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2016-2017 Preseason Best Defensive Unit Power Ranking!

We are less than a week from the opening of the 42nd season of the PBA! So, let us rank the defensive line-up of each team.

#12 MAHINDRA ENFORCERS
G - A. Mallari
G - R. Reyes
F - M. Yee
F -R. Escoto
C - Ballesteros

I have a hard time formulating the mos credible five for this squad. I am not counting on this five to work. Maybe, coach Chris has a better five under his sleeve.

#11 PHOENIX FUEL MASTERS
G - G. Alolino
G - C. Baguio
F - W. Wilson
F - M. Borboran
C - D. Kramer

An unproven five without a rim protector in the middle. I expect Alolino to be an above average defender right away because he exhibited mastery of the basics in college.

#10 GLOBALPORT BATANG PIER
G - S. Pringle
G - K. Dehesa
F - A. Semerad
F - J. Quinahan
C - R. Maierhofer

Pringle and Dehesa are a little bit inconsistent and this unit is not the most athletic team to stop their opponent in the break. 

#9 NLEX ROAD WARRIORS
G - J. Villanueva
G -G. Lanete
F - S. Anthony
F - B. Guinto
C - A. Taulava

Coach Yeng knows how to mold a pretty good defensive squad but I still need to see it before I start believing. The backcourt are inconsistent and Asi is not that terrorizing inside, already. 

#8 MERALCO BOLTS

G - C. Newsome
G - J. Uyloan
F - J. Dillinger
F - C. Hodge
C - R. Hugnatan

This five has a good chemistry already. Newsome and Uyloan will be reliable on the backcourt with the combination of the athleticism of Chris and the stickiness of Uyloan. The problem will be inside, especially if Reynel's athleticism continue to erode.

#7 BLACKWATER ELITE
G - D. Miranda
G - R. Reyes
F - M. Belo
F - A. Dela Cruz
C - J. Erram

I love this five and I will not be shock if Blackwater will have one of the top 4 best defensive unit in the AFC. Miranda and Reyes are stable in the backcourt while Belo and Dela Cruz has proven their wares on the defensive end. 

#6 ALASKA ACES
G - C. Exciminiano
G - C. Banchero
F - C. Abueva
F - N. Baclao
C - S. Thoss

With a lockdown defender in Exciminiano, life is much easier for this five. The flaw also lies on their frontcourt. Baclao can protect the rim but he is not the brightest team defender. And Thoss? His age can make him suffer. 

#5 STAR HOTSHOTS
G - J. Melton
G - M. Barroca
F - A. Maliksi
F - M. Pingris
C - R. Reavis

The Melton-Barroca tandem is not called the Tazmanian Devils for nothing. Maliksi is long enough and wise enough and the Pingris-Reavis combo? As long as they are still 80% of their prime-self, everything will be fine.

#4 TNT TROPANG TEXTERS
G - J. Castro
G - R. Reyes
F - M. Ganuelas-Rosser
F - H. Carey
C - R. De Ocampo

Chemistry, check! Rim protection, check! Rebounding, check! Open court defense, check! This cast is above-average in all facet but they are not also elite in any area. 

#3 RAIN OR SHINE ELASTO PAINTERS
G - M. Ahanmisi
G - J. Chan
F - J. Ponferrada
F - G. Norwood
C - R. Almazan

Elite chemistry and elite rim protection. The backcourt is lingering in the average level but can be lock-on for at most five minutes. Rebounding can also be elite as long as Ponferrada is playing maturely. 

#2 BRGY. GINEBRA SAN MIGUEL

G - L. Tenorio
G - E. Thompson
F - S. Mercado
F - J. Aguilar
C - G. Slaughter


Under coach Tim, the twin tower has turned into an impenetrable wall. Rebounding is excellent with Scottie Thompson out there. The experience of Tenorio and Mercado has turned them into reliable stoppers. 

#1 SAN MIGUEL BEERMEN
G - C. Ross
G - M. Lassiter
F - R. Tubid
F - A. Santos
C - J. Fajardo

This is the most complete defensive five. Just like TNT, they are above average in all aspect but the difference is, they are elite in rim protecting and they have a lockdown defender in Ross who is a threat in stealing the ball. 

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