Nov. 03, 2016
2016 PBA Draft Breakdown: Star Hotshots is a totally different team right now
Star is on its rebuilding phase. They started this a conference ago when they acquired RR Garcia, Rodney Brondial, and Keith Jensen.
And it’s continuing.
Paul Lee has taken over for James Yap and new coach Chito Victolero got his wish when he reunited with former Mahindra ward Aldrech Ramos.
There are a lot of new things in store for the Star Hotshots in the coming season and a lot of it happened during the 2016 PBA Draft.
Game starts now.
Gilas Pilipinas Special Round
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First Round / Pick 5
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Now first up, let me just say that there are two schools of thought with regards to drafting. One of which is picking the best player available and the other is picking the player to fulfil your needs. At first one would say the acquisition of Jio Jalalon is stupid – because the Hotshots have too many guards in their roster. However, this is what Jason Webb should have done during his tenure with the Hotshots. Mark Barroca is Tim Cone’s project and if Victolero has problems using him, then he has an insurance policy in Jalalon. This guy is built like Earl Scottie Thompson but with more pronounced offense and less rebounding goodness. During the draft combine, he exemplified his role as ace – leading his team to victory, giving Kobe Caluya a consolation prize and getting hailed as the pocket tourney’s MVP.
And then there’s Chris Javier. His entry to the team should alarm Ian Sangalang to compose his act ASAP. The UE Red Warrior is going to learn a lot from Marc Pingris and it’s scary to think that Pinoy Sakuragi will have Brondial and Javier working for him as his heir apparent. It’s a coach’s dream to have a player who wants to hustle and right now Victolero has three of those archetypes in his disposal. When Javier was in UE, he flourished under Jerry Codinera as he learned a lot from the workings of The Defense Minister. In hindsight, this is the tide that bonds Jalalon and Javier – as Jio had two NCAA final stints playing for the PBA legend.
I give Star six stars out of ten. They got the best player available in Jalalon and they addressed their needs with Javier. The only bad thing I see in their picks is that Jalalon’s rookie year will be restricted. Not only does he need to contend with Mark Barroca and RR Garcia, his role in the team will take a backseat until Paul Lee gets aligned with their structure. Notice that I haven’t even mention Peter June Simon (Star’s leading local scorer last season) and Allein Maliksi (who almost averaged in double digits last season).