Get to know the imports of the 2013 Commissioner's Cup
The upcoming 2013 PBA Commissioner’s Cup, which kicks off Friday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum, boasts of a lack of a height limit for their imports, and all 10 of the teams have opted to go big, with none standing less than 6'8" tall.
Who did your favorite team bring in, and how does he fit with the players already on the roster? Read on:
Air21 Express: Michael Dunigan (6’10”, Center)>The Air21 Express are adding size in their frontcourt with young center Michael Dunigan. The 23 year-old Chicago native, the youngest import for this conference, played two seasons of college ball for the University of Oregon Ducks, before leaving college to go pro in Israel. He later joined leagues around Europe, with stints in Estonia (where he led his team to the league title in 2011), Italy, and Ukraine, where he averaged 12.4 points, 8.9 rebounds, and 1.7 blocks.
The NBA’s Memphis Grizzlies added Dunigan to their training camp roster in September 2012, but he was waived a month later before the start of the NBA 2012-13 season. He most recently played for about a month as an injury replacement for the Perth Wildcats in the Australian league from December 2012 to January 5 of this year. In his time in Australia, he averaged 13.8 points, 9.8 rebounds (leading the league) and added 1.8 blocks a game.
While still young, Dunigan has extensive foreign experience, which ought to prepare him for the rigors of the PBA. His averages in his previous leagues have been startlingly consistent – he’s normed nearly a double-double and adds nearly 2 blocks a game in most of his pro career, so Air21 can expect something along the same lines.