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2016-2017 Preview: The Top 10 Forwards!

Who cannot wait for the season to begin? Raise your hands! With a lot of player movements this offseason, I expect a very fascinating and entertaining season.

For today, we will tackle the most underrated position which is forward. They are the players that can play SF and PF. 

I score them in three areas that encompasses the position: 
Scoring (15 Points): The ability to score. 
Offense (15 Points): All the other aspect of offense other than scoring.
Defense (20 Points): Their ability to lockdown their assignments, play team defense and grab rebounds.

#10 REIL CERVANTES
Scoring 11
Offense 9
Defense 7
Total = 27

He is an effective scorer and that has landed him to the right team who gave him the opportunity to show that he is the tenth best forward, today. 

#9 KEITH JENSEN
Scoring 9
Offense 10
Defense 10
Total = 29

It is unfortunate that Keith is currently out of the PBA due to family matters because he revealed good versatility in the last two years. 

#8 WILLY WILSON
Scoring 10
Offense 12
Defense 11
Total = 33

Wilson has rejuvenated himself in Phoenix with his 11.6 points, 8.9 rebounds and 2.5 assists this conference. Hard work really pay off. 

#7 GABE NORWOOD 
Scoring 7
Offense 13
Defense 14
Total = 34

I am still sad that he did not try his best to harness his athleticism to develop his scoring. He is a lockdown defender who can create and stretch the floor on offense. 

#6 TROY ROSARIO
Scoring 13
Offense 12
Defense 11
Total = 36

You know what, he was a much better player in the playoffs than in the elimination round. In the playoffs, he contributed 12.7 points, 5.3 rebounds, 50% FG and 39.3% 3FG.

#5 JARED DILLINGER
Scoring 13
Offense 13
Defense 11
Total = 37

Increasing his efficiency from the outside has made him a much dangerous player on the offensive end. Once in a while, he turns into a point guard mode and he does it pretty well. 

#4 ARTHUR DELA CRUZ
Scoring 12
Offense 13
Defense 14
Total = 39

Can we already anoint him as the steal of the 2015 draft? In literal sense, he is an elite thief with 1.7 steals per game. That makes him a very dangerous defender and in offense? He always do the right thing. 

#3 SEAN ANTHONY
Scoring 13
Offense 14
Defense 12
Total = 39

Last season was the breakout year of Sean. He managed 15.0 points, 9.2 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 46.5% FG. He also posted the sixth best player efficiency rating of PBA-online.net.

#2 ARWIND SANTOS
Scoring 14
Offense 11
Defense 15
Total = 40

By a single point, Arwind is the second best forward in the league. He has fallen in-love of shooting from the outside but  I still saw enough evidence that his driving and midrange game is still there. In defense, he is one of the best rim-protector. 

#1 CALVIN ABUEVA
Scoring 15
Offense 15
Defense 15
Total = 45

He should be handling this spot for a while. There is no doubt that he is the most versatile player in the entire league.



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