2011 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Power Rankings: As of March 21, 2011

The Spark is on active duty again. 


SYDMAN'S POWER RANKINGS
2011 PBA COMMISSIONER’S CUP
AS OF MARCH 21, 2011 


Two weeks ago, these players were part of the Top 40. Two weeks later, Josh Urbiztondo, Ryan Arana, Joseph Yeo, Mac Baracael, Dorian Pena, and Larry Rodriguez were thrown out from the list. Why? I dunno... because they played poor?

This is an individual top players’ list. This is why teams like Rain or Shine, Ginebra, and Talk N Text might find their players ranked low (because these teams have too many weapons to dispatch when the need arises) while teams like Alaska, San Miguel, and Meralco have a lot of players ranked high (because these teams depend on their starting fives religiously).

There is a formula involved that if I share to you, your left ball could get unscrewed and land to some guy that will unknowingly eat it. Basta, it’s complicated. Further annoyance could prompt me to reveal this but I don’t know if you’ll have the testicular fortitude to make a flawless list of your own. Just accept the fact that this isn’t fabricated.

Just tabulated.

Game starts now.


OUTSIDE LOOKING IN:
Legend: LR = Last rank from two weeks ago.

40 MIKE CORTEZ / GINEBRA (NEW ENTRY)
39 GABE NORWOOD / RAIN OR SHINE (LR#39)
38 CHICO LANETE / POWERADE (NEW ENTRY)
37 ALI PEEK / TALK N TEXT (NEW ENTRY)
36 MARK BARROCA / SMART-GILAS (LR#34)
35 ALEX CABAGNOT / SAN MIGUEL (LR#24)
34 KG CANALETA / BMEG (NEW ENTRY)
33 RUDY HATFIELD / GINEBRA (LR#35)
32 CHRIS ROSS / MERALCO (NEW ENTRY)
31 RONALD TUBID / GINEBRA (LR#31)
30 DOUG KRAMER / RAIN OR SHINE (NEW ENTRY)
29 RYAN REYES / TALK N TEXT (LR#28)
28 RANIDEL DE OCAMPO / TALK N TEXT (LR#11)
27 JONAS VILLANUEVA / BMEG (LR#29)
26 DONDON HONTIVEROS / AIR21 (LR#37)
25 GABBY ESPINAS / MERALCO (LR#25)
24 WILLIE MILLER / GINEBRA (LR#33)
23 JV CASIO / SMART-GILAS (LR#26)
22 ASI TAULAVA / MERALCO (LR#21)
21 REYNEL HUGNATAN / MERALCO (LR#6)


THE TOP 20
Legend: Last Rank = Last rank from two weeks ago.


20 CYRUS BAGUIO / ALASKA
Last Rank: 14
Stat Check: 12.2 points, 3.8 rebounds, 3 assists
Starting the Top 20 is the Aces’ resident slasher. Tim Cone loves playing Cy-Bag because he can penetrate and pass and is not as volatile as Willie Miller. I don’t know if Cyrus is affected by the presence of LD Williams because they virtually play the same position but his offensive damage is not that vicious. Still, Alaska is fighting for an outright semis berth partly because of him.


19 ARWIND SANTOS / SAN MIGUEL
Last Rank: 27
Stat Check: 12.3 points, 7.3 rebounds, 1 assists, 1.2 steals
Santos should be happy that most of the veterans are gone. Finally, a new dawn has emerged for the Beermen. Hell, after this conference the San Miguel colors will step down in favor of Petron. But what’s with their dismal record? For a powerhouse team like them to struggle, adding the fact that Santos is basically a perennial MVP contender that is currently struggling, this is unacceptable.


18 JAY-R REYES / AIR21
Last Rank: 23
Stat Check: 11.2 points, 7.8 rebounds, 1.2 blocks
New team and in fairness, almost the same treatment as what he had from his former team, Reyes remains unfazed by the influx of Beermen. Because he is versatile, he can play the forward and center spots easily. Actually if you look at it, he is basically playing the role Danny Ildefonso had who is now the only remaining Beermen in their 1998-2006 championship run for Danny Seigle, Dondon Hontiveros, and Dorian Pena.  


17 RABEH AL-HUSSAINI / SAN MIGUEL
Last Rank: 17
Stat Check: 12.6 points, 7.4 rebounds, 1.7 assists
He is still claiming impressive rookie numbers and he still looks like the top pick of the 2010 PBA Draft but you have to think of what if he stayed with Air21 where he is a second fiddle to no one. San Miguel badly wants his services though to generate youth and stats at the center spot and sans the losses, he is delivering for the squad.


