SYDMAN’S 2010-11 PBA PHILIPPINE CUP POWER RANKINGS – START TO JANUARY 10, 2011



As the Philippine Cup braces for a finals showdown worth remembering, let’s check in on the players worthy to be looked at. Last week, Joe Devance still held the top spot but with Alaska’s elimination, it’s a matter of time for either Arwind Santos or Jay Washington to take over the top spot.


GONE FROM THE LIST:
These players were thrown off the list because that’s the only right thing to do considering they barely made an impact and they have no games to play. Among the players that were dislodged were Barako Bull’s PAOLO HUBALDE, Powerade’s CHICO LANETE, and Meralco’s HANS THIELE.  


THE TOP 50:

50 WILLY WILSON / GINEBRA (new entry)
49 DOUG KRAMER / RAIN OR SHINE (-4)
48 MIKE CORTEZ / GINEBRA (new entry)
47 DENNIS ESPINO / POWERADE (-5)
46 NELBERT OMOLON / MERALCO (-5)
45 LARRY RODRIGUEZ / RAIN OR SHINE (-5)
44 NONOY BACLAO / AIR21 (-6)
43 JAY-R REYES / RAIN OR SHINE (-6)
42 DANNY SEIGLE / SAN MIGUEL (+1)   
41 DORIAN PENA / SAN MIGUEL (new entry)
40 TONY DELA CRUZ / ALASKA (-5)
39 ASI TAULAVA / MERALCO (-5)
38 JONDAN SALVADOR / BMEG (+10)
37 REED JUNTILLA / MERALCO (FORMERLY BARAKO BULL) (-4)
36 ENRICO VILLANUEVA / GINEBRA (+11)
35 JARED DILLINGER / TALK N TEXT (+1)
34 RYAN REYES / TALK N TEXT (+10)
33 SUNDAY SALVACION / SAN MIGUEL (FORMERLY BARAKO BULL) (+6)
32 RONJAY BUENAFE / AIR21 (-7)
31 LARRY FONACIER / TALK N TEXT (+1)
30 GABE NORWOOD / RAIN OR SHINE (-7)
29 GABBY ESPINAS / MERALCO (-8)
28 ROGER YAP / BMEG (+2)
27 RONALD TUBID / GINEBRA (+1)
26 RICO MAIERHOFER / BMEG (+3)
25 JONAS VILLANUEVA / BMEG (+2)
24 LA TENORIO / ALASKA (-5)
23 SOL MERCADO / RAIN OR SHINE (-5)
22 MARK ISIP / MERALCO (FORMERLY BARAKO BULL) (-5)
21 JASON CASTRO / TALK N TEXT (+10)
20 CYRUS BAGUIO / ALASKA (-5)
19 CHRIS ROSS / MERALCO (-6)
18 ALEX CABAGNOT / SAN MIGUEL (+8)
17 GARY DAVID / POWERADE (-8)
16 KELLY WILLIAMS / TALK N TEXT (-)
15 MARK CAGUIOA / GINEBRA (+9)
14 PETER JUNE SIMON / BMEG (+8)
13 SONNY THOSS / ALASKA (-6)
12 RABEH AL-HUSSAINI / AIR21 (-6)
11 DONDON HONTIVEROS / SAN MIGUEL (+9)

THE BIGGEST BOOST: Enrico Villanueva of the Barangay Ginebra Kings moved eleven spots up. E-Vil is a major force in the middle especially in the semis. With Eric Menk groping to form and San Miguel continuing to use their height, expect the former Ateneo Ace to earn minutes.  


THE TOP TEN:

10 MACMAC CARDONA / MERALCO (-5)
21.4ppg – 4.5rpg – 3.4apg
It was a case of too little, too late for Captain Hook whose number rose up in the latter part of the eliminations. Don’t expect Cardona to be in the top ten next week.


9 WILLIE MILLER / GINEBRA (+5)
14.0ppg – 4.7rpg – 4.1apg
Miller moved up in the list because of his significant contributions. Sure, his minutes have dipped with the revival of Mark Caguioa but with the “Spathriller” leading the offense, Ginebra’s run and gun is in full throttle.


8 JAMES YAP / BMEG (+4)
17.0ppg – 4.0rpg – 2.2apg
In crunch time, you always trust your best player. King James is just that. Whenever the Giants need to make a big play, he is in the spotlight. With Kerby Raymundo out, he’ll also double his duty as the team’s leader.


7 ALI PEEK / TALK N TEXT (+4)
13.4ppg – 9.2rpg – 1.2bpg
With the return of Ranidel de Ocampo, it was either him or Harvey Carey who’ll experience minutes slash. While both are having such, Peek is coping better. Unlike Carey, he can play well even in the 5 spot.


6 JIMMY ALAPAG / TALK N TEXT (+2)
15.7ppg – 2.7rpg – 5.5apg
With the semis looming, expect The Mighty Mouse to carry the Tropang Texters to the next level. His three-point shooting should be deadlier than ever and his orchestrations should be flawless. All eyes are on Jimmy and he doesn’t want to disappoint.


5 RUDY HATFIELD / GINEBRA (+5)
9.8ppg – 12.1rpg – 2.5apg
The H-Bomb has been the sole force in the middle for the Kings for the entire Philippine Cup and it seems as if he has an outside chance to score the Best Player of the Conference Award. The best way to clinch the title is by eliminating Santos, Washington, and the rest of the Beermen.


4 HARVEY CAREY / TALK N TEXT (-)
10.7ppg – 11.7rpg – 2.3apg
Carey is a double-double performer at the start of the conference and he has been consistent until the semis. His scoring took a major hit and with Peek, De Ocampo, and Kelly Williams rotating in that position, he needs to double his efforts to score playing time.


3 ARWIND SANTOS / SAN MIGUEL (-)
15.5ppg – 9.1rpg – 1.0bpg
While slightly behind Washington in the top player list, Santos can easily edge him if he wants. Arwind has tendencies to score heavy statistical quarrying which could catapult him to the top spot. If the Beermen find themselves in the Finals, expect the teammates to outperform each other.


2 JOE DEVANCE / ALASKA (-1)
19.2ppg – 8.8rpg – 3.2apg – 1.1bpg
Dropping only a notch is evidence on how JDV could have easily been the Best Player... had the Aces won against the Kings. If there’s any consolation, his numbers are enough to keep him in the running for Season MVP.


1 JAY WASHINGTON / SAN MIGUEL (+1)
16.4ppg – 9.5rpg – 2.6apg – 1.4bpg
I can’t say if Washington wants to be a Best Player but it seems he wants to be a champion. As of this moment, he is Beermen’s key player in both sides of the court. And with this duty, he goes all out to give SMB the wins. And also with this duty, he manages to tow his individual exploits as well.


So what to expect next week?

Hmmm...

Perhaps a bunch of players from eliminated teams moving down and a bunch of players from still-playing teams moving up?

You can bet your ass that will happen!

Game over!

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