2011 PBA DRAFT: The Results



I did not check my Twitter account from the hours 4pm to 7pm. I just didn’t. Long before Twitter ever happened, I am an ardent viewer of watching the PBA Draft on TV.

No technological advancement will spoil that for me... unless I can’t resist it.

Newsflash: I found out that I CAN’T RESIST SPOILING MYSELF.

Plus the InterAKTV site has an awesome coverage. Hats off to Firequinito and his buddies!

So here’s the thing: I am going to brace myself for every long grandstanding speech Commissioner Chito Salud will give. I am going to sit back and sulk at any random crap they put in on what is perceived as a “riveting” performance. I am going to check out a lot of lame TV segments.

Anywho, this should be a hoot!

* By the way: I changed some of my picks leading through the draft with the developments of B-Meg and the other transactions that happened.


STAGE 1: THE FESTIVITIES

Scene starts out with a Commissioner Chito Salud speech. Then there’s the PBA honouring outgoing chairman B-Meg’s Rene Pardo.

I’ll blog about this on a different article.


STAGE 2: THE 2011 PBA DRAFT PROPER

FIRST ROUND:  

1 POWERADE TIGERS / JV CASIO
NEED: MARQUEE POINT GUARD
MY PERCEIVED PICK: JV CASIO
REACTION: Nice pick. JV Casio would single-handedly raise Powerade from gutter hell and back to the top as if this was the Chot Reyes-led Coca-Cola Tigers of the early 2000’s. Casio is the best combo guard available and while Paul Lee is his younger version, Casio is going to be a better fit for Bo Perasol’s system. Powerade needs all the scoring they could get because last season, they only depended on Gary David. Besides, Casio can also orchestrate. He is also a champion which is something Paul Lee has yet to be. A Lee and Gary David partnership could be flawed.


2 RAIN OR SHINE ELASTO PAINTErs / paul lee  
NEED: MARQUEE POINT GUARD
MY PERCEIVED PICK: PAUL LEE
REACTION: Uy, I’m 2 of 2. Like I said, the Elasto Painters are also in need of a marquee point guard. After Sol Mercado and Jay-R Reyes left the squad, Rain or Shine only had one double-digit scoring leader and that’s Gabe Norwood who also averaged his lowest since joining the league. Paul Lee can work for Yeng Guiao and it’s about time Coach Yeng gets a scorer. Lee is also a terrific orchestrator. Yeng can use Lee just like what he did to Jimwell Torion on his first years at Red Bull but unlike Torion, Paul Lee will not waste away the opportunity given to him.


3 petron blaze boosters / chris lutz   
NEED: MARQUEE FORWARD
MY PERCEIVED PICK: MARCIO LASSITER
REACTION: In accordance to the trade that will send Dondon Hontiveros back to the Petron Blaze Boosters, Barako Bull also gave up this pick. With a tremendous lack on their SG spot (although they could have cured this with Hontiveros in), the Blaze Boosters decided to ditch Marcio Lassiter and pick Lutz. Like I said, Lutz is like a younger version of Jeffrey Cariaso. He can do defense but his offensive explosions have yet to get semblance. Of course Petron saw something cool about Lutz but hopefully it is better than ditching Lassiter.  


4 POWERADE TIGErs / Marcio Lassiter  
NEED: MARQUEE FORWARD
MY PERCEIVED PICK: MAC BARACAEL
REACTION: Of course Powerade will select Marcio Lassiter. The guy is a smaller version of Rudy Hatfield. The guy is bulky for the SG/SF spot and the guy can haul down the boards and at the same time, can unleash those wicked troikas in an instant. At this point, the Powerade Tigers just had their best draft day in all of their history!


5 shopinas clickers / mark barroca   
NEED: OFFENSIVE-MINDED POINT GUARD
MY PERCEIVED PICK: CHRIS LUTZ
REACTION: Apparently the struggle surrounding this draft hasn’t been finalized and in the end, it was the Clickers that owned it. The Clickers will use this selection to build for their future and they did just that by having a leader to depend on. While I would have use the selection to select a go-to-guy, having Barroca in the mix is not necessarily a bad thing.


6 ALASKA ACEs / mac baracael  
NEED: MARQUEE GUARD   
MY PERCEIVED PICK: MARK BARROCA
REACTION: How he fell off the top five must be pissing him off. No thanks to the Petron shakeup however, this needs to happen. As consolation for Baracael, Tim Cone will definitely use him. Have you ever imagined a slasher and shooting combo that Baracael and Cyrus Baguio would produce? I think with this exciting one-two punch, Cone will have no problems making the Aces an exciting team to watch.


7 meralco bolts / Jason Ballesteros   
NEED: BACKUP CENTER  
MY PERCEIVED PICK: JASON BALLESTEROS
REACTION: As expected Talk N Text shopped their pick to prospective buyers but instead of aiming high or for the 2012 PBA Draft, they did this to help their sister team. Again Meralco has been vocal in their eagerness to claim Ballesteros. They have been yearning for a big man that can be a beastly sub for Asi Taulava. Ballesteros might not be a terror on offense but he will definitely get things done at the rebounding and blocking department.

