TBD Draft 2015: Threesome

The english proverb says “Two is company, three is a crowd.”
Obviously, older english dudes would have never said that if they had played basketball.

In case you missed it, Read our:
Introduction of Team Owners
Team Introduction & Rules
First Round Selections
Second Round Selections

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If you love basketball enough, you can really have any amount of players on each team to start playing. But the minimum amount of people on a team that is internationally accepted for competitive play is 3. If you’ve played basketball, at some point you’ll have played 3 on 3. Even some people who have never played basketball might know the concept of 3×3 basketball namely from the online game “Freestyle”.

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So here we are in the 3rd round of the TBF Draft 2015, as our Fantasy teams will round-up their third players.

The “Phuket Krakens” are on the clock and will be announcing their pick now.

With the 9th Overall pick of the 2015 TBF Draft, the Phuket Krakens select…

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“Singh” Chanachon Klahan, Power Forward of the Mono Vampires

KUK: One of the premier power forwards of Thailand. Pairing him up inside with Christian Boddin (8th Overall Pick) will make my front court very bulky inside. It will not be easy to penetrate and score against these two. One of my inside players is a fearless warrior that won’t stop smiling, the other is a tattooed warrior who will scare the smile out of you.
TK: An interesting pairing of the “Bangrajan Warriors” with the “Australian Hunter”. [Editor’s Note: Bangrajan Warriors are historic warriors who Chanachon resembles in looks. Christian Boddin is half Australian.]

KONK: This really packs up the inside presence of that team.
KUK: I had someone else on my mind at first, but his versatility and agility makes a good pairing with “Arm” Nattakarn Meungboon (1st Overall Pick) as well.
KONK: Arm is really in peak form right now. He’s making long-range shots and no one can stop him when he drives inside.
TK: Can you guys just not mention his name anymore? It still hurts that he was taken that early.
KONK: You were going to take him with your first pick?
TK: Sure I was. I expected him to slip past the cracks of the other stars. Do you know how much it hurts that he went in the very first pick?

Chanachon is a versatile, all-around player. He scored 7.06 points per game. Among players who took more than 50 shots in the TBL2014, he is second in TrueShooting% (58%). He’s pretty good from mid-range and can finish around the rim (54.7% on 2P attempts). He also can step out and hit the three-point shot (36.4% on 22 shots). Best of all, he’s an inside player that can hit his free throws (76%). He was the best passer among big men, leading them with 3.13 assists per game. And he could rebound the ball (4.63 rebound per game). But that’s just a scratch of what he is capable of. His defensive numbers are pretty much average, but Chanachon defends with mind games and physicality. Which is suitable for a player who makes it pretty clear that his role model is Dennis Rodman. Chanachon is an agitator and he will get into the head of the opposing team with excessive elbows, flopping, and more than necessary physicality. It was known among ABL fans from the previous season of what Chanachon brought to the Hi-Tech team (where he played before moving to the Vampires) and they personally sent me messages of relief when news of his transfer broke out.

It would certainly be interesting pairing a straight up defender like Christian with someone like Chanachon.

KONK: So do you think the draft is more exciting at the start, in the middle, or near the end?
TK: I think the first few picks of the draft is what’s really exciting, because the top-tier of the talent pool is not that various. In the latter selections, each team will have found their concept and will start drafting in different ways.

The “Khon Kaen Rad Complex” are on the clock and will be announcing their pick now.

With the 10th Overall pick of the 2015 TBF Draft, the Khon Kaen Rad Complex select…

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“Nai” Danai Kongkum, Power Forward of the Nakhon Pathom Madgoats

DAN: Danai is the ultimate warrior. He’s a former Sepak Takraw player that has followed the path of basketball despite massive disapproval. A sneaker good leaper and rebounder and nice efficient inside scorer.
KONK: 😦
TK: Is that the face of disappointment? He just took your guy, didn’t he? I knew he would.
KONK: My plan of matching him with Dave and Yak just fell apart right in front of me.
TK: This is a nice pick for Dan. Both Reuben and Danai are very versatile, but both are very different in terms of personality. This match up feels kind of like the Christian Boddin-Chanachon Klahan that Kuk created.
KUK: I want to see the Christian/Reuben and Chanachon/Danai match ups already
KONK: This Khon Kaen team will run you out of the gym.
DAN: We are going to run and run. And when we can’t run, we’re going to run faster. Run & Gun, Baby.

