TOP 50: THE RACE TO GET THE CONFERENCE MVP! (From start ‘til January 10, 2010)


First of all, a pleasant New Year to all! This should have been done during the Christmas break but as fate would have it...

... I got lazy.

Uhurm.

I also changed the name of my list because 2010 made me realize how lame it was.

This reminds me… I have to finish my Top 100 NBA Players of All-Time!
Check out the criteria at: http://sydrified.blogspot.com/2009/10/sydmans-25mm-day-1-up-to-october-25.html

Anyway, minus their team’s performance points, the top ten is as follows.
(Minimum 8 games)

10 KINGS – RONALD TUBID
9 GIANTS – KERBY RAYMUNDO
8 ACES – LA TENORIO
7 WHOPPERS – ALEX CABAGNOT
6 REALTORS – RYAN REYES
5 TEXTERS – MACMAC CARDONA
4 ACES – WILLIE MILLER
3 PAINTERS – GABE NORWOOD
2 BEERMEN – ARWIND SANTOS
1 REALTORS – KELLY WILLIAMS


However, I give importance on how a team fares in the tourney. So it’s time to check out the first Top 50 of the year!

No Tigers or Boosters in the rankings. Also four new entries come in with the exodus of Chico Lanete, Beau Belga, Rafi Reavis and Jayjay Helterbrand.

By the way...


LEADING REBOUNDERS PER TEAM (Minimum 5 games):

STA. LUCIA: Kelly Williams (14.6), Gabby Espinas (7.3), Ryan Reyes (5.8)
SAN MIGUEL: Arwind Santos (10.3), Dorian Pena (8.6), Mick Pennisi (5.4)
COCA-COLA: Asi Taulava (10.3), Dennis Espino (7.3), Larry Rodriguez (6.8)
TALK N TEXT: Harvey Carey (9.7), Ali Peek (6.7), Ranidel de Ocampo (5.9)
PUREFOODS: Rafi Reavis (8.8), Marc Pingris (7.3), Kerby Raymundo (6.8)
RAIN OR SHINE: Jay-R Reyes (7.5), Gabe Norwood (6.9), Mark Telan (5.3)
ALASKA: Joe DeVance (7.2), Willie Miller (6.4), Reynel Hugnatan (6.2)
BURGER KING: JR Quinahan (7.2), Richard Yee (6.8), Beau Belga (5.7)
BARAKO BULL: Chad Alonzo (7.1), Alex Crisano (6.7), Rob Reyes (6.0)
GINEBRA: Eric Menk (6.5), Ronald Tubid (5.8), Willy Wilson (5.8)


Looking at the list, you’ll find that those with high rebounds don’t really mean they’ll reign supreme. Ginebra is a classic example of this.


GAME STARTS NOW!

50 GIANTS – DON ALLADO (LAST RANK # 50)
Remember when he had a Mohawk? He was cooler then.

49 TEXTERS – YANCY DE OCAMPO (LAST RANK # 40)
His free ride of making the rankings will run out if TNT continues to lose.

48 KINGS – SUNDAY SALVACION (NEW ENTRY)
He gets a free ride debut after a furious Ginebra win streak.

47 TEXTERS – NIC BELASCO (LAST RANK # 44)
He gets the stats despite slashed minutes.

46 WHOPPERS – RICHARD YEE (LAST RANK # 46)
Yeng Guiao gave his career rebirth and he is enjoying every minute of it.

45 ACES – LARRY FONACIER (LAST RANK # 38)
Drops seven places as the Aces brace for their 3 games in 1 week sked.

44 WHOPPERS – RONJAY BUENAFE (LAST RANK # 37)
He owns the starting SG spot of BK. How he’ll embrace it is a mystery.

43 REALTORS – NELBERT OMOLON (NEW ENTRY)
Breaks in the list after the Realtors’ great New Year start!

42 ACES – MARK BORBORAN (LAST RANK # 42)
He continues to be a vital cog in the Aces’ bench.

41 REALTORS – GABBY ESPINAS (LAST RANK # 39)
He needs to get back form. Yes, he is currently demoted.

40 REALTORS – JOSH URBIZTONDO (NEW ENTRY)
A season-long brilliance could lead to a first Rookie of the Year plum given to an undrafted rookie!

