Sydman’s Rookie Rankings Part 2 (PBA’s Rookie Class of 2010)
May 10, 2011 by Sydrick Salazar
There are 22 rookies that played in the 2010-11 PBA Season. Among the drafted that didnâ€™t play for the teams that selected them are B-MEGâ€™s Pari Llagas and Alaskaâ€™s Marvin Hayes. Ford Arao, Vaughn Canta, and Borgie Hermida levelled down to the D-League while Khasim Mirzaâ€™s PBA future is latched into jeopardy after Barako Bull announced its disbandment.
Amateur team Smart-Gilas gave the PBA teams a glimpse of the talent they will bring once they applied for the draft.
And then there are still Paul Lee and the rest of the top stars that will be joining the draft in August.
With one more conference to go, here are the brightest stars of the 2010 PBA Draft.
Game starts now.
7 JOHN WILSON / BARANGAY GINEBRA (2010 / ROUND 1, NUMBER 7)
LAST CONFERENCE RANK: NOT RATED
PHILCUP: (4 games / 2.5mpg) 0.0 points, 0.5 rebounds, 0.3 assists
COMCUP: (16 games / 14.8mpg) 5.0 points, 2.2 rebounds, 0.8 assists
This product of Jose Rizal University was a scorer and a defender and is a former NCAA MVP but sadly injuries stalled him from performing during most of the Philippine Cup. When he played in the Commish Cup, he blossomed as one of Uichicoâ€™s shock troopers. He proved his worth further by performing valuable feats in their semi final and finals series. His offense reminds me of Elmer Cabahug although he has better penetration prowess and defensive capabilities.
6 RJ JAZUL / RAIN OR SHINE (2010 / ROUND 2, NUMBER 15)
LAST CONFERENCE RANK: 6
PHILCUP: (13 games / 11.7mpg) 4.5 points, 0.9 rebounds, 0.8 assists
COMCUP: (10 games / 16.6mpg) 3.9 points, 1.4 rebounds, 1.5 assists
In some ways, the entry of Yeng Guiao gave this former Letran Knight the avenue to shine. Sure, he was still fighting for minutes but at least his role was more pronounced. Also, the fact that he is a terrific defensive stopper holds the key for him claiming more playing time for the Elasto Painters. Now if he can reclaim his scoring prowess…
5 JOSH VANLANDINGHAM / RAIN OR SHINE (2010 / ROUND 1, NUMBER 5)
LAST CONFERENCE RANK: 7
PHILCUP: (11 games / 10.1mpg) 3.7 points, 1.8 rebounds, 0.4 assists
COMCUP: (9 games / 16.7mpg) 8.2 points, 1.8 rebounds, 0.6 assists
Vanlandingham started the season with no idea how to fit in the ROS system. When Yeng Guiao entered the fray, he became one of the Elasto Paintersâ€™ top scorers off the bench. With Sol Mercado playing elsewhere, and with Ronjay Buenafe and Gabe Norwood struggling to find their place in the system, Vanlandingham would be an important factor for the teamâ€™s rise to the top.
4 HANS THIELE / BARAKO BULL-MERALCO-ALASKA (2010 / UNDRAFTED)
LAST CONFERENCE RANK: 3
PHILCUP: (15 games / 25.1mpg) 7.7 points, 6.9 rebounds, 0.9 assists
COMCUP: (3 games / 4.3mpg) 0.0 points, 0.7 rebounds, 0.0 assists
Thieleâ€™s performance shocked everyone. He was snubbed at the draft and now he is seeking vengeance. All of a sudden… Thiele became a hot commodity. This led to him being acquired by Alaska in exchange for Reynel Hugnatan. The only problem for Thiele is he will now encounter what Espiritu is experiencing at the moment and thatâ€™s at the bottom part of the Acesâ€™ rotation.
3 SEAN ANTHONY / POWERADE (2010 / ROUND 1, NUMBER 6)
LAST CONFERENCE RANK: 4
PHILCUP: (7 games / 24.4mpg) 9.3 points, 6.0 rebounds, 2.3 assists
COMCUP: (9 games / 13.3mpg) 5.2 points, 4.0 rebounds, 0.9 assists
The lowly Powerade Tigers squad is a mix of tolerable veterans and young upstarts. At the Philippine Cup, Anthony seems to be a great scorer in the mode of Danny Seigle that the Tigers severely lack. He is second in scoring for all rookies and fourth in rebounds as well. The team solely depends on Gary David so his growth is something they yearned for. However, with the entry of imports Russell Carter and Martin Zeno, his playing time dropped.
2 NONOY BACLAO / AIR21-SAN MIGUEL (2010 / ROUND 1, NUMBER 1)
LAST CONFERENCE RANK: 2
PHILCUP: (14 games / 28.1mpg) 5.6 points, 8.6 rebounds, 1.9 assists, 2.5 blocks
COMCUP: (10 games / 16.1mpg) 3.4 points, 4.2 rebounds, 1.0 assists, 1.0 blocks
It was a shame that San Miguel had to destroy Nonoy Baclaoâ€™s growth by bringing him to this powerhouse squad. Baclao was improving before the trade. With his minutes almost slashed in half, the current top pick struggled in his points, rebounds, and blocks. Unless they give him a more pronounced role in Petronâ€™s rotation (SMBâ€™s new name), Baclao would end up as a glorified version of Sam Eman.
1 RABEH AL-HUSSAINI / AIR21-SAN MIGUEL (2010 / ROUND 1, NUMBER 2)
LAST CONFERENCE RANK: 1
PHILCUP: (15 games / 31.5mpg) 17.5 points, 8.9 rebounds, 1.0 assists, 0.9 blocks
COMCUP: (10 games / 30.8mpg) 12.0 points, 6.8 rebounds, 1.7 assists
At this point, Rabeh is the consensus choice of becoming the 2011 PBA Rookie of the Year. While his points and rebounds dropped when he moved to San Miguel, he maintained his minutes. In hindsight, he is the only rookie to score in double figures in the Commissionerâ€™s Cup (just like what he did in the Philippine Cup) and he did this playing alongside Jay Washington, Arwind Santos, and Alex Cabagnot. His team will sport a 6â€™2 import and that could only mean more playing time for the former UAAP MVP.
After the Governorâ€™s Cup, I expect Rabeh Al-Hussaini to bag the Rookie of the Year trophy. I think Hans Thieleâ€™s rank will go down unless Tim Cone uses him prominently in the Governorâ€™s Cup. Rob Labagala and John Wilson will see minutes depending on the health of Enrico Villanueva and Jayjay Helterbrand while Josh Vanlandingham and RJ Jazul will continue to share minutes in the SG/SF spots. I expect Nonoy Baclao to get more minutes but Iâ€™m hoping that Sean Anthony will improve.
I think Anthony has the best chance to take out Baclao from the second spot.