As of this writing, the PBA has yet to finish its 2019 season.

But for some insane reason, the league is already thinking of the next season.

I still think this sucks.

And so should you.

But what can we do, right? Because of the FIBA sked, the PBA season suffers. In order for the country to send its best players, the league has made its schedule kind of helter-skelter. 

Breaks between elimination rounds... breaks between post-elimination rounds, a blur between the current season and the previous season…

Arrgh!

If this is the case, again I propose two conferences with a long stretch so players or teams can participate in pocket tourneys, prepare for qualifiers, and give their top stars a time to relax and unwind. Jayson Castro is still the best point guard option for the country and yet he has turned down consecutive offers in lieu of personal goals. Tim Cone did a masterful job coaching the ego-less Gilas SEA Games squad and yet, he doesn’t see himself manning the turf long-term because of the pressure. From Rajko Toroman to Cone, Gilas Pilipinas mentors have been widely criticized for their coaching flaws. Sure, we all hate Yeng Guiao now but after the Australia brawl, we were praising him for leading a makeshift squad to a respectable Asian Games finish.

I get that the Columbian Dyip must be in cloud nine now with the acquisition of “special round” top pick Isaac Go and “regular round” top pick Roosevelt Adams.

Yey.

But why are they signing rookies when the current season is still going on? I know both teams have been eliminated but will it even matter if Columbian and Magnolia delayed the Aldrech Ramos and Jackson Corpuz trade to I don't know... after this conference? 

And yeah... 

Isn’t it insane that the SEA Games break and the PBA Draft event had outshined the fact that the NLEX Road Warriors became the first team to mess up a top seed distinction, June Mar Fajardo could be a six-time PBA MVP, the rookie battle between CJ Perez and Robert Bolick, San Miguel’s second consecutive botched grand slam, and the possible semifinal matchups that could lead to another Justin Brownlee versus Allen Durham showdown?

Yes Microsoft Word, I just did a long-ass sentence.

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So here’s the thing.

Like in my predictions post, I believe that the special draft isn’t that special and in actuality, is just a way to make the outcome of the 2019 PBA Draft confusing. I would rather have the PBA give five special spots to the worst five teams than having a "special" round. 

For crying out loud, there are teams in need of talent but there are also players in need of a career. 

Do you think Rain or Shine will give a load of playing time for their special round pick and their THREE first-round picks? Phoenix could use players! Northport and Meralco as well! 

Hell, give all of the special round players to Blackwater so they can improve their "winning" ways! 

With that said, here’s how the draft went.


FIRST ROUND

1 | COLUMBIAN | ISAAC GO – ATENEO
2 | BLACKWATER | REY SUERTE – UE
3 | NLEX | MATT NIETO – ATENEO
4 | ALASKA | ALLYN BULANADI – SAN SEBASTIAN
5 | RAIN OR SHINE | MIKE NIETO – ATENEO

6 | COLUMBIAN | ROOSEVELT ADAMS – IDAHO
7 | BLACKWATER | MAURICE SHAW – HUTCHINSON
8 | NLEX | MIKE AYONAYON – PCU
9 | ALASKA | BARKLEY EBONA – FEU  
10 | RAIN OR SHINE | ADRIAN WONG – ATENEO
11 | RAIN OR SHINE | CLINT DOLIGUEZ – SAN BEDA
12 | RAIN OR SHINE | PRINCE RIVERO – DLSU
13 | NORTHPORT | SEAN MANGANTI – ADAMSON
14 | MAGNOLIA | ARIS DIONISIO – ST. CLARE
15 | GINEBRA | ARVIN TOLENTINO – FEU
16 | TNT | KIB MONTALBO – DLSU
17 | COLUMBIAN | CHRISTIAN BALAGASAY – LETRAN

SECOND ROUND

18 | GINEBRA | JERRICK BALANZA – LETRAN
19 | BLACKWATER | RICHARD ESCOTO – FEU
20 | NLEX | WILL MCALONEY – EMILIO AGUINALDO
21 | ALASKA | REY PUBLICO – LETRAN
22 | ALASKA | JAYCEE MARCELINO – LYCEUM
23 | MERALCO | AARON BLACK – ATENEO
24 | RAIN OR SHINE | VINCE TOLENTINO – ATENEO
25 | NLEX | AC SOBERANO – SAN BEDA
26 | MAGNOLIA | YANKIE HARUNA – ST. BENILDE
27 | GINEBRA | KENT SALADO – ARELLANO
28 | RAIN OR SHINE | WENDELL COMBOY – FEU
29 | NORTHPORT | RENZO SUBIDO – UST

