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Sunday, August 15, 2010

Top 60 Greatest Players (Philippine National Basketball Team)

A year ago, August 15, 2009, I started a thread topic about the Top 50 Greatest Players of the Philippine National Basketball Team in the Interbasket Forum and has since been expanded to 60 players thanks to my fellow Filipino forumers. Anyway, since I got a blog now, I might as well post it here and it just fitting to re-post it exactly one year since that thread started. The players listed here are according to their contributions for Flag and Country.

Top 60 Greatest Players (Philippine National Team)
(In no particular order.. except for who is number 1 of course)

I made a list of 60 greatest players who ever played for the Philippine national team. Based on how many times they have represented the country not on how popular they were or how they performed in the MICAA, PBL, MBA or PBA (their performance in all those leagues has nothing to do with it). It also, only, includes the international tournaments for the national teams such as the Asian Games, FIBA Asia Championships, FIBA World Championships, Olympic Games, as well as the FIBA Asia Stankovic Cup, FIBA Asia Youth Championship, Far Eastern Games, South East Asian Games, SEABA and the William Jones Cup. Club Tournaments such as the FIBA Asia Champions Cup, World Interclub or SEABA Club Championships will not be included nor the minor and invitational tournaments such as the 4-Nations Invitationals, Dubai Invitationals, Exhibition Series, Brunei Cup, etc. Some players might have missed out from this list and some players are not rank according to your perspective but just like I mentioned above "In no particular order.. except for who is number 1 of course" and if you don't like it, then hey its my list!. My main source on this one is the "Legends and Heroes of Philippine Basketball" by Dr. Christian Bocobo and Beth Celis.

