Abet Guidaben

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Abet Guidaben
Personal information
Born (1952-09-14) September 14, 1952 (age 65)
Mambajao, Camiguin, Philippines
Nationality Filipino
Listed height 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Listed weight 192 lb (87 kg)
Career information
College University of San Jose - Recoletos
Playing career 1975–1995
Position Center / Power forward
Number 5
Career history
1973–1984 Crispa Redmanizers
1985 Tanduay Rhum Makers
1986 Manila Beer Brewmasters
1987–1988 San Miguel Beermen
1988 Purefoods Hotdogs
1989 Alaska Air Force
1990–1993 Pepsi Hotshots/7-Up Uncolas
1994–1995 Shell Rimula X
Career highlights and awards
  • 2× PBA Most Valuable Player (1983, 1987)
  • 5× PBA Mythical First Team (1983–1985, 1987, 1988)
  • 3× PBA All-Star
  • Member, PBA's 25 and 40 Greatest Players
  • Member, 5,000, 10,000, & 15,000 points club
  • Member, 1,000 & 2,000 offensive rebounds club
  • Member, 2,000 & 5,000 defensive rebounds club
  • Member, 2,000 assists club
  • Member, 1,000 games played
  • Enshrined into the PBA Hall of Fame in 2007


Alberto "Abet" Guidaben (born September 14, 1952) is a Filipino retired professional basketball player in the PBA. He was part of the fabled Crispa Redmanizers ballclub that won two Grand Slams, in 1976 and 1983. He was a two-time Most Valuable Player awardee, in 1983 and 1987, joining a select few who are multiple winners of the award such as Bogs Adornado, Ramon Fernandez, Alvin Patrimonio, Benjie Paras, Danny Ildefonso, Willie Miller, James Yap, and June Mar Fajardo.

Collegiate and amateur career[edit]

Guidaben started his career with the Agoho (Mambajao, Camiguin) Pirates and the University of San Jose - Recoletos. Then in 1973, he became part of the Crispa team in the old Manila Industrial and Commercial Athletic Association (MICAA). Later that year, he and Crispa teammate Bogs Adornado were named to the Philippine team that won the 1973 Asian Basketball Confederation (ABC) held in Manila. The two also suited up for the national team that played in the 1974 Mundo Basket (the World Championship) held in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The Crispa-Floro duo were again in the national team skippered by Jaworski for the 1974 Asian Games in Teheran.

Professional career[edit]

In the PBA, Guidaben was a "late-bloomer" with Crispa. During the league's early years, he played in the shadows of his more illustrious teammates like Philip Cezar, Atoy Co and Bogs Adornado. But slowly, his talent as a big man emerged and became one of Crispa's greatest assets. He was already a good rebounder but later developed a strong inside game complimented with accurate off-the-glass jumpers from the perimeter. He was also one of the earliest dunkers in the PBA making the slam dunk vogue in the league a decade before the arrival of highflyers like Samboy Lim, Paul "Bong" Alvarez, Vergel Meneses and Nelson Asaytono. He also had a great rivalry with Toyota's Fernandez which was considered a classic in itself. He won MVP honors in 1983 while with Crispa and 1987 while with San Miguel Beer. Unfortunately, he wound up as a journeyman of sorts having played for eight teams. Aside from Crispa and San Miguel, he also suited up for Manila Beer, Tanduay, Purefoods, Alaska Milk, Pepsi Mega and Shell Rimula X.

He finished his PBA career as the No. 2 all-time leading scorer with 15,775 points (behind Fernandez's 18,996), No. 2 all-time in total rebounds with 8,570, No. 2 in defensive rebounds with 6,197, No. 1 in offensive rebounds with 2,373 and No. 1 in games played with 1,081. He also had 2,284 assists, 340 steals and 922 blocks in 29,577:10 total minutes played (No. 3 behind Fernandez and Patrimonio). He finished with career averages of 14.6 ppg, 7.9 rpg, 2.1 apg, 77.6% FT (2,875/3,707), 53.1% FG (6,420/12,092).

PBA career statistics[edit]