39 WHOPPERS – JR QUINAHAN (LAST RANK # 30)
Baby Shaq seems to have an unpleasant last few games...

38 KINGS – WILLY WILSON (NEW ENTRY)
Ginebra is rolling and Wilson is a vital key regarding this awesome outburst!

37 KINGS – BILLY MAMARIL (LAST RANK # 45)
He is up eight notches for being the guy that clamps up an opponent’s offense.

36 TEXTERS – RANIDEL DE OCAMPO (LAST RANK # 34)
He scored a double-double against Barako Bull but losing to them isn’t really that great.

35 GIANTS – MARC PINGRIS (LAST RANK # 29)
We’re seeing less dunks from him but we are getting more effectiveness in his game style.

34 WHOPPERS – ALEX CABAGNOT (LAST RANK # 28)
He topscored in points in his debut as a Whopper but BK still went to their familiar losing route.

33 GIANTS – RICO MAIERHOFER (LAST RANK # 27)
All of a sudden, he faces strong opposition in the top rookie race from Urbiztondo!

32 BEERMEN – LORDY TUGADE (LAST RANK # 35)
Gets a free ride up three spots despite having a 1-pt, 1-reb, and 1-ast output in their last game.

31 TEXTERS – ALI PEEK (LAST RANK # 18)
Drops 13 spots after a couple of dismal stints that gave the team a twin set of losses.

30 GIANTS – PAUL ARTADI (LAST RANK # 25)
Kid Lightning is harmoniously sharing the PG chores with Roger Yap.

29 KINGS – ENRICO VILLANUEVA (LAST RANK # 36)
Got higher because of his team’s win streak. Funny how Jong Uichico can’t seem to know how to use him properly?

28 ACES – SONNY THOSS (LAST RANK # 19)
I expect him to return to the Top 25 since its impossible for Alaska to lose all their games this week.

27 TEXTERS – HARVEY CAREY (LAST RANK # 26)
He has been getting things done in the offensive end but failed to connect in 2 chances to score the game winner.

26 BEERMEN – DENOK MIRANDA (LAST RANK # 31)
They call him a power point guard because his built isn’t quick but could hurt teams with its shackling defense.


THE TOP 25

25 KINGS – ERIC MENK (LAST RANK # 23)
Sure he struggled in his last few games but at least his team dominated those contests.
STATS: 11.1PPG, 6.5RPG, 1.5APG & 2.1TPG IN 26.8MPG (15G)

24 PAINTERS – GABE NORWOOD (LAST RANK # 21)
He owns great stats but it they ROS lacks the wins to make it remotely significant.
STATS: 14.5PPG, 6.9RPG, 3.6APG, 1.6SPG & 2.4TPG IN 38.4MPG (16G)

23 GIANTS – ROGER YAP (LAST RANK # 20)
He dishes out organized play when the Giants need to go to their halfcourt set with effectiveness.
STATS: 10.1PPG, 4.7RPG, 3.6APG & 2.3TPG IN 25.0MPG (15G)

22 GIANTS – KERBY RAYMUNDO (LAST RANK # 15)
Backs down seven spots because despite his team’s wins, it seems like his stats are a bit diminished... I don’t know... maybe the rebounds... and the turnovers... and the fact he missed 2 of his games?
STATS: 15.0PPG, 6.8RPG, 3.2APG & 3.3TPG IN 33.5MPG (13G)

21 BEERMEN – MICK PENNISI (LAST RANK # 22)
SMB’s super record is kind of disrupting the Top 50 rankings! Look at his stats and if he was playing for a bad team, he wouldn’t have been rated at all!
STATS: 6.3PPG, 5.4RPG, 1.1APG, 0.9BPG & 1.3TPG IN 24.2MPG (16G)

20 KINGS – JC INTAL (LAST RANK # 43)
This guy erupted 23 places in the ranks because frankly, with the way he is playing right now, Jong Uichico sees no rush in bringing back Caguioa and Valenzuela!
STATS: 9.7PPG, 4.7RPG, 1.4APG, 0.9SPG & 1.7TPG IN 22.6MPG (17G)

