Barangay Ginebra pulled the trigger on a deal that landed them Mac Baracael before the start of the second conference. They made this trade for one obvious reason: his ability to score. With Dylan Ababou still out due to ACL injury and Chris Ellis’ offensive game not yet as consistent as they would like, they turned to Baracael to give them some scoring punch in the small forward position. He was expected to be one of the main guys off the bench, giving the team a different dimension on offense with him being a threat from almost every area of the court.
Baracael was solid for Barangay Ginebra. His ability to score is definitely something that was overlooked by some last conference. His offensive rating (ORTG) of 102 is actually among the best in the team. This comes as no surprise since Baracael will be able to score regardless of what situation he is placed in. He has a post-up game (he can go to against smaller defenders), shooting range from beyond the arc and from mid-rage and he is also agile enough to get pass slower defenders to finish at the rim. Baracael could be the most versatile player Ginebra has now and he featured greatly whenever they chose to go small (sliding up to play power forward). Lastly, he also showed a feel for big moments, like when he scored 21 points in game five against Talk ‘N Text and when he hit two triples in the fourth quarter of game 2 against Rain or Shine.
Baracael is an inconsistent player. When he’s on, he’s on; but when he struggles, he will usually end up bricking most shots he takes for that game. Also, he is a below-average defender that is unable to slide his feed fast enough to stay in front of faster players. Because of his smaller frame, his rebounding also suffered, as he was only able to secure two rebounds per game last conference. Mentally, Baracael also tends to settle a lot, often being happy with launching long twos (worst shot in basketball), while also hesitating to shoot open shots when he’s slumping… two things that often times cause Ginebra’s offense to come to a complete stop.
For a relatively young player, give Baracael some credit for being able to learn and adapt to the system of Coach Alfrancis in a short time. Baracael gave Barangay Ginebra a strong offensive presence off the bench and even with the return of Ababou, I still see him cracking the rotation because of his versatility and ability to potentially have a big game in any given night.
Barangay Ginebra San Miguel Approval Ratings
|Elmer Espiritu||Robert Labagala||Billy Mamaril||Kerby Raymundo||Jayjay Helterbrand|
|Mac Baracael||Rudy Hatfield||Chris Ellis||LA Tenorio||Mark Caguioa|