Exciting New Additions Set to Challenge Brownlee and RHJ's Dominance in PBA Season 48
As the PBA Season 48 Commissioner’s Cup approaches on November 5, a formidable group of young players eager to make their mark is primed to dethrone experienced stalwarts such as Justin Brownlee of Barangay Ginebra and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson of TNT.
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Thomas Robinson, the fifth overall choice in the 2012 NBA Draft, is one of the most eagerly awaited newcomers. As NLEX’s import, Robinson makes his long-awaited PBA debut. His path to the PBA was temporarily halted when he could not compete in last year’s competition with San Miguel Beer due to a back issue.
But Robinson isn’t the only fresh face making waves. Belgian forward Thomas de Thaey will join Terrafirma, joining the likes of Dajuan Summers representing Rain or Shine, Tyler Stone representing San Miguel Beer, Jonathan Williams joining Phoenix, Tyler Bey bolstering Magnolia, and Puerto Rican standout Chris Ortiz lending his skills to Blackwater. These athletes, like Robinson, have been through the rigors of the NBA before moving on to other leagues and, eventually, the Philippines.
Tyler Stone, a basketball journeyman, is coming off a great season in Romania, where he was named Import of the Year, All-Romanian Player of the Year, and Forward of the Year. Meanwhile, Chris Ortiz demonstrated his skill on the international scene by representing Puerto Rico in the FIBA World Cup in Manila before joining the Blackwater Bossing.
Brownlee and Hollis-Jefferson, who battled as anchors for Gilas Pilipinas and Jordan for the Asian Games basketball gold medal, are back for another attempt at PBA success. Brownlee guided the Gin Kings to the Commissioner’s Cup title the previous season, which they won with a stunning 4-3 win over Hong Kong’s Bay Area Dragons. On the other hand, Hollis-Jefferson and the Tropang Giga stopped Brownlee and company’s quest for a third Governors’ Cup, securing the season-ending conference title for themselves.
While the battle among these established and emerging talents heats up, Meralco and NorthPort still complete their respective reinforcements, bringing suspense and excitement to the forthcoming season. PBA fans can’t wait to watch which fresh face or seasoned veteran will eventually steal the thunder from Brownlee, RHJ, and the others in PBA Season 48. Roger Pogoy’s absence from the PBA Commissioner’s Cup due to a health issue looms.” Find out the specifics and how the club is dealing with injuries as the season approaches.”
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