The 2009-10 PBA Philippine Cup Power Rankings

The lineups aren’t precise and I wouldn’t think twice if several “comebacking” names spawn in the process. Anyway, I know I suck in forecasting but I think I can easily distinguish the best teams from the sucky squads.

Game Starts Now!

11. Barako Bull Energy Boosters

Just like the death of Red Auerbach, will the passing of Tony Chua give the Boosters the “boost” to contend this season? Well, they’ll think they’ll play inspired ball but with this weak lineup, I’ll be very surprised to see them latch on a Top 8 spot. (Its hard to find a Barako Bull action pic so here is a pic of Crisano)

HOLDOVERS: Paolo Hubalde, Jojo Duncil, Leo Najorda, Alex Crisano, Magnum Membrere
PLAYERS ADDED: Chad Alonzo (BK), Aris Dimaunahan (COK), Rob Reyes (TNT), Gilbert Lao (TNT), Donbel Belano (TNT), Yousif Aljamal (TNT), Jec Chia (TNT), Ogie Menor (draft), Benedict Fernandez (draft), Bryan Faundo (rookie free agency), Jim Viray (rookie free agency)
PLAYERS LOST: Gabby Espinas (SLR), Jeff Chan (ROS), Mike Hrabak (ROS), Larry Rodriguez (COK), John Arigo (free agency), Warren Ybanez (free agency), Reed Juntilla (free agency)

10. Sta. Lucia Realtors

I thought for sure they’ll do well this conference but after a stellar acquisition, the abuse their starting five got was enough for their devotees to doubt their chances. Another disruption from the competence revolves around the health of Kelly Williams and Ryan Reyes.

HOLDOVERS: Kelly Williams, Ryan Reyes, Marlou Aquino, Joseph Yeo, Nelbert Omolon, Paolo Mendoza, Dennis Daa
PLAYERS ADDED: Gabby Espinas (BAR), Chris Pacana (GIN), Jason Misolas (COK), Ardy Larong (free agency), Mark Benitez (draft), Charles Waters (draft), Josh Urbiztondo (rookie free agency)
PLAYERS LOST: Denok Miranda (SMB), Dennis Espino (SLR), Norman Gonzales (COK), Christian Coronel (free agency), Kelvin Gregorio (free agency). Chito Jaime (free agency), Melvin Mamaclay (free agency), Philip Butel (free agency)

9. Coca-Cola Tigers

After their final year of SMC un-acquisition aftermath, the Tigers have made a position to return to the top. Asi Taulava and Alex Cabagnot lead a virtually-new lineup that is a step higher in terms of talent from their previous roster. Their ability to gel quickly will prove important in this cup.

HOLDOVERS: Asi Taulava, Alex Cabagnot, Mark Macapagal, Dale Singson, RJ Rizada, Ricky Calimag, Cesar Catli, Rodney Santos
PLAYERS ADDED: Dennis Espino (SLR), Norman Gonzales (SLR), Larry Rodriguez (BAR), Kenneth Bono (BK from SMB), Marvin Cruz (BK), Francis Allera (draft), Chris Ross (draft trade from BK)
PLAYERS LOST: Ronjay Buenafe (BK), Nic Belasco (TNT), Mark Telan (ROS), Aris Dimaunahan (BAR), Jason Misolas (SLR), Leo Avenido (free agency), Ronjay Enrile (free agency), Kelani Ferreria (free agency)

8. Talk N Text Tropang Texters

They did serious spring cleaning and basically took out all the dirt in their lineup. The defending champs should perform well. The only problem they have is that they have too many starters playing support. This has been their problem for some time now, and taking out the role players isn’t the best solution.

HOLDOVERS: Jimmy Alapag, Mac Cardona, Ranidel de Ocampo, Jason Castro, Harvey Carey, Jared Dillinger, Ali Peek, Yancy de Ocampo, Renren Ritualo, Pong Escobal
PLAYERS ADDED: Nic Belasco (COK), Mark Isip (ROS)
PLAYERS LOST: Donbel Belano (BAR), Jec Chia (BAR), Yousif Aljamal (BAR), Rob Reyes (BAR), Gilbert Lao (BAR)

7. Burger King Whoppers

With the Japeth Aguilar issue getting resolved, it seems that the Whoppers roller coaster preseason will have a semblance of a good thing this season. While Yeng Guiao will play his usual unpredictability style, he needs to make sure his top pick is happy. He also needs to give his team wins to boost his own political bid.

HOLDOVERS: Gary David, Wynne Arboleda, JR Quinahan, Beau Belga, Mark Yee, Carlo Sharma, Erick Rodriguez, Aaron Aban, Egay Billones
PLAYERS ADDED: Japeth Aguilar (draft), Ronnie Matias (draft), Ronjay Buenafe (COK), Chico Lanete (GIN), Richard Yee (PUR), Orlando Daroya (draft trade from GIN)
PLAYERS LOST: Arwind Santos (SMB), Chad Alonzo (BAR), Cholo Villanueva (GIN), Marvin Cruz (COK)

6***. Smart-Gilas RP Team

Despite being a guest team, Rajko Toroman’s style could give these “amateurs” enhanced abilities. They have faced pro rivals and gave them a run for their money (Powerade and TNT lost while Alaska one-upped the youngsters). Japeth Aguilar playing in two teams is a possibility. Claiming W’s against the top teams could pad their confidence in the international scene.

