1991 PBA season
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|1991 PBA season|
|Duration||February 17, 1991 – December 15, 1991|
|Number of teams||8|
|TV partner(s)||Vintage Sports (PTV)|
|Top draft pick||Alejandro Araneta|
|Picked by||Alaska Milkmen|
|First Conference champions||Ginebra San Miguel|
|Runners-up||Shell Rimula X|
|All-Filipino Conference champions||Purefoods TJ Hotdogs|
|Third Conference champions||Alaska Milkmen|
|Runners-up||Ginebra San Miguel|
|Season MVP||Alvin Patrimonio|
The 1991 PBA season was the 17th season of the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA).
- The PBA Rookie draft was aired on TV lived for the first time in league history.
- Vintage sports commentator Joe Cantada covered his final game on TV during the April 9 replay of the controversial Shell-Purefoods game that took place on March 17.
- An era in Philippine Basketball ended on April 21 when Virgilio "Baby" Dalupan resigned as head coach of Purefoods Hotdogs. Dalupan cited his difference with management as the reason for his resignation.
- On May 19, Ginebra San Miguel made history in the PBA record books as the first team to come back from a 1-3 series deficit and beat Shell Rimula-X in game 7 of the best-of-seven 1st conference championship showdown. Rudy Distrito made a difficult baseline fadeaway shot against two Shell defenders with one second remaining to give Ginebra their third PBA title.
- After the contract of Alvin Patrimonio with Purefoods expired in June, Pepsi Hotshots offered Patrimonio a P 25.3 million salary and a benefits package for 5 1/2 years, Purefoods matched Pepsi's multi-million peso contract to retain Patrimonio's services.
- Due to numerous players requesting megabuck deals, the league initiated a "salary cap" starting the 1992 season. Swift, Shell, Alaska, Tivoli, Pepsi and Ginebra will have a P12 million cap while Purefoods and San Miguel will have a cap of P15 million.
- Alvin Patrimonio won his first of his four MVP awards.
- Before the third conference finals, the PBA took a break on November 24-December 5, with the staging of the Southeast Asian (SEA) Games in Manila.
- By the end of the season, Rudy Salud resigned as the commissioner of the league.
The muses for the participating teams are as follows:
|Alaska Milkmen||Christine Jacob|
|Diet Sarsi Sizzlers||Gretchen Barretto|
|Ginebra San Miguel||Shireen Ledesma|
|Pepsi Hotshots||Emily Artadi|
|Presto Tivolis||Carmi Matic and Jane Ashley|
|Purefoods Hotdogs||Sofia Zobel|
|San Miguel Beermen||Nanette Medved|
|Shell Rimula X||Jennifer Pingree and Maricel Laxa|
- First Conference: Ginebra San Miguel
- All-Filipino Conference: Purefoods Tender Juicy Hotdogs
- Third Conference: Alaska Milkmen
- Team with best win-loss percentage: Alaska Milkmen (31-25, .554)
- Best Team of the Year: Ginebra San Miguel (1st)
- Most Valuable Player: Alvin Patrimonio (Purefoods)
- Rookie of the Year: Eugene Quilban (Alaska)
- Most Improved Player: Ato Agustin (San Miguel)
- Mythical Five:
- Mythical Second Team:
- All-Defensive Team:
Board of governors
- Rodrigo Salud (Commissioner)
- Luis Lorenzo, Sr (Chairman, Pepsi Cola Products Philippines, Inc.)
- Wilfred Steven Uytengsu (Vice-Chairman, General Milling Corp.)
- Ruben Cleofe (Secretary)
- Lance Gokongwei (Treasurer, Consolidated Food Corp.)
- Carlos Palanca III (La Tondeña Distillers, Inc.)
- Renato Buhain (Purefoods Corp.)
- Elmer Yanga (Republic Flour Mills Corp.)
- Ric Lara (Pilipinas Shell Petroleum Corp.)
- Nazario Avendaño (San Miguel Corp.)
|Ginebra San Miguel||60||33||27||.550|
|Diet Sarsi/Swift Mighty Meaty||58||31||27||.535|
|San Miguel Beermen||64||33||31||.515|
|Shell Rimula-X Turbochargers||48||23||25||.480|
|Purefoods Tender Juicy Hotdogs||57||27||30||.473|
|Tivoli Full Cream Milk||49||21||28||.429|