Apr 03, 2020

Playmaking race: Cabagnot eyes Top 5; Tenorio targets Top 10

SAN MIGUEL BEER's Alex Cabagnot and Barangay Ginebra's LA Tenorio, among the best playmakers the PBA has seen in its entire history, will be in an exciting race once the league resumes play.

Cabagnot will be in chase of a spot in Top 5 of the all-time assists ladder while Tenorio tries to break into the Top 10.

With a total dole-outs of 205 in 56 games last season, Cabagnot jacked up his career number to 3,314, along the way getting past Philip Cezar (3,130), Ronnie Magsanoc (3,228) and Willie Generalao (3,256) to be at No. 6 in the all-time list.

The SMB chief playmaker is now breathing down Jimmy Alapag's neck.

With an additional one assist in their 94-78 conquest of Magnolia in PBA Season 45 inaugural game, Cabagnot further raised his total which is now just 86 shy of Alapag's mark at No. 5.

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And if Cabagnot, 37, can sustain his playmaking at least through the next three seasons, he can well erase Johnny Abarrientos' haul (3,757) at No. 4.

In the top three are Robert Jaworski (5,825), Ramon Fernandez (5,220) and Dindo Pumaren (4,083).

Meanwhile, Tenorio looms as a threat to Racela's position at No. 10.

With a harvest of 239 last campaign, Tenorio jumped past Bernie Fabiosa (2,853) and Francis Arnaiz (2,938) to be at No. 11.

With a total of 2,950, Tenorio is only 135 away from dislodging Racela.

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The Ginebra backcourt ace is only 35 of age, with a career norm of 4.6 that he matched last year.

Jayson Castro, another backcourt standout who is only 33 years old and with plenty of PBA seasons ahead of him, is at No. 15 with 2,557, less than 90 behind Atoy Co's record at No. 14. (SB)