Power Rankings: The week The Blur went nuts
July 3, 2012 by Sydrick Salazar
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(Note: Best this week cutoff: not before June 24, 2012)
In a matter of few, there will be a war. One team will be number six as the rest enjoy a wonderful vacation… filled with what ifs and uncertainties.
Anyway I will not do a meaningful intro because besides the fact that I’m pressed for time, this weather made my nose itchy, my eyes droopy, and it re-worked my laundry cycle.
Game starts now!
20 JEFF CHAN / ELASTO PAINTERS
LAST WEEK: 17
14.3PPG • 3.4RPG • 1.7APG • 1.0SPG
Best this week: 14 points, 3 rebounds, 1 assist and 1 steal (W VS TNT)
It’s not a case of him slipping down but it’s more of how Rain or Shine has evolved as a contender this conference. Frankly, I don’t think Chan doesn’t care if he slips to single digits as long as his team reaches the finals.
19 RANIDEL DE OCAMPO / TROPANG TEXTERS
LAST WEEK: 15
13.8PPG • 5.2RPG • 0.6SPG
Best this week: 15 points, 8 rebounds and 2 steals (L VS ROS)
Mr. Wonderful has reverted to second fiddle status with Jayson Castro resuming his duties as the team’s resident showstopper. While he gave up his team scoring title to The Blur, his scoring average is still mighty.
18 CYRUS BAGUIO / ACES
13.3PPG • 3.1RPG • 2.0APG • 0.8SPG • 1.4BPG
Best this week: 24 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 blocks (W VS A21)
The season is over for Alaska but at least the Aces went out with a bang. Walloping the Express in their last game, Skyrus Baguio dished out an impressive effort. Too bad their offensive onslaught happened when time has already run out.
17 PAUL LEE / ELASTO PAINTERS
LAST WEEK: 19
14.3PPG • 2.6RPG • 3.5APG
Best this week: 18 points, 2 rebounds and 5 assists (W VS TNT)
As I have said in my rookie rankings, Lee terrorized Talk N Text and that instantly made the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters the buzz word of the conference. Look for him to have a more detailed role in the semis.
16 SONNY THOSS / ACES
LAST WEEK: 14
10.3PPG • 6.9RPG • 1.7APG • 1.1BPG
Best this week: 10 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 steal, and 2 blocks (W VS A21)
The Boss’ rebounding was off in his standards this conference and it might have constituted to the team’s poor performance. With that said, insiders as well as fans of all walks consider him as the most sought after center in the league today.
15 GABE NORWOOD / ELASTO PAINTERS
LAST WEEK: 11
9.6PPG • 5.2RPG • 3.1APG • 0.7SPG • 0.9BPG
Best this week: 9 points, 5 rebounds, 1 assist and 1 block (W VS TNT)
Norwood ably took on the scoring chores in the absence of Paul Lee and he ably went back as point forward when Lee returned. While I believe Norwood needs to exert his offense more, I think it’s that Gabe has finally found his niche in Yeng Guiao’s system.
14 SOLOMON MERCADO / BOLTS
LAST WEEK: 10
12.6PPG • 3.7RPG • 3.4APG • 1.1SPG
Best this week: 15 points, 3 rebounds, 6 assists and 1 steal (W VS POW)
After a stint at the top, Mercado’s offense is slipping. This is because it’s either him or Cardona who becomes Mario West’s chief local support. I think I’m not going to piss anyone off when I say in order for these guys to play big, one of these guys need to go.
13 JV CASIO / TIGERS
LAST WEEK: 16
10.6PPG • 2.7RPG • 6.4APG • 0.7SPG
Best this week: 23 points, 2 rebounds and 9 assists (L VS BME)
Again Casio finally played like the scorer he is although the outcome wasn’t as positive as his individual effort. Casio could log more playing time to catch up on Marcio Lassiter’s Top Rookie stats so Powerade must extend their conference.
12 JAMES YAP / LLAMADOS
LAST WEEK: 13
15.3PPG • 4.6RPG • 2.3APG • 0.8BPG
Best this week: 24 points, 11 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 blocks (W VS POW)
If you don’t know shit about the PBA, you’ll probably think that James Yap is a 6’7 center. Well, if you’re reading this then you probably know better. Yap was partly responsible for the bind the Tigers are in and it’s as if they haven’t got their revenge when the Tigers humiliated them in the Philippine Cup quarterfinals. B-Meg can back up their vengeful spirits so their enemies need to get weary.
11 CHRIS LUTZ / BLAZE BOOSTERS
LAST WEEK: 12
12.6PPG • 4.1RPG • 4.0APG
Best this week: 18 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists (W VS A21)
Lutz is still the man for Petron despite the numerous additions that is hell-bent to knock off some of his minutes. One thing Lutz needs to do to secure his spot is to prove to Ato Agustin that in the semis, he is the right guy to finish in crunch time.
