By now, we’ve all heard of the latest farm trade.
Surprises? Nope. Not quite. It’s just the two teams being more of themselves. So who won this trade?
By the Numbers
In raw display, here are both players’ numbers for the first two conferences of the season from the databank:
What do the teams actually benefit from?
The two players swapped were basically clones of each other. Yeo wins out in the 3FG% since Mercado has totally bombed out this year. But Mercado makes up for it through his passing game (which is not all that good to be honest).
If we are to take it by the conference, Sol has been doing pretty decent for Barako in the Comm’s Cup, averaging in double figures while Yeo dropped a full 3.0 points per game during the PH Cup. Mercado also rebounded better than the Ninja and well, hasn’t been nailed to the bench in place of Josh Urbiztondo (YEGADS!).
While coaching problems would’ve been easy to blame for Yeo’s end, he wasn’t helping himself either by taking 8 shots per game while connecting only on 37.3 percent of them. It took a toll on the team as every time he is in, their already-average offensive rating drops to a horrid 82.0 and their defensive rating gets worse from 96.6 to 98.5, which, while still below the league average of 99.4, is really a pain to look at (at least not Comm’s Cup San Miguel Beermen level).
I don’t know who to point the finger at now if you make a middling offense get actually worse while not being able to help up on defense.
Meanwhile for Mercado, we’ve mentioned that he had a pretty decent conference (by crappy PBA standards of course) for his new team before moving on to another. But that was on an individual basis. Alone.
On a team scope, if you thought Yeo was already terrible, my God is Mercado TURRIBLEEEEE! Like, really goddamn turrible that you don’t want him on your team. Barako Bull Farm, errr Energy, has the worst offensive rating of all teams at 94.3, five points below the league average. On the flipside, they’ve been a pretty decent defensive team sitting at 96.9, just a notch above their business partner.
Put Mercado on the floor with any of the Barako players, their offense plummets to an 88.1 rating, which is pretty to look at compared to the drop BGK suffers with Yeo on the floor. However, Barako cannot actually survive a -6 drop on their rating on an already-bad offense, but what the heck, longtime writers or “analysts” would just blurt he’s Sol Mercado, he’s good, he’s got handles, he can pass, he can shoot.
Right. How does that translate for his team then? He can shoot alright, but not shoot on target as evidenced by a horrid 36.4 percent shooting from the field and having a cringe-worthy 36.9 percent eFG%. So, after all those flashy crossovers, those football-cradles to the basket, Mercado cannot shoot a friggin’ basketball through a darn hoop.
As for the passing part, Mercado does own a 2.6:1 Ast-TO ratio after givin the ball up for a basket 3.7 times on 1.4 giveaways. But is he a willing passer? I’ll have my reservations on that.
And we even haven’t talked about his effects on defense.
Let’s just say, you get a kitchen sieve, place it under the faucet, and watch all the water flow.
I’ll have to credit Joseph Yeo for at least not sucking THAT MUCH on defense that he still lets BGK play defensively sound. But Mercado? Good Lord. Barako’s defense goes from okay to “Momma halp me there’s a turkey on my ass!” bad. Koy Banal’s outfit goes from a very nice 96.9 defensive rating to a horrific 100.5 with the darn Sol Train on the floor.
I think we all know pretty much that how ever we lambaste Barako Bull for being a farm team, they clearly won this trade. Even though they are swapping Sol Mercado for a Sol Mercado, they won’t lose a step defensively while hoping that Yeo can get his offense going and hitting at a higher clip than his present, no-playing-time state.
As for Ginebra, geez man, you could’ve done better, found a better player. Now you’d need like what? five balls just to keep everybody happy? And getting a defensive liability at that, that no matter how well Slaughter plugs that middle, you have no chance to hide him for he plays the point guard position?
Good luck with that and your seven-year drought.