2006-07 PBA Rookies

We’re still almost halfway into the elimination round of the 2006-07 PBA Talk N Text Philippine Cup and already there are several notable rookies who are more making a strong case for the yearend Rookie of the Year Award.

Leading the pack of this year’s exciting rookies are the 2006 PBA Draft’s number 1 and 2 overall selections: [tag]Kelly Williams[/tag] of [tag]Sta. Lucia Realty[/tag] and [tag]Arwind Santos[/tag] of the [tag]Air21 Express[/tag]. Williams is leading all rookies in scoring (14.75 ppg) and rebounding (11 rpg) while ex-FEU stalwart Arwind Santos is the numero uno shotblocker among rookies with an astonishing two swats per contest. Santos also ranks 2nd among rookies in average points per game (14.4 ppg) and in steals (1.2 spg).

Second round pick [tag]Chris Pacana[/tag], who was drafted a lowly 15th overall by the [tag]Coca Cola Tigers[/tag], is making the other nine teams in the league regret he wasn’t picked ahead by pacing all rookies in assists (4 apg) and steals (1.33 spg). The 6-0 Fil-Am guard from St. Francis of Assisi has been relegated to the sidelines in his team’s first two games but responded beautifully when coach [tag]Bonky Favis[/tag] thrusted him into the lineup in the team’s October 13 game against Red Bull. The Tigers won that game courtesy of Pacana’s superb quarterbacking skills (Stat lines: 13 points, 7 boards and 3 assists). Pacana has not looked back since.

The PBA Draft’s third, fourth and fifth overall selections: [tag]Joseph Yeo[/tag], [tag]LA Tenorio[/tag] and [tag]Gabby Espinas[/tag] are also providing solid contributions for the Coca Cola Tigers and the San Miguel Beermen. The high-flying Joseph Yeo, nicknamed “The Ninja” for his aerial forays and no fear attitude, is averaging 10ppg, 4.6 rpg and 1.2 apg in 26 minutes per contest relieving main star [tag]John Arigo[/tag]. San Miguel’s rookie pair Tenorio and Espinas have been a splendid job taking the cudgels from the Beermen’s injured stars [tag]Danny Seigle[/tag] and [tag]Danny Ildefonso[/tag]. Tenorio ranks third in assists (2.8 apg) among rookies and could also score (11 ppg) if he wants to. Espinas is the 2nd leading rookie rebounder with an average of 9.4 rpg and provides the Beermen a tough defender in the post (one block per game).

Welcoat rookie center 6-7 Jay-R Reyes, the league’s youngest player, is proving everyone that he is unfazed of the competition. In his first five games as a pro, Reyes has put together all-around averages of 13.2 ppg, 8.2 rpg, 1.0 bpg, 0.8 spg. The Dragons other rookie Junjun Cabatu is also performing creditably with 10 ppg, 6.8 rpg and 2.0 apg.

Letran’s deadly duo [tag]Boyet Bautista[/tag] (Purefoods) and [tag]Aaron Aban[/tag] (Alaska) are not getting any substantial playing minutes due to their teams’ superior depth at the point guard and small forward spots. Bautista (11.25 mpg) is playing behind the Chunkee Giants’ [tag]Roger Yap[/tag] and [tag]Paul Artadi[/tag] while Aaron Aban (6.0 mpg) is competing with [tag]Tony de la Cruz[/tag], [tag]Jeffrey Cariaso[/tag], fellow rookie [tag]Christian Luanzon[/tag] and [tag]Eddie Laure[/tag]. But make no mistake about it. Both have great talent and upside to be a starter in the league. In his most memorable game so far, Boyet Bautista scored 11 points in just 15 minutes in an 67-86 blowout loss to the Brgy. Ginebra Gin Kings last October 7.

To rank the neophytes, we used an efficiency rating to determine who is making the most out of his given time on the playing court.

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31 thoughts on “2006-07 PBA ROOKIE RANKINGS”

  1. I think that the real surprise here is Pacana. I mean we all have an idea on what Williams, Tenorio, Arwind, Yeo or Espinas can do. It would be interesting what Pacana can really do once PBA coaches adjusts to his style of play.

    Williams has great stats because it seems he is indeed being slowly groomed as the Realtor’s main man while Arwind is getting lots of minutes with the absence of Canaleta.

  2. re Sharma i watched a Red Bull game last week and it dawned on me Sharma’s the only DLSU player in an ADMU heavy team, with Paulo Bugia, Rich Alvarez, Enrico Villanueva and Larry Fonacier. He’s even Villanueva’s substitute.

    He played well enough though, which seemed to surprise everyone.

