The Top Five PBA Point Guards Right Now (March 25, 2014)

With each team now having played at least three games, the time is right for us to, once again, look at the top playmakers in Asia’s best play-for-pay league. What makes this a little different than previous posts is that the stats will be culled from only the Commissioner’s Cup and not for the entire season.

Without further ado, here they are – the top five point guards in the 2013-2014 PBA Commissioner’s Cup as of the morning of March 25, 2014 (as always, this is based on the Player Efficiency ratings as calculated by

Some new names have popped up among the
league's best PGs!
(composite image by Enzo Flojo/Hoop Nut)

5. Chris Ross (SMB) - 8.3ppg, 3.3rpg, 7.3apg, 2.8spg, 27.4 EFF
- Don’t be fooled by Ross’s 22-point explosion against ROS last March 19. That probably won’t happen for a very long time, but that’s not to say this guy is no threat. On the contrary, Ross can hurt opposing teams in so many ways, as characterized by his currently leading the league in assists and steals.

After years of playing second fiddle, it looks like Chris Ross
has finally stepped into the spotlight.

4. Jimmy Alapag (TNT) - 9.0ppg, 2.5rpg, 6.0apg, 1.3 triples per game, .409 3pt%, 27.4 EFF
- Though the Mighty Mouse has deferred of late in terms of scoring, he is still one of the premier guards in the PBA mainly because of his playmaking and composure. Proof? He is running #4 in the league in terms of assists. In addition, he is also hitting an impressive 41% from beyond the arc.

3. Paul Lee (ROS) - 12.8ppg, 4.0rpg, 3.3apg, 1.0spg, 2.0 triples per game, .421 3pt%, .875 FT%, 28.3 EFF
- Lee is one of only two PGs in the top ten local scorers this conference, but that’s not the only thing he can do. Over the course of four games, Lee has been able to showcase his rebounding, playmaking, and defense. He’s not the best PG out there yet, but he’s creeping up on the leaders for sure. Now if only the Painters can get wins…

2. LA Tenorio (GIN) - 9.6ppg, 5.4rpg, 6.2apg, 1.0 triple per game, 28.7 EFF
- Despite the losses piling up for the Gin Kings, Tenorio has been quite steady, doing more things a guy his size should at this level of the game. Yes, he still has some spotty decision-making here and there, but, by and large, the Lieutenant is back among the league’s elite floor generals. He’ll need to improve his shooting, though, because he’s hit just 5 of 21 from long distance.

LA Tenorio remains as tenacious as ever despite Ginebra's obvious struggles.

1. Jayson Castro (TNT) - 15.7ppg, 3.5rpg, 4.2apg, 1.0spg, 1.3 triples per game, .381 3pt%, 32.5 EFF
- Castro is #3 in scoring among all locals and #6 in assists. What does that mean? He is easily the most dangerous guard out there. Oh, and he also hits more than 1 trey an outing. Gone are the days opposing defenders can sag off of the Blur and force him to take the long tom. These days, he won’t hesitate to spot up, and, frankly speaking, he’ll have a fair chance of making it. Best PG in the PBA right now? You betcha.

Jayson Castro continues to be the undisputed #1 point guard in the country.

Outside looking in:
Denok Miranda (BAR) - 25.0 EFF
JV Casio (ALA) - 22.9 EFF
Paolo Hubalde (SMB) - 22.7 EFF

Unless otherwise specified, all images are by Pranz Kaeno Billones.

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