Rookie Rankings: Look who’s number two?
February 11, 2013 by Sydrick Salazar
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The Rookie Rankings isn’t that big of awesomeness at the moment.
And yet, I am doing this.
With the imports cementing their status as the “feared” ones, the rookies are relegated to “watch and see” default mode. Combine that with the many personnel changes we have seen in the pre-Commissioner’s Cup, and then my friends, we have ourselves a bunch of kids getting benched.
Game starts now!
10 – Jason Deutchman / GlobalPort
From a promising frontliner, the rookie was demoted to Japeth Aguilar and Justin Williams’ rarely used backup. In two games he’s only good for 2.0rpg and 0.5apg.
9 – Lester Alvarez / San Mig Coffee
If there’s one thing this Adamson Falcon had that he never had while he was in Barako Bull, it’s exposure. Oh wait. My bad. At least in the four minutes he played, he had a triple and one board.
8 – Chris Tiu / Rain or Shine
The Smart-Gilas swisher got just 14 minutes in their loss against the Aces. In that game, the man behind the Tiu-torials was good for a mere point, two boards, and a steal.
7 – Cliff Hodge / Meralco
The Cliffhanger got 24 minutes in the Talk N Text contest but he never really got anything going with the murderous rampage unearthed by Eric Dawson. Hodge scored just 4 points and hauled just two rebounds.
6 – Junmar Fajardo / Petron
Remember the tantrums Japeth did to get playing time? I fear Fajardo will do the same thing with the way he’s used in Petron. In 11 minutes, he had 5 points, 2 rebounds, and a block. That’s good. So what’s with the benching?
5 – Aldrech Ramos / Alaska
While there are players who do not like their current predicament, this former FEU Tam is saying otherwise. In their win against Rain or Shine, Ramos came in and scored 5 points, a rebound, an assist, and a steal.
4 – Chris Ellis / Ginebra
Now don’t get me wrong. Ellis had the second highest playing time among rookies last week. However, he did not produce the results that were expected from him – as he could only cough up 3 points, 3 rebounds, and an assist against Air21.
3 – Vic Manuel / Meralco
The Muscle got sent to the Bolts as the big name to replace Solomon Mercado and for 21 minutes, he made his presence felt on the court. Manuel helped the Bolts win against their sister team by coming up with 8 points, 5 rebounds, and a steal.
2 – Alex Mallari / San Mig Coffee
Yes, your eyes are not deceiving you. The player movement that Barako Bull initiated gave Mallari a chance to strut his wares with the Mixers. While his offense is still in question, in 29 minutes (first among rookies in this conference) he garnered 5 points, 7 rebounds, and 3 assists.
1 – Calvin Abueva / Alaska
Well… isn’t this obvious? Just when everyone thought he’s not a clutch player, he made an extremely crucial block and the Aces disposed off the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters. Anyway, The Beast was able to rack up 8 points, 14 maddening rebounds, an assist, a steal, and that awesome block in 25 minutes of action.
Are the stats on the list not up to par to your standards? Well for those keeping tabs, AJ Mandani was nowhere in sight (I don’t know what’s his deal), Kelly Nabong, Yousef Taha, Keith Jensen, and Raphy Reyes played five minutes and less, and Dave Marcelo, Woody Co, Jaypee Belencion, Jewel Ponferada, and Emman Monfort have yet to see Commissioner’s Cup action (and on Monfort’s case… at all).