The Top Five PBA Point Guards Right Now (March 1, 2014)


Mark Barroca is the toast of the local basketball world right now after he led San Mig Coffee’s decisive rally in the fourth quarter of Game 6 in the 2014 PBA Philippine Cup Finals, but is he the only playmaker worth his peso in these parts? As we transition into a new conference, we will look at the best the PBA has to offer at every position, and we will begin with a spot that has some of the deepest talent – point guard.

Without further ado, here they are – the top five point guards in the 2013-2014 PBA season as of March 1, 2014 (as always, this is principally based on the Player Efficiency Ratings as calculated by PBA-Online.net):

The five best point guards in the PBA right now --
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(composite image by Enzo Flojo/HoopNut)

5. Alex Cabagnot (GLO) – 12.4ppg, 4.3rpg, 5.7apg, 1.7 triples per game, .355 3pt%, 30.5 EFF
- Despite not being named to any Philippine national team, Cabagnot remains to play at a level that affords him the status of one of the country’s best playmakers. He hits nearly two triples per game, is among the top five in assists, and, perhaps most importantly, turns the ball over at just 1.4 per game. To put that in perspective, he has the highest assist-to-turnover ratio and lowest turnover average of anyone on this list. Looks like that Cabaggie-Mercado swap might not have been as lopsided as some people might think.


4. JV Casio (ALA) – 15.1ppg, 3.9rpg, 3.9apg, 2.4 triples per game, .369 3pt%, 31.4 EFF
- The bright side of the Aces’ unceremonious stumble in the Philippine Cup is that they have lots of time to rest and recharge before their title defense in the Commish Cup. Casio, in particular, should be extra fresh and sharp when hostilities begin on Wednesday. He was pretty much playing the best basketball of his life last conference, and I don’t expect any dip in his production in the Commish Cup. Once again, he should make for an awesome inside-outside tandem with import Rob Dozier.

3. Mark Barroca (SMC) – 13.3ppg, 4.5rpg, 4.3apg, 2.0spg, 32.3 EFF
- The newly-minted Coffee King won his first Finals MVP earlier this week, and all signs point to him continuing to have a banner year in the PBA. This despite not being named to the Gilas Pilipinas 18-man pool. Perhaps he’ll use that as motivation to upstage his more ballyhooed counterparts? Barroca remains the most dangerous thief in the league, and he has shown a penchant for making big shots in big moments. We should all watch out. Something tells me his awesomeness is far from over.

2. Sol Mercado (SMB) – 18.9ppg, 4.0rpg, 5.1apg, 34.5 EFF
- The Sol Train is will begin playing for his third team in the last handful of conferences. After moving from Meralco to GlobalPort, Mercado will now don the San Miguel Beermen jersey, reuniting with best buddy Chris Ross, who also used to play in Meralco. Mercado’s scoring will definitely see a decline, what with guys like June Mar Fajardo, Arwind Santos, and Chris Lutz hogging most of the shots. Oh, and then there’s import Josh Boone, too.  

1. Jayson Castro (TNT) – 19.3ppg, 4.7rpg, 4.7apg, 1.6 triples per game, .406 3pt%, .860 FT%, 37.8 EFF
- Castro’s team fell way short of defending its Philippine Cup title, but it’s for Castro’s lack of trying. The Blur continued to be the country’s best point guard despite TNT getting the boot from eventual champion San Mig Coffee in three games. Castro looks to be back with a vengeance in the Commish Cup, where he should continue to improve his case as a potential MVP candidate this season.

Outside looking in:
LA Tenorio (GIN) – 29.8 EFF
Denok Miranda (BAR) – 27.3 EFF
Paul Lee (ROS) – 26.7 EFF

  
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haha onga no check that (wala pa ring tatalo haha)

Balas
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Sir, what do you think of the 17 man pool assembled by Coach Chot for the FIBA World and Asian Games? Any assessment of each of the players possible roles, and the kind of game that Coach Chot wants to bring to Spain given his pool? :)

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I'm currently finishing one, but to whet your appetite, you can read this series of posts -- http://www.hoopnut.com/search/label/Good%20Enough%20for%20Gilas

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Sir, can you change the Black background of your website. I love to read your write-ups but the background annoys me especially while reading your article. Please make some changes Sir.
Thanks. More power.

Balas