2010 PBA Draft Results
August 30, 2010 by Sydrick Salazar
During drafts, the easiest pick to predict is often the first round pick.
That my friends, is a given.
The interesting things in this event are the picks from the bottom parts of the draft. Rain or Shine lacks size, Ginebra is souped up in the backcourt, and Barako Bull is pretty much in need of an overhaul.
Those are gimmes.
But once you have the name Yeng Guiao adjacent to the top three picks, complacency will lead you to huge jolt!
Yes, now that Meralco is the new PBA team, expect a lot of electrical terms coined by the Solar TVâ€™s play-by-play boys.
Welcome to 2010 PBA Draft Coverage Report! I am not affiliated in any way with the PBA but just like most of you reading online, I am an armchair jock.
I loved Mico Haliliâ€™s reason for the rookie camp â€“ so that fiascos like Jason Webb and Richard Del Rosario wonâ€™t happen again.
Say hello to Chito Salud, the incoming PBA commissioner. Sonny Barrios did well but Salud looks to be a long term commish. Hopefully he wouldnâ€™t do a Noli Eala.
The Powerade logo is too blue and too black. Really… the logo is too blue and too black. The Meralco Bolts has a cool logo. The Powerade logo is too dark for my liking… and itâ€™s too blue and too black!
The Meralco AVP… looks like a presidential campaign. Since they wear orange, why not let Manny Villar join in?
What… too soon?
Regine Tolentino danced but she was off-sync. I was glad a man appeared to be her partner because a slightly-dressed woman dancing in front of a lot of manly men is…
Luckily wasnâ€™t a second or third song for that matter because I fear people would be ordering beer!
Patricia Hizon is the host. Sheâ€™s bubbly. Itâ€™s not robotic. She introduced Chito Salud.
The PBA offered a minute of silence for the peaceful repose of the victims of the Quirino Grandstand Massacre. Itâ€™s a nice touch.
They gave Lito Alvarez a plaque of appreciation… hence the lengthy remark! Air21 should have a great tagline so that Lito Alvarez wouldnâ€™t have to borrow an Alaska slogan ever again.
By the way, here is the draft proper. Alongside Patricia, Mico, and Jason are â€œcourtsideâ€ reporters Magoo Marjon and the cute Lia Cruz (she should be in the FHM Top 100 next year).
DRAFT PROPER STARTS NOW1
1 AIR21 / RABEH AL-HUSSAINI â€“ Are you shocked? Where the hell have you been? Every blog, broadsheet, and sports channel in the country predicted that Rabeh will be the 2010 top pick of the 2010 PBA Draft…
Letâ€™s do this again!
1 AIR21 / NONOY BACLAO â€“ Yes, you saw it right. What on earth just happened? Who the fck knew??? Everyone inside the mall was shocked. What did Rabeh do to piss Yeng Guiao like that? Dammit! Maybe just because Rabeh is friends with Japeth Aguilar or something that Yeng Guiao is punishing Rabeh for being a â€œSmart-Gilasâ€ person. Maybe this is a way to neutralize the â€œstar qualityâ€ inside Rabehâ€™s head? Anyway, I donâ€™t know if Nonoy Baclao will be the star player or not but everyone knew heâ€™ll be an Express… but he shouldnâ€™t be the top pick though. He should really, REALLY perfect his offense because his defensive passion will always be there. And I agree with Mico, he reminds you of Vic Pablo. Hopefully heâ€™ll have Pabloâ€™s scoring smarts because if he rides the bench and Rabeh gets all the action, heâ€™ll likely be a draft bust.
The only thing I was thinking at the moment was maybe the envelopes got mixed up.
I am just looking for excuses because even if Air21 was going to get Rabeh, I believe that the right person should always be the top pick. Baclao is a good player but package-wise, Rabeh is a much complete basketball player.
By the way, Air21 drafted… but where are the cowboy hats? It must have disappeared when Lito Alvarez accepted the Customs post.
2 AIR21 / RABEH AL-HUSSAINI â€“ Looking at Rabehâ€™s face, he is not that happy. When he was interviewed, Rabeh admitted he was insulted. I have seen outtakes from his Team Pilipinas trips covered by GMA Pinoy TV where he always jokes around but now heâ€™s super serious. Hey, you just got drafted â€“ imagine the other 41 guys whoâ€™ll love to be in Rabehâ€™s position! Maybe Yeng Guiao will motivate Rabeh by embarrassing him. I just donâ€™t know how Yeng Guiao thinks! Heâ€™ll power Air21â€™s scoring frontline that will also have JR Quinahan, Rich Alvarez, Ronnie Matias, and Carlo Sharma. Rabeh and Sharma are the third brother tandem of Air21 following Yancy and Ranidel de Ocampo and Mark and Richard Yee. I was kidding about Mark and Richard for those idiots who think Iâ€™m an idiot. I am obviously the opposite of what you think… if youâ€™re thinking Iâ€™m an idiot right now.
