SYDMAN’S OVERALL POWER RANKINGS: TOP 100 PLAYERS OF THE 2009-10 PBA SEASON


We saw the top pick refusing to play for the team that drafted him. We saw the Philippine Team play against the professionals. We saw a fan getting hammered by Wynne Arboleda. We saw Talk N Text stage a walkout.

These were the news of the “incumbent” PBA Season.


Anyway, these are the 100 best players of the season. I based these facts by adding their total points, rebounds, assists, steals, and blocks. I also used other tangibles like minutes played, games played, and turnovers.

Unlike in the NBA, the PBA mixes the playoffs in their regular season stats. If you see no Barako Coffee players in the top half of the list, then the games they participated played an important role in the computation. 60 games is the magic number for a player to have a viable chance on winning the MVP award. Barako Coffee played a mere 36 games compared to BMEG's 60+. That discrepancy alone makes the guys from Barako useless in terms of overall accomplishments.

Anyway, here are the players that made the bottom 50 of the list.

100 OLSEN RACELA / SAN MIGUEL
99 LORDY TUGADE / SAN MIGUEL
98 ROB REYES / BARAKO COFFEE
97 RICH ALVAREZ / AIR21 (FORMERLY GINEBRA)
96 BONBON CUSTODIO / STA. LUCIA (FORMERLY SAN MIGUEL)
95 DONBEL BELANO / STA. LUCIA (FORMERLY BARAKO BULL)
94 JOJO DUNCIL / BARAKO COFFEE
93 RUDY HATFIELD / GINEBRA
92 NIC BELASCO / STA. LUCIA (FORMERLY TALK N TEXT)
91 MARLOU AQUINO / STA. LUCIA
90 PAOLO HUBALDE / BARAKO COFFEE
89 TY TANG / RAIN OR SHINE
88 ALEX CRISANO / BARAKO BULL (WAIVED BEFORE THE FIESTA CUP)
87 WESLEY GONZALES / AIR21 (FORMERLY COCA-COLA)
86 RENREN RITUALO / AIR21 (FORMERLY TALK N TEXT)
85 MIKE HRABAK / RAIN OR SHINE
84 SUNDAY SALVACION / GINEBRA
83 PETER JUNE SIMON / BMEG
82 CELINO CRUZ / GINEBRA
81 RJ RIZADA / COCA-COLA
80 DANNY SEIGLE / SAN MIGUEL
79 MARK TELAN / RAIN OR SHINE
78 MARK YEE / TALK N TEXT (FORMERLY BURGER KING/AIR21)
77 YANCY DE OCAMPO / GINEBRA (FORMERLY TALK N TEXT)
76 MARK BORBORAN / ALASKA
75 DANNY ILDEFONSO / SAN MIGUEL
74 LARRY FONACIER / ALASKA
73 OGIE MENOR / STA. LUCIA (FORMERLY BARAKO COFFEE)
72 MARVIN CRUZ / COCA-COLA
71 NORMAN GONZALES / COCA-COLA
70 BILLY MAMARIL / AIR21 (FORMERLY GINEBRA)
69 CARLO SHARMA / AIR21
68 EDDIE LAURE / RAIN OR SHINE
67 NELBERT OMOLON / STA. LUCIA
66 JERVY CRUZ / RAIN OR SHINE
65 DENOK MIRANDA / SAN MIGUEL
64 MICK PENNISI / SAN MIGUEL
63 CHRIS ROSS / STA. LUCIA (FORMERLY COCA-COLA)
62 CHICO LANETE / COCA-COLA (FORMERLY BURGER KING/AIR21)
61 LARRY RODRIGUEZ / COCA-COLA
60 LEO NAJORDA / AIR21 (FORMERLY BARAKO COFFEE)
59 RICHARD YEE / AIR21
58 RONNIE MATIAS / AIR21
57 JR QUINAHAN / TALK N TEXT (FORMERLY BURGER KING/AIR21)
56 GABBY ESPINAS / STA. LUCIA
55 ARIS DIMAUNAHAN / BARAKO COFFEE
54 WILLY WILSON / GINEBRA
53 DON ALLADO / BMEG
52 JOSH URBIZTONDO / STA. LUCIA
51 CHAD ALONZO / BARAKO COFFEE

And here are the players that made the top 50 of the list!

GAME STARTS NOW!

50 YOUSIF ALJAMAL / STA. LUCIA (FROM BARAKO COFFEE) – The guy blossomed when Barako Bull and Sta. Lucia gave him minutes.

49 JARED DILLINGER / TALK N TEXT – With the addition of Kelly Williams, he got less time to shine.

48 MARK MACAPAGAL / COCA-COLA – He wanted to become a starter so bad that he might have done it with the way he played this season.

47 MARK CAGUIOA / GINEBRA – The Spark wasn’t 100 percent but he still managed to average double figures in scoring for the Kings.

46 DORIAN PENA / SAN MIGUEL – The fruitiest player in the league had a good Philippine Cup only to languish in the bench during the Fiesta Cup.

