JEFF Chan is arguably the best left-handed gunner to play in the pro league since the legendary Allan Caidic. No wonder comparisons are inevitable between the two.
But what does 'The Triggerman' think?
Caidic, who retired 12 years ago with a long list of PBA scoring records to his name, said he was happy to see Chan turn from an under-appreciated player only a few people know into the finest scorer in a deep Rain or Shine ballclub - and one of the deadliest gunners in the pro league today.
“Naku-compare kami, siguro dahil pareho kaming kaliwete," said Caidic, 49. "Pero nakita ko naman ang transformation niya from just a regular player to a starter and now to a go-to-guy. Na-overcome niya yung ganun."
However, there's something missing in Chan's which didn't escape Caidic's eyes.
“In terms of yung role niya sa team, oo, he delivers. But somehow, he still has to be consistent,” Caidic told Spin.ph matter-of-factly.
The Rain or Shine vesus Ginebra quarterfinal series, which Caidic watched from the bench of Barangay Ginebra where he is an assistant coach, is one case in point which should bolster the legendary gunner's claim.
Chan went into the series averaging almost 16 points a game while making 35 percent of his three-point shots. But the former Far Eastern University Tamaraw made just two of 19 three-point tries and saw his average nosedive to six points in the Ginebra series which the Painters won in three games.
No wonder then that Caidic, at this point at least, admires Gary David more than any other shooter of this generation. He insists the Globalport star is no longer just a shooter but a true-blue scorer who finds ways to get his points regardless of the defense thrown at him or the circumstances he faces.
“Para akin, ang nakita ko talaga si Gary David kung consistency and pagu-usapan," said Caidic, a PBA Hall of Famer and one of the league's 25 Greatest Players. "Kasi si Gary, di lang siya shooter, pero scorer siya. He finds ways to score. May tira siya sa labas, may drive siya saka nagpo-poste din siya from time to time.”
Chan may eventually get there, and Caidic has this piece of advice for the Painters star.
"Hopefully, huwag siya makuntento sa na-achieve niya and he keeps working hard," he said. “Constant practice. Importante 'yun."