SYDMAN’S 2010-11 PBA PHILIPPINE CUP POWER RANKINGS – START TO DECEMBER 14, 2010

Sol Mercado needs to do damage as Rain or Shine gets ready for the playoffs.
(Photo from the PBA website

The best individual performers of the current PBA conference are pitted mano y mano. We know who the top teams are but do you have any idea who the top players are?

If you play PBFANTASY, you may have used these players because of their stats or you might have been saving them for future use. Chances are, you yourselves know about the calibre of these superstars.

Interested parties should take a look at this!

Game starts now!


OUTSIDE LOOKING IN:

These players looked good in the eliminations. However, I chose to add the win-loss records incentive on the players that were inside the Top 25. The players that could have ranked more but didn’t are as follows:

50 RONNIE MATIAS / AIR21
49 JARED DILLINGER / TALK N TEXT
48 HANS THIELE / MERALCO (FORMERLY BARAKO BULL)
47 DANNY SEIGLE / SAN MIGUEL
46 PAOLO HUBALDE / BARAKO BULL
45 DOUG KRAMER / RAIN OR SHINE
44 NELBERT OMOLON / MERALCO
43 REED JUNTILLA / MERALCO (FORMERLY BARAKO BULL)  
42 CHICO LANETE / POWERADE
41 RYAN REYES / TALK N TEXT
40 TONY DELA CRUZ / ALASKA
39 LARRY FONACIER / TALK N TEXT
38 LARRY RODRIGUEZ / RAIN OR SHINE
37 JR QUINAHAN / AIR21
36 ASI TAULAVA / MERALCO
35 JAY-R REYES / RAIN OR SHINE
34 SUNDAY SALVACION / BARAKO BULL
33 NONOY BACLAO / AIR21
32 JASON CASTRO / TALK N TEXT
31 DENNIS ESPINO / POWERADE
30 RONALD TUBID / GINEBRA
29 ALEX CABAGNOT / SAN MIGUEL
28 MARK CAGUIOA / GINEBRA
27 JONAS VILLANUEVA / B-MEG
26 PETER JUNE SIMON / B-MEG

As you can see, most of the players in this cluster are the second-tier players of mid-level ballclubs. Sure there are occasional stars seen in the group, but these guys either failed to meet expectations or are often injured. Some players like PJ Simon and Sunday Salvacion are one-trick ponies that while they are scoring overlords, they could do much on their other stats.

And here are the Top 25 players of the 2010-11 Philippine Cup based on my rankings.


THE TOP 25


25 MARK ISIP / MERALCO (FORMERLY BARAKO BULL) – After posting career-highs of 16.3ppg and 6.7rpg, Isip alongside Reed Juntilla was traded to the Meralco Bolts for Pong Escobal, Khasim Mirza, and Ford Arao. Commissioner Chito Salud however nixed the idea. Good call Commish! But with Meralco’s insistence, the Bolts finally got their wish. Hopefully Isip can still have the playing time for his breakout season!


24 ROGER YAP / B-MEG – The guy took a backseat as Jonas Villanueva impressed the Llamado hopefuls. The win streak happened though when R-Yap reclaimed his throne. From listless, BMEG returned to their fiery selves!


23 GABE NORWOOD / RAIN OR SHINE – This is a place Norwood shouldn’t be in. His numbers are down (11.5ppg, 5.5rpg, 3.7apg, and 2.0spg) and the team is starving of a leader. Perhaps this is the time for Gabe to give himself more scoring opportunities?


22 RICO MAIERHOFER / B-MEG – He became B-MEG’s focal point in terms of inside action with the injuries that blacklisted the services of Kerby Raymundo, Rafi Reavis, and Marc Pingris. Sure, Pingris is back but expect Maierhofer to still get the bulk of the minutes thanks to his 10.8rpg.


21 LA TENORIO / ALASKA – A struggling LA Tenorio something that Tim Cone shouldn’t want but at the moment, this is what he needs to look at! While his rebounds (5.4rpg) and assists (4.4apg) dimmed normal, what he needs to pick up is his scoring (11.2ppg).


20 JAMES YAP / B-MEG – He started out injured and was the object of the opposing team’s defense which is normal considering that he is the reigning MVP. While he has yet to have his usual numbers, King James seems to be back in fighting form.


19 RONJAY BUENAFE / AIR21 – Ronjay is a slasher but in the conference we saw his tremendous range as well as his ability to become a streaky scorer. His 17.2ppg average could have ballooned after a game where he nailed eight triples.


18 CHRIS ROSS / MERALCO – Ross is finally taking over. The reason why he was picked third in the 2009 draft just got realized after a putting in strong numbers for the Bolts. His 9.1ppg, 5.5rpg, 5.8apg, and 1.8spg are all career-highs!


17 CYRUS BAGUIO / ALASKA – Skyrus seems too quiet. Sure, you can see his occasional speed burst en route to a slash but with the Aces threading towards dangerous waters, it is time for Alaska’s resident daredevil to catch fire.


