100 BEST CAREERS IN THE PBA: THE EIGHTH BATCH (71 to 80)



Welcome to the eighth part of this series where we count down the best players in the PBA that had the best careers.

If you’re wondering if this list is fabricated... it is not. There are a lot of names in this list that I want to take out because I find them too current, I haven’t seen them play, or a just downright hate them.

But I can’t... 

... because the list is tabulated! 

Before you check out the next batch, again I suggest you to check out the guidelines. This is to calm the violent reactions I expect to unfold.

If you wonder how this system works...


Like I said in my early blogs, I started from top to bottom because the highest-ranked players in this list are pretty obvious.









This will be a long read.

Are you ready for more?

Game starts now!




71 WYNNE ARBOLEDA
THE SNATCHER
2000 – PRESENT

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:
1x Mythical Ten
1x Defensive Player of the Year
4x All-Defensive Team
500 Steals
Top 25: Assists Average
2x Season Champion: Total Steals

RANKED THIS HIGH:
Despite being the team owner’s son-in-law, this former MLQU standout is a feared defender. The former MBA vet is known for his stealing prowess and offensively, he can post up on smaller guards a la Gerry Esplana. And also returning to the son-in-law tag, think is a reason why Arboleda enjoyed success in the PBA. Basically he is the Triple H of the PBA.

RANKED THIS LOW:
He only averaged 1.6 points during his PBA debut with Tanduay. Actually it’s hard to find Wynne this high on the list because he like Gary David, he shone the brightest under Bo Perasol and now both David and Perasol are working alongside elsewhere. Also, he was almost banned from the league after bringing pain to a heckler. By the way, he has been part of the All-Star game. Why is that?




72 CHITO LOYZAGA
THE DYNAMITE
1981 – 93

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:
1x Mythical Ten
4x All-Star
7x All-Defensive Team
5,000 Points
500 Steals
1x Season Champion: Total Steals

RANKED THIS HIGH:
The guy can score a mere two points, two rebounds, and two assists and yet become the game’s best player. Son of former national team standout and perhaps the greatest Philippine basketball player ever Caloy Loyzaga, Chito was known for his scoring as well as his superb import-stopping defense. Donning his trademark #41 jersey and headband, he can play all five positions with ease.

RANKED THIS LOW:
He has been Robert Jaworski’s right hand man since their Toyota days like Francis Arnaiz. But unlike Arnaiz, Chito is a leader more than a scoring provider. He would often settle in playing defense than getting stats and you can blame his selflessness for that. He finished his career with a 9.3 scoring average and 4.4 assist average. I believe he could have done more if he was more assertive to do more.




73 MICK PENNISI
THE SLICK
2000 – PRESENT

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:
1x All-Star MVP
2x All-Star
2,000 Defensive Rebounds
500 3-Points Made
Top 10: 3-Point Percentage

RANKED THIS HIGH:
The 6’9 sniper was an asset to Yeng Guiao’s Red Bull because he knows when to hit the big shots. Additionally, Mick will never back down from a fight. He was actually the last key Red Bull star to leave the team when financial woes begun to set in. He has one of the best three-point percentages in the history of the league and that ability has garnered him numerous nominations to the national squad.

RANKED THIS LOW:
Mick doesn’t really use a post-game to score and that’s disappointing because he has height. Also, when the Red Bull core was being replaced by bench warmers during the late 2000’s, instead of raising his scoring average, his points begun to decrease. In the brink of retirement, the Slickster never really became a big-time scorer. Basically he is a better version of Mike Hrabak.




74 MARC PINGRIS
PING
2004 – PRESENT

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:
1x Mythical Ten
1x Finals MVP
1x All-Star MVP
4x All-Star
1x Defensive Player of the Year
4x All-Defensive Team
Most Improved Player
Top 25: Rebounding Average
1x Season Champion: Total Offensive Rebounds
1x Season Champion: Total Rebounds
1x Season Champion: Total Blocks

RANKED THIS HIGH:
He reminds me of a more successful version of Yves Dignadice. He is a bundle of energy that specializes in scouring rebounds. He is also known for his shackling defense. Since playing for Purefoods/B-MEG, he has become an asset in their surge for supremacy. Whenever the situation arises, he will do well, just like when he became the Finals MVP of the 2005-06 Philippine Cup.

RANKED THIS LOW:
He is still relatively young and can still go. He needs to come out of the shadows of James Yap and Kerby Raymundo because he has the tools to level up with his performances. He scored in double figures for the first time in the 2010-11 season because Raymundo was injured so that means he is capable of such feat. Also, he needs to stay healthy since he is frequently injured.




75 REY EVANGELISTA
1994 – 2008

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:
1x Mythical Ten
1x Best Player of the Conference
5x All-Star
3x All-Defensive Team
2,000 Defensive Rebounds
1,000 Offensive Rebounds
Top 25: Rebounding Average

RANKED THIS HIGH:
His hustle on the floor and defensive presence are the key arsenals of his productive PBA career. He is a rebounding demon who knows how to work his magic in the land of giants. His best PBA season could pretty be the 2002 PBA season where during that year’s Governor’s Cup, he was named the Conference’s Best Player.

