2019 PBA MOCK DRAFT 1.0 | AS OF SEPTEMBER 2019




So the PBA has decided to run the 2019 PBA Draft on December 8 – which is situated in the middle of the 2019 SEA Games.

And I guess this is the right time to create a mock draft?  

Now I have to research on the possible draft order as well as the possible draft applicants. The only good thing of overlapping this season with the next is that both the UAAP and NCAA seasons are over which prompts a lot of UAAP stars to become available for the draft.

So in order for me to formulate the names I put on this list, I checked out the blog sites and YouTube sites of the following people – PH-BallGM, Meteor Hoops, Usapang Bola, Basketballero TV, WTV, Hoops Highlights and Unique Basketball. I chose these sites because their choices made sense.

Also, in order to calculate the draft order at this point of the 2019 PBA season, I made the decision that the Philippine Cup final ranking comprises 40 percent of the points while 30 percent is given to the Commissioner's Cup final ranking. As I way to mix the previous season with the current season, I am going to get 30 percent of the 2018 PBA Governors’ Cup rankings. If the teams have at least a one or two-point difference between them, I am going to take out the 2018 Governors’ Cup rankings. I want to make my predictions different from the other vloggers and bloggers and in some ways, it’s nice to check out what the 2018 PBA Draft did to the teams.


1 | COLUMBIAN DYIP | THIRDY RAVENA
18GOVCUP RANK – 12 | 19PHLCUP RANK – 10 | 19COMCUP RANK – 11 

I guess it’s safe to say that even without the numbers of the 2019 PBA Governors’ Cup, Columbian Dyip is going to earn another top pick for the third consecutive season. There are two ways to look at their pick – to raise Columbian’s brand or to raise Team Dyip’s all-time win-loss record. While Joshua Munzon is a scoring machine, I doubt if his popularity could send Columbian off first game purgatory. That is why I opted for the ultra-popular, slam-dunking and a potential game-changer, Thirdy Ravena than enlist the services of the ABL gunner. The PBA is still a way for teams to sell their brand and what better ambassador than the most popular, PBA-ready collegiate baller at the moment.  


2 | NLEX ROAD WARRIORS | JOSHUA MUNZON
18GOVCUP RANK – 8 | 19PHLCUP RANK – 9 | 19COMCUP RANK – 12 

Here’s another reason why I ranked Ravena over Munzon – I just don’t want a Thirdy and Kiefer reunion at NLEX. Now I don’t hate the Ravena brothers but keeping them away from each other makes them their brand more professional. Besides, NLEX is in dire need of a scorer. For some reason, the players familiar to Yeng Guiao’s system go from “wild dogs” to “wild dogs dead scared of its owner”. Also, the Guiao and Kiefer partnership currently bad at it stands. So there… Munzon fits the bill.


3 | BLACKWATER ELITE | ISAAC GO
18GOVCUP RANK – 6 | 19PHLCUP RANK – 12 | 19COMCUP RANK – 6 

In some ways, I get their decision to let go of Abu Tratter. The DLSU star may have some kind of arc… but I think they need a player that can even stretch their big man position. And I guess Isaac Go fits the bill. Go is not that quick but he can unleash triple bombs and dominate in the shaded lane. He’s also 6’7 which also makes him a darkhorse to get selected even higher. I can smell teams going after this pick though.   


4 | RAIN OR SHINE ELASTO PAINTERS | TROY RIKE
ORIGINALLY MERALCO’S PICK | SEE RAYMOND ALMAZAN TRADE
18GOVCUP RANK – 10 | 19PHLCUP RANK – 4 | 19COMCUP RANK – 4 

I think this pick is bound to move down because of the fact that Meralco isn’t as bad as people think when Allen Durham is leading their charge. Anyway, Rain or Shine’s first of three first-round picks will have to replace Rakenrol Almazan. Troy Rike is more of a stretch four and in some ways, kind of had a disappointing initial campaign in the Philippines (they pitched Rike as a potential top pick of this draft). Hopefully, he could prosper in the pros and like what play-alike Mike Hrabak did back in the day.


5 | NORTHPORT BATANG PIER | JASON BRICKMAN
18GOVCUP RANK – 11 | 19PHLCUP RANK – 7 | 19COMCUP RANK – 5 

How this guy from Mighty Sports has fallen. Maybe he earns more from the other Southeast Asian leagues but he’s going to enter the draft sans the fanfare his contemporaries like Matthew Wright and Mo Tautuaa got. Nonetheless, Brickman has this Jimmy Alapag vibe and if he’s placed on a team with the tools to become awesome, expect this guy to shine.


