How could a rookie even before playing a single game in the league become a massive threat to teams racing for the title?
Christian Standhardinger just got the ultimate aura to put everyone in shock even before playing at least a single tournament. So to answer the question raised above, we must get to know this season's rookie who apparently is a huge threat to the league's powerhouses.
Despite being a rookie relative to the PBA, Christian already has the experience particularly internationally. He is a Filipino-German player who has played for some other foreign teams like Nebraska and Hawaii.
He used to play in other lands were much larger guys exist. What made his presence even more alarming is when he joined the Team Gilas Pilipinas and contributed a lot to the team with his iron inside mechanism. Christian's like the Mini Andrei Blatche for Gilas. He could lead the offense despite not being the point guard.
Was it just Standhardinger alone who established this threat?
Well, Standhardinger undeniably has the substance of being a monster player sooner or later in the league but the tension he has unleashed within and beyond the league was practically not by him alone.
His team, the San Miguel Beermen's name plays a relevant role in this shock. We know that the San Miguel Beermen is undefeated in the Philippine Cup. They have the 4-time MVP June Mar Fajardo, a huge guy wherein as time passes, seems that he becomes more and more unstoppable. Even Greg Slaughter, the one who can match the Kraken's size could not get the job done.
With Standhardinger entering a very strong team, which he's not an infamous player with, his intensity fluctuated upward. The title 'twin towers' became more sounding due to matchup against last cup's champion Brgy. Ginebra which is expected to be their toughest opponent.
Standhardinger stunned the league with his presence alone already. We are all waiting for him to unleash his full potential and mix his skills to produce an even stronger and solid SMB Squad.