FANS have chosen the starters, while coaches have picked the reserves for the North and South teams of this year’s PBA All-Star game on Sunday, but there are just too many stars in the league that 24 spots simply can’t suffice.
For those other standouts who were overlooked, we’ve reserved spots for them in our annual All-Star Snubs list.
Don’t you think they deserve consideration?
(Editors note: Stats reflect players' averages as of Tuesday)
10. Allein Maliksi (10.6 points, 1.8 three-point conversions and 2.8 boards in just 17.2 minutes in 23 games)
The 28-year Star wingman has put his issue on playing time early this season behind him. Letting his performance do the talking instead, the 6-foot-3 University of Santo Tomas product has emerged as the Hotshots’ biggest spark off the bench, providing instance offense whenever his team needs to buy a bucket.
9. JP Erram (10.1 points on 52.8-perecent shooting, 6.7 boards, 1.8 blocks, and 1 steal in 25.2 minutes in 24 games)
The 6-foot-7 big man has blossomed into a solid paint presence for Blackwater on both ends. Known more for his defense in college at Ateneo, the 27-year-old slotman has developed a steady offensive game to become the Elite’s best big man.
8. LA Tenorio (9.9 points, 4.2 assists, 4 boards, and 1.2 steals in 31.8 minutes in 26 games)
The 32-year-old playmaker has always been a barometer of Ginebra’s success. While Twin Towers Greg Slaughter and Japeth Aguilar have carried most of the scoring load, their production wouldn't have been possible without the 5-foot-6 Tenorio orchestrating the offense with aplomb.
7. Cliff Hodge (11.3 points, 8.5 boards, 1.7 assists, and 0.8 steal in 30.8 minutes in 26 games)
The Meralco energizer bunny has been snubbed from the All-Star game for the second straight year. But there's no denying the 6-foot-5 forward has been a major reason of the rise of a Bolts team that fell just a win short of its first finals appearance in franchise history.
6. LA Revilla (11.3 points, 3.9 boards, 3.8 assists, and 1.4 steals in 28 minutes in 24 games)
Despite enjoying the view from the top in the Governors’ Cup, Mahindra has no representatives in the annual showcase.
But we’ve reserved two spots for Enforcers here, including for the pint-sized playmaker, who has stood tall with his fearless and heady plays down the stretch.
5. Marcio Lassiter (12.1 points, including 2.5 three-point conversions, 4.5 rebounds, 2.7 assists, and .9 steal in 31.8 minutes in 24 games)
Arguably the best shooter in the country, the San Miguel Beer sniper didn’t even crack the reserves list of the North Team for the second straight year. And the Filipino-American cager is hoping third time’s the charm next season.
4. Vic Manuel – 13.9 points on 51.7-percent shooting, 6.1 boards, and 0.9 steal in just 21.8 minutes off the bench in all his 25 games
The Alaska workhorse power forward would’ve been named Finals MVP had the Aces ruled the Philippine Cup at the expense of San Miguel Beer.
While his stats went down in the latter part of the Commissioner’s Cup where he nursed a calf injury, the 6-foot-3 cager’s overall play this season is still more than enough to merit his inclusion in the All-Star game.
3. Aldrech Ramos (13.9 points on 53.5-percent shooting and 6.2 rebounds 27.4 minutes in 25 games)
The other Enforcer in this list, Ramos has started to embrace his role as the leader of his young team. Settling for just jumpers in the past, the Gilas 1.0 member has become more aggressive and hasn’t been afraid to mix it up down low this time.
2. Willy Wilson (13.9 points, on 54.1-percent shooting, 9.2 rebounds, and 2.6 assists in 34.5 minutes in 24 games)
It’s never too late to have a breakout season and at 36, the 12-year veteran is having his now. As one of the few veterans on the young Phoenix team, the 6-foot-3 forward has been forced to take on a leadership role and hasn’t disappointed, putting up career highs across his stats board this season.
1. Sean Anthony (17.7 points, 10.2 rebounds, 3 assists, and 1.1 steals in 34.6 minutes in 24 games this season)
The NLEX star probably the best player not playing in the All-Star game this weekend. If not for his addition, the Road Warriors wouldn’t have made the jump from a mediocre team to a consistent playoff contender.
Niño Canaleta – 11.6 points, 1.9 three-point conversions, and 3.9 boards in 25.8 minutes in 25 games
Maverick Ahanmisi – 8.6 points, 4.1 boards, and 2.7 assists in 20.8 minutes in 25 games