Aside from Boxing, Basketball is the most popular sport in the Philippines. The Philippine Basketball Association is also known as PBA, Asia’s first professional basketball league, serves as a showcase for local talent. By 1975, the Philippines had established the Philippine Basketball Association, the first pro basketball league in the world outside of the United States. Despite their small height, Filipinos are surprisingly adept at the sport, and the country holds countless gold medals from regional competitions. Wikipedia
Here are the top 10 PBA players of all time
Vergel Corpuz Meneses is a Filipino retired professional basketball player and a politician, serving as mayor of the municipality of Bulakan, Bulacan. He previously played in the Philippine Basketball Association and served as the former head coach of the JRU Heavy Bombers of the NCAA Philippines.
Personal information Born January 14, 1969 (age 53) Malolos, Bulacan, Philippines Nationality Filipino Listed height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) Listed weight 195 lb (88 kg) MVP won 1 (1995)
Allan Vitor Flores Caidic is a Filipino retired professional basketball player in the Philippine Basketball Association. He is considered by many to be the greatest shooter the country has ever produced, thus, earning the moniker, “The Triggerman”
Personal information Born June 15, 1963 (age 58) Pasig, Rizal, Philippines Nationality Filipino Listed height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) Listed weight 173 lb (78 kg) MVP won 1 (1990)
Johnny Abarrientos is a Filipino retired professional basketball player in the Philippine Basketball Association. He was also a many-time member of the Philippine National team, and was the 1996 PBA Most Valuable Player, becoming the shortest player to win the league’s highest individual award.
Personal information Born July 17, 1970 (age 51) Naga City, Philippines Nationality Filipino Listed height 5 ft 7 in (1.70 m) Listed weight 161 lb (73 kg) MVP won 1 (1996)
Robert Vincent Salazar Jaworski Sr. is a Filipino former professional basketball player, head coach, and politician who served as a Senator of the Philippines from 1998 to 2004. He played 23 seasons in the Philippine Basketball Association. Wikipedia
Personal information Born March 8, 1946 (age 76) Baguio, Benguet, Philippine Commonwealth Nationality Filipino Listed height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) Listed weight 192 lb (87 kg) MVP won 1 (1978)
James Carlos Agravante Yap Sr. is a Filipino professional basketball player for the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters of the Philippine Basketball Association. Known by his nickname Big Game James, he had played for the Star Hotshots for twelve seasons winning seven PBA championships before being traded in 2016.
Personal information Born February 15, 1982 (age 40) Escalante, Negros Occidental, Philippines Nationality Filipino Listed height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) Listed weight 207 lb (94 kg) MVP won 2 (2006, 2010)
Venancio Johnson Paras Jr., better known as Benjie Paras, is a Filipino actor, comedian, and retired professional basketball player who played for Shell Turbo Chargers and San Miguel Beermen of the Philippines Basketball Association.
Personal information Born October 2, 1968 (age 53) Caloocan, Philippines Nationality Filipino Listed height 220 lb (100 kg) MPV Won 2 (1989, 1999)
William “Bogs” Adornado is a Filipino former basketball player and coach. He is one of the Philippine Basketball Association’s Greatest Players and was inducted into its Hall of Fame in 2005. He was a three-time PBA Most Valuable Player and is considered one of the best Filipino basketball players of all-time
Personal information Born May 26, 1951 (age 70) Batad, Iloilo, Philippines Nationality Filipino Listed height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) MPV Won 3 (1975, 1976, 1981)
Alvin Dale Vergara Patrimonio is a Filipino retired professional basketball player from the Philippine Basketball Association and is the current team manager for the Magnolia Hotshots.
Personal information Born November 17, 1966 (age 55) Quezon City, Philippines Nationality Filipino Listed height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) Listed weight 215 lb (98 kg) MPV Won 4 (1991, 1993, 1994, 1997)
Ramon Sadaya Fernandez is a Filipino former professional basketball player and current commissioner of the Philippine Sports Commission. Fernandez won four PBA Most Valuable Player awards and a record 19 PBA conference cups.
Personal information Born 3 October 1953 (age 68) Maasin, Leyte, Philippines Nationality Filipino Listed height 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) Listed weight 178 lb (81 kg) MPV Won 4 (1982, 1984, 1986, 1988)
June Mar Fajardo
June Mar S. Fajardo (born November 17, 1989) is a Filipino professional basketball player for the San Miguel Beermen of the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA). He is also known by his nickname “The Kraken” for his extraordinary size and finesse against opposing big men.
Personal information Born November 17, 1989 (age 32) Compostela, Cebu, Philippines Nationality Filipino Listed height 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) Listed weight 250 lb (113 kg)
As of March 2020, the current holder of the award is June Mar Fajardo, his sixth consecutive MVP award since 2014.
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