Like PBA stars Hawkins or Devance, Phoenix coach sees similar qualities on rookie Perkins

IN the history of the PBA, there were only a few big men who became facilitators for their team.

Bong Hawkins is one of those forwards who kept a hold of his team, doing so many things that made his team successful, particularly the Alaska Aces.

A 10-time PBA champion and a member of the fabled grand slam team of Alaska in 1996, Hawkins was also a former Most Improved Player awardee. He’s one among those big men who can facilitate for his squad.

Joe Devance is another big man who can do everything for his squad. He is probably the only player who can play all five positions in the PBA.  He is one of only few players to win championships in three different teams, including the grand slam in 2014.

Overall, Devance had won eight championships, all of which came while playing for Tim Cone.

But there’s an up and coming player who has the potential of becoming a facilitator big man for his team.

Meet Jason Perkins, the former La Salle stalwart, who is making headways in the PBA today.

The 6-foot-4 forward had been able to show his versatility playing for the Phoenix Fuel Masters, earning him nothing but praise from coach Louie Alas.

“Si Jason if magiging more decisive lang siya, he could become probably the next Bong Hawkins or Joe Devance, yung pwedeng maging facilitator na big man,” Alas told FOX Sports Philippines in a telephone interview.

“He has the potential. He has the confidence, doesn’t back down with anybody,  but he needs to be more decisive.”

How efficient Perkins is, according to Alas can also be measured by his output per minute.

“There was a time nga I gave him 15 minutes of playing time mas mataas pa yung points niya eh, 16 points,” added Alas. “That’s how valuable he is. Walang sayang because he can do a lot of things. He has a lot of upside in his game.”

In Phoenix’s latest win, a double overtime victory over Barangay Ginebra, Perkins finished with a double-double of 12 points and 10 rebounds while holding his own against bigger counterparts in seven foot slotman Greg Slaughter, 6-foot-9 forward Japeth Aguilar and 6-foot-9 import Charles Garcia.