Top 10 PBA Players of All Time

These ten players hold the distinction of being the finest among hundreds of Filipino PBA players.

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Top 10 PBA Players of All Time
Only 10 Filipino basketball players in the Philippines stand out from the hundreds.

Aside from Boxing, Basketball is the most popular sport in the Philippines. The Philippine Basketball Association, commonly known as the PBA, is Asia’s first professional basketball league dedicated to showcasing local talent.

In 1975, the Philippines founded the Philippine Basketball Association, becoming the first country outside the United States to establish a professional basketball league. Despite their small height, Filipinos are surprisingly adept at the sport, and the country holds countless gold medals in regional competitions.

Here are the Top 10 PBA Players of All Time

    1. Vergel Meneses

      Vergel Meneses

      Vergel Corpuz Meneses is a retired Filipino professional basketball player who also serves as the mayor of Bulakan, Bulacan. He played in the Philippine Basketball Association and was the former head coach of the JRU Heavy Bombers in the NCAA Philippines.

      Personal information
      Born: January 14, 1969 (age 55) Malolos, Bulacan, Philippines
      Nationality: Filipino
      Listed height: 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
      Listed weight: 195 lb (88 kg)
      MVP won: 1 (1995)
    2. Allan Caidic

      Allan Caidic

      Allan Vitor Flores Caidic is a Filipino retired professional basketball player in the Philippine Basketball Association. Many consider him the exceptional shooter the country has ever produced, earning him the nickname “The Triggerman.”

      Personal information
      Born: June 15, 1963 (age 60) Pasig, Rizal, Philippines
      Nationality: Filipino
      Listed height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
      Listed weight: 173 lb (78 kg)
      MVP won: 1 (1990)
    3. Johnny Abarrientos

      Johnny Abarrientos

      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 53) Naga City, Philippines
      Nationality: Filipino
      Listed height: 5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)
      Listed weight: 161 lb (73 kg)
      MVP won: 1 (1996)
    4. Robert Jaworski

      Robert Jaworski

      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 78) 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)
    5. James Yap

      James Yap

      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 42) 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)
    6. Benjie Paras

      Benjie Paras

      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 55) Caloocan, Philippines
      Nationality: Filipino
      Listed height: 220 lb (100 kg)
      MPV Won: 2 (1989, 1999)
    7. Bogs Adornado

      Bogs Adornado

      William “Bogs” Adornado is a Filipino former basketball player and coach. He earned a spot among the greatest players in the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) and received induction into the PBA Hall of Fame in 2005. Adornado earned the PBA Most Valuable Player award three times and holds a significant place among the finest Filipino basketball players in history.

      Personal information
      Born: May 26, 1951 (age 72) Batad, Iloilo, Philippines
      Nationality: Filipino
      Listed height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
      MPV Won: 3 (1975, 1976, 1981)
    8. Alvin Patrimonio

      Alvin Patrimonio

      Alvin Dale Vergara Patrimonio, a retired Filipino professional basketball player from the Philippine Basketball Association, currently serves as the team manager for the Magnolia Hotshots.

      Personal information
      Born: November 17, 1966 (age 57) 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)
    9. Ramon Fernandez

      Ramon Fernandez

      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 70) 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)
    10. June Mar Fajardo

      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 also earned recognition under the nickname “The Kraken” for his remarkable size and finesse against opposing big men.

      Personal information
      Born: November 17, 1989 (age 34) Compostela, Cebu, Philippines
      Nationality: Filipino
      Height: 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)
      Listed weight: 250 lb (113 kg)

      As of March 2020, June Mar Fajardo secured the award for the sixth consecutive time since 2014.

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2 COMMENTS

  1. Favorites: Johnny A, Junmar Fajardo, & Bogs Adornado
    In choosing the best of all time you should also include career highlights i.e. – championships won; mythical selections won; career record in points, rebounds, etc.; and not just MVP’s won.
    Greetings to Com. Willy Marcial🤗

  2. Samboy Lim is still the G.O.A.T. for many. He played for ten years in the PBA but if we add up the total games, his playing career is only about 3 years, and he never won any major PBA awards but still included in the 25-40 all the greats. The only basis is the superb impact inside the court!

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