Everyone grows old in the PBA—well, maybe except Jaworski. The Yaps, Santoses, and Davids will eventually be limited by their bodies and wilt into the sunshine. Younger legs will find more success.
Top of mind, there's already Paul Lee, arguably the best young locally-honed (he grew up in Tondo, for crying out loud) all-around talent. He can break ankles, is a streak shooter, and is madiskarte and maangas—all of which we love/love to hate from players. Expect him to carry the torch for the PBA for the next few years.
And then there's Ronald Tubid who isn't that young at 31, yes but who, with his unique skill set will have a prolonged PBA career. He’s fucking annoying—as in will-block-your-path-with-his-body-then-fall-to-the-ground-in-an-OA-manner-to-catch-the-referee’s-attention kind of annoying. Right, Jimmy Alapag?
We reckon that if Pope Benedict XVI plays ball at the PBA, Tubid (who incidentally, and ultra-ironically, is nicknamed “The Saint”) can and will find a way to get the Pontiff’s ire and destroy his game. Such is the beauty of Tubid’s skills.
And then there's the following seven younger, fresher players. We believe they'll headline everyone’s PBA fix in the foreseeable future. Palagay niyo?