Compton looking at wild season as teams chase SMB, Ginebra
"There's going to be a bunch of good games. There might be a bunch of us that's really jumbled in the middle," --- Alex Compton on the upcoming PBA season.
Even casual fans can see it since it's kinda obvious: San Miguel Beer and Ginebra own the two best lineups in the PBA heading into the new season.
Just look at their rosters from top to bottom, it's no secret why both teams swept all the championships last year.
For some people, that may be a bad thing as the league's balance of power is not... well, balanced. That's why the trade that allowed the Beermen to snatch the no. 1 overall pick from the previous draft got so much flak.
Alaska head coach Alex Compton is not some people. For him, this is more like an anomaly and the league does has some semblance of balance now compared to previous seasons.
Sure, the Beermen and the Gin Kings are on a whole other level but they're still beatable. And then about 8 teams follow.
You know what, allow Compton to explain.
"Right now all 12 teams have a great chance, we are all undefeated. It's amazing. I think we're going to have a hard time with San Miguel and Ginebra. I see things, I think we can compete with them if we have some certain guys healthy. That's [for] most of the teams in the league," Compton said as his Aces are busy trying to get back in shape in the off season.
"I think what's nice for the fans, you look at it, there's a bunch of teams that can beat each other on any give day," he added, talkin about the balance of teams if you take away the "anomalies" in San Miguel and Ginebra.
Save for TNT and Magnolia, who made all three semis last season, all remaining PBA teams appear to belong in one tier.
The KaTropa and the Hotshots are not part of that tier for the fact that they proved last season that they're up one level, just not at the level of the Beermen and the Gin Kings for now. The rest of the league? Free for all.
"Star and TNT were in all three semis, they're a little bit in that upper tier. And then you have San Miguel and Ginebra in a separate [tier]," Compton said.
"If you're looking at eight teams there, I really think any of those teams can beat each other," he added.
Ultimately, Compton is one to look at the more positive things going on in the PBA right now.
And the biggest positive is the potential to have incredible games night in and night out as teams battle for position in order to have the right to challenge the upper-tier squads.
"I think that makes for good basketball. The other two teams are a little bit separate, they have an edge. They're not unbeatable but they are really good. You have to play really well to have a chance to beat those teams," Compton said.
"There's going to be a bunch of good games. There might be a bunch of us that's really jumbled in the middle," he added.
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