Power Rankings: The Rock knows his damn role
June 12, 2012 by Sydrick Salazar
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I’m pleased (or not pleased) to report that Gabe Norwood, Reynel Hugnatan, and Paul Lee are off the list. While I think Norwood and Lee will return to the fray in some capacity, I doubt Hugnatan will return in the rankings with Meralco acquiring a forward import like Mario West.
Anyway… Game starts now!
2012 PBA Governor’s Cup
As of June 11, 2012
20 – KERBY RAYMUNDO / KINGS
12.4PPG • 6.6RPG • 2.0APG
Technically this is not a new entry but returning to the list gave Ginebra a representation to the rankings. I honestly don’t think his entry is relevant to Ginebra’s cause though. Throughout the season, the Kings have taken a premium on team play more than individual accolades.
19 – YANCY DE OCAMPO / LLAMADOS
LAST WEEK’S RANK: 11
11.6PPG • 6.8RPG • 2.0APG • 0.8BPG
I like what the guy is doing but I think he has overstayed his welcome. With that said, how amazing has YDO been this conference effectively subbing for then-injured Marc Pingris and the still-injured Joe Devance.
18 – CHRIS ROSS / BOLTS
6.4PPG • 4.6RPG • 5.6APG • 1.6SPG
By this time now we all know what Chris Ross is capable of. He is Roger Yap to Ryan Gregorio’s current Meralco gig. The Bolts are littered with big time scoring sensations and Ross is flourishing as their chief facilitator.
17 – CYRUS BAGUIO / ACES
LAST WEEK’S RANK: 7
15.0PPG • 3.6RPG • 2.0APG • 1.2SPG • 1.2BPG
Skyrus dropped ten spots from the list because of his weak showing against the Meralco Bolts. With that said one thing that’s hurting Baguio is his turnovers. Baguio ranks third after former Powerade import Rashad McCants and current Air21 import Zach Graham in turnovers.
16 – SONNY THOSS / ACES
LAST WEEK’S RANK: 8
11.6PPG • 6.8RPG • 1.6APG • 1.2BPG
Same as Baguio, Thoss suffered stat lows this conference against the Bolts which is twice the whammy for The Boss because the one that exploded for Meralco was Asi Taulava. With his minutes though and usual stat lines, expect him to bounce back from this slight falter.
15 – DANNY SEIGLE / ENERGY
LAST WEEK’S RANK: 16
11.0PPG • 4.7RPG • 2.0APG • 1.3SPG • 1.3BPG
One thing conference-based rankings will give you – injured players can stay still on the rankings. The other thing – if he doesn’t play this week, he’ll get scratched off.
14 – JV CASIO / TIGERS
LAST WEEK’S RANK: 18
9.6PPG • 2.6RPG • 6.6APG • 1.2SPG
Like I said, this guy needs to get assertive more particularly in offense but it seems as if Powerade has developed some sort of scoring attack that cancels out the loss of Marcio Lassiter. Casio might not be scoring but as I have said his playmaking skills are coming in just fine.
13 – RANIDEL DE OCAMPO / TROPANG TEXTERS
16.0PPG • 5.0RPG • 0.8APG • 0.8BPG
LAST WEEK’S RANK: 15
Talk N Text had a nice time off just in time to iron out the kinks that is working against them this conference. Mr. Wonderful should be rested enough to help his team this week.
12 – JEFF CHAN / ELASTO PAINTERS
LAST WEEK’S RANK: 10
14.8PPG • 3.2RPG • 2.2APG • 1.6SPG
Chan was one of the lone bright stat spots in their loss against Powerade. Chan ranks third in his team in scoring and assists and ranks first in the steals category. ROS might have suffered a setback but maybe he can engineer the Painters’ return to their winning ways.
11 – JAY WASHINGTON / BLAZE BOOSTERS
12.0PPG • 6.0RPG • 2.2APG • 0.8SPG • 0.8BPG
Finally J-Wash debuts in the Power Rankings! Missing much of the 2011-12 season should definitely suck for him but it’s a fact that he is doing his best to make up for lost time. Slowly but surely, his playing time should increase.
10 – CHRIS LUTZ / BLAZE BOOSTERS
LAST WEEK’S RANK: 12
12.8PPG • 4.5RPG • 4.0APG • 0.7SPG
Another player who had a blast this week… individually is Chris Lutz. Lutz ranks first among locals in minutes with James Yap and Gary David tied for second. With this out of the way, Lutz must instill excitement to the Blazers – losers of three of their last four games.
