The Top Five PBA Point Guards of the 2013-2014 Season

These are the very best PBA point guards this past season!

Amidst the din of the magnificent 2014 PBA Governors’ Cup Finals, several issues have popped up in the PBA: the entry of Stanley Pringle in the 2014 Rookie Draft, the perceived controversy revolving around the draft lottery, and the whole officiating hullabaloo. These nearly take away the sheer enjoyment of seeing Justin Melton sky for a sublime alley-oop dunk, seeing AZ Reid drain big shots in overtime, or seeing James Yap morph into his MVP self after repeated underwhelming performances in the eliminations.

This is why, in the middle of all this craziness, I want to shift the focus back on the players who have really made their mark this past season. For this particular piece, let’s focus on the best playmakers of the entire 2013-2014 PBA campaign.

Without further ado, here they are – the top five point guards of the entire 2013-2014 PBA season (as always, this is based on the Player Efficiency ratings as calculated by

5. Mark Barroca (SMC) – 10.9ppg, 3.8rpg, 3.4apg, 1.6spg, 27.3 EFF
- Barroca started the season like a house on fire, leading the Mixers in scoring in the Philippine Cup before deferring a little bit more and eventually ending up as a back-up late in the season. He has adjusted really well, however, playing in tandem with rookie Justin Melton to form a truly fast and furious backcourt pair. Barroca has the second-highest assists total for the season, is second in terms of steals per game, and has the highest number of total thefts. Strangely enough, he also has the most turnovers with 141.

Mark Barroca streaks past Larry Fonacier here.

4. JV Casio (ALA) – 12.6ppg, 3.5rpg, 3.0apg, 2.3 triples per game, .383 3pt%, .779 FT%, 27.5 EFF
- Throughout all the trials and tribulations that have enveloped the Aces this past season, Casio remained one of the consistently good things Gatas Republik could count on in every occasion. He continued to be one of the league’s deadliest and streakiest shooters, and he also proved to be a very capable playmaker who could find his teammates for easy buckets. Casio placed third overall in terms of 3-point percentage and total threes made for the season.

JV Casio is one sharpshooter you cannot afford to leave open.

3. LA Tenorio (GIN) – 11.2ppg, 4.3rpg, 5.5apg, 1.3spg, 1.2 triples per game, .830 FT%, 28.0 EFF
- The Lieutenant has been on the receiving end of a lot of flak after the Gin Kings failed to make the most of their roster, which boasts a lot talent and a lot of size. Some people think Tenorio might not be the best PG to facilitate the kind of system Tim-Cone-disciple Jeff Cariaso brings to Ginebra, but one cannot discount the fact that the Gilas Pilipinas floor general is still one of the most efficient and iconic players in the country. For the 2013-2014 season, Tenorio was second in assists per game, tops in total assists, third both in steals per game and total steals, and fourth overall in FT%. His turnover numbers weren’t good, however, as he coughed the rock up 2.6 times per game, which was the worst among all PBA point guards.

Despite Ginebra's failures, Tenorio remains one of the country's best floor generals.

2. Alex Cabagnot (GLO) – 13.1ppg, 4.4rpg, 6.2apg, 1.3spg, 1.4 triples per game, .311 3pt%, 31.6 EFF
- If you’re surprised Cabagnot still ranks among the best point guards in the league despite being on the worst team, well, you’re definitely not the only one. Still, we cannot sleep on the fact that the former Petron Blaze Booster remained a top-grade playmaker who served as a mentor of sorts to both Terrence Romeo and RR Garcia. In his 2013-2014 campaign, Cabaggie led the entire country in assists per game, was third in total dimes, fourth overall in steals per game, and third overall in assist-to-turnover ratio (3.3 assists per turnover right behind Emman Monfort and Gabe Norwood).

Alex Cabagnot has tries to make the most of his role on
the lowly GlobalPort squad.

1. Jayson Castro (TNT) – 16.8ppg, 4.0rpg, 4.2apg, 1.6 triples per game, .369 3pt%, .788 FT%, 33.7 EFF
- It stands to reason that the best point guard in Asia is the best point guard in the Philippines, right? Yes, and it was generally true this past season as Castro led the Texters in most games. He made some questionable decisions, of course, but, by and large, he proved he was the very best at his position. He is, after all, in the running for Season MVP after winning the Best Player of the Conference award in the 2014 Commissioner’s Cup. He is coming off perhaps his best offensive season ever, registering career-highs in scoring, three-point shooting, and free throw accuracy. He also still made better than 40% of his field goals in spite of increasingly tight defensive coverage from opponents. It’s all good practice, of course, for the coming World Cup, but I’m sure Castro would have preferred to also win at least one title this past season to add to his team’s collection of accomplishments. In terms of being among league leaders, Castro led the PBA in scoring this season, was fifth overall in total assists, and fourth overall in three-point percentage.

TNT's Jayson Castro should turn some heads in the
2014 FIBA World Cup in Spain.

Outside looking in:
Paul Lee (ROS) – 27.2 EFF
Sol Mercado (SMB) – 26.3 EFF
Chris Ross (SMVB) – 24.5 EFF

Images are by Paul Ryan Tan and Paolo Papa/Sports 5. 

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