6 | ALASKA ACES | ROOSEVELT ADAMS
18GOVCUP RANK – 2 | 19PHLCUP RANK – 8 | 19COMCUP RANK – 8 

Expect a lot of moves coming from new Alaska coach Jeff Cariaso. I think Jeron Teng will evolve under his system and ditto with the likes of Chris Banchero, Maverick Ahanmisi and Abu Tratter. This is going to be a problem for the veterans like Sonny Thoss and JV Casio though – as The Jet will probably look for ways to ease these guys out of his rotation to make way for his new toys… and this Mighty Sports vet to this list. At 6’5, he is a stick of solid offensive dynamite that could pose match-up problems in shooters and slashers spot.


7 | RAIN OR SHINE ELASTO PAINTERS | SANTI SANTILLAN 
ORIGINALLY PHOENIX’S PICK | SEE CALVIN ABUEVA TRADE
THEN TRADED BY ALASKA | SEE MAVERICK AHANMISI TRADE 
18GOVCUP RANK – 10 | 19PHLCUP RANK – 4 | 19COMCUP RANK – 4 

You know it’s a new era we’re in when the current version of Air21 and Barako Bull do not have multiple first-round picks to disown because they are conduits. Anyway, the Elasto Painters will try to pounce on the best talent available… without hurting the careers of their up and coming stars like Rey Nambatac and Javee Mocon. I think getting a combo forward like Santi Santillan could be a good deal for the Elasto Painters. 


8 | RAIN OR SHINE ELASTO PAINTERS | MIKH MCKINNEY   
18GOVCUP RANK – 10 | 19PHLCUP RANK – 4 | 19COMCUP RANK – 4 

Christmas is going to come early for the Elasto Painters as this pick could be a worthy trade chip or a project for the future. With that said, the same can’t be said with the player they are getting. I bet we’re going to see a shocker on this list (see Jorey Napoles) and that shocker will probably end up like J-Jay Alejandro (a talented first-rounder in need of playing time). Anyway, after an impressive ABL stint, this old rookie could serve as a replacement for Maverick Ahanmisi.


9 | TNT KATROPA | FRANKY JOHNSON  
18GOVCUP RANK – 9 | 19PHLCUP RANK – 6 | 19COMCUP RANK – 2 

The current draft setup (if this is indeed the case) is kind of similar as to what happened in 2015 when the league had too many Fil-Am guards like Maverick Ahanmisi, Simon Enciso, Abel Galliguez and Kris Rosales that teams only remembered the likes of Mike DiGregorio and Jerramy King after the third round. Needless to say, hopefully, the PBA teams know better. Johnson is a scoring menace and at 6’2, he could do well playing alongside Jayson Castro and RR Pogoy.


10 | BARANGAY GINEBRA SAN MIGUEL | LARRY MUYANG
18GOVCUP RANK – 3 | 19PHLCUP RANK – 5 | 19COMCUP RANK – 3 

I think Larry Muyang is the most sense for the Gins and here’s why. First up, I don’t really think they want a new toy to work in the guard spots (especially if they are planning to bid on the services of Bobby Ray Parks) and secondly, I want the Kings to have someone to lessen Japeth Aguilar’s load. Sure, Japeth Like It’s Hot is awesome under Tim Cone but he’s also barely taking any breaks as a fixture of his local and international team. At least the Letran Knight can help as an extra body on the bench.  


11 | MAGNOLIA HOTSHOTS | ARVIN TOLENTINO 
18GOVCUP RANK – 1 | 19PHLCUP RANK – 2 | 19COMCUP RANK – 7 

Magnolia is another team that’s loaded with talent. With that said, maybe they need to look at their future. Rafi Reavis may still be an integral part of their cause but the guy is already in his 40s. Also, Marc Pingris just returned from injury is also in his mid-30s. I think Larry Muyang is the best player for the squad but if he has already been taken, then selecting a combo forward like Arvin Tolentino could be a good thing for the Hotshots.


12 | COLUMBIAN DYIP | ALVIN PASAOL 
ORIGINALLY SAN MIGUEL’S PICK | SEE CHRISTIAN STANDHARDINGER TRADE
18GOVCUP RANK – 12 | 19PHLCUP RANK – 10 | 19COMCUP RANK – 11 

I really think Columbian got the better from the San Miguel trade. Sure, Christian Standhardinger is a beast but the team got a bonus in Rashawn McCarthy, a goldmine in CJ Perez and because of their woes, they could have the rights to the top pick for the third straight season. And this pick… they can get something from this pick. If the draft applicants are what I projected right now, then Columbian can have a diamond in the rough at number twelve. The last draft, Columbian got Perez but also got an underrated playmaker in JP Calvo. Whether it’s Pasaol, Arvin Tolentino, Sean Manganti, Mikey Williams, Christian Fajarito or Kib Montalbo, this is a nice landing spot for any draft applicant.


Did you like this list?

Check this site out once I get the official listings. Usually when I get the official draft order as well as the draft applicants, I do awesome content. Right now, obviously this is more speculative than sure.

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