Okay. So I am going to do a ten-part series in which I am going to list down the biggest disappointments in PBA history.
Sure, this is like a bust list… but I don’t want to say busts.
The reason why I don’t really want to call these players busts is that in some ways, the PBA has a hand on why these players failed to make it big in the PBA.
And no, I am not messing with the PBA as an institution.
I just call it as I see it.
This could be a lack of participating teams or the threat of a second pro basketball entity. This can be the hoarding of young talent or reworks of certain annual practices. Regardless, these moves ruin a player’s chance to realize his dream to make it big in the PBA.
Okay – let me have a more concrete example. From 2005 to 2010, the PBA Draft had only two rounds. I don’t know if you are familiar with these names but there were guys who could have been drafted in any era but were left undrafted because of this rule. In the 2005 PBA Draft, guys like Al Vergara, Froi Baguion, Christian Coronel, Chico Lanete, Emerson Oreta, Ron Capati, Alywn Espiritu, Melchor Latoreno, Don Villamin, Jake Agleron, Ariel de Castro, Don Yabut, Toti Almeda, Mark Abadia, Ricky Ricafuerte, Marlon Kalaw, Ismael Junio, Val Domingo, Gerald Jones, and Arjun Cordero that finished the draft night untouched by the nine teams. Of the nine teams, Ginebra, San Miguel, Alaska, and Talk N Text had only one pick each. I bet if the draft had more rounds, then these squads could have picked a couple of more players.
And of the names on the list, only Vergara, Baguion, Lanete, Coronel, Oreta, and Capati were able to play in the PBA. And of these six, Capati is the only one to play in the 2005-06 PBA season. Of the teams with three or more picks, all the Air21 picks were able to play that year with second-rounders Al Magpayo and Rey Mendoza losing their Coca-Cola and Sta. Lucia spots. BJ Manalo, Purefoods’ other pick, also lost his spot. So I guess only sixteen newbies were able to score PBA action in 2005… and what could have been that number if they didn’t limit the draft to two rounds.
I am going to shut up now about this example because I could use this info for another topic.
All you need to know is that the players that would be featured here are former top five picks that never really lived up to their potential.
And I am going to give an additional un-POGI point to former MBA, UAAP, NCAA, and PBL MVPs.
Anyway, I think I can finish this before November starts.