45 ALI PEEK / STA. LUCIA (FROM TALK N TEXT) – Played less minutes as a Texter and he was lucky to regain those minutes when he was traded to Sta. Lucia.

44 JAYJAY HELTERBRAND / GINEBRA – Injuries made Helterbrand’s consecutive MVP bid a failure. He could also lose his PG monopoly to Mike Cortez next season.

43 BEAU BELGA / AIR21 – The bull-strong banger’s scoring and rebounding was exceptional this season particularly when JR Quinahan was sent to Talk N Text.

42 NINO CANALETA / BMEG – His strong showing in the Philippine Cup finals paved the way for Peter June Simon’s minutes to get slashed and for his minutes to increase.

41 JEFF CHAN / RAIN OR SHINE – Chan’s entry to the squad gave the Elasto Painters a different dimension of offense coming off the bench.

40 DENNIS ESPINO / COCA-COLA – The Menace’s first season minus a green uniform is a statement that Espino can still be a strong presence, feared by foes, on the inside.

39 JOSEPH YEO / SAN MIGUEL (FROM STA. LUCIA) – He was doing well playing a starter’s role in Sta. Lucia when he was plucked to fight for playing time in San Miguel. If the Fiesta finals was for any indication though, I’d say that SMB is prepping Yeo for a bigger role next season.

38 ENRICO VILLANUEVA / GINEBRA – He seems like a fit for the Kings. Unfortunately Ginebra offense where they solely rely on their shooters and slashers for scoring made it difficult for him to shine.

37 JC INTAL / GINEBRA – He is my hands-on choice for most improved. Unfortunately, it seems that his star couldn’t explode because of the various scorers messing up his moment to shine.

36 RONJAY BUENAFE / AIR21 – He was the scoring leader of the Express, promptly taking over the spot left by Gary David. His offense might be kamikaze but he defends well which is what Yeng Guiao wants.

35 ERIC MENK / GINEBRA – Major Pain was still the Gins’ most reliable big man. However, he was plagued by various injuries throughout the season. I believe he still has a couple of years left in his tank.

34 RYAN ARANA / RAIN OR SHINE – He worked his way to improve his stats offensively and he managed to help the Painters to have a constant option in scoring when the Fire and Ice tandem is struggling.

33 RICO MAIERHOFER / BMEG – The consensus choice for Rookie of the Year struggled to get major minutes for the Llamados but when he gets his time, he does his best to make it matter.

32 PAUL ARTADI / BMEG – Kid Lightning’s return as Ryan Gregorio’s player was unlike their first encounter. This was the better scoring and more confident version of Artadi… and Coach Ryan gave him minutes for this fact alone.

31 KERBY RAYMUNDO / BMEG – Kerby had an awesome Philippine Cup. However he was absent most of the Fiesta Cup. They could have used him this conference but he was clearly not the Kebry they wanted him to be.

30 ASI TAULAVA / COCA-COLA – The Rock gained age but he was still the player of old in terms of rebounds. He wants to win badly that he will stop at nothing just to claim a title. As I write this his is in Beirut trying to win the Stankovic Title for the Philippines!

29 JONAS VILLANUEVA / SAN MIGUEL – With his great 2008-09 showing, it was expected for Jonas to become the heir to Olsen Racela’s throne. With the entry of Alex Cabagnot to the team though made his monopoly on that spot doubtful.

28 JAY-R REYES / RAIN OR SHINE – Still the undisputed muscle of Rain or Shine, Jay-R struggled in the Philippine Cup but managed to arrest the skid and help the team to win the wildcard rounds in two consecutive conferences.

27 REYNEL HUGNATAN / ALASKA – He is Alaska’s sixth man. He is a credible scoring option especially in the Philippine Cup but he struggled during the Fiesta Cup. If he does well, the team looks unstoppable.

26 SONNY THOSS / ALASKA – His numbers were down from last season. I thought for sure that his scoring would improve this season especially with the offense distributed evenly with the exodus of Willie Miller but I guess we would see his upsurge next season.

25 GARY DAVID / COCA-COLA (FROM AIR21) – Reuniting with Bo Perasol did wonders for Gary David. While he wasn’t getting the minutes load from Coach Yeng, he was back to his phenomenal scoring self when he donned the Tiger jersey.

24 RYAN REYES / TALK N TEXT (FROM STA. LUCIA) – He struggled offensively this season but this doesn’t mean that he’s having a horrible third season. He ranks high in terms of assists and steals and he continues to be one of the best rebounding guards in the country.

23 JASON CASTRO / TALK N TEXT – It was said that this year was Castro’s year to break out. He still has respectable rebounds and assists stat but the addition of Ryan Reyes created a logjam for the Tropang Texters’ backcourt.

22 TONY DELA CRUZ / ALASKA – TDC’s days as a high scorer are unofficially over but his ability to create amidst garbage situations is commendable. He is comfortable playing both forward positions and he manages to quietly compile stat points while thoroughly defending against an import or the other team’s star player.

