Hello all! We are at the (somewhat) mid-way point for both the East and West divisions in the B2 4v4 Leagues. The West (Monday nights) are 4 games deep with the holiday and snowstorm delays on their games and the East (Wednesday nights) are 6 games in steadily approaching the playoffs. To the best of my ability, I’m going to do a combined power rankings to show you guys how you stack up with the other night!!
On to the rankings!!!
I’m going to do this as if we were going to have a combined playoff bracket (Tibbs make it happen!!) If you’re wondering how it would work, we did it back in 2012 between 3 leagues on 3 nights and it rivaled March Madness! 27 teams entered the tournament, teams from other nights were in early scoping out the competition and we had matchups that wouldn’t happen in the traditional playoff system a 16 seed knocked off a #1 seed and a 14 seed made it to Final Four beating a 3 and 6 seed.
You can check out the bracket results here
Anyway, let’s get on with the show!!
16. Malice In The Palace (0-6, East)
Malice kicks off the Rankings List as the worst team between both leagues. Giving up 111 points to Brothers & Others in week one and with an average point differential of -48.8 points per game, Malice would probably go 0-15 if there was inter-league play (another good idea Tibbs!). The one bright spot on this team is James Case, who has lead the team in scoring every week so far.
Team MVP: James Case – 16 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 28.3 Player Rating
15. The White Iversons (0-4, West)
The better of the two winless squads are clearly The White Iversons. With a much less average point differential (-13.5) than their winless counterpart, The White Iversons recently pushed the undefeated White Mambas to the limit, losing the game in the final minutes. Rylan Stewart is a man amongst boys on his squad, and is usually the catalyst that helps keep TWI in games.
Team MVP: Rylan Stewart – 23.7 ppg, 8.3 rpg, 2.7 apg, 2.7 spg, 49.5 Player Rating
14. The Wobbies (1-3, West)
Originally named MARTIN, The Wobbies are at the #14 spot strictly because of their win over the #15 team. Josh Martin is the team’s leading scorer, and James Case is a solid role player on his 2nd team. Welch is the only lady in the league and she holds her own with the boys, but there just isn’t enough firepower for this squad to be in contention.
Team MVP: Josh Martin – 13.8 ppg, 10.6 rpg, 36.5 Player Rating
13. Jae and His Baes (1-3, West)
Another team with only one win on the season, Jae and his pack of Baes sit at #13 in the power rankings with their sole win being over the #14 team. The West is making these rankings easy! Clark is a marksman from behind the arc, and when DeAscentis is in the building Jae’s Baes cause fits for other teams. Unfortunately the latter has only been to 2 games this season and with the lack of offensive production, Jae’s boos are sporting a 1-3 record because of it.
Team MVP: Ted Clark – 22.5 ppg, 8.1 rpg, 2.0 apg, 42.0 Player Rating
12. 2 Fas 2 Furious (2-4, East)
Coming off their biggest win of the season, 2 Fas 2 Furious sits at the #12 spot. They’ve been a 1-win team this season prior to yesterday, so I couldn’t rank them any higher than here once I got down to it. A big upset win last night against the sliding FREE BANDZ gives them a boost over teams like Jae and His Baes and The Wobbies. Jensen has been a beast all season, putting up big numbers to keep his team close, but it seems like 2 Fas has finally found that missing piece in 6’7 big Osama. Not the most athletic guy, but Osama’s wing span allows him to be a menace on the defense side which leads to easy fast break buckets for his team. He was present for their 2 wins and if he shows up for the 2 out of the next 3 games, he becomes playoff eligible and 2 Fas could be a force to be reckoned with.
Team MVP: Eric Jensen – 21.8 ppg, 8.4 rpg, 3.2 apg, 2.7 spg, 49.8 Player Rating
11. Off In The Woods (1-3, West)
The premise of the name is you can’t “beat off in the woods”. Well apparently you CAN beat Off In The Woods! Despite that huge loss in week 1 to CAC Staff Infection, OITW has looked pretty decent in the weeks after. They even had an overtime thriller with a Top 5 ranked team that would easily put them at 2-2. Campbell, Williams and Jimenez help lead the charge, these guys just need to string a few wins together and they could be contenders for the West crown.
