100 BEST CAREERS IN THE PBA THE FIFTH BATCH (41 to 50)



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Welcome to the fifth part of the 100 Best Careers in the PBA list. It is a long and pretty much mind-numbing attempt to make people check out my site more often. Yes, I am an attention whore. 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.

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Game starts now!




41 MANNY PANER
1975 – 86 

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:
1x Mythical Five
Hall of Fame
25 Greatest Players of the PBA
Played in the 1972 Munich Olympics
Played in the 1974 FIBA World Championships
5,000 Points
1,000 Offensive Rebounds
Top 25: Rebounding Average
1x Season Champion: Total Defensive Rebounds
3x Season Champion: Total Offensive Rebounds
1x Season Champion: Total Rebounds

RANKED THIS HIGH:
Paner is known as a monster inside the paint. Basically he is Dennis Espino and Jun Limpot during the Pioneer Era. He will terrorize opponents by owning the boards and convince people to get wary at his extremely accurate hook shot. He is a Hall of Famer and was part of the last team to represent the country in worldwide tourney.

RANKED THIS LOW:
Despite his accolades Paner never really had a meaty PBA career. Sure he carved his niche but he only had one Mythical selection in his entire career. Blame this on his injuries and the fact that the San Miguel franchise is not the strong franchise it is now. He could have been a MVP if he just played for top-tier squads.




42 DENNIS ESPINO
THE MENACE
1995 – present

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:
2x Mythical Five
1x Finals MVP
1x Defensive Player of the Year
1x All-Defensive Team
7x All-Star
5,000 Points
2,000 Defensive Rebounds
1,000 Offensive Rebounds
2,000 Free Throws Made
Top 25: Rebounding Average
1x Season Champion: Total Defensive Rebounds
3x Season Champion: Total Offensive Rebounds
1x Season Champion: Total Rebounds

RANKED THIS HIGH:
He basically is the Manny Paner of his generation. He can muscle his way inside the lane and is not afraid to bang bodies against the imports and the Fil-Ams. While he is mainly a defensive player, for a decade he averaged in double figures. Until Sta. Lucia’s closure he is the Realtors’ poster boy and he led the “devotees” to a couple of championships.

RANKED THIS LOW:
Dennis Espino is powerful inside the shaded area but throughout his PBA career he was part of a twin tower combo (Jun Limpot, Marlou Aquino, and Kelly Williams). Aside from his twin titles, Sta. Lucia had seasons where they played one of the fewest games because they can’t get past the quarterfinals. Also for the last four or five seasons, his playing time and dominance had decreased.




43 ALI PEEK
MAN MOUNTAIN
1998 – present

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:
1x Mythical Five
1x Mythical Ten
1x Best Player of the Conference
4x All-Star
5,000 Points
2,000 Defensive Rebounds
1,000 Offensive Rebounds
500 Blocks
Top 10: Rebounding Average

RANKED THIS HIGH:
This mammoth force is a not an easy target on the shaded lane. He parks himself in the paint like an immovable object and it will hurt once you engage with him on a rebounding battle. He is also a big time blocker which is divine since he can’t hardly expect a guy that looks like a bulldozer could leap and swat shots. His best scoring years were when he played a couple of seasons with Alaska.

RANKED THIS LOW:
Peek can lead a team contrary to what people think. Like I said, he was the main man during his stint in Alaska. Unfortunately, he failed to give a championship to the squad. Since then Peek is more of a vital ingredient off the bench for title-hungry squads. He got the second lease in his career when he got out of second-string hell to got a Mythical Ten spot for the TNT Tropang Texters.




44 JUN LIMPOT
THE REAL DEAL
1993 – 2007

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:
2x Mythical Ten
Rookie of the Year
1x All-Defensive Team
8x All-Star
5,000 Points
2,000 Defensive Rebounds
2,000 Free Throws Made
Top 25: Scoring Average
Top 25: Free Throw Percentage
1x Season Champion: Scoring Average

RANKED THIS HIGH:
The guy is definitely a marquee name. When he was selected top pick in the 1993 Draft by the Sta. Lucia Realtors, he was instantly named as the team’s savior. He had a superb inside game and as the seasons progressed, he fine-tuned a very dependable jump shot. He went on to play for Ginebra before hanging his boots with the Purefoods TJ Giants.

RANKED THIS LOW:
Limpot’s career is tainted on the sole fact that it took a long time for him to win a championship. When he won a title, he was already past his prime and is a benchwarmer. Sta. Lucia won its first title the year he was traded to Ginebra and the Kings had the same fate when they dealt him to Purefoods. And then there is the issue of him being soft and is afraid to muscle people in the paint. These factors could have been vital as to why he failed to win the more important awards.




45 LIM ENG BENG
1975 – 86

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:
1x Mythical Five
25 Greatest Players of the PBA
5,000 Points
1,500 Free Throws Made
Top 25: Scoring Average
Top 25: Free Throw Percentage
3x Season Champion: Free Throws Made

RANKED THIS HIGH:
Lim Eng Beng was one of the best players in the history of the NCAA. In fact, the La Salle alumni respect his accomplishments that they retired his #14 jersey. Fortunately for Lim he carried his talents to the pro level with gusto. In a time where Crispa and Toyota players rule the individual and team feats, he snagged a Mythical five selection.  

RANKED THIS LOW:
Lim Eng Beng, despite his skills, failed to claim one thing that ended up ruining his chances further cement his legacy in the PBA. He was a superstar journeyman in his twelve seasons in the league. He strut his wares to six teams and it didn’t help that injuries slowed him down. He then brought his game down to the PABL in 1988 as the player-coach of Agfa until 1990. Had played from one or two teams that took care of his career, who knows what he could have had accomplish.




