2011 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Power Rankings: As of April 20, 2011



SYDMAN’S POWER RANKINGS
2011 PBA COMMISSIONER’S CUP
AS OF APRIL 20, 2011


Wazap!

The Holy Week is a time for us to give importance to our faith.

Let’s do that.

Anyway, here are the top players of the 2011 PBA Commissioner’s Cup.

Only the best as well as those who survived will be in the list. The last team standing will have a lot of players on top while the best players from the eliminated teams will continue to slide downwards.

The more stats they accumulate, the more chances that they’ll stay up top.

Game starts now.


THE TOP 20

20 JAY-R REYES / EXPRESS (formerly 18)
Stats: 7.8 points, 6.9 rebounds, 1.3 blocks
Either he starts or comes off the bench, Reyes is one of the team’s top dogs. Sure, he needs to work on his points... but definitely with him inside the court, he’s definitely an asset.


19 SOL MERCADO / BOLTS (formerly 10)
Stats: 15.1 points, 5.8 rebounds, 5.0 assists
He is still here because of his superior stats. Don’t expect him to last long in the countdown though. I can definitely see Willie Miller or a TNT guy talking over from his spot.


18 GABE NORWOOD / ELASTO PAINTERS (formerly 39)
Stats: 9.9 points, 6.1 rebounds, 3.3 assists
Oh look, numbers 18-20 are all former teammates. Finally, the Norwood of old was back especially during the Ginebra series. Hopefully he’ll be in Yeng Guiao’s good graces in the next conference.


17 MACMAC CARDONA / BOLTS (formerly 9)
Stats: 15.1 points, 6.1 rebounds, 3.7 assists, 1.6 steals
Again, because of his superior stats, he is still in the rankings. Fact is, as long as he gets the touches as well as the production, Captain Hook can perhaps see a 2010-11 Mythical 10 selection in his resume.


16 RUDY HATFIELD / KINGS (formerly 33)
Stats: 7.0 points, 8.0 rebounds, 1.7 assists, 1.0 steals 
The H-Bomb was insanely phenomenal in playoff time! Without the presence of Enrico Villanueva and with the injury to Eric Menk, he is manning the other frontline spot alongside Nate Brumfield. He doesn’t get the points but expect him in rebounds.


15 RYAN REYES / TROPANG TEXTERS (formerly 29)
Stats: 8.3 points, 4.2 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 1.8 steals
Reyes has been a steady performer to backstop Jimmy Alapag at the point or share quarterbacking duties with Jason Castro. He has stepped up big in the semifinal stages.


14 CYRUS BAGUIO / ACES (formerly 20)
Stats: 11.8 points, 4.4 rebounds, 3.4 assists, 1.3 steals
If only Skyrus was his dominant self offensively, the outcome would have been different for Alaska. What happened to them against Air21 was both humbling and embarrassing. Expect the Aces to bounce back in the next conference.


13 KELLY WILLIAMS / TROPANG TEXTERS (formerly 14)
Stats: 9.6 points, 8.1 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 1.0 steals
It is like the Philippine Cup all over again. Sure Talk N Text is dominating but Machine Gun Kelly isn’t. At the biggest stage, the former MVP is now taking a backseat to Ali Peek, Harvey Carey, and Ranidel de Ocampo. On positive note even in a poor performance, he can still deliver in other categories.


12 SONNY THOSS / ACES (formerly 6)
Stats: 9.8 points, 9.6 rebounds, 2.4 assists, 1.3 steals
Again, here is another player in here on borrowed time. In fairness to Thoss, The Boss had a commendable performance as the team’s premiere frontcourt option. He will continue this role for the Aces in the Governor’s Cup.


11 GARY DAVID / TIGERS (formerly 1)
Stats: 23.4 points, 3.0 rebounds, 2.6 assists
Even if their conference ended almost a month ago, he is still checking in prominently in the list. Rumors have been swirling that David is in line to be traded to Petron (SMB). David works best with Bo Perasol mentoring him.


10 DONDON HONTIVEROS / EXPRESS (formerly 26)
Stats: 14.4 points, 4.8 rebounds, 1.9 assists, 1.0 steals
It still feels awkward that Hontiveros is wearing 24 instead of 7 but that’s the life of the cager, right? The Cebuano Hotshot is a solid contributor for Air21 especially against Alaska. Hopefully he gets his groove back as Air21 fights for dear life against Talk N Text.


9 CHRIS TIU / SMART-GILAS (formerly 15)
Stats: 13.2 points, 6.9 rebounds, 4.6 assists
With Mark Barroca on the injured list, all eyes are with Chris Tiu. He is the rightful team captain of the squad. Even in defeat he is the team’s guiding light. When everyone thinks he is a mere shooter, he excels in rebounds as well as assists. Defintely, Tiu is PBA-ready.


