Someone asked me how my blog and newspaper column came to be titled "Bleachers Brew". It's like this, it's an amalgam of sorts of two things: The bleachers area in the stadium/arena where I used to sit when I would watch baseball, football, and basketball games and Miles Davis' great jazz album Bitches Brew. That's how it got culled together. I originally planned on calling it "The View from the Big Chair" that is a nod to Tears For Fear's second album, Songs from the Big Chair. So there.

Saturday, August 22, 2015

My mock 2015 Gatorade PBA Rookie Draft

My mock 2015 Gatorade PBA Rookie Draft

1. Talk ‘N Text – Moala Tautuaa. Standing 6’7” this Fil-Tongan will go down in PBA history as the second Fil-Tongan to play in the league and debut with the same franchise. With the Tropa’s frontline ageing, Tautuaa will add some youth, power, scoring sock, and presence to this team.

2. Mahindra – Troy Rosario. The former NU Bulldog who plays both the three and four spots is a terrific all-around player. Will frontcourt depth and height to this Enforcers team.

3. Rain or Shine – Arthur dela Cruz. The way I see this team is they need one more big and lots of scoring sock. I know that Yeng Guiao is considering Norbert Torres and Chris Newsome but if its frontcourt help then maybe Torres although he isn’t really a post player. Art dela Cruz is a two-way player. Can create shots for himself and others. Heir to the awkward hook shot of Mac Cardona. Smart. Intense.

4. Meralco – Chris Newsome. Another athletic forward like Cliff Hodge although undersized at 6’2”. Chris will need to work on his stroke though. Can be their defensive stopper at the two.

5. Barangay Ginebra – Earl Scottie Thompson. has great game intelligence and will give them a point guard who can create, play defense, and rebound with flair.

6. NLEX – Baser Amer. Yes, they are loaded with point guards but given the opportunity, Amer will take over eventually. He is smart. Plays with a lot of guile and has the subtleties of gulangan. And is a clutch shooter.

7. Meralco - Norbert Torres. This team will need some help inside as they only have Rabeh Al-Hussaini, Kelly Nabong, and Reynel Hugnatan to patrol that paint. Torres at 6’6” has a great touch from the outside and can bully his way inside.

8. Star Hotshots – Yutien Andrada. The Hotshots have some frontcourt players who are getting in on the years. Andrada can be a rim protector for this team. He also has some great moves inside the paint.

9. Blackwater – Ryan Wetherell. The Elite need a point guard. Wetherell is that and more. He’ll supply a lot of energy to this team that needs a spark.

10. NLEX – Simon Enciso. A speedy combo guard who displays a lot of leadership. Talks on the court so coaches will like that. Plus, is solid on the defensive end.

11. Alaska – Garvo Lanete. With Dondon Hontiveros on the downside of his career, the Aces will need another bomber. And who better than this bemedalled Lanete who has an excellent stroke from the outside.

12. Rain or Shine – Kevin Racal. You want tough? You got tough. Can shoot from the outside. Plays tough and physical defense just the way Yeng Guiao loves. And is a terrific rebounder.

13. Blackwater – Roi Sumang
14. Mahindra – Glenn Khobuntin
15. Rain or Shine – Josan Nimes
16. Barangay Ginebra – Leo De Vera
17. Rain or Shine – Jerramy King
18. Alaska – Nico Elorde
19. Rain or Shine – Almond Vosotros
20. Barako Bull – Mark Cruz
21. Alaska – Jansen Rios
22. Barako Bull – Aljon Mariano
23. Alaska – Bradwyn Guinto
24. Rain or Shine – Samboy De Leon

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