Hey there! It’s been more than a month since we last held our Mock Draft and the actual Draft is just around the corner. Time to sharpen my Philippine Draft Guru skills… I think?

Did you miss the first and second? Well, you can browse it here.

Are you still undecided as to who do you think your team should pick? Do you know what your team ACTUALLY needs and not just firing off blank “I think he’ll do good because…“?

If you don’t, well, let me help you there. How this mock draft is set up is through roster needs (doesn’t apply to Barako) and drafting the best talent available (which applies to loaded teams).

1. TALK ‘N TEXT

Actual Need: Center, Rim protector, RDO 2.0

Top of the Head Pick: Moala Tautuaa

No-brainer Pick:

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You just cannot and will not pass on Troy Rosario. Fine, he had one good year (He clocked 11.3ppg and 8.4rpg to merit at least a mention in the Top 5 players of Season 78). But the potential to be a monster is so evident. He has the physical make-up of a prototypical stretch four, at least locally. He has the agility and quickness to be a very good defender, he has a good base so that he won’t be easily pushed around, the form and touch of the jumper is there and just needs to get worked on, and the athleticism. My God, that athleticism. He’s the future whether you like it or not.

TK says:

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2. MAHINDRA

Actual Need: Franchise player

Top of the Head Pick: Moala Tautuaa

No-brainer Pick: 

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We, rather I, cannot stress it enough.

KI–errr Mahindra needs a franchise player. Someone to be the face of the franchise on and off the court as well as be their best player. Ninong is just there for marketing purposes and nothing else.

Since you already have LA Revilla, why not get him a partner? Enter Tautuaa who’s 1b (or 1a) of the top bigs entering this year’s Draft. You can do no wrong by drafting the center of your future…

…unless he turns out to be Andy Seigle.

TK says:

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3. RAIN OR SHINE

Actual Need: A big man who can actually score

Top of the Head Pick: Arnold Van Opstal (had he opted to stay) or Troy Rosario

No-brainer Pick:

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Dela Cruz is the best fit.

Period.

If he continues his unbelievable run, he will end up as the second player to rack up a 20-10-5apg average in the NCAA in recent memory. The first player to do so? Oh just some dude named Calvin Abueva. No big deal.

The only question mark dogging Dela Cruz is whether he’ll be quick enough defensively to play the three. The answer is a resounding no, even from the self-proclaimed Draft Guru. It’s going to take time offensively. But he’s definitely the better big to pair with Raymond Almazan. I’ll go out on a limb and say that he’ll actually provide more than what Jervy Cruz has to offer.

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4. MERALCO

Actual Need: A point guard

Top of the Head Pick: Baser Amer

No-brainer Pick:

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Jared Dillinger needs a point guard beside him, one who can take ball-carrying duties off of him, basically, let him be free to do his own thang and all that. Earl Thompson remains to be the best guard prospect out there. His numbers during his MVP year? 17.4ppg, 11.4rpg, 5.8apg with 1.7spg. The rebounds are not a typo.

I know Jimmy Alapag is there. But he’s basically doing a Michael Jordan, and we all know how great that went. The youth movement is now and Meralco should not let this opportunity pass.

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5. GINEBRA

Actual Need: Reducing Mark Caguioa’s role

Top of the Head Pick: Garvo Lanete

No-brainer Pick:

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Caguioa is not the same golden-haired, razzle-dazzle player he once was.

Face it Ginebra fans. Caguioa has to take a backseat. NOW.

He remains to be the ball-dominant ISO guard Ginebra has relied during their coaching carousel but I know Tim Cone will put his foot down and end the pitiful charade once and for all.

The Spark is only good for an actual spark. Short bursts that are around 15-20 minutes, heave seven shots and grab 10 points. You have a freaking Greg Slaughter in the middle. Meanwhile, Gabo can play in a triangle setting and get a new nickname as he cashes in all those open looks. Call him Buckets.

Japeth Aguilar will never be your savior, all he wants is to shoot, shoot, shoot, and jump high. Only Sol Mercado looks like he really wants to learn how to play with Slaughter, or be an actual basketball player.

What else can go wrong by drafting Lanete?

TK says:

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6. NLEX

Actual Need: A healthy point guard

Top of the Head Pick: Baser Amer

No-brainer Pick:

PBA MOCK DRAFT: Round 2 | HumbleBola

Injury red flags aside, I’d still pick Baser Amer to run my team. ANY. SINGLE. FREAKIN’. DAY.

Need a point guard? Get this point guard.

