2014–15 PBA season

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2014–15 PBA season
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2014–15 PBA season
DurationOctober 19, 2014 – July 17, 2015
Number of teams12
TV partner(s)Local:
Sports5
TV5
AksyonTV
Fox Sports
International:
AksyonTV International
Draft
Top draft pickStanley Pringle
Picked byGlobalPort Batang Pier
Conferences
Philippine Cup championsSan Miguel Beermen
  Runners-upAlaska Aces
Commissioner's Cup championsTalk 'N Text Tropang Texters
  Runners-upRain or Shine Elasto Painters
Governors' Cup championsSan Miguel Beermen
  Runners-upAlaska Aces
Awards
Season MVPJune Mar Fajardo
(San Miguel Beermen)
Top scorerJune Mar Fajardo
(San Miguel Beermen)
Seasons

The 2014–15 PBA season was the 40th season of the Philippine Basketball Association. The season formally opened on October 19, 2014 and finished on July 17, 2015. The league continued to use the three-conference format, starting with the Philippine Cup. The Commissioner's Cup and the Governors' Cup were the second and third conferences for this season, respectively.

This was also the first season that the league had 12 regular teams. The two new teams were Kia Sorento and Blackwater Elite.[1][2][3][4] Although the NLEX Road Warriors had been approved as an expansion team, their owners instead opted to buy the Air21 Express franchise.[5][6]

The first event of the season was the 2014 PBA Expansion Draft in July, for expansion teams Blackwater Elite and Kia Sorento, followed by the 2014 PBA draft, held on August 24, 2014.

This season previously held the record for most games played overall in a season, having 257 games played throughout the whole year. It surpassed the previous record of 249 games, previously set during the 2012–13 season. This record was later broken the following season.

Board of governors[edit]

Executive committee[edit]

  • Angelico Salud (Commissioner)
  • Patrick Gregorio (Chairman, representing Talk 'N Text Tropang Texters)
  • Robert Non (Vice-Chairman, representing San Miguel Beermen)
  • Eric Arejola (Treasurer, representing GlobalPort Batang Pier)

Teams[edit]

Team Company Governor Alternate Governor
Alaska Aces Alaska Milk Corporation Richard Bachmann
Barako Bull Energy Energy Food and Drinks Inc. Manny Alvarez
Barangay Ginebra San Miguel Ginebra San Miguel, Inc. Alfrancis Chua
Blackwater Elite Ever Bilena Cosmetics, Inc. Silliman Sy Wilbert Loa
GlobalPort Batang Pier Sultan 900 Capital, Inc. Michael Romero Nathaniel Romero / Erick Arejola
Kia Carnival Columbian Autocar Corporation Jose Alvarez Ginia Domingo
Meralco Bolts Manila Electric Company Al Panlilio Ryan Gregorio / Betty Siy-Yap
NLEX Road Warriors Metro Pacific Investments Corporation Ramoncito Fernandez Rodrigo Franco / Christopher Lizo
Rain or Shine Elasto Painters Asian Coatings Philippines, Inc. Mamerto Mondragon Edison Orbania
San Miguel Beermen San Miguel Brewery, Inc. Robert Huang Robert Non
Star Hotshots San Miguel Pure Foods Company, Inc. Rene Pardo
Talk 'N Text Tropang Texters Smart Communications Manuel V. Pangilinan Victorico Vargas

Transactions[edit]

Player movement[edit]

Retirement[edit]

Coaching changes[edit]

Notable events[edit]

Pre-season[edit]

Philippine Cup[edit]

Commissioner's Cup[edit]

  • The Talk 'N Text Tropang Texters retired the jersey number of Jimmy Alapag during the halftime of the All-Star Game in Puerto Princesa Coliseum, Palawan on March 5, 2015, where he was added as the 13th man of the South All-Stars.[25]
  • Columbian Autocar Corporation (CAC) announced that they will change the moniker of their PBA team to Kia Carnival for the Commissioner's Cup.[26]
  • On February 15, 2015, Commissioner Chito Salud announced during a press conference at the Mall of Asia Arena that he will resign as the commissioner of the league at the end of the 2014-15 season due to personal reasons.[27] The board of governors, led by chairman Patrick Gregorio told the media that a replacement will be named before the end of the ongoing Commissioner's Cup. The replacement will be assigned as the deputy commissioner at the start of the Governors' Cup.[28]
  • During the board of governors meeting on March 7, 2015, they have decided to restructure the league and create the president/chief executive officer position to manage the league's marketing, expansion and business related matters. The commissioner position (which will also be the league's chief operating officer) will handle the game-related matters. Outgoing commissioner Chito Salud has been named as the league's first president/CEO.[29]

