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This Is Why Gilas Needs Scottie Thompson For FIBA
Small man, big heart
by Emmanuel Calingacion | Aug 31, 2018
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Coach Yeng Guiao is eyeing Ginebra rising star Scottie Thompson as one of the newest pickups for his Gilas Pilipinas team for the coming window of the Asian qualifiers for the 2019 FIBA World Cup.

Of course, under FIBA rules, Gilas will lose NBA young gun Jordan Clarkson and either Christian Standhardinger or Stanley Pringle, who are not eligible to play against Iran and Qatar this September.

According to SPIN.ph, aside from Scottie, Coach Yeng is also eyeing Alex Cabagnot, Ian Sangalang, Greg Slaughter, and Marcio Lassiter to bolster our national team.

Of course, Scottie Thompson stands out from the bunch after a Finals MVP worthy performance in Ginebra’s run to the PBA Commissioner’s Cup championship. Aside from that, here are other reasons why Gilas needs Scottie Thompson.

Do. It. All.

Scottie Thompson is by no means a one-dimensional player. He’s not even a two-dimensional one. Point is, Scottie Thompson can do it all. Despite standing at around six feet and an inch tall, he finds a way to score over taller defenders, out-rebound gigantic centers, and distribute the ball consistently despite players towering over him and consequently blocking his vision. That’s why he can get triple doubles that easily. This correlates to the next reason on the list...

Ano height mo?

What Scottie is probably most known for is his unrivaled leaping ability. It doesn’t matter if you’re an inch or a foot taller than Scottie, he’ll out-jump anyone to get the boards, and put shots up with a hand on his face. If he has to jump over international big men, we think Scottie will have no problem meeting them in the air and snatching that rebound for the team.

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Stable and efficient scorer

He may not be a high-scorer like Clarkson or Pringle, but Scottie sure can score. He picks his spots on the floor where he knows he can knock down baskets, and doesn’t force himself to take bad shots. He can also drive through the lane to draw fouls from over-agitated defenders. He's like a more tamed Russell Westbrook, focusing more on rebounds and assists than points.

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Youth = Hunger

Scottie is a relatively young player at 25, and because of this youth, he has more stamina. Because he has more stamina, he can put a lot more effort into his game. His youth is one of the biggest factors in his playstyle: frisky, scrappy, and fast-paced. And of course, being young means he’s hungrier than veterans to prove himself and make an impression.

Championship blood

Scottie does everything on the court with a lot of heart and effort. He doesn’t play for himself and his own numbers—he plays for the team, he plays to win, but in doing that, his rebounding numbers rise because he wants to get the possession for his team. He has high assists numbers because he doesn’t look to just score—he plays without an agenda and has a knack for giving the ball to his teammates for open shots.

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