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. Another new face is set to make his PBA debut, as reliable reinforcement Chris Daniels will look to leave a lasting impression for the Alaska Aces.
Daniels spent four collegiate years with the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, playing 114 total games and starting in 73 of them. His best year came in his junior season, where he averaged 15.3 points, 6.7 rebounds and 1.6 blocks and was named to the All-Southland first-team.
After going undrafted in 2008, Daniels tried his luck overseas and went on to become one of the most-travelled and most sought-after imports in the international scene.
He was a fixture in the NBA Development League for serval seasons, playing for the Erie Bayhawks, Santa Cruz Warriors, and Rio Grande Valley Vipers. Daniels suited up for the Indiana Pacers and Los Angeles Lakers Summer League teams, but never made it to their final rosters. He finally got his chance with the Brooklyn Nets in 2015, where he appeared in five preseason games before being waived.
Daniels made his mark overseas, playing in Puerto Rico, China, South Korea, and Lebanon. He has also struck gold almost in almost everywhere he played, winning an NBA D-League championship in 2013, back-to-back KBL champions in 2011-12, and an FLB League crown in 2016.
Fit with Alaska
Now at 35 years old, Daniels will certainly be one of the most seasoned reinforcements in the Comissioner’s Cup. His age, however, comes with a wealth of experience and an understanding of multiple play styles.
He is listed as 6’9, but he looks and plays much bigger than his recorded height.
Daniels is a throwback big guy who revels in doing the dirty work underneath. His scoring down low will be a welcome sight for the Aces — especially after fielding defensive minded centers like Noy Baclao and Jake Pascual, as well as an aging Sonny Thoss last conference.
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