Philippine Basketball Association Rookie of the Year award

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The Philippine Basketball Association's Rookie of the Year Award is an annual Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) award given to the top rookie(s) of the regular season. The award was first given in 1976.

The award is decided using criteria introduced for the 2011–12 season, which include accumulated statistical points, votes from media, players and the league's Commissioner's Office.

The most recent Rookie of the Year winner is Chris Newsome. Eleven winners were drafted first overall (the league started its draft in the 1985 season). Six winners have also won the PBA Most Valuable Player (MVP) award in their careers; with Benjie Paras earning the honors the same season. Three winners have been elected to the PBA Hall of Fame.

List of winners[edit]

Philippine Basketball Association awards and honors
Individual annual awards
Individual conference awards

^ Denotes player who is still active in the PBA
* Elected to the PBA Hall of Fame
DP # Draft pick number
DY Draft year
D direct hire
Rookie of the Year
Season Player Position Country of birth Team School DP # DY[a]
1976 Cortez, GilGil Cortez Forward/Center  Philippines Toyota Super Corollas San Beda n/a n/a
1977 Taguines, JimmyJimmy Taguines Forward/Center  Philippines Tanduay Rhum Makers San Beda n/a n/a
1978 Manansala, JimmyJimmy Manansala Forward/Guard  Philippines Tanduay Rhum Makers UE n/a n/a
1979 Tuadles, ArnieArnie Tuadles Forward/Guard  Philippines Tanduay Rhum Makers UV n/a n/a
1980 Generalao, WillieWillie Generalao Guard  Philippines Gilbey's Gin Tonics UV n/a n/a
1981 Sison, RafaelRafael Sison Guard  Philippines Presto Fun Drinks n/a n/a
1982 Saldaña, MarteMarte Saldaña Guard  Philippines San Miguel Beermen FEU n/a n/a
1983 Brown, RicardoRicardo Brown* Guard  United States Great Taste Coffee Makers Pepperdine n/a n/a
1984 Pearson, WillieWillie Pearson Forward/Guard  United States Crispa Redmanizers Chaminade n/a n/a
1985 Austria, LeoLeo Austria Guard  Philippines Shell Azodrin Bugbusters Lyceum 10 1985
1986 Ampalayo, DondonDondon Ampalayo Forward  Philippines Ginebra San Miguel USJ-R 2 1986
1987 Caidic, AllanAllan Caidic* Guard  Philippines Great Taste Coffee Makers UE 1 1987
1988 Lastimosa, JojoJojo Lastimosa Forward/Guard  Philippines Purefoods Hotdogs Ateneo D 1988
1989 Paras, BenjieBenjie Paras* Center  Philippines Formula Shell Zoom Masters UP Diliman 1 1989
1990 Esplana, GerryGerry Esplana Guard  Philippines Presto Tivolis FEU 9 1990
1991 Quilban, EugeneEugene Quilban Guard  Philippines Alaska Milkmen SSC-R 3 1991
1992 Ravena, BongBong Ravena Guard/Forward  Philippines San Miguel Beermen UE 5 1992
1993 Limpot, JunJun Limpot Center  Philippines Sta. Lucia Realtors De La Salle 1 1993
1994 Victoria, BoybitsBoybits Victoria Guard  Philippines Swift Mighty Meaties San Beda 3 1994
1995 Cariaso, JeffreyJeffrey Cariaso Guard/Forward  United States Alaska Milkmen Sonoma State 6 1995
1996 Aquino, MarlouMarlou Aquino Center  Philippines Ginebra San Miguel Adamson 1 1996
1997 Seigle, AndyAndy Seigle Center  United States Mobiline Cellulars New Orleans 1 1997
1998 Ildefonso, DannyDanny Ildefonso Center  Philippines San Miguel Beermen NU 1 1998
1999 Seigle, DannyDanny Seigle^ Forward/Guard  United States San Miguel Beermen Wagner D 1999
2000 Harp, DavonnDavonn Harp Center  United States Batang Red Bull Energizers Kutztown D 2000
2001 Caguioa, MarkMark Caguioa^ Guard  Philippines Barangay Ginebra Kings Glendale Community College 3 2001
2002 Ritualo, Ren-RenRen-Ren Ritualo Guard  Philippines FedEx Express De La Salle 8 2002
2003 Alapag, JimmyJimmy Alapag Guard  United States Talk 'N Text Phone Pals CSU San Bernardino 10 2003
2004–05 Alvarez, RichRich Alvarez Forward  Japan Shell Turbo Chargers Ateneo 1 2004
2005–06 Fonacier, LarryLarry Fonacier^ Forward  Philippines Red Bull Barako Ateneo 14 2005
2006–07 Williams, KellyKelly Williams^ Forward  United States Sta. Lucia Realtors Oakland 1 2006
2007–08 Reyes, RyanRyan Reyes^ Forward  United States Sta. Lucia Realtors Cal State Fullerton 3 2007
2008–09 Norwood, GabeGabe Norwood^ Forward  United States Rain or Shine Elasto Painters George Mason 1 2008
2009–10 Maierhofer, RicoRico Maierhofer^ Forward  Philippines B-Meg Derby Ace Llamados De La Salle 2 2009
2010–11 Al-Hussaini, RabehRabeh Al-Hussaini^ Center  Philippines Petron Blaze Boosters Ateneo 2 2010
2011–12 Lee, PaulPaul Lee^ Guard  Philippines Rain or Shine Elasto Painters UE 2 2011
2012–13 Abueva, CalvinCalvin Abueva^ Guard  Philippines Alaska Aces SSC-R 2 2012
2013–14 Slaughter, GregGreg Slaughter^ Center  United States Barangay Ginebra San Miguel Ateneo 1 2013
2014–15 Pringle, StanleyStanley Pringle^ Guard  United States GlobalPort Batang Pier Penn State 1 2014
2015–16 Newsome, ChrisChris Newsome^ Guard  United States Meralco Bolts Ateneo 4 2015


  1. ^ The PBA draft was instituted in 1985