Top 50: 2009-10 PBA Philippine Cup Final Rankings


Wow. Who knew Ryan Gregorio can do this? I mean… putting Marc Pingris on the guards is a great trick! And you know the worst thing about this? PINGRIS IS STILL GETTING THE REBOUNDS! I remember during the semis when Rich Alvarez was inserted by Jong Uichico… which for a time worked wonders because Alvarez is a rebounder that’s quick enough to defend on the high post. Gregorio placed Pingris a la Alvarez to pin down either Miller or Tenorio. This is like Tim Cone when he stopped JC Intal by putting Tony dela Cruz on him.

This time, it was Gregorio that pulled the rug on Cone.

Anyway, here are the players I thought were the best in this season’s Philippine Cup.

I took in consideration the following stats:

POINT 1: THE POINTS EQUATION – MINUTES PER GAME (POINTS PER GAME (X1) + REBOUNDS PER GAME (X1.5) + ASSISTS PER GAME (X2.0) + STEALS PER GAME (X2.5) + BLOCK PER GAME (X2.5) – TURNOVERS PER GAME) / (POINTS PER GAME (X1) + REBOUNDS PER GAME (X1.5) + ASSISTS PER GAME (X2.0) + STEALS PER GAME (X2.5) + BLOCK PER GAME (X2.5) – TURNOVERS PER GAME)
(Note: I just repeated the 6 stats and multiplied it with the minutes so that their total grades won’t look like 0.98766666666666666666666666666666).

POINT 2: ABSENTEE DEDUCTION – GAMES TEAM PLAYED – GAME PLAYER DID NOT PLAYED.

POINT 3: PERFORMANCE DEDUCTION – Wildcard losers have a -10 (Sta. Lucia, Coke, Burger King) on their total stats while quarterfinal losers get a -5 (TNT, Rain or Shine). Semi-finalists are exempted from the deductions while Barako Bull could have had a -15 deduction for missing the playoffs but since there team sucks, there is no need for them to get demerits.


By the way, after 3 PBFANTASY stints I realized that I lost in this conference (two second-place finishes and now a third-place citation). For some insane reason, I made a slew of wrong decisions that bombed my chances.

NUMBER 1: I should have never bet my chances Chris Tiu, CJ Giles, and the rest of the Smart-Gilas squad. These names didn’t play much at the start of the tourney and I waited four playdates in the process.

NUMBER 2: I predicted the events wrong. PBFantasy is partly gambling on which team will survive until the end. I was seriously looking forward to an Alaska-San Miguel series. This is why I wasted two playdates because I thought Arwind Santos and Dondon Hontiveros will score big and force a Game 7 in their semis matchup.

NUMBER 3: I didn’t believe the hype. The overpopulation of slashers at the Ginebra camp forced me to not acquire the services of JC Intal. The fact that he was often injured made me realize what a mistake it was for me to pick Solomon Mercado. And my biggest blunder would have pretty much been my snubbing of Rafi Reavis, Marc Pingris and Roger Yap for my San Miguel troika of Santos, Hontiveros and Jonas Villanueva. Even Santos failed to deliver his awesome stats while the three are getting the breaks from averaging big time minutes.

I am trying to device a new strategy poised to engineering a sterling effort en route to the top of the rankings. While waiting for my dream to get real, here are the Top 50.


BOX SCORES:
TEAM PARTICIPATION – 50: Alaska 8, Purefoods 7, San Miguel 7, Ginebra 6, Talk N Text 6, Rain or Shine 5, Burger King 5, Sta. Lucia 3, Coca-Cola 3, Barako Bull 0.


OUTSIDE LOOKING IN:

(Except for Alaska and Purefoods, all stats are final. Matches against Smart Gilas are excluded.)

