12 July 2014

Prominent Names in the PBA Dispersal Draft

The two expansion teams in the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) have several reasons to be happy when they take turn picking from a list of unprotected players. Aside from the decision of NLEX to use another option to enter the league, which means they will not pick from the dispersal draft, both Kia Motors and Blackwater Sports were blessed with some prominent names in the list.

Heading the list is veteran center and former Meralco Bolts, Danny Ildefonso. The two time Most Valuable Player (MVP), was one of the league’s biggest stars since the late nineties who helped San Miguel Beer to eight championships in a 15-year stint with the team.

However, the 37-year old former National University star has seen little playing time since moving to Meralco last season, averaging just 3.10 points and 2.19 rebounds in 12.33 minutes of action.

Aside from Ildefonso, the Rain or Shine Elastopainters will also be doing the two expansion teams a favor by dropping rookie Alex Nuyles and back-up center Larry Rodriguez from its protected list. The hard-charging Nuyles was a first-round pick of Rain or Shine at ninth overall in last season's draft and made quite an impression in the limited minutes he got off the bench - the reason the former Adamson Falcons star's presence in the pool readily stirred excitement from Blackwater owner Dioceldo Sy

"The dispersal draft suddenly became exciting," said Sy.

On the other hand, Rodriguez was a late-blooming big man who shone while playing behind Beau Belga for much of last season, especially after JR Quinahan's season was ended by a knee injury.

Also expected to picked early is San Mig Coffee's Ronnie Matias. Picked 8th in 2009 by the defunct Burger King Whoopers, the former star player of University of Manila (UM) has been with three different teams already before settling with the Mixers.

A known defender with sweet-shooting from beyond the arc, Matias lost his spot in the rotation in the deep roster of Coach Tim Cone.

Columbian Autocar Corp. president Ginia Domingo is also optimistic the bumper crop of talent in the dispersal pool will be more than enough to give Kia the opportunity to build a good team.

"We may not be able to build a champion team this year but with the roster that we can choose from, pwede naman kami lumaban. Hopefully we get the players we want during the dispersal draft," Domingo said of the event set on 18 July 2014 at the PBA office in Libis, Quezon City.

Meanwhile, here is the list of players in the dispersal draft.

    Ryan Buenafe
    Nic Belasco
    Paolo Bugia*
    Renren Ritualo*
    Bonbon Custodio
    Jason Deutschman
    Hans Thiele
    Magi Sison*
    Rob Labagala*
    Roger Yap*
    Jens Knuttel
    Bryan Faundo
    Carlo Sharma
    Val Acuna
    Mark Yee
    Rudy Lingganay
    Danny Ildefonso
    Paul Artadi
    Anthony Bringas
    Nelbert Omolon*
    Chris Timberlake*
    Mike Burtscher
    Chito Jaime
    Wynne Arboleda
    Alex Nuyles
    Larry Rodriguez
    Ronnie Matias
    JR Cawaling*
    Lester Alvarez*
    Ken Bono*
    Jai Reyes
    Eric Salamat
    Robby Celiz*
    Jimbo Aquino*
    John Ferriols*
    Samuel Marata
*already in the team’s unrestricted free agent list during the last Governors’ Cup.

1 comment:

  1. ano tingin nyo nangyare s dispersal draft na ito, tignan nyo kung sino mga pinakawalan ng SMC teams, mga walang kwenta talaga, sa dinami-dami ng magagaling na players nila na halos lahat na yata nasa kanila, si matias lang na galing sa Sanmig ang pinakawalan nila n medyo matino, wala yung mga inaasahan tulad nila urbiztondo, holstein o kahit duncil o lanete... pwe, bwiset talaga ang pba, yung dating protect 12, ginawan nila ng paraan para maging protect 13 o protect 14 pa nga. talagang maka-SMC ang pba... kahit nga ang meralco, matinong player tulad ni danny I ang pinakawalan, isama mo pa si artadi at omolon, ang ROS, halos lahat ng pinakawalan nila ay important player like nuyles at rodriguez, at kahit n si matias galing din sa kanila, at yung ibang teams din may mga naibigay na mga relevant players... pero ang mga taga SMC walang binigay na matino maliban kay matias, sa dinamidami ng mga players nilang magagaling at halos lahat ng malaki nasa kanila, kamote. buti n lang nagback-out ang NLEX, alam kasi ni MVP, lugi sya sa dispersal draft n yun, alam n nya gagawin ni ramon ang-dupang e