Can this be the best 4vs4 league CAC has ever had? Well in my opinion it is and I can’t believe we’re almost over. Most of the league has already reserved their spot for next season and a few new fully talented teams may be coming in. Next season should be just as good as this one, but before we think about next season, we need to reward those that excelled this time around. For the few that haven’t secured their spot yet or want to try this league for the first time, hit up this link and sign up. http://www.cacbasketball.com/signup-leagues.php
As usual, I will never please everyone so I encourage you all to voice your opinion, express your concerns and remind everyone how inept I am at this. I love the feedback, support your thoughts and encourage the debate. Hit me up on g-chat or the boards with your feedback, I enjoy the interruption from my real work. And keep an eye out for the playoff lines coming out later this week and everyone’s quest for the Golden 40oz. So without further ado….
MVP: Chris Maciejczak (Sunday Morning Legends) – 29.6 ppg, 13.8 rpg, 3.8 apg, 1.3 spg, 1.6 bpg (43.1 OPR, 24.4 DPR)
Honorable Mentions: John Mazzone (Yacht Rock), Josh Wachtel (Cold Blooded)
It pains me to do this, but the man has just been a beast this season and has led this group of dysfunctional misfits to the league’s best record. He’s clearly the best player on the best team and put up monster numbers in the process. I could make the argument for Mazz or Wachtel but at the end of the day Majic just had the better year and more impressive season. I hope he doesn’t take offense to this but I pray the MVP curse (not winning the championship that comes with this award) is alive and well for him come playoff time.
ROY: Jon Press (Yacht Rock) – 24.3 ppg, 11.0 rpg, 2.7 apg, 0.9 spg, 1.9 bpg (37.3 OPR, 20.1 DPR)
Honorable Mention: Jackson Bell (Hungover), Joe Pagliuca (Cold Blooded), Ian Kilpatrick (The Situation)
You know by now that I like to go with new guys to CAC and not just this league but Press just had too good of a season to ignore. He had some solid competition for this award but the guy just was too much to handle for people. Not many guys can slow down a 6’4’’ wing man and defensively you will always find him guarding the opponent’s best guy. Thankfully I’ll never have to worry about being on his radar because I’m not nearly good enough for him to consider guarding. Hopefully he and the rest of these rookies find themselves back next season.
OPOY: Preston Raymond (No Love) – 30.6 ppg, 15.1 rpg, 4.5 apg, 1.9 spg, 0.3 bpg (50.1 OPR, 20.9 DPR)
Honorable Mention: Ian Kilpatrick (The Situation), Chris Maciejczak (Sunday Morning Legends), John Mazzone (Yacht Rock)
Had has team had a better record, he definitely would have been in the MVP race, but no one can argue that PStone was just an offensive machine this season. Most days he carried the offensive load for NL with guys missing games or having struggling seasons, but he was putting up 30+ & 5 every game. Another category with stiff competition, guys like Ian who can create any shot he wants, or Mazz and Majic who take any shot they want. Any of these guys would be a great choice but I’m hoping we can get a little man on this list next year. C’mon guards do some more chucking and stop deferring to the big men.
DPOY: Jim Daigneault (Worcester IceCats) – 22.6 ppg, 14.5 rpg, 3.5 apg, 0.8 spg, 3.3 bpg (34.2 OPR, 14.3 DPR)
Honorable Mention: Drew Legare (Hungover), Adam Biehler (Sunday Morning Legends), Jim Bayley (The Situation)
A season off and he’s back in his rightful spot. I know that CAC defensive legend SMul has the trademark on the DPOY but Jimmy D is starting to make a strong case they should share the honor. While I don’t have an official number, Jimmy D not only blocked over 3 shots a game, but he’s altering at least 6 shots a game as well. Any of the others mentioned are always guarding the opponent’s best player but once again Jimmy D just dominated and changed the game on the defensive end. However it should be noted that I allowed him to get a few of those blocks out of the goodness of my heart, I’m truly a humanitarian.
GM of the Year: Nim Cohen (Cold Blooded)
Honorable Mention: Matt Kaplan (Sunday Morning Legends), Fred Bermont (Yacht Rock)
It would be easy to give Kaplan this award as he put together that collection of talent that can’t stand each other yet still won, but Nim’s work is more impressive to me. Nim, even though he initially put together a solid roster was forced to deal with plenty of no-shows and players backing out but still found a way to have this team one game away from the top seed. Did I mention he found a hidden gem to bolster the Cold Blooded wing and smartly take more shots away from me? Needless to say Nim’s endless pool of talent and ability to ensure enough guys made the minimum required games puts his Cold Blooded team in a great position to regain their title.
5h Man of the Year: Jason Tibbets (Sunday Morning Legends) – 12.0 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 2.1 apg, 1.0 spg, 1.4 bpg (20.8 OPR, 12.1 DPR)
Honorable Mention: Jackson Bell (Hungover), Matt Maloney (The Situation)
I never thought there would be a day when I’m actually handing an award out to Tibbs, but somehow here I am. I’m certainly not giving him this award because of his generosity in giving me last season’s A1 MVP or anything. I’m actually giving him this award, wait for it…..because he earned it. Sure he scheduled all early games for his troops so he can go back to drinking for football and yes he missed a few games, but when he did show up, and wasn’t being yelled at or blamed, he played well as the fifth man. So well, maybe he should have started over certain trolls but that’s for another day. Anyways, congrats Tibbs, and remember this next award season….btw, aren’t the B2E awards suppose to come out soon????
