Great PBA Players without MVP Award
An offensive machine, he came really super close in 1992 but lost to Ato Agustin. After the 1992 season, he still played some more good years (for RFM franchise) but played with Vergel Meneses (1995 MVP winner) , thus, he was never that close again. Then, he played for San Miguel. He was again in contention for the award in 1997 but Alvin Patrimonio won his record tying 4th MVP (Alvin really broke a lot of hearts. PBA players’ hearts that is). Think about this, 2 straight, Nelson was the BPC of All-Filipino Conference in 97 and 98. Basically, he was one of the best, if not the best local player in the land in 1997-98.
Speaking of Alvin, 1994 was the year the Defense Minister could have gotten the award. He was the recipient (and the first ever) of the Best Player of the Conference award in 94. But ultimately, the award went again to Patrimonio. Jerry was like a Pippen (to a Jordan), he was a MVP material player but happened to play same time and alongside one of the greatest if not the greatest of his era (Patrimonio).
You know Jolas was a great player because lots hated him during his heydays. Being a Ginebra fan, I for one hated him – 1988 up to the last juice of that Alaska 90’s core. (Ok, some uber-dangerous fouls he committed against Samboy Lim added to the fire). But then again, I so love him now! Jolas was the key player of the Alaska Milk in the early 90s but it was in the mid-90s when the core peaked. That’s when he got close into winning the MVP award. 1996, the year when Alaska scored a grandslam, it was a race among mates Johnny Abarrientos, Bong Hawkins and Jolas plus Alvin and Marlou Aquino too. The award eventually was given to the Alaska engine, Flying A Johnny Abarrientos. But then again (“but then again” – Jolas’ fave line), his teammates and his fans (and I) look at him as a player worthy of the MVP trophy.
Imagine if he played his peak years (easily a 5 year window) for Robert Jaworski. A committed and dedicated Aquino is an all-time great type of a player. Sadly, politics took Jawo away and Marlou only played 3 years for Jaworski. Later his passion for the game decreased and so was his play. He smelled the MVP trophy in his rookie year 1996 but the award went to a deserving Abarrientos. He settled for the 1996 ROY award, some championships and then later, 1250 scoop shots. He is still somewhat active now.
Definitely a MVP caliber player. You know your history, the Skywalker was often injured, failed to log the games, minutes and stats. Thus, he was not even that really close in getting one. But in my book, he is on the minimum, twice an MVP. Am I crazy for saying that? Not really. Willie Miller is a two-time MVP.
He was projected to be the next Alvin Patrimonio (he did score a multi-million peso deal like Alvin), sadly he did not live up to the, um, billing. In fact, he got his first ring not as the lead player but as a support player . Yeah, nothing wrong with that, but when you’re tagged as the next Alvin, he should have at least won 1 mvp and 1 championship as the, um, Main Man. And, as far a trophy count, he totalled not four, but zero MVP hardware.
Like Samboy Lim, he’s another SMB player who to me, somehow feels like a 2-time MVP. In 1999, his rookie year, he is my MVP. Mentioned this here… For the record, Seigle won 1999 Governors’ Cup Best Player of the Conference plus two championships and two finals MVP honors in 1999 – indeed, a dynamite year worthy of MVP citation. But the sentimental votes went to Benjie Paras. Year after, Danny Seigle continued his tear, playing superb basketball in 2000. He led SMB to two championships and in 2001, 1 championship and 2–runner-up finishes. Along the way, he earned multiple Finals MVP trophies. But again pure Pinoy player, Danny Ildefonso snared back to back MVPs in 2000 and 2001. In that 3-year span, he could have won at least 2 with some more rational thinking of the voters.
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Two conferences finished and one last conference to complete it all. With the Governors Cup rearing its head, let’s check out the names that could win the MVP award.
This may shock you, but San Mig Super Coffee is by far the best team in the season so far. A key stat for a MVP winner is the Games Played statistic. The Mixers have already played 51 games and won 29 of these fights and this is almost five times more than what the GlobalPort Batang Pier has at the moment.
