KELLY over Arwind or Arwind over Kelly?
It’s an uncommon event that establishment changing abilities head to the class simultaneously.
However in 2006, the PBA was talented with the ideal tempest as a profoundly touted Fil-Am by the name of Kelly Williams proclaimed for the draft, busting larger part of formcharts which, for a very long time, had double cross UAAP MVP Arwind Santos at the highest point of their rundowns.
The discussion proceeds up right up ’til today, with both Williams and Santos winning MVP grants just as towing their groups to the highest point of the mountain.
Be that as it may, it is anything but a two-man horse race, with the class of 2006 additionally winning its differentiation as outstanding amongst other draft pools throughout the entire existence of the group.
Investigate how the first round would have played out.
1. Arwind Santos (Sta. Lucia)
Where was he chosen? second by and large, Air21
Who was singled out this spot? Kelly Williams
It’s actually an intense decision and even up to now, it could go in any case. Yet, for this redraft, we’re picking Santos to be leader of the class.
Simply envision the bleeding edge Sta. Lucia will have, with “The Spiderman” collaborating with veterans Marlou Aquino, Dennis Espino, and Kenneth Duremdes. Not exclusively will the 6-foot-4 forward from Far Eastern University gain from these world class gifts, however will likewise give the establishment a future foundation to work around.
Inquisitively, this situation would’ve likewise joined Santos up with a gatekeeper named Alex Cabagnot, who was then in his sophomore season with the Alfrancis Chua-instructed Realtors.
All things considered, Williams won a MVP in his second season in the PBA. Would Santos make a similar progress in a similar way had this dream worked out?
2. Kelly Williams (Air21)
Where was he chosen? first in general, Sta. Lucia
Who was singled out this spot? Arwind Santos
You truly can’t turn out badly in case you’re at No. 2, and Air21 would have been remunerated with taking Williams at this spot. What’s more, it just would’ve implied a certain something: the Express will have one of the most athletic bleeding edges in the alliance.
Not exclusively was Williams fortifying an Air21 side which previously highlighted the adaptable Ranidel de Ocampo, the high-flying Nino Canaleta, and bruisers Mark Telan and Ervin Sotto.
It would have been such a treat for mentor Bo Perasol to deal with the Express, particularly this was the year Gary David developed as the association’s Most Improved Player.
To us, it was as yet a success win circumstance for the best two picks.
3. LA Tenorio (Coca Cola)
Where was he chosen? fourth by and large, San Miguel
Who was singled out this spot? Joseph Yeo
Subsequent to discharging Johnny Abarrientos only weeks before the beginning of the new season, Coca Cola will have a more than capable torchbearer as Tenorio.
Demonstrating his value at Ateneo, the 5-foot-9 gatekeeper would have immediately earned his spikes in the Tigers under mentor Binky Favis. He’d likewise give an ideal contrast to the protective disapproved Denok Miranda at one while additionally preparing the table for Ali Peek and John Arigo.
With Tenorio managing everything in his first year, we see Coca Cola some way or another creation commotion as opposed to simply bowing out right off the bat in the end of the season games.
4. Joseph Yeo (San Miguel)
Where was he chosen? third by and large, Coca Cola
Who was singled out this spot? LA Tenorio
The rich by one way or another would’ve gotten more extravagant as Yeo joined a San Miguel group overflowing with ability. The dauntless gatekeeper from La Salle would have been an ideal reinforcement for beginning shooting watch Dondon Hontiveros in his first year in the class.
Yeo would likewise appreciate the advantage of gaining from any semblance of Olsen Racela, Chris Calaguio, Kiko Adriano, and previous university rival Wesley Gonzales as an extraordinary off-the-seat choice for the Beermen of mentor Chot Reyes.
Yeo in the end discovered his approach to SMB four years after the fact, yet simply envision how large of a distinction he would have accommodated the Beermen, particularly in the 2007 Philippine Cup where they made it to the Finals.
5. Gabby Espinas (San Miguel)
Where was he chosen? fifth generally, San Miguel
Who was singled out this spot? Gabby Espinas
Nothing changed here as Espinas, a previous NCAA MVP, stays fifth in our redraft.
