And the Aces pick The Beast of Baste

                A ball of energy waiting to explode lands in the lap of a team that is due for a comeback.

                It was a very intense debate among fans of the Alaska Aces from weeks to hours before the draft day on who to pick between two of the most talented cagers in a crop of arguably the best batch of draftees in recent memory. It was a tug of war between Calvin Abueva and Clifford Hodge. Two ballers bursting with talent and potential, but days before the D Day, the coaching staff had already chosen and seems to be very delighted on what the NCAA and the PBADL knew as The Beast.

                Calvin Abueva can dominate a game through his tenacity and somewhat out of this world passion for the game. He’s about to leave the Stags who will have to figure out where to get 20.44 pts, 17.44 rebounds, 6.78 assists, 1.44 steals and 1.56 blocks that he usually delivers in his last year. He’s there towering for the boards, he’s there running and pushing the ball for a fastbreak, running for you when you are about to orchestrate or shoot, he’s literally everywhere. His energy can easily rubbed off to his teammates and elevate their games a few notches higher. All of this in a 6 foot 1 ½ inch frame.

                Alaska has always been the “good guys” in the league always busy abiding the rules and fighting-for-the-right-thing attitude led by the veteran among team owners Wilfred Uytengsu. They have the tradition of controlling and cooling down temperamental players but here they are, “blessed” with their newly acquired specimen who has the tendency to let the beast loose and play ball until you fall game, diving, blocking, stealing, shooting, passing, the list goes on. He’s not afraid to take the winning shot at any given game, make your teammates look good and make other teams big guys look like they need some rebounding clinics. You’ll either love him or hate him.

                Calvin Abueva is called a Beast for a reason. And Alaska, I’m afraid to admit, has lost its fire after losing its long time mentor. They lost their confidence. They looked like kids trying to put things together, no one can blame them. The coaching staff is now doing their part in assembling a good set of assistants. The talent has always been there, top caliber players who are destined for something great. Now they have Abueva. Excuse me, Mr. Kraken, but Alaska will release their Beast. And they could only hope for the best.

                An interesting season ahead and hoping for a brighter future.

Draft 2012 Player Profiles

Excited!  Ok, so I’ve seen 9 freaking mock drafts by Chad Ford, and I haven’t done shit.  So here I go. 

Anthony Davis:

Oh Gosh, this is easy.  Unbelievable, other-worldly athletic, and an absolute terror on defense.  His ceiling is ridiculously high.  His NBA equivalent is absolutely Kevin Garnett.  His defensive presence is ridiculous and his offensive talent is yet untapped.  He could have Rasheed Wallace’s outside game, with Kevin Garnett’s defensive presence.  How bad ass of a beast would that be?  

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist:

The consumate winner, my type of player.  He makes the right plays, plays hard, brings it on every possession.  He’s got great measurables.  A 3 in the NBA, who can guard 3 different positions.  His jumpshot is questionable, remind you of anyone?  I would say, worst case scenario, he’s going to be Andre Iguodala.  If he ever discovers his offensive game, he could be the next Scottie Pippen, and I’m not saying he’s a #2.  He can be Jordan’s first retirement Scottie Pippen, who averaged 22ppg, 8.7rbg, 5.6apg, and 2.9 spg.  That’s a ridiculous stat line, and MKG can do it.  

Thomas Robinson:

I think the most difficult of the lottery picks to figure out.  He filled the stat sheet in college.  Put up points, rebounds, assists, blocked shots, FG%, solid up and down, with a great motor and work ethic.  But he’s severely undersized.  I mean, I’ve seen this before, and his name is Carlos Boozer.  Boozer was able to develop a great 18 footer, and thus was able to carve a place for himself in the league.  I think his NBA equivalent is going to be David West, but a ferocious rebounder.  He’ll develop a good mid-range shot, be able to score inside against smaller players, and rebound the hell out of the ball.  

Bradley Beal:

Ray Allen. No questions asked about it.  He is a ferocious, good tenacity, rebounds well for his size.  He likes to dribble drive.  I’ll put question marks next to his defense and his ball handling, because he’ll have to improve both to be a superstar, but his skills on the offensive side of the ball kick ass.  

Andre Drummond:

The biggest enigma.  He’s got all the measurables.  Freakishly athletic, 7 footer, who looks great on the practice court, but when you put him in a game he seems to shy away.  There are a couple of guys like him in this draft, but he has the highest ceiling.  His equivalent in the game is Andrew Bynum.  He’ll struggle until he finds his place, his motor and maturity will be questioned, but ultimately, he’s talented, tall and impossible to guard on the offensive end.  He’ll be great with his back to the basket, but only if he works to gain position on the block.  If he doesn’t, he’ll flop out of the league.  

Tyler Zeller:

A winner in college.  He’s tall, and you can’t teach tall.  He’s got a great motor.  He’ll be able to hit the mid range jumper, so he’ll be a great pick and pop partner.  He’s not overly athletic, but he’ll be able to defend the 5.  He’ll be a great back up center.  Think Nick Collison, a rotation player, who can contribute with effort and smarts.  

Harrison Barnes:

He came out of high school being compared to Kobe Bryant, which is way too lofty for him.  He can’t create his own shot, and his defense is questionable.  He can shoot jumpers anywhere on the court, and he’s got decent basketball IQ.  I think he can be Andrei Bargnani.  He can shoot all day, rebound a little, but unless he steps up on defense, or works on his ball handling, he’ll be limited to a spot up shooter.  

Ok, I’ll continue to do more later.