With the exception of the 1989 San Miguel grand slam year where Benjie Paras was judged as the first and only Rookie MVP of the league, almost all grand slam teams have their lead stars in the thick of the MVP race. Of course, Philippine Cup Best Player of the Conference Junmar Fajardo and Commissioner’s Cup BPC Jayson Castro are on top of things as well, but who do you think are or should are the top players leading to the ballot?
Game starts now!
10 – PAUL LEE / RAIN OR SHINE ELASTO PAINTERS
I chose nine statistically correct names and he is my personal choice to make the Mythical selection. Playing for a coach that blasts individual yearning for team play (ROS has a 60 percent win percentage this season), The Lethal Weapon is the only Rain or Shine at this time to qualify for even a Mythical Team distinction… unless they strike a path to the Governors Cup finals. No stranger to the top of this conference, they can get that chance with Arizona Reid in tow and the continued consistency of this Red Warrior alum.
9 – ASI TAULAVA / AIR21 EXPRESS
As a young man, Asi Taulava will break down all defenses with his superior strength and skills. At 41, he’s still at it. Despite a slight deterioration in speed and recklessness (as well as the loss of his initially popular blonde hairstyle), Taulava managed to capture the hearts and minds of people as the sentimental favorite to win the Commissioner’s Cup BPC. If Air21 pulls another semifinal finish and The Rock manages to lay waste on his foes anew. I can even see a First team citation in his grasps.
8 – GREG SLAUGHTER / BARANGAY GINEBRA KINGS
Without question, Gregzilla gets the nod for Rookie of the Year. Even if his Commissioner’s Cup stint isn’t as strong as his Philippine Cup work, his stat lines are that impressive to warrant jealousy from the rest of his batch. The question right now though, is what else can this Atenean claim when the Leo Awards hit? The last time Ginebra had a double-double frontliner, Eric Menk was still lording the middle. Menk had a MVP when he played for the Kings. Can Slaughter duplicate?
7 – JAPETH AGUILAR / BARANGAY GINEBRA KINGS
It’s a tale of two conferences for this 6’9 pogo stick. Japeth went neck to neck with Junmar Fajardo for the Philippine Cup Best Player of the Conference award but the moment Juno Sauler and the troika of imports appeared Aguilar suffered decreased attention and touches which immediately led to derailed momentum. Here’s hoping that the Governors Cup will be a better conference for the former Western Kentucky standout.
6 – PETER JUNE SIMON / SAN MIG COFFEE MIXERS
Sold mainly as just a scorer, it will be hard for the Scoring Apostle to claim a MVP award at any point of his career… unless he’s with a team in the hunt for a grand slam. More than the MVP award, the most consistent scoring Mixer has yet to win a Mythical spot… and this season is the best time to fill in the holes. If the Mixers connect with even a semifinal finish, it’s highly probable that finally, Simon will be rewarded with at least a Second Team spot.
5 – ARWIND SANTOS / SAN MIGUEL BEERMEN
He is the reigning Most Valuable Player but for some time now, he hasn’t looked like such. Even in the 2013 PBA Governors Cup, Santos played second fiddle for Junmar Fajardo which was also the case this entire season. While yeah, Fajardo was gone for five games but it wasn’t like Arwind did enough to stat whore like he used to. I mean, Santos still has awesome averages but if you remember when he was averaging 18 points, 12 rebounds, an assist, a steal, and a block… the output he’s putting now fails in comparison. With the way things are looking now, the anticipation for a title defense is bleak.
4 – MARC PINGRIS / SAN MIG SUPER COFFEE MIXERS
One thing about Sakuragi is that he is the sentimental favorite to win the MVP award. He may not have the numbers or the BPC citations but if there’s one guy who epitomizes the word “heart” in everything that he does, it’s this guy. This is what Mark Barroca doesn’t have (or will have) at the moment. Also, the Governors Cup is the conference tailor made for those big men whose minutes were trampled by the 6’9 reinforcements. In the previous Governors Cup, Ping had an emphatic stride with awesome digits on the major stats. If Pingris rises, then he will be a threat for the MVP award.
