RAIN or Shine parades new import Wayne Chism in a highly-awaited debut on Monday as the Elasto Painters face the beleaguered GlobalPort Batang Pier in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.
Chism, the well-built big man out of University of Tennessee, arrived on Thursday to replace Alex McLean, giving him at least three days to practice and jell with the Elasto Painters (2-3).
Coach Yeng Guiao said Chism is capable of scoring in bunches, although what he likes most about the import is his ability to get his teammates involved.
“We don’t want him (Chism) necessarily scoring 40 points for us to win, although some coaches are happy having imports score 40 points. Once in a while, that’s good. But if he will do that every game to win, di na maganda,” Guiao said heading to the team’s 5:45 p.m. match against a still winless GlobalPort side (0-6).
“What I’m trying to read is even if he has that scoring ability, does he have the natural instinct to involve others on offense? And meron naman because he can pass, read the floor, and that can leave him more dangerous,” he added.
The Elasto Painters are fresh from a 96-79 rout of the Meralco Bolts last Wednesday in what turned out to be McLean’s final stint with the team.
Chism is expected to get a baptism of fire against GlobalPort’s hardworking import Evan Brock, who has been doing it all for the Batang Pier.
The 6-8 Brock is averaging 27.3 points, 20.1 rebounds, 2.6 assists, and 1.6 steals but obviously needs a lot of help from GlobalPort’s locals, particularly Jay Washington.
The 6-foot-7 Washington, a two-time Best Player of the Conference, is averaging just 11.8 points on 40 percent shooting from the field.
Veteran playmaker Alex Cabagnot has also been struggling under new GlobalPort coach Pido Jarencio’s system during his first six games with the team. The 31-year-old guard, acquired from San Miguel during the conference break, averages 7.8 points and 6.8 assists.
Cabagnot’s field goal shooting is down to just 28.6 percent, including a woeful 19.2 percent from the three-point arc, both of which are career-low percentages for the left-handed playmaker.