100 BEST CAREERS IN THE PBA: THE SEVENTH BATCH (61 to 70)





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Welcome to the seventh part of the 100 Best Careers in the PBA list.  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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61 ARNIE TUADLES 
1979 – 1992 

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:
1x Mythical Five
1x Mythical Ten
Rookie of the Year
5,000 Points
1,000 Offensive Rebounds
2,000 Assists
Top 25: Free Throw Percentage

RANKED THIS HIGH:
He is a power forward trapped in a shooting guard’s body. Arnie is one of the most versatile players to play in the league and in some ways, the luckiest. He was able to play alongside Ramon Fernandez and Robert Jaworski during his Toyota days and in the course of the 80’s he was able to unite with the other Crispa legends. 

RANKED THIS LOW:
Tuadles owns a career average of 13.6 points. Playing for 14 seasons, those stats acquired by Tuadles aren’t fluke numbers. While playing with a slew of Hall of Famers is great and all, Tuadles could have been on a team that will treat him as the top dog. He is a small forward that can score, pass, and rebound and with those traits in one player, that basically translates to legendary material.




62 VICTOR PABLO
VICTOR THE CONQUEROR
1993 – 2008

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:
1x Mythical Five
1x Mythical Ten
3x All-Star
5,000 Points
2,000 Defensive Rebounds
1,000 Offensive Rebounds
Top 25: Free Throw Percentage

RANKED THIS HIGH:
Pablo is a dominating inside presence. Back then when 6’4 power forwards are considered as “towers”, he made a living to humiliate defenses. His best years were played with Shell where he got most of his achievements. Through the years, he added a powerful weapon called the three-point shot in his bag of tricks. 

RANKED THIS LOW:
Pablo’s dominance was halted when the Fil-Am invasion took place. When he returned to Mobiline (he started his career with Pepsi) he lost his big man spot to Asi Taulava and Jerry Codinera (via the Andy Seigle trade). Five years before calling it quits, he became a second string option. He retired averaging 11.3ppg – but that stat should have been a tad higher.




63 CHRIS JACKSON
STONEWALL JACKSON
1995 – 2005

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:
3x Defensive Player of the Year
7x All-Defensive Team
3x All-Star
2,000 Defensive Rebounds
1,000 Offensive Rebounds
500 Steals
Top 10: Rebounding Average

RANKED THIS HIGH:
The guy played all five positions with ease. Picked fourth in the 1995 PBA Draft (Purefoods then traded his rights to Sta. Lucia), Jackson proved to everyone that defense can score accolades. Whenever, he is sent to the scorer’s table, expect him to give the opposing star player hell. It was in Shell where he became a household name. He also has a decent 3-point shot that he uses when the situation arises.

RANKED THIS LOW:
Back then, high calibre Fil-Ams are known scorers and not supplementary stars. At some point, people were expecting Jackson to put up massive scoring feats but that didn’t happen. Jackson’s season best happened in 2001 with him hitting 7.1ppg. Also, Jackson played eleven seasons but retired at age 39 – which means that Jackson was more or less 29 when he came to the league.




64 ENRICO VILLANUEVA
THE RAGING BULL
2003 – PRESENT

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:
1x Mythical Five
1x Best Player of the Conference
7x All-Star
1x All-Defensive Team
Most Improved Player
Top 25: Rebounding Average
1x Season Champion: 2-Points Made 
1x Season Champion: Total Rebounds

RANKED THIS HIGH:
His playing style personified what Red Bull is all about. Nelson Asaytono should be envious at Rico because this could have been Asaytono if Red Bull happened in the early 90’s. He was bullish in the paint and he will charge at anything just to score a dunk or to grab a board. Whenever he pulls his shirt after a devastating dunk, people rise to the feet. He almost won a MVP award during their storied rivalry against Kerby Raymundo and the Purefoods Chunkee Giants.

RANKED THIS LOW:
Red Bull’s financial problems proved instrumental as to why Villanueva lost his edge. He was the third player in the history of the PBA to play in all SMC franchises (San Miguel/Petron, Purefoods/B-Meg, and Ginebra). It is very, very hard to maintain a top-notch career by drifting from team to team. Holding the same distinctions are Cris Bolado, Romel Adducul, and Paul Artadi. Of the four, Villanueva is probably the most successful.




65 WILLIE GENERALAO
THE GENERAL
1980 – 91 

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:
1x Mythical Ten
Rookie of the Year
2,000 Assists
500 Steals
Top 10: Assists Average
1x Season Champion: Total Assists

RANKED THIS HIGH:
It was evident that Generalao would be a coach someday in both the majors and the minors because of his commanding presence every time he sets foot in the court. He is a pass-first player and would rather set up his teammates that devise scoring opportunities for himself. But that does not mean that he is not a decent scorer though.

RANKED THIS LOW:
He finished his career with 7.9ppg and 5.9apg which are productive numbers if you look at a typical PBA landscape. In the 80’s the league was lucky to have six teams and Generalao had to share the spotlight with other quarterbacks in their chores. He was forced at times to become a backup point despite being at the peak of his career. 




66 DONDON HONTIVEROS
THE CEBUANO HOTSHOT
2000 – PRESENT

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:
1x Mythical Ten
11x All-Star
5,000 Points
500 3-Points Made
Top 25: 3-Point Percentage

RANKED THIS HIGH:
One of a handful of MBA veterans who can safely say they enjoyed a great PBA career, the Cebuano Hotshot has the ability to shoot the lights out from all angles. And even if he is a scorer, coaches like him because of his impeccable defense. He has never averaged less than 10 points per season since joining the league in 2000. Up until his trade to Air21, he was the only SMB star player of the early 2000’s to retain his starting spot despite the influx of young superstars joining the team (he has since returned with his mother club).

RANKED THIS LOW:
Hontiveros’ career is quickly winding down and I think he missed out on a bunch of Mythical selections. The guy is always with a team with a winning season but he can’t seem to get a break. Sure, in his PBA start, he was a fourth option but as the years go by, we know the calibre of this ex-Cebu Gem. Like I said, Honti showing up with one Mythical Second Team citation is just surreal. Can we blame his frequent National team inclusions?




67 SONNY THOSS
THE BOSS
2004 – PRESENT

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:
2x Mythical Five
1x Mythical Ten
7x All-Star

RANKED THIS HIGH:
Thoss is a bigger and a more refined version of Poch Juinio. This is why he was Tim Cone’s main frontline find up until his departure to B-Meg. The Fil-Papuan is a terror on defense and this is why he is constantly tapped to represent the country in RP Team events. He is the only Alaska center to win the Mythical Five award twice.

RANKED THIS LOW:
He is an almost double-double magnet. While this is good in terms of rebounds, by this time, his points need to level up. With the Aces, he is a sure 30 minutes per game player and in the current PBA landscape, he is the perfect combo of size and skill. Once he develops a consistent scoring formula, expect greatness from The Boss.




68 GARY DAVID
MR. PURE ENERGY
2004 – PRESENT

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:
1x Mythical Five
2x All-Star
1x All-Defensive Team
Most Improved Player
Top 25: Scoring Average  
Top 25: Assists Average
1x Season Champion: Scoring Average
2x Season Champion: Free Throws Made

RANKED THIS HIGH:
If Manny Pacquiao has Freddie Roach, then Gary David should thank Bo Perasol for coaching guidance. Whenever Perasol coaches a team that Gary David is in, Mr. Pure Energy becomes the focal point of the offense. But to give acclaim to Gary’s skills, his ability to find the points in dire situations are enough reasons why he is placed in this spot. He is also an underrated defender.

RANKED THIS LOW:
Have you seen David play outside Perasol? David looks lost when placed in a spot he didn’t like (*cough* Yeng Guiao in Burger King *cough*). Also, David needs to play for a title contender. He has already played in too many cellar dwelling squads. When Air21 almost scored a championship, he was voted in the Mythical 5. This is why if he wants to have a crack on another citation, he needs to play for a winner.




69 TERRY SALDANA
PLASTIC MAN
1982 – 2000

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:
2x Mythical Ten
Most Improved Player
5,000 Points
2,000 Defensive Rebounds
1,000 Offensive Rebounds
2x Season Champion: Total Offensive Rebounds
1x Season Champion: Total Rebounds

RANKED THIS HIGH:
If Michael Jordan had two comebacks well... so did Terry Saldana! Saldana was a defensive demon up until an injury prematurely ended his career. Before the injury though, he had the mold a la Arwind Santos. He returned in the 90’s where he played for Swift and Ginebra before he went to the MBA. He returned for a one season stint with Red Bull before folding up his career.

RANKED THIS LOW:
In the 80’s, he was a scorer who did his damage by hauling offensive rebounds and translating it into putbacks. When he returned in the 90’s, the scoring part of his game lessened especially since he became nothing more than a reliever. His scoring also went AWOL. Despite the injuries that ruined a potentially great career, he finished with career averages of 8.3 points and 5.9 rebounds. 




70 YOYONG MARTIREZ
1975 – 84

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:
Played in the 1972 Munich Olympics
Played in the 1974 Puerto Rico FIBA World Championship
500 Steals
Top 25: Assists Average
3x Season Champion: Total Steals  

RANKED THIS HIGH:
Younger people should know him as Vic Sotto’s sidekick during his Pipoy and Ritchie D’ Horsie days but when it comes to the league’s all-time best pointguards, he ranks high on the list. He finished his career with 6.4 points per game but his claim to fame is in his defense. He has a career average of 2.3 steals per game – which if the PBA counted it, is perhaps the best steals average in history (500 total steals and above). He also has a 4.4 assist average which helped Manny Paner and Estoy Estrada claim points.

RANKED THIS LOW:
A factor why he is ranked this low is because he played outside Toyota and Crispa – which alongside with U-Tex, are the only teams that mattered then. Also, had he played a few more conferences, he could have at least obtained another achievement award (2,000 assists). And like I said earlier – he only scored a weak 6.4ppg.


So hey... I just previewed seventy people.

I know there are a lot of players that needs to be on the list.

With that said, the list can only take 100.

Until the next ten...

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