NEW YORK, NY -- Coming into the season, there seemed to be a clear power structure in the Top 3 or 4 teams, but below that, it was wide-open and a contender was questionable at best. Then along came Doris, nowa team with a balanced attack and focus on defense, they're a legit contender.
And, this past week, Old Dirty Bastard sprang on the scene. Playing without two starters,ODB showed the kind of tough defense and resolve that plays big in the playoffs. They've been two of the biggest surprises so far and we're sure it's just the beginning.-- FBNYC
WINTER 2013 REC D-I Week 2 Power Rankings
All it takes is one game to see this is the most stacked team in D-I. They will have to adjust their roster a bit to play at this level, but consider they beat IVC without former scoring champs (G) Kash Miahand (F) Young Yu.
This team was just a couple of possessions away from a chip last season, and what they lacked in ball-handling and perimeter D, they made up by adding (G) Chris Hendrix. With Hendrix running point, (G) Evan Tsevdos can return to his natural position at the two. They're a solid tandem.
The Caps hadn't lost in awhile, and truth be told, they looked a little too complacent in that loss. A loss to ODB might be their wake-up call. (G) Mark Lee is having an MVP caliber season already.
Capt (F) Louis Konig's team has come a long way. With (G) David Weiss at the helm, a monster of a frontcourt, and what looks like a solid mid-range shooter in rookie (G) Adam Tarhouni, Doris finally looks like they have all the tools to make a run for the chip.
Thunder hasn't skipped a beat. They'll play you close and let two time MVP (G) Leuis Ng take over in the 4th qtr. This is a solid core that has played together for a long time. They are contending for the championship.
After a discouraging loss in their opener, Skyline bounced back to blow out a short-handed RBL team. In the win, they showed just how much firepower they could have. (G) Ren Hsieh has been a solid catalyst offensively, and if they can get (G) Dave Wong going, SKY will have a lot of scoring options.
The Seventies are playing like they belong in D-I right now, but they have yet to face a contender. That will go a long way in determining where they stand in the long run. (G) J. L. Novosad has been red hot so far and (F) Ji Wu is the complementary scorer they needed.
Prime Time has a big front-court and the league's single most disruptive defensive player in (G) Alex Tsay (6 spg). He will always give his team a chance to win, but his league-high 8 tpg will always give them an equal chance to lose. But, their frenetic tempo is what makes them dangerous.
The Rebels were blown out in their season opener, but they'll recover. The former champs are one of the league's most consistent team. One thing they will never run short of is effort.
The bright side is that (C) Tim Pai (16 ppg, 9.5 rpg) is having his best season yet, and (G) Aaron Limhas been a pleasant surprise. But, Joo Joo stalwarts (G) Andy Oh and (F) Joo Yoon have struggled offensively so far. Yoon is a career 15.2 ppg scorer, they need him to bounce back soon.
It's another season of growing pains so far for the young T-Bulls. Rookie (F) Tsetan Namgyal has been a solid addition. (G) Karma Lamaand (C) Ngawang Tsetan continue to thrive, but something is lacking.
This team has a bunch of talent, and don't expect them to stay here, but the Panthers are a team in disarray right now. They have every piece they need, but leadership, or the will to follow it, is lacking.
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2K13 WIN Week 2 Player Awards
J. L. Novosad (70S) G | 5-11 | 175 lbs Week 2 Stats PPG: 26.0 3PG: 4.0 RPG: 9.0
They haven't played any real contenders yet, but Novosad is a big reason that the Seventies have started 2-0. He's always scored at this level and should continue to with solid help from a more balanced team than in previous seasons.
Runner-Up: Rich Chang (ODB) 18 pts, 3 reb, 1 blk
Chris Kwan(SKY) G | 5-10 | 155 lbs Week 2 Stats PPG: 26.0 3PG:6.0 RPG: 4.0
The veteran guard has to be the streakiest shooter in the league,especially fromdeep. Kwan bounced back from a dismal 2-14 outing in Week 1 to light up an unsuspecting RBL team for 26 pts on 6 3FGs and .500 shooting.
Runner-Up: Alex Tsay (PTP) 16 pts, 6 reb, 7 ast
The Sam Lo Award for Hustlers
Bada Hong (IVC) 13 reb, 3 stl, 2 blk
Hong is a greatly undersized big man in this league and his effort on the boards never ceases to amaze. He is always a candidate here. Runner-Up: Jordan Calhoun (DOR) 15 reb, 1 stl
Wat Misaka Defensive Player of the Week
David Chu (SXP) 6 stl
The veteran guard disrupted the PTP offense throughout, and finished with a career-high 6 stls. Chu has built up versatility, but scoring has suffered.
Runner-Up: Victor Lin (SKY) 10 reb, 3 stl, 1 blk
The High-5 Club Ben Chiarelli (70S) 9-11-2-2-1 Victor Lin (SKY) 6-10-2-3-1 Dooley Watts (SXP) 10-9-1-1-1
Ember Room™ Rookie of the Week Adam Tarhouni (DOR) 17 pts, 3 reb
Tarhouni was relatively quiet in Wk 1, but Wk 2's game vs. TBL gave him the chance to show off that nice form on his jumper. Solid effort all around. Runner-Up: Tsetan Namgyal (TBL) 10 pts, 7 reb
The "John Starks" Award
L. Kuet(RBL) | 3-16 FGs (.188)
Kuet was forced to take some shots he normally wouldn't if RBL were not short-handed. His FG% should go up as the season progresses.
Dishonorable Mention: Andy Oh (JJB) 3-15 FGs
The "Chris Dudley" Award
David Hsiung (PTP) | 2-8 FTs (.250)
This is particularly egregious because Hsiung is one of the league's more solid FT shooters. It's a good thing they won, if no thanks to Hsiung.
Dishonorable Mention: Ji Wu (70S) 4-9 FTs
2K13 WIN Week 2 Results
2K13WIN WEEK 2 RESULTS
Joo Joo Bar (0-2)
That 70's Team (2-0)
Player of the Game J.L. Novosad (70S) 26 pts, 9 reb, 1 ast
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