|Vinsanity’s Weekly Stat Wrap-up (Games from Sunday 9/30)|
Welcome to the first installment of my weekly column that takes a deeper, insightful and frequently irreverent look at the numbers the Dream League players put up every Sunday.
Yes...it may seem daunting to pore through a copious stack of scoresheets from the 40 or so games that took place -- squinting hard to discern whether or not the scorekeeper’s hastily scrawled “R” (for Rebound) is actually a “B” (for Block) or in some cases, neither -— but it is something that I truly relish. Calculating Dream Leaguers achievements (or, in some cases, woeful misses) on the hardwood from a set of codes and numbers without actually seeing their games is extremely fun for me.
Is that wrong? Is there something wrong with me?
I would take you back to my high school days in the Philippines (International School of Manila, represent!), where I would spend lunch breaks with other ball-fiends tallying up NBA stats from a day-old USA TODAY in the library because we didn’t have complete NBA coverage (or Sportscenter and high-speed Internet for that matter)...marveling at one of Jason Kidd’s triple-doubles, Michael Jordan’s legendary scoring prowess, and the infamous DNP-Hemorrhoids (no joke) racked up by Golden State’s very own “Energizer Bunny”, Chris Gatling...but that’s another story!
Please keep in mind: these stats are by no means 100% accurate (scorekeepers are human after all and make a mistake here and there). We don’t have the means to employ full 10 man statcrews like the pros do. Heck, we’d be lucky to have 3 manning the scoretable at one time! They are meant for your enjoyment…another way to add depth and fun to your Dream League experience.
On this note, please do your part (and I know I’m echoing the Commish on this but it bears repeating): Captains (or whoever ends up filling out the roster sheet), please make sure to write clearly and legibly listing players’ first and last names and TEAM NAMES (yes, some team names were mysteriously omitted). It only takes a minute guys! You would be surprised how many times I’ve come across sheets with names that look like Egyptian hieroglyphics…either that or roster sheets hastily jotted down by someone with the penmanship skills of a 3rd grader.
So without further ado, on to the stats! I’ll be dividing up the distinctions into different categories -- each with its own theme and description if appropriate.
Please don’t hesitate to send any corrections, additions, questions, comments, or feedback to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Hey, just drop me a line if you’re bored...I’d love to hear from my readers!
These are players who put up MONSTER scoring statlines last Sunday, hence the AI reference. Shockingly, there were quite a few who shared this distinction (including some surprises).
1. Darryl ? (ZerOne, AAA-P(SV)) – The enigmatic Darryl (Darryl Dawkins?) came out of nowhere to make his mark on the Dream League with a jaw-dropping 40 points on a blistering 17/21 (81% FG!!!) from the field. Oh yeah, he was also 7 for 8 (88%) from three. Can someone ID this cat?!? Seriously...
2. Ed Yup (SFFD, AAA-V) – I’m pretty sure Yup is the oldest baller on this list. But skills, like wine, only get better with age. OK, that sounded weird. Anyways, you can’t help but marvel at his 33 points on 13/19 shooting (68% FG) including a sweet 5/10 (50%) from three. Makes you wonder if he’s actually out working on his “J” when he’s supposed to be putting out fires as a member of the fire dept…
3. Jonathan Kwok (Ryusei, AAA-V) – Kwok had a big day, posting 13 points alone in the 1st Quarter. He finished with an authoritative 31 and 10.
4. Gary Tran (Syuhn Fung, AL-P) – Tran had a blazing first half, scoring 19 of his 29 points. Overall, he shot 65% from the field (11/17) and was a perfect 6/6 from the charity stripe.
5. Rich Twu (L'Unis, REC) – The Dream League’s very own Commish made his presence known with a dominating performance: 27 points (8/15 FG, 4/8 3PT), 5 boards, 2 assists and 2 steals.
6. Ryan Parrilla (SloJams, AAA-P) – The ‘Jams captain also had a first half for the ages, dropping 18 of his eventual 27. He also came up big in the clutch, notching 7/8 free throws in the 4th Q.
7. Rod Campbell (Team Dynasty, AL-P) – “Uncle Rod” as I’ve heard him called put up 12 points by halftime en route to an eventual 28 with 5 boards, 2 assists and 2 blocks.
8. Chris Der (SloJams, AAA-P) – The Shawn Marion of the AAA-P pogo-sticked his way to 26 points, 12 boards, 3 assists and 2 blocks. Like his captain Ryan, Der was clutch in the 4th, sinking 10 of 12 FT’s in the 4th.