50 BEAU BELGA – BURGER KING (9.1PPG, 5.7RPG, 1.6APG)
49 LARRY FONACIER – ALASKA (5.6PPG, 1.7RPG, 1.7APG)
48 DENNIS ESPINO – COCA-COLA (11.0PPG, 6.8RPG, 1.5APG)
47 RICHARD YEE – BURGER KING (9.8PPG, 6.8RPG, 2.2APG)
46 MICK PENNISI – SAN MIGUEL (5.8PPG, 4.7RPG, 1.0APG)
45 MARK BORBORAN – ALASKA (5.6PPG, 3.3RPG)
44 LARRY RODRIGUEZ – COCA-COLA (10.0PPG, 7.1RPG, 1.7APG)
43 RONJAY BUENAFE – BURGER KING (13.9PPG, 3.3RPG, 2.4APG, 1.4SPG)
42 RYAN ARANA – RAIN OR SHINE (10.5PPG, 4.0RPG, 1.9APG)
41 JEFFREI CHAN – RAIN OR SHINE (10.4PPG, 3.6RPG, 1.9APG)
40 DENOK MIRANDA – SAN MIGUEL (7.9PPG, 2.4RPG, 2.5APG)
39 JAYR REYES – RAIN OR SHINE (7.5PPG, 7.2RPG)
38 RICO MAIERHOFER – PUREFOODS (7.3PPG, 5.0RPG, 1.0APG, 0.9BPG)
37 JOSEPH YEO – STA. LUCIA (13.5PPG, 3.8RPG, 3.7APG)
36 WILLY WILSON – GINEBRA (7.1PPG, 5.4RPG, 1.0APG)
35 ERIC MENK – GINEBRA (10.4PPG, 6.4RPG, 1.6APG)
34 JR QUINAHAN – BURGER KING (7.5PPG, 7.3RPG, 2.2APG, 1.3BPG)
33 PAUL ARTADI – PUREFOODS (6.5PPG, 2.5RPG, 2.6APG, 1.3SPG)
32 RANIDEL DE OCAMPO – TALK N TEXT (9.0PPG, 6.2RPG, 1.5APG)
31 DORIAN PENA – SAN MIGUEL (6.4PPG, 7.8RPG)
30 ALI PEEK – TALK N TEXT (8.7PPG, 6.6RPG, 1.3BPG)
29 CYRUS BAGUIO – GINEBRA (9.8PPG, 2.3RPG, 2.1APG, 0.9SPG)
28 ENRICO VILLANUEVA – GINEBRA (7.9PPG, 6.0RPG, 1.5APG)
27 ASI TAULAVA – COCA-COLA (14.1PPG, 12.5RPG, 4.5APG)
26 JIMMY ALAPAG – TALK N TEXT (14.9PPG, 2.8RPG, 4.7APG)
25 RAFI REAVIS – PUREFOODS (7.0PPG, 9.0RPG, 0.9SPG, 0.9BPG)
24 RYAN REYES – STA. LUCIA (11.2PPG, 5.5RPG, 4.6APG, 2.1SPG)
23 JASON CASTRO – TALK N TEXT (11.3PPG, 3.8RPG, 3.9APG, 1.3SPG)
22 SOL MERCADO – RAIN OR SHINE (16.4PPG, 3.4RPG, 4.6APG, 1.1SPG)
21 MIKE CORTEZ – SAN MIGUEL (10.0PPG, 3.2RPG, 3.2APG, 1.0SPG)
20 ALEX CABAGNOT – COCA-COLA/BURGER KING (13.1PPG, 4.4RPG, 5.8APG, 1.1SPG)
19 HARVEY CAREY – TALK N TEXT (10.7PPG, 9.0RPG, 1.5APG)
18 REYNEL HUGNATAN – ALASKA (11.0PPG, 6.4RPG, 1.8APG)
17 SONNY THOSS – ALASKA (10.5PPG, 7.0RPG, 1.2APG, 1.0BPG)
16 JONAS VILLANUEVA – SAN MIGUEL (7.9PPG, 4.0RPG, 5.0APG, 1.0SPG)
15 MARC PINGRIS – PUREFOODS (8.3PPG, 8.5RPG, 1.4APG)
14 JC INTAL – GINEBRA (11.9PPG, 5.0RPG, 1.5APG, 0.9SPG)
13 DONDON HONTIVEROS – SAN MIGUEL (13.4PPG, 4.6RPG, 2.0APG)
12 KERBY RAYMUNDO – PUREFOODS (14.3PPG, 6.0RPG, 2.9APG)
11 TONY DELA CRUZ – ALASKA (9.4PPG, 6.7RPG, 1.8APG, 0.9SPG)


THE TOP TEN:

10 MACMAC CARDONA – TALK N TEXT (19.0PPG, 4.5RPG, 3.0APG, 1.1SPG): Averaging under 20 points, the scoring leader of the Philippine Cup found himself having multiple 30+ scoring nights. However, the inconsistency of TNT’s winning streak relegated him to this point (also, imagine TNT NOT WALKING OUT).

9 ROGER YAP – PUREFOODS (12.0PPG, 5.2RPG, 3.8APG, 0.8SPG): Confession: I moved him two spots down. I must admit though that his numbers started an upward surge during the Rain or Shine series. The Rabbit is actually embarking on a Jonas Villanueva-like stat surge with his rebounds and assists doing most of the damage than his scoring. Unlike Jonas though, he has more shot selections since most of the Giants are role players for James and Kerby.

