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Who are the imports for the 2022-23 PBA Commissioner's Cup?

Justin Brownlee will return for Barangay Ginebra at the upcoming 2022-23 Commissioner's Cup, which will be his 9th PBA conference. KC Cruz/ESPN5

Following the conclusion of the all-local 2022 PBA Philippine Cup, the imports are back for the second conference of the season -- the 2022-23 PBA Commissioner's Cup.

Six NBA veterans, three PBA returnees and a former Serbian U20 player banner the imports who will see action for the 12 teams and guest outfit Bay Area Dragons, with action set to get underway on Sep. 21.

There was initially a 7th former NBA player in the mix but Rain or Shine Elasto Painters opted to replace former NCAA champion Daniel Ochefu with Steve Taylor Jr. just days before the conference gets underway.

The height limit for this conference is below 6-feet-10.

Here's a rundown of the imports:

Justin Brownlee (Barangay Ginebra)

The Gin Kings' resident import is back for a 9th conference and in search of his 6th PBA title, which would tie him with the Alaska franchise legend Sean Chambers for most all-time among imports.

Brownlee averaged 29.9 points and 11.7 boards in last season's PBA Governors' Cup, where he led Ginebra to another crown.

The team's batting average with Brownlee as import is pretty impressive -- five titles in eight conferences -- but they're only 1-2 in the Commissioner's Cup with him, a trend they hope to break this conference.

Andrew Nicholson (Bay Area Dragons)

Bay Area Dragons of the East Asia Super League will be the first guest team eligible to compete for a PBA championship in 19 years.

While the team has two imports, only one can be used in the Commissioner's Cup -- and that slot goes to NBA veteran Nicholson, who played for the Orlando Magic, Washington Wizards and Brooklyn Nets in five NBA seasons.

Nicholson, who also suited up for St. Bonaventure in the US NCAA, was the 19th overall pick by the Magic in the 2012 NBA draft and saw action in 285 NBA games with an average of 6.0 ppg. He's also played in the Chinese Basketball Association.

"He can do it inside, outside," noted Dragons assistant coach Cholo Villanueva. "But the most important thing, he fits in the system of coach Goorj (Brian Goorjian). Wherever he's needed like hand-offs, pick and pops, the skills needed within the system, he ash those skills."

Cameron Krutwig (Blackwater Bossing)

Krutwig, 23, hasn't played in the NBA yet but was part of the Loyola Chicago Ramblers team that made a run to the Final Four of the 2018 NCAA men's championship.

Krutwig, then a freshman, led the Ramblers with 17 points in their Final Four loss to the Michigan Wolverines. In his four-year career with Loyola Chicago, he averaged 13.7 points and 7.1 rebounds in 134 games. Last year he played professionally in Belgium for Telenet Giants Antwerp.

Bossing coach Ariel Vanguardia told ESPN that Krutwig "fits what we want to accomplish" in the Commissioner's Cup.

Quincy Miller (Converge FiberXers)

The FiberXers will enter their first import conference with a new coach in Aldin Ayo and a veteran internationalist in Quincy Miller, who has played over all the globe in the past ten years.

The 38th overall pick in the 2012 NBA draft, Miller played four seasons in the NBA with the Denver Nuggets, Sacramento Kings and Detroit Pistons. He's also seen action in Serbia, Germany, Israel, Portugal and Uruguay.

"Converge picked Quincy for his athleticism, youth, and competitiveness. We think he will be a terrific fit for the FiberXers," said Converge team governor Chito Salud in a press release.

Nick Rakocevic (Magnolia Hotshots)

Rakocevic is the first import with European lineage in the PBA since Kristofer Acox of Iceland suited up for the Star (now Magnolia) Hotshots in the 2017 Commissioner's Cup.

Although born and educated in the United States, Rakosevic represents Serbia internationally -- as he did at the 2017 FIBA Europe U20 Championship.

He played four seasons for the USC Trojans in the US NCAA and averaged 9.5 points and 6.8 rebounds in 138 games. He first played professionally in the CBA for the Zhejiang Golden Bulls.

Johnny O'Bryant (Meralco Bolts)

O'Bryant was one of the early birds, having arrived in Manila while the Bolts were still playing in the Philippine Cup semifinals.

O'Bryant was picked 36th overall in the 2014 NBA draft by the Milwaukee Bucks and went on to play 147 regular season games for the Bucks, Denver Nuggets and Charlotte Hornets over four seasons. He's a veteran of the European circuit, having played in Israel, Russia, Serbia and Turkey. Most recently he suited up for Wonju DB Promy in the Korean Basketball League.

