PBA IMPORT FACEOFF | TERRENCE JONES SETS THE PACE





This is the first edition of the Import Rankings and I am doing this despite the fact that four teams have yet to debut their selves in the 2019 PBA Commissioner’s Cup race.

As it stands, Blackwater leads the pack with three wins, followed by Northport and TNT with two wins, and Ginebra splitting its first two games.

Game starts now.


1 | TERRENCE JONES | TNT
IMPORT W/L RECORD: TWO WINS AND ZERO LOSSES
COMCUP STATS: 42.0PPG | 18.0RPG | 4.5APG | 1.5SPG | 2.0BPG | 3.0 3PPG

When money talks, former NBA players listen. In the case of money, this means MVP and as for NBA players… here comes Terrence Jones. The former Houston Rocket came into the fray with a mission – posting monster numbers in his first two games as a KaTropa.


2 | ALEX STEPHESON | BLACKWATER
IMPORT W/L RECORD: THREE WINS AND ZERO LOSSES
COMCUP STATS: 25.0PPG | 25.7RPG | 2.7APG | 2.7BPG  

I guess Terrence Jones is above this guy at this point. And we tend to forget about his accomplishments because the debut conference of Bobby Ray Parks is just phenomenal. But let’s not take away anything from Alex Stepheson. Blackwater is playing like elites with him as their import and I think he’s pulling the punches to give way to his teammates but he is just what the doctor ordered for this erstwhile struggling franchise.


3 | JUSTIN BROWNLEE | GINEBRA  
IMPORT W/L RECORD: THREE WINS AND ZERO LOSSES
COMCUP STATS: 35.5PPG | 11.0RPG | 7.5APG | 2.5BPG | 5.5 3PPG   

Perhaps the most celebrated import in Ginebra history, already eclipsing the accomplishments of Billy Ray Bates, Joe Ward, and Michael Hackett, Brownlee opened the Kings’ Commissioner’s Cup campaign with a defeat against Blackwater but made amends with their come-from-behind win over the Meralco Bolts. I guess the only other thing worth noting about this hired gun is whether he’ll finish the year as a naturalized Filipino.


4 | PRINCE IBEH | NORTHPORT  
IMPORT W/L RECORD: TWO WINS AND ZERO LOSSES
COMCUP STATS: 17.0PPG | 16.0RPG | 1.5APG | 2.5SPG | 4.0BPG

It’s hard to judge on whether or not Prince Ibeh can be Northport’s import for the entire duration of the conference. The fact of the matter is his numbers are far from exceptional. Heck, how can Northport survive the other teams if their import hits roughly 13 percent of his free throws! With that said, the Batang Pier is 2-0 despite the DNP of Stanley Pringle. I mean… eventually, they’ll probably revert back to their norms but at the moment… hopefully, they can sustain whatever they are doing at the moment.


5 | GANI LAWAL | MERALCO
IMPORT W/L RECORD: ONE WIN AND TWO LOSSES  
COMCUP STATS: 32.3PPG | 22.7RPG | 1.0APG | 1.3SPG  

A typical Meralco season has the team sucking in the Philippine Cup and then go insane in the Commissioner’s Cup because they have the best imports (I will exclude the Governors’ Cup because they lock the confy for the reliable Allen Durham). Gani Lawal is no slouch although the former Phoenix Sun could be a couple of losses away from losing his job especially when the rest of the teams start their Commish Cup campaigns.


Alaska’s Chris Daniels and NLEX’s Curtis Washington round out the cast. Like Meralco, these squads are currently struggling but perhaps they will have enough strength to wheel their teams out of utter hell. The same can’t be said with Columbian Dyip’s Kyle Barone though. He is not a bad import. In fact, his numbers are okay. With that said, it feels as if he’s not the right import for Columbian which is why he needs to have his pink slip after three unsuccessful win attempts.

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