TK says:

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7. MERALCO

Actual Need: A big man who can rebound and scrap

Top of the Head Pick: Norbert Torres

No-brainer Pick:

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I’m going with the boss here.

Err I mean with Bradwyn Guinto. He was also one of five players in the NCAA last year to register a double-double average (14.2ppg and 11.1rpg) while shooting 60% from the floor and threw in 1.0bpg for good measure.

The Bolts need someone to plug that middle. I don’t know what to make of the Rabeh comeback but the guy has been a travesty since he turned pro.


8. PUREFOODS (fine STAR HOTSHOTS)

Actual Need: Younger Sakuragi or someone to pair with Allein Maliksi

Top of the Head Pick: Norbert Torres

No-brainer Pick:

PBA MOCK DRAFT: Round 2 | HumbleBola

The right way to start your coaching career is by drafting the right player for your team.

James Yap is not getting any younger. Peter June Simon surely isn’t 24 years-old.

And Allein Maliksi needs someone to run alongside with. Newsome would be the best pick for Purefoods since he can play three positions in the ever-evolving position-less basketball. He can play the two, three or four positions (yes, he played PF in small ball Ateneo). For a guy his size (listed at 6’2″), Newsome registered an amazing 8.3rpg in two years for the Blue Eagles and a combined 1.6 blk/stl.

He is also a capable ball handler in motion sets which should help Jason Webb all the more. While we are talking about offense, Newsome was highly efficient from the field (47.3%) for his 13.3ppg over two years. He is pretty decent in threes as well, hitting at a 37.2% clip, mostly on spot-up situations.

So, do right by your pick.

TK says:

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9. BLACKWATER

Actual Need: Best talent available

Top of the Head Pick: Roi Sumang

No-brainer Pick:

Kevin Racal

Blackwater miraculously got a pick in the first round.

But not before trading the first overall pick for ONE CONFERENCE OF LARRY RODRIGUEZ.

They could’ve had a big man + point guard combo to start being ACTUALLY competitive. But nope, nope, nope.

Blackwater’s predicament is a Best Player Available  situation. If Jio Jalalon only decided to come out of school early, this would’ve been an easy pick. Sumang would’ve been nice but I’ll digress, and not because of my bias.

Racal would be better as a prospect here since he’s a jack of all trades and right now, Blackwater needs EVERYTHING.


10. NLEX

Actual Need: Shooting guard/Best talent available

Top of the Head Pick: Chris Newsome

No-brainer Pick: 

PBA MOCK DRAFT: Round 2 | HumbleBola

NLEX needs serious wing help. John Wilson and KG Canaleta aren’t bad. But they’re not great either.

Mark Cardona looks like a washed-up version of uhm… Mark Cardona. Two years ago. So get younger legs, who can play combo guard when need be and form a rather tall back court with Baser Amer.

Not bad.

TK says:

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11. ALASKA

Actual Need: Younger wingmen

Top of the Head Pick: Aljon Mariano

No-brainer Pick: 

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I would’ve gone with Khobuntin here to have a Frontline from Hell pairing with Calvin Abueva. Then I remembered an Abueva-Manuel front line is already hell.

So let’s address Alaska’s lack of wingmen here. Fine, Rome Dela Rosa was a steal. But you still need someone else here. Cyrus and Dondon aren’t getting any younger. Injury red flags and all, Josan Nimes would be a great selection. PBA ready body for a shooting guard who can play a bit of point guard in a pinch.

The guy is a natural scorer so we must look beyond some brick games. He’s just like Calvin Abueva in being an all-around talent minus the nose for the ball, the fire. Oh and uh, the mean streak.

TK says:

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12. RAIN OR SHINE

Actual Need: Back-up forward or Gabe back-up

Top of the Head Pick: Aljon Mariano

No-brainer Pick: PBA MOCK DRAFT: Round 2 | HumbleBola

This would’ve been Aljon Mariano.

But after two choke years, I digress.

Adding Khobuntin to an already impressive collection of foul-giving, elbow-flarin’, bruise-makin’ cadre of bigs would be a coup. The thing with Glenn is that he was an offense-first Forward-Center coming out of HS that had to do little role stuff in college, a far cry from his star turn with the Letran Squires.

He finally embraced it during his final tour of duty for NU and it paid off. A respectable eight and six off the bench backing up Troy Rosario. And it will pay off again by being a first rounder.

TK says:

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NO DRAFT PICKS IN THE FIRST ROUND AS OF AUGUST 13, 2015: SAN MIGUEL, GLOBALPORT, BARAKO BULL