THE TOP TEN WINGMEN IN THE PBA

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THE TOP TEN WINGMEN IN THE PBA

Post by Ginebra Tambayan on Mon Dec 02, 2013 11:04 am

THE TOP TEN WINGMEN IN THE PBA
A new PBA season is upon us, and with it comes renewed passion for the game all Pinoys love. Over the offseason, I have come to wonder about one thing – who are the best pro players we have right now? It’s a question that has been asked and answered many times already – by many people, in many different times, in many different places, and using many different metrics (or no metrics at all).
 
Here’s my feeble take on the whole thing – a three-part series revolving around the best performers of the past season and how they might do in this new one. In this second part, I will focus on the wingmen of the PBA. These are the guys who play either/both small forward and/or shooting guard for their respective teams.
 
Now, one peculiar thing about PBA wingmen is that they come in a WIDE range of sizes and skill-sets. For example, we have Danny Seigle, a 6-7 Fil-Am who can play both perimeter positions, and Willie Miller, a 5-11 combo-guard from Olongapo. We have Air21 SF KG Canaleta, who played center in college, and Alaska’s Calvin Abueva, a Pampagueño who has the skills to play pretty much all five spots.
 
Please take note that this list is based purely on the Efficiency Ratings for the entire 2013 PBA season. Also, I won’t be taking the rookies into account yet, so don’t look for guys like James Forrester, Alex Nuyles, and Jeric Teng.
 
And now, without further ado, here are the Top Ten Wingmen in the PBA heading into the 2014 Season:
 
10. Jeff Chan (ROS) – 11.9ppg, 3.6rpg, 2.6apg, 1.2 triples per game, 74.5 FT%, 25.97 EFF
 
Chan’s production took a dip in 2013, perhaps because his being a part of Gilas took its toll on the former FEU sniper. Chan still averaged pretty good numbers, mind you, but his scoring and overall shooting nosedived a bit.  He did try and compensate with better rebounding and assists totals, though. Overall Chan remains one of the best shooting guards in the league, and he will definitely be an integral part of Gilas’s drive in the 2014 FIBA World Cup.
 
9. PJ Simon (SMC) – 12.8ppg, 3.4rpg, 1.3apg, 32.1 3pt%, 76.7 FT%, 26.01 EFF
 
PJ Simon is the most perfect back-up SG, simply because, frankly speaking, there is hardly any dip in production between him and the next guy on this list, James Yap. Simon isn’t as streaky as Yap, but he seems to be a bit more consistent, a bit more reliable. And, I mean, Simon is just money off the pine. Where else can you find a back-up scoring nearly 13 points per game? He’s clearly one of the most underrated players in the league, and, I daresay, he might even be a bigger star if he were on another team (hello, PBA expansion, let’s do this). When Simon returns from injury, look for him to boost the Mixers’ depth in the backcourt.
 
8. James Yap (SMC) – 13.3ppg, 4.5rpg, 1.6apg, 1.3 triples per game, 26.19 EFF
 
Yap is one of the poster boys of the PBA (he definitely is one of its most sought-after endorsers), but a quick glance at his career stats reveals that, in fact, his production has been dipping steadily since 2011. The former UE Red Warrior hasn’t scored this low since his rookie season, and, again, his 29% shooting clip from long distance is among the worst in his storied career. Here’s another troubling fact, too – he shot just 64% from the line last season, which is his lowest clip ever.  All in all, I think Yap still belongs in the upper echelon of PBA snipers, but don’t be surprised if his scoring sprees come few and far between this season.
 
7. Marcio Lassiter (PET) – 12.1ppg, 3.5rpg, 2.0apg, 2.0 triples per game, 45.3 3pt%, 26.37 EFF
 
As good as Lassiter was for Petron last season, we have to remember that his rookie year was even more spectacular. This was the guy who normed 17 points, 6 boards, 4 assists, and more than 1 steal in his maiden PBA year. Of course, one major factor that contributed to Lassiter’s “sophomore slump” was the nine fewer minutes he played per game. From being one of the main guys on Powerade in 2012, Lassiter became “just another scoring option” for the Boosters. What’s worse is that the guy who plays behind him, Chris Lutz, is pretty much a carbon copy wingman. Does this mean Lassiter is bound to have another lukewarm season in Petron blue? Maybe not, especially after he top-scored in the Boosters’s opening game triumph over the Batang Pier – he hit 4 treys and totaled 18 points.
 