The Big Difference: Carlos Loyzaga
  1. Carlos “Caloy” Loyzaga - Asian Games (1951, 1954, 1958, 1962), Asian Championship (1960, 1963), World Championship (1954, 1959), Olympic Games (1952, 1956), World Championship Mythical Team (1954), Asian Championship Mythical Team (1960) [Arguably the greatest Filipino player of all time, lead the country to several Asian titles and Asia’s best finished in the World Championship.]
  2. Lauro Mumar - Asian Games (1951, 1954), World Championship (1954), Olympic Games (1948)
  3. Ambrosio Padilla - Far Eastern Games (1930, 1934), Olympic Games (1936) [One of the greatest players in the pre-war era, lead the country to its best finished ever in the Olympic Games.]
    The Triggerman: Allan Caidic
  4. Allan Caidic - Asian Games (1986, 1990, 1994, 1998), William Jones Cup (1984, 1985, 1998), South East Asian Games (1985), Asian Championship (1986), Asian Games Mythical Team (1990, 1994) [Asia’s most feared shooter of his time.]
  5. Avelino “Samboy” Lim - Asian Games (1986, 1990), South East Asian Games (1983, 1985), William Jones Cup (1985), Asian Championship (1983, 1986), Asian Youth Championship (1982), Asian Games Mythical Team (1990)
  6. Mariano Tolentino - Asian Games (1951, 1954, 1958), Asian Championship (1960), World Championship (1954, 1959), Olympic Games (1952, 1956)
  7. Edgardo Ocampo - Asian Games (1966), Asian Championship (1960), World Championship (1959, 1967), Olympic Qualifying Tournament (1964), Olympic Games (1960, 1968, 1972) [Known for his rivalry with Korean legend Shin Dong-Pa]
  8. Hector Calma - Asian Youth Championship (1978, 1982), Asian Games (1990, 1994), South East Asian Games (1983, 1985), William Jones Cup (1985), Asian Championship (1983, 1986), World Junior (U-19) Championship (1979)
    Living Legend: Robert Jaworski
  9. Robert Jaworski - Asian Games (1966, 1970, 1974), Asian Championship (1967, 1969, 1971, 1973), World Championship (1974), Olympic Games (1968), World University Games (1967), Asian Championship Mythical Team (1967)
  10. Jovito Gonzales - Far Eastern Games (1913, 1915, 1917, 1919, 1921, 1923)
  11. Carlos Badion - Asian Games (1958), Asian Championship (1960), World Championship (1959), Olympic Games (1956, 1960), Asian Championship MVP (1960), Asian Championship Mythical Team (1960)
  12. Mariano Filomeno - Far Eastern Games (1923, 1925, 1927, 1930, 1934)
  13. Augusto Bautista - Far Eastern Games (1921, 1923, 1925, 1927, 1930)
  14. Alberto “Big Boy” Reynoso - Asian Games (1962, 1966, 1970, 1974), Asian Championship (1963, 1967, 1973), Olympic Games (1968), World Championship (1974)
  15. Eduardo Lim - Asian Games (1954, 1958), Asian Championship (1960), World Championship (1959), Olympic Games (1952, 1956)
    Master Breeder: Lou Salvador
  16. Luis “Lou” Salvador Sr. - Far Eastern Games (1921, 1923, 1925) [known for his 116 points and being the Ultimate Master Breeder - 58 children from 25 wives]
  17. Alfonso Marquez - Asian Games (1962, 1966), Asian Championship (1960, 1963, 1965), World Championship (1959), Olympic Qualifying Tournament (1964), Olympic Games (1960, 1968)
  18. Alvin Patrimonio - Asian Games (1986, 1990, 1994, 1998), William Jones Cup (1987, 1998), Asian Championship (1987), South East Asian Games (1987), FIBA Asia All-Stars Extravaganza (2000), Asian Championship Mythical Team (1987)
  19. Danny Florencio - Asian Games (1966, 1970, 1974), Asian Championship (1967), Olympic Games (1968, 1972)
  20. Jimmy Mariano - Asian Games (1966, 1970, 1974), Asian Championship (1967, 1973), Olympic Games (1968, 1972)
  21. Antonio Genato - Asian Games (1954), World Championship (1954), Olympic Games (1952, 1956)
  22. Ramoncito Campos - Olympic Games (1948, 1952, 1956)
  23. Adriano “Jun” Papa Jr. - Asian Games (1966, 1970), Asian Championship (1967, 1971), Olympic Games (1968, 1972)
  24. Kurt Bachmann Jr. - Asian Games (1958, 1962), Asian Championship (1960), World Championship (1959), Olympic Games (1960)
  25. Ramon Manulat - Asian Games (1954, 1958), World Championship (1954, 1959), Olympic Games (1956)
  26. Orlando Bauzon - Asian Games (1970), Asian Championship (1965, 1967), Olympic Games (1968)
  27. Yoyong Martirez - Asian Games (1974), Asian Championship (1971, 1973), Olympic Games (1972), World Championship (1974)
  28. Rogelio Melencio - Asian Games (1974), Asian Championship (1973), Olympic Games (1968, 1972), World Championship (1974)
  29. Jerry Condinera - Asian Games (1986, 1994), South East Asian Games (1985, 1987), William Jones Cup (1985, 1987), Asian Championship (1986, 1987)
  30. Johnny Abarrientos - Asian Games (1994, 1998), William Jones Cup (1998), South East Asian Games (1991), FIBA Asia All-Stars Extravaganza (2000), FIBA Asia All-Stars MVP (2000) [Asia's best point guard of the 1990s]
  31. Geronimo Cruz - Asian Games (1962), Asian Championship (1963), World Championship (1959), Olympic Games (1960), Australian Pan Pacific Games (1963), Australian Pan Pacific Games MVP (1963)
