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Gadzooks! I've Been Drafted!

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In one of our previous columns I presented both the applicants and the order of picking for the 2013 PBA Draft to be held this Sunday. Let's now take a look at how teams will most likely pick.

Word to the wise though: the first three picks should be set in stone, with the three local big men going the earliest. Also, it seems Barako Bull traded away its picks at Number 4 and Number 5 overall. Picking at Number 4 will be Barangay Ginebra, then Petron at Number 5.

FIRST ROUND:

1. Barangay Ginebra San Miguel

Needs - Big man, scoring help from the wings, backup pointguard

Likely pick - Greg Slaughter. Really a no-brainer regardless of who was picking Number 1 overall. Slaughter is seven feet tall and some 260 pounds. He learned a lot playing for Norman Black at the Ateneo and nearly two years under Rajko Toroman at the Gilas national team. He will form a towering frontline with 6-foot-9 Japeth Aguilar and 6-foot-7 JR Reyes, and this trio is young enough to play together effectively for at least the next 4-5 years.

2. San Mig Coffee Mixers

Needs - Big man, scoring help from the wings

Likely pick - Ian Sangalang. Sangalang has shown throughout his amateur career that he is arguably the most skilled homegrown big man today. He rebounds well, blocks shots, helps and recovers quickly, and has all the big man scoring tricks from turnaround jumpers to jump hooks to elbow jumpers. He will get plenty of tutoring from veterans Rafi Reavis, Joe De Vance and newly-minted Finals MVP Marc Pingris.

3. Rain or Shine ElastoPainters

Needs - Big man, pointguard

Likely pick - Raymund Almazan. Rain or Shine head coach Yeng Guiao has already unequivocally stated many times that ROS will pick the best available big man at Number 3. Almazan in fact worked out with the Elasto Painters over the summer. He will bring legitimate size and athleticism to a frontline that has plenty of bulk and toughness but little by way of height and athleticism. He can only get tougher practicing everyday with Beau Belga, JR Quinahan, Larry Rodriguez and Jervy Cruz.

4. Ginebra via Barako Bull Energy Cola

Needs - Big man, scoring help from the wings, backup pointguard

Likely pick - James Forrester. Our sources said that the Gins were actually interested in using this pick on reigning UAAP MVP Terrence Romeo. But with Emman Monfort coming (traded for Rob Labagala, approval still pending as of this writing), they have an able pointguard prospect to back up LA Tenorio. Forrester should therefore address their other need: scoring help at the wings, which is why they are likely going to get the Filipino-Canadian out of Toronto. Why on earth they'd take Forrester over say the slightly more polished Alex Nuyles however boggles the mind.

5. Petron via Barako Bull Energy Cola

Needs - Backup big man for either or both the 4 and 5 spots

Likely pick - Justin Chua. Petron gave away backup center Magi Sison and forward Mark Isip to get this pick. They also traded backup pointguard Dennis Miranda to try and get Chris Ross from Global Port. That means they suddenly became a shorter but faster team. Still, they need some insurance up front and a reliever for June Mar Fajardo. Chua, a bulky throwback-type big man, might be a surprise pick in the first round with this development. Although the way San Miguel teams are wheeling and dealing, the Boost Blazers might yet select one of the FEU gunners.

6. Barako Bull Energy Cola (might become Global Port)

Needs - Quality youth, desperately

Likely pick- Terrence Romeo. Once again Barako is giving away draft picks and a chance to get younger for what should be a chance to win more immediately with veterans. Dylan Ababou, Mark Isip and Magi Sison are headed Barako's way (approval pending as of this writing). It might have been a Gilas reunion of sorts had Rajko Toroman not been suddenly given his walking papers. Romeo will be handed the keys right away but he can't be hogging the ball as a rookie pointguard or the veterans will will beat some sense into him.

If this is Global Port's pick though, Romeo will find a more welcoming home.

7. GlobalPort Batang Pier

Needs - Scoring from the perimeter

Likely pick - Jeric Teng. Teng will get every chance, and every shot, to prove he belongs in the PBA. Gary David is gone, and apparently Chris Ross has not even attended a Batang Pier practice. Enter Teng, the man who blossomed into a go-to scorer for the Santo Tomas Tigers, fresh off back-to-back Finals in the UAAP. Global Port has repeatedly expressed their interest in him and now have a legit shot at getting him.

8. Alaska Aces

Needs - Backup big man, off the bench scorer at both 3 and 4

Likely pick - Nico Salva. Salva is one of only three players to have won a UAAP title in each of his five playing years in the league while he was an Ateneo Blue Eagle. He has just enough size and athletic ability to be a small forward in the pros, or be a power forward in a small ball lineup off the bench. His ability to make jumpshots of kickout plays is an advantage in the Alaska halfcourt motion game. He will get plenty of tutoring from the classy Tony Dela Cruz, Alaska's incumbent at the position.

9. Rain or Shine ElastoPainters

Needs - Size at the perimeter, backup scoring soc

Likely pick - Alex Nuyles. This high-flying swingman should fit in nicely with Yeng Guiao's scheme of things. Guiao will give him every opportunity to become Cyrus Baguio version 2.0, or maybe even better, and he will benefit from the playmaking of Paul Lee and make up for the limited athleticism of Chris Tiu.

10. San Mig Coffee Mixers

Needs - Small forward, backup swingman, scoring soc off the bench

Likely pick - Carlo Lastimosa. Lasti is a proven scorer from the backcourt and will remind people of his Uncle Jojo. Unlike his celebrated uncle though, Lastimosa can actually take a stab at playing pointguard coming off the bench.

Another choice here could be RR Garcia, a UAAP MVP and very crafty shooter/scorer. If they do take Garcia, that makes incumbent Lester Alvarez expendable. Getting Garcia will allow Alex Mallari, who had a very good Commissioners Cup, to move to his more natural off-guard position.
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  1. Sam Miguel's Avatar
    Having spoken to Coach Tim Cone, he expressed surprise that Justin Chua was still available at Number 10 overall. He said he was told that Chua could go as early as Number 5 or Number 6. Funny how things work out.

 
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