2015 FBA Season

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The 2014–15 FBA season was the IC 54th/OOC 6th season of the Furry Basketball Association (FBA). It marked the first season the league was overseen by Commissioner Stefan Calico. The Howlereen Invitational that traditionally kicked off the pre-season was turned into the regular season opener game on October 31, 2014 with the Santa Fe Whips playing the Montana Howlers in Billings, MT. The regular season ended on Wednesday April 29, 2015, with the 2015 FBA All-Star Game scheduled during the Further Confusion break.

Notable occurrences

  • FBA blogger Karl Batista started a series called '24 FBA Questions', beginning with Week 0 of the season: [1]
  • On December 2nd, the Dakota Bikers played the Seattle Summit in a landmark game that marked the return of ousted GM Vicki Turner against her former team. With tensions already running high, the two sides ended up slashing against one another repeatedly. The game would end on a walk-off 3 pointer from Jerome N. Swimmer[2]
  • Ada + Harlow injury incident
  • Swimmer injury
  • Trent Dropping the Bass


FBA Newsletters:

The best and brightest FBA content from the last month and developed a newsletter for ease of use and digestion.

Free agency

Free agency offers opened shortly after 12:59am PDT on Friday July 25th, with players being able to sign contracts starting at the conclusion of the 2014 FBA Draft. The offer window closed at 11:59pm PDT on Saturday September 20, 2014, while players were required to make their contract decisions by 11:59pm PDT on Tuesday September 30, 2014.

Transactions

In addition to players being traded and signed, the following teams also underwent some changes:

Retirements

The following players declared their retirement from the league:

Preseason

Training camps and the preseason were held during the month of October. The full preseason schedule will be listed in this section when ready. Confirmed games are listed in the grid below.

Preseason Games & Schedule

Win Western Conference Eastern Conference
Loss Pacific Rim Mountain Plains Northern Central Southern
October ALK HWI SAS SJT EDM LVG MON SEA DAK SFW TXS WPG ALB BGR NWK PLY BAL LOR PIT WIL BLV HNT TAL TEN
Mon 10/06 @NWK ALB
Tue 10/07 LVG @HWI PIT @MON TAL @BLV
Wed 10/08 (no games)
Thu 10/09 @WPG @TEN EDM NWK @NWK SFW
Fri 10/10 @TXS @SFW LVG HWI @BLV WIL
Sat 10/11 @BGR ALB
Sun 10/12 (no games)
Mon 10/13 @LOR @WPG TXS SEA @BGR @ALB @SJT @SAS HWI MON EDM ALK HNT @WIL
Tue 10/14 (no games)
Wed 10/15 @TEN @PLY TXS @SFW @LOR DAK @WIL WPG BAL TAL @HNT HWI
Thu 10/16 (no games)
Fri 10/17 @HWI ALK BLV BGR WIL NWK TEN @EDM @TXS @LVG @SAS @ALB
Sat 10/18 PLY @TAL @SEA WPG
Sun 10/19 LVG @SJT HNT @TEN @PIT LOR @MON TXS
Mon 10/20 @BGR @TEN ALB @WIL @DAK ALK SFW SAS
Tue 10/21 HNT @TAL @BLV LOR @HWI SJT
Wed 10/22 @SEA BGR @PLY SAS @NWK WIL @LVG WPG MON @ALB
Thu 10/23 BLV @TAL LOR PIT @SEA @DAK @ALK HWI
Fri 10/24 (no games)
Sat 10/25 @MON @PIT SJT HNT @TAL LVG @SEA BGR
Sun 10/26 (no games)
Mon 10/27 EDM SAS @HWI @ALK @TAL SFW
Tue 10/28 BLV @TXS
Wed 10/29 PIT @ALK @TEN TAL
Thu 10/30 (NO GAMES - HOWLEREEN PREP)

Regular season

The regular season began on October 31, 2014, with the Howlereen Invitational, and ended on Wednesday, April 29, 2015. For the majority of the season, all 24 teams had games scheduled on the same day, with single days off and some extended breaks in between matches.

Standings

By division

Team Record Conf. Div. GB
Mountain Division
y-Montana Howlers 55-25 41-15 19-5 ---
x-Seattle Summit 45-35 30-26 13-11 10
Edmonton Totems 35-45 24-32 10-14 20
Las Vegas Wildcards 26-54 15-41 6-18 29
Plains Division
y-Texas Lone Stars 41-39 32-24 16-8 ---
x-Dakota Bikers 41-39 31-25 14-10 0
x-Winnipeg Voyageurs 37-43 27-29 10-14 4
Santa Fe Whips 35-45 21-35 8-16 6
Pacific Rim Division
z-Santa Ana Spectrums 59-21 41-15 18-6 ---
x-Alaska Arctics 39-41 27-29 12-12 20
x-Hawaii Kahunas 35-45 26-30 11-13 24
San Jose Thrust 30-50 21-35 7-17 29

     

