100 BEST CAREERS IN THE PBA: THE THIRD BATCH (21 to 30)



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Welcome to the third part of the 100 Best Careers in the PBA list. Sorry it took some time but there are a lot of awesome news in the world of Philippine basketball! Like I said in my early blogs, I started from top to bottom because the highest-ranked players in this list are pretty obvious.





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21 JIMMY ALAPAG
THE MIGHTY MOUSE
2003 – present

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:
1x MVP
3x Mythical Five
2x Best Player of the Conference  
2x Finals MVP
Rookie of the Year
1x All-Star MVP
9x All-Star
2,000 Assists
500 3-Points Made
Top 10: Assist Average
Top 10: 3-Point Percentage
5x Season Champion: Total Assists
3x Season Champion: 3-Points Made

RANKED THIS HIGH:
You see, this is what a MVP trophy can do to a player’s worth. I think Alaska trading Alapag for Don Camaso is one of the worst decisions the Aces has ever made. Alaska missed out of a great playmaker that has the ability to knock down a fast break three. Alapag stabilizes Talk N Text whenever he is on the court and most of the time, his great work result in victories. It really helped Alapag’s career that TNT really, REALLY trusts him.

RANKED THIS LOW:
Undoubtedly, Alapag moved up because of his recent MVP win. Before he scored a ton of accolades, Alapag was virtually snubbed especially in the early part of his career. Also, if you look at his achievements, there are a lot of missing awards that he can add in his list like 5,000 points, 1,500 Free Throws Made, and a bunch of All-Star citations and season-leading stats.




22 RONNIE MAGSANOC
POINT LAUREATE
1988 – 2002

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:
1x Mythical Five
3x Mythical Ten
25 Greatest Players of the PBA
7x All-Star
5,000 Points
2,000 Assists
500 Steals
1,000 3-Points Made
Top 10: Assist Average
Top 10: 3-Point Percentage
Top 10: Free Throw Percentage
1x Season Champion: 3-Points Made
2x Season Champion: Total Assists
1x Season Champion: Total Steals

RANKED THIS HIGH:
Magsanoc... three points! Whenever The Point Laureate ignites a booming triple, everybody is at their feet! His stroke is a thing of beauty that in some ways shadow his amazing playmaking qualities. With him and Benjie Paras, Shell became a contender. It was the trio of him, Paras, and Bobby Parks that helped the Turbo Chargers in numerous finals appearances and championships.

RANKED THIS LOW:
Throughout his career he was Benjie Paras’ sidekick. This is not bad and all because in some ways, this is the PBA’s version of Stockton to Malone. However, his career started to fizzle after he was traded to Sta. Lucia for Chris Jackson and Gerry Esplana. He was then traded to Purefoods where he juggled player duties with coaching duties. After he left Shell, he never averaged in double figures in scoring again.




23 JAMES YAP
BIG GAME JAMES
2004 – present

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:
2x MVP
2x Mythical Five
1x Mythical Ten
1x Best Player of the Conference
1x Finals MVP
8x All-Star
5,000 Points
500 3-Points Made
Top 10: Scoring Average
2x Season Champion: Total Points
1x Season Champion: Scoring Average
2x Season Champion: 3-Points Made
1x Season Champion: Free Throws Made
1x Season Champion: 2-Points Made

RANKED THIS HIGH:
Without any doubt, Yap inherited cornerstone status from Purefoods (now B-Meg) poster boy Alvin Patrimonio. The team lives and dies with his thunderous troikas. This early in his career, he has already posted a lot of accolades. As of this writing he has yet to reach 30. If he continues to play at this rate and stays healthy, I can see great things for the sniper from Escalante.

RANKED THIS LOW:
Like I said, Yap can still pad his stats. As long as he is the main scorer of the squad, expect him to rise up and perhaps be in the Top 10-15 range in five years time. With the rate he is playing, he can score 10,000 points, 2,000 free throws, and 1,000 3-points! Hell, I do not doubt the possibility of him potentially earning another MVP award!




