The Top Five PBA Shooting Guards Right Now (March 29, 2014)

With each team now having played at least three games, the time is right for us to, once again, look at the top off-guards 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 shooting guards in the 2013-2014 PBA Commissioner’s Cup as of the morning of March 29, 2014 (as always, this is based on the Player Efficiency ratings as calculated by

The five best SGs in the PBA right now. Agree?
(composite image by Enzo Flojo/Hoop Nut)

5. Gary David (MER) - 14.5ppg, 3.3rpg, 2.2apg, 1.3 triples per game, 27.5 EFF
- Once again, David is among the league’s most potent scorers on the wings, but his main problem so far has been consistency. He has had three games where he has hit 2 or more treys, while also having three games with exactly zero triples. Case in point, before shooing 3/6 from beyond the arc against ROS, David went 0/5 against TNT and Air 21.

4. Willie Miller (BAR) - 11.8ppg, 4.0rpg, 3.4apg, 1.2 triples per game, .375 3pt%, 27.9 EFF
- After laying a big fat egg in Barako’s first game, Thriller Miller has scored in double-figures in each of his last five outings. The cherry on the topping, of course, was his dropping a conference-high 19 points against the stunned San Mig Super Coffee Mixers a few days ago. Odds are the two-time MVP won’t be able to duplicate that feat in the near future, but, hey, the Energy Cola will take whatever they can, right?

Two-time MVP Willie Miller can still play with the best of 'em.
(image by Paul Ryan Tan/Sports 5)

3. Jeff Chan (ROS) - 15.0ppg, 2.6rpg, 2.2apg, 2.6 triples per game, .433 3pt%, .875 FT%, 29.3 EFF
- The Gilas Pilipinas sniper is in a bit of a dry spell this conference. He has shot just 2/8 from beyond the arc in his last two games, and has connected on only 12/28 field goals in his last three. Clearly, teams have been trying to key on him on defense, and, so far, it seems he has generally been stifled. Still, don’t expect Chan to just fold up under the pressure. He has developed into a player who can find many ways to score. Case in point, in ROS’s last game, Chan was aggressive in attacking the basket, which resulted in a conference-high 8 free throw attempts for him, and, more importantly, he made every single one of them.

Jeff Chan is still aching to break out of his shooting slump.
(iage by Paolo Papa/Sports 5)

2. Joseph Yeo (AIR) - 13.2ppg, 4.8rpg, 4.3apg, 2.0 triples per game, .571 3pt%, 30.1 EFF
- The Ninja hasn’t really found a rhythm yet, but he has exploded here and there, scoring 21 points in a win against the Batang Pier, 19 in a loss to the Aces, and, in his latest effort, 18 markers to push the Express past the slumping Gin Kings. Despite shifting back to his natural SG spot, Yeo remains his team’s top playmaker with 4.3 dimes per outing. He might never reach the level of adoration guys like Mark Caguioa and James Yap have reached, but, at least statistically, Yeo is proving that stardom can only mean so much on the court.

1. Marcio Lassiter (SMB) - 15.5ppg, 3.8rpg, 2.8apg, 1.0spg, 3.0 triples per game, .400 3pt%, 30.4 EFF
- His Gilas Pilipinas withdrawal notwithstanding, any basketball fan would love Marcio Lassiter. He has just been a consistently productive player this conference. The San Francisco native has scored at least a dozen points in each of SMB’s six games, while also leading all locals in total three-pointers made, average three-pointers per game, and total field goals made. He has the size, the tenacity, and the skill-set to be the best shooting guard in the country, and, should he remain consistent, he might actually already be.

Marci Lassiter has just been awesome in the Commissioner's Cup. Not surprisingly,
the San Miguel Beermen have done well, too.
(image by Paul Ryan Tan/Sports 5)

Outside looking in:
PJ Simon (SMC) - 27.4 EFF
Mark Caguioa (GIN) - 27.4 EFF
Mac Cardona (AIR) - 26.3 EFF

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