Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Butiki Bullets: Tuesday March 8

  • Among the teams that are replacing their imports are, no surprise, the Air21 Express. Jeremy Robinson averaged just 13.7 points per game, behind Dondon Hontiveros (24 points in his first game for Air21), Josh Urbiztondo (15.0 ppg) and Danny Seigle (14.0 in his debut) on his own team. He'll be replaced by Alpha Bangura, a former D-Leaguer who averaged 18.9 points in 26 games with the Rio Grande Valley Vipers in 08-09. How good is that? Only 13 players are currently averaging better than that this season and that includes the short stints of NBA players Terrence Williams (of the Houston Rockets) and James Johnson (of the Toronto Raptors). And for further reference, former Alaska import Diamon Simpson, who averaged 26.5 points in the PBA, only averaged 15.5 ppg for the Los Angeles D-Fenders in his lone D-League season.
  • I find it funny how the PBA announcers are now calling Macmac Cardona "Mark" and Gabby Espinas "Gabriel" instead of the names we're used to. Apparently, this was a request of Meralco coach Ryan Gregorio. I wonder if this is isolated just to the Mac and Gabby or if this "formal name" thing extends to the other guys like Paulasi, Nelbert, Florendo and Riego.

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