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.
After a rumored transfer of Paolo Taha of Mahindra Floodbusters to Ginebra, it finally came to reality as Ginebra sent rarely used forwards Dennice Villamor and Frank Bonifacio to Mahindra to acquire the service of the said key player Paolo Taha.
In a loaded backcourt roster of Ginebra, Paolo Taha will be one of the point guards that Ginebra will utilize in the PBA’s All Filipino Cup starting this November 20. It is expected that all the drafted rookies of Ginebra who are all big men will be signed to fill the spot of Greg Slaughter who will be out for approximately two conferences and the spot of their promising import Justin Brownlee who is also expected to be in service for Ginebra in the last two reinforcement conferences.
Dramatic trades have been approved across all teams but we are yet to confirm if there will be more movements coordinated within the PBA teams but we will surely expect more player exchanges up to the last minute before the new season commences as each ball clubs try to strengthen their line up and deepen their bench back ups in this upcoming Philippine Cup.
We’ve been seeing Frank Bonifacio every Ginebra Practice wearing the ginebra uniform and the first question we had in mind was, “Is he a new player of Ginebra?” and that question was answered last year when someone from the ginebra coaching staff confirmed that he’s going to be a practice player/reserve. Bonifacio is undrafted and has been practicing with other teams prior to the Ginebra spot.
A few days before the start of the third conference, a news spread out that he signed for a roster spot in the active line up of ginebra. And we had to confirm some details with him personally via his facebook account and he said that he’s very happy now that he already earned a spot in the pba as a professional player of the Barangay Ginebra San Miguel.
“I found out Friday before the practice but I don’t know who I replaced, they didn’t tell me. I’m just happy I’m finally on the lineup after 5 conferences being a reserve/ practice player.” Bonifacio said. Ginebra has 15 active players in their line up which means he will be the 16th so we are yet to confirm if anyone will be moving out of the active roster.
He also wants to thank the ginebra fans, the management and Coach tim for the opportunity and support. “I’ll do my best to make an impact on the court whenever I get a chance. Thanks to Coach Tim and the Ginebra Management for giving me this opportunity. #nsd.”
Ginebra did not hire any Asian import and Greg Slaughter will be out in a couple of games since he is still in a recovery period after his surgery so that’s maybe the reason why they needed someone to be ready to help in case they need front-line support.