8 JAMES YAP – PUREFOODS (17.5PPG, 3.7RPG, 2.0APG, 0.8SPG): I must admit, his numbers gone up during the playoffs. He is a Best Player contender even if he’s at the tail end of the top ten. With Purefoods a game away from winning the Philippine Cup, I’ll give King James a glimmer of a shot to book a Best Player plum.

7 RONALD TUBID – GINEBRA (15.3PPG, 5.7RPG, 1.6APG): With Mark Caguioa and then Jayjay Helterbrand, the Gins campaign appears to be in peril. The Saint/Rocket/Fearless pounded sense to the critics by leading the Kings to fourth place. While he was displaced by the rejuvenated JC Intal and the comebacking Caguioa during the playoffs, he was still a valuable asset to the team.

6 LA TENORIO – ALASKA (14.4PPG, 4.3RPG, 4.5APG, 1.3SPG): Johnny Abarrientos saw extended minutes this conference but “Flying LA” saw him being compared to the former MVP in his prime at the Alaska camp. Whenever he gets a good game, great things happen for the Aces. The two had a mini-faceoff during the semis series which Tenorio won (Jong Uichico could have used Flying A more).

5 GABE NORWOOD – RAIN OR SHINE (14.9PPG, 7.0RPG, 3.6APG, 1.4SPG, 0.8BPG): During the elimination round I place Norwood at the 20 to 25 spot in my Top 50 because while his stats are great, his team’s winning percentage wasn’t. For some insane reason, they can’t buy a win. Come playoff time from ninth place, they surged to the quarterfinals. While some could thank Sol Mercado for their drive to the top, Norwood was the only player consistently playing for the team since day one.

4 JOE DEVANCE – ALASKA (13.8PPG, 8.0RPG, 1.9APG, 0.8BPG): Finally we are seeing the power of Joe Devance! His shots outside the shaded area are consistently going in and his defensive presence in it has improved. While he is still a PF/C, Tim Cone can easily rely on him if he decides to go on his big but quick lineup (although their big but quick lineup proved no match to the Giants’ big but quick lineup).

3 WILLIE MILLER – ALASKA (15.8PPG, 6.0RPG, 4.3APG): As I observe, Miller Time is a double edged sword for the Aces. During the Ginebra series, Miller struggled in the field but the Aces managed to sweep the Kings but now that he poised in leading the scoring for the squad, alas Alaska is dwelling on a shitty situation. Miller has been so inconsistent this conference that I would rather have Yap or Santos claim the plum than the Thriller. Sad but true, usually when Miller scores big, especially in the second round and in the playoffs, the Aces find themselves in the losing end.

2 KELLY WILLIAMS – STA. LUCIA (17.9PPG, 14.6RPG, 3.4APG, 1.7SPG, 0.7BPG): If somebody played like an import this conference, Kelly Williams takes the cake. Barely recovering for the blood disorder he suffered midway in last season’s Fiesta Cup, Machine Gun Kelly displayed the skills to move the Realtors to a winning record. Add the woes that included the Dennis Espino trade, Marlou Aquino’s inability to lift the Realtors’ center spot and the injury that slowed down Gabby Espinas, Williams has been the group’s most consistent stat producer. Had SLR reached the semis, he would have been a tremendously easy choice for Best Player.

1 ARWIND SANTOS – SAN MIGUEL (17.6PPG, 10.1RPG, 1.4APG, 1.1SPG, 1.3BPG): I am picking Arwind Santos to win with the following reasons. 1) The stats he is producing are his stats when he was in Burger King. It is easy for him to get that stats since that team regard him as their top dog but carrying those stats as a Beerman makes him a player unlike any other. 2) Except for SMB’s disastrous semifinal campaign, no one can’t say that Arwind and the rest of the San Miguel team didn’t dominate the Philippine Cup. During this time The Spiderman played all but one of their games (his DNP happens to be the third place game). And 3) While I rated Miller at number 3 and while the Yaps, Devance, and Tenorio are still playing; the way Santos and Williams played in this conference belittles their output.


The race could be Willie Miller versus James Yap but I am still hoping Arwind Santos would win the Best Player plum.

In terms of the finals output, the series will still have six games… but I missed the mark by saying that Aces will win this. That 3-0 mark is too huge of a hole to dig out and I sense Purefoods would successfully win the conference after their third try.

Am I right or am I right?

GAME OVER!

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