Team Name: New York City WTT KingPins
Celebrity Owner: Billie Jean King
General Manager: Carolyn Dorin-Ballard
Franchise Player: Pete Weber
Although the KingPins lost Tommy Jones, last season's second overall pick in the draft, to free agency, they were able to add Stuart Williams, who left Silver Lake. The KingPins took control of the PBA League last season, appearing on shows more often than anyone, winning more events than anyone and ultimately winning the inaugural Elias Cup championship. The KingPins aim to repeat in 2014 with Weber, Scott Norton and John Szczerbinski returning.
1. Pete Weber
A member of the Hall of Fame since 1998, Pete Weber may be bowling better than he ever has, even at age 51. Now a force on both the PBA Tour and PBA50 Tour, any team led by Pete Weber is going to have a chance to win.
In addition to capturing the Elias Cup during the 2012-2013 season, Weber also claimed his 10th major title in winning the Tournament of Champions, tying Earl Anthony's record for most major titles in history.
Although he can't be happy to have lost Jones, Weber will always be motivated to win, and that's an essential intangible when it comes to team bowling.
2. Scott Norton
The 2011 PBA Rookie of the Year, Scott Norton spent much of the previous PBA League season in the anchor position. Bowling anchor on a team with Pete Weber says a lot about someone, and Norton was rewarded with the promotion to the #2 spot on the defending Elias Cup champions.
Norton is emerging as not only one of the best lefties on Tour, but one of the best bowlers on Tour, and if he can sustain his recent performance through 2014, we may see the New York City WTT KingPins establish a dynasty in this league.
3. Stuart Williams
Part of the massive shakeup in Silver Lake involved Stuart Williams leaving for free agency. Many suspected he would land in Pittsburgh, but general manager Carolyn Dorin-Ballard was able to get Williams to join the defending champions. Williams was part of the Silver Lake Atom Splitters last season, a team many considered the pre-season favorites but then failed to even make the playoffs. With the roster shakeup, things are looking good for both the Atom Splitters and Williams.
Williams is a PBA Tour champion (winning the 2011 Viper Open) and has one of the most analytical minds in the game. The KingPins will be looking for Williams to bring all this to the team as they attempt to monopolize the Elias Cup.
4. John Szczerbinski
One of the KingPins immediately retained was John Szczerbinski. One of the PBA Tour's up-and-coming stars, Szczerbinski is getting closer to his first PBA Tour title every event he bowls. He captured a gold medal (with Chris Barnes) in the doubles event at the World Championships and also won the overall singles title at the USBC Open Championship.
Szczerbinski was flattered to be drafted by Weber, and now, with the full confidence of his team behind him, is poised to be one of the most valuable #4 bowlers in the league.