8 RANIDEL DE OCAMPO / TROPANG TEXTERS (formerly 28)
Stats: 13.4 points, 5.3 rebounds, 2.0 assists
His rebounding is questionable at the moment but as far as providing offensive support, he is a major factor. Whenever the Texters need a helping hand that can bolster his way to an opposing team’s defense, he lends his dominating hand to do such.


7 JIMMY ALAPAG / TROPANG TEXTERS (formerly 8)
Stats: 11.8 points, 3.3 rebounds, 5.6 assists
The Mighty Mouse continues to be the league’s most efficient passer and he is making his way against Josh Urbiztondo and Wynne Arboleda. Just like what LA Tenorio said in a halftime feature, one of the hardest things for a point guard to do is go head-to-head with Jimmy.


6 MARCIO LASSITER / SMART-GILAS (formerly 12)
Stats: 14.1 points, 5.2 rebounds, 3.3 assists, 1.1 steals
Lassiter has been struggling as of late. You know he can score but it seems the Ginebra defense is getting the best of him. Smart-Gilas will need him more than ever now that one more loss means they are out of the tourney.


5 JV CASIO / SMART-GILAS (formerly 23)
Stats: 13.1 points, 3.3 rebounds, 5.2 assists
The backcourt is the most important scoring arsenal of Team Pilipinas. This is why JV Casio is important to their cause. Remember when he had a lot of 20-point scoring nights? They will need his streak shooting more than ever.


4 DANNY SEIGLE / EXPRESS (formerly 7)
Stats: 14.2 points, 8.3 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 1.0 blocks
Whoever thought it was a good idea for Seigle to be benched at San Miguel needs to have his head checked. Because of the “refugees”, SMB21... or Air21 reached the semis. Dynamite Danny needs to win their last three assignments against the Texters to pull off a finals berth.


3 LA TENORIO / ACES (formerly 3)
Stats: 17.3 points, 3.8 rebounds, 5.0 assists, 1.3 steals
If you look at this, you’ll feel bad for The Lieutenant. He was a very close contender for the Best Player plum. Well don’t because even in their exit – LA is a serious contender for a particular plum – the MVP award. Yes, even with Jay Washington, Arwind Santos, and Joe Devance, he still has a fighting chance.  


2 JOE DEVANCE / ACES (formerly 4)
Stats: 14.6 points, 7.8 rebounds, 4.8 assists, 1.1 blocks
JDV is another person who’ll fight for the MVP plum. All it takes for them is an awesome Governor’s Cup to clinch the spot. Alaska is severely lucky when it comes to the third conference and with (hopefully) LD Williams returning, they will have a great chance to close their PBA season on a successful note.


1 MARK CAGUIOA / KINGS (formerly 13)
Stats: 16.6 points, 5.6 rebounds, 2.8 assists
Even if Jong Uichico is still stubborn to not give this guy more minutes, baby, The Spark is back in the PBA! If he continues to play well and if the Kings claim a seat in the finals, expect Mark The Spark to win the Best Player of the Conference title. His recent playoff performances are too noteworthy to not consider when the race gains fruition. However... they must enter the finals and be injury-free if he really wants to claim that spot.


THE OTHER 20:

21 WILLIE MILLER / KINGS (formerly 24)
22 LARRY RODRIGUEZ / ELASTO PAINTERS (new entry)
23 MARC PINGRIS / LLAMADOS (formerly 11)
24 ALI PEEK / TROPANG TEXTERS (formerly 37)
25 RONALD TUBID / KINGS (formerly 31)
26 JAPETH AGUILAR / SMART-GILAS (new entry)
27 BEAU BELGA / ELASTO PAINTERS (new entry)
28 MIKE CORTEZ / KINGS (formerly 40)
29 ARWIND SANTOS / BEERMEN (formerly 19)
30 DOUG KRAMER / ELASTO PAINTERS (formerly 30)
31 MARK BARROCA / SMART-GILAS (formerly 36)
32 LARRY FONACIER / TROPANG TEXTERS (new entry)
33 HARVEY CAREY / TROPANG TEXTERS (new entry)
34 PETER JUNE SIMON / LLAMADOS (formerly 16)
35 RABEH AL HUSSAINI / BEERMEN (formerly 17)
36 JOSH URBIZTONDO / EXPRESS (new entry)
37 GABBY ESPINAS / BOLTS (formerly 25)
38 CHRIS LUTZ / SMART-GILAS (new entry)
39 ALEX CABAGNOT / BEERMEN (formerly 35)
40 JAY WASHINGTON / BEERMEN (formerly 2)


Shocked?

Yes... I know. Jay Washington didn’t play the whole of April that’s why he’s hanging from the list checking out his 38-point drop. Most of the gainers and the new additions are from teams that played in the quarterfinals and semifinals. Among those who got the boot are James Yap, Reynel Hugnatan, Asi Taulava, Jonas Villanueva, Chris Ross, KG Canaleta, and Chico Lanete.

They are either from B-Meg, Meralco, or Powerade.

Anyway, check the list after the second game of the finals.

This will be the last list and I will tell you who should be the Commish Cup’s Best Player of the Conference.

Game over.

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