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During the course of an FBA season, players may earn recognition by the league for their performance. These minor awards -- Player of the Game, Player of the Week, Player of the Month -- give the league's participants an idea of who is doing well at that particular time. In turn, they are given the opportunity to nominate and even vote for athletes for other potential honors.

All-Star Competitions

Sometime in the middle of the season, the FBA All-Star Break is held, with four major contests that players are invited to participate in: the Dunk Contest, the Three-Point Shootout, the Rookie Challenge, and the All-Star Game. Invitations are based on votes by the league's contributors as to who will participate in which contests. These competitions have no affect on the season's records, and players may decline their invitations if they so choose.

End of Season Awards

At the end of every season, prior to the playoffs, nominations are opened for potential recipients of six league awards. Performance in the post-season playoffs do not contribute to a nominee's eligibility; however, players cannot be in Injured Reserve nor have any league disciplinary action on their record for the season. The league's contributors and fans then cast their votes for each award, with all eligible names listed. The titles of the awards are as follows:

Most Valuable Player

Most Valuable Player: the player who made the most difference to his or her team. This is not necessarily the best player in the league, but specifically the one who contributed the most to his or her team's success. Rookies are not eligible for this award.

Analyst Nominations

2017 Most Valuable Player
Analyst Zane Donovan Geoffrey Whitewater Ryan Eastman Will Steinberg
1st Pick Cliff Matthiews Cliff Matthiews Cliff Matthiews Cliff Matthiews
2nd Pick Ren Inoue Kresta Renstill Lance Wildfyre Adam Tevela
3rd Pick Adam Tevela Jake Turner Scoonie Barrett Barnaby Jazz
4th Pick Scoonie Barrett Scoonie Barrett Rodger Umaechi Wayne Kirkpatrick
5th Pick Hank Sawyer Rodger Umaechi Luukas Hirvonen Vera La Tierra
Honorable Mentions
D'Angelo MacQuilkin Jake Turner Fenruss Brylee
Luukas Hirvonen Vera La Tierra Scoonie Barrett
Lance Wildfyre Marcus Knight
Barnaby Jazz
Rocky Caracal

Most Improved Player

Most Improved Player: the player that has shown the most improvement in his or her game from previous seasons to the "current" season. As such, rookies cannot win this award. Restricted free agents picked up for the "current" season are only eligible if they have prior playing experience with an FBA team.

Analyst Nominations

2017 Most Improved Player
Analyst Zane Donovan Geoffrey Whitewater Ryan Eastman Will Steinberg
1st Pick Tryce Peter Mallark Jim McCormick Tryce Peter Mallark Jonathan Lawyer
2nd Pick Jonathan Lawyer Julian Cross-Kiraly Matthew Silvius Hank Sawyer
3rd Pick Brax Trenor Matthew Silvius Micah Davenport Niko McNamara
4th Pick Niko McNamara Tryce Peter Mallark Rocky Caracal Keitaro Kurosaki
5th Pick Julian Cross-Kiraly Misha Maxwell Ren Inoue Merrill Providence
Honorable Mentions
Jonathan Lawyer Francois Martineau Matthew Silvius
Shou Masaru Hank Sawyer Julian Cross-Kiraly
Adam Tevela Jonathan Lawyer Micah Davenport
Jeri Naranjo Shou Masaru
Crystal Davis

Defensive Player of the Year

Defensive Player of the Year: the player who has demonstrated the greatest defensive contribution to his or her team during the season. A minimum requirement must be met in order to qualify for this award. Rookies are not eligible for this award.†

Analyst Suggestions

2017 Defensive Player
Analyst Zane Donovan Geoffrey Whitewater Ryan Eastman Will Steinberg
1st Pick Sterling Bengtzing Raoul Kidane Stefan Kikovic Barnaby Jazz
2nd Pick Stefan Kikovic Daniel Quvianuq James Frestrikial Sterling Bengtzing
3rd Pick Craig Reinhardt Morgan McCarthy Eli Shuck Morgan McCarthy
4th Pick Aisha Melbourne Craig Reinhardt Wescot Yobia Mariam Walstein
5th Pick Zack Tate Emina Ferhatovic Ogun Okayu Craig Reinhardt
Honorable Mentions
Siegfried Romanoren Barnaby Jazz Daniel Quvianuq
Quintessa Hartnett Zack Tate Stefan Kikovic
Aisha Melbourne Sterling Bengtzing Ahti Nereus
Scoonie Barrett
Jake Turner

Sixth Fur of the Year

Sixth Fur of the Year: the player who made the most significant contribution to his or her time while spending the majority of the season coming off the bench. All active non-rookie players who have played in at least half of the season are eligible for this award, provided they have started in less than half of their games played during the season.

