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|No. 3 – GlobalPort Batang Pier|
May 6, 1984 |
California, United States
|Listed height||6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)|
|Listed weight||185 lb (84 kg)|
|PBA draft||2008 / Pick: 5th overall|
|Selected by the Alaska Aces|
|Pro playing career||2008–present|
|Rain or Shine Elasto Painters
|Career highlights and awards|
Solomon Jemuel Mercado (born May 6, 1984 in California) is a Filipino-American professional basketball player. He is currently playing for the GlobalPort Batang Pier in the Philippine Basketball Association. He was originally drafted by the Alaska Aces as the fifth pick in the 2008 PBA Draft. However, he was immediately traded to the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters, together with Eddie Laure for Joe Devance and the 2009 and 2010 second round picks of Alaska.
Rain or shine (2008)
With all the focus on Gabe Norwood, that year's first pick overall, and not much hype he scored a record 29 points in his rookie debut game, the highest since Asi Taulava scored 32 points for Mobiline in his debut. Since then, he slowly became one of the PBA elite point guards.
In the Fiesta Conference 2009
If not for a hamstring injury that sidelined him in a couple of games into their semifinal series against the Barangay Ginebra Kings, Rain or Shine would have gone farther in the Fiesta Conference. A member of the All-Rookie Team, Mercado finished second to teammate Gabe Norwood for Rookie of the Year honors. The fifth overall pick in 2008 emerged as the team's top scorer with 13.5 points per game and his 4.5 assists per night did not only lead the team but was also number 6 overall among locals. The only glitch in his rookie season was his 2.9 turnovers per game which ranked seventh overall and led the rookies in that category.
Sophomore Season(Philippine Cup)
He has been the team's cornerstone as he always led the Painters to winning games. Against the Coca-Cola Tigers in a knockout game, he scored 28 points to lead them. But unfortunately they would end up short after losing to the Purefoods Tender Juicy Giants.
In the Fiesta Conference 2010
He averaged 17.7 points in the eliminations then had a 45 point outburst against the B-Meg Derby Ace Llamados. In another knock out game against the Tigers, he delivered crucial plays, despite fouling out, in a come from behind win. Against the Llamados in Game 3, he almost recorded a triple double with 16 points 15 assists 9 rebounds. But, in Game 5 of the series, they lose to the Llamados.
The Trade to Meralco
Before the start of the 2011 PBA Commissioner's Cup, he and Jay-R Reyes were among the eight players involved in the three-way trade between Meralco, Rain or Shine and Air21 in what was easily one of the biggest trades that happened this past season. Mercado, along with Paolo Bugia were shipped to the Bolts. He was still able to perform the same way he did with the Elasto Painters. However, it was not enough for the Bolts to past the eliminations of the latter conferences.
The Trade to GlobalPort
Before the start of the 2013 PBA Commissioner's Cup, he along with Kelly Nabong, Jaypee Belencion and Yousif Aljamal were traded to GlobalPort Batang Pier for Rey Guevarra, Vic Manuel, Josh Vanlandingham and 2015 first round pick.
|GP||Games played||GS||Games started||MPG||Minutes per game|
|FG%||Field-goal percentage||3P%||3-point field-goal percentage||FT%||Free-throw percentage|
|RPG||Rebounds per game||APG||Assists per game||SPG||Steals per game|
|BPG||Blocks per game||PPG||Points per game||Bold||Career high|
Correct as of January 10, 2013
|2008-09||Rain or Shine||36||31.1||.389||.263||.622||3.3||4.5||.8||.1||13.5|
|2009-10||Rain or Shine||46||34.9||.413||.315||.683||3.9||4.6||1.2||.2||16.7|
|2010-11||Rain or Shine/Meralco||29||37.1||.393||.282||.592||5.0||4.8||1.1||.2||17.7|
RP Team Statistics
|2012 William Jones Cup||Smart Gilas||8||17.25||.178||0.00||.575||3.125||2.875||0.5||0.125||5.63|