Team MVP: Anthony Jimenez – 12 ppg, 7.7 rpg, 1.7 spg, 31.8 Player Rating
10. C4NT (2-2, West)
A resident B2 4v4 squad, C4NT is always in contention. Their “Live By The Three, Die By The Three” mentality has remained the same since I’ve been watching them since 2011. Take out O’Shea and insert Scott Moran, and this team can get up on you real quick. Moran’s first night of the season saw him drop 10 threes in an 8 point loss to The White Mambas. If the Hammerschmidts can provide enough support while Moran leads the way, C4NT can make some noise. Side note – They are 2-1 in games played, they have 1 forfeit under their belt.
Team MVP: Scott Moran – 27.3 ppg, 5 rpg, 2.3 apg, 2.0 spg, 45.8 Player Rating
9. Fully Baked (2-4, East)
You can hear these guys from outside the West Somerville Neighborhood School gymnasium. Fully Baked are team of guys that usually smell up to their name, but when they hit the floor they are all business. Well, aside for all the smack talk they dish out on the floor. Brett Murray and Jimmy Fluellen are the anchors of this team, while Brad Murray, Runge and Mastropietro play that fiesty defense and talk enough smack that could get into the ear of some of the best players in this league. Don’t sleep on their 2-4 record, they played their best games against two of the Top 3 ranked teams, losing by a total margin of 3 points.
Team Co-MVP: Brett Murray – 18.8 ppg, 7.7 rpg, 38.8 Player Rating
Team Co-MVP: Jimmy Fluellen – 16.2 ppg, 6.8 rpg, 4.4 apg, 41.6 Player Rating
8. FREE BANDZ (2-4, East)
I hate to put these guys here because from what I saw, they’re a much better team than the record shows. Vasilios Frangias is a deadshot shooter on any point in the floor and Ricardo Valles is a beast inside. Corrigan, Sinclair and Tsatsopoulous provide enough work on both sides of the ball that they could easily be in the Top 4 or 5 teams in the league. Their 4 straight losses have an average point differential of 5 points and situations late in the game have gone ways that if it went the other way they could easily be 5-1 or 6-0. Unfortunately the cookie has crumbled too much for them and they sit here just inside of the Top 8.
Team MVP: Vasilios Frangias – 25.7 ppg, 4.8 apg, 4.7 rpg, 2.3 spg, 51.8 Player Rating
7. Brothers & Others (2-4, East)
The East is by far the better league in terms of competition, and it shows when half of the teams sit at 2-4 and are giving the top 3 teams in that division fits for 40 minutes. Brothers & Others are clicking at the right time despite a 3-game skid. Their last two games against Swagagewea and Radio Shaq-two of the Top 4 teams- were nailbiters and at times had those teams on the ropes. Last night against Swag was a 2-point game, and the 4 of Austin and Alex Teal, Ryan Donovan and Kevin Valley is B&O’s best chance to pick up some wins in the last 3 games of the regular season. Valley is hands down one of the top perimeter defenders in the league (3.3 steals per game) and it is an asset to have that on a team that plays a physical brand of basketball. If there’s any team that could be in the bottom 4 and knock out a top 4 team in their divisional playoffs, it’s the Brothers & Others.
Team Co-MVP: Alex Teal – 18.3 ppg, 7 rpg, 3.0 spg, 41.8 Player Rating
Team Co-MVP: Ryan Donovan – 16.8 ppg, 9.3 rpg, 3.5 apg, 44.6 Player Rating
6. CAC Staff Infection (3-1, West)
I’m just not too sure about this team. This a squad full of CAC Staff members. This team on paper should be blowing the doors off of everyone in the league and I mean everyone. Mazzeo, Popko, the commish Tibbs, Weitzer, Gokita, Otto, these boys know how to ball and there isn’t a team in the West that can compete. Problem is there guys never show up!!! Will CSI suffer the fate of not having enough roster eligible players? Popko needs to play one more game to be at 4, and Otto is at 2 games. Everyone else has only played one, which leaves me to wonder every week, who is going to show up to play for CSI??
