Team Name: New York City WTT KingPins
Celebrity Owner: Billie Jean King
Franchise Player: Pete Weber
Pete Weber had the second pick in the draft, which he used on Tommy Jones. The two of them then worked together to assemble the rest of the team, attempting to build a versatile, reliable lineup that can compete with anyone. Here's a look at the New York City WTT KingPins.
1. Pete Weber
Pete Weber is already in the PBA Hall of Fame (he was inducted in 1998), and as of the beginning of the 2012-2013 PBA Tour season, Weber owned 36 championships, nine of which were majors. Any team led by Pete Weber is going to be fiery and have a strong desire to win.
Weber won the PBA Rookie of the Year Award in 1980, and has since racked up a record five U.S. Open titles, including the 2012 event where he blurted perhaps the most famous quote in bowling history: "Who do you think you are? I am!"
2. Tommy Jones
Just like Weber in 1980, Jones earned the PBA Rookie of the Year Award in 2002. Four years later, he was the PBA Player of the Year. Jones, entering the 2012-2013 season, had 13 championships to his credit, including the 2006 U.S. Open and the 2007 Tournament of Champions, his two majors.
Although he's battled injuries over the past couple years, he looks like he's getting back to full health and, with that, a highly competitive position on the PBA Tour. Weber didn't have a hard time making Jones his first choice, second overall.
3. Scott Norton
Add another former Rookie of the Year to the KingPins roster. Norton, the 2011 Rookie of the Year, already has two titles (as of the 2013 Chameleon Championship) and is proving himself to be a threat on the lanes any time he bowls.
The lone lefty with the KingPins, Norton will be expected to bowl his game and take control of that side of the lane. We've seen Norton come up with big shots when he needs them (for three games worth of examples, watch the 2013 Chameleon Championship), and that will be crucial to the success of the KingPins.
4. Jack Jurek
Jurek is a constant, steady force on the PBA Tour. While he's only won two titles over the course of his career, it seems like he's won many more. That's because he finds himself bowling late into tournaments, collecting checks and making it to match play.
Gentleman Jack won the Steve Nagy Sportsmanship Award in 2006 and again in 2011, and his presence will give the KingPins the stability and reliability that will be essential to success in the PBA League.
5. John Szczerbinski
A Wichita State graduate Chris Barnes wasn't able to snag, Szczerbinski brings youth and a commitment to winning to Weber's KingPins. Prior to the 2012-2013 season, Szczerbinski had only bowled in 15 PBA Tour events, cashing nine times and making it to match play three times.
Weber sees the ability in Szczerbinski and is counting on the league competition to bring out the best in him.
6. Kelly Kulick
The supplemental slot on the KingPins goes to Kelly Kulick, the only woman to ever win a PBA Tour event, and a major at that, in the 2010 Tournament of Champions. She won four consecutive major titles (the 2009 PBA Women's World Championship, 2010 PBA Tournament of Champions as mentioned, 2010 USBC Queens and 2010 U.S. Women's Open). Originally drafted 37th overall by Mike Fagan's Motown Muscle, Kulick was traded on January 13, 2013 to the KingPins for Brad Angelo and draft considerations.
Kulick is a force every time she steps up to the line, and when Fagan made this selection, the loudest cheer of the day came from the crowd. It's hard to say exactly why the cheers were so prevalent, but a lot of it was definitely the respect for Kulick and everything she's done in and for bowling.