2011 PBA DRAFT: BARANGAY GINEBRA KINGS – WHAT THEY NEED



(This is the first of ten articles called What They Need. Last year, I made a version where we called out a PBA team’s roster and pick out the slots they need to shore up. Most of these deficiencies are addressed via the draft.)  

Aside from Talk N Text, Ginebra is the only team to make all of the season’s semi-final action. Their most successful season is the Commissioner’s Cup where they almost trounced the Tropang Texters. On paper, Ginebra has a lot of players that were stars in some point of their careers. With that said, check out the top 5 Kings so we can identify the flaws in their system.


TOP FIVE KINGS OF THE 2010-11 SEASON:

1 MARK CAGUIOA  
PHILCUP: 14.2PPG – 5.7RPG – 2.2APG
COMCUP: 15.7PPG – 5.3RPG – 2.7APG
GOVCUP: 19.5PPG – 4.5RPG – 2.0APG

2 RONALD TUBID
PHILCUP: 13.8PPG – 4.3RPG – 1.7APG
COMCUP: 7.8PPG – 4.3RPG – 1.5APG
GOVCUP: 8.9PPG – 4.4RPG – 1.2APG

3 MIKE CORTEZ
PHILCUP: 7.0PPG – 2.8RPG – 2.6APG
COMCUP: 7.8PPG – 3.9RPG – 3.3APG
GOVCUP: 4.8PPG – 2.3RPG – 2.7APG

4 WILLY WILSON
PHILCUP: 5.8PPG – 4.9RPG – 1.3APG
COMCUP: 4.0PPG – 2.1RPG – 0.8APG
GOVCUP: 6.1PPG – 6.7RPG – 1.5APG

5 ERIC MENK
PHILCUP: 7.5PPG – 4.8RPG – 1.4APG
COMCUP: 5.4PPG – 3.1RPG – 1.2APG
GOVCUP: 6.5PPG – 4.9RPG – 1.3APG


WHAT THEY NEED:

CENTERS: With Enrico Villanueva, Billy Mamaril, Yancy de Ocampo, and Eric Menk in their payroll, size shouldn’t be an issue. However, with injuries and age battling their bigs, they need new blood more than ever. Unfortunately for the Kings, resorting to conduits isn’t as one-sided as it was two seasons ago. If they want to claim a noteworthy big, they must give up a noteworthy random player.

This is the part that should scare the Kings.

FORWARDS: The Kings are too shallow in their size and their forwards aren’t that big to begin with. Willy Wilson is the team’s able supplement for Rudy Hatfield but he’s under 6’4. Hatfield chose not to renew his contract and is now with his family in the States. JC Intal and Nino Canaleta are bigger than W. Wilson but they aren’t low post threats. The size issue proved to be a serious problem especially when the Commish decided to have small imports for the Commissioner’s and the Governor’s Cup.

GUARDS: Just like what I’ve been telling people for a bunch of seasons now, this is not an issue for the Kings. HOWEVER with the constant injuries to Mike Cortez and Jayjay Helterbrand, Mark Caguioa and Ronald Tubid are the only safe bets in their run and gun backcourt system. The good news for the Kings is that their new blood John Wilson, Jimbo Aquino, and Rob Labagala can be developed. They are basically the reason why Willie Miller got shipped out from the lineup.


WHO SHOULD THEY PICK? 

I think they need to choose the best player left in the draft. Actually, maybe it’s time for them to shore up on their frontline if they can grab the likes of Jason Ballesteros, Magi Sison, Ken Acibar, Calvin Abueva, or Ronald Pascual then by all means grab them. Except for Ballesteros though, Ginebra is free to search for size through free agency and trades. After all, Abueva and Pascual couldn’t be that helpful to bolster their roster.

If a Smart-Gilas player is still available in the draft, Ginebra should take him.  

Game over!

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