PBA Draft steals: Can ex-MPBL standouts Porter, Salem, promising rookie Mocon shine?

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Champion coaches Yeng Guiao and Tim Cone think anyone from ex-MPBL standouts Kris Porter and Matt Salem could become the steal of the PBA Draft.

“Outside of Abu Tratter, I don’t think there’s any other big man who can make a huge contribution. I see Kris Porter as somebody who could provide us valuable contribution and that, I believe makes him the biggest steal in the draft,” Guiao told FOX PH.

A burly but shifty 6-foot-5 frontliner who can play from inside and out, Porter is a player who fits to the liking of Guiao when it comes to getting a big man — something that you could see from his past and present players like Beau Belga, JR Quinahan and even Asi Taulava, the PBA’s newest stretch five.

“Yes, I think bagay siya sa sistema na ginagawa namin. He has a lot of upside,” added Guiao.

Porter’s inclusion to the regular rotation has been fortified more when NLEX traded for JP Erram. In getting the 6-foot-8, former Ateneo player from the Blackwater Elite, the Road Warriors had to give up Mike Miranda in a three-way trade with TNT.

This means Porter will have an opportunity to shine, especially now that Miranda has been traded.

“Definitely, magkakaroon siya ng opportunity and I see him making a contribution for our team. It’s just a matter of learning our system,” added Guiao.

For Cone, seeing Salem still available late in the draft came as a surprise.

“We expect him to be picked either late first round or early second round and we were surprised to see him in the third round,” said Cone. “He’s probably one of the best shooters in the draft and with the line up that we have anchored on our big men, we’re going to need somebody like Matt. I think he could be the steal of the draft.”

But even Caloy Garcia of Rain or Shine believes he had stumbled a steal in the draft in Javee Mocon.

Mocon was drafted sixth overall and Garcia was impressed on the versatility shown by the former San Beda stalwart.

“I think he is the biggest steal in the draft. We picked up somebody who can play multiple positions and somebody who isn’t one dimensional,” added Garcia. “He’ll be an asset for us.”

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