WITH the injury bug hitting Alaska hard, it needs all hands on deck just to survive the early goings of the 2019 PBA Philippine Cup.
Fortunately, they have a good bunch of young guys ready to step up to the plate. Like Davon Potts, for example.
Hardly used in his first year with the Aces last season, the former San Beda guard is making the most of the opportunity given him by coach Alex Compton.
Potts came off the bench and spent 19 minutes on the floor in Alaska's 94-74 victory over Columbian. His nine points were already one-third of his total production in his rookie season.
But more than his scoring, the Fil-Am guard takes pride in his new role as playmaker for the Aces after dishing out three assists in the contest to go with four rebounds.
"The injuries took a toll on us from last year and I have to do my responsibility. They said I got to come in and be a point. I've been a two and three all my life, but my job for the team is to help us win in any way we can, and for me now, that role is to be a point guard," he said.
Potts admitted getting frustrated with his limited minutes last season. But after a talk with Compton, he approaches his sophomore season with renewed vigor.
"Me and coach talked last year and I know things kind of were a little bit different in terms of just the rotations and everything else, and I understood. But instead of me being that person, I was like, 'You know what, screw it.' I was the person that was like that, and this was me and it's just going to test my character and my attitude," he said.
"Anybody can look at this situation and say, 'I'm not playing. I'm not good,' but I'm here for a reason. That was really my opportunity that even though I'm transitioning from the two to the one, I still have the opportunity to show that I can play."
Luckily for Potts, JVee Casio and Chris Banchero were willing to lend a helping hand in his adjustment, especially with Alaska missing the services of starting guard Simon Enciso, who is still recovering from knee surgery.
"A lot of the guys like JVee and Chris would give me pointers on how to do those stuff because transitioning to that role is completely different, especially when you're in this system which is so complex. But I learned and took us minimal amount of time," he said, hoping to make the most of this new role given to him.
"Great players know how to adapt, and that's the biggest thing in my second year. I'm just adapting, doing better in the PBA and in my role in Alaska."