THIRD ROUND

30 | COLUMBIAN | BONBON BATILLER – LETRAN
31 | BLACKWATER | CHRIS BITOON – MLQU
32 | NLEX | GELO VITO – UP
33 | PHOENIX | TOCI TANSINGCO – LYCEUM
34 | MERALCO | MICHAEL CANETE – ARELLANO
35 | RAIN OR SHINE | LUKE PARCERO – AMA
36 | NORTHPORT | CRIS DUMAPIG – CEU
37 | MAGNOLIA | ALVIN CAPOBRES – SAN SEBASTIAN
38 | GINEBRA | FRAN ASUNCION – AMA
39 | TNT | SIMON CAMACHO – ADAMSON
40 | SAN MIGUEL | TRAVIS THOMPSON – ALASKA

FOURTH ROUND

41 | COLUMBIAN | MARCO BALAGTAS – JOSE RIZAL
42 | BLACKWATER | HUBERT CANI – FEU
43 | NLEX | JAYVEE MARCELINO – LYCEUM
44 | PHOENIX | SPENCER PRETTA – LYCEUM
45 | NORTHPORT | DEXTER ZAMORA – LYCEUM
46 | TNT | VAL CHAUCA – ADAMSON
47 | SAN MIGUEL | DANIEL DE GUZMAN – LYCEUM

FIFTH ROUND

48 | NLEX | JERAMER CABANAG – SAN BEDA
49 | PHOENIX | JEFF SANTOS – LYCEUM
50 | SAN MIGUEL | VON TAMBELING – PCU

UNDRAFTED PLAYERS

1 | JUSTINE ALANO – UPHR
2 | EARVIN ALVAREZ – SAN SEBASTIAN
3 | BOYD EUGENE ANDERSON
4 | MARIO BONLEON – UST
5 | EDGAR CHARCOS – UPHR
6 | REYNALDO DE MESA – TIP
7 | JESS DIPUTADO – NU
8 | JOHN JOSE DOMINGO – ST. BENILDE
9 | ANDREW ESTRELLA – MAPUA
10 | HESED GABO – MAPUA
11 | JUNJIE HALLARE – ST. CLARE
12 | MARVIN LEE – UST
13 | YVAN LUDOVICE – SAN BEDA
14 | REINHARDT MENDOZA
15 | ARGEL MENDOZA – EMILIO AGUINALDO
16 | JOSE MARI PRESBITERO – SAN BEDA
17 | JAMES REGALADO – USJ-R
18 | JASON RILEY
19 | DARYL SINGONTIKO – UPHR
20 | AMIEL SOBERANO – SAN BEDA
21 | MARK TAYLOR


Which teams won the 2019 PBA Draft?

Check out the blog for more updates.

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I have not been blogging about the 2019 PBA Draft.

I detached a bit on the whole PBA blogging this 2019.

I made a mock PBA Draft last September and that blog aged poorly with Thirdy Ravena, Joshua Munzon, Jason Brickman, Franky Johnson, Santi Santillan, Larry Muyang, Alvin Pasaol, Owen Graham, Jeremiah Grey, Kobe Paras, and others taking their talents elsewhere. In addition, I really, really hate that the first major project of the next season is right smack in the middle of the 2018-19 PBA season.

Can I even say "2018-19 PBA season" when the season started in January?

Okay… the special draft.

I do not know what to think of this. As far as I can remember, the Gilas prospects of 2016 rarely played for the national squad. Worse, some of the players rarely played for their PBA teams. Except for one tourney and a couple of PBA all-star matches, I do not think I remember either Russel Escoto, Arnold Van Opstal or Fonzo Gotladera donning the national colors. Moreover, as far as prospects are unless the names are RR Pogoy, Matthew Wright, Jio Jalalon and Mac Belo, I do not think the other Gilas cadets of that class deserve a return stint to the nationals with how their careers turned out.

Anyway, here is my prediction blog!


SPECIAL DRAFT

1 | COLUMBIAN DYIP | ISAAC GO

Regular draft or special draft, it is superbly insane to snub this former Blue Eagle as the top pick. Sure, he is pretty much Ian Sangalang Lite at this stage of his career. With that said, he is the only worthy big man to be taken this high… and Columbian is in desperate need of adding some height on their roster.

2 | BLACKWATER ELITE | REY SUERTE

Of all the teams that should have vetoed this last-minute draft addition, it should have been this team! They just missed out on Roosevelt Adams! With that said, I am going to go with the former CESAFI MVP over Matt Nieto because Suerte has more experience as a top option unlike Nieto who racked team gold after team gold but never really became Ateneo’s go-to-guy.

3 | NLEX ROAD WARRIORS | MATT NIETO

This is an easy narrative. He is an efficient scorer that played for many Ateneo title squads. Now I do not know how he will adjust in the PBA as a combo guard but he needs to – especially since NLEX has Kiefer Ravena, Jericho Cruz, and Kevin Alas.

4 | ALASKA ACES | ALLYN BULANADI

I have to admit – I had the last two picks of the special draft in the second round of the draft. I guess I thought teams could easily fill the SG and SF spots than the PF and C positions. The Aces are in dire need of a scorer though – especially with a new coach and a team in search to re-live their past glory.