  3. I really like chris pacana’s style of play. He has transformed COKE to a winning team. If only he has a couple of big guys to play with, COKE would be in the upper bracket. I wanna see pacana win the ROOKIE of the year award. If not only for his sorry team… He would probably be the front runner for the award. Goodluck to you mr pacana.

  4. hey gary, pacana is a good player to watch. Try watching him and let me know what you think. I just like unknown players making good of themselves. So many players just live on their credentials.

  5. No really..we all know what the top rookies are doing what their suppose to do…Pacana wasn’t getting any minutes the first 2 games…he got one chance and took it and ran away with it…he’s got a really good feel of the game….he’s got court vision..I wouldn’t be suprised if he led the league in assist in a few years with 1 or 2 decent big men….he’s also very wet…have you seen his strokes??…He’s from LA..and we follow him very close I’m not just tryin to show him luv..it’s the truth..the boy’s got game…he just needs time..and maybe more conditioning..

  6. I think Chris Pacana deserves more credit. As he earns more time, I think people will realize how much talent he has. He controls the ball and is a great scorer. He should be Rookie of the Year because he has surprised a lot of people. He went into the draft virtually unknown, and was obviouly a steal in the second round. Mr. Pacana looks good so far and I think will only get better with time.

  7. Agree. Pacana is the man to watch! Just give him more time and more playing minutes… and am sure he’ll be able to show how much he is an asset to his team. Dapat siguro, first quarter pa lamang ay ipasok na siya para hindi masyado makalamang ang kalaban. Napansin ko that in most of his games, sa 3rd or 4th quarter na siya pinapasok. He was unknown to the local basketball scene movers. Di pinansin nung una, kaya binangko during their first 2 games. Truly … he’s the rookie to watch. Pretty soon, everyone will realize the value he brings to his team.

  8. Pacana should be given more playing minutes. I hope that Coca-Cola can recover from their losses soon. Maybe coach Binky should revisit the strategies that made them win and apply them; and modify those that aren’t working, or totally discard them. I think the team has enough talent. It could be the strategies that aren’t working!

  9. galingan mo la tenorio ur d best everday kiang bi novote dyan sana ikaw ang maging rookie of the year sn mg champion ang san migul i hope ky nyo yan keep up the gud work 2 all san mgiuel player,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,la bsta galingan mo ky mo yan ms magaling kp nga kay jay2 helterbrang kc ayokong ayoko dun s babang un,kc puro san miguel ang favrie q ,,,,,,galingan nyo tla,,,,,,,,,,,bye

  10. hi nku bad trip tlg aq s mga player ng ginebra grabe masyado ng nlki ang ulo porkit mrmi lng fans ubod n ng yabng over n cla,,,,,,,,,ayw nilang gumy s san miguel beermen ang ba2it khit mrming ang fans ndi nlki ang ulo nila ndi tulad ng ginebra mga ubod ng yabang lalo n yn c ronald tubid,mark caguioa,jay2 heltrbrand,rudy hatfield,buti pa c mark macapagal ayon lng ang gz2 q s ginebra c mark macapagal lng wl ng iba,,pati ang red bull ubod din ng yabang napaka duming mglaro lalo n yang c enrico villanueva,cyrus baguio,junthy valenzuela,leo najorda,mick pennisi,bsta lht ng player lalo n head coach n c yeng guiao ayyyyy,,,,,,,,,,nku bsta sn miguel beermen lng ang mgling wla ng iba san miguel lng,,,,hi lordygalingan mo hah a ikw don2 bsta lht keo galingan mo kaya nyo yan go,,,,,,,,,talunin nyo ang ginebra at red bull alm q nmn n kaya nyo cla wala yan binatbat s inyo bsta go,,,,,,,,,,,,

  11. We haven’t seen much news and action on this site lately, which we visit quite often. We’re missing your analyses!

    Hope to see an update or analysis of the rookies’ performance for the two conferences.

  12. Are the polls permanently out? If so, it would probably be a good idea to have a recap of the results/analysis of the Rookie of the Year poll, at least. Will look forward to that. Salamat!

  13. Hi cyrus “skyrus” baguio,im your avid fan. Im lyne ng antipolo and gusto ko lng pong mlaman nyo na dahil sa iyo and sa team mo naging inspired ako and nung grumaduate ako last march, im the top 1 of the class.Sna glingan m pa s darating na filipino cup pra mkapasok kayo sa finals. Wish ko lang na mabasa mo ito and kung pwede pong humingi ng jersey mo pls…………….sna di mo makalimutan na mrami kang fans na olweiz na sumusuporta sa iyo. love you poh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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