2016 PBA draft

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2016 PBA draft
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General information
Date(s)October 30, 2016
Time3:30 PM
LocationRobinsons Place Manila
Network(s)Sports5 (TV5, PBA Rush, Sports5.ph)
LeaguePhilippine Basketball Association
First selectionRaphael Banal (Blackwater Elite)[a]
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The 2016 Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) rookie draft was an event which allows teams to draft players from the amateur ranks. The league determined the drafting order based on the performance of the member teams for the 2015–16 season, with the worst team picking first, as a replacement for its lottery system after the controversies that surrounded the 2014 draft.[1][2]

The league was supposed to hold a special draft for players from the national team, popularly called Gilas, separately from the regular one for other rookies.[3] However, a consensus lead to an agreement that the cadet players will not be drafted but will be distributed to each team instead.

The event was held at the Midtown Atrium, Robinsons Place Manila on October 30, 2016.

Draft order[edit]

The draft order was determined based from the overall performance of the teams from the previous season. The Philippine Cup final ranking comprises 40% of the points, while the rankings of the Commissioner's and Governors' Cups are 30% each.

Draft order Team Final ranking Total
1st Blackwater Elite 10th 10th 12th 10.6
2nd Star Hotshots 9th 8th 11th 9.3
3rd Phoenix Fuel Masters 8th* 11th 8th 8.9
4th Mahindra Floodbuster 11th 9th 5th 8.6
5th GlobalPort Batang Pier 4th 12th 10th 8.2
6th NLEX Road Warriors 7th 7th 7th 7.0
7th Meralco Bolts 12th 4th 2nd 6.6
8th TNT KaTropa 6th 6th 3rd 5.1
9th Rain or Shine Elasto Painters 3rd 1st 9th 4.2
10th Barangay Ginebra San Miguel 5th 5th 1st 3.8
11th Alaska Aces 2nd 2nd 6th 3.2
12th San Miguel Beermen 1st 3rd 4th 2.5

* - Phoenix was known as the Barako Bull Energy during the Philippine Cup

Special draft for Gilas pool players[edit]

There was a separate draft for the players in the Gilas pool. The draft rights for the special draft could not be traded. The drafted Gilas players were not allowed to be traded for two years. All players were allowed to play for the teams that drafted them but were pulled out two months before an official FIBA tournament.

As part of the agreement between the PBA and the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas, all 12 teams released one player from their roster to the Gilas pool, in addition to the player that they selected in this special draft.[4]

The draft order was supposed to be announced on October 27.[5] However, the PBA board agreed that instead of determining the order for the special draft, representatives from the 12 ballclubs agreed to farm out one cadet player per team that was distributed to each team by the board. The results of the consensus was not released during that day and the PBA opted to reveal the results on draft night before the regular draft began.[6]


PG Point guard SG Shooting guard SF Small forward PF Power forward C Center * Mythical Team Member # All-Star

Special draft[edit]

Note: The Special draft for Gilas players is considered as the first round of the draft; the regular draft is listed as the second round onwards.

Team Player Pos. Country of birth* PBA D-League team College
Alaska Aces Carl Bryan Cruz# F  Philippines Cafe France Bakers FEU
Barangay Ginebra San Miguel Kevin Ferrer# G/F  Philippines Tanduay Light Rhum Masters UST
Blackwater Elite Mac Belo# F  Philippines Phoenix Accelerators FEU
GlobalPort Batang Pier Von Pessumal# G  Philippines Tanduay Light Rhum Masters Ateneo
Mahindra Floodbuster Russel Escoto F/C  Philippines Phoenix Accelerators FEU
Meralco Bolts Ed Daquioag# G  Philippines Phoenix Accelerators UST
NLEX Road Warriors Alfonzo Gotladera# C/F  Philippines Tanduay Light Rhum Masters Ateneo
Phoenix Fuel Masters Matthew Wright# G  Canada none St. Bonaventure
Rain or Shine Elasto Painters Mike Tolomia# G  Philippines Phoenix Accelerators FEU
San Miguel Beermen Arnold Van Opstal# C  Germany Hapee Fresh Fighters DLSU
Star Hotshots Jio Jalalon# G  Philippines Caida Tile Masters Arellano
TNT KaTropa Roger Pogoy# G/F  Philippines Phoenix Accelerators FEU

Regular draft[edit]

2nd round[edit]

