100 BEST CAREERS IN THE PBA: THE LAST BATCH (91 to 100)



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

But hey, maybe you are reading this from last to first so in essence, you are reading the first part.

Whatever works...

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...


CHECK OUT THE LINKS OF NUMBERS 1 TO 90 AT THE BOTTOM OF THE ARTICLE!


ALMOST BUT NOT QUITE

Here are the players that almost made the list. Either they will still have the chance to succeed in the future or they’ll forever look from the outside.


110 TONY DELA CRUZ  
109 RICKY RELOSA
108 JOHN ARIGO
107 RANIDEL DE OCAMPO
106 MARK TELAN
105 FRANZ PUMAREN
104 RONALD TUBID
103 MIKE BILBAO
102 LORDY TUGADE
101 BOYBITS VICTORIA


Ranidel De Ocampo will join Gabe Norwood, Solomon Mercado, Joe Devance, and a bunch of new blood that are poised to contend on the list and will probably boot out the other superstars.

By the way, Tugade is the only Mythical Five member to not qualify the list. However, if he is given the playing time to claim 600 points and more, he will reach the 5,000 points plateau thereby giving him enough points to boot out Mr. 100 on the list.

Are you ready to find out who is Number 100?

Game starts now!




100 OMPONG SEGURA
1975 – 83

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:
Top 25: Scoring Average

RANKED THIS HIGH:
Seven seasons tucked in his belt, Ompong was a delight to watch. I got to check a bunch of old tapes of his work and he was a big-time scoring threat. Despite playing alongside the likes of Fernandez, Jaworski, Florencio, and Arnaiz, he still kept a 14.4 career points per game.

RANKED THIS LOW:
Economic instability and the fact that the PBA is a young and unstable league led Segura to ditch the PBA. He would return in 1983 but the comeback for the then-31 year old Ompong was only good for a season. Had he played more, he would have been part of the 25 Greatest Players list.




99 CYRUS BAGUIO
SKYRUS
2003 – PRESENT

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:
1x Mythical Ten
1x Finals MVP
4x All-Star
Most Improved Player
1x Season Champion: Free Throws Made  
1x Season Champion: Total Steals  

RANKED THIS HIGH:
He is one of the best open court finishers the league has ever seen. What’s nice about Baguio is that he can do it on offense as well as in defense. He is also a proven leader as he led Red Bull one time to consecutive semifinal finishes despite Red Bull’s lack of decent bench support.

RANKED THIS LOW:
He is still relatively young and he’ll probably pad his stats more with Alaska. He also had to earn his way in Red Bull. During his rookie season, he only played 4 games and a total of 34 minutes. A couple of achievement awards could also help his cause.




98 BAL DAVID
THE FLASH
1996 – 2005

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:
1x Mythical Ten
1x All-Star MVP
4x All-Star
Top 25: Assists Average

RANKED THIS HIGH:
One of the most beloved Ginebra superstars in the 90’s, his halfcourt heave was enough to send Asi Taulava to tears. Aside from his great clutch shots, he is a selfless orchestrator who would rather playmake than score. It helped that he started and finished his career with one squad.

RANKED THIS LOW:
He started his career sharing PG duties with Pido Jarencio. When Jarencio left the squad, he had to contend with Jayjay Helterbrand. He could have earned more achievements but his career ended abruptly in 2005 when the Kings opted to not give him a contract renewal after he was sidelined for a season.




97 REY CUENCO
1986 – 95

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:
1x Mythical Ten
Most Improved Player
1,000 Offensive Rebounds
1x Season Champion: Total Offensive Rebounds

RANKED THIS HIGH:
He was one of the most feared power forwards of his generation. He was a big man who was big enough to post up people but at the same time was quick enough to elude the raised hands poised to block him. He also had a decent range and was an efficient rebounder.

RANKED THIS LOW:
He was the first and only Arellano Chief to become first pick overall. He was an amazing athlete for Shell but it took him time to shine in the PBA. After he blossomed, he was sent by Shell to Ginebra for the draft rights of Romy dela Rosa where his game slowly deteriorated.




96 LARRY MUMAR
THE FOX
1975 – 81

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:
Top 25: Scoring Average

RANKED THIS HIGH:
He was one of the all-time greats of Philippine basketball even at the time when the PBA has yet to exist. He is an insanely prolific scorer with a career average of 14.0ppg despite the fact that in his seven seasons, The Fox played for five different teams.

