, HYP (G) Ian Yu is making up space. He's got help, (F) James Li and (F) Jason Wu are two of the best athletes in the league and (C) George Chan and (C) Howie Chu are two of the biggest. Add a defensive-minded point in (G) Leon Chu with sharpshooters (G) Will Moy and (G) Virgil Borbo and you have a team built for Yu to lead them to the promised land. -- Kenny "The Jet" Li
FBNYC 2K9 FALL Power Rankings - Week 7
(G) Ian Yu and the Hypebeasts are taking the league by storm. They look pretty unbeatable right now. They're just too athletic and too deep, they're making a lot of teams look old right now. Player-coach (G) Virgil Borbo will make sure they keep their focus into the playoffs.
With the league turned on its head the past couple of weeks, the Fury have managed to keep theirs above water. The key going forward will be the continuing development of (G) Rommel Dolar as veteran (F) Young Yu will be suspended indefinitely for his part in Saturday's altercation.
Quicks haven't had the same line-up twice this season which has made for some uneven play in the past two weeks. Now, they'll lose (F) Alex Stewart, also suspended indefinitely for his part in the altercation on Saturday. (C) Pat Pilar may need to take on starter's minutes now.
This team just keeps looking better and better. Inconsistent free throw shooting and the lack of a true perimeter shooting threat might be the only things keeping SWA from taking it to the next level. But, with that big and versatile front-court, they might not need it.
The Slayers still have plenty of talent but their guys need to show up. There's no reason a 10-man roster should have to pick up any subs for the game. A team that started off with a lot of promise, a lack of depth is making for a lack of interest.
Agents finally won one, then played a solid 3 qtrs against the Hypebeasts before relapsing to old 4th qtr habits. (F) Dooley Watts has been a solid addition but the key will be to keep (F) Chris Moore involved offensively. Sometimes, the don't go his way and it's a mystery why.
Will (G) Usama Nausrudeen be back? Of course his AOD teammates want to see him make Florida's ABA squad but that will also basically mean the end of their season. Unless, (G) Andrew Hara and (C) Len Kamdang have something left up their sleeves. They've shown some signs lately.
Observations... first Pogo, then DJ, then Vic, the Phenom, Y2K... and now, you got it... MC Pee Pants, welcome to the Dunk Club... what's the greatest in-game dunk in FBNYC history? Nominations... DJ over Varun... "EZ" Ezra Hoover over James Lam... Pogo over guy from X-Factor... anyone? ...hey Drew, we know it wasn't offensive... Daniel Kweon aka "Harvey Birdman"... Chris Moore aka "007"
2K9 FALL Weekly Player Awards (Week 7)
Ian Yu (HYP) G | 5-10 | 155 lbs Week 7 Stats PPG: 17.5 RPG: 9.0 APG: 4.5
"C-Wonder" is the quite simply the fastest player on the court right now. He's two steps ahead of everyone else out there and he's carried his HYP team to a 5-1 record. He's even added a 3-ptr to the repertoire, there's just nothing he can't do.
Runner-Up: Andrew Hara (AOD) 12 pts, 8 reb, 8 ast
Rommel Dolar (NYF) F | 5-10 | 150 lbs Week 7 Stats PPG: 20.0 RPG: 5.0 APG: 6.0
Much like Yu, Dolar was moving better than anyone else on the court in Wk 7. When the rookie guard is assertive, his speed and handle get him anywhere he wants on the court. That's exactly what he did in a big conference win vs. QIK.
RU: Derrick Tyson (SWA) 18 pts, 12 rebs, 3 blks
The Sam Lo Award for Hustlers
Rich Chang (NYF) 16 rebs, 1 stl
Against a team stacked with legit big men, Chang was bigger with a game high 16 rebs. No one in the game was even 7 rebs close to his mark.
Runner-Up: James Li (HYP) 8.5 rpg, 2 bpg
Defensive Player(s) of the Week
D. Tyson (SWA) 12 rebs, 3 stl, 3 blk
Tyson might be the best two-way big man in the league right now. Leading his SWA team in scoring and shutting down the paint for everyone else.
Runner-Up: James Li (HYP) 8.5 rpg, 1 spg, 2 bpg
The "High Five" Club George Chan (HYP) 13-12-1-1-1 George Chan (HYP) 10-9-2-1-2 Daniel Kweon (NYF) 14-5-1-2-1 Rob Toste (FAS) 11-5-2-1-1 Derrick Tyson (SWA) 18-12-3-3-3
Discorama Rookie of the Week D. Tyson (SWA) 18 pts, 12 reb, 3 blk
The Outstanding Rookie Award is no contest this season. Tyson has been that much better than everyone else. MVP isn't out of the question.
Runner-Up: Chris Moore (HYP) 14 pts, 6 reb, 2 ast
The "John Starks" Award Mike Song (FAS) | 0-12 FGs (.000)
Well, it doesn't get any worse than this. So, Song has that going for him. This is the most FG attempts in FBNYC history without a make.
Dishonorable Mention: Min Park (AOD) 5-18 FGs
The "Chris Dudley" Award A. Gillespie (SWA) | 1-4 FTs (.250)
Just about the only thing Gillespie is not doing right now is making FTs. The Swagganauts won so the rookie forward can't be too upset.
Dishonorable Mention: Dave Liu (SWA) 2-4 FTs
2K9 FALL Week 7 Results
2K9 FALL WEEK 7 RESULTS
The Slayers (4-3)
Player of the Game Ian Yu (HYP) 21 pts, 8 rebs, 6 asts
SLA (F) Joe Kim rises up from under the basket to find an open teammate. Kim topped 20 pts for the 4th time this season but his 8-23 FGs (.348) was a season-low.
Beasts overwhelm yet again short- handed Slayers
MLK HS, NYC -- SLA (F) Joe Kim has certainly shown on more than one occasion this season that he can carry his team but this is ridiculous. For the 2nd straight week, SLA has put all it's fortunes in the hands of arguably the league's front-runner for MVP and virtually him alone.
Arriving with only 5 players in Week 6, Kim was unable to lift SLA over a Swagganauts team that is improving every week and with only 5 again in Week 7, SLA's prospects for beating a red-hot HYP led my dark horse favorite for MVP (G) Ian Yu was slim to none. And, a 27-12 1st quarter lead from the Hypebeasts (more...)
Salvaged. The entire project nearly eschewed in light of Dwyane Wade's magnum opus of thundering funk. If that is art, we are no artists. If that's basketball, this is tiddley-winks. But, the Hypebeasts cometh. And, faith is restored. Top 10 or ode to C-Wonder? Depends who you ask. Four stars.