League Office | Public View
By Jon Loomer
Congratulations to Ruey Yen of New Haven, Connecticut. Following his 6-2 triumph over the PFC Jazz, Ruey and the PFC Hawks have completed their conquest. In addition to taking the trophy for global domination, Ruey will soon be the first person inducted into the NBA.com Fantasy Basketball Hall of Fame. Stay tuned.
The final score may have been 6-2, but this match-up came down to the wire. Take a look at the Championship game's stat comparison:
Wow. Three-Pointers and Blocks were decided before this thing started, as the two teams split those categories. A mere 52 points, 12 rebounds, three assists and two steals separated these two teams. Either squad could have won these categories (Atlanta won three of them).
The true secret to Atlanta's success, however, was in the percentages. Utah's .481 FG% and .804 FT% would have been enough to win most weeks. To compare, I looked at the standings in my very competitive 13-team roto league (of which I won, thank you). The teams winning the FG% and FT% categories finished at .479 and .810 respectively. Utah's scores should have been more than enough to win.
Atlanta drops the bomb with .519 and .838. Really? How? That is absolutely incredible to have that combination. It's often a give and take. If you are shooting over .500 as a team, that usually means you are stacked with big men who can't shoot free throws. If you are shooting over .830 from the line, that usually means you are stacked with guards who shoot about 45% from the field. Incredible, especially in a league like this one.
How did Ruey get here? A good start is the draft. He kept Marvin Williams as his franchise player, which netted him the first pick in each round of the draft. He then swapped the first overall pick in exchange for Miami's third overall (Elton Brand) and #153 (Mickael Pietrus). He made only four adds throughout the entire season, but he used them wisely on Luke Walton, Paul Millsap, Walter Herrmann and Antonio Daniels.
Just as important? Health. Marvin Williams spent some time on the shelf, but otherwise his core players of Brand, Andre Miller, Zydrunas Ilgauskas and Raja Bell went largely unscathed. Each player finished with at least 78 games.
Call that luck, but I call it good planning. Ruey was also the master of match-ups, particularly down the stretch in the PFC Playoffs. He was prepared to win, and it showed.
So, congratulations again to Ruey. You deserve it. You came. You saw. You conquered.
And thanks again to all of this year's participants of the PFC who made it such a success. Without good competition, we have nothing to watch.
And next year's competitors? The top 26 winners of the PFC D-Leagues get first dibs. Stay tuned.
Ruey metaphorically raised the hypothetical PFC trophy.
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|PFC Quick Facts
The PFC is a global fantasy basketball competition with 30 of the world's best players vying for the title.|
More than 9,000 people worldwide applied for the opportunity to compete.
Each participant is the fantasy general manager for an NBA team. Each GM picked a franchise player from their assigned team and built their roster - with players from any other NBA team - from there.
Every general manager has selected eight players for their fantasy squad.
Participants run the risk of losing their spot in the competition should they underperform. The public votes who will lose their job, and another top applicant will take over as a new GM.
For more in-depth information on the PFC, read here.