Tommy Award: Matt Kaplan (Sunday Morning Legends) – 17.9 ppg, 7.3 rpg, 4.3 apg, 1.7 spg, 0.1 bpg (34.9 OPR, 10.4 DPR)
Honorable Mention: Damian Ruff ( No Love), Michael Turin (No Love)
The most coveted award among the bunch was really a two man race, although Turin in his short stint certainly tried and made a case. Had DRuff had a better year I may have gone the other way but it’s hard to be excited about your stats when you’re not dropping the 25+ you’re use to. So Kaplan, who right from game 1 with shouts up to the balcony, his borderline embarrassing attempts to trash talk on the boards and the regular 4 times an hour g-chats, took this award by the horns and never let go. If I found anyone more self loving, annoying and not pleasant to be around than him, I’d have a new winner. Oh wait, that actually kind of sounds like me….do I have to actually like the guy now????
In a league full of stars, I wanted to shout out a few guys whose game I love and you probably haven’t heard much about. These guys deserve to be recognized and guys I’d have on my squad any day.
All No-Name Team:
Mike Mahoney (East Second Street Ballers) – Probably the most consistent player for ESSB and stroked it from deep as good as anyone.
Fred Bermont (Yacht Rock) – Takes all the abuse from his teammates but still finds ways to contribute.
Matt Maloney (The Situation) – The last guy off the bench for Situation but should get more minutes, he’s their do-it-all guy.
Ryan Jamsey (Hungover) – Probably the sweetest shot in the SML, I should know, he torched me for 23.
Honorable Mention: Andy Hodges (Worcester IceCats), Brian Vozzella (Yacht Rock)
We definitely saw a lot of offense this season, with several teams going for over 100+. But you’re hard pressed to put up those types of numbers against this squad.
All Defensive Team:
Jim Daigneault (Worcester Ice Cats) – The DPOY hast to lead this cast.
Drew Legare (Hungover) – Continues to own the paint and make every shot a difficult one.
Adam Biehler (Sunday Morning Legends) – Always takes the opponent’s best guy no matter the size.
Jim Bayley (The Situation) – Could be the best on the ball defender the league has.
Honorable Mention: Jon Press (Yacht Rock), Mike Boucher(The Situation),
Before we get to the ALL Teamers, I want to add one more group of people. It’s pretty common for the staffers to rule themselves out from awards in leagues they participate in, but damn it, I just have an ego I need to feed. I’d take this roster and put it against anyone on any league, and I actually belong on this one. So in an effort to continue to introduce new and exciting things to CAC and the SML, let me present to you….
All Tribe Team:
Chris Maciejczak (Sunday Morning Legends) – Don’t let the name fool you, he’s been recruited and converted…shalom
Jon Press (Yacht Rock) – Dude has a nose that would make any Jew proud
Tom Kahana (Cold Blooded) – Parents right off the boat and dual citizenship finally gets me an award
Jason Leavit (Hungover) – Does anyone have a better Jew fro than this guy??
Fred Bermont (Yatch Rock) – Is anyone more fit for a yamaca then his bald tribe head?
Matt Kaplan (Sunday Morning Legend) – When he picks up the bill (an extremely rare occasion) he doesn’t say “I got you”, he says “I got Jew”
Alright people, here are the best of the best. These 12 guys have earned a spot in the SML All-Star game which will be played on Sunday December 12th immediately following the finals game. Hopefully everyone can make it, but if you can’t please let me know and we’ll work on a replacement for you.
SML All First Team:
Chris Maciejczak (Sunday Morning Legends) – MVP leads the way…
John Mazzone (Yacht Rock) – MVP runner up earns first team honors
Josh Wachtel (Cold Blooded) – Mr Everything for CB
Drew Legare (Hungover) – A slightly down year still has him on the first team, man I wish I was that good
SML All Second Team:
Jim Daigneault (Worcester IceCats) –DPOY should be a first teamer
Jon Press (Yacht Rock) – ROY also could have been a first teamer if he didn’t have Mazz steal all his shots
Preston Raymond (Andiamo) – MVP caliber season but didn’t have the wins to match the numbers
Ian Kilpatrick(The Situation) – The silkiest offensive player in the league
SML All Third Team:
Adam Biehler (Sunday Morning Legends) – Can’t believe I couldn’t find a spot for him higher than this
Jason Chiverton (Cold Blooded) – Carried this team for stretches this season and even showed up on time most of the time
Jackson Bell (Hungover) – Would have had even better numbers if he started a few more games
Mike Mahoney (East Second Street Ballers) – Did a little bit of everything for his team along with his sweet shot
Honorable Mention: Bobby Colantonio (The Situation), Morgan O’Loughlin (Hungover), Matt Foley (Worcester IceCats)