Round Pick Player Pos. Country of birth* Team PBA D-League team College
2 1 Raphael Banal G  Philippines Blackwater Elite Racal Tile Masters Hope International
2 2 Gelo Alolino G  Philippines Phoenix Fuel Masters (from Star via GlobalPort)[a] Tanduay Light Rhum Masters NU
2 3 Jammer Jamito F  Philippines Barangay Ginebra San Miguel (from Phoenix)[b] AMA Online Education Titans Saint Clare
2 4 Joseph Eriobu F  Hong Kong Mahindra Floodbuster Caida Tile Masters Mapúa
2 5 Chris Javier F  Philippines Star Hotshots (from GlobalPort)[c] Caida Tile Masters UE
2 6 Rashawn McCarthy G  United States San Miguel Beermen (from NLEX)[d] AMA Online Education Titans SUNY Old Westbury
2 7 Jonathan Grey# G/F  Philippines Meralco Bolts Racal Tile Masters DLS-Benilde
2 8 Reden Celda G  Philippines NLEX Road Warriors (from TNT)[e] Tanduay Light Rhum Masters NU
2 PASS Rain or Shine Elasto Painters
2 9 Jericho De Guzman C  Philippines Barangay Ginebra San Miguel Z.C. Mindanao Aguilas DLS-Benilde
2 - PASS Alaska Aces
2 10 Jeoffrey Javillonar F  Philippines Phoenix Fuel Masters (from San Miguel)[f] Tanduay Light Rhum Masters NU

Note: Rain or Shine (9th pick) and Alaska (11th) passed in this round

3rd round[edit]

Round Pick Player Pos. Country of birth* Team PBA D-League team College
3 11 Tristan Perez C/F  Philippines Blackwater Elite[g] BDO-National University NU
3 - PASS Rain or Shine Elasto Painters (from Star via Phoenix)[h]
3 12 Al Francis Tamsi G  Philippines GlobalPort Batang Pier (from Phoenix)[i] Phoenix Accelerators FEU
3 13 Jessie Saitanan C  Philippines Meralco Bolts (from Mahindra)[j] Bread Story Smashing Bakers Mapúa
3 - PASS Alaska Aces (from GlobalPort)[k]
3 - PASS Rain or Shine Elasto Painters (from NLEX)[l]
3 14 Jovit Dela Cruz G  Philippines San Miguel Beermen LiverMarin Guardians - San Sebastian College – Recoletos SSC-R
3 15 Ryan Arambulo G/F  United States GlobalPort Batang Pier (from Meralco)[m] AMA Online Education Titans Cal State Fullerton
3 16 Nico Paolo Javelona G  Philippines Phoenix Fuel Masters (from TNT)[n] BDO-National University NU
3 - PASS Rain or Shine Elasto Painters
3 17 Cedrick Ablaza F  Philippines Mahindra Floodbuster (from Barangay Ginebra)[o] Cagayan Rising Suns STI
3 - PASS Alaska Aces
3 18 Alejandrino Iñigo, Jr. G  Philippines Phoenix Fuel Masters (from San Miguel)[p] Phoenix Accelerators FEU

4th round[edit]

Round Pick Player Pos. Country of birth* Team PBA D-League team College
4 19 Jan Jamon G  Philippines Mahindra Floodbuster Cafe France Bakers EAC
4 20 Spencer Eman C  Philippines GlobalPort Batang Pier Derulo Accelero Oilers NU
4 21 Ryusei Koga G  Philippines Meralco Bolts Hapee Fresh Fighters San Beda
4 22 Timothy Habelito F  New Zealand TNT KaTropa Cafe France Bakers QUT

Note: Blackwater, Star, Phoenix, NLEX, Barangay Ginebra and San Miguel passed in this round

5th round[edit]

Round Pick Player Pos. Country of birth* Team PBA D-League team College
5 23 Paolo Pontejos G  Philippines Mahindra Floodbuster Wang's Basketball Couriers JRU
5 24 Mikee Reyes G  Philippines TNT KaTropa Junior Powerade Tigers UP

Note: GlobalPort and Meralco passed in this round

6th round[edit]

Round Pick Player Pos. Country of birth* Team PBA D-League team College
6 25 Levi Hernandez G  Philippines TNT KaTropa Fruitas Shakers Arellano

Note: Mahindra passed in this round

Trades involving draft picks[edit]

Pre-draft trades[edit]

Note: The rights to Air21's and Barako Bull's draft picks were retained by NLEX and Phoenix respectively.

Draft-day trades[edit]

None exercised.