3 – JUNMAR FAJARDO / SAN MIGUEL BEERMEN
People may forget that Junmar Fajardo is playing in just his second year so let me just shout this factoid out. With that said, Fajardo has been a dominating piece of everything and a whole lot more for the San Miguel Beermen. The Philippine Cup Best Player of the Conference was on the verge of annexing a second straight BPC plum but that was until Air21 nailed an upset on his squad. But Fajardo has been dominating like hell for the Beermen and this will serve as leverage in case people suddenly think The Kraken is MVP material despite the continuous winning woes of his mother ballclub.
2 – JAYSON CASTRO / TALK N TEXT TROPANG TEXTERS
With the Commissioner’s Cup Best Player of the Conference Award strapped to his belt, The Blur has an outside chance to finally win the MVP award that slipped off his fingers because of what Arwind Santos did last season. Using the Benjie Paras theory, an outside party can win a perceived grand slam run especially if that player went to the finals twice. So this means aside from staying healthy, Castro must hope Othyus Jeffers is the right import for the Tropang Texters so he can salvage a title this season and at the same time, win the elusive MVP award.
1 – MARK BARROCA / SAN MIG SUPER COFFEE MIXERS
Of all the Mixers in this list, The Coffee Prince is the only one to play all of their 51 games. That says a lot considering that of all the Smart-Gilas stars in the PBA right now, no one saw him in this level of excellence. Plus, this also means he has an advantage to weather the odds because he has a 17-game lead over Castro and a 24-game edge ahead of Fajardo. Barroca is a darkhorse to win the MVP even without BPC plums because as long as the Mixers are piling up wins, the more he can pad on his stats. It’s also awesome that Tim Cone is molding the former FEU standout to another FEU standout that he once coached and is now working the sidelines with him as chief deputy. Johnny Abarrientos won a MVP crown on the grand slam year of Alaska under Cone’s guidance. Will history repeat itself?
I just finished this in time for the Governors Cup. Again, San Mig Coffee has dibs on every major award in the season following their dominance. There is still hope if we bunch the efforts of Talk N Text, Rain or Shine, San Miguel, and Ginebra but they need to do one helluva grand slam cockblock to even get the nod from the voters.
Do you agree with my list?
If so, then lay down the law at the comments section.
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Of all the places to debut as a head coach, Jeffrey “The Jet” Cariaso had to choose Ginebra – a team who after a solid Philippine Cup was left in chaos because of underachieving locals and seriously douchy imports.
And he had to bring Olsen Racela with him.
While Racela’s demotion from head coach to second-tier deputy was a nasty bump to his progress, he had a better time with Tim Cone than whatever crap he was doing with Petron. But now he’ll return to chaos again. Ginebra and San Miguel may be two different teams but they have the same shitty treatment headlined by their false use of band-aid solutions.
If you check out the four remaining teams in the Commissioner’s Cup, you’ll find out that their existence doesn’t revolve around a super strong import. Talk N Text had a game and a half of hell when Richard Howell suffered from an injury but their elimination record remained unscratched because Norman Black had a team that properly executed his game plan. The same thing can be said with Rain or Shine because even if Wayne Chism lacks the import oomph better displayed by the likes of Joshua Dollard, Evan Brock, and even Herve Lamizana, Yeng Guiao devises ways to make this team survive every test. Of course, what more can we say with regards to the coaching mastery of Tim Cone. And yes, give Franz Pumaren players that can perfectly execute his plays (make your team intact!!!) and combine that to their newfound never say die system… they are going to go places.
Coaching. This is what these teams have and what Ginebra lacks. This is why Ginebra shouldn’t have gone with Cariaso in the first place. It was dumb for the Gins to place Ato Agustin in puppet status because even if he struggled in the Philippine Cup playoffs, he was still able to give them a winning season. He was able to transform Japeth Aguilar into an unstoppable force and he was able to recognize the importance of Emman Monfort (remember him) especially when the moment calls for a game changer. The same thing can be said with Alfrancis Chua. While that fiery coach’s tenacity never left, he also recognizes the fact that for as long as Ginebra doesn’t give the coach the right tools to propagate self-respect and value, then he did well by just claiming team manager status for the squad.
That sorry sight where Agustin, Chua, and active assistant coach Juno Sauler sat as the Talk N Text Tropang Texters laid waste on their conference is both sucky and expected. What? Did you expect Agustin to all of a sudden guide Ginebra to victory after the embarrassing situation the management put him into? And even if Agustin has the balls to do what he needs to do, will the “flavor of the conference” Sauler agree with his intrusion?
