Former Milwaukee Bucks second-round pick player Johnny O’Bryant will suit up as a Meralco Bolts import in the upcoming 2022 PBA Commissioner’s Cup.
The 2022 PBA Philippine Cup is still far from over and still in its semi-finals round yet the Bolts are already busy preparing for the second conference. Maybe part of that preparation is to introduce their newly hired import who are the top threats in the local league.
Meralco currently fighting for a Finals berth against the much improve San Miguel Beermen in the semis and that could be a good thing as O’Bryant will have a glimpse of his Filipino counterpart competing domination inside the post. That player is no other than SMB’s June Mar Fajardo.
As mentioned, Johnny O’Bryant was a 2014 second-round choice of the Milwaukee Bucks the same year that brought Andrew Wiggins, Zach Lavine, and Joel Embiid into the NBA. The former LSU Tigers stands at 6’9, weighs 257 lbs, and is still young at 29 years old. He played two seasons with the Bucks where he logged 3 points and 2.7 rebounds in his final year.
He then moved to Denver Nuggets and Charlotte Hornets in his two last seasons where his best career average in a single year was with the Hornets where he logged 4.8 points with 2.6 rebounds in 36 outings.
After four seasons in the NBA, he took his talents global where he joined several teams in Euroleague and in Asia. His most recent stint was in Korean Basketball League where he played for Wonju DB Promy. He helped his Asian squad with his 10.4 points and 7.1 boards per outing.
By looking at the above highlights, O’Bryant is a double threat as he can shoot not only in the mid-range but even beyond the three-point-arc. Looks like the Bolts wanted to bring a player like Tony Bishop where they see success in last year’s Governors’ Cup.