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Sep 5, 2017
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Christian Standhardinger entering the 2017 PBA Draft pretty much gives us an idea of who will be the first pick in the annual event.

Fans of Gilas Pilipinas only have good words for the 6'8" Filipino-German, following back-to-back stints with the national team at the FIBA Asia Cup and the Southeast Asian Games. So don't be suprised if every PBA franchise does everything in their power to acquire a basketball talent like Standhardinger, even though he reportedly signed with the Hong Kong Eastern Long Lions in the Asean Basketball League for six months.

But which local squad would allow the 28-year-old big man to play to his full potential? FHM lists the four teams in dire need of Standhardinger's services, based on weak spots, roster situations, and playing styles.


Kia Picanto

F/C depth chart: Jason Ballesteros, Prince Caperal, Russell Escoto, Jason Deutchman

The team that has yet to win this season could use every warm body available to help its cause. The moment Standhardinger is welcomed by Kia, he becomes the cornerstone of a franchise whose most popular figure isn't even a basketball player. His inside presence will be highly valuable for a group that is ranked 11th in rebounding (45)—10th offensively (12.6) and 11th defensively (32.4)—and second chance points (13.6).

Blackwater Elite

F/C depth chart: John Paul Erram, Kyle Pascual, Dave Marcelo, James Sena

Blackwater just traded Art dela Cruz so it could afford another energy guy as his replacement. The team can build off its current success (4-4) to finally compete, anchored by the promising frontcourt of Erram (11.8 pts, 10.6 reb per game), Standhardinger, and Mac Belo. Christian will guide the Elite's rise from the bottom half of the league in boards (9th, 49.3), on offense (9th, 12.7), and putbacks (10th, 13.6).

Phoenix Fuel Masters

F/C depth chart: Norbert Torres, Michael Miranda, Doug Kramer

He would be the perfect big man for coach Ariel Vanguardia's high-octane, up-tempo system. Having Standhardinger as their man in the middle will only make shooters Matthew Wright, Jeff Chan and RJ Jazul even deadlier. The Fil-German beefs up the frontline of a team that is below the league average in blocks (11th, 3.4), total rebounds (8th, 49.8), defensive rebounds (9th, 35.3), and second chance points (8th, 14.1).

Globalport Batang Pier

F/C depth chart: Billy Mamaril, Bradwyn Guinto, Papot Paredes

Pairing Standhardinger with Sean Anthony could give GlobalPort enough hustle for the next game. Him running the break with Anthony, Terrence Romeo and Stanley Pringle will be such a scary sight for opposing squads. Christian's size can do something about the fact that the Batang Pier is 10th in blocks (3.5), making them the best rebounding team (currently 3rd, 53.8), especially on the offensive end (2nd, 16.7).

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