"He's listed at 6-foot-9 but he's probably closer to 6-8," Bolts coach Norman Black told ESPN. "He's a unique player because, despite his size, he plays both the perimeter and inside, and can get to the basket and post up. He's pretty well-rounded and versatile."

Earl Clark (NLEX Road Warriors)

Perhaps the most veteran of the imports, the 34-year-old Clark has been playing professionally since 2009.

The Phoenix Suns selected him as a lottery pick at 14th overall in the 2009 draft, three spots ahead of Jrue Holiday and 12 ahead of Taj Gibson. He played six seasons in the NBA with the Suns, Magic, Los Angeles Lakers, Cleveland Cavaliers, New York Knicks and Nets. He averaged 4.4 points per game in 261 regular season contests and 3.1ppg in 15 playoff games.

Clark has also played in Korea, Spain, China and Turkey. He began working out with the Road Warriors at the Epsilon Chi gym in UP Diliman on Aug. 27.

Prince Ibeh (NorthPort Batang Pier)

The Batang Pier are bringing back Ibeh, who led the team to a 9-2 record in the 2019 Commissioner's Cup and a second seed in the quarterfinals -- where they blew a twice-to-beat advantage against eventual champions San Miguel Beermen.

Ibeh averaged 13.7 points and 15.9 rebounds in 13 games for NorthPort, shooting 62.5% from the field. The Batang Pier are hoping he's worked on his free throw shooting; he shot a dismal 27.5% in 2019.

Since his first NorthPort stint, Ibeh has taken his act all over the world, playing in Germany, England, Rwanda, Uruguay and Taiwan.

Kaleb Wesson (Phoenix Super LPG)

23-year-old Wesson played three seasons with the Ohio State Buckeyes, averaging 12.9 points in 96 games from 2017 to 2020 before declaring for the NBA draft.

After going undrafted, he suited up for the Santa Cruz Warriors in the 2020-21 NBA G-League season going abroad to play his trade in Belgium and Israel.

Phoenix coach Topex Robinson told ESPN that Wesson arrived in the country on Sep. 1 and was referred by an agent.

Steve Taylor Jr. (Rain or Shine Elasto Painters)

Less than a week before the start of the Commissioner's Cup, the Elasto Painters have made the first import change of the conference -- shipping out Ochefu for Taylor Jr., who figures to offer more offense.

Taylor Jr. played for Marquette and Toledo in college before heading overseas and seeing action in France, Hungary, Turkey and Italy.

He most recently suited up for South East Melbourne Phoenix in Australia's NBL.

Thomas Robinson (San Miguel Beermen)

Robinson carries the most impressive credentials among the 13 imports.

The former Kansas Jayhawk was the Big 12 Player of the Year and the fifth overall pick by the Sacramento Kings in the 2012 NBA draft, one slot ahead of Damian Lillard. He's the highest NBA draft pick to suit up in the PBA since Dennis Hopson, who was picked third overall in the 1987 draft and played for Purefoods (now Magnolia Hotshots) in 1996.

Robinson played five seasons in the NBA with the Kings, Houston Rockets, Portland Trail Blazers, Philadelphia 76ers, Nets and Lakers. All in all, he saw action in 313 NBA regular season games, averaging 4.9 ppg.

He also appeared in 11 playoff games with the Blazers in the 2013-14 season.

Lester Prosper (Terrafirma Dyip)

The Dyip are bringing back Lester Prosper, who averaged 33.6 points and 16.9 rebounds in seven games for the team in the 2019 Commissioner's Cup.

After the Dyip failed to advance to the playoffs, the San Miguel Beermen signed him up for their stint in the EASL's Terrific 12 tournament in Macau. Prosper then took his act to Indonesia, where he was naturalized and even saw action in last year's FIBA World Cup Asian qualifiers in Clark.

He also played in Mexico and most recently in Taiwan before the Dyip came calling once more.

Cameron Oliver (TNT Tropang Giga)

Oliver has played in just six NBA games on two ten-day contracts with the Rockets and Atlanta Hawks over the past two seasons, but he's made the most of the exposure, averaging 11.0 ppg in around 21 minutes.

He's also seen action in the NBA G-League, the Israeli league and the Australian NBL. Oliver wasn't drafted coming out of Nevada in 2017 but signed on with the Rockets' Summer League team the same year. TNT team manager Jojo Lastimosa said his Sean Chambers, his former teammate at the now-defunct Alaska Aces, hooked him up with Oliver.

"He's known Cam since high school since they are both from Sacramento," Lastimosa told ESPN. "Sean has seen his college and even his NBA stints. I just let Chot see his video and he kind of liked what he saw. I was really looking for an import that fits our system and Cam fits very well."