Baby Shaq is now a Tiger!



Baby Shaq has bounced from team to team and now finds himself as a member of the Powerade Tigers.

Initially, this was a trade meant to dealt JR Quinahan for Renren Ritualo, since the Air21 Express are a shooting guard short following the exodus of Ronjay Buenafe to the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters. But that deal was shot down to favor Air21 getting Powerade’s second round pick in 2012 and their first round pick in 2013.

I guess everyone except Powerade wants those Smart-Gilas players...

Quinahan is right for Powerade. The Tigers’ frontliners aren’t that talent-heavy ever since they traded Asi Taulava to Rob Reyes. Since the Commissioner’s Cup imports stand 6’4 below, I believe most of the imports are quick and will likely languish in the SG/SF spots so there is a need for teams to shore up their frontline. Aside from Reyes, Powerade is depending on Dennis Espino, Sean Anthony, Eddie Laure, Norman Gonzales, Ricky Calimag, and Francis Allera to take over their forward and center spots.  

Powerade I believe is another team that could benefit in the Barako Bull dispersal draft with Marlou Aquino, Mark Andaya, Ken Bono, Richard Yee, and Chad Alonzo looming as great threats in the middle.

JR Quinahan should be excited in this trade and hopefully he finds a home with the Tigers. In his campaign with Air21, the former University of Visayas Lancer is averaging 8.8 points, 7.8 rebounds, 1.3 assists, and 0.9 blocks in 23.3 minutes and 12 games for the Express.

And it’s not as if JR will get the playing time he will get in Powerade if he remains in Air21 with Rabeh Al-Hussaini, Nonoy Baclao, Carlo Sharma, and new find Jay-R Reyes.

With the exception of Gary David, there were no Powerade players who averaged in double figures in terms of scoring.

Game over.

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