Analyst Suggestions

2017 Sixth Fur
Analyst Zane Donovan Geoffrey Whitewater Ryan Eastman Will Steinberg
1st Pick Miguel Mendoza Beulah Rollinghouse Narkissa Kassius Narkissa Kassius
2nd Pick Blythe Nacht John Stoat Leonardo De Hugo Miguel Mendoza
3rd Pick Wescot Yobia Alyssia Silverman Devon Kellendyne Akako Tsubasa
4th Pick Russell Savoy Roni Fulton Aurora Goldshine Beulah Rollinghouse
5th Pick Beulah Rollinghouse Michael Porter Corbin Li'Arci Kelsey Norath
Honorable Mentions
Aurora Goldshine Beulah Rollinghouse Raul Zuleta
Sonja Tinker Miguel Mendoza Juniper Hill
Jordan McGrath-Alidis Wallace Butler Corbin Li'Arci
Mahmud Zarif
Mike Lee

Rookie of the Year

Rookie of the Year: much like the Most Valuable Player award above, this award is geared towards the rookie that has contributed the most to his or her team this year. A rookie must have played in at least one-half of the games in the regular season.

Analyst Suggestions

2017 Rookie of the Year
Analyst Zane Donovan Geoffrey Whitewaters Ryan Eastman Will Steinberg
1st Pick Erik Toivonen Tyrese Vaughan Erik Toivonen Erik Toivonen
2nd Pick Tyrese Vaughan Erik Toivonen Tyrese Vaughan Tyrese Vaughan
3rd Pick Jona Vastenhout Beau Dapremont Lee Baraquin Lee Baraquin
4th Pick Lee Baraquin Danica Magnano Beau Dapremont Beau Dapremont
5th Pick Danica Magnano Cassandra Cassiano Akiak Pratt Tahiry Andriamatsinoro
Honorable Mentions
Akiak Pratt Danica Magnano Danica Magnano
Tahiry Andriamatsinoro Baxter Buckley Tia Terra
Baxter Buckley Tahiry Andriamatsinoro Akiak Pratt
Andrius Vilkasaitis
Marshall Anderson-Rhodes

Coach of the Year

Coach of the Year: The head coach who has done the best work building a strong team out of his or her players. Only head coaches who have been with the team for at least half of the season are eligible for this award.

Analyst Suggestions

2017 Coach of the Year
Analyst Zane Donovan Geoffrey Whitewaters Ryan Eastman Will Steinberg
1st Pick Montana Howlers Williamsburg Minutemen Williamsburg Minutemen Williamsburg Minutemen
2nd Pick Tennessee Moonshiners Montana Howlers Edmonton Totems Edmonton Totems
3rd Pick Pittsburgh Keystones Tennessee Moonshiners Montana Howlers Pittsburgh Keystones
4th Pick Williamsburg Minutemen Santa Ana Spectrums Huntsville Mayors Huntsville Mayors
5th Pick San Jose Thrust Las Vegas Wildcards Las Vegas Wildcards Montana Howlers
Honorable Mentions
Queens Pride Queens Pride Las Vegas Wildcards
Edmonton Totems Santa Ana Spectrums Lorain Firestorm
Seattle Summit Alaska Artics Tennessee Moonshiners

Previous Recipients

The recipients of the six awards from 2010 onward have been included below. For years prior, follow the individual award links above for a comprehensive list of winners.

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016


Finals MVP

One special award is given at the end of the post-season playoffs, traditionally to the player on the championship team who made the biggest impact during the games of the FBA Finals. A list of the most recent and more notable recipients of this award can be seen below: