100 BEST CAREERS IN THE PBA: THE NINTH BATCH (81 to 90)



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

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.

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Game starts now!




81 RAFI REAVIS
RAPPING REAVIS
2002 – PRESENT

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:
Most Improved Player
1,000 Offensive Rebounds
Top 10: Rebounding Average

RANKED THIS HIGH:
He is one of the MBA superstars who did well in the PBA. He is primarily known for his rebounding which is why he holds one of the best rebounding averages in the history of the league. He has played for Coca-Cola, Ginebra, and B-Meg – and all of these teams won a title with him on the roster.

RANKED THIS LOW:
I know he is a rebounder and nothing more but back in the MBA, he was also a post-up threat. His wingspan makes it for him to scour shots in lieu for putbacks. I know he’s likely on his way to slowing down but I guess in two to three years he could claim an achievement award or two.




82 NOLI LOCSIN
THE TANK
1994 – 2005

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:
1x Mythical Ten
5x All-Star
Top 25: Rebounding Average
1x Season Champion: Total Rebounds
1x Season Champion: Total Defensive Rebounds

RANKED THIS HIGH:
There was a time when Noli Locsin was an unstoppable force. At 6’3, he could bump out the Balingits and the Bolados out of their sweet spots and terrorize the shaded area offensively and defensively. Seven franchises and eleven seasons later, he held a respectable 11.3ppg and 6.2rpg.

RANKED THIS LOW:
When Locsin was traded by Ginebra to Pop Cola for Vergel Meneses, The Tank’s career went downhill. He drifted from team to team that unlike Robert Jaworski, didn’t know how to use him properly. But fact is the biggest reason why his star dropped was because of the towering Fil-Ams that made Locsin vulnerable. And while Alvin Patrimonio and Nelson Asaytono learned to adjust by nailing three pointers, he didn’t.  




83 WILLIE PEARSON
1984 – 1989

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:
1x Mythical Five
1x Mythical Ten
Rookie of the Year

RANKED THIS HIGH:
He is a scoring machine during his olden days and he finished his career with 12.7 points and 4.8 rebounds. He is the PBA’s first Fil-Am Rookie of the Year. He debuted in 1984 for the Redmanizers which was also Crispa’s last PBA year. He went on to play for Great Taste, Shell, and Alaska before returning to the US in 1989.

RANKED THIS LOW:
I could say that the reason behind the low rank is because he just played for six seasons. However, by this time, players may have already checked his style. Ulitmately, Pearson never thought of the PBA as a viable career because if he did, he would stick around and milk his talents to the fullest just like the late 90’s and early 2000’s Fil-Americans still playing in the PBA.




84 MIKE CORTEZ
THE COOL CAT
2003 – PRESENT

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

RANKED THIS HIGH:
The Cool Cat is the first pick overall in the 2003 PBA Draft besting former MBA MVP Romel Adducul and PBA MVP Jimmy Alapag. He can score and orchestrate with relative ease. He averaged in double figures for five consecutive times. During his Alaska days, Tim Cone calls him out to be his eyes and ears on the court.

RANKED THIS LOW:
Despite his amazing skills, he barely got the nod of the PBA faithful. He is only a one-time all-star while guys like EJ Feihl and Bonel Balingit has three. Also, being used as trade bait took a toll in his stats. If you think about it, before the trade that sent him to San Miguel, he was better than LA Tenorio. He scoring averages also slipped after he suffered an injury in the 2008-09 season.




85 ROGER YAP
THE RABBIT  
2001 – PRESENT

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:
1x Mythical Five
1x Mythical Ten
4x All-Star
1x All-Defensive Team

RANKED THIS HIGH:
The guy started as a sub for Purefoods, getting minimal fanfare, but after stellar performances playing for Shell and Air21, Purefoods re-acquired the Cebuano ace. He optimizes the team’s effectiveness whenever he is on board and stat-wise, he gets a lot of rebounds, assists, and steals per game.

RANKED THIS LOW:
When he was in PBL’s Chowking, he was a scoring powerhouse who always had the ball during clutch situations. This was the only arsenal that left him when he turned pro. His game changed drastically and he was relegated to his pass-first persona. It’s impossible to jumpstart his offense though considering he plays for a team that’s overloaded with talent and he is on the brink of retirement.




86 LA TENORIO
THE LIEUTENANT
2006 – PRESENT

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:
1x Mythical Five
2x All-Star

RANKED THIS HIGH:
As his other Ateneo teammates struggle to find their place in the PBA, LA Tenorio is eager to make his mark. Coming from the star-studded 2006 draft class, Tenorio’s career took flight after he was traded to Alaska in exchange for Mike Cortez. He has since blossomed into a marquee point guard and it looks like Alaska has found their second coming of Johnny Abarrientos.  

RANKED THIS LOW:
Tenorio is just starting his career. Actually he wouldn’t be in this list had not for his Mythical Five citation. If Tenorio continues to brace his PBA tenure with Alaska, then he’ll likely retire with a Hall of Fame career. Once he gets traded and loses the minutes he has with the squad, then we might see his successful stint to slip by.




87 HARVEY CAREY
THE BULLDOG  
2003 – PRESENT

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:
1x Mythical Ten
2x All-Defensive Team
500 3-Points Made
Top 25: Rebounding Average
1x Season Champion: Total Rebounds
1x Season Champion: Total Offensive Rebounds

RANKED THIS HIGH:
The guy is a ferocious rebounder and a dependable performer whether starting or coming off the bench. With his boundless energy, he can get his numbers despite fewer minutes and less shot selections. People have been forgetting that since 2003, Carey has scored in double figures per season thrice. Come to think of it, the guy is blessed because Talk N Text has been treating him well.

RANKED THIS LOW:
While TNT has been giving him the minutes and the breaks, you can’t help but wonder whether or not staying put with the Texters is such a good idea. With the talent load the Texters have right now, sometimes you can’t notice his game. Perhaps in another team he can have more minutes, more plays, and more achievements.




88 DONDON AMPALAYO
THE MAGIC MAN
1986 – 95

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:
2x Mythical Ten
Rookie of the Year
2x All-Star  
2x Season Champion: Total Offensive Rebounds

RANKED THIS HIGH:
Cresencio Ampalayo was groomed to become Ginebra’s next top dog following the retirement of Francis Arnaiz. The Magic Man can pull off playing all five positions thus the “Pinoy Magic Johnson” tag. He can run the floor, hit the long range bomb and claim the board when it misses. He winded up his career with 10.0 points and 5.7 rebounds per outing.

RANKED THIS LOW:
Despite playing for ten seasons, The Magic Man was injury prone throughout his PBA career. When Ginebra lost faith that he will have a healthy career, he was sent to Alaska and his career when downhill from there. If he had more healthy seasons, he could have been one of the best forwards the league has ever produced.




89 EDWARD JUINIO
POCH
1994 – 2008

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:
2x All-Star  
Most Improved Player
2,000 Defensive Rebounds
1,000 Offensive Rebounds
500 Blocks
1x Season Champion: Total Rebounds
1x Season Champion: Total Blocks

RANKED THIS HIGH:
He was the towering presence in Alaska’s vaulted triangle offense in the 90’s. He is unafraid to mix it up with imports especially when it comes to rebounding opportunities and given the chance, he would score a lot. He was also a gifted passer which is why he was important in Tim Cone’s rotation.

RANKED THIS LOW:
Sure, Juinio won a grand slam with the Aces. However, remember when he was traded alongside Johnny Abarrientos for Ali Peek and Jon Ordonio? He had his best offensive season with the squad where he posted 13.3ppg. The way he played for the Pop Cola Panthers was like mixing Jun Limpot’s savvy with Dennis Espino’s inside dominance! Who knows what would happen to his career if he didn’t have too many seasons with Alaska.




90 RENE CANENT
1975 – 80

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:
Top 25: Assists Average

RANKED THIS HIGH:
He was one of the players in this list that I haven’t seen play. When I checked his stats, he played for Tanduay for six seasons and he checked in with a career average of 13.8 points and 4.6 assists. When I asked my dad about his game style, he said Canent was a speedster with a very smart basketball IQ. He once dished 19 assists while playing for Tanduay during the early 80’s.

RANKED THIS LOW:
If he played for another 2 or 3 seasons, he could have had 5,000 points and 2,000 assists. Instead, he chose to end his career with just six seasons. Fact is, he pioneered the PBA at 29 and his good ol’ days were seen playing for the MICAA. And yeah during those days, there were less awards given to players.


So we saw a bunch of names from the 70’s, 80’s, 90’s, and 2000’s.

Ninety were named and ten more to finalize this.

Game over.

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