RANKED THIS LOW:
Mumar was 29 when the PBA started which in a way shortened his stint in the PBA (although Jaworski was the same age as his). Also, the five teams he played for were not championship squads. If you think about it, he’s kinda like the Bong Alvarez of his generation.




95 MARTE SALDANA
1982 – 90

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:
Rookie of the Year
Top 25: Assists Average
Top 25: 3-Point Percentage

RANKED THIS HIGH:
He was the first San Miguel player to win Rookie of the Year honors. He was a speedster of sorts that can hit the long range bombs and at the same time attack the basket. He ended his 9-year career with an 11.3 scoring average finishing it with the Alaska Air Force.

RANKED THIS LOW:
When he played for Alaska he shared point guard duties with Frankie Lim but eventually Lim got the better in the minutes. Saldana took a backseat for his other teammates like Lim, Bogs Adornado, Ricky Relosa, Yoyoy Villamin, Dong Polistico, Rey Lazaro, and Biboy Ravanes. Saldana managed to squeak in stints with Presto and Pop Cola but he was now a shadow of his former self.




94 RUDY KUTCH
1975 – 80

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:
Top 25: Scoring Average

RANKED THIS HIGH:
I never really saw Kutch in action but he ranks 21st in the All-Time Scoring List with 15.5ppg. At 6’3 he played center-forward for U-Tex, Filmanbank, and CDCP. During his stint with the league, he was one of the key players to outside Crispa and Toyota.

RANKED THIS LOW:
He was 27 during the first PBA season. He was probably a MICAA guy that would have loved the PBA to come in early. Had he played for a few more seasons, he could have at least had a couple of achievement awards. Also for a center, he never really registered a high amount of boards.




93 ANDY SEIGLE
THE EAGLE
1997 – 2007

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:
Rookie of the Year
4x All-Star
Top 25: Rebounding Average
1x Season Champion: Total Offensive Rebounds

RANKED THIS HIGH:
His entry instigated the influx of Fil-Ams in the late 90’s. At 6’8, Seigle was also named Kangaroo because most of his points come in dunks. He was involved in two high profile trades – one with Jerry Codinera sending Seigle to Purefoods and one with Jun Limpot to send him to Ginebra. 

RANKED THIS LOW:
Unlike his brother, his scoring skills are limited. His offense concentrated on post ups, putbacks, and dunks and he wasn’t really a great passer. Perhaps the biggest flaw of his career is that he is often injured. From top draw, he was relegated to bench-warming. 




92 GERRY ESPLANA
MR. COOL
1990 – 2002

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:
1x Finals MVP
Rookie of the Year
4x All-Star
5,000 Points
2,000 Assists

RANKED THIS HIGH:
Apet Jao was Presto’s top pick but instead, their second round selection won the Top Rookie Award. That’s nice. His career went on auto pilot until it hyper drove when he was traded to Shell. It is Shell where his popularity rose. One of his fave moves is when he posts up smaller guards to perfection.

RANKED THIS LOW:
Like I said, he was a good player in his pre-Shell days but it seems his career then was on auto pilot. As a testament to this, he was traded to Shell alongside Rob Wainwright for the legendary Ronnie Magsanoc. Teaming up with Benjie Paras and Chris Jackson was good for his career.




91 ELMER CABAHUG
1989 – 97

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:
1x Mythical Ten
1x All-Star MVP  
5x All-Star
5,000 Points

RANKED THIS HIGH:
He was the epitome of a typical Southern gunner. He was once involved in a one-on-one trade for Alaska to get the services of Jojo Lastimosa... and Purefoods agreed. Yes, he was that good. He would then be sent to Pepsi where at one time became the team’s franchise player.

RANKED THIS LOW:
One beef I have with the playing style of Boy Cabahug is that he was just a scorer. Sure, whenever his team needs a booming triple, he will be there but as far as his other stats, they are pretty much nonexistent. If he did more, he might be placed a few spots higher.


By the way, if you want to check out the other parts of the list, here are the links!












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

But as I said, if you want to speak ill of the list that is swamped by numerous facts... all you need to do is comment.

Game over.

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