2017 PBA Mock Draft

Paul Lintag on Oct 28, 2017 07:33 PM
2017 PBA Mock Draft
For this year's no. 1 pick, it would be a shock if San Miguel doesn't take Christian Standhardinger. Who else would make sense?

Two days after the PBA's 42nd season wrapped up with Game 7 of the Governors' Cup Finals, the league's 43rd season officially kicks off with the 2017 Draft.

One of the most controversial drafts in recent memory, let's try to predict how this year's selection process goes down with our very own mock draft.

Spoiler alert: little to no surprises here, the biggest surprise came days before the actual draft.

1. San Miguel Beermen (from Kia Picanto) --- The team that almost won a Grand Slam this past season will be picking first in a top-heavy draft, crazy right?

Well, the Beermen managed the coup of the decade after it convinced the Picanto to surrender their top overall selection for a bunch of role players and a 2019 pick.

For this year's no. 1 pick, it would be a shock if San Miguel doesn't take Christian Standhardinger. Who else would make sense?

While he's not expected to play in the PBA immediately because of his live ABL contract, the 6'8" Fil-German forward should fit right in with the San Miguel frontline that already feature 4-time MVP June Mar Fajardo and one-time MVP Arwind Santos.

The Beermen failed to win the Grand Slam this past season and Standhardinger might be the final piece to complete the triple crown next season. Even if you're unconventional, you take Standhardinger no. 1 if you have the chance. San Miguel now has that chance, and it would be a shock if the team lets go of this golden opportunity.


2. NLEX Road Warriors --- Head coach Yeng Guiao has made it know that it's either Standhardinger or Kiefer Ravena at the no. 2 spot.

And with Standhardinger most likely out by the time NLEX makes its pick, the Road Warriors should have no problem taking the Phenom second.

Kiefer Ravena is PBA ready. He has been PBA ready the moment he played his last game at Ateneo.

At NLEX, the Phenom will have the chance to learn other Yeng Guiao, one of the PBA's best coaches. Kief will form a young backcourt duo with Kevin Alas, with veterans like Larry Fonacier, Alex Mallary, Cyrus Baguio, and Juami Tiongson right behind them.

Ravena has flourihed as a point guard as of late and with NLEX not short with scorers, playing the 1 should be a nice starting point for Kief's PBA career.

His presence also eases the pressure off of Alas, which should allow the former Letran Knight to continue the development he experienced late last season.

Kiefer will open up a lot for NLEX and the Yeng Guiao era for the Road Warriors looks like it can finally take flight with Ravena in tow.


3. Blackwater Elite --- Blackwater might think it can afford some surprises at no. 3 but the Elite should make the obvious decision right here.

And that is to draft Jeron Teng.

The Elite have a lot of needs and it would make sense for them to go after a big man. However, Blackwater finally saw the return of JP Erram and the lanky stalwart is a solid piece at the 5 position. Dave Marcelo should also spend time at the center spot for the Ever Bilena franchise.

Blackwater still also has Mac Belo, who when healthy should flourish as the team's no. 1 power forward. Allein Maliksi will continue shooting his way as the Elite's top small forward.

Teng should fit right in at the 2 spot, meaning that Jeron won't have to guard bigger players and will have a physical advantage over most opposing players at the same position.

A starting five of Mike Digreogorio, Jeron Teng, Allein Maliksi, Mac Belo, and JP Erram sure sounds like a team that's ready to compete.


4. Phoenix Fuel Masters --- Phoenix has two picks in the first round and the Fuel Masters should address their most glaring need with the first one.

Lacking quality big men, Phoenix should go after former FEU Tamaraw Raymar Jose at no. 4.

While Toto is not the most physical forward out there, the PBA D-League Foundation Cup MVP is one of the best. His potential is off the charts and is a proven team player, he will fit right in regardless of any system new coach Louie Alas tries to install.

Phoenix's star is undeniably Matthew Wright. Jose has spent some time with the Fil-Canadian sniper with Gilas Pilipinas over the last couple of months so chemistry might not that big of an issue.

Phoenix needs a quality big and Jose might as well be the second-best all-around big man in this draft. The Fuel Masters can address a lot of issues by taking Toto at the fourth spot.


5. Alaska Aces (from Globalport Batang Pier) --- Alaska is also looking for a big, one that could ideally match up with the June Mar Fajardos and the Greg Slaughters of the world.

With Standhardinger and Jose already off the board, the next best thing for the Aces is former La Salle Green Archer Jason Perkins.

Perkins might be the better fit for Alaska so the Aces can pick up a gem at no. 5.

Hefty Lefty is an undersized power forward at best but the Aces have found success with undersized power forwards before (see Calvin Abueva and Vic Manuel).

Unlike the Beast and the Muscle Man though, Perkins can play his back to the basket very well, which should allow Abueva and Manuel to roam freely on the floor.