8 barako bull / allein Maliksi  
NEED: SHOOTING GUARD/SMALL FORWARD
MY PERCEIVED PICK: DYLAN ABABOU
REACTION: I’m shocked that they ditched scoring Dylan Ababou for his backup in UST. Maliksi however, turned a lot of heads when he helped the Cebuana Lhuillier Gems to the D-League Finals. In his stint as the league’s first-ever MVP, I expect him to do wonders at Barako Bull. I am still surprised though that he ended up this high on the draft.


9 BARANGAY GINEBRA KINgs / reil Cervantes  
NEED: CENTER/POWER FORWARD
MY PERCEIVED PICK: REIL CERVANTES
REACTION: I had this right and I am excited at the possibilities of this guy playing for the Kings. Cervantes almost played for Smart-Gilas and the guy is burly enough to compete as a combo-forward. He has range and he can defend. The Kings are seriously lacking at the big men spots and his entry to the squad should solve this.


10 BARAKO BULl / Dylan ababou  
NEED: CENTER/POWER FORWARD
MY PERCEIVED PICK: ALLEIN MALIKSI
REACTION: Rookie applicants, let this be a lesson. Ababou barely participated on the proceedings of the rookie camp and it resulted to him to almost end up on the second round of the draft. It’s kind of puzzling actually. Anyway, Ababou has the size to play multiple spots and may be a great libero to anything the Junel Baculi asks him. The Smart-Gilas stint gave Ababou a chance to better his defense.



SECOND ROUND:  

11 SHOPINAS CLICKERs / magi sison  
NEED: BEST PLAYER AVAILABLE
MY PERCEIVED PICK: JULIUS PASCULADO
REACTION: Nice! I am a fan of this player and even if he is a benchwarmer at the Gilas troupe, the guy can be a great double-double performer as seen in his UP days where he almost scored with a double-double in his last season. Shopinas solved their size woes with this selection and I’m definitely sure that with RJ Jazul joining the team, the Smart-Gilas connection will be the core of the Clickers.  


12 TALK N TEXT TROPANG TEXTERS / pamboy raymundo  
NEED: BACKUP GUARD
MY PERCEIVED PICK: ERIC SALAMAT
REACTION: Wow. So I guess Eric Salamat saw no love from the TNT bosses? And considering Pamboy is the star playmaker of San Beda’s biggest thorn, this is a huge plus for the former King Stag. Raymundo ranks second to Barroca when it comes to pass-first point guards and I think this is an incredible addition to the TNT squad... until they have a buyer to take his services.


13 ALASKA ACES / Eric Salamat  
NEED: BEST PLAYER AVAILABLE
MY PERCEIVED PICK: MAGI SISON
REACTION: Definitely TNT’s loss is Alaska’s gain which is why the moment TNT passed on Salamat, Alaska snagged him in an instant. The great thing about Eric is that he has a wicked defensive upside which makes him a dangerous player when Alaska attempts to develop him into something bigger.


14 ALASKA ACES / Julius Pasculado  
NEED: BEST PLAYER AVAILABLE
MY PERCEIVED PICK: KEN ACIBAR
REACTION: I found a lot of readers in my blog because of this guy and I am happy that Alaska claimed him. I initially thought he’d go to Alaska but I thought his stock rose enough to end up getting picked early. In an instant, Alaska has solved their guard woes. Let’s see if they can solve their frontline.


15 ALASKA ACES / Ariel Mepana  
NEED: BEST PLAYER AVAILABLE
MY PERCEIVED PICK: PAMBOY RAYMUNDO
REACTION: I wasn’t really a fan of Mepana because I thought of him as a mere rookie free agent but there is no question that he has the skills to play in the league. Also getting picked by Alaska bodes well for the former UV Lancer since Cebuana Lhuillier is Alaska’s “pseudo” farm team in the D-League (Luigi Trillo is Cebuana’s coach while Bong Hawkins also serves as assistant coach).


16 BMEG LLAMADOS / brian ilad
NEED: BACKUP POWER FORWARD
MY PERCEIVED PICK: JAMES MARTINEZ
REACTION: I’m not really a fan of this pick because I thought Ilad never really did anything spectacular to warrant him this early citation. Nonetheless, the guy had a pretty respectable stint in the UAAP (except for a bad decision in his last UAAP game) and at the D-League.


17 meralco bolts / gilbert bulawan
NEED: BEST PLAYER AVAILABLE
MY PERCEIVED PICK: MARVIN GRAEBEL  
REACTION: Alaska traded this pick to Meralco because come on... they have four draft picks already. Gilbert Bulawan can be a tough-as-nails defender for the Bolts. I don’t know if he’ll play big minutes for the squad but hopefully Ryan Gregorio will at least give him a chance to suit up.


18 BARANGAY GINEBRA KINGs / james Martinez  
NEED: BEST PLAYER AVAILABLE
MY PERCEIVED PICK: GILBERT BULAWAN
REACTION: Since the Kings has already claimed a big man, can we really fault the Kings for picking James Martinez even if Ken Acibar is still available? Martinez can be a draft steal but with the long line of Ginebra guards in the roster, I doubt if this is a marriage made in heaven for both sides. But then again, they made Rob Labagala what he is now...


