Hey there! Welcome to HumbleBola’s second go-around with the PBA Draft.

Did you miss the first? 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 might be thinking it’s just me being the driver of the Troy Rosario bandwagon (at least I would like to think so unless Kume says something coz I defer to my Kume, since 2013). Or you might be saying I’m over-hyping a SEA Games performance for the ages when Rosario just showed everyone what he can do, what warranted his selection, and basically why everyone is left salivating on his basketball abilities. Well, maybe I’m overblowing this whole stuff up owing to his college career (7.1ppg, 5.1rpg, 1.2apg, 0.5bpg, 43%FG, 63%FT) after one good year where he clocked 11.3ppg and 8.4rpg to merit at least a mention in the Top 5 players of Season 78.

But here’s the thing, Rosario can be the next RDO – faster, leaner, more athletic. He can be the building block of Talk N Text in the future instead of addressing an immediate need. Jason Castro PnRs with Troy? Christ man, call in the police. Rosario has the tools to be a go-to-guy. But he needs to be brought up at a considerable pace and not rushed to be a saviour of someone else’s team. Not yet. But with RDO teaching him the ropes, man, Philippine Basketball already is set for the future.


2. KIA

Actual Need: Franchise player

Top of the Head Pick: Moala Tautuaa

No-brainer Pick:

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As with the first version, KIA has to address its issue of having a go-to player. Fine, those bunch of scraps are turning out to be gold. But still, when it comes down to the wire, who do you go to? And for that matter, who do you actually build on? Tautuaa is the answer as the behemoth can literally be the go-to guy now, and the go-to guy five years down the line. Post polish cannot be questioned (alas, we have no D-League stats), as well as rebounding and plugging the hole in the middle. This pick should’ve been Ray Parks. But hey, NBA dreams matter.

The only question mark remaining now is whether Tautuaa is ready to get the roughest ride of his post-up life.


3. Meralco

Actual Need: Point Guard or Center

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

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. Enter Thompson. He was the best collegiate player last season and looks to be shifting into higher gear in the coming NCAA season. His numbers? 17.4ppg, 11.4rpg, 5.8apg with 1.7spg. The rebounding is not a typo. Thompson was practically a walking triple-double for Perpetual and no he did not shoot bricks. Scott shot 46% overall from the floor. Did anyone actually shot that way in the UAAP that dominated the ball?

Food for thought: a back court of Thompson and Dillinger? Geez, just hand over the freaking rock to them. No chance.


4. Ginebra

Actual Need: Reduce Mark Caguioa‘s role

Top of the Head Pick: Garvo Lanete

No-brainer Pick:

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Homer pick? Yes. Can shoot? Yes. Two-way player? Definitely. PBA-ready game? Yes. Should start over Caguioa? YES.

Face it Ginebra fans. Caguioa has to take a backseat already. He’s no longer the ball-dominant iso-guard you need. He’s good for short bursts around 15-20 minutes good for like seven shots and 10 points. You have a freaking Greg Slaughter in the middle. Yet you want Frankie’s head to roll as he instills a professional culture to a team lacking such. Japeth Aguilar will never be your savior, all he wants is to shoot, shoot, shoot, and jump high. Urbiztondo? Gimme a break, there’s no way he should be playing in front of Emman Monfort. LA Tenorio looks like he’s done and Sol Mercado looks like he really wants to learn how to play with Slaughter.

What else can go wrong here? By drafting Lanete, the Gin Kings address their immediate need of a floor spacer who can play defense on the other side of the ball. Also, have I mentioned that Lanete has had his fair share of end-game situations where he fared immensely well?


5. Rain or Shine

Actual Need: Frontcourt scoring

Top of the Head Pick: Aljon Mariano

No-brainer Pick:

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Okay, is this a reach? Can you name me a power forward prospect that rivals Troy Rosario’s inside-outside potential? No? Okay we’re done here. No, not even considering Aljon Mariano here. Dela Cruz knows his range (18-20ft), his position on the court and which gap to attack and take advantage of. On a powerhouse San Beda team, he put up 12.4ppg, 9.4rpg, 2.6apg and 1.3spg while shooting 46.5% from the floor overall. He’s big enough and skilled enough to go with his back to the basket and comfortable enough facing up and putting the ball down.

He’ll be playing with guys who are comfortable to just scrap rebounds and turn them to gold. But RoS needs someone they can rely on the front court for additional scoring help. Dela Cruz can flat-out score if given the chance. He just knew the Red Lions were better off running through Ola with him as a complimentary partner that opens up all the space inside.