6. Danny Seigle (???) – 11.8ppg, 4.6rpg, 1.3apg, 27.12 EFF
 
Yes, one of the league’s best wingmen is presently unemployed. It’s a travesty, I tell you. I mean, as a 36-37-year old guy who once went down with a tragic ACL tear, Seigle still impressed last season. Surely, he’s no longer as explosive as he once was, but one look at that superb double-ankle-breaker against Ginebra should make any basketball fan see that this old man still can. After Barako Bull dropped Seigle (Why, you ask? Who the hell knows?), it was rumored he’d be shipped to another San Miguel squad, and now he’s said to be ready to suit up for Talk N Text. Man, I just hope I get to see him play again, you know? I hope he doesn’t follow his kuya’s footsteps and just go back to the States. He’s a baller of the best kind. If not in the PBA, then maybe in the ABL?
 
5. Cyrus Baguio (ALA) – 13.4ppg, 3.8rpg, 2.7apg, 1.0spg, 1.2 triples per game, 40.4 3pt%, 28.84 EFF
 
One might  have thought Baguio’s production would go south after Alaska’s acquisition of Calvin Abueva, right? Only that didn’t happen. Instead of his game significantly suffering, Baguio remained super solid throughout last season, even helping the Aces win the Commish Cup. His efficiency rating from last season is actually the third-highest in his career, and, after all these years, the former King Tiger still looks very sharp. He is known for his athleticism and explosiveness, but one thing has been doing quite well recently (although he doesn’t get much press for it) is that he is a potential lights-out shooter. Baguio hit more than 40% of his threes last season, making better than one per outing. Expect him to continue having a strong showing for the Aces this year.
 
4. KG Canaleta (AIR) – 16.7ppg, 5.3rpg, 1.3apg, 2.6 triples per game, 36.9 3pt%, 30.67 EFF
 
It’s no wonder Canaleta was named the PBA’s Most Improved Player last season. I mean, this guy had a heckuva year – just look at those numbers! It was, by far, the best season in his career, and it shouldn’t really come as a surprise if he remains one of the league’s deadliest stretch-forwards. It’s actually funny to think of Canaleta as a wingman, since he primarily played center before turning pro. Right now, though, the former UE big man plies his trade mostly around the perimeter, eschewing the low post game for sweet-looking jump shots and pull-ups. I am so excited for the kind of season everyone expects him to have, but the addition of Joseph Yeo and Mac Cardona to the Air21 roster worries me a bit. Those two just aren’t known for their passing game, and I fear KG might not have as many touches as he had last season.
 
3. Gary David (MER) – 18.8ppg, 3.4rpg, 1.3apg, 1.9 triples per game, 84.9 FT%, 30.82 EFF
 
El Granada is still, hands down, one of the purest shooters not just in the country, but in the entire continent. Need proof? Just ask the Kazakhs, who were burned by David for four three-pointers in that quarterfinal rout in the 2013 FIBA Asia tourney. This past season David’s scoring dropped from the career-high 25.8ppg he posted in 2012, but his nearly 19 points per outing still stands as one of the best in the pro circuit. His three-point percentage also slid down sharply (from 36% in 2012 to 30% last season), but perhaps that can be attributed to tighter defense from his opponents and the fact that he tried to diversify his game by being more aggressive going to the basket. Of course, he didn’t exactly have fresh legs often because of his multiple stints with Gilas. Now that David is with the Bolts, I don’t see his production dipping. In fact, I would venture to think he will be Meralco’s top scorer this season.
 
 
2. Calvin Abueva (ALA) – 12.3ppg, 9.4rpg, 1.8apg, 31.63 EFF
 
Nobody outside of the Alaska fanbase really likes Abueva (that’s putting it mildly, you know), but his game sure is something to behold. Yes, his opposition-directed antics will surely irk anyone and everyone, but, hey, that’s just part of his character as a basketball player. That’s where he draws his strength, and that’s what makes him so special. For a significant chunk of last season, people debated whether this kid (a 25-year old kid, mind you) was deserving to be in the MVP conversation. That alone is an accolade any rookie would die to have. In addition to that, though, Abueva helped the Aces bag their first conference title in a while (and very first after Tim Cone jumped ship). It was, indeed, a memorable year for everyone’s fave on-court heel, and this season should give us more reasons to talk about him and, well, jeer him.
 
