Air21 and the need to protect the PBA’s first three draft picks
CARLO PAMINTUAN, GMA NewsAugust 24, 2012 12:33pm
There is no doubt that Air21 bolstered its line-up with the recently-approved three team trade that saw them land Nonoy Baclao, Rob Reyes, John Wilson and KG Canaleta. However, this trade also has a significant downside that could come back to haunt the squad.
In professional sports, drafts give the weaker teams a shot at getting better, by giving squads with the worst records first dibs on the best incoming players. That’s how professional sports leagues ensure parity.
The PBA’s 37th season was giant proof that the draft works. The teams that had the first and second overall picks managed to make it to conference finals, with one team going all the way to a championship.
To be more specific, the then-Powerade Tigers selected JV Casio with the first overall pick in 2011, and he became an integral part of the team’s Tigerella run during the Philippine Cup. The Rain or Shine Elasto Painters meanwhile selected Paul Lee with the second selection and this resulted in the first championship for the franchise.
Rain or Shine is the PBA’s prime example of a team that built itself up through the draft. Aside from Lee, the squad has another overall number one pick on their squad, 2008's Gabe Norwood. And while their transformation from zero to hero was by no means automatic, Lee and Norwood played integral roles in the Governors' Cup, which saw the franchise earn their first-ever title.
In the 2012 PBA Draft, the Petron Blaze Boosters, arguably the most loaded PBA team on paper, ended up with the first and third picks overall thanks to two separate trades, which they used on 6'10" big man June Mar Fajardo and versatile forward Alex Mallari. It's not a stretch to say that either selection could have helped a much weaker team, had they kept those selections.
Now in this recently-approved trade, Air21 sent their first round pick for the 2013 PBA Draft to Barangay Ginebra San Miguel. Yes, the Express now has a better line-up, but there's still no guarantee that they have enough talent to emerge from the cellar. This means that Ginebra has a huge shot at getting next year’s first overall pick in the draft next year, which will most likely be Ateneo’s 7'0" center Greg Slaughter.
The three-team trade is tremendous for Air21. It’s actually refreshing to see a weaker team not get the short end of the trade stick. However, this deal may not have the same effect as having the first overall pick next year. The 7-foot-tall Slaughter is a game-changer and drafting him will drastically improve Air21 if they choose to build around him.
The only way to help out teams in a similar position as Air21 is to enact a new rule that protects the first three picks in the draft. The commissioner should give the weaker teams a chance to get better now, without completely sacrificing their future.
In this case, Ginebra should not be able to use Air21’s pick if it lands in the top three. Air21 will get to keep that pick and Ginebra gets Air21’s 2014 first round pick instead, which by then will no longer be protected.
Powerade and Rain or Shine broke through last season. It will be tremendous for the PBA if Air21 and Barako Bull do the same in the near future. It’s clear that the draft works, however, there are still loopholes in the system. One of those loopholes could be plugged by protecting the first three picks of the draft.
Right now the trade looks fine. Ginebra giving up KG Canaleta and John Wilson for a draft pick seems okay. But looking forward, Canaleta and Wilson aren’t equal to Slaughter, right? - AMD, GMA News
Eto pa rin kaya ang stand ni Carlo Pamintuan ngayong nasa fave team nyang SMC ang possible 1st pick?
Sana matuloy yang Top 3 draft picks protect rule
^ Correct me if I'm wrong. Was Carlo Pamintuan the fat guy in FTW?
^sya nga yun.
kahit isa kina slaughter or sangalang hindi naman aabot sa ginebra sa draft this year lalo na pag hindi nag join si ray parks
pero mukhang hindi naman totoo yang sinulat ni carlo pamintuan na fan ng sanmig. ang tagal na nyang article na yan august 2012 pa, hindi naman pinatulan ng pba
dati kasi akala nya sa #1 pick babagsak yun makukuha ng ginebra sa air21. ngayon nya isulat yan ewan ko lang kung isulat nya yun ganyan idea nya lalo na yun #1 pick makukuha ng fav team nyang sanmig. pero ngayong sa ibang team na babagsak yang #1 pick mukhang tahimik na siya.
kung pinatulan nang pba yanng idea nya. hindi nya alam na sa fav team nyang sanmig pala babagsak yang #1 pick this year. baka ngayon pa lang inuuntog na nyan ulo nya sa paderEto pa rin kaya ang stand ni Carlo Pamintuan ngayong nasa fave team nyang SMC ang possible 1st pick?
hindi naman katakataka kung bat ngayon tahimik na siya.
yun mga ganyang writer yun dapat tinatangalan ng trabaho. yun mga article na ginagawa nya kasi hindi sa pang kalahatan kundi sa pang sariling interest lang niya. gamitin ba naman yun trabaho sa pansariling interest, may tawag sa mga ganyang manunulat?
I think pwede yung rule na protect the top 3 pick kung sakaling sure na top 3 yung pick na ite-trade, pero since ang trade eh para sa first round draft pick (meaning hindi pa sure kung papasok sa top 3) mahirap i-disapprove yung trade.
Owning Barako Bull’s pick, Rain or Shine eyeing Greg Slaughter, Ian Sangalang in rookie draft
In 2011, shortly after taking over Rain or Shine, Yeng Guiao approved a risky trade that sent away budding star players Sol Mercado and Jay-R Reyes to Meralco and Air 21, respectively.
In exchange, the Elasto Painters received a package that included role players Beau Belga, Ronnie Matias, and Ronjay Buenafe, along with two first-round draft picks from the Air 21 franchise that has since been renamed Barako Bull.
The trade, deemed as risky at the time, has paid dividends for Rain or Shine. It used the first pick it acquired from that deal to draft Paul Lee second overall in 2011.
With Barako Bull struggling anew this season, the second first-round pick from the deal figures to give Rain or Shine another blue-chip selection in the upcoming draft.
Barako Bull finished with the second-worst record in each of the first two PBA tournaments. If the trend holds, the pick that Rain or Shine owns will be part of the draft lottery, meaning the Elasto Painters will get to pick first or second.
“I’m excited because we have a chance to get a center using the Barako Bull pick,” Rain or Shine co-owner Raymond Yu told InterAKTV in a text message.
Rain or Shine is eyeing a couple of top amateur centers: reigning PBA D-League Most Valuable Player Ian Sangalang and SMART-Gilas Pilipinas stalwart Greg Slaughter.
Sangalang, an athletic 6-foot-7 lefty center, has already made his intentions known to enter the draft. Slaughter’s plans are not yet as clear.
But Rain or Shine has long been in the market for a legitimate post presence at the center position. The Elasto Painters have contended the past two years with Beau Belga and JR Quinahan — the PBA’s Extra Rice, Inc. — manning the center spot, holding down the fort with their physicality and unorthodox offensive skills.
ian sanggalang fits rep guiao's system and not greg slaughter, who is a softie...
kapag ba nag #1 sa lottery ang ROS(kung sakaling worst 2 nanaman ang BB next conference), ipasok kaya ni MVP si Greg Slaughter sa Draft?
mas gugustuhin ata ni mvp na si coach yeng humawak kay gregy boy ..anyway, kahit sino mapick ng ROS, swerte kasi instant playing time at angas sa laro.