Perkins also has a pretty effective face up game as well, able to drain the occassional three-point shot and he has a soft touch from mid-range.

In the end though, Perkins will probably not solve Alaska's frontline woes by himself but he can be of great help as the Aces deal with the June Mar Fajardos and the Greg Slaughters of the world by committee.


6. Globalport Batang Pier (from Alaska Aces) --- Globalport has an explosive backcourt in Terrence Romeo and Stanley Pringle, the Batang Pier can't possibly need more scoring right?


Globalport can't solve its glaring frontline and defensive issues overnight so why not just improve a team strength by adding gunner Robbie Herndon in the lineup.

A revelation during the past PBA D-League season and the recent Draft Combine, Herndon is a combination of impeccable outside shooting and size. Players like him are of high demand as far as the modern style of basketball goes.

If he can carry his shooting to the big leagues, Herndon can take attention away from Romeo and Pringle, allowing the two to do more damage to the opposition.

At the end of the day, basketball is still about outscoring the other team. With Herndon joining Romeo and co. the PBA's lone neon green team shoul have no problem putting the ball through the hoop.


7. Rain or Shine Elasto Painters --- ROS has a pretty deep guard rotation so the priority for the two-time champs should be adding some pieces to their frontline.

Arellano's Lervin Flores comes to mind.

The slam-dunking Flores will not join the Extra Rice Inc. although he can form a nice Rock 'n Roll combo with Raymond Almazan down low.

Flores is an athletic forward with a great motor. Effort is not going to be a question for him. He has the potential to be a key rotation piece for the Elasto Painters as the team look to restore their contender status in the PBA.


8. Phoenix Fuel Masters (from Meralco Bolts) --- After drafting Raymar Jose at no. 4, Phoenix should seriously look at Letran's Rey Nambatac at no. 8.

Matthew Wright had his moments during his rookie season, however, there were games when the Fil-Canadian sniper was completely off. Phoenix often had no one to pick up the slack when its tog gun was firing blanks.

Enter Nambatac.

Stingray is a proven commodity, having won an NCAA title with the Knights. And you already know that head coach Louie Alas and assistant Topex Robinson will probably not pass up on the chance to draft him, both are very familiar with how Nambatac operates.

Being the man for Letran towards the end of his NCAA career, Nambatac will be a complementing piece for Phoenix early in his PBA career, which might be that bad at all. He wasn't the number 1 guy for the Knights when they won NCAA season 93 but he was still pretty effective.


9. Star Hotshots --- At no. 9, it's all about fit for Star.

However, the Hotshots have issues they can address with their late pick in the first round.

Towards the end of the Governors' Cup, it got pretty ugly for Star. Scoring was almost non-existent for the team. Sure, the Hotshots can and will shut you down.

But they also need to score to win.

Jett Manuel is a guy that looks like he can fit well with Star. He's not going to replace James Yap or even Allein Maliksi for that matter, but the former UP captain can come off the bench and give the Hotshots some much-needed scoring spark.


10. TNT KaTropa --- Options are thin for TNT at no. 10, however, the KaTropa can still find a quality player here.

TNT's core from its championship years is almost gone and the only sure things in its current lineup, in terms of the team's present and future, are Jayson Castro at the 1, Troy Rosario at the 4, and RR Pogoy at the wing.

The KaTropa have stockpiled some rather lackluster big men in their lineup so it might not make any sense to further clog the middle. With that being said, San Beda's Davon Potts is worthy of a look.

Potts has supreme confidence with his shot. He might not take many with TNT, at least not yet, but he can be a weapon that head coach Nash Racela can unleash.


11. Brgy, Ginebra San Miguel --- Fresh from back-to-back titles, Ginebra has an interesting choice to make with the no. 11 pick.

With their options thin, the Gin Kings might want to look at Julian Sargent here as a possible future replacement for Sol Meracado.

Despite a Finals injury, Mercado should still be a key cog to Ginebra in upcoming PBA seasons as he gets healthy again but it won't hurt for the Gin Kings to secure their future.

Sargent is not as good of a scorer as Sol but the former La Salle wing might evolve as a better defender than Mercado.

Ginebra already has versatile wings in Scottie Thompson and Kevin Ferrer, adding Sargent to the mix and the Gin Kings have a solid foundation for the rainy days.


12. TNT KaTropa (from Phoenix via San Miguel) --- TNT's second pick in the first round can be used a variety of ways.

The team can always trade it of course but if the KaTropa keep it, Thomas Torres might be a nice pick.

The Governors' Cup was pretty rough for Jayson Castro, he had no true back up at the 1 spot.

RR Garcia, acquired in a mid-season trade was hampered by injuries again. The former UAAP MVP should maintain his spot as the top point guard off the bench when he gets healthy but Torres will be nice insurance for TNT.

Torres has shooting and championship pedigree with his days with La Salle. He can be a nice asset for the KaTropa.




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