Top 10: PBA’s Scoring Stars (per season)

April 29, 2011 by  

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Last weekend, when I was strolling in the mall, I saw this book. It was an awesome book. It was like the handout that every PBA fanatic must have… until the information becomes outdated.

The minute I saw the book, I knew I just had to buy it. This is the first time I have ever bought a PBA Hardcourt Annual. Before that, I had two but those two were free because the league technically gave them to me when I was working for the TV stations that covered the games. I would use that in utmost gusto especially during historical games like the Cheers for the Years game they had in 2005.

While I was reading the book, I had an idea. Michael Jordan is a many-time scoring leader. Before Jordan, George Mikan, Wilt Chamberlain, and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar dominated the scoring. So was it a big man sport before Jordan arrived? Hell no. Fact is though, these behemoths are lucky enough to become many-time scoring leaders in their careers. After Jordan, a slew of slashers fit the bill – I’m talking about Allen Iverson and then Tracy McGrady and then Kobe Bryant and then Lebron James and now Kevin Durant. We all know those that can score 20 points a night and apparently the guys that can score in the 30-point mark.

But what about in the PBA?

Who are the scoring leaders in the PBA?

Do you want to know?

If you do, then check this out.

CRITERIA:

It’s actually an easy hook. How many times does a player lead the league in the PBA seasons? This is the only rule. However, the rankings all of a sudden become the problem. We’re going to solve this using a tiebreaker method. For example, Jun Limpot and Vergel Meneses both led the league in scoring once. Limpot was part of Sta. Lucia when he scored 22.0ppg in 1994 while Sunkist’s Meneses led all scorers in the 1996 season with 19.6ppg. Stating the obvious, Limpot’s highest scoring average in that particular season trumps Meneses’.

Names with asterisks (*) are active PBA players as of this writing.

On a sidenote, just because they are in the Top 15 of the All-Time Best Scoring Average list doesn’t mean they automatically led in scoring for a particular season. Among those who failed to lead in scoring in a particular PBA season are Estoy Estrada (third on the list), Danny Seigle (fifth), Benjie Paras (sixth), Jun Papa (twelfth), and Francis Arnaiz (15th).

GAME STARTS NOW!

10 ATOY CO
NUMBER OF TIMES HE SCORED THE BEST AVERAGE IN A SEASON: 1
ALL-TIME SCORING AVERAGE: 17.3 (14 SEASONS)
ALL-TIME SCORING AVERAGE RANK: 13
As of this moment, Gary David, James Yap, and Macmac Cardona are poised to oust the Fortune Cookie out. But as of this moment, he is still in the Top Ten. During the 1979 Season, Atoy Co averaged 23.2ppg while playing for the Crispa Redmanizers. This was also the year Co got his first and only Most Valuable Player Award.

9 ERIC MENK*
NUMBER OF TIMES HE SCORED THE BEST AVERAGE IN A SEASON: 2
ALL-TIME SCORING AVERAGE: 15.0 (11 SEASONS)
ALL-TIME SCORING AVERAGE RANK: 23
Playing for the then-expansion squad, Tanduay Rhum Masters, Menk quickly made a statement to the other PBA squads that he is poised to dominate. In 1999, Menk was named the season’s top scorer after hitting a 20.1ppg clip. In the following season, Menk raised his average to 24.2ppg. However he only played 29 games in the combined 2000 and 2001 seasons because of citizenship issues.

8 MARK CAGUIOA*
NUMBER OF TIMES HE SCORED THE BEST AVERAGE IN A SEASON: 2
ALL-TIME SCORING AVERAGE: 17.571 (8 SEASONS)
ALL-TIME SCORING AVERAGE RANK: 11
Mark Caguioa is a scoring monster, playing all of his seasons with the Barangay Ginebra Kings. There was a time that he would always go berserk in the payoff period and it would definitely bring wins to the squad. His wrath was at its peak when he led the Kings and the league in scoring for two consecutive seasons. In the 2005-06 Season, he had 20.6 points. In the following season, The Spark increased his scoring with 24.6 points.

7 RAMON FERNANDEZ
NUMBER OF TIMES HE SCORED THE BEST AVERAGE IN A SEASON: 2
ALL-TIME SCORING AVERAGE: 17.68 (20 SEASONS)
ALL-TIME SCORING AVERAGE RANK: 7
Despite all the MVP trophies and the all-time records, The Franchise only led the league in scoring twice. However, who the hell cares right? After all, he had a lot of records that is almost impossible to break. In 1983, El Presidente averaged 24.2 for the Toyota Corollas. This would be the Toyota’s last PBA Season and it also marked the end of the Fernandez-Robert Jaworski partnership. The following season, Don Ramon again led the league in scoring with 27.8ppg – this time playing for Beer Hausen. He also won the MVP trophy that year.

6 DANNY FLORENCIO
NUMBER OF TIMES HE SCORED THE BEST AVERAGE IN A SEASON: 2
ALL-TIME SCORING AVERAGE: 16.9 (8 SEASONS)
ALL-TIME SCORING AVERAGE RANK: 14
Among the PBA’s 25 Greatest Players, it seems as if Danny Florencio is the least popular to the current generation. Contrary to what you think though, he is the first and only local player to average 30 points or more in a PBA Season. Playing for Seven-Up in the 1977 PBA Season, Florencio averaged 32.3 points. Unfortunately, the reason why Florencio had those numbers was because the Uncolas had a dismal 15-28 record. Seven-Up folded after that season and Florencio was picked up by Toyota. He again displayed his scoring prowess as he finished the season with 23.4ppg. Afterwards, his averages dipped after getting hit by a number of injuries and the fact that he’s playing alongside Fernandez, Jaworski, and Arnaiz.

