It’s that time of the year again, as each PBA team will once again welcome battle-tested reinforcements for the highly anticipated 2019 PBA Commissioner’s Cup, slated to begin on May 19.
These imports, who were first welcomed by the league in 1981, have brought world class talent to the Philippine hardwood and have raised the level of play among locals.
FOX Sports Philippines presents our “Here come the Imports” series, where we profile each PBA team’s basketball mercenaries for the upcoming conference. After showing us his wares when he suited up for the Columbian Dyip, ’balik-import’ John Fields takes his talents to the Magnolia Hotshots Pambansang Manok.
Prior PBA experience
A well-travelled veteran before his first PBA stint, Fields first reinforced the cellar-dwelling Columbian Dyip in last year’s Commissioner’s Cup.
He replaced underperforming Cj Aiken and left quite an impression in his first PBA game, dropping 39 points on 70-percent shooting to go along with 16 boards.
He fitted nicely alongside Columbian’s bevy of talented guards, as his strong presence underneath allowed the likes of Rashawn McCarthy and Jerramy King to take their game to new heights. Fields normed prolific number of 29.1 points and 19.1 rebounds.
The Dyip, however, only won two of the eight games Fields played in, and narrowly missed out on the postseason with a 4-7 overall record.
After splitting his collegiate years with East Carolina, UNC-Wilmington, and Tennessee, Fields went undrafted in the 2012 NBA Draft.
He established a lengthy career playing all over Europe, with stints in Finland, Czech Republic, Germany, France, Belgium, Cyprus, and Greece. He last played for the Domincan Republic-LNB with Indios De Sanfrancisco, before being tapped as the world import for the Singapore Slingers in the 2019 ABL season. The 6’9 banger was instrumental in the Slingers’ runner-up finish.
Fit with Magnolia?
Now at 31 years old, Fields continues to be a double-double threat on any given night. He plays an extremely physical game and maximizes his athleticism by being active on both ends of the floor.
Fields also runs the ball well, which would compliment the Hotshots’ uptempo offense. His prowess with the pick-and-roll will give coach Chito Victolero plenty of options to work around with, especially with proven playmakers like Jio Jalalon and Mark Barroca.
With more experienced and capable teammates now at his disposal, expect Fields to wreak havoc anew in this year’s Commissioner’s Cup.
(Image from PBA)