Gilas Pilipinas: Asi Taulava

One of the most popular and most efficient players in Philippine basketball, Asi Taulava made his return to international action for the first time in 4 years with Gilas 3.0.

Still one of the most reliable big men in the country despite being 42 years old, Taulava averaged 13.9 points, 9.9 rebounds, and 1.9 assists a game last PBA season with the NLEX Road Warriors - clear signs that he’s fought off Father Time.

With reigning PBA MVP June Mar Fajardo sidelined, the responsibility falls on Taulava to back-up naturalized Filipino Andray Blatche and bang bodies with the towering players of Iran, China, and other nations.

Taulava, known as “The Rock,” will also serve as a vocal leader of the team in the locker room and its enforcer on the court. 

The former PBA MVP can provide points in the paint off the bench. Though no longer the rim protector he once was, his strength in the interior will make opposing big men work for every point. –