24 ATO AGUSTIN
THE ATOM BOMB
2004 – present

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:
1x MVP
3x Mythical Five
1x Mythical Ten
25 Greatest Players of the PBA
Most Improved Player
6x All-Star
5,000 Points
2,000 Free Throws Made
Top 25: Scoring Average
Top 10: Free Throw Percentage

RANKED THIS HIGH:
Playing for Swift in the PABL, Ato Agustin had the unfortunate task of playing behind Samboy Lim when he got drafted eleventh (?) by San Miguel in the 1989 Draft. However, instead of sulking he made it a mission to not get misplaced in Norman Black’s lineup. He was a big time player in his San Miguel days where he became a multiple time Mythical Five member and in 1992, he won the MVP award.

RANKED THIS LOW:
It all started downhill for Agustin when he was traded to Sunkist for Nelson Asaytono. He didn’t fit the Juicers’ system and then he moved to the Metropolitan Basketball Association. The move, while fruitful because he led the Pampanga Dragons to the first MBA title, caused him to miss a lot of achievement awards. When he returned to the PBA via Sta. Lucia and Red Bull, he wasn’t the same player he once was.




25 FREDDIE HUBALDE
1975 – 90

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:
1x MVP
3x Mythical Five
Hall of Fame
25 Greatest Players of the PBA
5,000 Points
2,000 Defensive Rebounds
1,000 Offensive Rebounds
1,500 Free Throws Made

RANKED THIS HIGH:
Freddie Hubalde is one of the best small forwards to strut his stuff in the PBA. In his 16 years, he won 16 titles, most of which came from the Crispa Redmanizers. He played for two grand slam teams and would have won another for Tanduay in 1986 had not for the Billy Ray Bates-led Ginebra. He won MVP honors in 1977. He was a low-key scorer with his patented “dukot” shot and he was a very capable defensive powerhouse with his patented “backtap”.

RANKED THIS LOW:
While Hubalde is a superstar, his stock rose only when Bogs Adornado suffered an almost-career ending injury. He was also an injury prone player especially when his playing career was nearing its end. He also ended his career as a grizzled vet playing in limited minutes for Shell and Ginebra. While most of his contemporaries had at least 10,000 points and 5,000 rebounds, he didn’t which sucks considering he played 16 years in the league.




26 DANNY SEIGLE
DYNAMITE DANNY
1999 – present

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:
3x Mythical Five
1x Mythical Ten
2x Best Player of the Conference 
4x Finals MVP
Rookie of the Year
1x All-Star MVP
5x All-Star
5,000 Points
1,500 Free Throws Made
Top 5: Scoring Average
Top 25: Rebounding Average
Top 25: Free Throw Percentage
3x Season Champion: Total Points
4x Season Champion: Free Throws Made
1x Season Champion: 2-Points Made

RANKED THIS HIGH:
His brother Andy was a center but he was a slasher. That can’t be good for his opponents because he is almost the same height as his bro. Danny Seigle upgraded the shooting guard/small forward spot owned usually by small player that are too offensive-minded to play point guard but too “perimeter” to play power forward. Dubbed The Dynamite, he is a scoring machine. He can hang in the air to unload his rarely blockable, high-arching fadeaway jump shot. He is also a 4-time Finals MVP.

RANKED THIS LOW:
Let’s face it – if Danny Seigle wasn’t always injured, he could have been a two-time MVP right now. While Danny Ildefonso is a hall of famer in his own right, Danny Seigle always led the Beermen in points and was a decent rebounder as well. Ildefonso just filled what Seigle lacked. Because of Seigle’s injuries he missed out a lot of awards and citations. Arguably he is the 2000’s version of the 90’s version of Samboy Lim.




27 KENNETH DUREMDES
CAPTAIN MARBEL
1995 – present

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:
1x MVP
2x Mythical Five
2x Mythical Ten
2x Best Player of the Conference 
2x Finals MVP
25 Greatest Players of the PBA
9x All-Star
5,000 Points
500 3-Points Made
Top 25: Free Throw Percentage

RANKED THIS HIGH:
Because of a then-recent MVP win, Duremdes was named the youngest player to join the 25 Greatest Players of the PBA club. The high-flying Captain Marbel was with the Alaska squad that conquered the league with their numerous championships. In fact he was the MVP when Alaska almost had their second grand slam but they opted to sacrifice the feat to back the 1998 Centennial Squad.  

