Yes, we can discuss team strengths/weaknesses, bench depth, rotations, coaches’ offensive system or defensive capabilities of each squad to gauge their chances for the Pure Pinoy title, but we can also choose to make the process simpler: judge the teams via their muses. We ranked the ladies from 1 to 12 and see if it will reflect their eventual finish in the opening conference.
Full disclosure: this writer started watching the league religiously as Ato “Atom Bomb” Agustin was exploding in the PBA. Weirdly during the same years, this writer was watching Alice Dixon play Faye in the now-defunct TV series Okay Ka, Fairy Ko (obviously, no bias at all in the most objective PBA power rankings this preseason).
Disclaimer: This writer didn’t consult other members of the BuhayBasket team (perhaps he wanted to be left alone for deep introspection and painstaking analysis with this incredibly difficult article). Other BuhayBasket members vehemently disagree on the order of the rankings. One team member, who shall forever remain anonymous, has the hots for 9th place (9th?! Really?!) Diane Medina.
1. San Miguel Beer – Alice Dixon
2. Talk N’ Text – Megan Young
3. Barangay Ginebra – Ellen Adarna
Crowd-favorite, referring both to Ginebra and Adarna.
4. Meralco – Ritz Azul
TV5 actress is high on our list. Just look at that angelic face and jaw-dropping curves.
5. Rain or Shine – Glennifer Perido
Meet the Mutya ng Pilipinas Tourism International 2014 winner (we’re guessing her dad’s name is Glenn and her mom’s is Jennifer).
6. Alaska – Michelle Gumabao
An athletic and beautiful lass is high on anyone’s list.
7. Global Port – Rachel Anne Daquis
8. Purefoods – MJ Lastimosa
Lastimosa back with Purefoods! Good times!
9. NLEX – Diane Medina
When in doubt, grab a TV5 talent, says the MVP group.
10. Barako Bull – Nathalie den Dekker
All we know is that Nathalie den Dekker is from the Netherlands and is the 2013 Miss International runner-up. Watch her get traded to SMB for a bag of peanuts on opening day.
11. Blackwater Elite – Sunshine Cruz
Meh. Sunshine Cruz was hot years ago. You can all blame ex-husband?
12. Kia – Jinkee Pacquiao
The PBA Philippine Cup opens this Sunday, October 19.
(All images via Google search. Credit to their respective owners. We’re not stealing it, we are just borrowing it.)