16 GABBY ESPINAS / MERALCO – He loves to grab the ball and take his defender to school. If that fails, then he’ll get the rebound and try it all over again. Espinas is putting the numbers that Asi Taulava should be contributing. Currently he norms 13.4ppg and 8.3rpg.


15 SOL MERCADO / RAIN OR SHINE – Injuries constantly hurt him and there was a time that Caloy Garcia bugged the hell out of him. It seems the spat is over but the injuries continue to nag. Even in his Asian Games stint, he failed to help the squad awesomely because of his health issues. 


14 SONNY THOSS / ALASKA – The Boss started out strong and while his points and rebounding has ballooned (11.8ppg and 9.5rpg), it has yet to help the struggling Aces. They will count on him if they want to evade early elimination.


13 DONDON HONTIVEROS / SAN MIGUEL – The Cebuano Hotshot continues to be a scoring overload despite his age. He can still attack the basket and can occasionally drain those monstrous troikas. His 15.6ppg ranks second for the Beermen.


12 RUDY HATFIELD / GINEBRA – The guy is made for the run-and-gun offense. Sure, he is small for his position but he makes up for his deficiency by becoming a house on fire. He ranks second in the league in rebounding (11.7rpg) and he ranks fourth in his team in terms of points (8.4ppg).


11 KELLY WILLIAMS / TALK N TEXT – Representing the Philippines in the recently-concluded Asian Games, Machine Gun Kelly is expected to step up his offense come playoff time. Despite having 12.3ppg and 8.7rpg, these numbers are less than stellar with regards to K-Will.


10 MACMAC CARDONA / MERALCO – He should be the saving grace of the franchise but it took him a while before securing his spot as the Bolts’ top dog. While his 18.9ppg could be considered “low”, what he needs to do now is to evolve as a team leader.


9 GARY DAVID / POWERADE – He is Powerade’s almost-exclusive source for points and somehow he likes it. At 22.5ppg, he is the league’s most explosive scorer. However, the burden of being the lone scoring figure made it difficult for the Tigers to book a seat to the playoffs.


8 RABEH AL-HUSSAINI / AIR21 – The race for Top Rookie should safely land in the hands of Rabeh with the way he is playing right now. Considering that he is ranked high despite Air21’s struggles is a reason enough to give Rabeh the vote. Also, 17.3ppg and 8.8rpg are superstar numbers.


7 WILLIE MILLER / GINEBRA – He is finally adjusting to Ginebra’s offense and this should make other teams wary. The two-time MVP ranks first for the Gins in terms of scoring (15.0ppg) and assists (4.2apg). The fact that he can play alongside Mark Caguioa is a reason why they once won seven straight this conference.


6 ALI PEEK / TALK N TEXT – Let’s face facts here: Peek would have this contribution if not for Ranidel de Ocampo’s injury. However, Ranidel is back but the minutes are still with the Man Mountain. This conference is major 180 from his averages last season.


5 JIMMY ALAPAG / TALK N TEXT – Age is probably filtering his speed but it has yet to hurt his smarts. The wily vet still ranks as one of the best in the game today. He ranks first in scoring (16.3ppg), assists (5.6apg), and minutes (31.5mpg) for the talent-heavy Texters.


4 ARWIND SANTOS / SAN MIGUEL – The Spiderman remains one of the best all-around players in the league today. He dishes out the pain by coming up with 16.6ppg, 9.1rpg, 1.0spg, and 1.2bpg. His extremely deceptive arsenal makes his a scary force to be at odds with.


3 HARVEY CAREY / TALK N TEXT – For some, relying merely on rebounds and putbacks doesn’t really make you a superstar. Carey doesn’t want to be seen as one... although with the way he puts up his numbers, he is one. He is third on the list because he is the only player in the rankings that has a double-double with 12.4ppg and a league-leading 12.9rpg.


2 JOE DEVANCE / ALASKA – The Aces faced serious odds this conference because it seems as if the right buttons aren’t working for Team Cone (yup, this is not a typo). Most of their starters are either struggling or inconsistent. Devance could probably be the only player that can prove reliable for the Aces. He is currently averaging 19.8ppg, 8.9rpg, 3.2apg, and 1.2bpg in 37.2mpg.


1 JAY WASHINGTON / SAN MIGUEL – Whenever Washington plays best, fear sets in on San Miguel’s opponents. Fact is Washington can bounce off from one position to another position without missing a beat. He is third for the Beermen in terms of points (15.3ppg) but ranks first in rebounds (9.9rpg) and blocks (1.6bpg) as well as second in minutes played (33.8mpg). Sure, San Miguel is loaded with firepower but you can’t really discount the fact that most of their success this conference came from his doing.  


The playoffs are here and I guess we can see Gary David floating out of the rankings. Why, because along with Barako Bull, they have been eliminated from the race.

Talk N Text and San Miguel topped the rankings and they will possibly face off against Alaska, Rain or Shine, or Air21. Ginebra and BMEG are streaking while Meralco boosted its lineup to prepare for the playoffs.

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Game over.

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