Expectations was really high for Vernon Macklin because of the poor start of Ginebra. He was a replacement import so he needs to change everything and need to lift up the spirits of this team. Macklin was expected to give the team a stronger inside presence on both ends, while also contributing to the team’s run and gun style of play.
In Macklin’s first game against the Alaska Aces, he introduced himself to the Barangay with a slam dunk. It’s definitely dunks and athleticism that defined his 2013 Commissioner’s Cup. With Ginebra moving to a pick n’ roll centric offense after Caguioa went down, Ginebra quickly became the Philippine version of NBA’s Lob City. On defense, Macklin turned Ginebra to an intimidating interior defensive squad, with his athleticism giving us quite a number of highlight reel defensive plays. During the eliminations, he averaged 24.2 points and 15.4 rebounds, while also turning in some very clutch performances in crucial games vs. Meralco, TNT and Rain or Shine. In the finals, he further upped his game, improving his free throw percentage from 47% in the eliminations to 76% in the finals (thanks to Coach Allan Caidic maybe?).
Although he is a great dunker, Macklin gravely needs to work on his post moves. The only post move he has is a skyhook going to the right. Macklin was clearly not comfortable whenever he was forced to his left.. something that led to forced shots or turnovers against the Barangay. Other things that limited him was the lack of a mid-range game and a temper that easily flared when opponents tried to get into his head.
If Ginebra won the championship, then Macklin would’ve gotten a perfect ten from me. He’s still relatively young and still has a lot of upside to his game. Macklin gave Ginebra exactly what they needed and unless he gets a better offer elsewhere, expect him to be back for the Barangay the next chance he gets.
Barangay Ginebra San Miguel Approval Ratings
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