The 2009 PBA Drafts will be happening on Sunday, August 2. And so we can't help but make a list. Here are the top 5 number one draft picks in the PBA.
Year drafted: 1972 (Great Taste)
Awards: Rookie of the Year, Most Valuable Player (1990), six-time Mythical First team, PBA's 25 Greatest Players of All-Time
PBA Championships won: 7. In the 1987 Open Conference, Caidic scored 48 points in Game 3 of the series, tying the record for most points scored by a local in a finals game
During his prime, this King of the University of the East Warriors was regarded one of the greatest shooters in all of Asia. A regular national team member all the way back from hsi amateur days. everyone feared the Triggerman, including powerhouse China. Local players likewise dread facing him, as he was literally a human scoring machine that could erupt at any given moment. The best example of which is his league record for most points by a local: 79, highlighted by a whopping 17 connections from the three-point area.
Year drafted: 1989 (Shell)
Awards: Rookie of the Year, two-time Most Valuable Player (1989, 1999), Five-time Mythical First team, PBA's 25 Greatest Players of All-time
PBA championships won: 4; Undeterred by the talented Fil-Am rookies Eric Menk and Sonny Alvarado of Tanduay, Paras would dominate the 1999 All-Filipino Cup and lead Shell to the title, the last of his brilliant career.
He tickles our funny bones these days, true, but there was a actually a time when Benjie Paras was the mightiest Tower of Power in the paint. Because of his dominant inside presence, accentuated by rim-rattling dunks and tremendous shot blocking ability, he is also the only player in the PBA history to ever win the Rookie of the Year and MVP plums in the same year. A decade later, when his games was supposedly fading away and the age of Fil-Ams was in our midst, he reasserted his force en route to another MVP season.
WORDS: B.A. BORLEO