100 BEST CAREERS IN THE PBA: THE MYTHICAL TEN (1 to 10)



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This will be a long read. It is so long that I’m not going to start in the end. Fact is, I think everyone knows who will be on top of the list so the question that surrounds this list is how your favorite players will rank.

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This is why I did not write about the “100 Greatest Players of the PBA” list but a “100 Best Careers in the PBA” list. With the stats... and the trophies they annexed through the years, you will find out why your bet ended up in that rank.

Game starts now.




1 RAMON FERNANDEZ
EL PRESIDENTE
1975 – 94

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:
4x MVP
13x Mythical Five
3x Mythical Ten
Hall of Fame
Played in the 1974 Puerto Rico FIBA World Championship 
25 Greatest Players of the PBA
4x All-Star
15,000 Points
5,000 Defensive Rebounds
2,000 Offensive Rebounds
2,000 Assists
1,000 Steals
1,000 Blocks
1,000 Games Played
2,000 Free Throws Made
Top 10: Scoring Average
Top 10: Rebounding Average
Top 10: Assist Average
Top 25: Free Throw Percentage
1x Season Champion: Total Points
2x Season Champion: Scoring Average
2x Season Champion: Free Throws Made
6x Season Champion: Defensive Rebounds
5x Season Champion: Total Rebounds
2x Season Champion: Total Assists
2x Season Champion: Total Steals
3x Season Champion: Total Blocks
2x Season Champion: 2-Points Made

RANKED THIS HIGH:
The words you just browsed are not El Presidente’s to-do-list. Those stats are real and seriously hard to break. One of Fernandez’ best attributes is his ability to win. Aside from his grand slam run with San Miguel at the tailend of his career, Don Ramon played for the legendary Toyota squad. He also played for Beerhausen which in some ways ended up as the Purefoods Hotdogs. His hook shot is a shot filled with brilliance and his ability to play multiple positions despite having the size of a center makes him an asset to any team he plays.

RANKED THIS LOW:
Wow. Is the number one spot low? Anyway, the only problem I can ever see with Fernandez’ career is that he stayed too long which eventually lowered his scoring and rebounding average. Nonetheless any PBA player would kill to have his career.




2 ALVIN PATRIMONIO
THE CAPTAIN
1988 – 2005

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:
4x MVP
10x Mythical Five
1x Mythical Ten
3x Best Player of the Conference
1x Finals MVP
Hall of Fame
25 Greatest Players of the PBA
1x All-Star MVP
12x All-Star
15,000 Points
2,000 Defensive Rebounds
1,000 Offensive Rebounds
1,000 Assists
500 Blocks
2,000 Free Throws Made
Top 10: Scoring Average
Top 10: 3-Point Percentage
Top 10: Free Throw Percentage
Top 25: Rebounding Average
1x Season Champion: Total Points
3x Season Champion: Scoring Average
4x Season Champion: Free Throws Made
3x Season Champion: Defensive Rebounds
3x Season Champion: 2-Points Made

RANKED THIS HIGH:
There is truth in the saying that great things can happen if you stay loyal. The Captain for 17 years is the anchor of the Purefoods franchise. He was charismatic and he was a player that can either pound his way to the basket or all of a sudden unleash a wicked triple. Patrimonio is a 4-time MVP that almost broke Ramon Fernandez’ record for most MVP titles! He was a sought after reinforcements for PBA-sponsored international tilts and he ranks arguably second to Sonny Jaworski in terms of being the foremost PBA ambassador.

RANKED THIS LOW:
He had a dominating career. The problem with Patrimonio is that he stood under 6’5. When the Fil-Ams entered the scene, he couldn’t go inside so he had to adapt and play the small forward position. While he had an accurate three-point shot, his rebounding stats faltered. Also, he was often a forgotten man at the Purefoods’ bench when Ryan Gregorio started coaching the squad since Gregorio leaned more on the young guys rather than opting for the veterans.