5 | RAIN OR SHINE ELASTO PAINTERS | MIKE NIETO

As mentioned, I had the last two picks in the second round… so having Mike Nieto this high is a good thing. It will go downhill right after though – as this pick’s inclusion just gave Rain or Shine virtually four first-round picks. The thing about Mike Nieto is that he was featured less as compared to the other Ateneans on this list… hence his rank. I hope that Rain or Shine trades their other picks because he might end up feuding with J-Jay Alejandro for bench seats.


REGULAR DRAFT

FIRST ROUND

6 | COLUMBIAN DYIP | ROOSEVELT ADAMS

With this revised format, the PBA gave Columbian the best players of the draft – which is pretty much Go and Roosevelt Adams. All of a sudden, Columbian has an impressive starting core with Go and Adams teaming up with CJ Perez and Rashawn McCarthy. I guess Adams could be a more explosive version of Jerramy King.

7 | BLACKWATER ELITE | MAURICE SHAW

Columbian could get this person… but at 34, his age might be a liability in the future. Sure, he is a former Harlem Globetrotter with a built that screams import… but Columbian is a team that should pack youth and Shaw is far from it. Not Blackwater though. Shaw will most definitely help the underachieving squad to a semblance of a playoff run. In addition, he is a nice free agent just in case Blackwater dissolves because, with the way they are decimating their lineup, the idea of disbandment is not a farfetched thought.  

8 | NLEX ROAD WARRIORS | ARVIN TOLENTINO

As mentioned, the draft is stacked with shooting guards and small forwards, which is why I had Yeng Guiao getting a combo forward. Tolentino had a tumultuous UAAP career in which he went to FEU then to Ateneo and then to FEU again but has made waves in the semi-pro leagues. In addition, this DLSU mentor is not going to make his team overly populated with Ateneans. 

9 | ALASKA ACES | AARON BLACK

Son of legendary playing import coach Norman Black, it was nice for Aaron to step away from the UAAP to get his bearing in other venues like his stint with the MPBL’s Quezon City Capitals. I hope Jeff Cariaso could see his potential because Black could have the potential of becoming the next Jet.

10 | RAIN OR SHINE ELASTO PAINTERS | SEAN MANGANTI

I have heard many things about this former Adamson Soaring Falcon and vloggers have listed him high on their mock drafts. With that said, teams with no first-round picks must trade for this pick from Rain or Shine because the Elasto Painters already have three picks… and I have yet to find a non-expansion squad thriving with four rookies leading the way.

11 | RAIN OR SHINE ELASTO PAINTERS | BONBON BATILLER

Edison Batiller did awesome ball back in UE but circumstances forced him to play college ball elsewhere. From UAAP cellar-dwellers, Batiller claimed a title with Letran. So with Letran alum Caloy Garcia as the coach, former Letran ace Rey Nambatac as running buddy, and former king UE Warrior James Yap as his mentor, Bonbon is probably going to do well in Rain or Shine.

12 | RAIN OR SHINE ELASTO PAINTERS | RICHARD ESCOTO

Rain or Shine is probably going to get a big man and pair him up with a small player. Or players… since they have a platoon of draft picks. Enter former FEU combo forward Richard Escoto. Dude did well in FEU as well as in the MPBL and was once perceived as a potential Gilas cadet. So there.

13 | NORTHPORT BATANG PIER | JERRICK BALANZA

The former Letran Knight raised his draft stock when he helped his team against the otherwise-dominant San Beda Red Lions. He also came back from a career-threatening ailment to surprise all odds. He is a walking success story and Pido Jarencio and Bonnie Tan will go insane when they select their former player.

14 | MAGNOLIA HOTSHOTS | PRINCE RIVERO

He does not have the size of Rafi Reavis and over the years, we have had our share of Marc Pingris wannabes and successors to the throne. Prince Rivero could be a player in that range… and that is a good thing for the Hotshots. Rivero, a former DLSU Green Archer and Alab Pilipinas standout, is going to a helpful cog in their future championship aspirations.

15 | BARANGAY GINEBRA KINGS | MIKE AYON-AYON

Many people say that the MPBL is the “barangay” version of the PBA. Well, the statement might be a good thing for this former PCU standout. I know Ginebra is littered with small forwards and shooting guards now but I mean how can you pass up on a never say die dude with attitude in the mold of Earl Scottie Thompson?  

16 | TNT KATROPA | VINCE TOLENTINO

Former Ateneo combo forward Vince Tolentino is my bet to hit first round glory. I thought he should have made his PBA debut this season but then he fine-tuned his craft with the MPBL’s Bataan Risers. TNT could use some hustle and flow off their bench and I think Tolentino could be a good alternative for Anthony Semerad.

17 | COLUMBIAN DYIP | KENT SALADO

With Columbian getting two awesome choices, I think they need a brilliant mind who could possibly help Columbian get out of cellar hell. There was a time when Kent Salado is perceived as point guard elite and he can be a good find this late in the draft.

So there you have it, I hope my predictions come true… although I really want Rain or Shine to trade at least two of their picks.

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