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Aug 14, 2013
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PBA na ulit mga kapatid!

Just three days after the FIBA Asia Championship ended (again, salamat Gilas Pilipinas!), we'll be treated to more basketball action courtesy of the country's premiere basketball league. As they say, basketball never stops! Well, at least not here in Pinas.

We're now in the third conference of the 2013 PBA seasonalso known as the Governor's Cupand, as such, imports will again be ballin' with our local players. With them in the mix, fireworks are expected to go off, setting the stage for what could be the most exciting of the three conferences in terms of the number of acrobatic plays and highlight reels.

Below is our early bird ranking of the imports who we think will make the most impact for their teams, based on credentials and stats. Kampihan na!

10. Markeith Cummings - Globalport Batang Pier

Official PBA measured height: 6'4 3/8"
2012-13 US NCAA stats: 
16.5 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 1.4 apg

A legit low-post presence on the offensive end back in college, Cummings has the size and heft to make a killing in the shaded lane in the PBA.


What he can give to Globalport Batang Pier: With Japeth Aguilar (or ag-wey-ar for our slang peeps) bringing his talents to Ginebra, Globalport will be having a sizable hole in the middle. They will be able to better manage that with Cummings, who is expected to provide most of their rebounding and inside scoring.

9. Mike Singletary - Barako Bull

Official PBA measured height: 6'4 1/4"
2012-13 NBA D-League stats:
10.08 ppg, 4.88 rpg, 1.92apg, 80% FT

With stints in US college hoops, the NBA D-League, and international leagues, Singletary has enough experience to handle the jitters that comes with being a PBA first-timer. He's also an athletic forward, which bodes well for Barako Bull's aging frontcourt.


What he can give to Barako Bull: He might not be the best offensive weapon out of the current crop of imports, but Singletary should be able to provide the much-needed hustle, rebounding, and inside scoring to help out guys like Mick Pennisi, Danny Seigle, and Doug Kramer.

8. Wendell McKines - Alaska Aces

Official PBA measured height: 6'4 1/4"
2012-13 US NCAA stats: 12.07 ppg, 9 rpg, 1.64 apg

A double-double machine when he was still at New Mexico State, McKines has the skills to contribute both in rebounding and on the offensive end. He also can get up there, so expect more than a few thunderous slams from the Aces' import. That is if magtatagal siya.



What he can give to the Alaska Aces: Weighing in at 240 pounds, McKines is a solid low-post operator with the size to help his team's cause in the paint. With him patrolling the shaded lane, Alaska should have another good run at the rebounding department, much like last conference when they won the championship.

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