2011 PBA SEASON AWARDS - PREDICTIONS



I was checking out the Interaktv website and I saw the article where Fidel Mangonon enumerates the contenders for the 2011 Leo Awards.

And because I am such an attention whore, let me give you my predictions.


MOST VALUABLE PLAYER

Eight players were nominated for the award but I must say that if it was me, I’d put Jason Castro instead of Solomon Mercado. Mercado has never been in the semis this season so I’m going to strike him out from the list. Same goes for James Yap and Joe Devance although JDV is the league’s most consistent performer game-wise. Jay Washington might be the Philippine Cup Best Player of the Conference but he only played two games in the Governor’s Cup. So this leaves us with four players. For the TNT players, Jimmy Alapag has the best chance to score the plum than Kelly Williams. Williams sucks in the scoring department and his current version fares less than when he was still in Sta. Lucia. The problem with Alapag is that his stats aren’t that big to begin with and with his Governor’s Cup injury, it destroys this possibility even more. But still, you can’t dispel the fact that Alapag is at the verge of history here with TNT hoping to score a grand slam and all so Alapag is surely one of the contenders for the plum.

So this leaves us with Mark Caguioa and Arwind Santos as the other contenders. Caguioa returned from injury to become a force to be reckoned with. Ginebra made all the season’s semis tiffs and they almost won the Commissioner’s Cup. Arwind Santos made up for playing second fiddle to J-Wash and that awful Commissioner’s Cup standing by claiming what is a sure Governor’s Cup Best Player Award. He powered Petron/SMB to two finals appearances this season. Santos has been a bridesmaid for the plum since four years ago and this could be the season that he’ll clinch the award.

So who’ll win? Arwind Santos is my bet because Caguioa can’t pad his stats even further now that Ginebra has been eliminated and even if Alapag provides the leadership to give the PBA its fifth grand slam team, he’ll still share his points, rebounds, and assists with Castro and Ryan Reyes. Santos takes the cake in this plum.  

WINNER: ARWIND SANTOS


MYTHICAL SELECTION:  

POINT GUARDS
MYTHICAL FIVE: JIMMY ALAPAG
MYTHICAL TEN: JASON CASTRO
While they gave Mercado a MTV nomination, I believe Castro played exceptionally well especially with Alapag out of commission. LA Tenorio had a good season but Alaska never really did anything significant to give him a citation. Alapag is a shoo-in for the Mythical 5 spot.

SHOOTING GUARDS
MYTHICAL FIVE: MARK CAGUIOA
MYTHICAL TEN: JAMES YAP
Just like Alapag, Caguioa is a shoo-in for this spot. As for the Mythical Ten however, I’m iffy at the nominees. Ryan Reyes can be a prospect but he’s MIA during the elimination rounds except in the Governor’s Cup because of Alapag’s injury. Peter June Simon had a breakout season but in terms of all-around game, James Yap had a better turnout. Mark Cardona missed most of the Governor’s Cup and ditto for Gary David. I think James Yap is a safe choice for the award considering he’s also last year’s MVP.

FORWARDS  
MYTHICAL FIVE: ARWIND SANTOS
MYTHICAL FIVE: JAY WASHINGTON
MYTHICAL TEN: KELLY WILLIAMS
MYTHICAL TEN: JOE DEVANCE   
If I’m going to pick Santos as the MVP, then he must also be part of the Mythical Five. While I will normally choose Devance in the Mythical Five, I’m giving this slot to Jay Washington because he was the Philippine Cup Best Player of the Conference. So to cap off the Mythical Ten, I feel Devance and Kelly Williams fared better in all aspects than Harvey Carey, Ranidel de Ocampo, Gabe Norwood, and Marc Pingris.

CENTERS
MYTHICAL FIVE: ALI PEEK
MYTHICAL TEN: SONNY THOSS
There are only two nominees for the award so the question is – who is the Mythical Five and who is the Mythical Ten. Peek gets my vote because he is a consistent performer for TNT. Actually, Peek is more consistent than Williams if you look at it. Thoss would have gotten my vote if Alaska had a better season.


ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
Wow. Isn’t this obvious? I would have preferred Sean Anthony, John Wilson, or Hans Thiele to join Nonoy Baclao in the nominees instead of RJ Jazul and Josh Vanlandingham but fact is, the winner will still be Rabeh Al-Hussaini.
WINNER: RABEH AL-HUSSAINI


And here is the list of my other predictions:


MOST IMPROVED PLAYER
NOMINEES: Jason Castro, Gabby Espinas, Mark Isip, Doug Kramer, Larry Rodriguez
WINNER: JASON CASTRO


ALL-DEFENSIVE TEAM

GUARDS
NOMINEES: Ryan Arana, Wynne Arboleda, Alex Cabagnot, Ryan Reyes, LA Tenorio, Dondon Hontiveros, John Wilson, and Jason Castro  
WINNER: ALEX CABAGNOT AND RYAN REYES  

CENTER-FORWARDS
NOMINEES: Beau Belga, Harvey Carey, Gabby Espinas, Gabe Norwood, Marc Pingris, Ali Peek, Arwind Santos, Sonny Thoss, Jay Washington, Kelly Williams, and Willy Wilson
WINNER: GABE NORWOOD, ARWIND SANTOS, AND MARC PINGRIS


SPORTSMANSHIP AWARD
NOMINEES: Jimmy Alapag, Gabe Norwood, Ryan Reyes, Sonny Thoss
WINNER: RYAN REYES

Game over!

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