6. NLEX

Actual Need: A healthy point guard

Top of the Head Pick: Baser Amer

No-brainer Pick:

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If Amer is still available at six, this is a no-brainer. The best pure point guard in this draft class and the whole nation is what the Road Warriors sorely need. Wynne Arboleda is not getting younger, and if you are relying on him, that pretty much says how crapped out you are in basketball’s most important position.

However, what’s troubling is that Amer suffered a downyear last year putting up a measly 11.6ppg, 2.8rpg, and 4.7apg while shooting at a horrific 35.8% clip from the floor. Also, he turned the ball over 3.2 times a game. But there’s no denying the fact that if you want someone to run your team for the next five-six years, it will be Amer.


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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Guinto flew under the radar last year thanks to the exploits of San Sebastian’s back court of CJ Perez and Jamil Ortuoste. The 6’6″ power forward crashed the boards and displayed a deft touch around the basket up to the free-throw line. He was also one of five players in the NCAA 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’ frontcourt is not getting any younger and Sean Anthony is a stretch four at best. Somebody has to clean up the misses while turning those rebounds into put backs at a high percentage. What helps Guinto here is that for a big man, he can shoot free throws at a high clip (83%). I for one cannot wait how Guinto translates his already-imposing NCAA game to the pros.


8. Purefoods

Actual Need: Younger Sakuragi

Top of the Head Pick: Norbert Torres

No-brainer Pick:

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For the record, I am not a big Norbert Torres fan. In fact, I am frustrated by how a big guy with all the physical tools and footwork to be a dominant power forward likes to stay in the perimeter on offense and jack up shots like his teammate Almond Vosotros does.

Torres still remains one of the best glass eaters in the collegiate level (although I have to wonder if he could’ve crashed the glass as well as the bigs of the NCAA playing at the 20-minute level). And yeah, you can’t teach size.


9. NLEX

Actual Need: Best talent available

Top of the Head Pick: Jio Jalalon

No-brainer Pick: 

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NLEX needs to solidify its guard line for the future. While Jalalon is definitely worth the look here to take over when Baser sits down, there’s still a gaping hole at shooting guard that NLEX has to fill up. Mac Cardona is not the Cardona we used to know. That guy is long gone, reduced to a veteran sixth-man plugged as a starter because you utterly have no choice.

Enter Nimes. While the former NCAA Rookie of the Year has been away from the spotlight for two years, there’s no denying the talent he has. He can get to the lane, he can pick off an open man, and he can score.  He’s also big for his position and a definite size advantage with a scoring touch just cannot be passed up.


10. Alaska

Actual Need: Shooting guard/Best talent available

Top of the Head Pick: Chris Newsome

No-brainer Pick: 

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The shooting guards of Alaska are old. Effective yes, but goddamn old. Newsome may not be a shooting guard. But he can sure play the two, three and 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 entice Alex Compton 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.

You know what would be scary? Compton can play a pit bull lineup that features Ping Exciminiano at two, Newsome at the three, and Calvin Abueva as the Power Forward (at least for the All- Filipino Conference). Good luck with that bruh.


11. Rain or Shine

Actual Need: Back-up forward

Top of the Head Pick: Aljon Mariano

No-brainer Pick: 

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Khobuntin over Mariano? Really? And I baptized myself as the Philippine Draft Guru? Really? But yeah, I’m picking Khobuntin over Mariano. Stats aside, I like what Khobuntin brings to the table by being able to play either forward spots without lacking lateral quickness and that SEA Games exposure, man. Offensively, Mariano may be the gun-to-your-head pick, but the intangibles? I’ll go with Khobuntin who has exorcised his inner JR Smith by being a great sparkplug for the NU Bulldogs in their title drive.

Also, it would be fun to see such a character in an already crazy frontline.


12. Blackwater

Actual Need: I really don’t know…like damnit, every goddamn available player

Top of the Head Pick: Aljon Mariano

No-brainer Pick: 

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Why the hell do I pass up repeatedly on Mariano? I guess there’s that stain of boneheaded chokin’ he did in his supposed bounce back year (yeah, kinda remember how Deron Williams suffered the same fate). As of the moment, I don’t know what Blackwater plans to do this deep in the Draft and they have to prostrate themselves and pray to God, Buddha, Zeus or Odin to even tab someone.

You had the first overall pick man. You had it. BUT YOU GODDAMN WELL TRADE IT TO A POWERHOUSE FOR… LARRY RODRIGUEZ. ONE. CONFERENCE. OF. LARRY. EFFIN. RODRIGUEZ.

NO DRAFT PICKS IN THE FIRST ROUND AS OF JUNE 17,2015: SAN MIGUEL, GLOBALPORT, BARAKO BULL