3 AIR21 / REY GUEVARRA â€“ Wow! The events are flustering me! What did this former Letran Knight do to score such a feat??? I am shocked but this is a happy kind of shock since this guy had a top climb to get where he is in. I expect Guevarra to key the backcourt of the Express and hopefully his recent ACL injury wonâ€™t bother him professionally. He was about to cry when Magoo Marjon was talking to him. He should… because he being third is shocking. I know heâ€™ll get drafted but I was thinking he would be in the late first round to early second round spots. He should be a workhorse for Coach Yeng since heâ€™s thankful on how high he was picked. Hopefully heâ€™ll have his Samboy Lim attributes working for him. Yes, I just compared this injury-prone ex-Letran Knight to another injury-prone ex-Letran Knight… hall of famer.
Now I know this draft was pre-recorded. Solar had a broadcasting booboo! Their plugs were repeating and repeating which means they had a crisis that needs to be cleaned up before their big bosses get uber pissed! I donâ€™t want to say â€œMajor, majorâ€ because with all the networks using the quote excessively, it has become seriously annoying but… THIS IS A MAJOR, MAJOR EMBARRASSMENT!
Admit it, I annoyed you.
4 ALA / ELMER ESPIRITU â€“ TNT traded their pick to Alaska. This was a great trade by the Aces but giving up Larry Fonacier gives them a void in their shooting guard spot. Fonacier was shocked at this development but hopefully heâ€™ll gobble the minutes Macmac Cardona left in TNT. Espiritu is certainly athletic and he could play a vital role in Alaskaâ€™s charge next season. He will probably boost Alaskaâ€™s second unit but I think he needs to learn how to play small forward because his height would be an issue playing against the leagueâ€™s big men.
5 ROS / JOSH VANLANDINGHAM â€“ Fire Quinito said Vanlandingham reminds him of Dwight Lago. For starters, Lago had a short name. Vanlandingham would likely spell out Gabe Norwoodâ€™s playing time but he will also give the Painters a huge backcourt with the Fire and Ice tandem in full swing. After Norwoodâ€™s departure to the pros, it was Vanlandingham who replaced Mr. President in Hapeeâ€™s PBL squad. Who is excited when this emphatic trio of Gabe, Sol, and Josh come in and torch their foes?
6 AIR21 / SEAN ANTHONY â€“ This Fil-Am is 6â€™4 and he plays guard/forward. That is something players should look at. Anthony impressive a lot of scout because he has range, he has offensive awareness, and heâ€™ll dive for the ball when he needs to. He is scrappy? Yeng Guiao loves scrappy players so he fits the bill! This guy has the potential to be the leagueâ€™s next Tony dela Cruz but do you remember the last Fil-Am Yeng Guiao acquired? Well hopefully he wonâ€™t turn to be a bust a la Denver Lopez.
7 GIN / JOHN WILSON â€“ He has offense and playing with the likes of Jayjay Helterbrand, Johnny Abarrientos, Mark Caguioa, Willie Miller, and their other guards could work well for Wilson. He doesnâ€™t have a shot he doesnâ€™t like but how will Jong Uichico control his over-eagerness to contribute? Will he have playing time â€“ this is another question. Ginebra is a guard-loaded squad and this could pretty much be their teamâ€™s main…
8 GIN / JIMBO AQUINO â€“ Oh. They picked a guard again! DAMMIT, WHY! I knew this Ato Agustin-clone is a first rounder but I never thought heâ€™ll land in a team filled with guards. Aquino is PBA ready and he has the potential of becoming the baby version of the combo snipers in the PBA today like James Yap and Macmac Cardona. I hope they will use these players as trade bait because I am afraid at what Jong Uichico will do to the careers of Wilson and Aquino.
9 BMEG / PARI LLAGAS â€“ Can he create points for himself, that is the question. I like how the Llamados addressed their big man problem. They also took the best available big man left in the draft so I have no worries in this pick. My only concern however is if Llagas can have the minutes for him to grow which will benefit his career. Offensively, he can perform great moves to parade in the shaded lane which could help the Llamados since Kerby Raymundo is recovering from an injury.
