PBA 43 Review: Little to no signal at TNT

Paul Lintag on Dec 29, 2018 06:18 AM
PBA 43 Review: Little to no signal at TNT
The KaTropa missed the playoffs once and got booted out of the quarterfinals twice. They barely advance in the All-Filipino and the Philippine Cup is usually the team’s specialty.

The PBA's 43rd season was a loooooong one.

Seriously, it started December of 2017 and it ended December of 2018. That's 12 months of almost non-stop basketball.

But with the current PBA season finally drawing to a close, it's time we look back at how each team fared in 2018.

Today, we take on the TNT KaTropa.

 

 

WHAT HAPPENED BRO?

2017 was a pretty good year for TNT.

The flagship MVP franchise went to three semis and one Finals and the KaTropa look like they’ve rebounded from a bad 2016 to reclaim their rightful place in the PBA contenders table as a true league power.

But if you thought 2016 was bad, which paved the way for a bounce back effort in 2017, the year that was 2018 was worse for TNT.

The KaTropa missed the playoffs once and got booted out of the quarterfinals twice. They barely advanced in the All-Filipino and the Philippine Cup is usually the team’s specialty.

Looking to change things up and add another star to the franchise, TNT traded former no. 1 pick Mo Tautuaa for super scorer Terrence Romeo.

That trade looked awesome in theory.

In theory.

Two conferences later, the KaTropa have moved on from the Bro and TNT is back to trying to reload.

It’s quite difficult to point out just what was the problem for TNT in 2018, especially earlier in the year when they only pretty much brought back their core from 2017. Later in the season, you can blame the collapse on the constant turnover the team had from star players to head coaches and active foreign consultants.

While the reload is ongoing with the team, TNT still has some major pieces in place in Jayson Castro, Troy Rosario, and RR Pogoy.

It’s true that the KaTropa’s guard rotation is one of the best in the PBA but it’s also true that the team has flaws all over and they still need some big help up front.

However, this is a team that’s a proven winner. Maybe the major shake up is just what TNT needed to wake up from its slumber, maybe regain some of that lost signal and start winning again.

It will be hard to discount the KaTropa as long as Castro is out there doing Castro things. The Blur is the quarterback that makes this team go. Just surround him with good pieces and go from there.

 


TNT KATROPA in the 2017-2018 PBA Season

Philippine Cup: 5-6 (8th place)

Commissioner’s Cup: 8-3 (3rd place)

Governors’ Cup: 4-7 (9th place)


Overall: 17 wins and 16 losses. Two playoff appearances, both QFs.

 


POST DRAFT NOTE:

TNT didn’t have a single pick in the first two rounds of the draft. The team didn’t have much to work with there.

Regardless, the KaTropa started making selections in the third round and their haul of guys like Jeffrey Ongteco and CJ Isit are merely fillers in the roster.

 

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