Raw numbers aren’t always accurate representations of a player’s performance on the court. Gaudy-looking statistics would usually mean that a player has had a lot of touches and chances, but there are a lot of times when he actually puts up a stinker – even if that guy scores 35 or puts up a double-double.
This is where advanced metrics come in. Looking at the right numbers would show you how a player positively or negatively affects his team whenever he’s out there playing. For example, one may see that Player X’s contributions on the floor in merely 15 minutes are terrific, while increased playing time for Player Y would mean a dip in the team’s performance.
This is the first edition of PBA Metrics, and we’re focusing on the league’s top pure point guards based on the Pure Point Rating (PPR). Summed up in a single number, this rating was developed by former ESPN writer John Hollinger to draw an accurate picture of how efficiently a player handles the ball while creating opportunities for his teammates on offense.
* Minimum: Played in at least 75% of the team’s games, 15 minutes a game
* Stats are accurate as of 09 February 2018
- LA Revilla, Phoenix Fuel Masters
2017-2018 PBA Philippine Cup per-game averages: 3.0 points, 4.0 rebounds, 4.1 assists, 1.5 steals, 1.8 turnovers
Pure Point Rating (PPR): 4.5
Revilla’s shooting numbers are abysmal this conference (30.6 percent from the field) but he’s still one of their go-to guys when handling the rock down on offense. The La Salle alumnus is averaging the same number of assists as teammate Jeff Chan but he’s dishing them out in less minutes (21.9 per game).
- Alex Cabagnot, San Miguel Beermen
2017-2018 PBA Philippine Cup per-game averages: 19 points, 7.0 rebounds, 4.8 assists, 0.8 steals, 1.5 turnovers
‘The Crunchman’ is still San Miguel’s best floor general even with Chris Ross averaging more assists (6.0) this conference. He has the ball on a string, turning the rock over at such a low rate while logging heavy minutes (36.6) for the league’s second best-offensive team.
- Cyrus Baguio, NLEX Road Warriors
2017-2018 PBA Philippine Cup per-game averages: 6.4 points, 4.3 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 1.3 steals, 0.9 turnovers
The 37-year old veteran’s an old reliable even though he’s only playing a shade over 17 minutes per game. His playmaking is opening up his shot this conference, too, as he’s shooting over 55 percent from the field. The Road Warriors might opt to give ‘Skyrus’ more minutes if he continues playing effectively.
- Justin Melton, Magnolia Hotshots
2017-2018 PBA Philippine Cup per-game averages: 8.4 points, 5.4 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 1.5 steals, 1.2 turnovers
23 minutes per game is all that Melton needs to do his damage. On top of his all-around numbers are his playmaking stats, where he’s doing so effectively without hurting Magnolia’s top-five offense.
- JVee Casio, Alaska Aces
2017-2018 PBA Philippine Cup per-game averages: 9.5 points, 3.5 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 0.9 steals, 1.0 turnover
Chris Banchero is Alaska’s top assist guy with 4.1 per game, but Casio’s not far behind with lesser turnovers. He’s not shooting well this conference (34.4 percent from the field) but when he’s got four other teammates scoring in double figures per game, getting them buckets is a bigger priority.
- Simon Enciso, Alaska Aces
2017-2018 PBA Philippine Cup per-game averages: 6.0 points, 2.7 assists, 1.9 rebounds, 0.7 turnovers
There are four mouths to feed on offense with Calvin Abueva, Vic Manuel, Jeron Teng and Chris Banchero, and Enciso is doing a particularly good job at getting it to them, averaging less than a turnover per game while facilitating for other scorers. He’s probably not gonna get any more minutes (18.5) than he already has now with Casio and Banchero ahead of him on the team’s depth chart.
- Kiefer Ravena, NLEX Road Warriors
2017-2018 PBA Philippine Cup per-game averages: 16.1 points, 6.1 assists, 3.0 rebounds, 2.1 steals, 2.0 turnovers
NLEX’s super rookie is playing big minutes (30.2) and dishing out the third-most assists per game this conference (6.1) while top-scoring (16.1) for the league’s top-rated offense. The shooting will come and go (43.6 percent from the field, 28 percent on threes), but the Road Warriors are in a good place in the foreseeable future with Ravena’s having the keys to the franchise.
- Nard Pinto, Blackwater Elite
2017-2018 PBA Philippine Cup per-game averages: 3.3 points, 2.9 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 0.6 turnovers
Pinto is probably one of the last players a casual fan might see in this list. The point guard out of Arellano, who’s playing under 17 minutes a game, leads the team in assists while being so careful with the ball. Blackwater, who has the league’s worst offense at 85.6 points per game, should opt to increase his workload because they desperately need to inject energy into their offense.
- Chris Tiu, Rain or Shine Elasto Painters
2017-2018 PBA Philippine Cup per-game averages: 13.7 points, 4.2 assists, 4.0 rebounds, 1.2 steals, 1.0 turnover
Who knew that a featured role on offense would do wonders for Chris Tiu? (I did.) The guard out of Ateneo is almost immaculate with the ball while leading the team in scoring this conference. He is also one of the league’s top bombers from the arc, so opposing defenders have to pick their poison: leave a 48.3 percent three-point shooter open or gamble on him finding an open man. So far, things working well for Tiu.
- Baser Amer, Meralco Bolts
2017-2018 PBA Philippine Cup per-game averages: 11.6 points, 7.0 assists, 4.3 rebounds, 2.0 turnovers
Baser Amer is the league’s ‘point god’ right now. He tops the league in the assists department, and does so without dominating the ball (18.2% usage rate, sixth in team). The San Beda stalwart also boasts one of the league’s top offensive ratings (113) whenever he’s on the floor. The Bolts, however, might want to shore up their depth and plug holes in their bottom-three defense to make a deep run in the postseason.