PBA: Debut numbers for last three no. 1 overall picks

Paul Lintag on Jan 23, 2020 02:38 PM
PBA: Debut numbers for last three no. 1 overall picks
No. 1 picks making their respective debuts are always fun. With that being said, how did local Filipino top picks made their debuts in the Association?

Zion Williamson has set the NBA world on fire.

The no. 1 pick from last year's Draft finally debuted for the New Orleans Pelicans, facing the San Antonio Spurs at home.

Following a relatively quiet three quarters, Zion exploded in the fourth, scoring 17 straight points for the Pels on 4/4 shooting from deep.

Williamson's final line for his league debut is 22 points, seven rebounds, and three assists in 18 minutes.

[Related: Williamson's late surge not enough for for Pelicans]

No. 1 picks making their respective debuts are always fun. With that being said, how did local Filipino top picks made their debuts in the Association?

We take a look at the last three no. 1 picks in the PBA Draft to see how they stack up, numbers-wise.

 


CJ Perez - Columbian Dyip (2018)

The no. 1 pick of the 2018 PBA Draft was electric in his debut to say the least.

CJ's Columbian team opened the season against then four-time defending Philippine Cup champion San Miguel Beer.

The Dyip delivered a stunning performance, taking down the champs with Perez at the lead.

CJ's final line for his PBA debut was 26 points, 24 in the second half, to go along with five rebounds.

 


Christian Standhardinger - San Miguel Beermen (2017)

Standhardinger didn't make his PBA debut until the second PBA conference of his season, completing his ABL duties with Hong Kong Eastern first before coming over to the Beermen.

Even as he came to San Miguel, he wasn't expected to star for the Beermen as the team already had many-time MVP June Mar Fajardo as the top big man.

The Fil-German forward was there to further elevate an already-ongoing dynasty.

His debut numbers proved his role as Standhardinger only played 20 minutes in his debut for San Miguel, a Beermen loss to the Meralco Bolts in the Commissioner's Cup.

The no. 1 pick of the 2017 Draft's final line for his first game was four points, five rebounds, two assists, and two steals.

 


Mac Belo - Blackwater Elite (2016)

Belo was Blackwater's top choice in the 2016 Draft that had special circumstances of being a Gilas cadets selection.

Nevertheless, the former FEU star was brilliant for the Elite in his first game, coming up big in a Blackwater win over Phoenix in the Philippine Cup.

Belo's final line during his PBA debut was an efficient 7/9 shooting for 17 points and nine rebounds, to go along with a couple of clutch hits inside the last two minutes.

 

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