While centers June Mar Fajardo and Greg Slaughter remain crucial pieces to the success of a PBA team, it's probably safe to say that the league's best small men are the ones that puts butts in the seat with their speed and athleticism.
Jayson Castro is still showing the skills that earned him the reputation as the "Best Point Guard in Asia," Paul Lee has rediscovered his old form following offseason knee surgery, while Chris Ross and LA Tenorio continue to provide the big plays in the clutch.
There's also rookie Kiefer Ravena, who showed his worth playing the pro game, and Stanley Pringle filling the big shoes left by his injured partner in crime Terrence Romeo.
Here, FHM ranks each PBA team's best backcourt weapon:
12. Rashawn McCarthy (Kia Picanto)
15.7 ppg 7.0 rpg 4.2 apg
After being unloaded as one of the pieces in the controversial trade that gave San Miguel the chance at taking No. 1 overall pick Christian Standhardinger, McCarthy has taken the chance of playing big minutes in stride by emerging as one of Kia's top scorers.
11. Chris Banchero (Alaska Aces)
9.2 ppg 3.6 rpg 5.0 apg 1.2 spg
The four-year pro has thrived as one of coach Alex Compton's best defenders during the Aces' three-game winning streak.
10. Mike DiGregorio (Blackwater Elite)
12.2 ppg 2.2 rpg 2.4 apg
Sometimes forgotten as one of the league's better shooters, hitting 53 percent of his shot from three-point country.
9. Chris Tiu (Rain or Shine Elasto Painters)
12.8 ppg 4.2 rpg 3.6 apg 1.0 spg
The former Ateneo heartthrob has embraced a bigger responsibility on offense with Rain or Shine dealing with injuries to key players at the start of the campaign.
8. Baser Amer (Meralco Bolts)
13.8 ppg 4.6 rpg 8.0 apg
Amer continues to gain the trust of confidence of coach Norman Black as Meralco's resident playmaker, always flirting at a points and assists double-double each game.
7. Kiefer Ravena (NLEX Road Warriors)
17.7 ppg 3.2 rpg 6.2 apg 2.0 spg
The fan favorite has been given a reality check after two standout performances to start the conference. Still, the ex-Ateneo star remains the early candidate for Rookie of the Year honors.
6. Matthew Wright (Phoenix Fuel Masters)
16.5 ppg 4.7 rpg 3.5 apg 1.7 spg
He has complemented his ability to make the long shot by embracing the team's philosophy of pressure defense under first-year coach Louie Alas.
5. LA Tenorio (Barangay Ginebra San Miguel)
12.6 ppg 3.4 rpg 5.8 apg 2.2 spg
Tenorio remains as Ginebra's best guard despite a recent slump and an improved play from do-it-all Scottie Thompson.
4. Stanley Pringle (GlobalPort Batang Pier)
25.0 ppg 8.8 rpg 4.4 apg 1.4 spg
Pringle is having one of the best periods of his four-year PBA career, conspiring with Sean Anthony to lead GlobalPort's offense in lieu of Romeo's ongoing recovery from a knee injury.
3. Paul Lee (Magnolia Hotshots)
20.0 ppg 3.6 rpg 3.4 apg 1.0 spg
Lee has once again lived up to one of his monikers as the "Lee-thal Weapon" after years of playing through injury with a blazing performance that saw him rip defenders with his dribbling skills and long-range jumpers.
2. Chris Ross (San Miguel Beermen)
8.0 ppg 5.0 rpg 6.4 apg 1.2 spg
The two-time reigning Philippine Cup Finals Most Valuable Player can still take over the game without the usual 20-point games with his ability to make defensive plays and crucial assists.
1. Jayson Castro (TNT KaTropa)
14.8 ppg 6.4 rpg 6.0 apg 1.8 spg 1.0 bpg
Castro has always delivered in the games that mattered most while staying in contention for some of the league's biggest individual awards. The MVP award continues to elude the man they call "The Blur."