Our national team is set to go up against Iran and Qatar this month. The game against Iran will be in Tehran, while we’ll be playing Qatar at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
But what kind of 12-man roster will our Gilas Pilipinas have when we face those teams? Well, we’ve decided to round up the 12 best players we know who can represent the country well and make us Pinoy hoops fans proud.
Japeth can do everything a big man should with ease: rebound, block, score on the low block— everything. He’s pretty tall and jumps really high as well, so it’s hard to out-rebound a guy with that much leaping ability and knack for snatching some boards. Gilas will really need the skills he can offer, so we can all Japeth like it’s hot.
Slaughter is one of the key players in the 2018 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Champions Brgy. Ginebra. He rebounds enough and is a versatile scorer. He can dribble fine for a big man, but he usually shoots above his defenders and does it well.
If there’s something no one can match, it’s Poy
Almazan’s nickname suits him perfectly because of his constant attack towards the basket. He likes finishing inside, whether he’s drawing fouls or dunking on defenders. You can’t also discount his effort on the boards as he doesn’t mind banging bodies with the big men in the PBA and on the national level. Rakenrol!
Norwood is an all-around lockdown defender that can guard the best in every position. He doesn’t give up on plays and forces turnovers effectively. He has
Lassiter is what you call a ‘deadeye’ from deep. Well technically, he can shoot from anywhere, but it’s from beyond the arc that he excels. If Gilas decides to get him into the lineup, they can utilize his threes during 2-3 zones.
Like Lassiter, Maliksi is also an efficient scorer on the floor. If you put him and Lassiter in at the same time, with either man able to play the guard spot as well, it’ll be raining threes before you know it. Maliksi can also create shots for himself from beyond the arc, on the perimeter, and in the paint.
What else can we say about Scottie Thompson? This man is all-out on effort and heart. He jumps against big men, he shoots over towering defenders, he distributes the ball well—he does everything you want in an MVP-caliber player. His never-say-die attitude will go a long way for Gilas Pilipinas.
San Miguel’s resident scoring guard is very tough to chase. He’s fast in releasing the ball on his jump shots, he’s fast when he runs on the fastbreak, he’s fast when he dribbles through defenders and scoring near the rim. To put it simply, Cabagnot will leave everyone in the dust if he has to.
Wright is an effective scorer off the ball. He doesn’t stop running and looking for his spots on the floor. Whether he’s cutting for a basket near the rim or spotting up for a perimeter jumper or a three, he will always find a way to get the basket and knock down his shots.
Paul Dalistan Lee is another scoring guard that’s deadliest from beyond the arc. Give him a little space and he’ll surely throw up a shot from deep and make you regret it instantly. As we’ve seen from the recent Asian Games, ‘Ang Angas Ng Tondo’ can heat up pretty quick and open the game wide with his shooting.
Now the burning question on everyone’s mind is who among Christian Standhardinger and Stanley Pringle will make the cut as the naturalized player for Coach Yeng’s Gilas Pilipinas for the FIBA World Cup.
Like everyone, we’re having problems choosing between the two. It’s a doozy as both players have big things to offer to the team.
Standhardinger is a workhorse, plain and simple. When he knows he needs to make things right in the way he plays and when he needs to put more effort in a particular part of his game, he focuses on it and disciplines himself to perform better. He just develops his game every time and that’s why he was the man who had the most points in their game against Japan.
Stanley Pringle, on the other hand, is an all-around guard who can distribute the ball as well as create shots. He will outrun everybody on the floor. Not only is he fast with his hands and quick on his feet, he analyzes the situation he’s in a matter of milliseconds.
Because both of them are too good to leave out of the team, we’re not sure who to pick at this point. But whoever Coach Yeng chooses, we all know he’s going to contribute massive effort and heart on the floor for our Gilas Pilipinas.