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After a long break, the league kicked things off with 6 games in 3 days last weekend. We saw a lot of our Gilas Pilipinas players suiting up again for their mother teams, while we saw some shining brightly for their new squad after a mid-season shuffling between certain teams. We can’t help but notice a lot of old imports, some with their old teams while others playing for new ball clubs. There were a lot of new imports that have caught our attention as well. Now, we look at the numbers of the most impressive imports through the first weekend of the 2016 PBA Governors’ Cup.
Allen Durham has been the biggest reason why Meralco got a quick 2-0 start this conference. After an impressive 32 points and 22 rebounds against Phoenix, he followed that up with a 36 points, 15 rebound performance against a gritty Alaska team. Not only has he been scoring in bunches, but he has also been shooting at an efficient rate. In 2 games, he had an average of 69.4 TS%, while having a super efficient 63.2 eFG%. He’s been dominant on the boards with a 24.0 TREB%, while having a monster 126.3 ORTG. Durham’s explosiveness on the offensive end and excellent rebounding could maybe help the Bolts finally get over the hump, and maybe get the franchise their first championship.
The former NBA veteran and PBA balik import was most impressive for his new team. He helped the NLEX Road Warriors to an opening weekend victory with a monster performance. Walker finished with 44 points (24 points in the 1st quarter) to help beat Blackwater Elite. Despite his high 37.3 Usage rate, he shot an impressive 74.8 TS% & 72 eFG%. In the first 3 days of the 2016 PBA Governors’ Cup, he leads all players in Player Efficiency Rating with a whopping 41.6 PER. Walker’s second run in the league looks more promising as he seemed more sharper this time around.
The former Best Import and PBA champion import put up an impressive opening game for the injury riddled San Miguel Beermen. Playing without their two slotman, Arwind Santos and Gabby Espinas, Arizona Reid took charge with a 41-point performance. Reid’s gritty performance helped the Beermen overcome a double-digit deficit to defeat the Phoenix Fuel Masters in a high-scoring game. He has already shown all of us what he can do in the league, being a long time import and a champion himself, and in this game he showed why he has been the current longest tenured import. He shot an efficient 59.4 TS% and a 58.1 eFG%. He also added 10 rebounds and 4 assists, for the defending Governors’ champion.