And just like that, PBA na naman!
Just days after the Talk 'N Text Tropang Texters were crowned as kings of the 2015 PBA Commissioner's Cup, we've got another round of #KampihanPaMore! This season's edition of the Governor's Cup has just started and, we tell you, this conference will be unlike no other! Two words: Asian imports.
Yes, you read that right! Earlier this season, the commissioner's office approved the move to let teams hire not one but two imports—one Asian and another of any race. See? We told you it's going to be interesting!
We're used to the Sean Chambers and the Wayne Chisms of the PBA world, so, here we'll focus on the Asian imports spicing up the oncourt festivities in the season-ending conference. Of the 12 PBA teams, six have recruited an Asian import standing no taller than 6'3" which is the height limit allowed by the league.
Read on to know more about the talented players from our Asian neighbors who will go head-to-head with our Pinoy b-ball heroes!
SANCHIR TUNGALAG (BARANGAY GINEBRA KINGS)
Physicals: 6'3", 183lbs
2014 Asian Games stats: 16.6 ppg, 5.6 rpg
Video via Bulgantamir Bulgaa
Considered as Mongolia's best basketball player, Sanchir Tungala can play both guard positions and has a knack for draining the long bomb. He also has good handles and the speed to keep up with local guards. We're also liking the fact that he posseses that angas vibe on the court, which should make for interesting reactions from the other teams.
PBA comparison: A taller version of Sol Mercado with a slightly weaker slashing game.
OMAR KRAYEM (GLOBALPORT BATANG PIER)
Physicals: 5'11, 180lbs
Swedish Basketball League 2014-2015 season stats: 20.7 ppg, 7.7 apg, 4.7 rpg
Video via BORABASKET
Based on his latest stats in the Swedish Basketball League, it looks like Omar Krayem is a legit scorer with a good outside game. The Palestinian guard can also make the eye-candy plays with his talent for streetball-type dribbling and daredevil drives. He, together with Terrence Romeo and Stanley Pringle, should make Globalport really fun to watch.
PBA comparison: An Eloy Poligrates-Alex Cabagnot hybrid
BENNY KOOCHOIE (MERALCO BOLTS)
Physicals: 6'2", 200lbs
2014 Iran Super League stats: 11.8 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 2.4 apg
Video via Benny K
He's not as flashy as Jayson Castro or Terrence Romeo, but Benny Koochoie has the outside sniping and playmaking skills that make him an asset for any team. The guard out of Iran also played in the Chinese Basketball League, which means he's no stranger playing outside his homeland; adjusting to the PBA shouldn't be much of an issue.
PBA comparison: A bigger Mike Cortez
SAM DAGHLES (TALK 'N TEXT TROPANG TEXTERS)
Physicals: 6'3", 200lbs
2011 FIBA Asia Championships stats: 14.8 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 4.6 apg
Video via Omar Akram
Pinoy hoops fans would certainly know Sam Daghles as one of the star players of the Jordan national team that made life difficult for our very own national team time and again in the past. Known for his strength, shooting, playmaking skills, and versatility in playing the one and two spots, the Jordanian guard certainly makes the already-loaded Talk 'N Text squad even scarier.
PBA comparison: A bigger Jimmy Alapag with the length of Gabe Norwood
MICHEL MADANLY (NLEX ROAD WARRIORS)
Physicals: 6'3", 210lbs
2014-2015 Chinese Basketball Association stats: 21.2 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 1.5 apg