Welcome to the Power Rankings.
Even with the freakishly hot weather, I will still unearth whatever brain wave my mind encounters to bring you up to date with whatever I can possibly produce.
With that said…
PBA Power Rankings time!
Here are the players that did enough to possibly get the Best Player of the Conference Award!
Game starts now!
20 – JAMES YAP / LLAMADOS
STATS: 13.6PPG • 3.6RPG • 3.0APG
The capability of Denzel Bowles to be the all-around import that B-Meg should adore is limiting King James’ stats.
19 – JV CASIO / TIGERS
STATS: 11.7PPG • 3.4RPG • 7.2APG
This season’s top draft pick continues to have a good rookie year even if the Tigers are already eliminated.
18 – KELLY WILLIAMS / TROPANG TEXTERS
STATS: 9.1PPG • 7.7RPG • 1.3APG
His standing could have been better but he’ll happily take the defensive specialist role for a chance to score a grand slam.
17 – RANIDEL DE OCAMPO / TROPANG TEXTERS
STATS: 13.1PPG • 5.4RPG • 2.0APG
Here’s another guy who could be doing more. For his part he is one of five locals to score in double figures for Talk N Text.
16 – RUDY HATFIELD / KINGS
STATS: 8.9PPG • 8.1RPG • 1.7APG • 1.0SPG
His explosive production did little for him to score a regular 30-minute gig but he’ll likely be a key man for the Kings if they want to advance.
15 – JARED DILLINGER / TROPANG TEXTERS
STATS: 11.8PPG • 4.0RPG • 2.7APG • 1.2SPG
Like I said, finally Dillinger is getting the breaks in Chot Reyes’ rotation. The combo forward is a mix of toughness and speed that could spell mismatch for the opposing squad.
14 – MIKE CORTEZ / KINGS
STATS: 10.5PPG • 4.4RPG • 4.6APG
With Jayjay Helterbrand and Mark Caguioa nursing injuries, expect Siot Tanquingcen to look for the Cool Cat to provide scoring in the backcourt.
13 – WILLIE MILLER / ENERGY
STATS: 16.4PPG • 4.5RPG • 3.4APG
The Thriller these past few games is playing decoy to Danny Seigle, Don Allado, and Ronald Tubid. Look for him though to explode when they need his shots badly.
12 – ALEX CABAGNOT / BLAZE BOOSTERS
STATS: 12.9PPG • 2.4RPG • 6.4APG • 1.2SPG
A-Cab is actually one of the few bright spots in Petron’s disappointing season. With all the injuries to their team, he is ably carrying their point guard spot.
11 – SONNY THOSS / ACES
STATS: 11.2PPG • 8.7RPG • 2.2APG • 1.2BPG
The Boss continues to shell out a remarkable Commish Cup performance especially since Jay-R Reyes is finding it hard to make his game relevant.
10 – CHRIS ROSS / BOLTS
STATS: 7.5PPG • 4.3RPG • 8.2APG • 1.9SPG
One of the biggest revelations of the tourney is the continuous maturity of this former Powerade Tiger. His offense/defense contributions make him a favorite in Ryan Gregorio’s rotation.
9 – JIMMY ALAPAG / TROPANG TEXTERS
STATS: 12.3PPG • 2.7RPG • 6.6APG
The Mighty Mouse might be off track to repeat as MVP but you can’t count him off in winning at least a Mythical selection with the way he’s been playing.
8 – CYRUS BAGUIO / ACES
STATS: 18.5PPG • 4.1RPG • 3.1APG
The offensive thrust that lacked Baguio during the Philippine Cup is prominently showing in this conference and this could catapult the Aces to the next round.
7 – JAYSON CASTRO / TROPANG TEXTERS
STATS: 14.5PPG • 3.6RPG • 3.9APG • 1.3SPG
Why is Jayson Castro a strong contender for the MVP award? It’s because even if he doesn’t have the stats Arwind Santos or Gary David have, he knows how to take his team to championship glory.
6 – MACMAC CARDONA / BOLTS
STATS: 19.2PPG • 6.7PRG • 2.8APG
Sans that incident where his intensity took him out of the game with 46 minutes left, Cardona has been a prized possession for Ryan Gregorio. He needs to get his emotions checked to help the Bolts play their first semifinal game.
5 – ARWIND SANTOS / BLAZE BOOSTERS
STATS: 13.3PPG • 11.1RPG • 1.3APG • 0.9SPG • 1.8BPG
Poor Arwind. The Commissioner’s Cup has been a struggle for him but even in his bad day, his stats are better than 80 percent of the league. Now that they got the boot out of the conference, the chances of him finally winning a MVP trophy have turned from bad to worse.
4 – LA TENORIO / ACES
STATS: 15.8PPG • 4.9RPG • 5.5APG • 1.2SPG
Clearly he is Alaska’s most consistent performer since Willie Miller and Joe Devance. Alaska lives and dies with Tenorio’s playmaking skills. Tenorio plays almost 36 minutes and in some ways he is the reason why Alaska isn’t really looking for a solid backup point.
3 – MARK CAGUIOA / KINGS
STATS: 16.9PPG • 6.4RPG • 2.4APG • 1.0SPG
Before the eye injury, Caguioa was ready to return to his former glory. At one point, he was averaging with a double-double. Ginebra got lucky with the outright semis berth because it gives them time to rest The Spark. The question lies though if The Spark is conditioned enough to do battle.
2 – MARCIO LASSITER / TIGERS
STATS: 17.7PPG • 5.9RPG • 3.6APG • 1.3SPG
Expect this spot to get vacated pronto. Lassiter is again in the dirt sheets because he is rumored to go to Petron for Rabeh Al-Hussaini and Rey Guevarra. Lassiter is comfortable with the spot he is in so if Petron will use him sparingly, look for perhaps JV Casio for a backdoor entry for the Top Rookie plum.
1 – GARY DAVID / TIGERS
STATS: 27.1PPG • 3.4RPG • 1.9APG
Again, expect this spot to get vacated following Powerade’s ouster by the Meralco Bolts. David did serious damage offense-wise this conference and it felt like an injustice to his fans if he doesn’t score 25 points and up. So will this warrant an El Granada MVP citation? Perhaps… when they score another championship run… I guess.
The list will probably have a bunch of new stars following the ouster of Powerade and Petron and probably the addition of the Meralco/B-Meg and Barako Bull/Alaska loser. One player certain to move up is last conference’s Finals MVP Larry Fonacier. The guy leads Talk N Text in minutes and will unleash his scoring accuracy when needed.
Check out the next edition of the rankings… perhaps before the finals.
Or when I feel like it.
By the way, in a few weeks from now, I’ll do a new project.
I’ll keep you posted because you need to check that out.