10 MARC PINGRIS / LLAMADOS
LAST WEEK: 6
7.3PPG • 9.7RPG • 3.4APG
Best this week: 8 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists (W VS POW)
Sakuragi played well against Powerade and with Joe Devance bidding farewell to the season, it means that there can be a way for Ping to bring back his offense. I mean if Yancy De Ocampo can return to his old promising offensive form… then why can’t he?
9 DANNY SEIGLE / ENERGY
LAST WEEK: 9
13.5PPG • 5.5RPG • 1.2APG • 1.2SPG • 1.0BPG
Best this week: 14 points, 7 rebounds, 1 steal and 1 block (L VS GIN)
Is playoff time really Dynamite Danny’s time? This is the question Barako Bull wants to answer with a resounding yes. After surviving their first knockout game, the Energy needs to play Powerade before winning against the Bolts again to stay in the hunt.
8 JAYSON CASTRO / TROPANG TEXTERS
LAST WEEK: 18
17.0PPG • 2.6RPG • 3.6APG • 1.0SPG
Best this week: 25 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 1 block (L VS ROS)
The Blur climbs up from ten spots because well… he is a freakin’ monster! Before the Rain or Shine game, Talk N Text was brought back to life because of his undertakings. His play also revived his MVP hunt. Let’s remember that after leading the Tropang Texters to two consecutive finals appearances this season… he still has an outside chance to win the plum.
7 WILLIE MILLER / ENERGY
LAST WEEK: 3
14.1PPG • 4.2RPG • 4.8APG
Best this week: 12 points, 4 rebounds and 7 assists (L VS GIN)
If this was 2005 and a team has Dynamite in one corner and a Thriller on the other, then how can that team lose? This is the argument we’re going to leave Barako Bull on how they want to play the remaining games of their season.
6 MARK CAGUIOA / KINGS
LAST WEEK: 7
18.9PPG • 3.4RPG • 2.0APG • 1.2SPG
Best this week: 22 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists and 1 steal (W VS BAR)
Ever since Mark the Spark went on this insane offensive trance, teams have this unenviable task of stopping him. He has been on a mini-Gary David scoring run as of late – hitting 20+ points in three consecutive games. Now if only Caguioa can get the Kings to consistently win their games…
5 ASI TAULAVA / BOLTS
LAST WEEK: 8
12.7PPG • 11.1RPG • 0.8APG • 0.7BPG
Best this week: 15 points, 13 rebounds and 3 blocks (L VS BAR)
It’s gratifying to see the Lava Man back in the Top 5. With the Bolts’ backcourt duo of Mercado and Cardona finding it hard to break in to their usual 15-point and above shooting nights, Asi is owning it as the only local to average in double-doubles this conference.
4 ARWIND SANTOS / BLAZE BOOSTERS
LAST WEEK: 4
12.3PPG • 8.4RPG • 1.6APG • 1.4BPG
Best this week: 16 points, 7 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal and 2 blocks (W VS A21)
He is still struggling to improve his offense but I think most of his stats remain intact. Although, if you follow Arwind’s stats, you’ll probably notice that he usually have 1’s in every category. These are awesome stat points mind you but I’m still hoping he’ll increase his steals average (0.6).
3 LA TENORIO / ACES
LAST WEEK: 5
13.0PPG • 5.4RPG • 5.2APG • 1.6SPG
Best this week: 19 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists (W VS A21)
As their season ends, SEABA looms. In some ways playing for Alaska meant that Tenorio will get one to sawa playing time. Compare this to his contemporaries stuck in the SMC and MVP teams, this is a good thing. But maybe… just maybe fatigue and frustration will sink in on him and it might be his reason to switch allegiances.
2 JAY WASHINGTON / BLAZE BOOSTERS
LAST WEEK: 2
15.9PPG • 6.3RPG • 1.9APG • 1.0SPG • 1.0BPG
Best this week: 23 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists and 3 blocks (W VS A21)
J-Wash is on a role. I don’t know how he’ll end up in the Mythical Team if he wins the Best Player of the Conference even if he missed the season’s first two conference but I think he should be considered with the way his return is taking effect.
1 GARY DAVID / TIGERS
LAST WEEK: 1
26.4PPG • 4.7RPG • 2.8APG • 0.9SPG
Best this week: 34 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
Again Gary David is my choice to win the MVP award but that cite raises doubts if they can’t finish strong in the Governor’s Cup. I guess he’ll have to depend on his Philippine Cup finals tenure to help him in his claim. He’ll be playing his 48th game this season which is three games short from the games played Jayson Castro has had (and to think that Castro missed a lot of games for TNT).
Anyway, check out the list next week.