9 – JAMES YAP / LLAMADOS
LAST WEEK’S RANK: 13
16.4PPG • 4.4RPG • 2.8APG
After dropping their first assignment, B-Meg has been on a roll. For James Yap, doubling his efforts isn’t good enough especially with Peter June Simon’s injury. Marqus Blakely is a helluva import but Big Game James is the team’s most efficient scorer.
8 – JIMMY ALAPAG / TROPANG TEXTERS
LAST WEEK’S RANK: 9
9.7PPG • 3.0RPG • 8.7APG
As I said in Ranidel De Ocampo’s ranking, the time off TNT is getting should refresh their outlooks for the future. Alapag is up top in minutes with Jayson Castro still in sickbay. Mighty Mouse is the conference leader in assists but maybe it’s time for him to get busy on his scoring.
7 – ASI TAULAVA / BOLTS
LAST WEEK’S RANK: 19
13.2PPG • 9.4RPG • 0.8APG
He is the highest jumper this week after he scored 23 points and 12 rebounds for the Bolts. His output snapped Meralco’s three-game losing skid and more importantly gave Ryan Gregorio the statement that it wouldn’t hurt if he trusts Taulava’s offense in the low block more.
6 – SOLOMON MERCADO / BOLTS
LAST WEEK’S RANK: 3
15.6PPG • 4.4RPG • 2.4APG • 1.2SPG
The difference between Champ Oguchi and Mario West are further accented by his drop. In Oguchi’s first three games, Mercado averaged almost 18 attempts. But in Oguchi’s last game and West’s first Sol-Train had a combined 14 attempts. Meanwhile, Macmac Cardona has averaged 15 attempts in his last two games. Changing of the guard?
5 – MARC PINGRIS / LLAMADOS
LAST WEEK’S RANK: 6
9.3PPG • 10.3RPG • 3.3APG
If James Yap is doubling his efforts to make up for the loss of PJ Simon, Pingris is doing the same for Joe Devance. Before an offensive drought that messed up his chance to continue averaging in double-double, he was doing alright. This feat should continue especially with the newfound trust he’s been getting from Tim Cone.
4 – ARWIND SANTOS / BLAZE BOOSTERS
LAST WEEK’S RANK: 4
11.7PPG • 8.3RPG • 1.7APG • 0.7SPG • 1.3BPG
The Spiderman still ranks prominent in the Power Rankings as always but you have to wonder his current stat drip. His scoring and rebounding are down and maybe it’s because there are too many players doing the same things in Petron. He’ll still be okay though… but that’s as long as the Blaze Boosters win.
3 – LA TENORIO / ACES
LAST WEEK’S RANK: 5
13.8PPG • 5.2RPG • 5.2APG • 1.0SPG
He ranked up because even if they lost to Meralco he still did enough to make this individual rankings list. But you know what… it’s hard for people to think that he’s a possible BPC contender because his team isn’t. Alaska’s chances are growing thin so if they want to get into the Top 6, Tenorio must step up with his heroics.
2 – WILLIE MILLER / ENERGY
LAST WEEK’S RANK: 2
17.0PPG • 4.0RPG • 4.8APG • 1.0BPG
The Thriller continues his great Governor’s Cup showing and it looks like his efforts will further be enhanced following the entry of Leroy Hickerson in the lineup. His role will also be upgraded because with the exodus of Wynne Arboleda, I bet Junel Baculi will relish the opportunity of him playing point – joining Ronald Tubid and Danny Seigle in a possible super scoring combo.
1 – GARY DAVID / TIGERS
LAST WEEK’S RANK: 1
28.0PPG • 4.6RPG • 3.2APG • 0.8SPG
Speaking of super scoring combos, what did this guy eat to deserve this offensive monstrosity? The guy is averaging 28 points per game which is higher than the outputs of teammate Omar Sneed, Paul Harris, Cedric Bozeman, Jason Forte, Marqus Blakely, Eddie Basden, and Jamelle Cornley! Is this worse? No. Especially since the Tigers have collectively agreed that Gary David needs to feed the rim with his freakishly wonderful showing. Like I said, the guy is leading the MVP race by a mile!
If you have comments on my workings, I use a modified version of the PBFANTASY stat count which also relies on turnovers and minutes.
Check out next week on how your favorite player fared.