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|No. 7 – Biloxi Voodoo|
|Species||Kkachi ( Corvidae )|
June 12, 1993|
|Listed height||5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)|
|Listed weight||176 lb (80 kg)|
|FBA draft||2015 / Round: 1 / Pick: 11th overall|
|Selected by the Winnipeg Voyageurs|
|Pro playing career||2015–present|
|Career highlights and awards|
|2020 Salary||$13 million|
|(OOC) Usage||Ask me before any use|
Derek Kim hatched as the second child to Korean immigrants Charles Kim and Choi Gyeong-Sun. His Korean name, Kim Dae-Ryuk (meaning 'continent'), is to blame for Charles' penchant for naming their children Korean names that can easily be Anglicized; after all, his own Korean name, Kim Chul-Soo, was Anglicized to Charles Kim (their first child, a daughter, was given the name Jae-In, a.k.a. Jane).
Derek is known to have two completely different personalities in and out of court. Outside of basketball, he's a fun-loving bird who especially likes taking photos of delicious food, but inside, he is an extremely loyal student of the game, very demanding of his teammates, and a notorious trash talker/general annoyance to the opposing team. He wants to win first and foremost since winning is fun, but covers this as wanting his team to win as well.
Growing up in a lower-middle class neighborhood until middle school, basketball naturally became one of his primary after-school activities, where he quickly started to shine with his natural speed and knack for passing. He was initially surprised to hear that this could be a serious career for him upon entering his middle school team, but decided to take heed of his coaches' advice and invest in the sport further.
It was only when playing basketball was momentarily taken away from his life that he truly began to realize how much he really loved the game, as he injured his foot at the middle of his freshman year in high school, and was forced to the sidelines for a few weeks. During that period, he started to analyze his own games, his team's games, FBA games, etc., and what initially started as a way to make up for lost time became a part of his game even after he recovered from his injury, as he kept looking into how he could help to not only improve himself, but also his team. He also started to develop his trash talking in earnest from this point after seeing it in effect so heavily in several FBA occasions.
Occasional scouts visiting his high school would notice that a certain black-and-white bird with that weird species name was always asking them questions about basketball, and they began to keep an eye on him after seeing him do extremely well in the games afterwards. He eventually got voted as High School Player of the Year in his school region in his senior year, and by this time, he'd been on at least a couple of newspapers for his balling. His father, a concerned Asian parent, wanted him to go to a school with a respectable academic program as well, and as luck would have it, UFLA, one of his local colleges, decided to grant him an athletic scholarship.
Derek slowly but steadily developed through his time in the prestigious basketball organization of UFLA, and he eventually made his way to the starting lineup by his junior year. Despite losing players like Adam Tevela and Barkley Quinonez after they declared for the draft last year, Derek was nonetheless able to be the captain of his team in his senior year, and somehow managed to land the team onto the FCAA March Madness. While UFLA didn't make it too far into the tournament, Derek had his best moment in his game against their rivals FuSC, getting 19 points and 13 assists in a thrilling encounter. Ending his senior year on a relatively high note, Derek is now setting his sights on the FBA, his ultimate challenge.
Winnipeg Voyageurs (2015-2017)
Although he was eventually ranked as the #1 draft prospect after the Draft Combine ended, the relatively low demand of point guards among the teams with the top picks led to Derek slipping all the way to the eleventh pick, the Winnipeg Voyageurs quickly snatching him before he went down any further. He immediately took the starting point guard from a struggling Zoie Wilds (African Hunting Dog, G) right from the season opener, winning Player of the Game honors as his team won in a thrilling one-point encounter. Derek had an explosive start to the season, winning Rookie of the Month honors in December; however, the Voyageurs struggled to keep themselves afloat in the playoff race with a hole in the center position, and eventually finished the shortened season 27-37, missing the playoffs for the first time in their history. Personally, Derek was voted in as a starter in the Rookie Challenge for All-Star Week, and won the 2015 Rookie of the Year award over close friend Agundio Salvatore Atti-Morales (Cuban Black Hawk/Common Kestrel Hybrid, F).