9. Vic Jacobs (Trybe, AAA-E) – Jacobs dropped 25 points (11/19, 58% FG) along with 8 boards, 5 assists and 3 steals.
10. Brent Natsume (WSBI, AAA-P) – 25 points (albeit on an AI-esque 43% FG). Also grabbed 5 boards and had 2 assists.
As the title suggests, these players outhustled, outmuscled, outjumped, and out-everythinged everyone else for every loose ball possible, like Dennis Rodman.
1. Charles S. (ZerOne, ?) – Wow, we have two utterly enigmatic peeps on the same team heading these first two lists. What gives? I’m pretty sure ZerOne isn’t complaining. Charles S. (Schultz? Schwab? Spam?) over here with the surreal 19 and 19. Hey ZerOne captain –- where’d you find these guys? The NBDL? Yeesh...just sick.
2. Lawrence Lewis (Ballaticians, AAA-P) – Lewis only had 5 points and 3 assists but grabbed a monster 18 caroms.
3. Somchit Phol (?, AAA-6) – Phol churned out 11 points, 17 boards, 2 steals and a block for good measure.
4. Jeremy Silan (Das Boot, AAA-V) – Jeremy probably should have joined the list above with his 29 points. However, it’s his prowess on the glass (15 grabs) that land him here.
5. Vince Chung (McLovin,, ?) – Love the Superbad reference. Also love the 8 points, 13 boards and 4 dimes.
6. Mason Chin (BEAST, AAA-6) – A beastly 12 points, 13 boards and 3 assists.
7. Samon Saelee (?, REC-O) – 11 points, 13 boards and 4 assists for Saelee (whose team name was curiously omitted). EDITOR'S NOTE: Team is probably Sq.
8. Derek Finney (MaSarap, ?) – Finney had 6 and 13 for a team whose name translates into “delicious” in Tagalog (Random Vinsanity Fact #465).
9. Keenan McMiller (Second to None, AL-P) – True to his Karl Malone-like stature, 25 points and 13 boards like it ain’t no thing.
10. James Bunjayaroen (Bay Function, REC-O) – I wonder if Bay Function’s opponent was able to get any rebounds at all with Bunjayaroen and Saechin hitting the glass like fiends. 6 points, 12 boards, 2 assists and 2 steals for the baller whose last name I probably horribly butchered (sorry in advance, bro!)
Pretty self-explanatory…these are the players who made sure the table was set just right and the tasty dishes were served piping hot to their teammates. They thought pass-first, second, and third. Or maybe they were just plain lucky.
1. Evan Chin (Terrace Park, REC-O) – “Easy” Evan had 13 points and 7 dimes.
2. Ryan Petro (McLovin, ?) – 6 boards, 7 dimes, and the most “Euro”-sounding surname in the Dream League.
3. Jeff Bowker (ZerOne, AAA-P(SV)) – 4 points, 4 boards, 7 dimes, and 2 steals. I’m just taking a shot in the dark here, but it can’t be too hard racking up 7 dishes passing to fellow ZerOne mates Charles S. and The Artist Formerly Known as Darryl.
4. J. Karnsonang (?, ?) – Scored an efficient 10 points on 4/5 shooting and had 6 assists.
5. Jason Sato (Ryusei, AAA-V) – Sato set up his fellow mates with 6 dimes to go along with his 10 points.
6. Brian De Guzman (In It To Win It, AAA-6) – A solid 8 boards and 5 assists for Brian.
7. Derek Wing (SFFD, AAA-V) – Manning the “wing” for the firemen, Wing finished with 4 points, 7 boards, 5 dimes, and 2 steals.
These players put up lines so sublime a la Jason Kidd...so full of depth and reeking of hoop fundamentals it brings tears of joy to my eyes. OK, barring all the melodrama, these guys stand out among their peers with their penchant of filling up the statsheet and keeping our diligent statcrew scrambling to record their exploits. Oh, and they probably were nominated as “Mr. All-Around” in High School or something like that.
1. Omar Brodrick (SF Lions, AAA-E) – Check out his sick line: 7 points, 15 boards, 7 assists and 2 blocks. Not bad for a newcomer to the League playing in his first game, huh? A sign of greatness to come? His 7 turnovers add a hint of tarnish to his bid for a coveted quadruple-double.
2. Mike Salamin (The City, AAA-E) – In my eyes, Mike is the Vince Carter of the AAA-E minus the thunderous dunks but with the stunning ability to pull off crazy finishes around the rim and pop 25-foot off-balance treys. Need evidence? How’s about his 24 points, 12 boards, 6 dimes and 6 steals. Told ya so...
3. Jon McClain (SF Lions, AAA-E) – The Lions’ own “Baby Lebron” put up 15 points, 13 rebounds, 2 assists, 6 steals and a block despite missing the first half due to being stuck in horrendous Love Fest traffic. It’s downright frightening to imagine what he might have posted had he started the game.