The PCU stud to a great extent played behind any semblance of Seigle, the returning Danny Ildefonso, and acquisitions Lordy Tugade, Rommel Adducul, and Willy Wilson in his first season in San Miguel.
Espinas got his licks in his new kid on the block season however just went through a year with the Beermen before he was inevitably exchanged to Air21. The 6-foot-4 forward discovered his way back to SMB in 2015 and turned into a piece of six title winning Beermen groups.
6. Imprint Isip (Sta. Lucia)
Where was he chosen? sixth by and large, Sta. Lucia
Who was singled out this spot? Imprint Isip
Sta. Lucia likewise aced this one, picking Isip at six.
In any case, not at all like, all things considered, it would’ve proceeded with organization for Isip and Santos as they remain colleagues with the Realtors, continuing their executioner blend from Far Eastern University.
What’s more, if Sta. Lucia pushed on with its middle of the season exchange which sent Duremdes, Cabagnot, and Ricky Calimag to Coke, it would have finished the Tamaraws trio with Miranda additionally joining the Realtors.
That combo conveyed UAAP titles (one of which was disputable, obviously) to Morayta. Might they be able to likewise have done that for Sta. Lucia?
7. Jireh Ibanes (Alaska)
Where was he chosen? eleventh (second round), Welcoat
Who was singled out this spot? Aaron Aban
As dependable as they came, Ibanes would have been an extraordinary off-the-seat choice for Alaska.
Truly, new kids on the block scarcely got a lot of playing time under mentor Tim Cone, yet the UP champion had substantiated himself as a strong utility person – one that could’ve added profundity and adaptability to the Aces’ stockpile.
What’s more, he would have proved to be useful, soothing weight from individual wingers like Jeffrey Cariaso and Tony dela Cruz while additionally being an irritation on edge end against the resistance.
Ibanes may not be as sparkly as a choice as his friends, however at seven, he should be viewed as a take.
8. Aaron Aban (Talk ‘N Text)
Where was he chosen? seventh in general, Alaska
Who was singled out this spot? Macintosh Andaya
Had Aban fell on Talk ‘N Text’s lap in 2006, he wouldn’t have sat tight for four long a very long time before he joined the Manny V. Pangilinan-possessed establishment. Be that as it may, he did in this redraft, quickly collaborating with Jimmy Alapag and Harvey Carey.
Aban, who substantiated himself as a consistent turn in TNT’s hero groups in the mid 2010s, would carry his equivalent coarseness to the Derrick Pumaren-instructed Phone Pals.
What’s more, he’d be a convenient reliever for super scorer Mac Cardona, who won the Best Player of the Conference grant in the 2007 Fiesta Conference, while additionally parting time with veterans Donbel Belano and Vic Pablo.
9. Chico Lanete (Purefoods)
Where was he chosen? Undrafted
Who was singled out this spot? Boyet Bautista
Difficult to accept that a gatekeeper as strong as Lanete went undrafted in the 2006 Draft. In any case, we’re correcting a wrong here, and too bad, the Lyceum champion despite everything wound up with Purefoods, the group which took him from the free specialist pool a year later.
Lanete would have had a ton to demonstrate in this stacked Chunkee Giants backcourt, with mentor Ryan Gregorio getting a charge out of the advantage of having ruling MVP James Yap, Mythical Team part Roger Yap, national player Noy Castillo, and upstarts Peter June Simon and Paul Artadi.
However in the event that there was something we think about this 6-foot watch, he conveyed in whatever circumstance he ended up in, as found in his 13-year profession.
10. Chris Pacana (Welcoat)
Where was he chosen? fifteenth (second round), Coca Cola
Who was singled out this spot? Abby Santos
Pacana gets approval as the last pick in the first round, joining newcomer Welcoat.
The 6-foot-1 Fil-Am monitor would’ve been an invite expansion to the Leo Austria-tutored Dragons, putting him next to each other with Joey Mente, Froilan Baguion, Jojo Tangkay, and Denver Lopez.
Future was hopeless for Welcoat in this first season, similar to the case for every single new group in the PBA, yet by then Pacana was expected for his second. Simply take a gander at how he made his quality felt for Ginebra in its drive to the title in the 2008 Fiesta Conference.