Well folks, it's in the books!
Our Magic RealGM Fantasy League
has finished it's 2018-2019 season
And it was quite an interesting one at that! Thank you to everyone who participated in the lengthy forum draft and in the year-long fantasy season.
Bragging rights incoming with the final standings below..
And as usual, your final standing will become your new draft position for next season as well! Early scouting? Recap: This season, our league saw a whopping 10 out of 12 GM's make 19 or more transactional moves!
Of course, these were mostly free agent acquisitions and waiver wire pick-ups (as usual), but it was an increase from last season! Five GM's also went above and beyond with 30+ transactional moves this season as well.
The most notable free agent acquisition was Fendilim landing Marvin Bagley
in a winning waiver bid among 4 teams involved!
For some of us, a lot of the fun and the intrigue is on one single event though, the draft. This is where all of our hopes and dreams and analysis lie on.. the chance to take the players who we predict will have a big season and help make a strong playoffs team. Who is the savviest GM? On draft day, quite a few trades were made which was really awesome to see. Picks that were traded ended up being players like Chris Paul, Kyrie Irving, Paul George, Rudy Gobert, Kemba Walker, and numerous other stars. The most notable draft-day trades were U.R.Average trading for De'Aaron Fox
near the 100th pick of the draft, a player who gave back like top 50 value..
.. and Magicfan4life landing Rudy Gobert
in a draft day trade for the #22 pick, a player who gave back like top 15 value! Three in-season trades were made too!
These involved 5 of the 12 GM's in the league and included players like Damian Lillard, Anthony Davis, Khris Middleton, DeMarcus Cousins, Steven Adams, and Brandon Ingram being traded for!Our league saw unprecedented parity this season as well.
Not one single team was able to finish with a win percentage above 60%! And about 10 of the 12 teams were holding either a 40's-something win % or a 50's-something win % for most of the season.
Perhaps that means every GM was too competitive and savvy to let themselves fall in the standings! In fact, towards the end of the season, six teams were intensely fighting for the final four playoffs spots and higher standing finishes.. eerily similar to our Orlando Magic in real life.. In the Playoffs;
There were eight teams standing in the beginning, and numerous close victories throughout.
In the first round, there were no lower seed upsets except for me (#7 seed) scratching into round 2.
In the second round, Magicfan4life and HoraceGrant finished at an unbelievable 4-4 TIE! First, their Turnovers ended up tied at exactly 91-91.. then their FG% was ALSO TIED at .481 FG%! This meant digging deep into the fourth decimal point number for the winner.
The 4-4 result was then ultimately broken by the tiebreaker rule invoked, which was the head-to-head record between the two in the regular season. Finally, the victor standing was Magicfan4life!
In the championship, it was me versus Magicfan4life. And I won just barely, grabbing back-to-back titles!
Last year, it was also me versus Magicfan4life too.
How close is the rivalry?.. I won the championship this year with tiny
differences of 9 assists, 4 blocks, and 2 turnovers..
Finally, what was the best thing about our season this year?
Well, for me, I would have to say the fact that the champion came from the lowly #7 seed, which is exactly where our Orlando Magic will finish this year.. As a #7 seed that's gonna go far into the playoffs.. Your Final Standings (Post-Playoffs):
*1. EA7 Milan
*3. Horace Grant
*5. Not Ur Average
*6. Your Mom!
*8. Brian R's Boss Team
12. BadMofoPimp's Team
League History dating back 15 years..