PBA Season 46 mock draft: Latest predictions for first two rounds

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The PBA Season 46 Rookie Draft will be held online on March 14. A record number 97 applicants, including a record 31 Fil-foreigners, submitted their names. Chuck Araneta, Carlo Pamintuan and Yoyo Sarmenta share their latest predictions for the first two rounds in ESPN5's mock draft. Some names here are among the 18 Fil-foreigners who have until March 5 to complete their requirements, or else their names will be taken out of the pool.

Latest changes

Santi Santillan moves up from 8th to 6th

Jeremiah Gray moves down from 6th to 7th

Taylor Statham moves down from 7th to 8th

Last updated on Feb. 27.

First round

1. Joshua Munzon (Guard, 6'4'') -TerraFirma Dyip

As the day of the draft gets close, it's becoming more and more likely that Joshua Munzon will be landing first overall to the TerraFirma Dyip. They will sorely need his scoring punch after trading away CJ Perez. All the complimentary players they received in the deal will only get to work with a dominant ball-handler and creator and that should be Munoz.

The cancellation of the draft combine also eliminates the possibility of someone else showing up Munoz to climb the rankings and dislodge him from the first spot. - Carlo Pamintuan

2. Jamie Malonzo (Guard, 6'6") - NorthPort Batang Pier

The Batang Pier get one of the most athletic two-way players in the Draft in Jamie Malonzo. He showed just a taste of his potential in his one year with the La Salle Green Archers where he averaged 15.8 points, 9.9 rebounds, 1.6 assists, and 1.2 steals. He should be a perfect pick and roll partner for the comebacking Robert Bolick. - Chuck Araneta

3. Calvin Oftana (Forward, 6'5") - NLEX Road Warriors (from Blackwater)

Calvin Oftana's skillset will become a valuable asset to any team he'll be drafted into. He can do a little bit of everything on a consistent basis, which in today's game, is a luxury. We also saw in his recent stint in Gilas that he can be a marksman from downtown while not being afraid of the pressure from playing in the national team. Specifically, the former NCAA Season 95 MVP's growth from primarily playing the power forward position into a reliable three-man will fit perfectly for the NLEX Road Warriors. After the retirement of Cyrus Baguio and with Larry Fonacier not getting any younger, a player with Oftana's caliber is a welcome sight. - Yoyo Sarmenta

4. Mikey Williams (G, 6'2'') - NLEX Road Warriors

Stanley Pringle has been mentioned as a peg for Mikey Williams in the PBA. Although the current Barangay Ginebra King has more weapons in his arsenal, Williams is arguably the better pure shooter. With his papers said to be complete, Williams should be an interesting addition to the Road Warriors. Yes, they may also benefit from adding another big or another wing but Williams is the type of talent that they should not pass up on. - Carlo Pamintuan

5. Jason Brickman Guard, 5'10"- Rain or Shine Elastopainters

The Elastopainters have still been searching for a pure point guard to run the show since Chris Tiu retired. They've tried out different guards like Rey Nambatac and Kris Rosales at that position, but they're at their best when they're coming off screens or attacking. Brickman solves all their problems, as his supreme court vision should make life easier for everyone on the team. - Chuck Araneta

6. Leonard Santillan (Forward, 6'4") - Alaska Aces (from Magnolia via Phoenix Super LPG)

Moving up one spot in the draft in the Vic Manuel trade means that Alaska already had a couple of names in mind and wanted to make sure that they will be able to get to that pick before the Fuel Masters. Abu Tratter and Rodney Brondial will be playing a lot of minutes for the Aces in the center position with Barkley Eboña showing in the PBA Bubble that he can be a serviceable four. Leonard Santillan looks like a smart pick for them because he has a decent offensive arsenal along with his solid rebounding ability, and coach Jeff Cariaso himself said the former La Salle Green Archer was impressive in his workout with the Aces. - Carlo Pamintuan

7. Jeremiah Gray (Guard, 6'6") - Phoenix Super LPG Fuel Masters (from Alaska)

Phoenix Super LPG fans have already started getting excited for a possible starting five of Chris Banchero, Matthew Wright, Jason Perkins, Vic Manuel, and Justin Chua. But what if you could get a legitimate small forward and then give Manuel hid old role of playing off the bench and carrying the scoring for the second unit? That could be their plan of attack to get Jeremiah Gray. Going down one spot in the draft does not really hurt Phoenix here because it's unlikely that Alaska will pick someone who will play the same spot as Jeron Teng. Gray shoots well, is athletic, and also defends well so he can be a core member of the Fuel Masters for the long haul. - Carlo Pamintuan

8. Taylor Statham (Forward, 6'6'') - TerraFirma Dyip (from SMB)

TerraFirma made it clear that they want to get a big with the pick they received from the San Miguel Beermen in the CJ Perez trade and Taylor Statham could give them a physical presence on defense while also providing them with an extra option on offense. Of course, it does not hurt that Statham and their first pick Munzon have played a lot together in the 3x3 circuit. - Carlo Pamintuan

9. Alvin Pasaol (Guard/Forward, 6'2") - Meralco

The Meralco Bolts made a huge offseason deal in adding Mac Belo into their roster and parting ways with Baser Amer. This meant adding more size in their lineup and should they add Alvin Pasaol, the Bolts will have more firepower and length at different positions. Imagine a five-man crew of 6-foot-2 and above wreaking havoc on both ends. They can have Chris Newsome at the point and have various combinations of Bong Quinto, Allein Maliksi, Raymond Almazan, Belo, and Pasaol. All those guys can shoot but they can also make stops and rebound when it matters. Pasaol's all-around game will make Meralco better. - Yoyo Sarmenta

10. Larry Muyang (Forward/Center, 6'6'') - Magnolia Hotshots (from Phoenix)

Getting Larry Muyang at 10th would be the best scenario possible for the Magnolia Hotshots after trading down to get Calvin Abueva from the Phoenix Super LPG Fuel Masters. The Hotshots needed a big. They got The Beast who can play both forward positions but being able to add another solid big in Muyang will be the cherry on top of the sundae. - Carlo Pamintuan

11. Troy Rike (Forward/Center, 6'8") - NorthPort Batang Pier (from TNT)

Troy Rike found his calling card as a workhorse and a do-everything-I-can-to-help-my-team-win kind of guy in the 3x3 circuit. Fans, scouts, and coaches were able to see just how Rike hustles and makes smart decisions for his squad. He won't overwhelm you with scoring or rebounding, but more often than not, he'll outhustle you. In NorthPort, he can be mentored by Sean Anthony, Sean Manganti, and Christian Standhardinger. That's a frontcourt that can definitely outwork other teams. - Yoyo Sarmenta

12. Franky Johnson (Guard, 6'2") - Barangay Ginebra

Barangay Ginebra will be getting an absolute steal in Franky Johnson if he falls into their lap with the 12th pick. Johnson is an athletic stud who can play both guard positions, though would probably be best suited at the shooting guard position. In the 2019 PBA D-League, Johnson averaged 23.5 points, 3.8 assists and 2.5 steals for the AMA Titans, a testament to his prolific scoring ability. It might take a while for him to find his way under Coach Tim Cone's disciplined offensive schemes, but Johnson can already be an elite scoring sixth man, something Ginebra was lacking at times over the past few seasons. - Chuck Araneta

Second round

13. Jerrick Ahanmisi (Guard, 6'1") - Northport (from TNT)

Jerrick Ahanmisi would be the best pure shooter available at this stage of the Draft, something the Batang Pier would desperately need on their team. Their team is centered around Christian Standhardinger, and what he needs is space in the paint to operate. Ahanmisi would be a perfect piece to move around him, similar to what San Miguel has around June Mar Fajardo. - Chuck Araneta

14. Ben Adamos (Center, 6'7'') - Blackwater Bossing (from NorthPort via Meralco)

Even though they did not have a pick in the first round, Blackwater should be okay with picks early in the second round. Well, their first-round pick in the last draft wasn't able to do much in the PBA Bubble anyway, so they should see this as a brand-new chance to really get better.

If Ben Adamos is available at this spot, then it's a no-brainer. Ceiling was something Blackwater lacked last conference with veteran wingman Nino Canaleta playing power forward for them at times. Getting Adamos will give them a serviceable big man for years to come. - Carlo Pamintuan

15. James Laput (Center, 6'10") - Blackwater Bossing

If Blackwater picks up James Laput, he'll automatically be the tallest player in the roster. Blackwater needs more options at various positions and having somebody like Laput will fill the void of an imposing center. Laput still has a lot to prove on both ends of the court, but he won't need to come in as a savior for the Bossing. He should simply fit into a role that suits him whether it's shot blocking, rebounding, or another facet of his game that fans have yet to see. - Yoyo Sarmenta

16. Aljun Melecio (Guard, 5'8'') - Phoenix Super LPG Fuel Masters (from NLEX)

A problem for Phoenix in the last conference was that they relied on Matthew Wright so heavily as their main creator that when he got tired, his shooting was also affected. Adding a point guard like Aljun Melecio should alleviate some of that. He's a tenacious defender who could make life miserable for the opposing guards and he has also shown his willingness to take and make big shots for his team. - Carlo Pamintuan

17. Nic Demusis (Guard/Forward, 6'4'') - Rain or Shine Elastopainters

We keep landing on Nic Demusis for Rain or Shine at this spot because it just works. Scoring was a problem of the Elasto Painters in the PBA Bubble as most of their losses could be blamed on ill-timed five-minute dry spells on offense. Their defense was one of the best in the league and Demusis should be able to help in that aspect because of his athleticism, which should allow him to guard multiple positions, but he can also be an extra creator on offense. - Carlo Pamintuan

18. Brandon Ganuelas-Rosser (Center/Forward, 6'7") - Phoenix Super LPG Fuel Masters (from Magnolia)

The Fuel Masters still have a very dependable front court even without Calvin Abueva. The combination of Justin Chua, Jason Perkins, and veterans JC Intal and Jay-R Reyes gives Phoenix the right mix of versatility and tenacity that's not limited in the paint. Still, adding a 6-foot-7 big man will be an investment coach Topex Robinson and his staff can take. Intal and Reyes are in the twilight of their careers and Rosser will inject a youthful energy that the team needs. - Yoyo Sarmenta

19. Anton Asistio (Guard, 5'10") - Alaska Aces

Alaska could go for the safe pick here and select someone who excelled in a great basketball program that perfectly exemplifies the team's We Not Me philosophy. Whether playing in college, semi-pros or in 3x3, Asistio has been an ideal teammate that contributes just enough to win. He should be ready to contribute off the bench immediately for the Aces. - Chuck Araneta

20. Alec Stockton (Guard, 6'2'') - NLEX Road Warriors (from SMB via NorthPort)

Alec Stockton is a prototypical Yeng Guiao player. He's tough as nails and he lets his defense do the talking. He could be a Junthy Valenzuela kind of spark-plug although his offense still needs a bit of work to be effective at the pro level. - Carlo Pamintuan

21. RK Ilagan (Guard, 5'7") - Alaska Aces (from Meralco via Phoenix)

Apart from JVee Casio, the Aces might want to look at adding another point guard to the roster. The release of Abel Galliguez will also allow somebody like RK Ilagan to squeeze his way into the lineup. The former San Sebastian Stag is more of a scoring guard than a playmaker but he can provide a steady offensive presence at the one position. He can eventually learn the ropes from Casio and DiGregorio and evolve his passing game. In any case, the Aces can enjoy Ilagan's hot shooting prowess as soon as they draft him. - Yoyo Sarmenta

22. Taylor Browne (Guard, 6'3") - Rain or Shine Elastopainters (from Phoenix)

The PBA Draft's man of mystery has seen his stock rise as of the past few weeks, and is a new face in our ESPN5.com mock draft. Not much is known of Browne because we haven't seen him play collegiate ball here or D-League action in the Philippines. But the Fil-Canadian saw action against Gilas Pilipinas in the 2019 Jones Cup while playing for University of British Columbia. He turned heads when he scored 25 points highlighted by seven made triples. For an Elastopainters squad that desperately needs some offense and perimeter scoring, it wouldn't hurt to take a flyer on Browne. - Chuck Araneta

23. Andre Paras (FC, 6'4'') - Rain or Shine Elastopainters (from TNT)

At this point, ROS already added Jason Brickman, Nic Demusis, and Taylor Browne to their roster so it's the perfect time to take the chance on a big. Andre Paras will not wow anyone with his offense but he knows exactly what he needs to do to be on the floor. He is a rebounder, a dominant one at that, in the PBA D-League. He has some athletic ability at a true nose for the ball that will make him a solid addition to a team that just looking for more depth in their frontline rotation. - Carlo Pamintuan

24. Andrei Caracut (Guard, 5'8") - Barangay Ginebra San Miguel

Should the Barangay get a guard in the first round (in this scenario, Franky Johnson at number 12), picking up the ever-reliable Andrei Caracut is a long-term win for the franchise. The former La Salle guard may not post gaudy numbers or wow anybody with an array of passes once he enters the league, but he'll be consistent. If you want the ball in the post or if you want to push the pace, or you just want the offense going, he's the guy you want. And for Caracut, he doesn't need to do anything out of the ordinary in Ginebra. Instead, he just needs to be available and learn as much as he can from LA Tenorio. - Yoyo Sarmenta