Paul Artadi

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Paul Artadi
No. 16 – Blackwater Elite
Position Point guard
League PBA
Personal information
Born (1981-05-05) May 5, 1981 (age 33)
Manila, Philippines
Nationality Filipino
Listed height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Listed weight 150 lb (68 kg)
Career information
High school La Salle Green Hills
College University of the East
PBA draft 2004 / Pick: 11th overall
Selected by the Purefoods Tender Juicy Hotdogs
Pro career 2004–present
Career history
2004–2007 Purefoods Tender Juicy Giants
2007–2009 Barangay Ginebra Kings
2009–2010 Purefoods Tender Juicy Giants
2010–2011 San Miguel Beermen
2011 Air21 Express
2011–2012 Barako Bull Energy
2012–2014 Meralco Bolts
2014–present Blackwater Elite
Career highlights and awards
  • PBA All-Rookie Team (2005)
  • PBA Obstacle Challenge Champion (2009)
  • 3x PBA All-Star (2004, 2009–2010)

Paul Anthony Dy Artadi (born May 5, 1981 in Manila) is a professional Filipino basketball player who currently plays for the Blackwater Elite in the Philippine Basketball Association.

Early Life and Collegiate Career[edit]

Artadi was born in the University of Santo Tomas Hospital in Manila but grew up in the outskirts of San Juan, Metro Manila, playing pick-up games with much taller and much stronger playground legends.

He played collegiate basketball at the University of the East. During his stint with the Red Warriors in the UAAP, he became an instant hardcourt and campus icon as he teamed up with the highly-touted scoring ace James Yap. His partnership with Yap produced several final four appearances, hundreds of three-point shots converted courtesy of Yap, hundreds of assists courtesy of Artadi, and millions of fans who became followers of perhaps the most celebrated back court tandem in the history of the Philippine's premier collegiate basketball league.[1]

Professional career[edit]

Artadi was the drafted by Purefoods TJ Hotdogs in the second round of the 2004 PBA draft, where he reunited with former college teammate James Yap to form the Kid Lightning-Boy Thunder backcourt. As backup point guard to Roger Yap, he managed to help Purefoods capture the championship in the 2006 PBA Philippine Cup.[2]

During the 2007 off-season, he demanded to be released by Purefoods because he felt he was given limited playing time by the coaching staff.[3] He finally got his wish, and was traded to the Barangay Ginebra Kings via a three-team trade.[4] While with Ginebra, he had his best career output in the PBA while playing with the team's ace skipper Jayjay Helterbrand. He also won another championship with the Gin Kings during the 2008 PBA Fiesta Conference.

In 2009, he was traded back to his former team, the Purefoods Tender Juicy Giants.[5] In his second stint with the squad, he helped the team win the 2009-10 PBA Philippine Cup Finals.

When coach Ryan Gregorio left Purefoods in 2010, he was traded to the San Miguel Beermen for Jonas Villanueva.[6]

In March 2011, he was traded to Air21 Express (later renamed as Barako Bull Energy) along with Dondon Hontiveros, Dorian Peña and Danny Seigle in exchange for Nonoy Baclao, Rabeh Al-Hussaini and Rey Guevarra, top three picks of the 2010 PBA draft.[7]

In February 2012, he was shipped to the Meralco Bolts for Chico Lanete where he was reunited with his former coach Ryan Gregorio.[8]

After the 2013-14 PBA season ended, he was left off the "Protect 12" list by Meralco.[9] He was eventually picked by expansion team Blackwater Elite during the 2014 PBA Expansion Draft.[10]

Outside Basketball[edit]

Aside from being a professional basketball player, Artadi has an online business, which he named Pimp Kicks, selling basketball shoes online through his Facebook and Instagram accounts.[11]