He was selected 9th Overall Pick during the 2008 PBA Rookie Draft by the San Miguel Beermen. He struggled as he played a backup role under longtime veteran Olsen Racela. But then, he was promoted as the team's starting point guard when former no. 1 draft pick Mike Cortez fell into a season-ending injury and the team's long-time floor leader Olsen Racela's game starting to fade away.
The San Miguel Corporation (SMC) management started to move its players by trading point guard Jonas Villanueva of San Miguel Beermen in exchange for quick guard Paul Artadi of B-MEG Derby Ace Llamados.
In an interview with incoming head coach Ato Agustin, he says he wanted a running team while also putting premium on defense. This justifies the acquisition of Artadi who strives on up-tempo and running kind of game. He is also known for his defense harassing point guards of opposing squads.
Though many of the Beermen fans are saddened by Jonas departure, its good to know that each time Artadi transfers to a team, he usually brings in a championship like what he did when he was traded to Ginebra and later to B-MEG Derby Ace. Will he bring the same kind of championship charm to San Miguel? We’ll know as the 36th PBA season unfolds starting on October 3 starting with the All-Filipino Conference.
He was appointed as the new captain of the team starting this season.