RANKED THIS LOW:
To begin with, he was not athletic and he was too slow to be a small forward and too small to be a power forward. If not for his hard work, dedication, high basketball IQ and craftiness, the 1994 Draft’s second pick overall could have been a bust. His outputs slowed down when Ryan Gregorio became coach and insisted to use guys like James Yap and Kerby Raymundo instead of him.




76 DON ALLADO
THE DON
1999 – PRESENT

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:
1x Mythical Five
1x Mythical Ten
3x All-Star
2,000 Defensive Rebounds

RANKED THIS HIGH:
Joining Alaska at the middle of the 1999 PBA season to finish his commitments with DLSU, this big-time athlete slowly became Alaska’s focal point in the middle. When the 1996 Grand Slam roster were slowly getting eased out, he became one of Tim Cone’s main guys. It is with the Aces where he will get a bunch of awards and contest the fact that he is one force to be reckoned with.

RANKED THIS LOW:
Allado only average 10 points or more twice in his career – one was in 2003 and the other is in the 2005-06 season. After Allado was traded to TNT for Willie Miller, his career began to sag. He bounced from team to team and it didn’t take long to figure out that Allado’s starting days are over. It’s a shame really since he had the tools to become successful.




77 NOY CASTILLO
THE GOLDEN BOY
1998 – 2008

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:
1x Mythical Ten
3x All-Star
Most Improved Player
500 3-Points Made
Top 10: 3-Point Percentage
1x Season Champion: 3-Points Made

RANKED THIS HIGH:
One of the league’s finest gunners, he strut his wares initially at Shell but then moved on to Purefoods. As a Turbo Charger, he shot the lights out of his opponents but as a TJ Hotdog, his outside sniping became tools for ascension to championship glory. At one point in his career he averaged 17.4 points in one season.

RANKED THIS LOW:
The problem with Castillo is after his breakout year that earned him a Mythical spot, he missed a ton of games due to injury. During his final season, he was bumped off from his spot by Roger Yap and then-Hotdog Chico Lanete. The entry of James Yap and the emergence of Peter June Simon also did not help his cause. He was a forgotten man when he retired.




78 ALEX CABAGNOT
CRUNCH TIME
2005 – PRESENT

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:
1x PBA All-Star
Top 10: Assists Average
1x Season Champion: Total Assists

RANKED THIS HIGH:
For the guys checking this out, Cabagnot is a late addition. Alex Cabagnot is slowly becoming one of the most popular guards in the PBA. He started in the league with a rivalry with Mark Caguioa but in reality, his position prompts him to go mano y mano with Jayjay Helterbrand. He can orchestrate the ball well and he can deliver the crucial baskets to seal the fates of their opponents. He proved to be the right guard to replace Olsen Racela in the Petron/SMB lineup.

RANKED THIS LOW:
Cabagnot’s high assists average will give him a fast rise to accomplish 2,000 assists and maybe he’ll end his career with 5,000 points. However, he needs to claim a seat in the Mythical spot. I don’t if what’s keeping him was his once intolerable attitude that pissed Buddy Encarnado when he was still with Sta. Lucia but the only way he will score such feat is by taking Petron to numerous finals appearances.




79 VINCE HIZON
THE PRINCE
1994 – 2003

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:
1x Mythical Five
2x All-Star
Top 10: 3-Point Percentage

RANKED THIS HIGH:
The Prince in his prime was one of the league’s best outside shooters. Picked by Purefoods, he was traded to Ginebra and after that, he became Coach Robert Jaworski’s chief gunner. Whenever he hits a three, the commentators would exclaim “Hizon Fire” which is a take from “He’s On Fire”! He played a major role in the rise of Ginebra in the late 90’s because of his scoring. With his looks and his playing style he can probably be the 90’s version of Francis Arnaiz.  

RANKED THIS LOW:
Let’s face it – he had a good thing going for himself until he moved to the MBA. Vince was doing hosting chores for Sports Unlimited which paved the way for his entry to the IloIlo Megavoltz – automatically making him the poster boy of the league. Unfortunately for him, MBA went bankrupt and when he returned to the PBA via Red Bull, Yeng Guiao was only giving him sporadic minutes. Maybe it’s right to say that Jawo was responsible for his success in the league.




80 PIDO JARENCIO
THE FIREMAN
1986 – 2001

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:
3x All-Star
Most Improved Player
5,000 Points
500 3-Points Made
Top 25: Free Throw Percentage
Top 25: 3-Point Percentage

RANKED THIS HIGH:
During the pre-Marlou, post-Chito Loyzaga phase of Ginebra in the early 90’s, the Kings were perennial cellar dwellers. Jarencio used this to pad his stats. All of a sudden, he returned to the offensive powerhouse that he once was back in UST. When Marlou and the others came in, he was a key contributor and it resulted to success.

RANKED THIS LOW:
In his 16 seasons in the league, there were at least three or four seasons he could have lived without. He was a journeyman during his stints with San Miguel, Presto, Purefoods, and Swift before getting big time recognition for his work in Ginebra. Like Popeye is with his spinach, it would have been better for his career if all the PBA games were played in his self-proclaimed home turf, the Araneta Coliseum.


If you enjoyed what you saw, well good for you.

I will again repeat that this is a best careers list – which basically means the popular players doesn’t really mean that they will be ranked high on the list.

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