Danai seems like more of a quiet player, but he lets his game do the talking. When he plays on the main Madgoats squad, he has embraced the role of a fourth or fifth option and done so easily. He was the fourth leader scorer for the Madgoats in the TBL2014 with 8.91 points per game. But when the Madgoats needed him to step up in the Melaca International Basketball Tournament, Danai responded by scoring a team leading 14.3 points per game by hitting shots 55.8% from the floor. He crafty around the basket, with quick footwork, which help to get his relatively slim frame closer to the basket. He has quick hands on defense and can poke the ball out of the hands of slower post players and even some guys on the perimeter as well. You can use him as a big 3 (while lacking a long-range shot) or as a small ball 4 who can really kill the other team on the fast break.

Team him up with Wuttipong Dasom and Kannawat Lertlaokul and you have the fastest trio of all the team assembled right now.

“Thung Kru Team” are on the clock and will be announcing their pick now.

With the 11th Overall pick of the 2015 TBF Draft, Thung Kru Team select…

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“Kanu” Wattana Suttisin, Forward of Hi-Tech

KONK: I have my formidable front court, and now I shall start my back court with a scoring machine who can also play the point as a combo guard when needed.
KUK: Nooooooooooooooooo.
TK: That’s an interesting choice. He’s long and big and has a great nose for scoring.

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TK: Wait, that’s the wrong Kanu.
KONK: I’m going to get at least 15 points and 5 assists per game from him.

Let’s review Konk’s comment there for one second. It seems pretty absurd for a player who could average 15 points to drop this low into the draft right?

Wrong. Kanu averaged 15.17 points per game in his 6 games with Hitech in the TBL last season. That’s amazing all on its own until you consider that he also had just returned from a serious accident that doctors expecting him to be out way more longer than he actually was out for. He also returned in time for the second half of the ABL season and scored 8.43 points per game (2nd among true locals in the league, trailing Wong Wei Long who scored 10.40), which might not seem like a lot until you look at his 22.8 points/40 minutes. That easily puts him first among local players and 9th among ALL  players in the ABL. He scored the most points in a game by locals in that season, going for 26 points at the hostile MABA Stadium against the KL Dragons. He made scoring look so easy, you didn’t realize how much he had until the game ended. And it’s not like he was jacking shots all over the place. Among guys who took a significant amount of shots, Kanu ranked in top 8 among all players in eFG% and TrueShooting%, 51% and 55%, respectively. If he had played for Hi-Tech since the start of the season, I doubt that Wong Wei Long would have won the ASEAN MVP award so easily.

However, Konk’s claim about 5 assists per game might be a little bit farfetched. He only managed 1 assist in the TBL2014 and he averaged only 0.71 assists per game in the ABL.

Is he a ballhog? You don’t call someone who plays the role of a scorer and can score efficiently a ballhog. You call him a damn good scorer.

The “Mahasarakham Bloody Buffaloes” are on the clock and will be announcing their pick now.

With the 12th Overall pick of the 2015 TBF Draft, the Mahasarakham Bloody Buffaloes select…

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“Art” Panurat Chatsiriyingyong, Forward of Thewphaingarm

TK: Here’s my wildcard indie pick. I think he’s someone who’s been overlooked way too often. He’s a great shooter, no worse than the top shooters in Thailand. He’s strong and can drive to the basket to finish as well as being able to post up every now and then. Pair him up on the wing with JO and I have two guys who can switch positions from the 2, 3, and 4 position easily. He recently had a big 30 point game on PEA the other day, so I’m striking while the iron is hot. [Editor’s Note: He also did just completely tear his ACL…so forming a team of him, the chronically injured JO, and a Bas who is recovering from a broken list officially makes this team the most injured team ever.]
KONK: From the recent picks you’ve been making, I feel like you might steal my target next.
DAN: Curse you, TK! He was going to be my shooting guard. Damn youuuuuuu!
KUK: Are you sure about this? Because on some days, he just completely shoots blanks.
TK: At this point of the draft, we’ve got to start swinging for the fences.

