When QIK added (F) Vic Chia for bulk and (G) Jason Chin and (G) Ken Van to stabilize their backcourt, they bolstered a line-up that already made it to the Chip in 2K9 SPR. Then came versatile bigs (F) Michael Thompson, (F) Alex Stewart and (C) Pat Pilar and just like that, the Quicks were the deepest team in the league.
But, not necessarily by that much. The Slayers may quietly be the league's most balanced team with a focus on defense and the Fury have plenty of firepower to go around. Both could just as easily finish the season at the no. 1 spot.
As for the rest of the league, no one's satisfied with being on the outside looking in. Teams have made key additions for the stretch run but the dark horse here is (G) Ian Yu's Hypebeasts team. They are young, but they have an awful lot of talent. Check your report card! -- Kenny "The Jet" Li
FBNYC 2K9 SUM Mid-Season Review (Week 5)
As soon as (C) Ezra Hoover stepped on the floor, the culture changed for QIK. They were now big without losing speed. Looks like there's still some kinks to work out in the rotation but if anyone can get it done, it's veteran captain (G) Wilson Lew.
TEAM GRADE: A | MVP: (C) Ezra Hoover (14.3 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 3.3 spg)
SLA hasn't gone anywhere. In fact, they're on a better pace than their 2K9 SPR championship season. Much of the credit goes to (F) Joe Kim in another MVP-caliber season but (F) Harris Chung is quietly contributing to wins along with a balanced and defensive-minded supporting cast.
TEAM GRADE: A | MVP: (F) Joe Kim (22.8 ppg, 3 rpg, 2.6 spg)
The record is nice but NYF has been inconsistent. Where would they be without (F) Young Yu, their most consistent scorer, and (C) Bryant Picone, perhaps the league's best defender? Yu has had a resurgence and NYF's guard depth has been why. They make his job easy. Score and lead.
TEAM GRADE: B+ | MVP: (C) Young Yu (14.8 ppg, 2 rpg, 1.5 spg)
Swag plays them all close but hasn't figured out how to consistently close out. Still, they're better than expected with (C) Derrick Tyson leading an athletic and versatile front-court including (F) Amin Gillespie and (F) Dave Liu. Along with their feisty guards, they're improving but still have to close.
TEAM GRADE: B | MVP: (F) Derrick Tyson (13.8 ppg, 11.5 rpg, 4.2 spg)
With only two games under their belt, it's still too soon to tell where these guys really stand but one things for sure, they have a lot of talent. (C) George Chan and (C) Howie Chu anchor a solid group of young, athletic guards and forwards led by (G) Ian Yu and (F) Jason Wu.
TEAM GRADE: B+ | MVP: (F) Jason Wu (16.5 ppg, 2.5 spg, 1.5 bpg)
They have their good moments but AOD hasn't put together four quarters of winning basketball since their season-opening win. They are improving and a .500 record isn't out of the question but that all depends on whether (G) Usama Nausrudeen makes the move up to the ABA next week.
TEAM GRADE: C | MVPs: (G) Usama Nausrudeen (21.5 ppg, 2.2 spg)
With the amount of talent they have, talent with pedigree, it's a little disappointing that FAS hasn't won a game yet. Guard play and defense late in games has been troublesome but if they just string together a few wins, they certainly have the ability to parlay that into the playoffs.
TEAM GRADE: D | MVP: (F) Chris Moore (15.2 ppg, 7.5 rpg, 2.0 spg)
2K9 FALL Weekly Player Awards (Week 5)
Joe Kim (SLA) G/F | 5-11 | 175 lbs Week 5 Stats PPG: 36.0 RPG: 2.0 SPG: 2.0
This Slayers' 2K9 FALL Joe Kim hasn't missed a step from the Fury versions's MVP pace in 2K9 SPR. "Sonic" is flat out getting it done from all over the court on offense and the former Def. MVP is still a ball- hawk on D. Back-to-back MVP?
Let's face it, "Butter" is in the perfect situation, he's got great young defenders and play makers around him. All he has to do is drop buckets and that he has regularly in the clutch. And, his on-court leadership can't be understated.
Runner-Up: Derrick Tyson (SWA) 19 pts, 17 rebs
The Sam Lo Award for Hustlers
D. Tyson (SWA) 17 rebs, 2 stls, 1 blk
We might have to start giving this award the interim title of "The Derrick Tyson Award for Hustlers." D.T. is getting it done day in, day out.
SWA (F) Derrick Tyson and QIK (F) Victor Chia tip off the 1st Annual FBNYC Halloween Classic.
Quicks escape as Swagganauts struggle to close
MLK HS, NYC -- If basketball is a game of runs, this was a pretty good example. On the line this 1st Annual Halloween Classic was a 12-pack of seasonal pumpkin ale for the winner. The no. 1 Quicks entered the game without recently added (F) Alex Stewart and (C) Pat Pilar, not to mention (G) Jason Chin. SWA, however, would soon discover just how deep the Quicks are.
Right away, QIK went to work, jumping out to an early 15-13 1st quarter lead.(more...)