27 February 2016

The Unimpressive Baser Amer

Baser Amer
When Baser Amer was picked seventh overall in the Rookie Draft by the Meralco Bolts late last year, fans thought that he could form a potent backcourt combination with fellow rookie Chris Newsome. That's understandable considering that the team has the veteran Jimmy Alapag expressing willingness to show the San Bedan alumni the tricks of the trade.

However, after a dismal first conference where the Bolts finished dead last, Amer was horrible on the floor. He had a hard time orchestrating the plays, which is a major letdown considering that Newsome is reaping the stat sheets.

The Davao native said that he is raring to perform better before the 2016 PBA Commissioner's Cup started last 10 February.

"I feel comfortable na this conference. Yung hiya at ilang, wala na," said Amer, who also admitted the team’s forgettable stint is what’s driving the Bolts to aspire for a much better performance in the second conference.

Four games into the 2016 Commissioner's Cup, Bolts fans are still waiting for the Amer explosion. For a game that will showcase his court savvy and long-range skills. But alas, it has not yet arrived.

With a league-leading 4-0 record, the Bolts's success cannot be attributed to Amer's transformation. In fact, his numbers are still unimpressive and, as they say, numbers do not lie.

After four games, Amer averaged 7.7 ppg, 0.7 rpg and 1.0 apg. If these numbers are any indication of how Amer will help the team, then the Bolts may have erred in selecting him from the draft.

The 6-foot-0 was supposed to distribute the balls and organize the team offense, but the 1.0 apg does not help his cause. How can a young oversize guard not see this? He is supposed to issue assists, which is clearly he failed in doing.

Worse, he is averaging a measly 26.7 percent from the floor and a horrendous 25.0 percent shooting from the rainbow area.

If he is planning to do something about his shooting and shot selection, he better do this fast. Otherwise, the Bolts are better off looking for a replacement through a trade or the unrestricted free agency market.

If Globalport BatangPier is willing, why not pursue Roi Sumang via a one-on-one trade.

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