Over the years, our PBA imports have raised the bar in terms of competition within the league and this conference is no exception.
Even if they’re smaller compared to the ones who represented the teams during the Commissioner’s Cup, they play way bigger than their size and they never fail to impress us as always.
As we reach the halfway point of the conference, this time, FOX Sports Philippines examines the performances of the new faces who are eager to show what they got in this league.
Dez Wells – San Miguel Beermen
Coach Louie Alas from the Phoenix Fuel Masters called him as the second coming of Tony Harris, and for good reason, as he has the capability to score in bunches for San Miguel.
He would help the Beermen reach to as far as the semifinals and he has towed them to a great start in the Governors’ Cup with a 3-0 record so far. The former Oklahoma City Blue guard continues to impress by averaging 33.0 points, 9.7 rebounds, and 4.0 assists for the Leo Austria-mentored club.
Khapri Alston – Columbian Dyip
Columbian was looking for an additional presence in the interior and they clearly got that in the form of Khapri Alston. The explosive reinforcement is an experienced journeyman who has had stints in London, Uruguay, and Chile prior to playing in the PBA.
Alston emerged as the Dyip’s focal point on both ends with gaudy averages of 31.0 points, 16.8 rebounds, and 3.0 assists on 56-percent shooting from the field. He would help them en route to a 2-2 win-loss record.
Frank House – Alaska Aces
Justin Watts was great but his scoring prowess wasn’t what the Aces were looking for, which is why they tapped the services of Frank House to complement their bigs in Sonny Thoss and Vic Manuel.
House has posted numbers of 14.0 points and 12.0 rebounds for the Aces in their last two games, and he may need to produce more since his team is currently in a 0-5 hole.
Kayel Locke – Rain or Shine Elastopainters
Like Alaska, the Rain or Shine Elastopainters opted to change their first import with the conference already underway by getting Kayel Locke to replace Joel Wright.
It’s safe to say that Locke is still adjusting to the PBA game. He poured in 13 points and nine rebounds in first PBA game, but he wasn’t able to register an assist, steal, and a block. He also struggled in handling the ball either by turning the ball over six times as well.
KJ McDaniels – TNT KaTropa
Another former Houston Rocket will try to lead TNT KaTropa to new heights and he is good as advertised. KJ McDaniels has been doing everything for the Bong Ravena-coached team ever since he donned a TNT uniform in the Terrific 12. As of this writing, the high-leaping swingman has averaged 34.8 points, 15.0 rebounds, and 6.0 assists per contest.
Talk ‘N’ Text right now is undefeated with 4-0 as they’ve been firing on all cylinders. With a guy like McDaniels leading the way, I won’t be surprised if his team will reach to as far as the semis come the postseason.
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