2010 PBA DRAFT: WHAT THEY NEED - POWERADE TIGERS


(Note: This is the seventh of ten installments)

They changed their brand but still kept the moniker.

I’m sure coaching staff member and former UST stalwart Gerard Francisco is behind this.

The Tigers bled for recognition last year even with the new additions in their squad. Even with Gary David, Dennis Espino, and Asi Taulava, it seems as if no one is scared of Coke (now Powerade)! New finds like Larry Rodriguez, Ken Bono, Marvin Cruz, Paolo Mendoza, Chico Lanete, and Norman Gonzales are welcome additions but they need to improve their personnel if they want to succeed next season.

But how can that happen when the team doesn’t have a draft pick?


TEAM STATS:
PHILIPPINE CUP: WILDCARD
FIESTA CUP: WILDCARD

DRAFT PICKS:
NONE YET

CURRENT DEPTH CHART:
TOP 5: CHICO LANETE, GARY DAVID, MARK MACAPAGAL, DENNIS ESPINO, ASI TAULAVA
RELIEF: MARVIN CRUZ, RJ RIZADA, NORMAN GONZALES, LARRY RODRIGUEZ, KEN BONO

WHAT THEY NEED:
They need to find a way to at least score a first round selection. Air21 has six draft picks while Ginebra has three. Ginebra will probably destroy one first round pick’s future (probably the eighth pick because the twelfth pick is surely a goner while the seventh has a “chance” to show for himself). One thing the Tigers lack is a starting point guard, a shooter or a slasher off the bench, and backup center. They have a lot missing links in their squad that free agency and the draft could upgrade. Now if they get a pick in the last first round, it should be bliss for players like RJ JAZUL, FORD ARAO, REY GUEVARRA, KHASIM MIRZA, MEL GILE, SHAWN WEINSTEIN, PARI LLAGAS, MARVIN HAYES, JOHN WILSON, JAMES MANGAHAS, HYRAM BAGATSING, PEEJAY BARUA, JAI REYES, BORGIE HERMIDA, HANS THIELE, MARK CANLAS, AND WELL… ANY OTHER PLAYER THAT CAN PLAY UNDER THEIR SYSTEM! However, in order for them to score a player, they must first create deals that can give them the tools to fill up their voids.


Bo Perasol is a battle-scarred coach who wants to win his first PBA crown. With Gary David, Dennis Espino, and Asi Taulava, he has no reason to create wins for his squad.

Chemistry however needs to be provided and hopefully Powerade can find the “energy” to release their selves from wildcard hell.

Game over.

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