Is it going to be a battle of guards? or battle of bigmen? PBA Season 42 Analysis

After the trimming and building of each PBA teams making the most out of the PBA off-season in trying to showcase a strong line up, we are left clueless of the way this upcoming season is going to be.

As each team wanting to get their line ups filled with new faces considering the size and talent after different star player switches and key player trades, it is going to be an anticipated All Filipino Cup again. After the 41st season’s governors’ cup, every one woke up in a surpise after hearing about a report that involves Star Hotshots’ Star player and the former MVP Paul Lee of the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters. This might be considered as the biggest blockbuster trade in this generation as Star Hotshots acquired the rights to Paul Lee and RoS to James Yap.

This was just one of those trades that happened, after a successful campaign in the Governors’ Cup, the Barangay Ginebra San Miguel the previous conference’s champion traded their back ups such as Nico Salva, Dennice Villamor and Franklin Bonifacio. Just when everyone’s expecting for an intact core for this ballclub after a championship they eventually released some of their players due to an overcrowded roster after drafting 3 more bigmen in the latest PBA Rookie Draft. Ginebra picked Kevin Ferrer a University of Sto. Tomas cager and a gilas cadet. They also acquired the rights to sign Jam Jamito of St. Claire college and their former practice player Jericho De Guzman.

San Miguel Beermen also acquired another bigman Van Opstal as a backup of Junmar Fajardo who has a potential to be a threat inside the paint. The beermen then released Gary David from their roster after having some difficulties meeting it’s salary cap and also because of multiple players with the same position as David.

There are lots of trades that involved guards and centers and it’s too many to mention but is this season going to be a battle of fronliners? or a backcourt competition?

Based on what each teams are trying to achieve, San Miguel Beermen’s Junmar Fajardo has been the benchmark. Trying to match up this former MVP is the goal of every team in this conference as they will not have any reinforcement until the 2nd and 3rd conference. Play making is one of the key factors to consider too but the focal point of this new season is building a strong frontline roster for each team to be able to overcome and surpass what Fajardo is producing. With the addition Arnold Van Opstal in the Beermen’s frontcourt, it will be hard for any teams to battle inside the paint.

Well for me? It’s going to be a battle of the goliaths. Having a very skill and size filled rookie class, it will certainly be a matter of who will dominate the paint than who can make plays in the back court.

Top 3 Prospect in PBA Special Draft

Blackwater will pick first and they needs a rookie who can give an immediate impact as soon as he step in the playing court.

And here are the top 3 prospects who I think can give them an immediate spark.

  1. Mac Belo – One of the best collegiate player who helped FEU to win a championship last year. He also lead Gilas Pilipinas to gold medal finish in SEA Games. Mac is a versatile bigman who can shoot from downtown, drive to hoop and has a decent post up moves.
  2. Jio Jalalon – The Bus Driver is today’s best collegiate guard. Almost averaging a triple double in NCAA, He almost won the MVP award this year. His playing style is the same with Scottie Thompson but with a better shooting skills.
  3. Arnold Van Opstal – The Big Guy from DLSU program who helped them to get a championship last year. His basketball skills is still raw but with proper training this guys will be a monster in PBA. With a height of 6’7 and a great body to bang with other players even with raw basketball skills, he will still be a great pick up in any team who needs a solid big man.
Projected Landing:
  1. Mac Belo
  2. Arnold Van Opstal
  3. Jio Jalalon