19 BARAKO BULL / ken acibar  
NEED: BEST PLAYER AVAILABLE
MY PERCEIVED PICK: ARIEL MEPANA
REACTION: Holy crap! From late first rounder, the former UE Red Warrior drifted to the late second round. Now I fear the worst for this guy. Had he waited to get his skills get furnished at the D-League and in the UAAP (he had a year left), he could have been a great asset for the future. Instead, he saw the reality that he is nothing more than a project that will get sporadic appearances in the season.


20 BARAKO BULl / Paul Sorongon  
NEED: BEST PLAYER AVAILABLE
MY PERCEIVED PICK: MARC CAGOCO
REACTION: Hmm... I would have picked Marc Cagoco or Mark Ababon than this guy. Sure the former UP Maroon logged a ton of EXP’s playing in various tourneys but can we really say that he’ll get the minutes at Barako Bull. Also, check in the fact that B-Bull had already claimed three players before him. I doubt if this pick would stick.  


21 powerade tigers / marc agustin  
NEED: BEST PLAYER AVAILABLE
MY PERCEIVED PICK: MARC AGUSTIN
REACTION: While I am right, I’m hoping Talk N Text would use this pick to claim Marc Agustin. But kidding aside, this trade is nice for Agustin since the Tigers aren’t that talent-stacked despite their newest developments. Maybe Agustin can explode at this level of play? It remains to be seen.


THIRD ROUND:  

Why are we starting with Shopinas? Because Powerade, Barako Bull, Meralco, Alaska, and B-Meg passed! Yes the issue of draft depth slowly crept in at this stage which is good for the teams and bad for the undrafted players. Before the draft ends, Ginebra and Talk N Text will also pass on potential players.

22 SHOPINAS CLICKERS / marc cagoco  
REACTION: At this stage, Cagoco is a steal. The former JRU Heavy Bomber is an effective orchestrator that can score or defend. Sure he lacks size but maybe he can find a way to break in the Shopinas roster. The problem though is that with Pong Escobal, Paolo Hubalde, and possibly Borgie Hermida under contract and now Mark Barroca in their roster, I doubt if they’ll use this player effectively.

23 PETRON BLAZE BOOSTERS / Filemon Fernandez  
REACTION: I wasn’t even expecting for this guy to get picked at all but what the heck right? Maybe Petron saw potential in this guy. One of the ten early birds of the draft applications, I can’t see him breaking and expelling Alex Cabagnot in the starting spot but maybe he can be developed at the D-League if he is still available.  


FOURTH ROUND:  

24 PETRON BLAZE BOOSTERS / Gerald lapus   
REACTION: Yes, the draft made it to a fourth round with Petron deciding to save Gerald Lapus from returning to Arellano practice without any news about his pro career. While I am not sure if he’ll stick in the lineup, one thing he’ll have that Fernandez doesn’t is the fact that he is still young and Petron has quite a need to shore up their SG/SF spots. Who knows? Peter June Simon and Topex Robinson were former fourth rounders and


UNDRAFTED:

Mark Ababon, Marvin Graebel, Julio Magbanua, Chris Concepcion, Ezer Rosopa, Martin Lloyd Antonio, Nino Nabong, Alvyn Cabonce, Philip Medenilla, and John Chamberlin will return home empty-handed and unlike past drafts where there are only two rounds, this time they’ll find out how sorry their state is. Deep inside, coaches want Josh Urbiztondo and Mark Yee to play for their teams but now, how can they say that if all ten teams passed on their services?

This is why performing well in the D-League and the other amateur leagues are important. You just don’t go to a draft without any realistic goal. You need to have a credible sports agent (Danny Espiritu is the best in this), you need to have people buzzing in on your name and people need to know your game as well. Most of the undrafted players are playing in near-empty coliseums in Manila. Fact is, despite your popularity in the south, the best players make it because they made their selves important and current.

As for the undrafted, the only name I can see not drifting out is Ababon. The former UV Lancer had a hand in unloading the ball to Greg Slaughter and Ariel Mepana so that means he is not that much of a patsy.

The best and the worst of the 2011 PBA Draft will be on a different column.

GAME OVER!

4 Awesome Critics:

I didn't know that people still watch PBA. I thought it was named to Manny V Pangilinan Basketball Association.

Anonymous
August 29, 2011 at 4:48 AM comment-delete

Raymundo played for the NLEX team in the D League -- a team owned by MVP.

August 29, 2011 at 8:19 AM comment-delete

^ james: yeah but NLEX was meralco's farm team. anyway, maybe i don't see the light of things. pamboy's former teammate gilbert bulawan was picked up by the bolts.

i thought for sure salamat would get the nod.

August 29, 2011 at 3:57 PM comment-delete

on the mvp league.

unless the whole country burns all their basketballs, the pba will not die.

August 29, 2011 at 4:00 PM comment-delete

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