PLAYERS: CJ Giles, Mark Barrocca, Greg Slaughter, Paul Lee, Junmar Fajardo, Jason Ballesteros, Ryan Buenafe, Dylan Ababou, Rabeh Al-Hussaini, Aldrech Ramos, JR Cawaling, Mac Baracael, RJ Jazul, Rey Guevarra, JV Casio, Magi Sison, Japeth Aguilar (?)

5. Purefoods Tender Juicy Giants

It seems that the Giants are shoring up their roster with players that once helped them in their road to glory. Still the carousel of SMC players rotated anew but in this version, Purefoods actually got the players they wanted. Let’s just hope that this would finally render to a return to the top spot.

HOLDOVERS: Kerby Raymundo, James Yap, Roger Yap, Peter June Simon, Don Allado, Nino Canaleta, Romel Adducul, Jondan Salvador, Jonathan Fernandez
PLAYERS ADDED: Marc Pingris (BK from SMB), Rafi Reavis (GIN), Paul Artadi (GIN), Rico Maierhofer (draft), and Chris Timberlake (draft trade from GIN)
PLAYERS LOST: Enrico Villanueva (GIN), Rich Alvarez (GIN), Paolo Bugia (GIN), Celino Cruz (GIN), Al Vergara (Singapore Slingers), Topex Robinson (free agency), Richard Yee (free agency)

4. Alaska Aces

With an intact lineup, the Philippine Cup runner-ups will give the competition something to get pissed at. The triangle system has been tweaked through the years and it is still effective. They didn’t address their lack of frontline scoring threats so they have the same problems they had last season.

HOLDOVERS: Willie Miller, Joe DeVance, LA Tenorio, Tony dela Cruz, Reynel Hugnatan, John Ferriols, Sonny Thoss, Jeffrey Cariaso, Larry Fonacier, Mark Borboran, Brandon Cablay, Ervin Sotto, Kelvin dela Pena, Ariel Capus
PLAYERS ADDED: Mike Burtscher (draft), Sean Co (draft)

3. Rain or Shine Elasto Painters

After sacrificing a good name for a good season, the youthful Painters are back for another record-breaking feat. They padded their team with size which was one of their weak points last year. Now the Fire and Ice tandem has a better frontline that is not ONLY Jay-R Reyes.

HOLDOVERS: Gabe Norwood, Solomon Mercado, Jay-R Reyes, TY Tang, Ryan Arana, Eddie Laure, Don Dulay, Jireh Ibanez
PLAYERS ADDED: Mark Telan (COK), Jeff Chan (BAR), Mike Hrabak (BAR), Jervy Cruz (draft), Marcy Arellano (draft), Jam Alfad (rookie free agency)
PLAYERS LOST: Rob Wainwright (BAR then Philippine Patriots), Mark Isip (TNT), Allan Salangsang (free agency), Mark Andaya (BAR then Philippine Patriots), Gherome Ejercito (free agency)

2. Baranggay Ginebra Kings

Finally, with the recovery of ace scorer Mark Caguioa, all eyes revolve around the Kings. They finally got a scoring frontline in Enrico Villanueva and with MVP Jayjay Helterbrand manning the plays, there is no reason to not pick the Gin Kings as this conference’s favorites.

HOLDOVERS: Jayjay Helterbrand, Mark Caguioa, Cyrus Baguio, Ronald Tubid, Eric Menk, Billy Mamaril, Willy Wilson, JC Intal, Sunday Salvacion, Junthy Valenzuela, Doug Kramer
PLAYERS ADDED: Enrico Villanueva (PUR), Rich Alvarez (GIN), Paolo Bugia (GIN), Celino Cruz (GIN), Cholo Villanueva (BK), Kevin White (rookie free agent drafted by TNT)
PLAYERS LOST: Rafi Reavis (GIN), Paul Artadi (GIN), Chico Lanete (BK), Chris Pacana (SLR), Macky Escalona (free agency), JR Aquino (free agency), Homer Se (free agency), Junjun Cabatu (free agency)

1. San Miguel Beermen

The Fiesta Cup champs, for the nth time, just became stronger more than ever! The acquisition of two-time MVP runner-up Arwind Santos will again make the Beermen a squad to fear at. They are knee-deep in every position and the only thing that is stopping the Beermen from the championship is their chemistry.

HOLDOVERS: Dondon Hontiveros, Jay Washington, Danny Ildefonso, Danny Seigle, Lordy Tugade, Dorian Pena, Mick Pennisi, Mike Cortez, Jonas Villanueva, Bonbon Custodio, Olsen Racela, Wesley Gonzales, Samigue Eman
PLAYERS ADDED: Arwind Santos (BK), Denok Miranda (SLR), Mike Holper (BAR), James Sena (draft)
PLAYERS LOST: Marc Pingris (PUR), Ken Bono (COK), Froilan Baguion (Philippine Patriots), Chris Calaguio (free agency)

Time to play the game!

Game starts this Oct 11.


  1. Knowing you, its probably deliberate the way you spelled Barangay has Barang-gay.. hmmm....

  2. Who said this??? NO!

    Barangay is spelled "baranggay" in Tagalog!


  3. So the word "Barangay" is actually "Baranggay" in english?

  4. just like brgy. is also bgy.

    just look it up.