RANKED THIS LOW:
Kenneth Duremdes is a star but his star shown the brightest under Tim Cone. During his rookie season, he was merely a sub to Vergel Meneses. He was saved in this task when he was sent to Alaska for Dwight Lago. After establishing his stardom, he was suddenly sent to Sta. Lucia for Brandon Cablay. During his stint with Sta. Lucia (eventually to Coca-Cola), Captain Marbel is often injured which led to his first retirement.




28 HECTOR CALMA
THE DIRECTOR
1986 – 94

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:
3x Mythical Five
Hall of Fame
25 Greatest Players of the PBA
Almost played in the 1986 Madrid FIBA World Championship 
3x All-Star
Top 10: Assists Average
Top 25: Free Throw Percentage
1x Season Champion: Total Assists

RANKED THIS HIGH:
Dubbed The Director, Hector Calma is one of the best point guards to ever play for Philippine basketball. Making a name as a Philippine team member (Northern Consolidated Cement), Calma went on to give the San Miguel Beermen a grand slam in 1989. He was hailed by the PBA as the most important player of the 1980’s in their All-Decade Team – joining Caloy Loyzaga, Narciso Bernardo, Robert Jaworski, and Alvin Patrimonio.

RANKED THIS LOW:
Definitely, Calma is a great player. However, he has more accolades playing for the National squad rather than in his actual pro career. Sure, he is a 3-time Mythical Five member but during his nine careers in the league, he could have done more. He was also not a big-time scorer and if you compare his PBA achievements with the other people in this list, his awards could have been more.




29 BONG HAWKINS
THE HAWK
1991 – 2006

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:
2x Mythical Five
2x Mythical Ten
1x Best Player of the Conference 
1x Finals MVP
Most Improved Player
1x All-Defensive Team
4x All-Star
5,000 Points
2,000 Defensive Rebounds
1,000 Offensive Rebounds
500 Steals
1,500 Free Throws Made
Top 25: Rebounding Average
2x Season Champion: Total Defensive Rebounds 
2x Season Champion: Total Offensive Rebounds
3x Season Champion: Total Rebounds
1x Season Champion: 2-Points Made

RANKED THIS HIGH:
The son of a former PBA player, The Hawk is known for his great rebounding ability and his awesome side shot, despite the fact that he isn’t really a big leaper. He played a major role when Alaska dominated the 90’s which was highlighted by a 1996 grand slam. In fact he got his first and only Best Player of the Conference award at the Commissioner’s Cup of that year.

RANKED THIS LOW:
Hawkins, just like Abarrientos and Duremdes, played his best years as an Alaska Milkmen. Sure, he also averaged in double figures with Presto/Sta. Lucia for three seasons but his efforts were recognized as part of this squad. After he was traded out of the Aces (and his comeback leading to his retirement), his averages declined and injuries surfaced. He had two chances to win the MVP award but it was foiled by Patrimonio and Abarrientos.




30 KELLY WILLIAMS
MACHINE GUN
2006 – present

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:
1x MVP
2x Mythical Five
2x Mythical Ten
1x Best Player of the Conference 
Rookie of the Year
1x All-Defensive Team
4x All-Star
3x Season Champion: Total Defensive Rebounds 
1x Season Champion: Total Rebounds

RANKED THIS HIGH:
The high-leaping, slam-dunking Fil-Am was discovered by Chot Reyes. He would then play for Reyes in Talk N Text but before that he was picked first in the 2006 PBA Draft by Sta. Lucia where he electrified the crowds. He was the chief instigator of Sta. Lucia’s success in the 2007-08 PBA Season which gave the team its second and last title and for him a MVP award.

RANKED THIS LOW:
There is nothing bad in his stats right now. At this stage of his career, he is getting the accolades most players do during their tenth year. However, one thing Kelly needs to check is his declining offensive game. Talk N Text is a team full of scoring options that he sometimes gets lost in the shuffle.


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