40 Greatest Players in PBA History

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The 40 Greatest Players in Philippine Basketball Association History is a set of players chosen in 2000 and 2015 to commemorate the founding of the Philippine Basketball Association.

The first set, known as the 25 Greatest Players in Philippine Basketball Association History was awarded when the league celebrated its 25th year anniversary in 2000, during its silver anniversary TV special held at the Araneta Coliseum on April 9, 2000.

In 2015, 15 players were added to the list to commemorate the league's 40th anniversary. The awarding was held at the Resorts World Manila on April 8, 2015. The award was rechristened as FAB @ 40 (40th Greatest Players).[1]

Criteria[edit]

The following criteria were used by a committee in selecting players for the first 25 players in the list:

  • The player must have played at least four (4) full seasons with the league.
  • The player must be a recipient of a major award (either a MVP or Rookie of the Year awardee or a member of the mythical selection, or all-defensive teams)
  • The player must have done a major impact with the sport and the league.
  • The player must have contributed towards the positive development of basketball in the country.

Criticism on the 15 additional players[edit]

The additional 15 players that was added in 2015 caused controversy because some were still young and active (Williams-33, Pingris-34) and still at the peak of their career. Though the selection is valid, some from the 25 original cast questioned why some of the retired PBA legends were not included in the list like Nelson Asaytono, Abe King, Yoyoy Villamin, Olsen Racela, and Jeffrey Cariaso. Many says that such players like Kerby Raymundo, Marlou Aquino and Marc Pingris should have not been included on the list.[2]

Players selected in 2000[edit]

Italics Denotes player who was active in the PBA at the time of induction
* Elected to the PBA Hall of Fame
All Star Denotes number of All-Star appearances
Year Denotes year of PBA Hall of Fame induction
Name School Teams played for (years) MVP won All-star Year Ref
Abarrientos, JohnnyJohnny Abarrientos FEU Alaska (1993–2001)
Pop Cola (2001–2002)
Coca-Cola (2002–2006)
Barangay Ginebra (2006–2009, 2010)
1 (1996)
Adornado, BogsBogs Adornado* UST Crispa (1975–1979)
U/Tex (1979–1982)
Great Taste (1982–1984)
Shell (1985–1986)
Hills Bros/Alaska (1987)
3 (1975, 1976, 1981) n/a 2005
Agustin, RenatoRenato Agustin Lyceum San Miguel (1989–1996)
Sunkist/Pop Cola (1996–1997)
Sta Lucia (1999–2000)
Red Bull (2000–2001)
1 (1992)
Arnaiz, FrancisFrancis Arnaiz* Ateneo Toyota (1975–1983)
Gilbey's Gin/Ginebra (1984–1986)
none n/a 2005
Brown, RicardoRicardo Brown* Pepperdine, DLSU Great Taste (1983–1987)
San Miguel (1987–1989)
1 (1985) n/a 2009
Caidic, AllanAllan Caidic* UE Great Taste/Presto (1987–1992)
San Miguel (1993–1998)
Barangay Ginebra (1999)
1 (1990) 2009
Calma, HectorHector Calma* Adamson San Miguel (1986–1994) none 2009
Cezar, PhilipPhilip Cezar* JRU Crispa (19751984)
Shell (19851986)
Great Taste/Presto (19871989)
Ginebra(19901991)
1 (1980) 2005
Co, AtoyAtoy Co* Mapúa Crispa (19751984)
Manila Beer (19851986)
Great Taste/Presto (19871988)
1 (1979) n/a 2005
Codiñera, JerryJerry Codiñera UE Purefoods (19881999)
Mobiline/Talk 'N Text (19992002)
FedEx (20022005–06)
none
Duremdes, KennethKenneth Duremdes Adamson Sunkist/Pop Cola (19951997)
Alaska (19982002)
Sta. Lucia (20032006–07)
Coca-Cola (2007–08)
1 (1998)
Fabiosa, BernieBernie Fabiosa USJ-R Crispa (19751984)
Shell (19851986)
Presto (19871989)
Purefoods (1990)
Diet Sarsi/Swift (1991)
none
Fernandez, RamonRamon Fernandez* San Carlos Toyota (19751983)
Beer Hausen/Manila Beer (19841985)
Tanduay (19861987)
Purefoods (1988)
San Miguel (19881994)
4 (1982, 1984, 1986, 1988) 2005
Florencio, DannyDanny Florencio* UST U/Tex (19751976)
7-Up (1977)
Toyota (19771982)
Galerie Dominique (1983)
none n/a 2007
Guidaben, AlbertoAlberto Guidaben* USJ-R Crispa (19751984)
Tanduay (1985)
Manila Beer (1986)
San Miguel (19871988)
Purefoods (1988)
Alaska (1989)
Pepsi/7-Up (19901993)
Shell (19941995)
2 (1983, 1987) 2007
Hubalde, FreddieFreddie Hubalde* Mapúa Crispa (19751984)
Tanduay (19851987)
Purefoods (1988)
Shell (19881989)
Añejo (19901991)
1 (1977) n/a 2011
Jaworski, RobertRobert Jaworski* UE Toyota (19751983)
Gilbey's Gin/Añejo/Ginebra (19841997)
1 (1978) 2005
Lastimosa, JojoJojo Lastimosa Ateneo, USJ-R Purefoods (19881991)
Alaska (19922000, 20022003)
Pop Cola (20002002)
none
Lim Eng Beng DLSU Carrier (1975)
U/Tex (19761982)
San Miguel (1983)
Crispa (1984)
Shel Azodrin (1985)
Manila Beer (1986)
none n/a 2013
Lim, SamboySamboy Lim* Letran San Miguel (19861997) none 2009
Magsanoc, RonnieRonnie Magsanoc UP Shell (19891999)
Sta Lucia (20002001)
Purefoods (2002)
none 2013
Meneses, VergelVergel Meneses JRU Presto (1992)
Sta. Lucia (1993)
Swift/Sunkist/Pop Cola (19941999)
Ginebra (19992002)
FedEx (20022004–05)
Red Bull (2004–052005–06)
Talk 'N Text (2006–07)
1 (1995)
Paner, MannyManny Paner* UV Royal Tru-Orange (19751977)
Great Taste (19781980)
CDCP (1981)
Royal/San Miguel/Magnolia (19821986)
none n/a 2007
Patrimonio, AlvinAlvin Patrimonio* Mapúa Purefoods (19882004–05) 4 (1991, 1993, 1994, 1997) 2011
Paras, BenjieBenjie Paras UP Shell (19892002)
San Miguel (2003)
2 (1989, 1999) 2013