19 GIANTS – JAMES YAP (LAST RANK # 17)
I saw Alvin and the Chipmunks last Saturday in Trinoma and I saw John Lapus and Josh Aquino.
Yes, I don’t have anything fresh to report about James Yap.
STATS: 14.8PPG, 3.7RPG, 2.4APG & 1.9TPG IN 31.4MPG (15G)

18 KINGS – CYRUS BAGUIO (LAST RANK # 33)
Except for being turnover prone, he was one of the catalysts of Ginebra’s last two wins. Goes to show how scary is the Kings’ run and gun lineup when they go berserk.
STATS: 11.1PPG, 2.5RPG, 2.5APG, 1.2SPG & 2.1TPG IN 25.2MPG (17G)

17 REALTORS – JOSEPH YEO (LAST RANK # 32)
There is nothing stealth about the Ninja. After pulling a career-defining game against the Whoppers, defenders will always be vigilant in stopping him.
STATS: 13.5PPG, 4.1RPG, 4.3APG & 2.6TPG IN 30.7MPG (15G)

16 ACES – REYNEL HUGNATAN (LAST RANK # 12)
Sliding dramatically especially with a poor performance against Ginebra in Batangas, expect his stock to rise anew once Alaska gets back to winning form.
STATS: 12.9PPG, 6.2RPG, 1.8APG & 1.7TPG IN 23.7MPG (14G)

15 TEXTERS – JASON CASTRO (LAST RANK # 24)
In his last two games, he created impact. However, it was just merely to hide the lacklustre games of Jimmy Alapag and Macmac Cardona.
STATS: 10.8PPG, 3.7RPG, 4.4APG, 1.4SPG & 2.3TPG IN 27.2MPG (16G)

14 ACES – TONY DELA CRUZ (LAST RANK # 10)
TDC continued to perform as a key contributor for the Aces. He can score when needed but you have to expect his awesomeness through the little things he does.
STATS: 9.8PPG, 6.1RPG, 1.8APG, 1.1SPG & 0.7TPG IN 31.1MPG (14G)

13 BEERMEN – DORIAN PENA (LAST RANK # 14)
Again, thanks to San Miguel’s excellent record, the fruitiest name in Philippine basketball is figuring prominently at the top of the rankings.
STATS: 7.5PPG, 8.6RPG & 1.8TPG IN 20.9MPG (16G)

12 TEXTERS – JIMMY ALAPAG (LAST RANK # 9)
Mighty Mouse scored 23 points against Barako Bull but only managed notch a couple of assists. Plus he did overpassed against the Boosters. Had he taken the three, they could have probably won.
STATS: 15.3PPG, 2.9RPG, 5.3APG & 2.4TPG IN 32.1MPG (15G)

11 BEERMEN – MIKE CORTEZ (LAST RANK # 13)
Cool Cat played awesome against Barako Bull. Actually Coach Siot is doing the craziest things for this guy. Built like a PG he sometimes play as a SG or a SF in the SMB small ball lineup.
STATS: 10.9PPG, 3.2RPG, 2.9APG, 1.0SPG & 1.8TPG IN 22.6MPG (16G)


TOP TEN

10 REALTORS – RYAN REYES (LAST RANK # 16)
He plays an all-around game with gusto. He is not much of a showboat but he gets the W’s for the team (Although I can’t say if he had an injury… or a bad game which was the reason why he was held down to 20 minutes against Burger King).
STATS: 12.2PPG, 5.8RPG, 4.4APG, 2.1SPG & 2.0TPG IN 32.5MPG (15G)

9 ACES – JOE DEVANCE (LAST RANK # 7)
In Alaska’s big man spot, he is the only consistent scorer for the squad. The Speaker of the House’s specialty which is the outside J’s makes him a threat in all sides of the court.
STATS: 13.6PPG, 7.2RPG, 2.0APG, 0.9BPG & 1.6TPG IN 29.7MPG (14G)

8 ACES – LA TENORIO (LAST RANK # 5)
He is having a mini-slump which prompted the Alaska skid. This is bad because a) he is the only PG of Alaska and b) no one in their bench could orchestrate better than him in their roster. When he plays good, his team wins. I think Alaska needs him to perform better more than anyone else in their roster.
STATS: 15.1PPG, 4.9RPG, 4.0APG, 1.1SPG & 2.5TPG IN 33.4MPG (14G)