Again, I don’t really know why Cariaso and Racela would even depart from a “management” coaching sanctuary like the San Mig Super Coffee Mixers to the disorderly situation of Ginebra. Maybe Cariaso will be the “outside looking in” guy that will mold the Kings in any way he pleases regardless of erstwhile team rank, achievements, and ego. When Tim Cone first came to B-Meg, he was an outsider that came in at the time when James Yap was the scoring leader, Kerby Raymundo was the second best player, Roger Yap was the key playmaker, and Marc Pingris and Peter June Simon were nothing more than the team’s additional hits in case Yap and Raymundo struggle with their offense. Now you can see that Simon and Pingris are the team’s key finds and Yap is on the verge of averaging single digits in a conference for the first time since his debut in 2004. Cone has worked with Cariaso when the latter was a player and a coach so The Jet is no stranger with Cone’s winning yearns. The San Miguel Corporation will give Cariaso the leeway to grow and give the Kings their previous never say die tradition.
But then, Cariaso will also enter a volatile situation and it’s a situation that pretty much ruined Olsen Racela’s head coaching career in the PBA.
And to prove my point, as the Mixers concentrate against the Air21 Express, we have the management and the media people place Cariaso on extreme heat. One of the articles written with regards to this incident is that Cariaso will make sure he will STILL give his all to help the Mixers earn three straight plums. He hasn’t finished the conference yet and even so, he is continuously bombarded with these kinds of newsbytes!
I wonder what happens if Cariaso struggles in the Governors Cup as Cone and the rest of the Mixers will the Commissioner’s Cup and at the same time, the Governors Cup en route to a grand slam.
Hopefully Cariaso knows what he’s doing because he is entering a situation that with a snap of a finger, the management will just put a random active assistant in his place whenever things don’t go to their favor.
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Let’s hear it for the times of shock value and Cinderella stories.
I came late to Napoli’s in Timog – barely beating their last order service. In fact, me and my wife had to virtually sit ourselves in a spot because the people were busy checking out the final quarterfinal match between the second seed San Miguel Beermen and the seventh seed Air21 Express. I can’t blame the crew though – the game went to double overtime despite the fact that the Beermen were coasting on a 13-point edge at the start of the fourth canto.
The Beermen enjoyed a twice to beat edge and it’s because they have four people in Junmar Fajardo, Arwind Santos, Chris Ross, and Marcio Lassiter consistently challenging each other for the 2014 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Best Player of the Conference. The Express lost KG Canaleta during the midway point of the Philippine Cup to Talk N Text for Sean Anthony and Eliud Poligrates but consistently stepping up to the plate are Asi Taulava, Macmac Cardona, and Joseph Yeo.
If there are pundits and haters out there talking about the “scripted” world of Philippine basketball… let’s just say Air21 did not read the script and they came up with a different ending. With less than five ticks in the first overtime, Asi caught a misguided jumper for a resounding putback to send Air21 into another overtime battle. Junmar Fajardo may have had 20 points and 12 rebounds but like Lassiter, Solomon Mercado, and Doug Kramer, they were helpless watching their team sink to the depths of elimination as Air21 advances to the semifinals.
Apparently it all started when Joseph Yeo cracked Ross’ groin “Regular Ordinary Swedish Meal Time” style (go nuts checking out their Youtube channel). It was surprising for Yeo to do such an act because less than a year ago he was Beermen and when he said “Larong Mayaman”, it’s basically a take on his self. But that incident seriously fired up the rest of the Express. All of a sudden Air21 went insane on the Beermen, torching them in all cylinders and actually borrowing Ginebra’s mentality.
As usual, the presence of Taulava is boss-like in all proportions. The Rock finished a rebound short of a double-double (16 and 9) but the presence he gave to Air21 was superb. Commissioner’s Cup acquisitions Anthony, Jonas Villanueva, and Aldrech Ramos also provided a serious boost in their campaign as they also ably helped Wesley Witherspoon who finished the game with 26 points.
Actually, what exactly did Air21 give up to get Anthony and Jonas?