16 PETER JUNE SIMON / BMEG
Last Rank: 16
Stat Check: 16.2 points, 3.7 rebounds, 1.7 assists
Hopefully nothing changes with the return of Kerby Raymundo because The Double Apostle is pouring it out at the defensive end! A very dangerous scorer especially around the three-point area, one thing you need to check out though is that his rebounding numbers is gaining a bit of bulk.


15 CHRIS TIU / SMART-GILAS
Last Rank: 2
Stat Check: 12.4 points, 7.2 rebounds, 3.2 assists
I expected his outputs to slow down but this is mainly due to injury and the sudden rise of Marcio Lassiter and JV Casio. Other than that, he is still a fixture in the Gilas rotation. He is just one of three Team Pinas players to spend 35 minutes and more inside the hardcourt. Also, for a player that barely stands six feet, he has an amazing knack to crash the boards.


14 KELLY WILLIAMS / TALK N TEXT
Last Rank: 13
Stat Check: 11.7 points, 9.3 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 1 steal
With Ali Peek and Harvey Carey not figuring prominently because of minutes slash, Williams is expected to pick up the slack. Machine Gun Kelly had a bad Philippine Cup which is why he needs to make up for his dismal performance. His scoring is still un-Kelly-like but his rebounding is one of the best in this Commissioner’s Cup.


13 MARK CAGUIOA / GINEBRA
Last Rank: 20
Stat Check: 15 points, 4.5 rebounds, 3 assists
I remember when The Spark was just a rookie. He started off the bench for the Kings because he is sharing the spot with future Hall of Famer Vergel Meneses. What did Caguioa do? He was like a demon unleashed off the bench and eventually became a superstar in the process. This is what’s happening now in the Kings’ camp. After The Spark’s surge, Meneses experienced slow stat downfall. Can the same thing happen to Willie Miller? 


12 MARCIO LASSITER / SMART-GILAS
Last Rank: 22
Stat Check: 13.4 points, 5.6 rebounds, 3.6 assists, 1.2 steals
The guy wasn’t really an offensive threat during Team Pilipinas’ out-of-the-country tourneys but with the injury that sidelined Mac Baracael, he blossomed. His defense is also praise-worthy. He is a rebounding guard with a nice outside touch... and certainly there are a lot of top honchos bent on claiming him for the 2011 PBA Draft.


11 MARC PINGRIS / BMEG
Last Rank: 18
Stat Check: 11.3 points, 9.2 rebounds, 1 assist, 1.7 steals
If James Yap is helping Shamari Spears in points, then Ping is filling up the void Spears lack when it comes to rebounding and defense. Incidentally, he is also helping the squad offensively. Until Kerby Raymundo gropes to form, expect this rebounding juggernaut to be a threat in both sides of the court.


10 SOLOMON MERCADO / MERALCO
Last Rank: 15
Stat Check: 13.8 points, 4.6 rebounds, 4.8 assists, 1 steal
He’s lucky to get away from Yeng Guiao’s different brand of coaching. Have you seen the stats of Gabe Norwood? I doubt if he’ll stick with the team before the season ends (although he is the team’s most popular player). He seems to be unlucky with the Bolts though because the team is on the verge of missing the playoffs.


9 MACMAC CARDONA / MERALCO
Last Rank: 8
Stat Check: 13.6 points, 5.6 rebounds, 3.6 assists, 1.4 steals
Who is the team’s go-to-guy? Sure, beyond question Cardona is the team’s main man but that title is threatened with the entry of Sol Mercado. Cardona continues to lead the team in minutes but his scoring outputs have dropped. This is something he needs to cure since Champ Oguchi is more suited for their squad than slasher Tony Dandridge. One dubious stat he leads in this team is turnovers.


8 JIMMY ALAPAG / TALK N TEXT
Last Rank: 5
Stat Check: 13.5 points, 4.3 rebounds, 5.5 assists
Continuing to be the team’s most consistent performer, The Mighty Mouse gives the Tropang Texters the ability to strive. As the league-leader in assists, his duties include making his teammates look good. Paul Harris is the perfect example of his awesomeness. After that awesome Alaska game Harris produced via the support of Alapag, let’s see if Chot Reyes is still thinking of sending the import back to the States.


7 DANNY SEIGLE / AIR21
Last Rank: 12
Stat Check: 12.8 points, 8.3 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 1.3 blocks
Seigle is back in the spotlight and he is not complaining. The trade proved beneficial to his PBA career as it sort of revived his “explosive” gameplay. He doubled his playing time in his new team and has since scored in the 20’s twice. Hopefully he’ll play a lot more for Air21 as the franchise tends to “conduit” itself to richer franchises.


