Blackwater, to the surprise of no one, missed the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup playoffs.
They played the conference without Art dela Cruz. They almost played the conference without Mac Belo. They sent Dylan Ababou and James Forrester to GlobalPort to acquire offensive gem KG Canaleta but even with his presence, Blackwater can’t open the door to cellar freedom.
But all is not lost. Mahindra’s loss is Blackwater’s gain in the case of Mike DiGregorio and signing Mark Cruz gave the squad a spitfire off the bench.
Most of all, Blackwater paraded an import that could help them win their first title. I don’t know if Leo Isaac can lift the team to great heights but with the proper support, there is a chance that Greg Smith can be their team’s Bobby Parks. Averaging nearly 30 points, 23 rebounds, and 5 assists per game is easy as a do-it-all import is easy for a team like Blackwater but doing this against the league’s best defenders is another matter. I don’t think Smith will be Gilas Pilipinas’ next naturalized player at the moment but perhaps he can convince me two or three years into the future.
So here is how Blackwater’s season turned out.
|SMITH, GREG (IMPORT)||11||27.18||22.09||4.91||1.18||0.91|
|CANALETA, KG (GLO/BW)||10||11.70||3.70||0.80||0.90||0.60|