Governors' Cup[edit]

  • The Purefoods Star Hotshots silently dropped the "Purefoods" brand on their team name. The team will now be known as the "Star Hotshots". The team's new colors and uniforms debuted in their game against the NLEX Road Warriors last May 10.
  • On May 14, Basketball Coaches Association of the Philippines (BCAP) president and former PBA coach Chito Narvasa was named as the 9th commissioner of the league, replacing Chito Salud at the end of the 2014-15 season.[30]

Liga ng Bayan[edit]

A set of preseason games named "Liga ng Bayan" was scheduled from September 12 to October 12 and were held on various cities around the country.[31] The results of the games are as follows:

September 12
San Miguel Beermen 78, Rain or Shine Elasto Painters 77
October 4
Kia Sorento 77, Blackwater Elite 88
October 4
San Mig Super Coffee Mixers 81, NLEX Road Warriors 84
October 5
Barangay Ginebra San Miguel 79, Meralco Bolts 91
October 10
Alaska Aces 109, Barako Bull Energy 82
October 11
Meralco Bolts 83, San Miguel Beermen 83
October 12
Talk 'N Text Tropang Texters 78, GlobalPort Batang Pier 88

Opening ceremonies[edit]

The parade of teams during the opening ceremonies of the 2014-15 PBA season at the Philippine Arena.

The opening ceremonies for this season was held at the Philippine Arena in Ciudad de Victoria, Bocaue, Bulacan on October 19, 2014.[32] The first games of the Philippine Cup, Kia vs Blackwater and Barangay Ginebra vs Talk 'N Text immediately followed. The muses for the participating teams are as follows:[33]

Team Muse
Alaska Aces Michele Gumabao
Barako Bull Energy Nathalie den Dekker
Barangay Ginebra San Miguel Ellen Adarna
Blackwater Elite Sunshine Cruz
Annalie Forbes
GlobalPort Batang Pier Rachel Anne Daquis
Cha Cruz
Kia Sorento Jinkee Pacquiao
Meralco Bolts Ritz Azul
NLEX Road Warriors Dianne Medina
Purefoods Star Hotshots Mary Jean Lastimosa
Rain or Shine Elasto Painters Glennifer Perido
San Miguel Beermen Alice Dixson
Erica Adachi
Alaina Bergsma
Talk 'N Text Tropang Texters Megan Young

2014–15 Philippine Cup[edit]

Elimination round[edit]

 y  – clinched outright semifinals,  x  – clinched quarterfinals with twice-to-beat advantage  w  – clinched quarterfinals with twice-to-win disadvantage,  e  – eliminated

2014–15 PBA Philippine Cup
# Team W L PCT GB Tie
1 ySan Miguel Beermen 9 2 .818 1.101
2 yRain or Shine Elasto Painters 9 2 .818 0.908
3 xAlaska Aces 8 3 .727 1 1.020
4 xTalk 'N Text Tropang Texters 8 3 .727 1 0.980
5 xBarangay Ginebra San Miguel 6 5 .545 3 1.074
6 xMeralco Bolts 6 5 .545 3 1.056
7 wPurefoods Star Hotshots 6 5 .545 3 0.877
8 wGlobalPort Batang Pier 5 6 .455 4
9 wBarako Bull Energy 4 7 .364 5 1.057
10 wNLEX Road Warriors 4 7 .364 5 0.946
11 eKia Sorento 1 10 .091 8
12 eBlackwater Elite 0 11 .000 9

Playoffs[edit]

  Quarterfinals (1st phase)     Quarterfinals (2nd phase)
(One-game playoff)
    Semifinals
(Best-of-7)
    Finals
(Best-of-7)
    (#3 twice to beat)                                  
  3 Alaska 82  
  10 NLEX 78  
            3 Alaska 87    
    (#6 twice to beat)       6 Meralco 69     2 Rain or Shine 2  
  6 Meralco 77     3 Alaska 4  
  7 Purefoods Star 65  
    3 Alaska 3
    (#4 twice to beat)     1 San Miguel 4
  4 Talk 'N Text 105  
  9 Barako Bull 76       1 San Miguel 4
            4 Talk 'N Text 83     4 Talk 'N Text 0  
    (#5 twice to beat)     5 Barangay Ginebra 67    
  5 Barangay Ginebra 95  
  8 GlobalPort 78    