KG Canaleta alone?
In some ways that’s a bargain in favor of Air21.
Even the one minute cameo of Ogie Menor was enough to send shockwaves on Chris Ross because after being extremely physical with Yeo, he had to second guess his actions because no one is going to get shocked if he manages to do what Yeo did before his expulsion. At the thick of things Franz Pumaren made sure everyone remembered the fact that he is a multi-titled UAAP coach and the ragtag core that draws little to no interest as title contenders all of a sudden became an obedient cast like his past DLSU roster reincarnations.
We all know Air21 poured their guts out into making a lot of people bandwagon Express fans but let’s face it, the league needs to have more of these overachieving underdogs. Ginebra hasn’t had an underdog squad for some time now and if you have the best players… that just mean they only have the underachievers with them (this statement is both lazy and logical). Also San Miguel has had meltdown issues after meltdown issues to the point that every time we see them on top of the elimination, deep in our minds they are bound to screw up.
While social media exploded because of their rise to the top, there are reports surfacing that this sudden emergence might mean tearing down Air21 after this season, just like happened to the Powerade Tigers. This is mere speculation unless proven otherwise though – with the kicker of the deal either Taulava returning to San Miguel or Kia to disregard their expansion privilege to buy the squad.
But I hope they don’t and let’s just put these thoughts to the shelf. The Lina franchise (let’s just forget about the franchise switch they had with Barako Bull) has been a fixture in the league since their run started in 2002. While sure, they have been notorious for serving up a lot of bad one-sided deals, you just can’t deny that the league won’t be the same without Air21. In fact, they have managed to soup up the squad to become the total opposite of what they were when the team became the Shopinas Clickers.
Air21 posted their best finish during the 2008 Fiesta Conference where they lost to the Barangay Ginebra Kings in seven grueling games. The Kings were led by eventual Mythical 5 players Mark Caguioa and Jayjay Helterbrand as well as the conference’s Best Import Chris Alexander and the co-winners of the Finals MVP plum Ronald Tubid and Eric Menk. Meanwhile, the Express were ably represented by import Steve Thomas as well as locals Santos, Kramer, Canaleta, Gary David, Ranidel de Ocampo, JC Intal, Homer Se, and Wynne Arboleda. The Snatcher is the only link left on the squad and Arboleda has yet to play in this conference.
I know Talk N Text is still the surest thing to the throne but whether it’s San Mig Super Coffee or Alaska – Air21 has a fighting chance to win. Asi Taulava also has a chance to fight for the BPC plum with all the San Miguel bets, Greg Slaughter and Caguioa, and possibly a host of other bets going to vacation mode as we brace ourselves for the next stage.
All is good in Air21 at the moment… and I hope they can continue to shock everyone and I also hope teams will get wary on their presence because the nothing good really happens when you disregard a team with everything to gain and nothing to lose.
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In a world where money talks, the last thing you want is to lose money. This is a pretty simple predicament that will have a long-term effect on the Philippine Basketball Association Developmental League if they fail to resolve this.
According to Spin.ph, there’s apparently an impending revolt because there are various D-League teams that are mulling pullout because they are stuck on UHF land and has zero chances of breaking to the main channels.
Here’s the thing: while fans can or will never understand why TV5 is making the PBA look like filler programming, the D-League is well… expendable.
Aimed to become the launching pad of incoming PBA superstars and possible new franchises, this league is also home to substandard players and franchises with unsure participation. The league itself has a ridiculous format in which there are college squads as PBA team affiliates and most of the teams are not using the recall and send down options.
To further prove a point. I will latch on former Petron Blaze import Henry Sims as an example. He signed with the Cleveland Cavaliers before the season began and since they have a lot of players hindering his growth, the team assigned him to their NBA D-League affiliate Canton Charge (Sims has since been recalled and has been traded by the Cavs to the Philadelphia 76ers). The league has reverted back to old PBA Draft format where a team is rewarded with unlimited picks. While I believe that the rookies will have a hard time displacing the veterans (especially the third rounders and down), the team that drafted these players should automatically have the right of assign them on their farm squad.
For example, here are the current PBA D-League squads and their current PBA affiliates: