So, what happened to the powerhouse team of the TNT Tropang Texters?
TNT was a big disappointment this season and that caused coach Jhong Uichico his job. Their impressive elimination round in the Governors' Cup went for naught after they bowed down against their sister team, Meralco Bolts. They played well against every team other than the top two teams this season, San Miguel and Alaska.
Checked the Strengths and Weaknesses Analysis and you will see that TNT was a pretty rounded team this season. They are 14 and above in eight areas which is pretty impressive because 12 is their lowest output. They missed a lot of their rebounding in the first two conferences. They have great numbers in the Governors' Cup even though they did not have an impressive import. That speaks a lot about the quality of their locals. CORE PLAYERS' STATISTICS Jayson Castro: 20.3 Pts | 4.0 Rebs | 6.1 Asts | 34.2% 3FG Troy Rosario: 11.8 Pts | 5.3 Rebs | 35.2% 3FG Ranidel de Ocampo: 12.6 Pts | 6.2 Rebs | 2.6 Asts | 34.8% 3FG Moala Tautuaa: 8.9 Pts | 4.1 Rebs | 53.8% FG Ryan Reyes: 6.7 Pts | 3.7 Rebs | 1.9 Asts | 1.0 Stl | 37.8% 3FG
Jayson Castro could go down as one of the biggest what if in the history of the league. What if he played in an earlier era and avoided a June Mar Fajardo, he could have gotten all the attention and they could have anointed him as the best guard ever in the history of the league.
Troy Rosario meet the expectations this season and that 35.2% in his rookie season for a power forward is ultra impressive. Imagine if he can consistently increase that. Ryan Reyes was also consistent this season. He was not a force in offense but he was their best lockdown defender and a consistent outside threat.