Team MVP: Daniel Popko – 15.3 ppg, 14.7 rpg, 3.3 bpg, 2.7 apg, 53.3 Player Rating
5. Thunder Down Under (4-0, West)
Yes, they have a 4-0 record. Yes they defeated CAC Staff Infection. But something about Thunder Down Under doesn’t sit well with me. Adams and Wingen are the 1-2 punch that TDU strives on, but sometimes I think that TDU depends on those two way too much. Their 4-0 record is up against a combined 5-11 record which makes it hard for me to believe that these guys might even be worthy of a #5 ranking. But granted, they are undefeated and I can’t take that merit away from them. Only time will tell if TDU is deserving of their #5 rank.
Team MVP: Eric Wingen – 21 ppg, 11.3 rpg, 2.5 apg, 48.4 Player Rating
4. Radio Shaq (4-2, East)
The 1st of 3 East division teams in the top 4, Radio Shaq has swung their momentum in the right direction. Randy Kearns has a solid ball club with Anthony Melo and Casey Tenney providing a share of the offense. Two 30 pt/30 reb games from Melo has proven that he is the #1 asset to any team in these two leagues so far. The man averages 28 pts and 24 boards a game! A game! I couldn’t put numbers up like that in NBA 2K16 if I put it on Rookie! The 3-headed beast that is Tenney/Melo/Kearns (Run TMK, huh?, huh!?!?) has put together 4 wins in a row and a win next week against #12 2 Fas 2 Furious will solidify them with the #3 spot in the East with room to move nowhere but up.
Team MVP: Anthony Melo – 28 ppg, 24.3 rpg, 2.8 apg, 2.5 spg, 79.6 Player Rating
3. PWC (6-0, East)
I must be crazy not putting undefeated PWC in the Top 2 right!?!? Well the Michael Jordan (yes, Michael Jordan) led PWC have put together a good string of games where they seem to edge out the opposition. What scares me is this. They played the #16 rank team in the league and allowed them to stay in close range and even had a chance to win the ball game late. Malice in the Palace has been getting blown out by every team they face, except for last night when they faced PWC. Something about that game last night tells me that PWC might not be top 2 worthy and I had to give the top 2 spots to two other teams. Let’s see if they can prove me wrong in the last 3 weeks of the regular season.
Team MVP: Michael Jordan – 21.3 ppg, 6.7 rpg, 39 Player Rating
2. White Mambas (4-0, West)
The White Mambas are the sole team in the Top 4 from the West. They are a top heavy team that relies on Northrup and Tejeda to give them most of their offense. Both guys put up 20+ points per game and their 4-0 record helps them gain their #2 spot. The White Mambas are another team that haven’t beat the best in their league but they’re beating teams with ease. Just like the #5 ranked TDU, the 2nd half of their season will determine if they’re worthy of their #2 rank.
Team MVP: Jake Northrup – 18 ppg, 12.6 rpg, 5.3 apg, 3.0 spg, 59.5 Player Rating
1. Swagagewea (6-0, East)
Swag, as I like to call them, is the epitome of a championship caliber team. Will Brennan is a no nonsense type of baller who is never afraid to attack the basket at any point in the game. He’s won the ball game for his team with that exact style on 2 occasions, most recently last night against #7 Brothers & Others. Van Liere is my favorite post player in this league, he’s aggressive and never shys away from contact. He also has a knack for finding the open man as well and it shows with his 3 assists per game. #1 Swag takes on #3 PWC in the final game of the night next Wednesday, will Swag be able to hold on to their crown?
Team MVP: Will Brennan – 24.3 ppg, 10.2 rpg, 4.0 apg, 2.2 spg, 55.9 Player Rating
That’s all I got for today folks! Feel free to express your opinions in the comments!!