  32. Renato Reyes - Asian Games (1966, 1970), Olympic Qualifying Tournament (1964), Olympic Games (1968)
  33. Elias Tolentino Jr. - Asian Championship (1963, 1969), Olympic Games (1964, 1968)
  34. Bogs Adornado - Asian Youth Championship (1970), Asian Games (1974), Asian Championship (1971, 1973), World Championship (1974), Olympic Games (1972)
  35. Rafael Hechanova - Asian Games (1951, 1954), Olympic Games (1952)
  36. Florentino Bautista - Asian Games (1954), World Championship (1954), Olympic Games (1952)
  37. Narciso Bernardo - Asian Games (1962), Asian Championship (1960, 1967), Olympic Games (1960, 1972), Asian Championship Mythical Team (1967)
  38. Loreto Carbonell - Asian Games (1958), Asian Championship (1960), World Championship (1959), Olympic Games (1956)
  39. Antonio Martinez - Asian Games (1951), Olympic Games (1948, 1952)
  40. Ramon Fernandez - Asian Games (1990), Asian Youth Championship (1972), Asian Championship (1973), World Championship (1974)
  41. Abet Guidaben - Asian Games (1974), Asian Championship (1973)
  42. Manuel Jocson - Asian Games (1962, 1970), Asian Championship (1963)
  43. Romel Adducul - Asian Championship (1997, 1999), South East Asian Games (1997, 1999, 2001), South East Asia Basketball Association (1998, 1999, 2001), FIBA Asia All-Stars Extravaganza (1997, 1998, 1999, 2000), William Jones Cup (2002, 2005), Asian Championship Sportsmanship award (1997, 1999), FIBA Asia All-Stars MVP (1997), SEABA MVP (1999)
    Asi Taulava
  44. Paulasi Taulava - Asian Games (2002, 2010), Asian Championship (2007, 2009, 2011), William Jones Cup (2005, 2007, 2009, 2011), SEABA (2007, 2009), FIBA Asia Stankovic Cup (2010)
  45. Mick Pennisi - Asian Games (2002), Asian Championship (2007, 2009), William Jones Cup (2005, 2007, 2009), SEABA (2007, 2009)
  46. Jojo Lastimosa - Asian Games (1986, 1998), William Jones Cup (1987, 1998), Asian Championship (1987), South East Asian Games (1987)
  47. Kenneth Duremdes - Asian Games (1994, 1998, 2002), William Jones Cup (1998), FIBA Asia All-Stars Extravaganza (2000)
  48. Ronnie Magsanoc - Asian Games (1986, 1990), Asian Championship (1987), South East Asian Games (1987), William Jones Cup (1987)
  49. Jimmy Alapag
  50. Jimmy Alapag - William Jones Cup (2005, 2007), SEABA (2007), Asian Championship (2007, 2011, 2013) [Asia's best point guard according to Lebanese legend Fadi El Khatib]
  51. Manny Paner - Asian Championship (1973), Asian Youth Championship (1970), World Championship (1974), Olympic Games (1972)
  52. Venancio Paras - Asian Games (1990), Asian Championship (1987), South East Asian Games (1987), William Jones Cup (1987), Asian Youth Championship (1986)
  53. Danny Ildefonso - Asian Games (2002), South East Asian Games (1997), Asian Championship (1997)
  54. Roberto Yburan - Asian Championship (1959), World Championship (1959), Olympic Games (1960)
  55. Emilio Achacoso - World Championship (1959), Olympic Games (1960)
  56. Constancio Ortiz - World Championship (1959), Olympic Games (1960)
  57. Rafael Barreto - World Championship (1954), Olympic Games (1956)
  58. Ponciano Saldaña - World Championship (1954), Olympic Games (1952)
  59. Gabriel Fajardo - Greater Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere Games (1941), Olympic Games (1948)
  60. Felicisimo Fajardo - Greater Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere Games (1941), Olympic Games (1948)
  61. Olsen Racela - Asian Youth Championship (1987, 1989), Asian Games (1998, 2002), William Jones Cup (1998)
  62. Gabe Norwood - William Jones Cup (2007, 2009, 2012), Asian Championship (2007, 2009, 2013), FIBA Asia Cup (2012), SEABA Championship (2007, 2009), SEABA Cup (2012), South East Asian Games (2007) 
  63. Marcus Douthit - William Jones Cup (2010, 2011, 2012), Asian Championship (2011, 2013), SEABA Championship (2011), FIBA Asia Cup (2012), SEABA Cup (2012)
  64. Japeth Aguilar - William Jones Cup (2009, 2010, 2011), Asian Championship (2009, 2011, 2013), FIBA Asia Cup (2010), SEABA Championship (2011)



Photos above is not mine. I did not made nor own any of them.

3 comments:

  1. its a great article ,i just wanted to know that in 6o's there was one player from India Mr. Khushi Ram , i heard he was the best player in Asia and in 1970 in Phillipines he was honoured as best pivot player and the most valuable player of asia , if you have details of 1969 and 1967 asian championship , please put it on site , thanks

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  2. Interesting.. I think that was the time when Filipino legend Lauro Mumar was the national head coach of India.. I'll try do some research about it.. thanks for the info..

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  3. Maybe we should consider the following who were not mentioned above: Tito Eduque, Eddie Decena, Luis Moro Lorenzo, Luis Tabuena, Frankie Rabat, Lim Eng Beng, Eddie Pacheco.

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