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FALL 2013 SUNDAY ADVANCED DIVISION MVP RANKINGS - Donrick Thomas is #1
#1 DONRICK THOMAS (SmileWork–SF)
6 games through the regular season, SmileWork sits at the top of the
Sunday division standings with a perfect record. At the center of it all,
Donrick Thomas, who is filling up our stat sheets, as well as our Youtube
channel with highlight after highlight. On a team with so many productive
players, Thomas standing out right now as their most dangerous player,
because he’s so dominant at both ends of the floor. He’s averaging 13.7
PPG on 54% from the floor and 83% shooting from the free-throw line, while
contributing 8.3 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game. At the defensive side
of the ball, he’s averaging 3.3 steals and nearly 2 blocks per contest.
#2 OLIVER PRINCE (Bad Boys – GF)
IF the Bad Boys had a winning record, there’s no doubt in my mind the
Prince would have sole possession of the #1 spot in these rankings. The
Bad Boys continue their descent down the standings, sitting 2nd to last
with a painful 1-5 record. Prince has had to carry the team through the
1st half of the regular season, averaging some of the most ridiculous
numbers we’ve seen in this division. He leads the league in scoring at
26.3 points per game, shooting 44% from the floor. He’s also tallying a
league high 15.7 rebounds per game, while adding 1.7 assists, 2.0 steals
and 1.0 blocks per night. Other players on his squad really picked up
their production last Sunday, as they nearly upset SmileWork Dental in a
68-63 thriller. Hopefully he’ll get the same kind of help moving forward
as every game becomes a must-win.
#3 MICHAEL SOBREPENA (Boomshakalaka – PG)
Sobrepena isn’t piling up the points like he used to back in his rookie
season with MB. Instead, he’s deferring more to his teammates as he has an
array of weapons on his squad that can help him get the job done on any
given night. His quality shot selection has him at 14.8 PPG on 54%
shooting from the field, including 87% from the charity stripe and 42%
from long range. He’s dishing out 4.7 assists, while bringing in 2.8
rebounds and 1.8 steals per game. With Sobrepena playing the point, and
all-star caliber guys surrounding him such as Hanson, Swaby, Minatel,
Nadi, and last season’s MVP Nick Macera, Boom is a serious threat to win
it all this season.
#4 DEVON SMITH (Sonics – GF)
Smith has been a huge off-season acquisition for the Sonics as his steady
play has led them to a 4-2 record. He’s long, agile, and has guard-like
skills for a big man, making him impossible to guard for most of his
matchups. He’s contributing 14.3 points, 7.2 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.0
steals per contest. Smith is not one to demand the ball nor does he have
an arsenal of post-moves down low, but his face-up game is impeccable. He
can drive by slower opponents, or pull up and bury a jumper. Although
their styles are nothing alike, with former MVP Chad Bewley moving on to
play Humber ball, Smith has done a great job filling the Forward position
for the Sonics. He draws a lot of attention because of the matchup issues
he poses, freeing up clean looks for guys like Nathan Carter, who has
picked up his offensive production dramatically with this overhauled
#5 ATILL WILLIAMS (Fully Loaded – F)
Atill had a tough outing last week versus Boom, putting up some
less-than-stellar numbers in a 62-52 loss to Boomshakalaka. Despite the
loss however, you can’t discount Fully Loaded’s 4-2 record, sitting 2nd
overall in the league standings, just ahead of Boomshakalaka and the
Sonics due to point differential. Regardless of the scouting report, he
always finds ways to free up for those long threes. He’s been cashing them
in at 43%, drilling 15 total in 6 games played. He registers 14.5 points
and 5.2 rebounds per game, shooting 41% from the field and 77% from the
free-throw line. Look for Atill to put his foot on the pedal in the
remaining 3 games of the season as he’s always dominant in the back end of
the regular season when battling for playoff positioning.
#6 BRANDON BURKE (Sunnybrook-GF)
Has only played 4 out of 6 games, and when he’s in the rotation Sunnybrook
is 3 and 1. He’s extremely aggressive, always looking to attack the rim
and get to the charity stripe. He is averaging 16.8 points per contest,
shooting 42% from the floor, while piling up 5.8 rebounds and 2.5 assists
per game. Sunnybrook is riding a 3 game win streak right now and if they
continue to rack up the W’s, don’t be surprised to see Burke shoot up the
MVP rankings in our next edition. They’ll need a big game from him this
Sunday when they take on the reeling Sonics.
Honourable Mentions: Nathan Carter (SON-G), Ancil London (SNY-SF), John
Rowe (FLN-SF), Alex White (MNY-G), Sinisa Bjelica (OLE-GF), Ryan Brewster
(SWI-F), Craig Hanson (BOO-F), Shawn Conley (OLE-C), Jordan Campbell
(FUL-SF), Branko Veljovic (SML-SF)
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POWER RANKINGS - Advanced-Sunday Division. SmileWork #1.
They are the only undefeated team in the division with a 6-0 record. They’ve got big names but more importantly, they’ve got a very good team. They are playing basketball the right way and have got all the necessary pieces to win their first championship.
When people found out that Bewley was no longer with the team, many thought that this team would not get back to the top. Surprise, surprise, the Sonics are rising, winning 3 of their last 4 games. Off-season pick ups have been great for them so far.
Boom collected a big win over Fully Loaded last week. Prior to that, they lost 2 of their last 3 so picking up a W over a contending team like Fully Loaded should give these guys confidence for the remainder of the season.
FULLY LOADED #4
After thrashing the Bad Boys 91-33 and recording the biggest blow out in league history, they lost to Boomshakalaka 62-52. Fully Loaded looked like a completely different team in their loss last week. They need to find consistency and bring a 91 point effort every week.
The Brook lived at the bottom for a while, but as expected, they’ve found their stride and look like a team that is going to finish above .500 and contend for a championship. Never, never, never count out Sunnybrook. When these guys take it seriously and play together, they are capable of beating any team.
MILL STREET OLE’ GUNZ #6
After losing 4 straight, the Ole’ Gunz have found themselves. They’ve won 2 straight and for the first time, they’re playing like a unit. Even though they’re in 7th, they’re not out of the woods and should not get comfortable at all.
SWISH INC #7
Swish has had it rough in a few games this season. Last week, they lost by 1 and the week before they lost a winnable game. The good news is despite their struggles, they’re right in the thick of things. If these guys can finish strong, they could be the sleeper in the division.
FLINT TROPICS #8
It’s been up and down for the Tropics this season and they’re hanging onto a playoff spot. They’ve beat very good teams, but also lost in games they should have competed in. It’s very difficult to read the Tropics. Let’s see if they can hold onto a playoff seed.
BAD BOYS #9
It hasn’t been a great season for the Bad Boys despite being one of the more entertaining teams in the league. A bright spot for the Bad Boys has been Oliver Prince. The dominant big man has been the #1 ranked player the entire season.
MONEY SHOT #10
It’s been a struggle for Money Shot after opening night. They’ve lost 5 straight and need to win at least 2 of their last 3 to have any shot of making the playoffs. Alex White has been a bright spot for the team, ranking 6th overall and is a lock for the All-Star team.
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