The best and the bust (Part 2): Find out the PBA draft picks who were picked higher than they deserved
Being called on stage might be the best feeling that any aspiring PBA players could hope for because everything that these hopefuls have worked so far in their young lives all comes to this pivotal moment.
The PBA will hold its annual rookie draft at the Robinsons Mall Malate with 44 new prospects hoping to fulfill any Pinoy hoopster’s dream of being called a PBA player.
But drafting rookies whether based on best talent available or need or potential is not an exact science. For every Terrence Romeo, there is a James Forrester, and that will be forever Ginebra’s biggest “what if” after skipping on the chance to get the FEU court wizard.
Fastbreak has compiled the best picks and the busts in the draft for the past five years.
Here are the busts:
1.) James Forrester (2014 4th pick by Barangay Ginebra)
Career Stats: 1.6 ppg, 0.9 rpg, 0.5 apg
It’s safe to say that James Forrester is the recent biggest draft bust for the past five years. Being picked before Terrence Romeo and RR Garcia in 2013, he was drafted by Barangay Ginebra in hopes of following the footsteps of the aging Marc Caguioa. The ceiling was very high for him because Forrester has a good perimeter game and defensive skills. Sadly, he was never given the playing time that he needed to showcase his true potentials. Four years later, he now finds himself out of the league after spending 6 teams in PBA.
2.) Ronald Pascual (2014 3rd pick by San Miguel via Barako Bull)
Career stats: 2.8 ppg, 1.8 rpg
The 3rd member of the Pinatubo trio never found his old form in PBA. Alongside with Abueva and Sanggalang, San Sebastian Golden Stags were one of the most formidable teams in NCAA. Pascual wasn’t a member of Pinatubo trio for nothing, as he was explosive from beyond the arc. His stint with NLEX in PBA D-League was also impressive, but ever since he was riddles by injuries he was never able to regain his deadly form. The last team that he played was with the Blackwater Elite.
3) Matt Ganuelas-Rosser (2014 4th pick by TNT)
Career stats: 6.4 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 1.9 apg
MGR had a great run with Gilas during his amateur career. He was even deemed as the next “Gabe Norwood” due to their similarities in their built and playing style. Ganuelas-Rosser also has the athleticism and playmaking skills which gave him an edge over smaller guards. Unfortunately, his game never flourished to the next level in TNT. His woeful shooting hinders him to make plays for his teammates. His assist per game is surprisingly low for a point-forward. He is currently enjoying his cozy seat off the bench with San Miguel Beermen.
4) Rodney Brondial (2014 6th pick by Barangay Ginebra)
Career stats: 3 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 0.6 bpg
Brondial wasn’t expected to deliver big-time in PBA, but since he was chosen first by Ginebra maybe they saw something in Brondial that other players cannot provide for the franchise. Unsurprisingly, he wasn’t able to provide a huge lift for Aguilar and Slaughter. Brondial is too slow at the 4 position and too soft at the same time at center. On the bright side, Brondial could still improve as a steady big man for the Star Hotshots once Marc Pingris cannot regain his old form.
5) Mo Tautuaa (2015 1st pick by TNT)
Career stats: 9.2 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 1.2 apg
The 6-foot-8 big man has the potential to become one of the most versatile bigman in PBA today. His size and athleticism makes him a huge threat inside the paint. He can also handle the ball pretty well for a bigman and most importantly, he can shoot elsewhere. However, we have yet seen him unleash for the past two seasons. Tautuaa’s production has been underwhelming, for a guy who was picked first overall. He is also a liability on the defensive end, as he is prone to committing a lot of fouls. Although it’s not too late for Tautuaa to prove his worth, his contemporaries including Chris Newsome, Maverick Ahanmisi, Troy Rosario, Baser Amer and Scottie Thompson has already risen to the occasion.
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