A Draft Winter ’12 Awards

By STATI’ve had a lot of fun covering A Draft this season, and a medium amount of fun playing in it. At least we’ll always have that Let it Fly game, that shining and too-brief dalliance on the left side of the ledger. Vladi, Paul — it was our Paris. But enough about of me waxing poetic about that one time my team managed to avoid losing, let’s get into the stuff that you guys actually care about.

Note: if you have won any sort of award this season, you may redeem a prize of your choice at the scorer’s table. Available prizes include some Starbust-brand chewy candies, a firm handshake and an “attaboy!”, or a signed 8 x 12 photo of Tibbs. Supplies are limited on the last two, so let me know which you’d like!

Rookie of the Year:

Dennis Sargisoff, Yo Soy Fiesta

By the end of this season, there was basically no doubt as to who’d be winning this award. Even better, Dennis is “true” rookie — this is his first CAC season of any sort, and he made the best of it. Playing opposite the league’s top scorer, he still managed to score nearly 18 a game. More impressively, he was second among guards with more than 11 boards a game. Most impressively, he averaged 9.33 assists per game, more than 3 more than his closest competitor. He chipped in nearly 3 steals and 50% shooting from deep in one of the most well-rounded rookie seasons in recent memory. There’s an unverified rumor floating around that teammate Sam Boyer sleeps in boys medium Sargisoff jersey, dreaming sweetly of one day posting a triple double. Or a double-double. Or a singe double.

Runners-up:

Dan Bodkin, Let it Fly — Came a long way from being called Jeremy. Now, he is no longer called Jeremy. One of the best midrange shooters and ballhawks in the league.

Nelson de Pina, Bad News Bears — In his first A draft season, put up more than 16 points and 10 rebounds a game, while taking some tough defensive assignments.

Offensive Player of the Year

Billy Durbrow, FabulousO

The numbers are undeniable — second in scoring, third in assists, second in rebounds. Not only does the FabulousO offense run through him, he makes coaches everywhere proud by continuing to deal with his lack of an outside shot by not shooting from the outside. In a league where basically everyone loves to jack up the occasional 3 (or 7), Billy did his work where he does it best, and continued to find cutting and posting teammates. As the season went on, Kurt and Brian found their spots on the floor, and Durbrow found them time and time again.

Runners-up:

Terry Henderson, Yo Soy Fiesta
Brett Armstrong, Yuuuup! — Brett supplemented excellent outside shooting (42%) with an ability to lead the break and either finish (20.4 ppg) or dish off (4.2 apg). Hit some big shots in games where it looked like the winning streak might crumble.

Defensive Player of the Year

Brett Armstorng, Yuuuuup!

Brett’s defense was the key to Yuuuuup’s undefeated season. There was no question as to whether their versatile offense would be able to get out in the open court and score buckets, but I was skeptical as to how well they’d be able to defend teams with size inside. While you might question his process (or rather, Larry the ref’s interpretation of his process), you can’t question Brett’s results — he held his own with some of the best post players in the league, and allowed the all-guard experiment to work. He happened to lead the league in steals, but even if he hadn’t, he would have been one of the league’s best defenders.

Runners-up

Adam Nestler, Free Hat — Always good for one or two ridiculous blocks per game, which delight me to no end. Fuck you Bill Russell, keeping the ball in play in for squares and Communists.

Joe Hoerner, Yuuuup! — I feel like I write Yuuuup with a different number of “u’s” everytime. Anyway, Joe was great on the boards and very good at getting into the passing lanes.

GM of the Year

Matt Kaplan, Yuuuuup!

Kap crushed this draft. He got great value with every pick, and even found a late-round sleeper in Brian Robinson. Brian was a great finisher and distributor, and a huge part of why the Yuuuup bench was so dominant. Getting Kuz and Silton in the third and fourth rounds took this team from a potentially dangerous one to the odds-on favorite to win the title.

Runner-up

Frank Malsbenden, Yo Soy Fiesta — YSF lost only one game all season when they weren’t missing major pieces. Frank not only took a third round pick that nearly averaged a triple-double, he provided a fierce pre-game example of the type of athleticism CAC has become synonymous with. He even took a young and confused Terry Henderson under his wing, and transformed him into a true post presence.

Least Valuable Player

Matt Kaplan, Yuuuuup!

I will leave these numbers here without comment:

With Kaplan, Yuuuuup scored just about 76 per game, and gave up 57, for a margin of victory of 19.

Without Kaplan, Yuuuuup scored 79 points per game, and gave up about 60, for a margin of 19.

Most Valuable Player

Terry Henderson, Yo Soy Fiesta

Could it really be anybody else? At points, I flirted with giving it to Brett or Billy, but when you score 10 more points than the nearest competitor, open a huge lead in PR and lead your team to a 2 seed, you pretty much wrap up the award. Somewhere around week 8, he even found the range from distance, going 13-21 from three the past two weeks. He had by far the best statistical season in the league, and since the number one team was so balanced, easily took home the award.

Runners-up:

Brett Armstrong, Yuuuuup!
Billy Durbrow, FabulousO

First Team All A Draft:

Terry Henderson, Yo Soy Fiesta
Billy Durbrow, FabulousO
Dennis Sargisoff, Yo Soy Fiesta
Brett Armstrong, Yuuuuup!

Second Team All A Draft:

Adam Nestler, Free Hat
Joe Hoerner, Yuuuuup!
Pete Wilson, Free Hat
Dan Ollquist, Let it Fly

All-Defense Team:

Adam Nestler, Free Hat
Joe Hoerner, Yuuuup!
Brett Armstrong, Yuuuup!
Brian Gelow, FabulousO

All-Offense Team

Terry Henderson, Yo Soy Fiesta
Billy Durbrow, FabulousO
Dennis Sargisoff, Yo Soy Fiesta
Brian Sharkey, FabulousO

All-Rookie Team:

Eric Hannah, Let it Fly
Nelson De Pina, NAJR
Dennis Sargisoff, Yo Soy Fiesta
Dan Bodkin, Let it Fly

Thanks everyone for a great season, and be sure to sign up for the Spring session!

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