The Top 5 Shooting Guards of #PBA2015

Terrence Romeo had a coming out party in the 2014-2015 PBA season, emerging as one of the league’s best all-around scorers. Was it enough to propel him to the top as the country’s best shooting guard, though? We’ll see as old-timers like James Yap, Gary David, and Mark Caguioa may have something to say about that, while young gun  Marcio Lassiter has also been turning a lot of heads. 

Without further ado, here they are – the top five shooting guards of the 2014-2015 PBA season:

*This is based on the Player Efficiency ratings as calculated by

5. Jeff Chan (ROS) - 10.3ppg, 2.9rpg, 2.0apg, 1.4 triples per game, 32.3 3pt%, 38.6 FG%, 23.5 EFF
- The Gilas Pilipinas gunner didn’t have the best season of his career - his scoring and shooting numbers slid down — but he still had a few great moments and remained one of the country’s deadliest from beyond the arc. He’s not yet a cinch to make this year’s Gilas squad, but, should he be passed over, he’ll get some much-needed rest and recovery in preparation for the 2015-2016 campaign.

4. Gary David (MER) - 13.2ppg, 2.7rpg, 1.6apg, 1.5 triples per game, 32.7 3pt%, 40.3 FG%, 82.2 FT%, 24.9 EFF
- The 37-year old veteran from Bataan seems like to shooting guards what Asi Taulava is to centers. El Granada, plain and simple, just looks timeless. Yes, perhaps he’s a couple of steps slower in transition or on defense, but his instincts and touch from the perimeter are still pretty much on point. The fact is all one really needs to do is give Gary the ball when he’s open and enjoy the tickling of the twine.

3. Mac Cardona (NLX) - 11.0ppg, 4.7rpg, 1.4apg, 45.3 FG%, 74.5 FT%, 25.9 EFF
- Cardona is not top-of-mind when it comes to discussing the top tier players in the league, but this past season he certainly proved himself worthy to be part of that conversation. He improved on his key stats from last season and remained as dependable as ever for the beleaguered Road Warriors, who just couldn’t catch many breaks in 2014-2015. If Capt. Hook can stay in sharp form for next season, NLEX should make much more noise.

2. Marcio Lassiter (SMB) - 11.8ppg, 3.8rpg, 2.2apg, 2.4 triples per game, 39.8 3pt%, 39.0 FG%, 77.2 FT%, 26.0 EFF
- Marcio had a spectacular season, helping lead the Beermen in their triumphs in the Philippine Cup and Govs’ Cup. He was most stellar as a spot up shooter (most of the time from the corner) for San Miguel, making a career-high 2.4 threes per contest, including norming 5.0 per game in SMB’s semifinals series against Rain or Shine earlier this month. His awesome shooting display has made even Gilas Pilipinas coach Tab Baldwin take a look and name him as a desired member for the 2015 FIBA Asia Championship. If he does get the nod, Lassiter will be able to rely on his uncommon combo of size, agility, and shooting to buoy the Pinoys’ chances.

1. Terrence Romeo (GLO) - 19.7ppg, 3.5rpg, 3.0apg, 2.2 triples per game, 30.7 3pt%, 40.3 FG%, 76.3 FT%, 33.7 EFF
- Most times this past season, it was very difficult to accept the fact that Romeo was just in his sophomore season in the PBA. For one, he was definitely not playing like a greenhorn. Romeo broke out in a big way this past season, thriving with top rookie Stanley Pringle, and they are expected to form a mighty dangerous pairing in the backcourt for the Batang Pier. Romeo’s swagger only serves to accentuate his devil-may-care play style, but, lest you think that’s a chink in his armor, that’s actually what enables him to play with so much confidence and freedom. Look for him to dominate in the coming FIBA 3x3 World Tour while also maybe vying for a spot in the 2015 Gilas quintet.

Honorable Mentions:
James Yap (PUR) - 23.5 EFF
Mark Caguioa (GIN) - 23.3 EFF
Larry Fonacier (TNT) - 22.9 EFF

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