Team Record Conf. Div. GB
Northern Division
y-Plymouth Taproots 54-26 33-23 13-11 ---
x-Albany Alphas 53-27 38-18 15-9 1
x-Bangor Tides 42-38 26-30 10-14 12
Newark Pride 32-48 19-37 10-14 22
Central Division
y-Pittsburgh Keystones 56-24 39-17 15-9 ---
x-Williamsburg Minutemen 37-43 27-29 14-10 19
x-Baltimore Spirits 33-47 28-28 13-11 23
Lorain Firestorm 24-56 16-40 6-18 32
Southern Division
c-Huntsville Mayors 57-23 42-14 19-5 ---
x-Tallahassee Typhoons 44-36 33-23 13-11 13
Biloxi Voodoo 30-50 24-32 13-11 27
Tennessee Moonshiners 20-60 11-45 3-21 37

By conference

# Western Conference
Team Record Conf. GB
1 z-Santa Ana Spectrums 59-21 41-15 ---
2 y-Montana Howlers 55-25 41-15 4
3 x-Seattle Summit 45-35 30-26 14
4 y-Texas Lone Stars 41-39 32-24 18
5 x-Dakota Bikers 41-39 31-25 18
6 x-Alaska Arctics 39-41 27-29 20
7 x-Winnipeg Voyageurs 37-43 27-29 22
8 x-Hawaii Kahunas 35-45 26-30 24
9 Edmonton Totems 35-45 24-32 24
10 Santa Fe Whips 35-45 21-35 24
11 San Jose Thrust 30-50 21-35 29
12 Las Vegas Wildcards 26-54 15-41 33

     

# Eastern Conference
Team Record Conf. GB
1 c-Huntsville Mayors 57-23 42-14 ---
2 y-Pittsburgh Keystones 56-24 39-17 1
3 y-Plymouth Taproots 54-26 33-23 3
4 x-Albany Alphas 53-27 38-18 4
5 x-Tallahassee Typhoons 44-36 33-23 13
6 x-Bangor Tides 42-38 26-30 15
7 x-Williamsburg Minutemen 37-43 27-29 20
8 x-Baltimore Spirits 33-47 28-28 24
9 Newark Pride 32-48 19-37 25
10 Biloxi Voodoo 30-50 24-32 27
11 Lorain Firestorm 24-56 16-40 33
12 Tennessee Moonshiners 20-60 11-45 37

Notes

  • z – Clinched home court advantage for the entire playoffs
  • c – Clinched home court advantage for the conference playoffs
  • y – Clinched division title
  • x – Clinched playoff spot

Statistics leaders

(as of Thursday 11/26, min 5 games played)

Category Player Team Value
Points per game Jake Velox (Swift Fox, G) Tallahassee Typhoons 20.2
Rebounds per game Alan Chesuk (Moose, C) Santa Fe Whips 11.1
Assists per game Klaus Korber (Doberman, G) Tallahassee Typhoons 7.2
Steals per game Lance Wildfyre (Rabbit, G) Albany Alphas 2.2
Blocks per game Daniel Quvianuq (Polar Bear, C) Seattle Summit 1.9
Fouls per game Alphonse Norwich IV (Street Rat, F) Hawaii Kahunas 2.8
FG% (no limit) Aditya Anggun (Balinese Civet, G) Santa Ana Spectrums 0.596
3FG% (no limit) John Stoat (Stoat, G) Huntsville Mayors 0.581

Postseason

The playoffs began on Wednesday May 6, 2015, and concluded with the 2015 Finals which began on Saturday June 20th between the Santa Ana Spectrums and the Albany Alphas.

Bracket

Conference Quarterfinals Conference Semifinals Conference Finals FBA Finals
            
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Western Conference
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Eastern Conference
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Game Log

Round 1

Round 2

Round 3

FBA Finals

Awards

At the end of the regular season, winners will be determined for the following six awards: Most Valuable Player, Most Improved Player, Defensive Player of the Year, Sixth Fur of the Year, Rookie of the Year, Coach of the Year. During the regular season, players are also recognized for their efforts and talents while other players are also highlighted for setting records during the regular season.

End of Season Honors

Weekly Honors

Each week one player from the Eastern Conference and one from the Western Conference were chosen for the Player of the Week title.