3 WILLIAM ADORNADO
BOGS
1975 – 87 

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:
3x MVP
7x Mythical Five
1x Mythical Ten
Hall of Fame
Played in the 1972 Munich Olympics
Played in the 1974 Puerto Rico FIBA World Championship 
25 Greatest Players of the PBA
10,000 Points
2,000 Free Throws Made
Top 5: Scoring Average
Top 10: Free Throw Percentage
3x Season Champion: Total Points
5x Season Champion: Scoring Average
4x Season Champion: Free Throws Made
4x Season Champion: 2-Points Made

RANKED THIS HIGH:
Part of the Crispa Redmanizers’ first grand slam, Adornado is also the league’s first MVP winner and the first back-to-back MVP winner. Bogs epitomized what a scorer should be. He shoots long balls even before the three-point line was suggested and he never attempted a shot he didn’t like. During his days with the U-Tex Wranglers, Adornado scored 64 points. There are only five “real” locals (since Chip Engelland is an American playing for Northern Consolidated Cement) to score 60 points and more in the history of the league. 

RANKED THIS LOW:
Adornado was a scorer. He has a high-octane ability to fire at will but arguably shooting is his only bread and butter. In his 13 seasons in the league, he was never a great rebounder and he was never really a great facilitator either. He was also injury prone. He almost retired towards the end of the 1970's when he suffered a near-career ending injury. That is why he had those big and bulky pads to protect his knee.




4 ABET GUIDABEN
THE PIONEER
1975 – 95

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:
2x MVP
5x Mythical Five
Hall of Fame
Played in the 1974 Puerto Rico FIBA World Championship 
25 Greatest Players of the PBA
3x All-Star
15,000 Points
5,000 Defensive Rebounds
2,000 Offensive Rebounds
1,000 Assists
500 Blocks
1,000 Games Played
2,000 Free Throws Made
Top 10: Rebounding Average
Top 25: Scoring Average
Top 25: Free Throw Percentage
1x Season Champion: Total Points
1x Season Champion: Free Throws Made
6x Season Champion: Defensive Rebounds
2x Season Champion: Offensive Rebounds
5x Season Champion: Total Rebounds
2x Season Champion: 2-Points Made

RANKED THIS HIGH:
If there was one guy that can go one-on-one with Ramon Fernandez, then look no further. Fernandez may rank higher against Guidaben when it comes to awards but when the clash, The Pioneer will never back down in one-upping his counterpart. Abet Guidaben made his PBA debut with Crispa and it resulted with him winning two grand slams and a MVP award. But the buck doesn’t stop there for Abet who claimed his second MVP plum playing for the San Miguel Beer. Guidaben’s long career spanned for 21 seasons with stops with Tanduay, Manila Beer, San Miguel, Purefoods, Pepsi, Alaska, and Shell.    

RANKED THIS LOW:
Guidaben’s career peaked during the late 70’s and the in the 80’s. At first he played a Poch Juinio-type role for his more talented Crispa teammates. When injuries happened and when Adornado played elsewhere, he was given a chance to succeed. Crispa is also a significant team for Guidaben because this was the squad that gave him his longest tenure. Guidaben was a journeyman throughout his career. Guidaben was traded twice for Fernandez and one of those trades happened a year before his then-team San Miguel won a grand slam... which could have made him the only player to win three grand slam titles.




5 ROBERT JAWORSKI
THE LIVING LEGEND
1975 – 98  

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:
1x MVP
3x Mythical Five
2x Mythical Ten 
Hall of Fame
Played in the 1968 Mexico Olympics
Played in the 1974 Puerto Rico FIBA World Championship 
25 Greatest Players of the PBA
4x All-Star
2x All-Defensive Team
10,000 Points
2,000 Defensive Rebounds
1,000 Offensive Rebounds
2,000 Assists
500 Blocks
500 3-Points Made
2,000 Free Throws Made
Top 10: Assists Average
1x Season Champion: Total Points
4x Season Champion: 3-Points Made
2x Season Champion: Defensive Rebounds
1x Season Champion: Offensive Rebounds
2x Season Champion: Total Rebounds
6x Season Champion: Total Assists
1x Season Champion: 2-Points Made