Finals results[edit]

2015 Commissioner's Cup[edit]

Elimination round[edit]

 y  – clinched twice to beat in the quarterfinals,  x  – clinched best-of-3 quarterfinals,  w  – clinched twice to win in the quarterfinals,  e  – eliminated

2015 PBA Commissioner's Cup
# Team W L PCT GB Tie
1 y–Rain or Shine Elasto Painters 8 3 .727 1.025
2 y–Talk 'N Text Tropang Texters 8 3 .727 1.010
3 x–Purefoods Star Hotshots 8 3 .727 0.969
4 x–NLEX Road Warriors 6 5 .545 2 1.171
5 x–Meralco Bolts 6 5 .545 2 0.854
6 x–Alaska Aces 5 6 .455 3 1.021
7 w–Barako Bull Energy 5 6 .455 3 1.019
8 w–Barangay Ginebra San Miguel 5 6 .455 3 0.960
9 e–San Miguel Beermen 4 7 .364 4 1.011
10 e–GlobalPort Batang Pier 4 7 .364 4 0.995
11 e–Kia Carnival 4 7 .364 4 0.994
12 e–Blackwater Elite 3 8 .273 5

Playoffs[edit]

  Quarterfinals     Semifinals
(Best-of-5)
    Finals
(Best-of-7)
    (#1 twice-to-beat)                        
  1 Rain or Shine 92    
  8 Barangay Ginebra 91    
            1 Rain or Shine 3    
    (Best-of-3)       5 Meralco 0  
  4 NLEX 0  
  5 Meralco 2    
    1 Rain or Shine 3
    (#2 twice-to-beat)     2 Talk 'N Text 4
  2 Talk 'N Text 127    
  7 Barako Bull 97    
            2 Talk 'N Text 3
    (Best-of-3)     3 Purefoods Star 1    
  3 Purefoods Star 2  
  6 Alaska 0    

Finals results[edit]

2015 Governors' Cup[edit]

Elimination round[edit]

 y  – clinched twice to beat in the quarterfinals,  w  – clinched twice to win in the quarterfinals,  e  – eliminated

# Team W L PCT GB Tie
1 y- Alaska Aces 8 3 .727 1.065
2 y- San Miguel Beermen 8 3 .727 0.939
3 y- Rain or Shine Elasto Painters 7 4 .636 1 1.063
4 y- GlobalPort Batang Pier 7 4 .636 1 0.941
5 w- Star Hotshots 6 5 .545 2 1.315
6 w- Barako Bull Energy 6 5 .545 2 0.761
7 w- Meralco Bolts 5 6 .455 3 1.125
8 w- Barangay Ginebra San Miguel 5 6 .455 3 1.000
9 e- Kia Carnival 5 6 .455 3 0.954
10 e- Talk 'N Text Tropang Texters 5 6 .455 3 0.929
11 e- NLEX Road Warriors 3 8 .273 5
12 e- Blackwater Elite 1 10 .091 7

Playoffs[edit]

  Quarterfinals     Semifinals
(Best-of-5)
    Finals
(Best-of-7)
    (#1 twice to beat)                        
  1 Alaska 114    
  8 Ginebra 108    
            1 Alaska 3    
    (#4 twice to beat)       5 Star 0  
  4 GlobalPort 73 94
  5 Star 126 101  
    1 Alaska 0
    (#2 twice to beat)     2 San Miguel 4
  2 San Miguel 99 102  
  7 Meralco 106 86  
            2 San Miguel 3
    (#3 twice to beat)     3 Rain or Shine 1    
  3 Rain or Shine 134**  
  6 Barako Bull 132    

*Game went into overtime[a]


a The number of asterisks denotes the number of overtime(s) occurred.

