2010 PBA FIESTA CUP POWER RANKINGS (AS OF APRIL 14)


It’s that time once again when I’m going to use a lot of math and a lot of Microsoft Excel to nitpick who I think is the best players of the current Fiesta Cup!

However unlike my previous versions, I will create a more “lazy” way of counting down the best players. We will only narrate the best results given by the Top Ten.

Yes, I am now EXTREMELY lazy.

First up… THE IMPORTS!

TOP 5 IMPORTS:

5) SAMMY MONROE / BARAKO – The guy is the only offensive threat in the Barako camp and you have to wonder if Monroe has chemistry problems or if Sammy is a ball hog. I don’t really think he’s a ball hog because he leads the team in assists. Actually, Monroe also leads the team in points, rebounds, steals, and blocks too! Monroe also leads the team in turnovers but that’s because he touches the ball more than anybody. Junel Baculi might set Monroe off with the way they are languishing in the cellars and for Monroe’s consolation, this is not entirely his fault.

4) GABE FREEMAN / SAN MIGUEL – Coming from a superb stint with the Philippine Patriots, Gabe returned to perform his awesome skills. One new trait he developed is that he doesn’t foul as much now which made his minutes rise up. His stats could be higher, but it’s not like San Miguel is talent-deprived or anything.

3) DIAMON SIMPSON / ALASKA – This guy is a workhorse. I like how this guy can give you an easy 20-point, 20-rebound night. While he looks bland, the way he dominates the paint is no laughing matter. However, I think Tim Cone needs to assert his locals more as they are getting lost in the shuffle. Simpson is no take-charge performer which is what the team lacks right now. Honestly with the way Tim Cone is restraining Jeff Cariaso and Mark Borboran plus with the scoring slump that Reynel Hugnatan and LA Tenorio are suffering you need to wonder when they will grope to form.

2) AWVEE STOREY / GINEBRA – The only NBA player in the PBA today, Storey made mincemeat out of Rain or Shine as he collared 25 rebounds to go with his 40 points as the Kings stole a win from the Elasto Painters. He plays the able big man role for the Kings which is okay but when people say Ginebra import, I guess my first impression of it is a flamboyant scoring juggernaut a la Billy Ray Bates, Carlos Briggs, or Jumpin’ Joe Ward. Hell, who’s complaining? Chris Alexander wasn’t volatile but he managed to grab a title for the Kings.

1) JAMES PENNY / COKE – He is a consistent scorer and defender. He has insane timing to block shots which is what he also uses to jam the ball to the rim. He made the Tigers obtain swagger which has been missing from them in the Philippine Cup. He can play all five positions if they need him and he can guard imports without getting tired to do his own thing. The problem that looms is Penny’s stitched up face. While the Tigers won despite Penny missing the last five minutes of their game against BMEG, what kind of condition would Penny be in from that errant elbow that left a nasty cut on his face. Will the Tigers use a substitute import which could help Penny heal his wounds or will they continue to use him even if they know that it’s a risk considering they’re in line for a possible playoff run.


And now… here are the Power Rankings!

(See… I am so lazy right now.)


THE POWER RANKINGS (AS OF APRIL 14, 2010)

50) JOJO DUNCIL / BARAKO
49) ENRICO VILLANUEVA / GINEBRA
48) RENREN RITUALO / AIR21
47) PAUL ARTADI / BMEG
46) MARK CAGUIOA / GINEBRA
45) YOUSIF ALJAMAL / BARAKO
44) JOSH URBIZTONDO / STA. LUCIA
43) ERIC MENK / GINEBRA
42) ROB WAINWRIGHT / BARAKO
41) KG CANALETA / BMEG
40) MARK MACAPAGAL / COKE
39) ROB REYES / BARAKO
38) BEAU BELGA / AIR21
37) RYAN ARANA / RAIN OR SHINE
36) GABBY ESPINAS / STA. LUCIA
35) DANNY ILDEFONSO / SAN MIGUEL
34) RJ RIZADA / COKE
33) ARIS DIMAUNAHAN / BARAKO
32) DONDON HONTIVEROS / SAN MIGUEL
31) SONNY THOSS / ALASKA
30) CHICO LANETE / COKE
29) MARK PINGRIS / BMEG
28) ASI TAULAVA / COKE
27) MIKE CORTEZ / AIR21
26) JC INTAL / GINEBRA
25) JASON CASTRO / TNT
24) LA TENORIO / ALASKA
23) RAFI REAVIS / BMEG
22) ROGER YAP / BMEG
21) RONNIE MATIAS / AIR21
20) RONALD TUBID / GINEBRA
19) JAMES YAP / BMEG
18) RONJAY BUENAFE / AIR21
17) HARVEY CAREY / TNT
16) JOE DEVANCE / ALASKA
15) JAY-R REYES / RAIN OR SHINE
14) ARWIND SANTOS / SAN MIGUEL
13) JIMMY ALAPAG / TNT
12) JAY WASHINGTON / SAN MIGUEL
11) TONY DELA CRUZ / ALASKA


