PBA: REINFORCEMENTS HAVE ARRIVED
Paul Lintag on Apr 13, 2018 10:30 AM
Shane Edwards to Ginebra... for now.
It's less than two weeks before the 2018 PBA Commissioner's Cup kicks off.
And that means towering imports are here to play.
Fortunately, all 12 teams already have their respective reinforcements for the mid-season tournament.
Check the list below for a refresher:
San Miguel Beer - Troy Gillenwater
With Charles Rhodes unavailable, the defending champion Beermen are bringing in Troy Gillenwater as reinforcement.
The journeyman center has had stints in Asian countries like Japan and Korea. He also previously played in Russia and Greece.
Gillenwater was part of the Mighty Sports-backed Philippine team that won the Jones Cup a couple of years back.
TNT - Jeremy Tyler
A former Golden State Warrior, Jeremy Tyler is a 6'10" center with multiple stints in the NBA G-League.
He also had stops in the CBA and Australia's NBL before signing with the KaTropa.
Brgy. Ginebra - Shane Edwards
Shane Edwards is a familiar name, having played for the Alaska Aces two years ago.
After his stint with the CLS Knights in the ABL, Edwards will suit up for the Gin Kings in the meantime as Justin Brownlee gears up for a playoff run with Alab Pilipinas.
Magnolia - Vernon Macklin
Another familiar name, Vernon Macklin made it to the Commissioner's Cup Finals five years ago with Brgy. Ginebra.
Now he'll play for the Hotshots. The next Manila Clasico should be interesting.
NLEX - Arnett Moultrie
Arnett Moultie is a former first round pick for the Philadelphia 76ers.
He played for Team USA's U-19 squad in the 2009 World Championships and had stints with the Iranian Superleague before coming to the PBA.
Meralco --- Arinze Onuaku
The 2016 Best Import, Arinze Onuaku returns to Meralco to finish some unfinished business.
With him playing center, the Bolts reached Game 5 of the semifinals two years ago only to fall to the Alaska Aces.
Rain or Shine --- Reggie Johnson
Looking to regain their Commissioner's Cup title, the Elasto Painters will have former ABL champion and best import Reggie Johnson in tow.
While he last played for Mono Vampire, Johnson won the ABL title with the Westports Malaysia Dragons two years ago.
Phoenix - James White
Another former import changing teams, the young James White will now be a Fuel Master after two stints with Kia.
White led the then Mahindra Enforcer to their first and only playoff stint in the 2016 Governors' Cup. He returned last year but was replaced mid conference.
Globalport --- Malcolm White
Malcolm White returns to Globalport for his second straight PBA stint.
White was with the Batang Pier last year, debuting with 33 points as a mid-conference replacement.
Blackwater --- Jarrid Famous
Yet another former import finding himself with a new team, Jarrid Famous will look to give Blackwater a solid inside presence this season.
Famous played with Meralco and Globalport previously and was known to be a monter on the boards, recording 37 rebounds in a game once.
Columbian --- CJ Aiken
A defensive stalwart, CJ Aiken will man the middle for the Picanto.
Aiken had previous stints in the NBA G-Leagueas well as Canada and Poland before flying over the Philippines.
Alaska --- Antonio Campbell.
The Aces are rolling with Antonio Campbell, a versatile young forward from Ohio University.
Able to play inside and out, Campbell had a stint with the Lakeland Magic in the G-League before finiding his way to Alaska.
The Commissioner's Cup will open on April 22 live from the Big Dome.
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