RANKED THIS HIGH:
When you say PBA, you’ll probably think of The Big J. Jaworski is the most popular PBA player of all-time whether or not people love him or hate him. So let’s skip the popularity shtick and let’s go down to the nitty-gritty. Jaworski is probably the yardstick of what a defensive guard should look like. He can rebound, he can steal, and while his tactics might be unpopular to some, he was effective in his role. He was also a great scorer from the outside and he could have been an all-time leader in 3-Points made if the shot was introduced in 1975. And let’s not forget that he is a former MVP.

RANKED THIS LOW:
He was a one-time MVP but what if he didn’t share scoring and leadership duties with Ramon Fernandez in Toyota? Jaworski despite his size was a great all-around player and maybe he could have done a lot more. Also he was the person that introduced the playing coach role in the league but often it was a curse rather than a blessing. While he was a great coach, he’ll rather coach at times than play. There were instances where he’ll play for less than seconds so that the ball can be inbounded well. He could have also played 1,000 games if he didn’t play and coach in the same time.




6 ALLAN CAIDIC
THE TRIGGERMAN
1987 – 99 

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:
1x MVP
3x Mythical Five
2x Mythical Ten 
1x Best Player of the Conference
Rookie of the Year
Hall of Fame 
Should have played for the 1986 Madrid FIBA World Championship 
25 Greatest Players of the PBA
1x All-Star MVP
8x All-Star
10,000 Points
1,000 3-Points Made
1,000 Free Throws Made
Top 5: Scoring Average
Top 10: 3-Point Percentage
Top 10: Free Throw Percentage
3x Season Champion: Total Points
5x Season Champion: Scoring Average
7x Season Champion: 3-Points Made

RANKED THIS HIGH:
Throughout his career, he was feared locally and internationally. He had the privilege to play with the pioneers and play with the new blood. He is almost automatic at the 3-point area and he can torch the net when he gets hot! His 79-point, 17 3-points made game is still on top of the league’s records. He was a 5-time season scoring champion and he had his niche in every scoring record there is.

RANKED THIS LOW:
As great a scorer The Triggerman was, he rarely had a great rebounding or assist game. One can argue that he just waits for the ball to come to him so he could fire away, which is not the same with Larry Bird because Larry Legend had great rebounds and assist stats. He was also injury prone in the latter part of his career although it was momentarily saved when he joined the Centennial Dream Team. He also tried his hand in coaching which in some ways was the reason why he was unceremoniously retired.  




7 BENJIE PARAS
THE TOWER OF POWER
1989 – 2003

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:
2x MVP
5x Mythical Five
3x Mythical Ten 
1x Best Player of the Conference
1x Finals MVP
Rookie of the Year
25 Greatest Players of the PBA
2x All-Star MVP
8x All-Star
10,000 Points
2,000 Defensive Rebounds
1,000 Offensive Rebounds
1,000 Blocks
1,500 Free Throws Made
Top 10: Scoring Average
Top 25: Rebounding Average
1x Season Champion: Total Points
1x Season Champion: Free Throws Made 
1x Season Champion: Defensive Rebounds
1x Season Champion: Offensive Rebounds
2x Season Champion: Total Rebounds
4x Season Champion: Total Blocks
3x Season Champion: 2-Points Made

RANKED THIS HIGH:
He is the league’s only Rookie MVP. He is called the Tower of Power because he dominated the paint during his 15 years in the PBA. The face of the franchise, Paras is explosive on the inside and can penetrate from the outside to make a vicious slam. He has one half of Shell’s awesome twosome and with Ronnie Magsanoc in his side Shell won a bunch of championships. As he aged, he game matured. He developed an awesome mid-range set shot that is superiorly accurate. That shot reminds me of Chris Webber.

