|No. 11 – GlobalPort Batang Pier|
November 10, 1980 |
San Jose, California
|Nationality||Filipino / American|
|Listed height||6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)|
|Listed weight||170 lb (77 kg)|
|High school||Carson (Carson, California)|
|College||De La Salle University|
|PBA draft||2003 Round: 1 / Pick: 1st overall|
|Selected by the Alaska Aces|
|2008–2010||San Miguel Beermen|
|2010–2012||Barangay Ginebra San Miguel|
|2016–present||GlobalPort Batang Pier|
|Career highlights and awards|
Mike Cortez (born November 10, 1980) is a Filipino-American professional basketball player who currently plays for the GlobalPort Batang Pier in the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA). Cortez gained prominence in the amateur ranks for the De La Salle Green Archers in the UAAP and the ICTSI Archers in the Philippine Basketball League. In 2003, he was the first overall pick of Alaska Aces in the 2003 PBA draft.
He also played in the PBL for the ICTSI Archers, a team composed mostly of DLSU players alongside then University of the East star James Yap. With the two playing together, ICTSI almost won a PBL title in 2001 only to be defeated by the veteran-laiden Shark Energy Drink.
By 2002, Cortez's performance had quickly led to him being considered the top prospect for the PBA. He was included in the mythical 5 in the 2000 and 2002 UAAP season.
After the 2002 UAAP season, Cortez applied for the 2003 PBA draft and was quickly drafted by the Alaska Aces as the top overall pick. By then, he was considered as the successor to Johnny Abarrientos as the team's next big star at the point guard position.
However, he struggled in his first season in the pros with inconsistent performances due to Tim Cone's triangle offense system, and the emphasis on Ali Peek, Don Allado and fellow rookie Brandon Cablay. Despite this development, he was a member of the 2003 PBA Invitational Champions defeating the Coca-Cola Tigers.
The next season, he played probably his best season in the league, playing in a consistent level while forming a two-man tandem with Willie Miller as Alaska almost went to the PBA Philippine Cup finals, but they lost to the eventual champion Purefoods Chunkee Giants 4-3.
He missed most of the 2006–07 PBA Philippine Cup following a season-ending injury in the third game of the conference.
He received the Comeback Player of the Year award for his role in the 2009 PBA Fiesta Conference title of the San Miguel Beermen. His second conference title and third overall in the PBA.
Although he helped Alaska and San Miguel win a single title each, the Cool Cat did not win a crown with the Barangay Ginebra. But he recorded his first triple-double in his pro career with the Kings on Game 3 of the 2012 PBA Commissioner's Cup Quarterfinals against B-Meg Llamados when he registered 17 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists earning Best Player of the Game honors.
On November 7, 2012, he was traded back to the Express, in exchange for rookie Yousef Taha, where he reunited with coach Franz Pumaren, Ren-Ren Ritualo and Cholo Villanueva — all members of the 2001 La Salle "four-peat" squad.
On September 6, 2013, he was traded to Meralco Bolts in exchange for the rights of Asi Taulava, who at that time was coming off a successful campaign in the ASEAN Basketball League with San Miguel Beermen.
On August 7, 2015, Cortez and James Sena were traded by Meralco to the Blackwater Elite in exchange for Larry Rodriguez, who was also traded by the Bolts to the Talk 'N Text Tropang Texters via the Elite in exchange for Jimmy Alapag.
PBA career statistics
|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|
Correct as of August 13, 2016
|2007–08||Alaska / Magnolia||55||29.6||.416||.349||.765||3.8||4.4||1.0||.4||10.8|
|2009–10||San Miguel / Air21 (first era) / Barangay Ginebra||49||23.4||.429||.325||.782||3.4||3.4||.9||.2||9.4|
|2012–13||Barangay Ginebra / Air21 (second era)||42||28.1||.414||.338||.644||4.4||4.3||1.3||.2||9.3|
- Badua, Snow (September 6, 2013). "Air21 Express acquire Taulava from Meralco in exchange for Cortez". Spin.ph. Retrieved December 12, 2015.
- Ganglani, Naveen (August 7, 2015). "Jimmy Alapag to come out of retirement, will join Meralco after trade". Rappler. Retrieved August 8, 2015.
- Player Profile at PBA-Online!