7 BEERMEN – DONDON HONTIVEROS (LAST RANK # 6)
Him here is basically San Miguel ruling the tourney. In the past few games he has been blowing hot and cold. At times he is unstoppable but there are also moments where he is getting upstaged by non-starters like Denok Miranda and Mike Cortez.
STATS: 13.8PPG, 5.0RPG, 1.8APG & 2.6TPG IN 28.4MPG (16G)

6 TEXTERS – MACMAC CARDONA (LAST RANK # 4)
For a player averaging a little lower than 21 points a night, a 7.5-point norm is brutal. It seems like the start of 2010 is not pretty for Captain Hook but they need his extreme performances in order for them to take the smooth cruise to the quarterfinals.
STATS: 20.9PPG, 4.7RPG, 3.3APG, 1.1SPG & 3.6TPG IN 34.0MPG (16G)

5 BEERMEN – JONAS VILLANUEVA (LAST RANK # 8)
I remember when Olsen Racela had to languish at the sidelines as Dindo Pumaren’s sub then cross to SMB to become the team’s ace guard. While he wasn’t really regarded when he entered the league (all eyes were on LA Tenorio), he persevered to get attention which he did. Check out his stats right now and wonder no more why SMB is winning and him claiming starting honors for the Beermen.
STATS: 8.8PPG, 4.5RPG, 5.4APG, 1.2SPG & 2.0TPG IN 25.7MPG (16G)

4 KINGS – RONALD TUBID (LAST RANK # 11)
Wow. Ronald Tubid is an animated player that everyone would love to hate (except for Ginebra fans who like his antics). I believe the flop rule was invented to reprimand Tubid of the said act but I don’t thing this has affected the way he changes a player’s mindset one bit. He is Ginebra’s leader right now and I am happy that he is finally getting his share of the spotlight as their leader minus the Bandanna Brothers.
STATS: 17.7PPG, 5.8RPG, 1.6APG & 1.1TPG IN 31.9MPG (17G)

3 ACES – WILLIE MILLER (LAST RANK # 3)
For some insane reason, when his scoring is on, his team loses. Now this is a bad thing because this means “Miller Time” is more of a liability than a level up in their offense. This shouldn’t be the case, you know. En route for his second MVP season, Alaska lived and died with Miller’s offense which is Tim Cone had to alter his triangle offense to compliment the run and gun game of the Thriller. This week is major for him and the Aces.
STATS: 17.1PPG, 6.4RPG, 4.5APG & 3.1TPG IN 33.9MPG (14G)

2 REALTORS – KELLY WILLIAMS (LAST RANK # 2)
Williams is piling up 20 points and 19 rebounds in his last two games which resulted into wins for the Realtors. If you look at his stats and compared this to Arwind Santos, you’ll see that he has the better numbers. However, he gets the bridesmaid honor because unlike Santos, Sta. Lucia is clawing for a quarterfinals spot and SMB has already assured their selves of a semis berth. This would have been different had SLR won half of their losses…
STATS: 17.6PPG, 14.6RPG, 3.5APG, 1.9SPG, 0.8BPG & 3.4TPG IN 40.6MPG (15G)

1 BEERMEN – ARWIND SANTOS (LAST RANK # 1)
Continuing from the Williams thought, Santos is playing alongside a platoon of top-notch names that could pretty much be the league’s version of a typical New York Yankees roster. Santos is getting his Air21/BK numbers (where it was only him and Gary David getting the majority of the stats) in a SMB roster! Yes I had to emphasize and interchange words to reiterate this fact because when Santos hits 29 points in one game, which means you take out potential numbers of Lordy Tugade, Danny Seigle, Jay Washington and every top guy that thinks or still thinks they are top guys in the roster.
STATS: 18.9PPG, 10.3RPG, 1.6APG, 1.4SPG, 1.6BPG & 2.0TPG IN 32.3MPG (16G)

If you think you want something changed here, it’s very, very easy! DREAM!

So in line for the playoffs, we are getting near of having a name for the Best Player of the Conference Award! Until then…

GAME OVER!

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