Let’s get this face out-of-the-way. Panurat is a shooter. He attempted and made the second most three-pointers per game in the TBL2014 for Thewphaingarm (9.89 attempts and 3.00 makes per game), good for 30.3%.In the Melaca International Basketball Competition 2014, he played for the Madgoats and was among the top shooters of the tournament make 10 of 22 attempts for 45.5%.

But the bigger question is, does he do anything else other than shoot? The numbers don’t say so. He averaged a fair 2 rebounds per game and barely took any shots inside the three-point line. But take it from someone who has had the chance to play with him in college for 3 full years, I feel like it’s more of a matter of the system he plays in. When focused, he can be a destructive force at getting to the basket and drawing fouls. Which leads to the bigger question…

How focused is he? Art has the potential to be one of the best scorers in the league as seen from his scoring bursts every now and then, but we can only wonder why he can’t bring that every game.

In this case, teaming him up with JO (5th Overall Pick) and Bas (4th Overall Pick) might have created one a three-headed three-point shooting monster with two guys capable of playing multiple positions.

Third Round of the TBF Draft 2015

Each team is looking more well-rounded in this round.
The Krakens completes their front court with Chanachon and Christian, but with only Nattakarn in the back court, they are still lacking as a consistent threat from long-range.
Khon Kaen Rad Complex has a point guard, forward, and inside player to be one of the more complete three-man teams at this point even if Danai Kongkum might be a bit undersized. They will run you all over the place anyways.
Thung Kru Team has a huge frontcourt and they compliment that with a high scoring Combo guard in Kanu. His role as a lead guard might still be in question, but this might be the best 3 man line up right now.
The Bloody Buffaloes have a bombarding trio of creative outside shooters, but that’s only because they have no inside players at all. JO and Art can take their turns inside, but it’s not going to be natural for either of them.

Here’s the summary of this round’s picks.

9th Overall Pick, 3rd Round: Chanachon Klahan, Phuket Krakens
10th Overall Pick, 3rd Round: Danai Kongkum, Khon Kaen Rad Complex
11th Overall Pick, 3rd Round: Wattana Suttisin, Thung Kru Team
12th Overall Pick, 3rd Round: Panurat Chatsiriyingyong, Mahasarakham Bloody Buffaloes

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Here is a summary of the previous picks.

1st Overall Pick, 1st Round: Nattakarn Meungboon, Phuket Krakens
2nd Overall Pick, 1st Round: Wuttipong Dason, Khon Kaen Rad Complex
3rd Overall Pick, 1st Round: Sukdave Ghogar, Thung Kru Team
4th Overall Pick, 1st Round: Kannut Samerjai, Mahasarakham Bloody Buffaloes
5th Overall Pick, 2nd Round: Ratdech Kruatiwa, Mahasarakham Bloody Buffaloes
6th Overall Pick, 2nd Round: Chaiwat Kaedum, Thung Kru Team
7th Overall Pick, 2nd Round: Kannawat Lertlaokul, Khon Kaen Rad Complex
8th Overall Pick, 2nd Round: Christian Boddin, Phuket Krakens

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Feel free to share your thoughts.
Does every pick deserve their position?
Who would you have drafted in which slot?
Who do you feel were a bit of a reach?
Share your ideas in the comments section below or at our Facebook page.

Stay tuned for the Fourth Round. The Mahasarakham Bloody Buffaloes are on the clock….

For the Full story, here are is the complete index:

Owner Introduction
Team Introduction & Rules
First Round
Second Round
Third Round
Fourth Round

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