And now…

THE TOP TEN!

10) KELLY WILLIAMS / STA. LUCIA – Sure his stats are little low this conference but you can expect a boost once the Fiesta Cup commences. He is still getting import-like minutes which means a second MVP award could be in the offing.

9) WILLIE MILLER / ALASKA – Miller time currently exists but the roles of his teammates have yet to bear fruit. Remember how I point out that whenever Miller gets hot in scoring it seems like the team will lose? This is not an issue here. Miller needs to triple his efforts because the points are scarce in Aces-land.

8) RYAN REYES / STA. LUCIA – Wow. The third guy that’s getting import-like minutes for SLR. Except for one game that he logged 15 minutes, Reyes has been doing a yeoman’s job doing damage. Sadly, we all know that the reason behind his exposure is because the bench support is lacking for the Realtors. Joseph Yeo for Bonbon Custodio is a bad trade after all.

7) GARY DAVID / COKE – I once thought Gary D and Wynne Arboleda are meant to be but now I’m beginning to think that the connection Gary D and Bo Perasol had is more… powerful. I’m telling you, Bo’s David will kick Yeng Guiao’s version any time! The mere fact that he’s the current leading scorer is a testament to that.

6) ALEX CABAGNOT / SAN MIGUEL – Sta. Lucia should be pissed with the way they let go of Cabagnot. So is Coke. So is Air21. I thought Cabagnot will suffer the effects of talent overabundance but to my surprise, he has overtaken everyone to secure the top PG spot for SMB! The only thing lacking for last conference was when Cabagnot was averaging 38 minutes a game compared to the now less than 30.

5) JAYJAY HELTERBRAND / GINEBRA – Ginebra’s backcourt is on a slump and if it does wake up, expect that you’ll see either Tubid, Caguioa, or Baguio running the show. However, Helterbrand is more than a scorer. With the all-so-many-guns capable of headlining the box scores, the other Bandanna Brother is claiming league leader status in terms of assists.

4) MACMAC CARDONA / TNT – Currently the PBA’s Player of the Week, Captain Hook is one of three players who are playing a considerable amount of time to cure the scoring incapability Shawn Daniels possess. The thing is, Cardona is never shy to score in the first place so this job fits him to a T.

3) RANIDEL DE OCAMPO / TNT – Who would ever imagine that the guy that barely hit double-figures in an All-Filipino Cup is nailing twice his output in an import-laced conference. Sure their import is Shawn Daniels but fact is, it’s another feat in the offing to upstage the Cardona / Alapag show. Perhaps another reason for his surge is the noticeably lack of minutes of Nic Belasco and Ali Peek?

2) SOLOMON MERCADO / RAIN OR SHINE – After the first game loss, the team raced to a two-game streak and Mercado is more or less one of the reasons behind the streak. He is second in his team in points and first in assists and steals. They could have raked a third win had not for Mark Caguioa, Storey and the rest of the Ginebra Kings.

1) GABE NORWOOD / RAIN OR SHINE – During the Philippine Cup, Mr. President was the only one consistently piling up the huge stats. The Elasto Painters were plague-ridden and only after their lineup got out of injury-titis did they raid the ranks to the top (this was stopped during the quarterfinals). Now with a healthy lineup, Norwood is still playing the all-around game where he can act as an import stopper while getting a lot of stats from other departments.


I’m lazy but I managed to compose my bread-and-butter article!

Hehe… I’m freaking awesome.

Round of applause!

The ranks resume after two weeks!

Until then…

GAME OVER!

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