5 ALVIN PATRIMONIO
NUMBER OF TIMES HE SCORED THE BEST AVERAGE IN A SEASON: 3
ALL-TIME SCORING AVERAGE: 17.61 (17 SEASONS)
ALL-TIME SCORING AVERAGE RANK: 8
The Captain is noted as one of the best scorers in the rich history of the league. Playing his career with the Purefoods TJ Hotdogs, Captain Lionheart led the league in three separate occasions. The first happened in 1992 where he averaged 25.2 points. A season later, Patrimonio averaged 21.6ppg. This was just actually bonus because the most important win for Alvin was clinching his second MVP plum. Patrimonio was also spending time with the Centennial Dream Team when his final scoring title happened in 1998 where The Captain scored 19.1 points.

4 RICKY BROWN
NUMBER OF TIMES HE SCORED THE BEST AVERAGE IN A SEASON: 3
ALL-TIME SCORING AVERAGE: 23.1 (8 SEASONS)
ALL-TIME SCORING AVERAGE RANK: 1
The Quick Brown Fox enjoyed eight short but sweet seasons in the PBA. His most productive seasons scoring-wise were as part of the Great Taste Coffee Makers. In 1985, Brown scored his first and only MVP trophy. He also scored a career-best 27.9ppg. In 1986, Brown did it again and scored 23.9ppg. In 1987, Brown did it again and while his scoring has dipped to 21.5ppg. This was the year Allan Caidic joined the Coffee Makers and the Triggerman was able to take a lot of his shot selections. The next season, Brown moved to San Miguel. His all-time scoring average has yet to be broken ever since he retired in 1990.

3 ASI TAULAVA*
NUMBER OF TIMES HE SCORED THE BEST AVERAGE IN A SEASON: 4
ALL-TIME SCORING AVERAGE: 17.58 (11 SEASONS)
ALL-TIME SCORING AVERAGE RANK: 9
The Rock is one of two players to lead the league in scoring in four consecutive seasons. However, Taulava’s averages aren’t that scary compared to the other participants in this list. In PBA’s history, five seasons failed to produce a 20+ per game scorer. Taulava led the league in two of those five years. In 2001, Taulava averaged 19.9ppg amidst citizenship issues for Talk N Text (called Mobiline at the start of that season). In 2002, Taulava averaged a very, very low 16.5ppg for TNT while also playing for the Selecta-RP pool. In 2003, The Rock averaged an emphatic 23.4 points for the Phone Pals which also gave him his first Most Valuable Player Award. In the 2004-05 Season, Asi averaged 20.2ppg for the Phone Pals.

2 ALLAN CAIDIC
NUMBER OF TIMES HE SCORED THE BEST AVERAGE IN A SEASON: 5
ALL-TIME SCORING AVERAGE: 19.6 (13 SEASONS)
ALL-TIME SCORING AVERAGE RANK: 4
The Triggerman is one of the league’s most… I’m sorry… let’s change that… The Triggerman is one of the most feared scorers in Asia. He holds the record for most points in a game with 79, most 3-pointers scored in a game with 17, and the all-time 3-point attempts made with 1242. When Ricky Brown moved to San Miguel, Caidic became the star of Great Taste which was eventually renamed as Presto. In 1988, Caidic averaged 21.5ppg. In 1989, Caidic did it again with 27.4ppg. This was the year The Triggerman scored 79 points. In 1990, Caidic again starred for Presto with 26.6ppg. Caidic also claimed his only MVP Award. In 1991, The Triggerman again led the league with 27.1ppg for Tivoli (formerly Presto). The last time Allan Caidic led the league in scoring, he was now part of the San Miguel Beermen where he averaged 21.0 points per game.

1 BOGS ADORNADO
NUMBER OF TIMES HE SCORED THE BEST AVERAGE IN A SEASON: 5
ALL-TIME SCORING AVERAGE: 20.4 (12 SEASONS)
ALL-TIME SCORING AVERAGEs RANK: 2
Even if Allan Caidic tied him in terms of leading scoring seasons, and even if Caidic’s highest scoring average was 27.4 and it is the same as Adornado’s, Adornado had the better All-Time Scoring Average rank which is why he ranks first. In Adornado’s three MVP wins, he topped the league in scoring. In 1975 where he won his first MVP Award playing for the Crispa Redmanizers, Bogs averaged 27.0. In 1976 where he won his second MVP Award, Adornado finished the season with 25.7ppg. Moving to the U-Tex Wranglers, Adornado scored 24.0ppg during the 1980 PBA Season. In 1981, Adornado scored 26.2ppg in the season where he also clinched his third MVP Award. One of the most decorated PBA players in league history – he claimed his fifth scoring title by nailing 27.4ppg for U-Tex in 1982. This was Adornado’s gift to the ballclub as this was the Wranglers’ last season with the league. Adornado after this season moved to Great Taste and then to Shell before finishing his career in Alaska.

Other scoring title holders besides the mentioned and Limpot (1994) and Meneses (1996) are Nelson Asaytono (1997 – 23.1ppg playing for the San Miguel Beermen), James Yap (2007-08 – 21.3 playing for the Purefoods TJ Giants), Macmac Cardona (2008-09 – 20.0 playing for the Talk N Text Phone Pals) and Gary David (2009-10 – 18.2 playing for the Coca-Cola Tigers).

Again, more power to those who made the Hardcourt Annual!

It’s freaking awesome!

Game over!

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