Players selected in 2015[edit]

Italics Denotes player who was active in the PBA at the time of induction
* In-active / Retired Players
Name School Teams played for (years) MVP won All-star Ref
Ildefonso, DannyDanny Ildefonso* NU San Miguel/Petron Blaze (1998–2013)
Meralco (2013–2015)
2 (2000, 2001) (1999–2001, 2003–2005, 2007, 2009)
Miller, WillieWillie Miller* Letran Batang Red Bull (2001–2003)
Talk 'N Text (2004–2006)
Alaska (2006–2010)
Ginebra (2010–2011)
Barako Bull (2011–2012)
GlobalPort (2012–2013)
Barako Bull (2013–2014)
Talk 'N Text (2015)
2 (2002, 2007) 11 (2001, 2003–2004, 2006–2011)
Yap, JamesJames Yap UE Purefoods/B-Meg/San Mig Coffee/Star (20042016)
Rain or Shine(2016–present)
2 (2006, 2010) 13 (2004–2016)
Taulava, AsiAsi Taulava BYU Talk 'N Text (1999–2007)
Coca-Cola Tigers (2007–2010)
Meralco (2010–2012)
Air21(2013–2014)
NLEX (2014–present)
1 (2003) 14
Menk, EricEric Menk Lake Superior State Tanduay (1999–2001)
Barangay Ginebra (2001–2013)
GlobalPort (2013–2014)
Alaska (2014–2016)
1 (2005) 10 (1999–2000, 2003–2007, 2009–2011)
Williams, KellyKelly Williams Oakland Sta. Lucia Realtors (2006–2010)
Talk 'N Text/TNT (2010–present)
1 (2008) 5 (2007–2011)
Helterbrand, JayjayJayjay Helterbrand Kentucky State Barangay Ginebra (2000–present)
1 (2009) 7 (2004–2010)
Alapag, JimmyJimmy Alapag Cal. State Talk 'N Text (2003–2015)
Meralco(2015–present)
1 (2011) 11 (2003–2011, 2014–2015)
Caguioa, MarkMark Caguioa Glendale CC Barangay Ginebra (2001–present)
1 (2012) 2
Santos, ArwindArwind Santos FEU Air21 (2006–2009)
San Miguel (2009–present)
1 (2013) 6 (2008–2013)
Castro, JaysonJayson Castro PCU Talk 'N Text/TNT (2008–resent)
4 (2013–2016)
Pingris, MarcMarc Pingris FEU FedEx Express (2004–2005)
Purefoods (2005–2008)
Magnolia/San Miguel (2008–2009)
Purefoods/B-Meg/San Mig Coffee/Star (2009–present)
12 (2005–2016)
Raymundo, KerbyKerby Raymundo* Letran Red Bull (2000–2001)
Purefoods/B-Meg (2002–2012)
Barangay Ginebra (2012–2013)
Meralco (2013)
10 (2001, 2003–2011)
Loyzaga, ChitoChito Loyzaga* San Beda YCO-Tanduay (1981)
Toyota (1983)
Great Taste (1984–1985)
Ginebra (1986–1993)
Aquino, MarlouMarlou Aquino* Adamson Ginebra/Gordon's Gin/Barangay Ginebra (1996–2000)
Sta. Lucia (2000–2010)
Meralco (2010–2011)

Grandslam coaches[edit]

Before handing out the awards for the 25 PBA greatest players, the four Grand Slam head coaches up to 2000 were also recognized.

^ Denotes coach who is still active
* Elected to the PBA Hall of Fame
*^ Active coach who has been elected to the PBA Hall of Fame
HOF year Denotes year of PBA Hall of Fame induction
Name Team Grandslam year HOF year
Baby Dalupan* Crispa Redmanizers 1976 2005
Tommy Manotoc* Crispa Redmanizers 1983 2011
Norman Black*^ San Miguel Beermen 1989 2007
Tim Cone^ Alaska Milkmen 1996

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ PBA (April 9, 2015). "40 GREATEST FETED AT PBA FAB@40". Philippine Basketball Association. pba.inquirer.net. Retrieved April 9, 2015. 
  2. ^ Nelson Beltran (April 10, 2015). "PBA Great at 40 with 40 'Greatest' but Questions Asked on Missing Big Guns". Philippine Star. philstar.com. Retrieved April 10, 2015. 

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