Week Eastern Conference Western Conference
Week 1 (10/31 - 11/07) D’Angelo MacQuilkin (Lion, G, HNT) Ambrose Slade (Eurasian Lynx, G, ALK)
Week 2 (11/08 - 11/14) Xavier Knutten (Squirrel, G/F, ALB) Luukas Hirvonen (Cougar, G, EDM)
Week 3 (11/15 - 11/21) Jake Velox (Swift Fox, G, TAL) Jake Turner (Red Fox, C/F, SEA)
Week 4 (11/22 - 11/28) Nina Lime (Wolf, G/F, PLY) Godfrey Zindendel (Goat, F, SFW)
Week 5 (11/29 - 12/5) Crystal Davis (Cheetah, G, WIL) Luukas Hirvonen (Cougar, G, EDM)
Week 6 (12/6 - 12/12) Jake Velox (Swift Fox, G, TAL) Ryan Malone (Kangaroo, G, DAK)
Week 7 (12/13 - 12/19) Hal Dufrain (American Alligator, F/C, BGR) Dylan Redfield (Red Deer, F, DAK)
Week 8 (12/20 - 12/26) Nina Lime (Wolf, G/F, PLY) Lemond Conkale (Florida Panther, F/G, MON)
Week 9 (12/27 - 1/2) Nina Lime (Wolf, G/F, PLY) Daniel Quvianuq (Polar Bear, C, SEA)
Week 10 (1/3 - 1/9) D’Angelo MacQuilkin (Lion, G, HNT) Lemond Conkale (Florida Panther, F/G, MON)
Week 11 (1/10 - 1/16) Nina Lime (Wolf, G/F, PLY) Evan Marshall (Helmeted Woodpecker, F, SEA)
Week 12 (1/17 - 1/23) Terrence Tolliver (Pronghorn, G, PIT) Lemond Conkale (Florida Panther, F/G, MON)
Week 13 (1/24 - 1/30) Valencia Zeraus (Lioness, G, NWK) Teo Masalia (Black Panther, G, HWI)
Week 14 (1/31 - 2/6) Raoul Kidane (Ethiopian Wolf, C, PLY) Jake Turner (Red Fox, C/F, SEA)
Week 15 (2/7 - 2/13) Nina Lime (Wolf, G/F, PLY) Victor Vos (Red Fox, G, SAS)
Week 16 (2/14 - 2/20) Nina Lime (Wolf, G/F, PLY) Ambrose Slade (Eurasian Lynx, G, ALK)
Week 17 (2/21 - 2/27) Rodger Umaechi (Husky, F, ALB) Lemond Conkale (Florida Panther, F/G, MON)
Week 18 (2/28 - 3/6) Nina Lime (Wolf, G/F, PLY) Evan Marshall (Helmeted Woodpecker, F, SEA)
Week 19 (3/7 - 3/13) Nina Lime (Wolf, G/F, PLY) Victor Vos (Red Fox, G, SAS)
Week 20 (3/14 - 3/20) Xavier Knutten (Squirrel, G/F, ALB) Jake Turner (Red Fox, C/F, SEA)
Week 21 (3/21 - 3/27) Nina Lime (Wolf, G/F, PLY) Jake Turner (Red Fox, C/F, SEA)
Week 22 (3/28 - 4/3) Lance Freewell (Clouded Leopard, C, PIT) Jake Turner (Red Fox, C/F, SEA)
Week 23 (4/4 - 4/10) Valencia Zeraus (Lioness, G, NWK) Wesley Lachs (Sockeye Salmon, F, TXS)
Week 24 (4/11 - 4/17) Rodger Umaechi (Husky, F, ALB) Lemond Conkale (Florida Panther, F/G, MON)
Week 25 (4/18 - 4/24) Nina Lime (Wolf, G/F, PLY) Lemond Conkale (Florida Panther, F/G, MON)
Week 26 (4/25 - 5/1) Nina Lime (Wolf, G/F, PLY) Lemond Conkale (Florida Panther, F/G, MON)

Monthly Honors

One veteran and one rookie were selected for the monthly honor of being the featured player and rookie in the league.

Month Player of the Month Rookie of the Month
November John Stoat (Stoat, G, HNT) Jake Turner (Red Fox, C/F, SEA)
December Nina Lime (Wolf, G/F, PLY) Clifford Carlin (Mutt, G, BGR)
January D’Angelo MacQuilkin (Lion, G, HNT) Jake Turner (Red Fox, C/F, SEA)
February Nina Lime (Wolf, G/F, PLY) Hiroyuki Matsuura (Shrike, C/F, MON)
March Nina Lime (Wolf, G/F, PLY) Jake Turner (Red Fox, C/F, SEA)
April Lemond Conkale (Florida Panther, F/G, MON) Wesley Lachs (Sockeye Salmon, F, TXS)

Season Records

Record Value Player Team Date of record
Minutes Played 49.8 Nina Lime (Wolf, G/F) Plymouth Taproots Jan 10, 2015
Field Goals Made 18 Jake Turner (Red Fox, C/F) Seattle Summit Mar 21, 2015
3 Pointers Made 6 Leonardo De Hugo (Lion, G) Lorain Firestorm Nov 13, 2014
Free Throws Made 10 L.V. McDyess (Black Panther, G) Santa Ana Spectrums Nov 25, 2014
Offensive Rebounds 9 Constantine Jones (Raven, C) Bangor Tides Nov 25, 2014
Total Rebounds 18 Zack Tate (Zorilla, C) Alaska Arctics Apr 3, 2015
Assists 15 Cheeto Wolfote (Wolfote, G) Plymouth Taproots Jan 4, 2015
Turn Overs 5 Sherman Downward (Porcupine, F/C) Texas Lone Stars Nov 30, 2014
Steals 5 Crystal Davis (Cheetah, G) Williamsburg Minutemen Nov 1, 2014
Blocks 6 Raoul Kidane (Ethiopian Wolf, C) Plymouth Taproots Dec 21, 2014
Points 40 Jake Turner (Red Fox, C/F) Seattle Summit Mar 21, 2015

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