2014 FBA Season
The 2013–14 FBA season is the IC 53nd/OOC 5th season of the Furry Basketball Association (FBA). The traditional Howlereen Invitational kicked off the pre-season on October 31, 2013 with the newly crowned champion Dakota Bikers playing the Montana Howlers in Billings, MT. The regular season will begin on Wednesday, November 6, 2013 and is scheduled to end on Tuesday May 20, 2014. The 2014 FBA All-Star Game was scheduled during the Furry Fiesta break, at 11:00am CST (UTC-6) on Sunday February 23, 2014.
- 1 Transactions
- 2 Preseason
- 3 Regular season
- 4 Statistics leaders
- 5 Awards
- 6 Postseason
- 7 Notable occurrences
- 8 Links
Teams had until the trade deadline of April 30, 2014, to make trades with other franchises for players, cap space, and draft picks. The trade deadline also marked the last day that teams had to sign walk-on players at league minimum contracts. (see the Notable occurences section below for key transactions)
The preseason lasted for one week, starting on Thursday, October 31, 2013, with the traditional Howlereen Invitational game that the Montana Howlers hosted against the visiting Dakota Bikers. The full preseason schedule is listed below.
The regular season started on Wednesday November 6, 2013, and ended on Tuesday, May 20, 2014. 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. Some teams did have back-to-back games scheduled for New Year's Eve.
Rk. Team Rec. L10 Streak Long
- 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
- †teams banned from this season's playoffs due to salary cap violations
|Points per game||Rodger Umaechi (Husky, F)||Albany Alphas||22.0|
|Rebounds per game||Paul Teronura (Otter, C)||Tennessee Moonshiners||9.49|
|Assists per game||Valencia Zeraus (Lioness, G)||Newark Pride||6.79|
|Steals per game||Luukas Hirvonen (Cougar, G)||Santa Ana Spectrums||2.53|
|Blocks per game||Dirk Von Stryker (German Giant Rabbit, C)||Winnipeg Voyageurs||2.08|
|Turnovers per game||Siegfried Romanoren (White Lion, C/F)||Edmonton Totems||3.15|
|Minutes per game||Godfrey Zindendel (Goat, F)||Santa Fe Whips||41.8|
|Fouls per game||Dirk Von Stryker (German Giant Rabbit, C)||Winnipeg Voyageurs||4.14|
|FG% (min 100 att)||Russell Savoy (Binturong, G/F)||Tallahassee Typhoons||0.558|
|FT% (min 100 att)||Stephanie Beck (Deer, G)||Dakota Bikers||0.905|
|3FG% (min 100 att)||Ain Iannizzi (Cougar, F)||Santa Ana Spectrums||0.431|
Voting opened on May 29th to determine the winners for the six awards given out at the end of the season. During the regular season, players are also recognized for their efforts and talents. Other players were also highlighted for setting records during the regular season as well.
End of Season Honors
| Most Valuable Player:
Rocky Caracal (Lynx, G, EDM)
| Defensive Player of the Year:
Dirk Von Stryker (German Giant Rabbit, C, WPG)
| Rookie of the Year:
Raoul Kidane (Ethiopian Wolf, C, PLY)
| Sixth Fur of the Year:
D’Angelo MacQuilkin (Lion, G, HNT)
| Most Improved Player:
Ambrose Slade (Eurasian Lynx, G, ALK)
| Coach of the Year:
Angus Nelson, Alaska Arctics
|Week||Eastern Conference||Western Conference|
|Week 1 (11/06 - 11/12)||Valencia Zeraus (Lioness, G, NWK)||Zoie Wilds (African Hunting Dog, G, WPG)|
|Week 2 (11/13 - 11/19)||Charles Yotechuk (Coyote, F, TAL)||Julio Onca (Black Panther, F/C, LVG)|
|Week 3 (11/26 - 11/30)||Klaus Korber (Doberman, G, TAL)||Siegfried Romanoren (White Lion, C/F, EDM)|
|Week 4 (12/01 - 12/08)||Barton Rouge (Red Fox, G, BGR)||Carl Esteban (Jaguar, G/F, ALK)|
|Week 5 (12/09 - 12/15)||Rodger Umaechi (Husky, F, ALB)||Shane Rufus (Red Wolf, G, SJT)|
