Niño Canaleta

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Niño Canaleta
KG Canaleta.jpg
No. 9 – NLEX Road Warriors
Position Small forward / Power forward
League PBA
Personal information
Born (1982-02-12) February 12, 1982 (age 32)
Tarlac City, Tarlac
Nationality Filipino
Listed height 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
Listed weight 200 lb (91 kg)
Career information
College University of the East
PBA draft 2005 Round: 1 / Pick: 6th overall
Selected by the Air21 Express
Pro career 2005–present
Career history
2005–2009 Air21 Express
2009–2011 B-Meg Derby Ace Llamados
2011 Air21 Express
2011–2012 Barangay Ginebra Kings
2012–2013 Air21 Express
2013–2014 Talk 'N Text Tropang Texters
2014-present NLEX Road Warriors
Career highlights and awards

Rommel Niño T. Canaleta (born February 12, 1982 in Tarlac, Philippines) is a Filipino professional basketball player who currently plays for the Talk 'N Text Tropang Texters in the Philippine Basketball Association. A 6-6 athletic forward, he is fondly called by nicknames like KG, The Big Ticket, and The Da Vinci of Dunk. He won the 2005, 2006, 2007, 2010 and 2012 PBA Slam Dunk Contests and led the Air21 Express to a third-place finish in the 2006 PBA Philippine Cup.

PBA career[edit]

He made a serious run for the Rookie of the Year honors with an impressive Philippine Cup campaign where he averaged 16.2 points per game, No. 1 among rookies and seventh in the tournament among locals. But a so-so performance in the Fiesta Conference and two finals stints of Red Bull made Larry Fonacier a no-brainer for the award.

Cañaleta is undoubtedly one of the biggest attractions in the league with his jaw-dropping, never-seen slams by a local player. The 6-6 forward was a back-to-back-to-back winner of the Slam Dunk competition, both by convincing fashion. He was ranked no. 2 in scoring among rookies during his rookie year with 9.4 points per outing. Cañaleta was the first Philippine Basketball Association player to become a 5-time PBA Slam Dunk Champion. On 2011 PBA All-Star Weekend, he dunked on 3 men in the final round against Kelly Williams to win his 4th PBA Slam Dunk Champion Award. On 2012, Canaleta does it again after dunking on 3-men, including 6-foot-9 Asi Taulava to win his 5th Slam Dunk Award.

He was also awarded by the PBA to be the Mr. Quality Minutes Player in 2010.

On December 5, 2012, Cañaleta scored a career-high 41 points in their 112-93 win against GlobalPort Batang Pier.[1] Canaleta was named the PBA Press Corps' Player of the Week for the period April 8–14, 2013 after dropping 37 points anchored on 9-18 shooting from 3-point land in their come-from-behind win over Petron, 95-91.[2] On October 9, 2014, Cañaleta was traded from Talk 'N Text to NLEX in a three-team trade that involved Blackwater Elite.[3]

PBA career statistics[edit]

Legend
  GP Games played   GS Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field-goal percentage  3P%  3-point field-goal percentage  FT%  Free-throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

Correct as of December 14, 2012[4]

Season[edit]

Year Team GP MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2005-06 Air21 52 21.0 .388 .304 .707 3.8 .6 .3 .3 9.4
2006-07 Air21 41 25.8 .395 .331 .703 5.8 .8 .4 .7 11.9
2007-08 Air21 50 23.5 .397 .332 .681 3.2 1.2 .5 .6 10.4
2008-09 Air21/Purefoods 37 18.1 .353 .220 .736 3.9 .8 .3 .3 5.8
2009-10 Derby Ace 58 17.5 .379 .345 .596 2.6 .9 .3 .4 8.1
2010-11 B-Meg/Air21 43 20.0 .374 .342 .804 3.7 .5 .4 .5 8.0
2011-12 Ginebra 36 17.2 .413 .364 .739 3.3 .7 .2 .3 8.7
2012-13 Air21 30 30.2 .378 .380 .765 5.2 1.3 .5 .5 16.3
Career 347 21.3 .386 .334 .707 3.8 .8 .4 .5 9.6

Awards[edit]

  • Mr. Quality Minutes Award (2010)
  • Five-time PBA Slam Dunk Champion (2005, 2006, 2007, 2010, 2012)
  • PBA All Rookie First Team (2005–2006)
  • Scored a record 38 Points in the PBA Rookie Game
  • 2013 PBA Most Improved Player

References[edit]

  1. ^ de Leon, Job (December 6, 2012). "Canaleta drops career-high 41 to carry Air 21 past GlobalPort". PBA-Online.net. Retrieved September 1, 2013. 
  2. ^ Dy, Richard (April 15, 2013). "Player of the Week Canaleta happy to prove he's more than just a freak show". Sports Interactive Network Philippines. Retrieved September 1, 2013. 
  3. ^ Alas heads TnT 3 team trade deal, philstar.net, Retrieved October 9, 2014
  4. ^ "Niño Canaleta Player Profile :: PBA-Online!". PBA-Online.net. Retrieved September 1, 2013. 

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