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Bucks and Jazz Win Big at 2019 NBA Awards

Posted on June 25, 2019

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

The Toronto Raptors and Golden State Warriors may have made it to the NBA Finals, but they weren’t really a factor at last night’s 2019 NBA Awards. Instead, the Milwaukee Bucks and Utah Jazz cleaned up with a total of three awards per team – out of a total of 13 actual awards. Aside from Giannis Antetokounmpo bringing home the MVP, the other big highlight was getting to see both Larry Bird and Magic Johnson be honored for their lifetime achievements. We aren’t going to lie, while we were happy to see Bird and Johnson be celebrated, we were surprised it hadn’t happened sooner.

The full list of winners is below:

  • Most Valuable Player: Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks
  • Defensive Player of the Year: Rudy Gobert, Utah Jazz
  • Coach of the Year: Mike Budenholzer, Milwaukee Bucks
  • Sixth Man of the Year: Lou Williams, Los Angeles Clippers
  • Most Improved Player: Pascal Siakam, Toronto Raptors
  • Rookie of the Year: Luka Doncic, Dallas Mavericks
  • Sager Strong Award: Robin Roberts
  • Lifetime Achievement: Larry Bird and Magic Johnson
  • Twyman-Stokes Teammate of the Year: Mike Conley, Utah Jazz
  • NBA Sportsmanship Award: Mike Conley, Utah Jazz
  • NBA Cares Community Assist Award: Bradley Beal, Washington Wizards
  • Executive of the Year: Jon Horst, Milwaukee Bucks
  • Hustle Award: Marcus Smart, Boston Celtics

Of course, we have the NFL Honors, ESPYs, and MLB Awards, but we can’t wait to see what happens at the end of our inaugural season! What kind of awards do we expect to see the fans giving out to our players? Without a doubt, there will be an MVP, Offensive Player of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year and Fan of the Year, but what about honoring a player or team for highest execution rate of fan-called plays? We think the fans would love to see that awarded, after all, they do want to see their plays flawlessly executed. They might also want to see an award given for best trash talking, although we think the competition could be tough between all the players, the fans, AND the Team Owners | Fan Captains! The possibilities are endless. Let us know what you think!

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That’s One Way To Court A Player

Posted on June 24, 2019

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

When LeBron James decided it was time to leave Cleveland, billboards popped up around different cities trying to show him a little love. Last year, Lakers fans made it clear they wanted to see Paul George in purple and gold. While nothing is official, no matter how much people speculate, it looks like LA is pulling out all the stops for Kawhi Leonard in an effort to convince him to take his contract option and become an unrestricted free agent this summer. Billboards from some Clippers fans (with money to burn, apparently) popped up over the weekend on the 5 freeway, not too far from Staples Center, encouraging him to ditch his ‘King of the North’ title for ‘King of SoCal.’

We take it that ‘shouting it from the rooftops’ is no longer a thing, and if you want to show you’re interested in a player, it needs to be done with billboards. We have to admit though, it might make sense to put some of those up IN Toronto, where Kawhi is more likely to see them. Now, we aren’t expecting our fans to do anything THIS drastic when it comes to luring in players to the league, but we do think they might organize a strong social campaign. Whether it’s just getting a hashtag trending or even throwing $20 at some paid advertising on Instagram, we can see our fans taking a more digital approach. After all, everything from our league votes to coach interviews to watching the games will be done digitally!

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The 2019 NBA Draft Order Is Here!

Posted on May 15, 2019

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

For anyone that missed it, last night was the 2019 NBA Draft Lottery. Although the draft itself won’t be held until next month, June 20th to be exact, the fans now have a little over a month to explore every possibility of what their teams will do in the first round. With a ton of talent heading into the draft this year, including Zion Williamson, a lot of fans are hoping to see their teams turn it around next season. And with that, the order for the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft is as follows:

  1. New Orleans Pelicans
  2. Memphis Grizzlies
  3. New York Knicks
  4. Los Angeles Lakers
  5. Cleveland Cavaliers
  6. Phoenix Suns
  7. Chicago Bulls
  8. Atlanta Hawks
  9. Washington Wizards
  10. Atlanta Hawks (they get a second pick through a previous trade with Dallas)
  11. Minnesota Timberwolves
  12. Charlotte Hornets
  13. Miami Heat
  14. Boston Celtics (through a trade with Sacramento)
  15. Detroit Pistons
  16. Orlando Magic
  17. Brooklyn Nets
  18. Indiana Pacers
  19. San Antonio Spurs
  20. Boston Celtics (through a trade with the LA Clippers)
  21. Oklahoma City Thunder
  22. Boston Celtics (okay now they’re just getting greedy)
  23. Utah Jazz
  24. Philadelphia 76ers
  25. Portland Trailblazers
  26. Cleveland Cavaliers (through a trade with Houston)
  27. Brooklyn Nets (through a trade with Denver)
  28. Golden State Warriors
  29. San Antonio Spurs (through a trade with Toronto)
  30. Milwaukee Bucks

For anyone that’s predominantly a football fan, the NBA Draft doesn’t take playoff results into consideration when determining draft order. Meaning, if you’re fans of the Knicks, Cavs, or Suns, you not only have an abysmal record, but you also don’t have the draft placement you really need. Not to be immature, but it sucks to suck. While we have not determined how the draft order will be selected in the FCFL, we’re curious to know what the fans want to see. We think fans will want to see a lottery-style for the first season. But for every season after that? We think there’s going to be a split consensus. We think some of the fans will want to keep the lottery style moving forward, while others will want something more similar to what we see in the NFL. That’s our best guess for now, but if you feel strongly one way or the other fans, let us know!

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It’s Not Over ‘Til It’s Over

Posted on April 16, 2019

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

Time and time again, teams get ahead of themselves and think they are the greatest… before their game is over. We saw that at Super Bowl LI when the Atlanta Falcons blew a 25-point lead in the third quarter over the New England Patriots. During the 2016 NBA Finals, the Golden State Warriors blew a 3-1 game lead against the Cleveland Cavaliers, resulting in the Larry O’Brien trophy being presented to the Cavs AT Oracle Arena. Ouch.

And last night, the Warriors did it again. They blew a 31-point lead against the Los Angeles Clippers, ultimately losing 135-131. Not only that, but this game had been officially named the greatest comeback in NBA playoff history, dethroning the Los Angeles Lakers win over the Seattle Supersonics in 1989 (a 29-point comeback).

To add insult to injury, the media is not holding back on getting in on some of the shade being thrown at Steph Curry and company. Sports Illustrated even posted a list of the 13 things to know about the Warriors blowing their lead to stay on theme. Cue the onslaught of memes and savage tweets about the Warriors not doing well when there is a lead involving the numbers 3 and 1.

Just a little word of wisdom to our fans – the game isn’t over until it’s over. No matter how much of a lead you may have, anything is possible. Just make sure you’re calling plays with confidence and use your players to the best of their ability. And for those of you in our Virtual Front Office that may have a more direct line to players and coaching staff, be sure to pass that message along. Not a member of the VFO yet? Sign up here!