|Week 6 (12/16 - 12/23)||Paul Teronura (Otter, C, TEN)||Dirk Von Stryker (German Giant Rabbit, C, WPG)|
|Week 7 (12/26 - 01/01)||Nina Lime (Wolf, G/F, PLY)||Rocky Caracal (Lynx, G, EDM)|
|Week 8 (01/02 - 01/08)||Raoul Kidane (Ethiopian Wolf, C, PLY)||Siegfried Romanoren (White Lion, C/F, EDM)|
|Week 9 (01/09 - 01/19)||Rodger Umaechi (Husky, F, ALB)||Luukas Hirvonen (Cougar, G, SAS)|
|Week 10 (01/20 - 01/26)||Jamie Velasquez (Seagull, G/F, TEN)||Dylan Redfield (Red Deer, F, DAK)|
|Week 11 (01/27 - 02/02)||Raoul Kidane (Ethiopian Wolf, C, PLY)||Bruce Bounder (Hare, G, WPG)|
|Week 12 (02/03 - 02/11)||Blanc Mange (White Wolf, F, BGR)||Billy Joe James (Mule, F/C, SJT)|
|Week 13 (02/12 - 02/18)||Lance Freewell (Clouded Leopard, C, NWK)||Michael Porter (Mallard, F/C, SFW)|
|Week 14 (02/25 - 03/01)||Jack Hinks (Landseer Dog, C, BLV)||Luukas Hirvonen (Cougar, G, SAS)|
|Week 15 (03/02 - 03/10)||Klaus Korber (Doberman, G, TAL)||Li Ho Fook (Red Panda, G, LVG)|
|Week 16 (03/11 - 03/18)||Alan Murphy (Kangaroo, F, PIT)||Godfrey Zindendel (Goat, F, SFW)|
|Week 17 (03/19 - 03/25)||D’Angelo MacQuilkin (Lion, G, HNT)||Zoie Wilds (African Hunting Dog, G, WPG)|
|Week 18 (04/01 - 04/06)||Aisha Melbourne (Mink, F/C, LOR)||Ezra Rosenbaum (Lioness, G, HWI)|
|Week 19 (04/07 - 04/13)||Urayak Monogoyak (Wolverine, F, TEN)||Luukas Hirvonen (Cougar, G, SAS)|
|Week 20 (04/14 - 04/21)||Rodger Umaechi (Husky, F, ALB)||Dirk Von Stryker (German Giant Rabbit, C, WPG)|
|Week 21 (04/22 - 04/30)||Cheeto Wolfote (Wolfote, G, PLY)||Lenny Hicks (Coydog, F, EDM)|
|Week 22 (05/01 - 05/06)||Lance Freewell (Clouded Leopard, C, NWK)||Zack Tate (Zorilla, C, ALK)|
|Week 23 (05/07 - 05/13)||Aragon Fisher (Otter, G, TEN)||Godfrey Zindendel (Goat, F, SFW)|
|Week 24 (05/14 - 05/20)||Jamie Velasquez (Seagull, G/F, TEN)||Devon Kellendyne (Cacomistle, G, SJT)|
One veteran and one rookie are selected for the monthly honors of being the featured player and rookie in the league.
|Month||Player of the Month||Rookie of the Month|
|November||Valencia Zeraus (Lioness, G, NWK)||Jerry Ratillian Michaels (Fancy Rat, G, LOR)|
|December||Carl Esteban (Jaguar, G/F, ALK)||Siegfried Romanoren (White Lion, C/F, EDM)|
|January||Dylan Redfield (Red Deer, F, DAK)||Raoul Kidane (Ethiopian Wolf, C, PLY)|
|February||Blanc Mange (White Wolf, F, BGR)||Raoul Kidane (Ethiopian Wolf, C, PLY)|
|March||Klaus Korber (Doberman, G, TAL)||Terrence Tolliver (Pronghorn, G, PIT)|
|April||Paul Teronura (Otter, C, TEN)||Zack Plushpaw (Pine Marten, G, SAS)|
|May||Joey Cox (Roadrunner, G, BAL)||Luna St. Peter (Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever, F, WIL)|
|Record||Value||Player||Team||Date of record|
|Minutes Played||53||Sarah Lancaster (Cheetah, G)||Hawaii Kahunas||Nov 10, 2013|
|Field Goals Made||19||Aisha Melbourne (Mink, F/C)||Lorain Firestorm||Dec 4, 2013|
|3 Pointers Made||7||John Stoat (Stoat, G)||Huntsville Mayors||Nov 8, 2013|
|Free Throws Made||15||Jake Velox (Swift Fox, G)||Tallahassee Typhoons||May 18, 2014|
|Offensive Rebounds||8||Alan Chesuk (Moose, C)||Santa Fe Whips||Dec 21, 2013|
|Total Rebounds||22||Lance Freewell (Clouded Leopard, C)||Newark Pride||Feb 2, 2014|
|Assists||15||Mike Timmids (Pronghorn, G)||Winnipeg Voyageurs||Nov 8, 2013|
|Turn Overs||10||Siegfried Romanoren (White Lion, C/F)||Edmonton Totems||Apr 8, 2014|
|Steals||10||Ian Histon (Leopard, G)||Lorain Firestorm||Jan 21, 2014|
|Blocks||7||Dirk Von Stryker (German Giant Rabbit, C)||Winnipeg Voyageurs||Feb 2, 2014|
|Points||44||John Stoat (Stoat, G)||Huntsville Mayors||Nov 8, 2013|
|July 18||July 19||July 20||July 21||July 22||July 23|
|TEN @ EDM||TEN @ EDM|
- Games in yellow are played only if necessary.