Finals results[edit]

Individual awards[edit]

Leo Awards[edit]

Awards given by the PBA Press Corps[edit]

Cumulative standings[edit]

Champion
Runners-up
Semifinalist
Quarterfinalist
Elimination round
Team GP W L PCT Best finish
San Miguel Beermen 54 37 17 .685 Champions
Rain or Shine Elasto Painters 55 35 20 .636 Runners-up
Alaska Aces 58 35 23 .603 Runners-up
Talk 'N Text Tropang Texters 59 35 24 .593 Champions
Purefoods / Star Hotshots 47 27 20 .574 Semifinalist
Meralco Bolts 42 21 21 .500 Semifinalist
Barangay Ginebra San Miguel 38 17 21 .447 Quarterfinalist
GlobalPort Batang Pier 38 16 22 .421 Quarterfinalist
Barako Bull Energy 37 15 22 .405 Quarterfinalist
NLEX Road Warriors 36 13 23 .361 Quarterfinalist
Kia Sorento / Carnival 33 10 23 .303 Elimination round
Blackwater Elite 33 4 29 .121 Elimination round

Elimination rounds[edit]

Team GP W L PCT
Rain or Shine Elasto Painters 33 24 9 .727
San Miguel Beermen 33 21 12 .636
Talk 'N Text Tropang Texters 33 21 12 .636
Alaska Aces 33 21 12 .636
Purefoods / Star Hotshots 33 20 13 .606
Meralco Bolts 33 17 16 .515
Barangay Ginebra San Miguel 33 16 17 .485
GlobalPort Batang Pier 33 16 17 .485
Barako Bull Energy 33 15 18 .455
NLEX Road Warriors 33 13 20 .394
Kia Sorento / Carnival 33 10 23 .303
Blackwater Elite 33 4 29 .121

Playoffs[edit]

Team GP W L PCT
San Miguel Beermen 21 16 5 .762
Talk 'N Text Tropang Texters 25 14 11 .560
Alaska Aces 25 13 12 .520
Rain or Shine Elasto Painters 22 11 11 .500
Purefoods / Star Hotshots 14 7 7 .500
Meralco Bolts 9 4 5 .444
Barangay Ginebra San Miguel 5 1 4 .200
NLEX Road Warriors 3 0 3 .000
Barako Bull Energy 4 0 4 .000
GlobalPort Batang Pier 5 0 5 .000

References[edit]

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  5. ^ NLEX opts to buy existing club instead of entering as expansion team, GMA News Online, June 16, 2014
  6. ^ PBA approval of Air21's sale to NLEX clears way for Joseph Yeo trade to Ginebra for draft pick, Snow Badua, spin.ph, June 26, 2014
  7. ^ FLASH: Blackwater makes Danny Ildefonso the first pick of PBA dispersal draft, Snow Badua, spin.ph, July 18, 2014
  8. ^ "Jimmy Alapag retires". Rappler. January 9, 2015.
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  13. ^ Leo Austria named new San Miguel Beermen head coach, Naveen Ganglani, Rappler, August 2, 2014
  14. ^ Koy Banal is new Barako Bull coach after PBA team parts ways with Siot Tanquingcen, Snow Badua, spin.ph, October 18, 2014
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  23. ^ a b Mixers to retire Codiñera jersey, Nelson Beltran, The Philippine Star, October 11, 2014
  24. ^ Purefoods retires jerseys of Jerry Codiñera, Rey Evangelista Archived 2014-11-09 at the Wayback Machine, Rey Joble, InterAksyon.com, November 9, 2014
  25. ^ Fitting curtain call as Salud names Jimmy Alapag '13th man' of South team in PBA All-Stars, Snow Badua, spin.ph, January 30, 2015
  26. ^ KIA changing moniker of PBA ballclub from Sorento to Carnival - seriously, by: Snow Badua, spin.ph, January 23, 2015
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  29. ^ Outgoing commissioner Chito Salud named president and CEO in PBA reorganization, Richard Dy, spin.ph, March 7, 2015
  30. ^ Former coach Chito Narvasa named new PBA commissioner via 12-0 vote by board Archived 2015-05-18 at the Wayback Machine, Richard Dy, spin.ph, May 14, 2015
  31. ^ 'Liga ng Bayan' preseason games to give fans first glimpse of PBA newcomers Kia, Blackwater, Richard Dy, spin.ph, August 6, 2014
  32. ^ Salud says it's 'all systems go' for staging of PBA opening games at Philippine Arena, Snow Badua, spin.ph, September 18, 2014
  33. ^ Maegan Young, Alice Dixson, Ellen Adarna, Rachelle Ann Daquis, Ritz Azul lead PBA muses, Snow Badua, spin.ph, October 16, 2014

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