1. Mark Caguioa (GIN) – 17.2ppg, 4.5rpg, 2.6apg, 1.0 triples per game, 31.96 EFF
 
Yes, Mark the Spark is still the PBA’s best (read: most productive) wingman. Some people might say he plays point for the Kings, but, hey, with Tenorio there, who in his right mind would put Caguioa at PG? And, let’s face it, his skill-set is really for a two-guard – a very effective two-guard. Think Kemba Walker or Allen Iverson. Caguioa had his best scoring season in 2012-2013 since scoring nearly 20 per game in 2007-2008, and I am sure he’s only going to try harder this season now that his team just got bigger and deeper. Look for him to get really motivated to put the Kings back on top of the heap.
 
 
Outside looking in:
Larry Fonacier (TNT) – 25.83 EFF
Mac Cardona (AIR) – 25.62 EFF
Willie Miller (BAR) – 25.44 EFF
Gabe Norwood (ROS) – 24.36 EFF
Chris Lutz (PET) – 23.46 EFF
Promising Rookie wings:
James Forrester (GIN)
Ryan Buenafe (ALA)
Alex Nuyles (ROS)
Nico Salva (GLO)
Jeric Teng (ROS)
Enzo Flojo is new here on the PBA site, but he has been writing about all things basketball for quite some time now. You can read more of his stuff on his nationally-recognized blog, HoopNut.com, on the college hoops site, InboundPass.com, on Rappler Sports, on Asia-Basket.com, or you can follow him on Twitter — @HoopNut.

Source: Inquirer.net


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Post by MR. FAST on Mon Dec 02, 2013 11:07 am

OT:

Done Admin NSD! apir!

Ayun oh! wala pa din kakupas kupas talaga si MC47.. basta maging healthy lang talga sha all throughout season sigurado marami raming awards yan mahahakot..

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Post by garrett_jax on Mon Dec 02, 2013 11:22 am

un no# 8 ............ bumabagsak na ang career ........... hahahah

iba pa rin si idol MC47 ....... habang tumatagal lalong bumabangis .........

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Post by NSD Loyalist on Mon Dec 02, 2013 11:29 am

OT: Salamat, Admin Fasty!

12 years na sa PBA si Mark and he is still one of the best scorers in the league at marami pa siyang magagawa for the team.

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Post by MR. FAST on Mon Dec 02, 2013 11:31 am

mukhang palaos na pre


Lalong gaganda pa laro nyan ni MC lalo na't nachachallenge sha sa batch ng mga rookies ngayon.. hindi tulad nung isa panay inda ng sakit.. lol

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Post by garrett_jax on Mon Dec 02, 2013 11:54 am

ano ba injury nun, the man w/ a million moves (reason)? ............ hahahah


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Post by raqui2101 on Mon Dec 02, 2013 10:07 pm

ung injury nung no 8 back pain daw.... na pag pinilit nyang laruin ng sagad gudbye basketball na sya.... press release lang na ok na likod nun... ayun sa kakilala kong player dati ng sanmig...

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Post by betterhalf on Tue Dec 03, 2013 11:39 am

anyare kay yap  

once and for all pinatunayan tlga ni mc na hindi pa sya laos

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Post by garrett_jax on Tue Dec 03, 2013 12:00 pm

si idol MC47......... habang tumatagal, tumataas ang value nya ......

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Post by nolzky83 on Tue Dec 03, 2013 2:04 pm

yan ang tunay na may angas...

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Post by garrett_jax on Tue Dec 03, 2013 2:18 pm

di tulad ni calvin abueva ........ nauubos na un angas ......... ahahaha

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Post by betterhalf on Tue Dec 03, 2013 2:27 pm

naging ungas na tuloy pre wla na kasi ung angas  

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Post by garrett_jax on Tue Dec 03, 2013 2:50 pm

tama ka pre ............. laging foul out sa game ........... di na kasi kinagat ng mga refs ang acting nya na flop ........... hahahaha

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