Legend
  GP Games played  MPG  Minutes per game  FG%  Field-goal percentage
 3P%  3-point field-goal percentage  FT%  Free-throw percentage  RPG  Rebounds per game
 APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game  BPG  Blocks per game
 PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high
Year Team GP MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
1975 Crispa 44 15.55 .516 .000 .682 5.23 0.59 0.16 0.55 6.6
1976 Crispa 51 17.59 .507 .000 .712 6.02 0.47 0.24 0.47 8.9
1977 Crispa 63 20.92 .518 .000 .717 5.84 1.24 0.27 0.78 11.8
1978 Crispa 45 22.22 .538 .000 .678 6.93 1.24 0.18 1.21 13.4
1979 Crispa 61 23.49 .572 .000 .791 7.33 1.21 0.16 1.21 12.2
1980 Crispa 59 23.61 .518 .333 .784 8.29 1.69 0.29 0.80 14.8
1981 Crispa 52 23.23 .469 .000 .796 7.04 1.60 0.33 0.71 13.8
1982 Crispa 54 28.81 .582 .000 .724 9.13 2.17 0.22 0.83 16.5
1983 Crispa 59 31.08 .592 .500 .759 8.69 3.49 0.25 0.88 17.9
1984 Crispa 61 34.03 .584 .286 .768 11.38 3.33 0.51 1.72 21.0
1985 Tanduay 50 39.40 .552 .263 .742 11.18 4.46 0.50 1.44 22.8
1985 Manila Beer 17 28.29 .523 .000 .843 6.35 2.12 0.82 0.71 14.3
1985 2 Teams (Combined) 67 33.85 .546 ..227 .759 9.96 3.87 0.58 1.25 20.66
1986 Manila Beer 38 35.53 .493 .364 .767 9.84 2.68 0.55 0.87 15.1
1987 Magnolia/San Miguel 64 35.97 .496 .143 .822 10.70 2.94 0.14 0.77 19.3
1988 San Miguel Beer 47 34.66 .505 .167 .822 11.49 3.32 0.30 0.70 19.9
1988 Purefoods 10 28.10 .491 .000 .818 6.60 2.80 0.30 0.30 13.5
1988 2 Teams (Combined) 57 31.38 .504 .143 .746 10.63 3.23 0.30 0.63 18.81
1989 Alaska 29 29.38 .499 .400 .876 9.76 2.28 0.34 1.00 16.4
1990 Alaska 36 31.00 .546 .000 .783 8.14 2.14 0.25 1.00 15.9
1990 Pepsi 10 37.50 .596 .000 .857 7.70 2.20 0.20 0.30 20.4
1991 2 Teams (Combined) 17 34.25 .559 .000 .801 8.04 2.15 0.24 0.85 16.8
1991 Pepsi 43 32.49 .513 .000 .798 7.95 2.44 0.34 1.19 16.8
1992 7-Up 55 34.55 .514 .333 .802 7.78 3.40 0.64 0.95 16.9
1993 7-Up 21 28.57 .491 .000 .774 7.05 1.86 0.52 0.62 13.4
1993 Shell Helix Ultra 9 16.89 .525 .000 .875 4.56 1.11 0.22 0.55 5.4
1994 Shell Rimula X 50 18.62 .553 .000 .794 4.44 0.72 0.16 0.50 8.0
1995 Shell 54 15.65 .488 .000 .760 3.43 0.74 0.30 0.19 4.5
Career 1081 27.49 .531 .350 .776 7.93 2.11 0.31 0.85 14.6

Retirement and later life[edit]

In 2000, he was named as one of the PBA's 25 greatest players of all-time in elaborate awards ceremonies that highlighted the 25th year anniversary of the league. After his retirement, he went into the construction business, and in 2003, he migrated to New Jersey in the United States with his family. Even in the U.S. he actively took part in benefit basketball events staged by the PBA Legends USA Foundation.

In 2007, he was enshrined into the PBA Hall of Fame along with Manny Paner, Danny Florencio, and Norman Black.[citation needed]

In 2010, he suffered from a serious ailment called Myasthenia Gravis and was admitted to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) for eight days.[1] He managed to survive from the illness by taking steroids.

In 2012, he suffered two strokes in a span of one week, and was diagnosed with meningitis.[2] He was again admitted to the ICU as a result.

Personal life[edit]

Guidaben, with his wife, Maridol, has four children (Maria Elizabeth, JR, Michael and Katherine) and several grandchildren.[3]

Trivia[edit]

  • An Abet Guidaben for Mon Fernandez swap happened twice. In 1985, Guidaben was shipped from Tanduay to Manila Beer for El Presidente during the last conference. Three years later, Guidaben, then playing for San Miguel, was sent to Purefoods for the disgruntled Fernandez.
  • Guidaben has worn the jersey #5 during his time with the Crispa Redmanizers. Ever since then he has worn other jersey numbers equaling to 5 such as 14 (1+4), 23 (2+3), 32 (3+2) & 41 (4+1).

References[edit]

  1. ^ Nathanielsz, Ronnie. "ABET GUIDABEN IN DIRE STRAITS". www.philboxing.com. Philboxing.com. Retrieved 26 December 2014. 
  2. ^ Celis, Beth. "Ironman deaths". www.inquirer.net. Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved 26 December 2014. 
  3. ^ Henson, Joaquin. "Guidaben dreams to return to RP". www.philstar.com. Philippine Star. Retrieved 26 December 2014.