Dream League New York - NL
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July 13, 2006 - New York, NY (DL) - It’s a damn shame that the Dream League NL Finals at Baruch on Thursday night wasn’t televised.
2006 Spring NL Dream League Champions - Ghee Unit.
I mean it. I really, really, really, really mean it.
You’ve probably come to enjoy reading some of the make believe stories on these pages that liken players in the DL to NBA players. We call gyms arenas, captains general managers, and compare our players to David Stern’s.
We play like the pros do (in rules and regulations) and we sometimes act like the pros do.
What wanna be’s we are around here.
Usually. Full Story (2-parts)
The MVP vote is in! And so is every last story from throughout the season and playoffs in the NL this season. (Read about an odyssey with the 16 Minute Men in three parts as well as a Playoff Mosaic of four teams in four games from our insightful and witty journalists - witty cause they think so, not cause you do.)
We heard you. All of you.
...vote for Varun Bhartiya from Ghee-Unit. He actually wasn't going to play this season and focus on job hunting as he just graduated...He was there for every important game (except the Da Bien game where 5 gutted it out for a victory and sealed the division title) and he played like a man all season, including those opponent demoralizing dunks and game changing blocks. Plus he ran up and down in his goofy way with his mismatched uniform and short shorts and was hitting his crazy runners almost every game. He was huge all season including (in) the finals.
Usama Nausrudeen was a stud all season. He led the champs in scoring. He was money from 3 and money from the line. He set the table for Ghee and was the main reason they went from a pretender into a contender overnight. Ghee used to be all big guys who could sky-walk, but quick teams could always hurt them in the end. Now, with UN, it's a different game. Now that they have guards, it's time for the rest of the League to go on out and get skywalkers to match Ghee.
I don't think I've ever seen Brandon Chock have a better season, including the season Gen X won the title. Chock probably hurt himself by missing the season's first two games while resting in Hawaii, but for my vote, BC is the one.
Stan Yeung is my darkhorse MVP. He left Oh Holla hangin', but he made the Cruisers that much better. He had some real post guys to set up finally. Tony (Hu) had to take a back seat and his stats dropped off from last season, but the Cruisers were better than they were last season when they won the championship, if that's possible. It was because of J-Asian Kidd.
My MVP vote is for Little Yu.
SDR: Back on his feet and back as MVP.
While all opinions are worthy and merit extensive consideration, in a season that Ghee Unit won it with a total team concept, the 2006 Spring NL Dream League MVP award goes to a man who's won it twice in the past: Da Bien's Shawn De Los Reyes.
He had the best statistical year he's ever had, almost single handedly keeping a championship caliber team from imploding. In a season when Da Bien was slacking - with injuries, work, vacations, and lack of commitment in general, he carried them every single game.
It's the MVP of the whole season, not just the playoffs or the Championship game itself (think Nash).
The numbers back him up too:
He's on the leaderboard of 9 of the 10 important individual statistics - that's just sick. Imagine if he was a 75% ft shooter instead of 55%. He'd average 20, 10, 3, 3, 2 on 50% shooting and 35% from 3pt all while making everyone else around him better. There are games he doesn't even lead Da Bien in scoring and he still has those stats.
He won the MVP 2 seasons ago with what was probably his worst season ever (ask him yourself, he'll tell you) during a year he probably did not deserve it. Tony (Hu) was beyond huge for Da Bien that season, taking most of the big shots during crunch time. If Da Bien had lost the Championship, no way does he deserve MVP. Dave Scott (Oh Holla at the time) runs away with it.
Did we mention he plays D too and can guard all 5 positions on the court?
While the Ghee Unit were this season's kings and have a starting 5 worthy of an All-Star team itself, that's precisely where the problem lay for them in terms of MVP voting - between Nausrudeen, Bhartiya, and even Mo Ghumman, the vote for the MVP is split amongst their team. No one individual stood out head and shoulders above the next guy. It's why Ghee Unit took the chip.
And it's why SDR is once again our MVP.
|Spring 2006 1ST Team NL All-Dream League |
Point Guard, Ghee Unit
14.7 ppg, 2.6 apg, 1.8 spg, 76.5% FT, All-Star Selection, York College Varsity, youth coach, regular participant at UConn open gym, Texas A&M recruit
Shooting Guard, Da Bien
15.9 ppg, 9.5 rpg, 3.1 apg, 2.5 spg, 1.8 bpg, 5-time 1st teamer, 5-time All-Star, 2-time MVP, 2nd-Team All-Tournament and All-Defensive Team at 2006 Houston Vic Tai Cheng Memorial Tournament, SIPAG regular
Shawn De Los Reyes
Small Forward, Ghee Unit
12.7 ppg, 7.7 rpg, 1.4 spg, 1.2 bpg, All-Star Selection, Cooper Union Varsity, member of NY/NJ RAS, sometime California Shockwave
Power Forward, Gen X
17.4 ppg, 9.9 rpg, 1.9 bpg, 2-time 1st teamer, 4-time All-Star, 1-time MVP, USAB Warrior member, Stanford alumni, Hawaii native, and attorney-at-law
Center, Homecrest Cruisers
13.6 ppg, 9.3 rpg, 50.4% FG, 2-time All-Star, decorated all-tournament player from various Chinese tournaments in and around New York and the East Coast
|SECOND TEAM ALL-DREAM LEAGUE|
pg Dennis Yang, Gen X
sg Dave Wong, Tri-State InvAsian
sf Tony Hu, Homecrest Cruisers
pf Mo Ghumman, Ghee Unit
c Yoshi Kagitomi, Oh Holla!
THIRD TEAM ALL-DREAM LEAGUE
pg Stan Yeung, Homecrest Cruisers
sg CB Liu, Homecrest Cruisers
sg Kevin Park, Da Bien
sf James Tai, Moe's Tavern
c Brian Liang, California Love
ALL DEFENSIVE TEAM
g Danny Han, A Ball **
g John Ryu, Derelicte
f Shawn De Los Reyes, Da Bien
f Punit Menda, Ghee Unit
c Yoshi Kagitomi, Oh Holla!
** DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE SEASON
ROOKIE OF THE SEASON
Usama Nausrudeen, Ghee Unit
VIC TAI CHENG MOST INSPIRATIONAL PLAYER OF THE SEASON
Mun Ng, 16 Minute Men