Nelson Asaytono

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Nelson Asaytono
Personal information
Born (1967-01-25) January 25, 1967 (age 50)
San Teodoro, Oriental Mindoro, Philippines
Nationality Filipino
Listed height 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Listed weight 215 lb (98 kg)
Career information
College University of Manila
PBA draft 1989 Round: 1 / Pick: 2nd overall
Selected by the Purefoods Hotdogs
Playing career 1989–2006
Position Power forward
Number 11
Career history
1989–1991 Purefoods Tender Juicy Hotdogs
1992–1996 Swift/Sunkist
1996–1999 San Miguel Beermen
2000–2001 Pop Cola Panthers
2002–2006 Red Bull Barako
Career highlights and awards
  • 3× PBA Mythical First Team (1992, 1993, 1997)
  • 4× PBA Mythical Second Team (1994–1996, 1998)
  • 2× PBA Best Player of the Conference (1997 All-Filipino Cup, 1998 All Filipino Cup)
  • 10× PBA All-Star (1989–1993, 1995–1999)

Nelson Asaytono (born January 25, 1967) is a Filipino retired professional basketball player who played for Purefoods, Swift/Sunkist/Pop Cola, San Miguel Beer, and Red Bull in the PBA during his 17-year career.

College career[edit]

Asaytono is one of the greatest players ever to step up in a less-known university in University of Manila, that produced stars such as Reynel Hugnatan and others. He is also part of the very talented rookie class of 1989 composed of SSC-R stalwart Paul Alvarez, UP power force Benjie Paras, and DLSU hotshot Dindo Pumaren.

Professional career[edit]

Purefoods Hotdogs[edit]

Asaytono was drafted 2nd overall by the Purefoods Hotdogs in 1989. The squad was then led by Jojo Lastimosa, Alvin Patrimonio, and Jerry Codiñera. At Purefoods, he was an immediate back-up for Patrimonio, and would share minutes with Glenn Capacio, Lastimosa, fellow rookie Dindo Pumaren and Codiñera. He won two titles with the team.

Swift/Sunkist[edit]

Before the start of the 1992 season, Asaytono was traded to Swift Mighty Meaties where became the leader of the squad along with Al Solis. His leadership and talent made him an MVP candidate but came short to San Miguel gunner Ato Agustin. Despite missing out the MVP honors, he led the Mighty Meaties to two PBA titles which includes the 1992 3rd Conference against the 7-up Bottlers and the 1993 Commissioner's Cup against Purefoods Oodles.

The next season, when the team acquired Vergel Meneses, his minutes was cut down into half and was even reduced further when new coach Derrick Pumaren took over the reins. Although he was later relegated to the bench, his team (rechristened as Sunkist) won two more titles in the 1995 All-Filipino and Commissioner's Cup conferences, respectively. He was later traded to the San Miguel Beermen before the start of the 1996 season.

San Miguel Beermen[edit]

Asaytono's trade to San Miguel proved to be the turning point of his career. He became go-to-guy in Coach Ron Jacobs's rotation, as well as its franchise player. In 1997, he became one of the forerunners for the MVP award but he again came short to former teammate, Alvin Patrimonio. Although he lost the MVP race, he led the league in scoring.

When the team drafted future MVP Danny Ildefonso in the 1998 season, his minutes was again reduced but still he led the team in scoring. He led Beermen to the finals twice in All Filipino and Commissioner's Cup in that season, but came up short in both occasions to the Alaska Milkmen. A year later, when Jong Uichico took over the coaching reins from Jacobs, he was relegated to the bench and was eventually traded to his former team, the Pop Cola 800s (together with hotshot William Antonio) for Dwight Lago, Boybits Victoria, and Nic Belasco.

Pop Cola, Red Bull, Career Milestone and Retirement[edit]

Asaytono's second stint Pop Cola was a forgettable one, as he started to slow down as he was still at the bench. He spent his last four seasons with the Red Bull Barako until the 2005-06 season.

On April 7, 2005, he passed Crispa great Philip Cezar for the fifth spot all-time scoring list after tallying with 17 points on 6-of-9 shooting. Currently, he is fifth in the PBA all-time scoring list with 12,268 total points in 796 career games, behind only Ramon Fernandez, Abet Guidaben, Alvin Patrimonio and Atoy Co.[1]

Non-inclusion in the 40 Greatest PBA Players of All-Time[edit]

Many basketball fans and even basketball experts and former PBA players are disappointed that Nelson Asaytono was not included on the 40 Greatest PBA Players of All-Time. Majority says that Nelson Asaytono's achievement should have been recognized by including him to the list. Asaytono is the fifth all-time leading scorer of the PBA behind only such great players Ramon Fernandez, Abet Guidaben, Alvin Patrimonio and Atoy CO

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

Correct as of the 2005-06 season[2]

Season-by-season averages[edit]

Year Team GP MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
1989 Purefoods 56 19.7 0.526 0.222 0.832 4.6 0.5 0.2 0.4 11.7
1990 Purefoods 53 21.2 0.554 0.250 0.802 4.4 0.9 0.3 0.4 14.1
1991 Purefoods 54 22.8 0.554 0.143 0.842 5.0 1.0 0.2 0.6 15.6
1992 Swift 69 35.8 0.560 0.515 0.825 8.2 2.1 0.6 1.2 22.4
1993 Swift 68 35.9 0.569 0.276 0.792 7.7 2.8 0.6 0.8 19.3
1994 Swift 65 33.1 0.553 0.266 0.751 7.2 2.2 0.3 0.9 18.6
1995 Swift 68 26.3 0.574 0.222 0.801 4.5 2.0 0.3 0.4 14.0
1996 Swift/San Miguel 51 32.6 0.497 0.346 0.779 6.3 2.0 0.5 0.4 15.9
1997 San Miguel 61 40.7 0.431 0.290 0.813 7.1 2.7 0.5 0.6 23.1
1998 San Miguel 65 32.0 0.438 0.278 0.728 5.7 2.1 0.3 0.3 14.6
1999 San Miguel/Pop Cola 23 29.2 0.421 0.171 0.778 4.3 1.0 0.6 0.2 11.8
2000 Pop Cola/Sunkist 23 32.7 0.447 0.323 0.764 6.3 2.2 0.5 0.4 17.0
2001 Pop Cola 49 20.1 0.400 0.242 0.829 3.1 1.0 0.2 0.2 8.4
2002 Red Bull 22 9.4 0.489 0.308 0.600 1.5 0.6 0.1 0.1 3.2
2003 Red Bull 38 14.0 0.511 0.419 0.671 3.2 0.7 0.2 0.1 7.5
2004-05 Red Bull 53 16.5 0.458 0.238 0.810 3.0 0.6 0.1 0.1 7.6
2005-06 Red Bull 2 8.5 0.143 0.500 0.500 1.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 3.0
Career 820 27.5 0.512 0.284 0.794 5.5 1.6 0.3 0.5 15.0

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