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    Mahindra defies belief that it takes stars, big payroll to achieve success in PBA

    Aug 5, 2016
    What's not to love about Mahindra, which is made up of mostly low draft selections and undrafted players and, sources say, only has a third of the payroll of most powerhouse teams.

    IT'S hard not to be happy for the success of Mahindra.

    Why?

    Well, who wouldn't be happy to see a bunch of no-names with a payroll rumored to be just one-third of that of most PBA teams slay the goliaths on the way to a 4-0 start in the season-ending Governors' Cup.

    If you're still unconvinced, let's take a look. Mahindra's current lineup includes three second-round picks, three third-round selections, two fourth-round draft choices and three undrafted players.

    It does have four first-round draft picks, but three of those players have bounced from one team to another without finding a niche until they finally found a home at Mahindra.

    Look: Nino 'KG' Canaleta is now in his eighth team, Aldrech Ramos is with his fourth team and Mahindra is the fifth team in a short PBA career for Gilas original Jason Ballesteros.

    The Enforcer have only one original first-round selection in playing-coach Manny Pacquiao, who, at 37, is also the oldest in a team with an average age of 28.5 years.

    And don't forget: the team's de facto coach, Chris Gavina, was until recently a strength and conditioning specialist.

    Want to know more?

    Well, taking out Pacquiao's undeclared salary which we heard he doesn't collect (and instead gives to the players as extra bonuses), Canaleta is the only player in this team with a maximum contract.

    So what's not to love about these giant slayers.

    Let's meet the lineup. Most of them, by the way, needs introduction.

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    Free-agent signings– Revilla, Elorde, Jaime, Bagatsing, Aguilar, Webb  

    Acquired from trades – Ramos, Canaleta, Agovida, Yee, Taha, Ballesteros, Pinto

    Original picks -  Guinto, DiGregorio, De Vera, Pacquiao

     Aldrech Ramos

    28

    2012 first-round pick, fifth overall

    On his fourth team, acquired from NLEX before the start of the season

    Nino Canaleta

    34

    2005 first-round pick, sixth overall

    On his eighth team, acquired from NLEX before the start of the season

    LA Revilla

    26

    2013 third-round pick, 24th overall

    Acquired as free agent in 2014

     Bradwyn Guinto

    24

    2015 second-round pick, 14th overall

    Keith Agovida

    26

    2015 fourth-round pick, 34th overall

    Acquired from Blackwater before the start of the conference

    Mark Yee

    34

    Undrafted in 2008 Draft

    On his fifth team, acquired from GlobalPort in 2015

     Paolo Taha

    25

    2014 third-round pick, 29th overall

    Acquired from GlobalPort before the start of the conference

    Mike DiGregorio

    25

    2015 fourth-round pick, 35th overall

    Jason Ballesteros

    30

    2011 first-round pick, seventh overall

    On his fifth team, acquired from Blackwater in this Commissioner’s Cup

    John Pinto

    25

    2014 second-round pick, 19th overall

    Acquired from GlobalPort before the start of season

    Nico Elorde

    24

    2015 third-round pick, 33rd overall

    Acquired as free agent from ABL this season

    Chito Jaime

    32

    2008 second-round pick, 14th overall

    On his fourth team, spent some time in ABL and Liga Pilipinas, acquired as free agent in 2014

    Hyram Bagatsing

    31

    Undrafted in 2010 Draft

    Acquired as free agent in 2014

    Raymond Aguilar

    Undrafted in 2009 draft

    Acquired as free agent from D-League late in the Commissioner’s Cup

    Joshua Webb

    26

    2013 third-round pick, 21st overall

    Acquired as free agent in 2015

    Leo de Vera

    27

    2015 third-round pick, 24th overall

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    Manny Pacquiao

    37

    2014 first-round pick, 11th overall

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