There were ten imports at the start of the tourney and somewhere along the way – a lot of coaches saw that some of these imports can’t boost their chances to the top.
One of those imports is one of my favorites – Chris Alexander.
The out-of-shape former Best Import was sent away and while Jackson Vroman is a gem of a choice. The same can be said with Jarrid Famous, Dermarr Johnson, and Nick Fazekas who thought could save their squads from elimination but when they left, their squad fared better.
Well… except for Petron.
They changed Fazekas to Will McDonald a little too late.
Game starts now.
10 – RODNEY WHITE / BARAKO BULL
There’s a question mark on whether or not Rodney White will continue his PBA import career. Nonetheless, the former NBA player was partially responsible for Barako Bull’s success.
9 – DONNELL HARVEY / TALK N TEXT
Part of me tells me that Talk N Text is one of those teams that have little use for domineering imports. What Harvey gives this team is a fighting chance to defend their throne.
8 – JACKSON VROMAN / GINEBRA
While I am more of a Chris Alexander fan, you can discount the fact that they Kings indeed accomplished their assignments with Vroman around. He needs to do well on his free throws.
7 – EARL BARRON / MERALCO
The former NBA player finished off what Jarrid Famous had trouble doing. The former Red Bull import also gives the team a tremendous boost in their offense. Hopefully he can tow Meralco to their first semis run.
6 – ADAM PARADA / ALASKA
Parada isn’t as dominant as he was when he was still playing for Red Bull. Admittedly, he started the season hurting. However, he gave Alaska the chance to fill their void in the middle and he gave the other starters a chance to do their thing.
5 – DWAYNE JONES / POWERADE
Like Parada in Alaska, Jones is not making his team HIS team. Instead he lets his teammates shine and lets Gary David, JV Casio, and Marcio Lassiter continue what they started a conference ago. Whenever the team needs a second crack at a shot, he’ll give it to them.
4 – NICK FAZEKAS / PETRON
Fazekas was everything Petron hoped for except that he can’t give the team the “W”. Dirk Nowitzki lite played above and beyond the rim but he can’t make his teammates look good. But then again, maybe Fazekas isn’t the one to blame. Let’s face it, Petron didn’t do well with Will McDonald in tow either.
3 – DREW CREWS / RAIN OR SHINE
Crews will leave Rain or Shine giving his all. Maybe budget cuts got him to last until the end but it’s adamant that for an undersized import, he could do more. Yeng Guiao putting his faith on Crews was enough to realize his worth. Perhaps this is the reason why he got a job playing for the ABL’s San Miguel Beermen squad.
2 – DENZEL BOWLES / B-MEG
Of all the imports employed by the San Miguel Corporation, Bowles had the least credentials. So how did Bowles won Tim Cone over? The guy meshed with a system that has yet to gain fruit. Playing the dominant import role, the Llamados flourished and for their sake, the B-Meg faithful needs to wish that Bowles will continue making things easy for them.
1 – MARCUS DOUTHIT / AIR21
I can’t stress this enough – Marcus Douthit has gold written over him. He proved it with Smart-Gilas and he proved it with Air21. So what the hell am I saying? Despite the changes the team made, it is still a ragtag core but all of a sudden they realized that they can win with Douthit around. While the Express failed to sustain their newfound winning attitude, let it be known that Douthit did his part in making the Express competent enough to fight for wins.
The good news for every fan wanting to hurt the list with uncontrollable anger is that this is an elimination round list. Douthit, Fazekas, Crews, and possibly White are already gone with six teams left to contend. This means the weak teams will be weeded out and the best imports will stay at the top.
The bad news? Unless Bowles gets injured or fails to boost his team to the finals, people will bow down to him after he is awarded with the Best Import trophy.