Undrafted players[edit]

Out of 55 players who signified their intention to join the rookie draft,[21] 38 were selected by their teams in the draft proper, while 16 were undrafted. Charles Caluya, the oldest (43) and the shortest (5'7) applicant for the draft,[22] was excluded from the final list for health reasons.

Name College PBA D-League team
John Ambulodto St. Clare Racal
Jaycee John Asuncion UPHSD / JRU Wang's / Racal
Gene Belleza UE
Jerald Cueto College of the Canyon
Cris Jordan de la Paz JRU
Erwin Duran UE
Jairold Flores UE
Dexter Garcia St. Benilde
Jayson Ibay St. Clare Racal
Aaron Jeruta CEU CafeFrance
Gino Jumao-as UE ZC Mindanao
Jhygruz Laude LPU Bread Story
Mc Jour Luib Letran
Edsel Mag-isa Univ. of Batangas
Jon Kervin Ortuoste San Sebastian
John Marco Tayongtong EAC Cagayan
Billy Ray Robles NIPSC Racal


  1. ^ The 2016 draft composed of two draft pools: the Gilas pool, which consists of players from the Gilas Pilipinas program and the regular pool. The pick order for the Gilas draft was not revealed and the regular draft started in the second round. Banal was drafted as the first pick of the second round.


  1. ^ "Salud says sorry for 'crude' conduct of PBA draft lottery, but insists it was an honest draw", Snow Badua, spin.ph, July 4, 2014
  2. ^ "PBA rules out re-draw of draft lottery after board settles controversy in emergency meeting" Archived 2015-09-24 at the Wayback Machine, Richard Dy, spin.ph, July 5, 2014
  3. ^ Joaquin Henson (October 3, 2016). "PBA to hold split draft for Gilas". philstar.com.
  4. ^ Belo, Ferrer head list of Gilas players in special draft as PBA-SBP renew ties, Jason Mercene, Fox Sports Asia, October 19, 2016
  5. ^ PBA BULLETIN RE: Gilas Pool, PBA.inquirer.net, October 24, 2016
  6. ^ PBA board distributes Gilas cadets to 12 teams, but won't reveal results until Sunday, Gerry Ramos, spin.ph, October 27, 2016
  7. ^ Joseph Yeo on the move again, set to be traded to GlobalPort for 2016 first-round draft pick, spin.ph, July 3, 2015
  8. ^ a b San Mig Coffee trades No. 7 to GlobalPort for future picks Archived 2014-08-26 at the Wayback Machine, Rey Joble, interaksyon.com, August 24, 2014
  9. ^ TnT nets Rosario in 3-team trade; SMB acquires Heruela, philstar.com, August 25, 2015
  10. ^ NLEX busy on trading floor; Yeo to Ginebra, Inquirer.net, July 25, 2014
  11. ^ Talk 'N Text gets boost for playoffs by acquiring Canaleta in three-player trade, Richard Dy, spin.ph, January 20, 2014
  12. ^ San Miguel acquires No. 3 pick from Barako Bull, selects Ronald Pascual, Rey Joble, interaksyon.com, August 24, 2014
  13. ^ Anthony to Meralco, Baloria to NLEX in three-team PBA transfer Ivan Saldajeno, dugout.ph, September 12, 2014
  14. ^ RoS trades Araña for 2016 2nd round pick, inquirer.net, September 24, 2015
  15. ^ PBA approves Sol Mercado move from GlobalPort to Barako Bull in swap for Denok Miranda, Snow Badua, spin.ph, January 8, 2015
  16. ^ NLEX gets Sean Anthony in three-team deal inquirer.net, October 7, 2015
  17. ^ Matias to Air21 inquirer.com, December 6, 2013
  18. ^ Gary David, Chris Ross switch places as PBA approves Meralco-GlobalPort trade Archived 2015-09-24 at the Wayback Machine, Rey Joble, interaksyon.com, October 11, 2013
  19. ^ Talk 'N Text acquires Dylan Ababou from Barako in exchange for future second-round pick Karlo Sacamos, spin.ph, October 8, 2015
  20. ^ Maierhofer, Mercado boost San Miguel as PBA approves four-team, seven-player deal Richard Dy, spin.ph, February 18, 2014
  21. ^ "On Cam: The 2016 PBA Draft applicants". Dugout Philippines. Retrieved October 30, 2016.
  22. ^ Terrado, Reuben (October 26, 2016). "Oldest, shortest draft hopeful Kobe Charles Caluya shoots for the stars to fulfill PBA dream". Sports Interactive Network Philippines. Retrieved October 30, 2016.

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