46 BERNIE FABIOSA
THE SULTAN OF SWIPE
1975 – 91

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:
1x Mythical Ten
25 Greatest Players of the PBA
5,000 Points
2,000 Assists
1,000 Steals
Top 25: Assists Average
Top 25: Free Throw Percentage
1x Season Champion: Total Assists
7x Season Champion: Total Steals

RANKED THIS HIGH:
Only one man could facilitate a team spearheaded by five potential Hall of Famers. Fabiosa is an excellent playmaker packed with intelligence, craftiness, and defensive prowess. If there was an All-Defensive Team at the peak of his career then he would have been a perennial member. Fabiosa is a seven-time season steals champ!  

RANKED THIS LOW:
Fabiosa’s Hall of Fame stint gets derailed always because fact is – he is the “weakest” member of the Crispa superstar core. He can’t be a scoring threat with Bogs Adornado, Atoy Co, and Freddie Hubalde at the wings and he gives up the rebounding chores to Abet Guidaben and Philip Cezar. And as for assists, his numbers could have been more but since Baby Dalupan’s plays require the team to swing the ball makes it difficult for him to score those dimes.




47 YOYOY VILLAMIN
THE BICOLANO SUPERMAN
1981 – 98

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:
1x Mythical Five
3x Mythical Ten
Most Improved Player
3x All-Star
7x All-Defensive Team
5,000 Points
2,000 Defensive Rebounds
1,000 Offensive Rebounds
500 Blocks  
1x Season Champion: Total Defensive Rebounds
1x Season Champion: Total Offensive Rebounds

RANKED THIS HIGH:
Elpidio “Yoyoy” Villamin is a very, VERY big time power forward during the 80’s and late 90’s. This is why he is called “The Bicolano Superman”. He can score at will, rebound without fear, and swat shots. He enjoyed the best time of his career while playing for Hills Bros/Alaska where alongside Ricky Relosa formed the Bruise Brothers.

RANKED THIS LOW:
It was said that Yoyoy Villamin was the more deserving player to win MVP honors in the year Abet Guidaben won the plum in 1987. Despite the accolades he got, it’s hard to batch Villamin from the pioneers and the late 80’s wonder bunch. He spent a lot of his prime injured and he played his last years as a benchwarmer that greatly messed up his averages.




48 JAY WASHINGTON
J-WASH
2005 – 10

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:
3x Mythical Five
1x Mythical Ten
2x Best Player of the Conference
2x All-Star

RANKED THIS HIGH:
A steady dose of J-Wash for the years to come will certainly give this guy a boost to the top spot. The guy had a lot of accolades and the scary thing about him is that he can certainly give more. After getting picked first by Air21 (then sent to Talk N Text) his averages soar when he was traded to San Miguel. I’m going to liken his stay with Petron/SMB as the second coming of Danny Seigle.

RANKED THIS LOW:
Here’s the thing about the Seigle mention – Jay Washington is often injured. He was plagued with injuries at the start of his PBA career and he hasn’t had a no-DNP season since. He should have been a Mythical Five in the 2011 Leo Awards because he won the Best Player of the Philippine Cup but since he missed a lot of games, he was relegated to the Mythical Ten.




49 ABE KING
THE CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD 
1977 – 94

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:
1x Mythical Five
1x Mythical Ten
3x All-Defensive Team
5,000 Points
2,000 Defensive Rebounds
1,000 Offensive Rebounds
500 Blocks 
1,500 Free Throws Made
Top 25: Rebounding Average
3x Season Champion: Total Offensive Rebounds

RANKED THIS HIGH:
He had the pleasure of playing alongside the pioneers and the stars of the new generation. The Chairman of the Board looked gruff and gallant way past his prime but he is a ferocious rebounding mestizo during it. He was also a dependable scorer averaging 10 points per game in his 18 active seasons. He was also durable with an average of 42 games per season.

RANKED THIS LOW:
King started his career in 1977 in Toyota where he played support to the superstar trio of Mon Fernandez, Francis Arnaiz, and Sonny Jaworski. The squad will be later joined by another talented scorer in Arnie Tuadles in 1979. I would have liked to see leading a squad rather than supporting it because he has the tools to do it. He spent his final years in the PBA in a Bill Walton-like role for Alvin Patrimonio and Jerry Codinera in Purefoods.




50 MACMAC CARDONA
CAPTAIN HOOK
2005 – 10

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:
1x Mythical Five
2x Mythical Ten
1x Best Player of the Conference
1x Finals MVP
4x All-Star
Top 25: Scoring Average
Top 25: 3-Point Percentage
2x Season Champion: Total Points
1x Season Champion: Scoring Average
2x Season Champion: 2-Points Made

RANKED THIS HIGH:
Captain Hook’s rise to glory started when DLSU and TNT teammate Renren Ritualo was loaned to Chot Reyes’ FIBA-Asia 2007 squad. When Ritualo returned, his spot was already infiltrated with Cardona asserting his self on the position. Dubbed Captain Hook because of his unblockable hook shot, he has averaged 16 points per game and more in his last five seasons.  

RANKED THIS LOW:
One thing Cardona lacks that James Yap has are two MVP trophies that are currently filling up King James’ mantle. Cardona had one chance to covet the award but Jayjay Helterbrand beat him to it. Anyway, the only way Cardona can win the MVP award is by propelling the Meralco Bolts to a championship. He can up his seeding if he continues with his stellar play.  


So here’s the rundown: there are no more MVP winners in the countdown and apparently there are only three 2-time Mythical Five members left in the list.

Who are they?

Check out the sixth instalment.

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