Top 10 Best Filipino Basketball PlayersIn the Philippines, basketball is more than just a game. It's a part of the cultural fabric that binds people together. From the dusty courts in small barrios to the gleaming arenas in bustling cities, basketball is played, watched, and celebrated with immense passion.
In a country where basketball is practically a way of life, singling out the best players is no small task. You've got legends from various eras, each with unique playing styles and contributions to the sport. Some names might evoke memories of electrifying performances, while others symbolize grace, leadership, or innovation on the court. It's about those who've pushed the boundaries of the game, inspired the next generation, and ignited the imaginations of fans both young and old.
You might be shocked, or maybe wondering and asking, "Who is this guy?" But watch out for this feisty, tricky, and most of all, speedy point guard. Not more than 5 years from now, this young kid will make history that would definitely shock the world.
Don Don, hmm, why number 3? Just take a look at his game. The clutch, stroke, and he is very competitive.
One of the best 3-point shooters of all time.
I put Jimmy on the 2 spot because he is a great player, and some players from other Asian nations called him the best PG in Asia.
He's the only player I see with a very long range in threes.
I like Jimmy making a long three without a doubt!
Pauliasi M. Taulava, better known as "Asi," was a former league MVP and all-star MVPs (2). This 6'9 giant is a very animated player and once was a dominant figure in his younger years.
RB, you might not know about him, but he was a former great in Philippine Basketball, and he was one of the few Fil-Foreign Players to be drafted in the NBA. He was a former Rookie of the Year and League MVP 1985.
You might just think that he's just a coach. Erik was a former college player from the University of Portland. He was awarded the West Coast Conference Freshman of the Year and scored over 1000 points during his collegiate career. Besides, he is the coach of the Star Studded team, the Miami Heat.
He is the best player in PBA history because of a million moves and many winning shots. The best one-hander shot. Go, idol!
James Yap, the best.
Big game James Yap.
Down to earth.
Nicknamed "El Presidente," a former four-time MVP, and also considered by many people as the Greatest Player in the Philippines.
He's one of the best during his days. Idol.
This 6'5 all-around player can play multiple positions. Originally played as a point guard but swapped to different positions due to the team's (Rain or Shine) lacking of tall players. Gabe has the wingspan of a 7-footer.
Determination is his weapon. Energy guy who plays all positions, 6'2" Small Forward who rebounds like Sakuragi. Hustle player who sacrifices his own body to get the possession. He is an all-around player. He can do anything. I think "The Beast" will be the best player in PBA in the future.
Calvin Abueva, can we compare him to LJ of Cleveland? The way he's on fire in shooting, rebounding, and ball handling. We can consider him the best PBA player today. Watch out. His 6'1 tall becomes his 6'8 or more.
The best player I've ever seen. The second Rookie of the Year MVP if the stats are valued the most. A 6'1 double-double machine who played all positions. Wow!
Best player I've ever seen in the PBA. There are so many PBA fans that don't know that Calvin Abueva is the first basketball player in the Philippines to win the three-crown king.
The greatest outside shooter in the Philippines.
A.K.A. the "Trigger Man," known for his sharp-shooting ability, and has the league record for the highest scoring in a single game with 79 points.
Best 3-point shooter of all time.
Because he is the best shooting guard in the league.
He is 6'11" with good perimeter shooting.
No one can defend him.
Best offensive player during his prime.
Idol, Dynamite Danny Seigle, he plays all-around positions and best of the best PBA player from Charles Patrick Pamil/Scott Ivan Pamil.
Bobby Ray is a very great shooter. The kid can shoot, whether it's from the foul line, perimeter, and most of all, he is a very good three-point shooter. He was one of the top recruits of 2011 in the United States but chose to play for his native country, the Philippines. He is currently playing for the National University Bulldogs.
Paul is a great player.
Paul Lee is a good player plus he got a rookie award. One-time champion, he is an MVP.
Best in dunk offensive and defensive player. No one can beat Japhet Aguilar. No. 1 without Japhet, Ginebra will be nothing.
Best mobile and athletic forward.
Tiu is a great player.
He perfected the fadeaway shot before Jordan was using it.
The best ever Filipino basketeer. Selected as a mythical five member of the world basketball team during his time.