2012 PBA Commissioner Cup Power Rankings (Start to March 4, 2012)
March 5, 2012 by Sydrick Salazar
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Boo to procrastination, huh.
I was checking out the team standings and I’m amazed that the 2012 PBA Commissioner’s Cup is technically in the middle of the conference. With nine games to be contested in the elimination period, we might have seen the last of Meralco, Barako Bull, and possibly Air21.
Fortunately for Air21, whatever happens to the rest of their games, this is bar none the best conference of their season.
Anyway, this list should please a lot of readers because most of the players in the list are the usual fan faves. But then again, check out the shock in your faces when you see the other names on the top of the food chain.
Anyway, here are the best of the current conference.
Game starts now!
10 – ACES / CYRUS BAGUIO
STATS: 20.6PPG • 2.8RPG • 3.6APG • 1.0SPG
I wonder why this version of Cyrus Baguio is nonexistent back when they were struggling in the All-Filipino Cup. Anyway, it’s like we’re treated to a nostalgia bit when Baguio was leading Red Bull and he had Adam Parada on his side and in some ways, it’s like when he was in UST playing with Nino Gelig.
9 – TIGERS / GARY DAVID
STATS: 27.3PPG • 2.5RPG • 1.3APG
“David” is pronounced like Ben David and not like Craig David. This is to let our foreign folks know that Gary David is not an import (although I doubt if the foreign folk know who the late Ben David is). But why is he low? While his points are high the other aspects of his game are lacking.
8 – TIGERS / MARCIO LASSITER
STATS: 16.5PPG • 6.5RPG • 3.0APG • 1.8SPG
The all-around goodness that Marcio Lassiter brings is very vital for Powerade. Sure, the Tigers are suffering at the moment but who knows how they’ll end up if the trade that involved Nonoy Baclao and Rey Guevarra really happened?
7 – BOLTS / MACMAC CARDONA
STATS: 21.0PPG • 6.6RPG • 2.0APG • 0.8SPG
There are four locals in the PBA right now that are average 20 points and more and Captain Hook is one of them. Cardona is a usual suspect to accomplish such feat but last conference was a downer for him. He is doing well in the Commish Cup though.
6 – TROPANG TEXTERS / JAYSON CASTRO
STATS: 18.3PPG • 4.0RPG • 4.0APG • 1.7SPG
Just like last conference, Jayson Castro is again a prominent figure in Chot Reyes’ system. The former Singapore Slinger is in some ways a nuisance for Jimmy Alapag because his continuing presence is making it difficult for him to defend his MVP title. His growth though enables them to win a grand slam so for a team player like Jimmy… what the hell, right?
5 – ACES / LA TENORIO
STATS: 17.4PPG • 4.6RPG • 6.2APG • 0.8SPG
Alaska is back to its regular winning form and LA Tenorio is pulling all stops. There are rumors with regards to his stay with the Aces but at this point of his career, he needs to pad up his stats and Alaska is giving him the avenue to do so.
4 – BOLTS / CHRIS ROSS
STATS: 8.2PPG • 5.2RPG • 9.6APG • 2.6SPG
Yes. Yes… yes… yes. Chris Ross is Entry Number 4 and people should deal with this. The guy doesn’t produce Macmac Cardona offensive numbers but he hands out a monster production in assists and steals. Actually Ross leads the conference in assists and steals.
3 – TIGERS / JV CASIO
STATS: 15.8PPG • 3.8RPG • 8.8APG
Shocked? Well if Entry Number 4 failed to move you, then this could be the kicker. Upstaging the all-around goodness of Marcio Lassiter and the scoring barrage of Gary David is hard but have you seen Casio’s numbers? The guy is fourth in his team in minutes and he is making the most out of it.
2 – BLAZE BOOSTERS / ARWIND SANTOS
STATS: 13.2PPG • 10.8RPG • 1.4APG • 0.8SPG • 2.6BPG
It took one game for Arwind Santos to break out of his scoring slump… and the Petron faithful welcomed this development with open arms. His 34 points was enough to boom his average back to its usual double-double goodness.
1 – KINGS / MARK CAGUIOA
STATS: 21.5PPG • 9.8RPG • 1.8APG • 1.0SPG
I heard people dissing my All-Filipino list because there was no Ginebra representation in it. Fact, the Kings just didn’t nail it. But it’s a different story now, especially with the sudden surge of Ginebra’s old reliable. Mark Caguioa is dominant this conference and Siot Tanquingcen is not limiting his minutes. He is almost averaging in double-doubles.
By the way for those not in the know, I am still using PBFantasy criterion. This is a tried and tested formula where the stat-grabbing is an essential tool and this discourages a player for merely shooting the ball in the rim.
Anyway in two weeks time I will update this list. The first round has probably ended at that point. So wins will probably matter the next time I write this.