2001 PBA season

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2001 PBA season
2001 PBA season
Duration January 28, 2001 – December 16, 2001
Number of teams 10
TV partner(s) Viva TV (IBC)
Top draft pick Willie Miller
Picked by Batang Red Bull Thunder
All-Filipino Cup champions San Miguel Beermen
Commissioner's Cup champions Batang Red Bull Thunder
Governors Cup champions Sta. Lucia Realtors
Season MVP Danny Ildefonso
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The 2001 PBA season was the 27th season of the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA).

Notable occurrences[edit]

  • During the pre-season, Tanduay made soundwaves in the PBA when they dangled Danny Ildefonso of corporate rival San Miguel Beermen a whopping 16-year, 96 million peso offersheet. The league though, nullified the said deal since it was believed that the offersheet violated the team's salary cap.[1]
  • There were three different champions in the season as San Miguel Beer figured in all three championships while Batang Red Bull and Sta.Lucia won their first-ever title.
  • Danny Ildefonso of San Miguel became the third player to win the Most Valuable Player (MVP) award for two straight seasons, Ildefonso also sets a record by sweeping the season's best player of the conference award, his unprecedented feat started in 2000 when he emerged as the award winner in the Commissioner's Cup and Governor's Cup, his BPC wins surpassed the three apiece won by Vergel Meneses and Alvin Patrimonio.
  • Purefoods' Alvin Patrimonio became the first player to suit up for 500 straight games while Alaska import Sean Chambers hung up his number 20 jersey after 13 years in a highly emotional retirement ceremony.
  • The corporate sale of Purefoods, including its PBA franchise, to San Miguel Corporation at the end of the year, was eventually approved by the Board of Governors, the Hotdogs became the third team under the San Miguel corporate umbrella.[2]
  • Paul Asi Taulava and Eric Menk, two fil-foreign players, returned to their respective ballclubs, Taulava reunited with the Phone Pals around mid-year while Menk suited up for Tanduay a little later.
  • In a stunning move in late December, Tanduay shipped Eric Menk, Dondon Hontiveros, Bonel Balingit and Chris Cantonjos to other teams as a prelude to Tanduay's subsequent sale of its franchise to FedEx, the delivery firm, for P 75 million.[3]

Opening ceremonies[edit]

The muses for the participating teams are as follows:

Team Muse
Alaska Aces Vanessa Garcia
Batang Red Bull Thunder Sandra Seifert and Josephine Bonizado
Barangay Ginebra Kings Geneva Cruz
Pop Cola Panthers Ruffa Mae Quinto
Mobiline Phone Pals Patricia Javier
Purefoods TJ Hotdogs Antoinette Taus
San Miguel Beermen Phoemela Baranda
Shell Turbo Chargers Pia Guanio
Sta. Lucia Realtors Marielle Lopez and Jeremie Antiporda
Tanduay Rhum Masters Janna Victoria


Individual awards[edit]

Awards given by the PBA Press Corps[edit]

  • Coach of the Year: Yeng Guiao (Red Bull)
  • Mr. Quality Minutes: Mark Caguioa (Barangay Ginebra)
  • Executive of the Year: Sonny Barios (PBA executive director)
  • Referee of the Year: Ernie de Leon

Cumulative standings[edit]

Team GP W L PCT Best finish
San Miguel Beermen 70 43 27 .614 Champion
Batang Red Bull Thunder 51 28 23 .549 Champion
Sta. Lucia Realtors 49 25 24 .510 Champion
Alaska Aces 46 23 23 .500 Semifinalist
Shell Turbo Chargers 51 25 26 .490 Semifinalist
Purefoods Tender Juicy Hotdogs 45 22 23 .489 Semifinalist
Barangay Ginebra Kings 52 25 27 .480 Runner-up
Pop Cola Panthers 51 24 27 .470 Semifinalist
Mobiline / Talk 'N Text Phone Pals 41 18 23 .433 Quarterfinalist
Tanduay Rhum Masters 38 14 24 .368 Quarterfinalist


  1. ^ Ildefonso deals floors PBA, Philippine Daily Inquirer
  2. ^ Pop transfer raises SMB teams to four, Philippine Daily Inquirer
  3. ^ FedEx not paying fines of Tanduay, Philippine Daily Inquirer

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