Thursday, February 10, 2011

Butiki Bullets: Thursday February 10

  • With the PBA Finals, where we were treated to some very good basketball, behind us, let's take the time to look at some of the less good, but still interesting, parts of Philippine basketball. Particularly, the semi-pro leagues of the PBL and the PBA D-League. I'm interested in seeing which league will end up playing a higher level. On one hand, some of the top collegiate stars have committed to the 6-team PBL, including Eric Salamat, Calvin Abueva, Paul Lee, Reil Cervantes and former PBL MVP Vic Manuel. The 11-team D-League has not announced much in terms of players, but the UP Fighting Maroons are being linked to the Powerade D-League affiliate. With two teams bankrolled by MVP, we'll probably see some San Beda players there as well. I'm thinking the D-League, by virtue of being connected directly to the PBA, will be able to draw more of the Fil-Am aspirants which could shift the balance in their favor.
  • Smart Gilas has submitted to the PBA a 17-man lineup from their training pool, that includes new faces Rayray Parks, Kiefer Ravena, Junmar Fajardo and Baser Amer. They'll have to trim that lineup down to just 14 names, but that could mean that one of these four names will make the final list, although them playing actual minutes might is no assurance. Still, the thought of seeing Parks or Ravena in a PBA game this early in their careers is very exciting.

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