6 SONNY THOSS / ALASKA
Last Rank: 9
Stat Check: 10.7 points, 10 rebounds, 3.2 assists, 1.3 blocks
Yes, he is one of the Aces’ three players in the Top 10. The reason? Cone just likes to use his starters more. He is one of those players who benefitted in this “small import” conference. Logging third in minutes, The Boss is the only local to average double digits in points and rebounds. His contributions will even matter now more than ever with Joe Devance’s injury.


5 JAMES YAP / BMEG
Last Rank: 10
Stat Check: 19.4 points, 4.6 rebounds, 1.8 assists
They need his offense more than ever especially with their import’s inability to deliver 30+ point games. He was sorely missed in their outing against Meralco and even if Kerby Raymundo returned to action, hopefully he can return ASAP to help his squad. Oh, I mean Party Pilipinas since his son pretty much announced his relationship with Isabel Oli (Uy o, shumu-showbiz ako!).


4 JOE DEVANCE / ALASKA
Last Rank: 3
Stat Check: 13.2 points, 9.2 rebounds, 3.8 assists
Before sustaining an injury at the hands of Talk N Text, JDV is a significant stat draw. He is also one of the vital tools for Alaska’s surge to the top. He has the frame of a center but a playing style like a small forward that is in no way similar to the playing style of the mechanical Mike Hrabak. The faster he recovers the better Alaska’s Commish Cup title hopes progresses.


3 LA TENORIO / ALASKA
Last Rank: 7
Stat Check: 17 points, 4.2 rebounds, 6 assists
Still the only Ateneo player from the 2000’s to score great treatment from the PBA teams he played on, LA is getting the things done in both sides of the court. He is a supreme minute-grabber in Alaska and he is one of their go-to-guys in the crucial stages of the game. With the injury to JDV, expect a lot more action from this guy especially since they have a fighting chance to make the playoffs.


2 JAY WASHINGTON / SAN MIGUEL
Last Rank: 1 
Stat Check: 15.8 points, 7.6 rebounds, 1.6 assists
J-Wash had his first DNP (Did Not Play) this season and that’s crucial for San Miguel. The changing of the guards happened overnight in Team Beermen and with the old players going out and the name change to rub out the glamour of anything pre-Petron Blaze, Washington is all of a sudden their undisputed leader. Washington continues to set individual excellence this season but the Beermen are at the verge of missing out in this conference’s playoffs.


1 GARY DAVID / POWERADE
Last Rank: 4
Stat Check: 26 points, 2.7 rebounds, 3 assists
For the second straight conference, Mr. Pure Energy is scoring and playing like their import. Especially with the current lack of import quality, leave it to Gary to shoot the lights out. The last time a local averaged 25 and more in a conference was when Nelson Asaytono was single-handedly giving the pre-Danny Seigle SMB squad offense. There is an underlying reason for his super scoring though – because for the second straight conference, quality local production in his team seems to be a bust.


Some players in the Top 10 are either injured or they struggled at times. That doesn’t mean they didn’t play well though. Compare these guys to the current bumper crop of second-rate imports, they are better.

Why would even Gary David rank fifth (along with the active imports) in scoring?


By the way, this is a mini-edition of the Power Rankings. It’s a mini-edition because it’s just an enumeration of the seven best local players of the week.

Why seven? WHY NOT!

And here they are!

1 ARWIND SANTOS / SAN MIGUEL
Stat Check this Week: 19.5 points, 7 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal, 1.5 blocks

2 MARK CAGUIOA / GINEBRA
Stat Check this Week: 15.5 points, 4.5 rebounds, 3 assists, 1.5 steals

3 DOUG KRAMER / RAIN OR SHINE
Stat Check this Week: 13.5 points, 9.5 rebounds, 2 assists

4 WILLIE MILLER / GINEBRA
Stat Check this Week: 14 points, 4 rebounds, 5 assists

5 DONDON HONTIVEROS / AIR21
Stat Check this Week: 14 points, 6 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 1 steal, 1 block

From this list, we see that Arwind is slowly surging and it’s about time. Caguioa is the current Player of the Week so no surprise there. Kramer, Miller, and Hontiveros are players to watch out. Miller and Hontiveros can force their way in the rankings although I’m not so sure about Kramer because of Yeng Guiao's unpredictability with regards to his rotation.


I’m going to do a story on why the current imports for me suck.

Save for Nate Brumfield and perhaps Paul Harris, Alpha Bangura, Hassan Adams, and Champ Oguchi, most of the reinforcements playing are crap. 

Game over. 




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