August 20, 2010 by Sydrick Salazar
This is not a superstar-rich draft but this is a supplementary-plenty draft!
Meralco, Barako Bull, Air21 and Rain or Shine are talent-starved squads! Maybe theyâ€™ll get equal footing against the â€œsuper powersâ€ once the draft takes place!
GAME STARTS NOW!
Expect size to play a major role in the draft. Actually, itâ€™s expected in every draft. While Allen Iverson, Derrick Rose and John Wall were amongst the notable little guys that became top picks, I donâ€™t expect this year to claim what Paolo Mendoza and Mike Cortez did during their rookie years.
From the net, I got hold of the first round of the PBA Draft. In roughly two weeks, a new name will headline the future of the league.
There are 20 spots in the draft but let us not forget that the undrafted players can still claim a PBA team thru free agency. The most notable player who used this edge wisely was Josh Urbiztondo, who was the runner up in the Top Rookie award that was claimed by pseudo-top pick Rico Maierhofer (since Japeth Aguilar didnâ€™t want to play and there is virtually no second overall pick).
Note: I will revise this when I get hold of the complete draft order.
1 AIR 21 / The team will surely pick RABEH AL-HUSSAINI as their top pick. They are â€œunderâ€-loaded with bigs and they need this former Blue Eagle to establish a dominating presence up front. He is the consensus top pick and Air21 is nuts to not pick himâ€¦
2 AIR 21 / But Rabeh can also see himself at the second overall spot if the Express performed a twisted joke and decides to pick NONOY BACLAO. Baclao is not an offensive powerhouse but heâ€™ll likely flourish on Yeng Guiaoâ€™s defense-oriented system.
3 MERALCO / There are talks that Meralco would send their pick to TNT for Macmac Cardona. I would love Jimbo Aquino to play for the squad but ELMER ESPIRITU will get the nod because Espiritu is an offense/defense combo.
4 AIR21 / JIMBO AQUINO should fit the bill. Yeng Guiao isnâ€™t that high on Renren Ritualo since TNT benched him and robbed his confidence. Aquino is also a James Yap do-it-all clone. At least they need to acquire a scorer to play the SG/SF positions.
5 RAIN OR SHINE / ROS is still searching for an able big man but I donâ€™t think theyâ€™ll pass up JOSH VANLANDINGHAM if he is still available. The guy can play three positions and he could the Paintersâ€™ ticket out of the quarterfinal purgatory.
6 AIR21 / Another big man wouldnâ€™t hurt the Express. PARI LLAGAS was dominant in their 14-0 elimination season and his offense and his defense evolved well enough to garner him a seat on the first round. Heâ€™ll also feel at home with him joining new Express Marcy Arellano in the lineup.
7 GINEBRA / SEAN ANTHONY looks like a guard but at his size he can fit the SF position nicely. I can compare him to when the Kings drafted Mike Holper a few years back. With the way the Ginebra lineup is stacked, Iâ€™m guessing the forward positions are their top priority.
8 GINEBRA / The unheralded Mark Jeffries could be a sought-after find but if they need a player that is â€œmatureâ€ enough to play in the majors, then FORD ARAO is a find. Sure, Arao has overstayed his â€œsemi-professionalâ€ career but he could be the solid role player the Kings badly needs right now.
9 ALASKA / While this is an extremely low pick for his caliber, RJ JAZUL is tailor-fit to become an Ace. Jeff Cariasoâ€™s retirement will open a void in the SG spot. He is also a combo guard if Tim Cone wants to have a big guard lineup. They need to soup up their bench with scorers and he has that ability.
10 BMEG / A former NCAA MVP, JOHN WILSON is something BMEG should need. He is a defensive specialist and he can shoot as well. He is also wily and crafty and heâ€™ll give new coach Jorge Gallent a defensive off-guard which has been non-existent in the BMEG roster for sometime now.
As the days go by, counting the days to the 2010 PBA Draft, this could change.