RANKED THIS LOW:
Benjie Paras might be the Tower of Power but he was often injured in the course of his career. This is why it came as a shock that he won his second MVP award after winning his first ten years ago. In his last four years in the league, he was only good for 56 games. He almost didn’t reach 2000 because of this injury. He retired in 2002 because of injuries but returned for a couple of games playing for San Miguel.




8 PHILIP CEZAR
THE SCHOLAR
1975 – 1991

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:
1x MVP
7x Mythical Five
2x Mythical Ten 
Hall of Fame
25 Greatest Players of the PBA
4x All-Defensive Team
2x All-Star
10,000 Points
2,000 Defensive Rebounds
1,000 Offensive Rebounds
1,000 Assists
1,000 Blocks
500 Steals
2,000 Free Throws Made
Top 25: Rebounding Average
1x Season Champion: Total Blocks

RANKED THIS HIGH:
He is the league’s Original Tapal King. The guy has the knack to score (he has a decent mid-range jumper), rebound, and defend. He gained two grand slam stints playing for the Crispa Redmanizers and is a proven champion. When the league was young, a mythical selection wouldn’t be complete without his name at the power forward spot. Arguably he is one of the best forwards to play in the PBA.  

RANKED THIS LOW:
Unlike some of his contemporaries, Cezar never really had a chance to represent the Philippines in international tilts. Also, if you check out the names ahead of him, Cezar never really became a statistical champ in his years with the league. It also didn’t help his cause that he had to share the spotlight with five other top guys in the Crispa Redmanizers roster.




9 ATOY CO
THE FORTUNE COOKIE
1975 – 1988

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:
1x MVP
9x Mythical Five
Hall of Fame
25 Greatest Players of the PBA
10,000 Points
1,000 Assists
1,500 Free Throws Made
Top 10: Scoring Average
Top 25: 3-Point Percentage
Top 25: Free Throw Percentage
4x Season Champion: Total Points
1x Season Champion: Scoring Average
2x Season Champion: 3-Points Made
3x Season Champion: 2-Points Made

RANKED THIS HIGH:
Fortunato “Atoy” Co Jr. was one of the best scorers the league has ever seen. A former MVP, he was part of the Mythical Five for nine straight seasons. He was also the first player to hit 5,000 and 10,000 points. Co was of course a vital part of the legendary Crispa Redmanizers and he has a career scoring average of 17.3 points per game.

RANKED THIS LOW:
Just like Cezar, Co never represented the country in world tilts. With a fate almost identical with The Scholar, he and five other Crispa stars had to share the spotlight. Because of the talent overload in the 10er (Atoy also had to contend with this with Great Taste), Co was relegated mainly on scoring chores which is why his other main stats aren’t that highlighted.




10 RICKY BROWN  
THE QUICK BROWN FOX
1983 – 1990

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:
1x MVP
5x Mythical Five
1x Mythical Ten
Rookie of the Year
Hall of Fame
25 Greatest Players of the PBA
5,000 Points
1,000 Assists
Top 5: Scoring Average
Top 10: Assists
Top 10: Free Throw Percentage
2x Season Champion: Total Points
3x Season Champion: Scoring Average
1x Season Champion: 3-Points Made
2x Season Champion: Free Throws Made
2x Season Champion: Total Assists
1x Season Champion: 2-Points Made

RANKED THIS HIGH:
Ricardo Brown is one of the best players to hit the scene. He was the first Fil-Am to win the MVP in 1985. He had an all-around game with a great knack to score. He was also a great playmaker and also a pretty annoying defender. Playing for Great Taste and San Miguel, Brown’s 23.1 points currently stand as first in the all-time scoring average list.

RANKED THIS LOW:
He had monster stats. Unlike Willie Pearson, Ricky Brown had a great career going throughout his run. Unfortunately his PBA stint is a bit short. Ever imagined if he played more than eight years in the PBA? One reason why his tenure was cut short was because of an injury. This injury robbed him of playing prominently in the 1989 San Miguel grand slam.


So I just made you see the first ten names on my list. Obviously, these names are obviously going to score a top spot showing.

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