Derek's second year saw him face much tougher opposition from his opponents as his playmaking and shot selection became recognized as an important threat for the Voyageurs. The team itself fared much better with an improved Xavier Saffiren (Greyhound, C) at the center position; however, this was also a season in which he got increasingly disgruntled with the team's management, as they struggled to clinch the Plains Division despite the other three teams being at their weakest ever, not to mention Derek himself being left out of the team's promoted players regarding the All-Star Game. After a second-round playoffs exit against the Montana Howlers, Derek decided to take his career elsewhere in free agency and signed a three-year contract with the Biloxi Voodoo.
Biloxi Voodoo (2017-present)
Derek found himself united with Sterling Bengtzing (Marbled Polecat, C/F), longtime friend and fellow member of the 2015 draft class, as the mustelid also jumped ship from the Montana Howlers to join the Voodoo. The team started off relatively slow, with over half of the starting lineup replaced from the previous year's iteration; however, with the new starters (Derek, Sterling, and rookie guard Kaspar Kuusik (Eurasian Lynx, G)) slowly adjusting themselves into the team, the Voodoo slowly, but surely, rose through the ranks of the Eastern Conference, culminating in a twelve-game winning streak in the middle of the season, Derek himself finally getting a nod to the All-Star Game as well. Eventually, the team finished at second of the conference and at the top of the division, with Derek in particular catching fire as they reached the end of the season. After sweeping the Pride in dominant fashion in the first round of the playoffs with Derek winning three out of four Player of the Game awards, the Voodoo clawed themselves out of a bloodbath against the Moonshiners in a seven-game series in the second round, before claiming an upset against the dominant Bangor Tides in six games, courtesy of a clutch away win in Game 5 where Derek won PoTG. Derek continued to perform in the Finals against the Dakota Bikers as the series went again to seven games, but ultimately lost out Game 7 in a one-point encounter as the Bikers reclaimed the championship for the second time this decade.
Skillwise, Derek has average to above average tools in his entire kit. His main strength is in his passing; he has a good eye for the ball, and is especially good at passing to opportunities near the basket. He has decent dribbling and speed for his normal position as point guard, and is equipped with an okay mid-range jumper and an above average three-pointer, but is only an average free-throw shooter. Not a good rebounder or blocker thanks to his height. However, he can still hold his own in defense against point guards and even some shooting guards. While he isn’t the type of player who tries to grab for a steal at every opportunity, he does have a very efficient defense, and his few steal attempts are very often successful. While he isn’t the one to be at the end of a clutch play, he is often the one to start such a play.
One thing that truly sets Derek off from the rest of the heavily saturated guard pool is that he is one of the most analytic minds in the last few draft classes. Before each game, he gathers extensive information on each member of his opponents, watching their games to figure out their minuscule habits in various situations such as one-on-ones or pick-and-rolls. This allows him to gain a significant advantage against them, which is why he is so good at the isolation and at the pick-and-roll, and can even sometimes outplay opponents that he logically shouldn’t be able to outplay, making fools out of them. He also has a good grasp on the mental aspect of the game, and can easily throw others off their own games by trash-talking them or provoking them into aggression. Despite some naysayers calling this “trolling”, this almost always yields results for him, and would be a powerful tool if used in moderation.
Overall, Derek has shown consistent growth throughout in his university team; in his senior year, he averaged 13.1 points (third in team), 7.7 assists (first in conference, third in league), and 2.3 steals (second in conference) per game, and if he realizes his potential in the FBA, he could very well be one of the best passing point guards in the league. Unless teams this year show an extreme tendency to draft forwards and centers over guards, this devoted student of the game should be considered a lock for the first round.
Derek's style has steadily matured throughout his career; while he mainly was pressured to outplay his opponents through his analysis during his rookie year, he started to challenge his opponents to outplay himself instead once he got comfortable playing his own game on the court, allowing for a more proactive attitude in-game compared to before. To avoid over-analysis, he occasionally comes into games with a "blank slate" when his play seems to stall during the season, something he probably would have considered anathema in his rookie season. He has also refined the technical aspects of the game, with top class ball handling and passing abilities, and his three-point game has grown to the point where he stands as one of the best long-range shooters of the league.
2015 - 2016 Regular Season Stats
2016 - 2017 Regular Season Stats