4. Kevin Ruan (Mad Cow, ?) – Very impressive line for The Talented Mr. Ruan: 28 points on 11/14 shooting (79%), 8 caroms, 6 dimes, and 3 steals.
5. Shin Iwata (Ballin’, AAA-E) – The speedy Steve Nash-like PG puts up lines like these on the regular: 9 points, 6 boards and 8 assists.
6. D. Flores (?,?) – Hmm…any relation to Dream Leaguer R.J. Flores? 10 points, 9 rebounds and 5 steals. EDITOR'S NOTE: I think this might be Daniel Flores of the Richmond Wolfpack in AAA-P.
7. Willie Yee (WWWD, REC) – Another almost-quadruple-double candidate: 16 points, 9 rebounds, 4 assists and a shame-inducing 7 turnovers. Oh, the shame!
8. Shin Iwata (Genins, REC) – What’d I tell ya? So good, he made the list twice: 9 points, 6 rips, 5 dishes, and 4 steals for good measure.
9. Adrian Garcia (Spartans, REC) – 12 points, 9 boards and 4 steals for the Spartan.
These players’ specialty is the sweet, morale-killing, crowd-silencing sniper stroke from deeeeeeep. And I mean DEEP.
1. Boun Khamnouane (Elephants, AAA-6) – Sunk 5/8 from three (8/14 from the field overall) en route to 23 points.
2. David Hui (Raptors, AAA-6) – Chalked up 17 points on 5/9 (56%) shooting from 3-point land.
3. Dante Henderson (MaSarap, AAA-P) – The athletic swingman (and Shane Battier stunt-double) dropped 16 points and pulled 5 boards while going 5/11 (45%) from downtown.
OK, in all fairness, maybe these players were just having an off-day. Or perhaps they just don’t have a conscience when it comes to launching (and launching...and launching). The world may never know…
1. Sean Rivera (Technics, REC-O) – 1/13 FG (.08%). One word: ouch.
2. Joel Rubin (Ballaticians, ?) – Nice 6 points and 8 rebounds Joel. Might need to check up on your shot selection though (2/18, 11% FG).
3. Alec McDonald (WWWD, REC) – Alec, I know you’ve seen better days on the hardwood, buddy. Going 2/13 (15%) is just an aberration.
4. Anthony Schlander (Young Gunners, AAA-P) – Young Gunner indeed: 4/15 (27%) from the field.
5. Jeremy Cachola (Grinders, AAA-P) – 11, 8 rips and a block look good. 3/11 from the field (27%) does not.
6. Alex Baumgartner (Rising Stars, AAA-P) – Alex had 4 points on a dismal 2/7 (29%) from the field, but to his credit, he made up for it with 9 boards, 3 steals and a block.
7. James Aragon (Frosh Tryouts, AAA-P) – 24 points on 22 shots (8/22, 36%) isn’t exactly the picture of efficiency.
Other notable performances from around the League.
Freddie Kwong (Raptors, AAA-6) – 18/10
Roland Pabalate (Spartans, REC) – 6/15
Eric Lee (Warriors, REC) – 4/10/2/blk
Cal Colding (Trybe, AAA-E) – 7/4/4/5
Vic Jacobs (Big Gamerz, AL-P) – 21/6/4/2
Han Pham (Young Gunners, ?) – 10/4/2/4
Derek Finney (Kurruption, ?) – 12/9/2
Rico Thomas (Purefoods, ?) – 12 reb/2 stl
Khalid Hasri (SF Lions, AAA-E) – 19/8/1
Kevin "Fish" Lee (Syuhn Fung, AL-P) – 2/12/2
Taraz Lee (2449 Squad, AL-P) – 13/11/4/2
Marcel Mangalinan (Morning Wood, AAA-6) – 24/7/3 stl
Jason Tejano (Morning Wood, AAA-6) – 13/10/3 blk
Marcelo Macaranas (SF Quakes, AAA-6) – 16/4/2
Zac Mar (SF Quakes, AAA-6) – 11/11/2/2
Eric Ballelos (Frosh Tryouts, AAA-P) – 2/8/4 blk
Henry Zhou (Full Tilt, REC) – 20/8/2/1
Torrent Lee (Poorcats, AAA-V) – 20/4/3/2
Joe Chan (SFFD, AAA-V) – 18/11/2/blk
Mike Reyes (Ballin’, AAA-E) – 23/8
Chris Chung (Das Boot, AAA-V) – 19/12
James Manalang (Bomb Squad, AAA-P) – 20/5
Mike Siv (TL Bombers, AAA-P) – 24/2/4/3
Kris Neri (Wolverines, REC) – 14/11/2/2
Tadashi Takazawa (Genins, REC) – 12/9/3/1/2