- Games in green finish the series.
- On January 29th, 2014, after a close 6-point loss at home to the Santa Ana Spectrums, rookie Travis Buckner (Grey Koala, F) of the Texas Lone Stars punched a reporter and knocked him out after said vole outed the koala as being a eunuch during a post-game press conference. The incident resulted in a suspension and fine for the forward, as well as an indictment against the rodent for violating the medical rights of the player.
- The season started off with reigning MVP Shane Rufus (Red Wolf, G) being traded for Wendy Brown (Saber-toothed Tiger, G), sending Shane to the San Jose Thrust. Redawn Fenwatcher (Red Panda, G) joined her boyfriend on the Thrust soon after. The incident is noteworthy for the love triangle that occurred last year involving Dylan Redfield (Red Deer, F).
- The Hawaii Kahunas are noteworthy for their draft of a street rat named Alphonse Norwich IV (Street Rat, F) who's made waves from his surprising history and popularity.
- Bangor, Maine had a very notable off-season, signing free agents Barton Rouge (Red Fox, G) at a $175 million 7-year max contract, Omar Pink (Saluki, F), Rachel Barsky (Alaskan Malamute, F), Barton Bados (Ram, G), and Constantine Jones (Raven, C).
- Barnaby Jazz (Shark, F/C) stirred up controversy with his questionable costume selection and subsequent actions in the final round of the 2014 FBA Dunk Contest. Shortly into the second-half of the season, an apparent collision with then teammate Buck Hopper (Rabbit, G) saw the superstar veteran come up injured and the rookie receiving not only a team suspension but also a league suspension (10 games) and fine ($50,000).
- Both the Las Vegas Wildcards and the Montana Howlers chose to buy out the contracts of Vishnu Cross (Grey Tuxedo Cat, G) and the aforementioned Wendy Brown, respectively, pushing both teams over their salary cap for the season. Neither team made any effort to rectify their budget issues and voluntarily prevented themselves from post-season qualifications, even though Montana was still in the thick of the playoff hunt. The controversy led to a managerial and coaching change with the Howlers, as well as the creation of The Amnesty Rule.
- The Albany Alphas and the Pittsburgh Keystones both suffered from late-season skids that kept them from making the playoffs, with the Alphas losing their last eleven games of the season and the Keystones losing 17 of their last 20 games of the season.
- With the defeat of the reigning champions in the Western Conference Quarterfinals, Dakota Bikers' owner Bernard Dwight instituted "The Purge" and let go of nearly everyone in upper management, including former Finals MVP and General Manager Vicki Turner.
- Despite his team going into the playoffs, Shane Rufus had announced that he would retire at the end of this season. He waited a full month after his defeat in the Western Conference Semifinals before holding a press conference to finalize his official departure as a player in the league.
- The Santa Ana Spectrums not only earned their first ever winning record in franchise history by ending the regular season five games above .500 but they also advanced to the second and the third rounds of the playoffs before falling to the Edmonton Totems after a grueling schedule of 21 post-season games.
- Both teams in the 2014 FBA Finals, the aforementioned Edmonton Totems and the Tennessee Moonshiners, had never made it to the league championship series prior to this season.