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Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Why I Wanted Rain or Shine to Win The PBA Draft 2013 Lottery

Barangay Ginebra San Miguel will be picking first in the 2013 PBA Draft by virtue of owning the rights of Air 21, who won the draft lottery last October 11, 2013. I would have personally preferred to see Rain or Shine win the top pick for a variety of reasons. But then again, after the elimination round of the Governor's Cup this year, the lottery was between Air 21 and Global Port, whose draft rights were previously acquired by Barangay Ginebra San Miguel and San Mig Coffee Mixers respectively.

Rain or Shine Would Have Picked Greg Slaughter With the First Pick

Compared to barangay Ginebra, there's a higher chance Rain or Shine would have picked Greg Slaughter with the top pick. Rain or Shine needed Greg Slaughter more than an Ian Sanggalang. But then again, it's really a tough choice between Slaughter and Slaughter and Ian Sanggalang.

Even if Rain or Shine won the top pick, it will still be a tough choice to either pick Sanggalang or Slaughter first. It's hard to let go of a 7-foot rookie with great upside, but with Rain or Shine's reputation for toughness, Ian Sanggalang might fit in better. 

As for Ginebra, their coaches and management have openly expressed to the media their preference for Ian Sanggalang over Slaughter. Although Ginebra mainstays Mark Caguioa and LA Tenorio tweeted their preference for Greg Slaughter. Either Sanggalang or Slaughter would have made a good pick for Ginebra. Ian or Greg would have upgraded Ginebra's frontline, already potent on its own with Japeth Aguilar, Billy Mamaril, Kerby Raymundo, and Rico Maierhofer already in its fold.

Picking Slaughter first would be some sort of a 1990's deja vu for Ginebra. Back then, Ginebra's interior was patrolled by the twin tower combination of 6'9" Marlou Aquino and 7'0" EJ Feihl. The 6'11" Slaughter could team up with the athletic 6'9" Japeth Aguilar to form another twin tower threat for the Barangay.

...And I Didn't Want Him to End Up with any of the SMC Teams

With Barangay Ginebra San Miguel and San Mig Coffee Mixers having the top two picks of the 2013 PBA Draft, it's almost a sure thing that Greg Slaughter will end up with an SMC team. I would not have wanted to see Greg in an SMC team for one reason: it would be easier to invite him to the national team pool if he weren't in an SMC team.

...Then It Would Have Been Easier to Invite Slaughter to the National Team

Many Philippine basketball fans know that it would be easier to invite PBA players to the national team pool when they are not playing for an SMC-held franchise in the PBA. The best chances for a PBA player being lent to the national team is either when he plays for any of the teams affiliated with Manny V. Pangilinan, who bankrolls the national team, or when one plays for Rain or Shine, which has been very cooperative to the national team cause and even takes great pride in loaning their players to the national team pool.

...Moreover, Extra Rice Inc. Would Have Tutored Him To Play Tougher

Had Rain or Shine picked Greg Slaughter with the first pick, he would be in the company of the league's toughest big guys, the famed Extra Rice Inc. duo of Beau Belga and JR Quinahan. Both Belga and Quinahan are undersized center/forwards but they make up for their lack of height with heft, grit, physicality, shooting, their contra tiempo styles, angas, and lots of gulang. Slaughter would have a lot to learn from Belga and Quinahan, and even from Jervy Cruz. And when he learns to play tough and smart like Extra Rice Inc., Greg's size would be hard to contain.

...Furthermore, He Could Have Learned A Lot from the Best Shooters in the League

Greg Slaughter is already a decent shooter for his size. But there is always room for improvement. Rain or Shine has a bevy of shooters that can challenge Greg to become a better shooter. Rain or Shine has Allan Caidic heir apparent Jeffrei Allan Chan, the sweet-shooting Chris Tiu, and Paul Lee. Even the RoS bigs are decent shooters with shooting ranges extending beyond the three point arc.

...And Yeng Guiao Would Have Brought Out the Best in Him

Yeng Guiao is known to bring out the best in his players, especially the unheralded ones. Despite his reputation as a fiery coach, Guiao is in every way a player's coach. Any player who works hard will definitely succeed in Guiao's system. Greg is definitely a hard worker.

Ginebra's Ato Agustin is largely untested although the Barangay is managed by Al Francis Chua, also known to be a player's coach. Should he end up in San Mig Coffee, Greg would still be in good hands with Coach Tim Cone.

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