2019 PBA DRAFT | MOCK DRAFT / PREDICTION






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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