01 September 2015

PBA Import Requirements in 2015-2016 Season

Seiya Ando
Will there be Asian imports next year in the PBA? How tall will the imports be? These are just of the questions that the PBA Board tackled when they met last 27 August.

As expected, the league will continue to enforce the handicapping system among imports for the Commissioner’s and Governors’ Cup. The least performing teams at the bottom of the standings after the season-opening Philippine Cup will be allowed to tap imports of unlimited height in the Commissioner's Cup.

The rest of the teams will be allowed imports no taller than 6-foot-9.

The 7-foot-3 Ramos, a former member of the Puerto Rican national team, suited up for Kia Sorrento aka Mahindra Enforcers in the mid-season Commissioner's Cup, along with the 6-foot-11 Douthit, who played for Blackwater Elite.

Of the two, Ramos had relatively more success as he almost led Kia to its first ever playoffs appearance after the team finished tied with San Miguel and Globalport with similar 4-7 slates, just a shade below Barangay Ginebra (5-6), which clinched the last quarterfinals berth.

In the Governors Cup, the bottom four teams as per the combined elimination round results of the Philippine Cup and Commissioner’s Cup, will be given the leeway to tap reinforcements with a height of 6-foot-9.

The top eight teams on the other hand, are allowed the regular height limit for imports of 6-foot-5.

The 7-foot-2 McMorrow reinforced Barako Bull in last year’s Governors Cup where the Energy mostly showed the way in the eliminations before faltering in the playoffs.

Tapping the services of Asian import in the season-ending tournament will also be enforced but only on the option of teams, with a height limit of 6-foot-3.

Among the Asian imports who saw action last year include Sam Daghles (Talk ‘N Text), Omar Krayem (Globalport), Seiya Ando (Meralco), Jiwan Kim Ginebra), Michael Madanly (NLEX), and Jet Chang (Kia).

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