10 MER / SHAWN WEINSTEIN â€“ Meralco acquired this pick for the Alaska Aces, getting Bonbon Custodio in the process. Weinstein is former BMEG import Tony Washamâ€™s teammate so it seems that Ryan Gregorio has already scouted this player. By the way, WHAT IS THAT HARD HAT ABOUT!?! I was happy to see Air21 losing the cowboy hats!
Jason Webb should punch Mico Halili for telling him that he has zero outside shooting.
But wait… he agrees.
He must be learning from Richard Del Rosarioâ€™s school to overcome rash criticisms!
11 MER / BAMBAM GAMALINDA â€“ I expect him to play for the Bolts. This former San Beda Lion would seriously love playing alongside his buddies. However he needs to change his playing style because his pretty boy stance in getting physical will be gobbled up by Asi Taulava and Mick Pennisi. Hell, I donâ€™t even think he has a chance when Wynne Arboleda gets on his face!
12 GIN / ROB LABAGALA â€“ WHAT?!? SHOCKER!!! While I agree, I was hoping the Kings would soup up their frontline, Labagala is a decent enough quarterback to have his chance in the PBA. The only problem I have with this pick is he landed to Ginebra â€“ the same team that is surrounded by a lot of guards and a few minutes ago just acquired John Wilson and Jimbo Aquino. During Jong Uichicoâ€™s post draft interview, he joked that he could be playing five-small at the same time. Brace yourselves people… because that may be true.
13 BMEG / VAL ACUNA â€“ He reminds me of Bruce Dacia, that former San Juan Knight and FedEx Express slasher that could pump up a crowd by his offense brilliance. He had stints with the UE Red Warriors and ABLâ€™s Philippine Patriots. He will be called up to create instant offense off the bench and if he wants to become a bigger deal, he needs to deliver… big!
14 MER / FORD ARAO â€“ It was said that his stock dropped when officials found out that he was just 6â€™4 and not the towering 6â€™5 big man he tells people. YOU LIAR! Anyway, he will get minutes with the Bolts since this team lacks size. He needs to perfect his skills especially with regards to his scoring and rebounding. I thought he was a sure first round pick but it did him good dropping a few notches.
15 ROS / RJ JAZUL â€“ Alaska traded the rights to pick Jazul for Rain or Shineâ€™s second round pick next year. Jazul shouldnâ€™t be happy on how this draft turned out for him. Sure, Rain or Shine will need him, but if this is a testament on what he should expect, I think this undersized shooting guard should have stayed in Smart-Gilas and learned a lot more on how to become an effective point guard.
16 MER / KHASIM MIRZA â€“ Khasim â€œThe Dreamâ€ Mirza? Not a chance, Mr. Halili. However, this is was a cool move for the Bolts. Mico likened this pick on how Mirza can be Ryan Gregorioâ€™s KG Canaleta in Meralco. Mirza is big and this can score long bombs and dunks. The only cause for concern in his game is his inconsistency. He has the potential to become a superstar and he could shine as a Bolt if he wants to.
17 BAR / BORGIE HERMIDA â€“ I was hoping Barako Bull would find a way to trade up but since they have lost their draft privileges until 2012, finding a winner like Borgie Hermida is perhaps what they need at this point. Before getting drafted, he scored a triple-double in his last game. With San Beda riding high, Hermida should get all the wins he can at Beda because wins are hard to come by in the Barako Bull camp.
18 POW / JAI REYES â€“ Air21 trades their pick to Powerade. This was useless since both teams passed up their picks though. Anyway, Powerade should be happy to pick Reyes since this would spell their immediate need for a â€œstarter-likeâ€ presence in their PG spot. I think the only thing Reyes is happy about right now is that at least he has a gig other than â€œShow Me the Mannyâ€!
19 POW / PASS
20 AIR21 / PASS
21 ALA / MARVIN HAYES â€“ He is a banger out of JRU. He plays with a special kind of fury. He will dive for loose balls and he will snub the elbows in his face just to claim a commanding presence. I am hoping Alaska will sign him because I remember during Willy Wilsonâ€™s rookie season, Tim Cone loved using him.
The draft left a sour taste in my mouth. I never really thought it would end like that. Two teams passed and I was hoping it would only be Yeng Guiao. I mean… Powerade needs to strengthen their squad and they could have used this draft for great things. Actually, there are a lot of great rookies left in the draft. JR Gerilla was outstanding in the rookie camp. John Smith was a projected first round choice but he can find a team that would use him in free agency. Other un-selections that could be used well are Gio Ciriacruz, Mark Canlas, Hans Thiele, JR Tecson, Rudy Lingganay, James Mangahas, Hyram Bagatsing, Toti Bandaying, and others.
Anyway, who do you think are the winners and losers of this draft?
Click this link for my perceived Winners and Losers!