1989 PBA season

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1989 PBA season
Duration March 5, 1989 – December 12, 1989
Number of teams 6
TV partner(s) Vintage Sports (PTV)
Top draft pick Benjie Paras
Picked by Formula Shell
Open Conference champions San Miguel Beermen
  Runners-up Formula Shell
All-Filipino Conference champions San Miguel Beermen
  Runners-up Purefoods Hotdogs
Reinforced Conference champions San Miguel Beermen
  Runners-up Añejo Rum 65
Season MVP Benjie Paras
1990  >

The 1989 PBA season was the 15th season of the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA).

Season highlights[edit]

  • The richest crop of rookies, and the most talented PBA batch of draftees, came to the PBA in its 15th season, most notable names were Benjie Paras, Nelson Asaytono, Dindo Pumaren, Paul Alvarez, Zaldy Realubit, Elmer Cabahug, Romeo Dela Rosa, Renato Agustin and Ricric Marata. [1]
  • The PBA All-Star game was held on June 4, featuring the Veterans coach by Baby Dalupan, against the Rookies/Sophomores coach by Dante Silverio, the Veterans won the game on Ramon Fernandez's last-second basket on an inbound pass from former Toyota teammate Sonny Jaworski, the All-star MVP was awarded to Elmer Cabahug of the Rookies/Sophomores team. [2]
  • The San Miguel Beermen completed a three-conference sweep, becoming the second team to win the third Grand Slam in the League. The Grand Slam win by the beermen made coach Norman Black the third Coach to win the said feat, following the footsteps of Baby Dalupan and Tommy Manotoc, who both won it with the Crispa Redmanizers in 1976 and 1983.
  • Formula Shell center Benjie Paras, the first overall draft pick of the season, made history by winning both the Most Valuable Player and the Rookie of the Year awards, the only occurrence in the league.


  • Team with best win-loss percentage: San Miguel (50-21, .704)

Individual awards[edit]

Board of Governors[edit]

  • Rodrigo Salud (Commissioner)
  • Rey Marquez (Chairman, Pilipinas Shell Petroleum Corp.)
  • Jose Ibazeta (Vice-Chairman, San Miguel Corp.)
  • Ruben Cleofe (Secretary)
  • Wilfred Steven Uytengsu (Treasurer, General Milling Corp.)
  • Lance Gokongwei (Consolidated Food Corp.)
  • Carlos Palanca III (La Tondeña Distillers, Inc.)
  • Renato Buhain (Purefoods Corp.)

Cumulative standings[edit]

San Miguel Beermen 71 50 21 .704
Purefoods Hotdogs 66 34 32 .515
Alaska Milkmen 63 30 33 .477
Formula Shell 57 27 30 .473
Añejo Rum 65 59 27 32 .458
Presto Tivolis 50 18 32 .360
Philippine Team 6 0 6 .000