As summer approaches, everyone is excited about the cookouts, warm nights, sundresses, and most importantly, summer league basketball.
For the Goodman League, this will be an epic summer, being the 20th season in the Commisioner Miles era. Miles has been running the league since 1997 and for his 20th season, he has scheduled a list of events for the summer. Of course Fan-i Sports is here to keep you posted on what’s going on Inside the Gates. Here is a list of things to look out for this summer down The Farms.
Goodman Top 20 players
Commissioner Miles has been talking about this list since last summer. No one other than a selected few who helped him orchestrate the list, such as cameraman Wings and Coach Drew of the Drew All-Stars, but I’m sure the list will be interesting and controversial. A few names that I expect to see on the list are Baby Shaq, Spongebob, OJO just to name a few. Stay Tuned!
#GoodmanvsDyckman The Rematch
Last year, the Goodman League All-Stars traveled up i95 to take on the Dyckman League All-Stars on Dyckman Day, where they honored their 25 greatest players. Goodman would spoil the celebration with a 82-71 victory, Wayne Jackson ending the game with a reverse two-hand windmill. This season, Dyckman will come to The Farms, hoping to avenge that loss from a year ago.
Can Lincoln Park Get over the hump?
Along with Team Madness, the 2015 Goodman League Champs, Lincoln Park was one of the best teams last summer. Just before they suffered their lost to Backyard in the playoffs, they walked away with almost every trophy. Danielle Jones aka Mrs. Baby Shaq won Coach of the Year, Bruce Massey won Defensive Player of the Year, Pierre was rebounder of the Year, and OJO was the scoring leader and MVP at the age of 33. They were the only team that didn’t have any big call-ups and traded players. Unfortunately, they were eliminated from the playoffs for the second year straight, without two of their players, Massey and Pierre. For Lincoln Park, a Goodman title is needed.
Team Madness attempt to repeat
From day one, Team Madness was the best team in the league. They won the regular season title and Goodman title by essentially only playing 6 players. Never did you see them with a full bench, except for the final game of the season, and they still only used 6 guys. For Madness that was their first Goodman Title in team history, riding the backs of Spongebob and Chris Howard. Madness will come into the season as one of the favorites but you never know with summer basketball.
Last year’ MVP was a no brainer. OJO led the league in scoring and was one of the top defenders on one of the best teams. This season, I think it will be much more interesting. Spongebob, who walked away with the Finals MVP after a dominating performance in Game 3, had a stellar offseason, winning $10k in the 1on1 Fightball Tournament. You can find OJO working hard to defend his crown on social media, also promoting his basketball training brand. One player in particular that I am excited to see is Corey “Everything” Allmond. Corey Allmond had one of the best moments last season when he knocked down 16 treys in the Victor Oladipo Celebrity game but all season, Allmond showed why he is one of the best players in the league.
Free Agents & Wild Cards
In the playoffs, a lot of teams were calling players from all over to join them. Josh Selby joined the BF Crazies, helping them reach the Finals. Wayne Jackson suited up for Team Madness, Quinn Cook joined Team Ariyuan, and Aquille Carr was apart of Hoop Culture. Jimmy Black Jr., who is probably the most underrated player in the league, will most likely join another squad. Not sure of who will be switching sides but just know, Wild Cards are important.