PBA teams jockeying for their respective playoff spots can owe much of their success to stellar performances from their marquee players.
We took a look at some of the players who are having betters numbers across the board in this Commissioner’s Cup as compared to the last All-Filipino Cup.
2018 All-Filipino Cup: 13.5 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 1.6 apg, 1.2 spg, 0.3 bpg
2018 Commissioner’s Cup: 23.8 ppg, 6.1 rpg, 1.0 apg, 0.7 spg, 0.7 bpg
The Muscle Man has been a revelation for the Alaska Aces, to say the least. With all the pressure resting on his shoulders due to lengthy absences by Calvin Abueva and Jeron Teng, Manuel is in the midst of a renaissance after being fully healed from nagging injuries, along with his jersey number change. Under the tutelage of Aces assistant coach and PBA legend Danny Ildefonso, Manuel’s offensive arsenal has been better than ever as he has shown multiple ways to get buckets.
2018 All-Filipino Cup: 14.8 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 0.8 apg, 0.5 spg, 0.2 bpg
2018 Commissioner’s Cup: 18.9 ppg, 10.3 rpg, 4.1 apg, 2.2 spg, 0.2 bpg
Questions about the team’s offense arose especially when Terrence Romeo was traded to TNT, but Sean Anthony has stepped up big time to help Stanley Pringle carry the offensive cudgels for the GlobalPort Batang Pier. He is currently averaging a double-double for the team and has shown the capability of defending multiple positions and facilitate on offense with his increase in assists and steals averages.
2018 All-Filipino Cup: 11.9 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 4.3 apg, 0.6 spg, 0.3 bpg
2018 Commissioner’s Cup: 17.1 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 5.6 apg, 0.9 spg, 0.3 bpg
It’s no surprise why the Meralco Bolts has been performing well and a huge part of it is thanks to Chris Newsome’s all-around play. The explosive sophomore has performed beyond expectations for the Bolts, making them one of the favorites to win it all this Commissioner’s Cup.
2018 All-Filipino Cup: 8.6 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 1.2 apg, 0.3 spg, 1.6 bpg
2018 Commissioner’s Cup: 16.1 ppg, 8.2 rpg, 0.7 apg, 0.5 spg, 1.0 bpg
With only one loss so far, Rain or Shine has been one of the formidable teams in this Commissioner’s Cup thanks to their beefed up front court and Almazan’s upward trajectory. The rangy forward has almost doubled his scoring average from the last All-Filipino Cup and has been making the most out of the minutes given to him by the coaching staff.
2018 All-Filipino Cup: 2.0 ppg, 0.75 rpg, 0.5 apg, 0.5 spg, 0.0 bpg
2018 Commissioner’s Cup: 14.2 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 3.6 apg, 1.3 spg, 0.1 bpg
Jerramy King has been making waves ever since the Columbian Dyip took a chance on him after being waived by the Rain or Shine last year. Perhaps all he needed was enough playing time to show what he’s capable of doing in the big league. The Columbian Dyip would definitely need more of his production if they want to clinch a playoff berth in this Commissioner’s Cup.