21 RONALD TUBID / GINEBRA – He is the pest that annoys the hell out of his opponents but with the Fast and the Furious injured during the course of the Philippine Cup, he stepped up BIG for the Kings. When Miller was acquired in the Fiesta Cup and with the appearances of Caguioa and Helterbrand, Tubid returned to being a complementary player.

20 RAFI REAVIS / BMEG – At first replacing a scoring big man like Villanueva for a defensive-minded Reavis is insane. But as the weeks turn into months, fans saw the value of this man. He relied on putbacks and gimmes for his scoring while he concentrated on rebounds and defensive that may or may not translate to a fast break or a second chance point. His addition to the squad was a good thing for Ryan Gregorio and his wards.

19 DONDON HONTIVEROS / SAN MIGUEL – It seems with all the talent in the San Miguel camp, the Cebuano Hotshot doesn’t need to cram for rebounds and all he needs to is wait for the ball to come to his lap so he could create something special with it. Personally I waited for him to explode just like what he did during the ‘08-‘09 Fiesta Cup but it seems that this season will miss his consecutive 30-point games.

18 RANIDEL DE OCAMPO / TALK N TEXT – Funny how Ranidel de Ocampo had a dismal Philippine Cup (highlighted by his flagrant foul on Tubid that gave the Texters reason to walk out of the game) only to have a monstrous Fiesta Cup? De Ocampo was like a house on fire and he consistently produced the numbers for the Tropang Texters which was why he was hailed the Best Player of the Elimination Phase of the tourney. However, his offense was seriously missed when the Texters lost to the Alaska Aces in the semifinals in seven games.

17 HARVEY CAREY / TALK N TEXT – With all eyes focused on his more popular teammates, this muscular forward produced numbers no one thought he produced. He continues to be a force on both sides of the court and he managed to withstand the entry of Kelly Williams and while the Machine Gun struggled to fit in, the Bulldog was fighting to keep his minutes. In fact he finished the Fiesta Cup with ten points and almost eight rebounds per game.

16 ALEX CABAGNOT / SAN MIGUEL (FORMERLY AIR21… STARTED THE SEASON WITH COCA-COLA) – When Cabagnot was traded from Coke to Air21, I was looking at a superstar in the making. And then when he was traded to San Miguel, I thought his growth would be sidetracked. Going to the talent-loaded Beermen is more or less career suicide for the young quarterback. But when managed to secure the team’s starting spot, it was excellent for him. With that hair, he looked like the Olsen Racela of old and he could be the sure heir apparent to Rara’s throne.

15 JIMMY ALAPAG / TALK N TEXT – He has aged but that doesn’t mean that his talents have diminished. Mighty Mouse has repelled his other minute-grabbing teammates by orchestrating the ball well. He is the league leader in assists. In the Fiesta Cup he performed much better in terms of scoring and assists. He was actually the most consistent Tropang Texter during the Fiesta Cup semifinal round. If the Texters passed the quaterfinals of the Philippine Cup, then Jimmy’s rank would have been a little higher.

14 MIKE CORTEZ / GINEBRA (FORMERLY AIR21… STARTED THE SEASON WITH SAN MIGUEL) – San Miguel solved their backcourt woes when they used Cortez in the off-court (this was Coach Siot Tanquingcen’s small ball lineup) and the Cool Cat proved best in this spot. However he was traded to the Express in a deal that sent Cabagnot to SMB. He played extremely well until Wynne Arboleda returned from suspension and he was sent to Ginebra because Air21 wants to solve their lack of height by bringing in Billy Mamaril.

13 MARC PINGRIS / BMEG – With Pingris and Artadi returning to Purefoods, the team wasted no time in strengthening their bond via a Philippine Cup title. Pingris was very helpful in their cause even if he was riddled with injuries (which also forced him to miss out a few games as well). Come Fiesta Cup, he worked sick with the Llamados due to Kerby Raymundo’s near-season ending injury. He might not be scoring machine but he did what needs to be done for BMEG to win most of their games.

12 CYRUS BAGUIO / ALASKA (FORMERLY GINEBRA) – Baguio never dug being a second-string scorer. Before the season started, he was one of the top players during the 2009 FIBA-Asia Championship. He had his moments playing great in games that the Fast and the Furious tandem missed but when JC Intal rose from limbo, he played sparingly anew. No one could be happier than him when he was traded to Alaska for Miller. His minutes doubled and since Miller was the primary option on offense, he inherited a couple of plays for himself. It was like Baguio was back in Red Bull… but he is in Alaska where he won’t be traded once they run out of budget.

11 MACMAC CARDONA / TALK N TEXT – Only Gary David and James Yap rival Captain Hook in terms of shooting and slashing prowess from the SG/SF position. He never took a shot he didn’t like and most of his shots were accurate. While TNT didn’t have the success it had two years back, Cardona remained one of the league’s finest scorers even if he stats suffered a dip. Just like always, I believe he’ll have a good next season, particularly during the Philippine Cup.

10 WILLIE MILLER / GINEBRA (FORMERLY ALASKA) – He traded a monopoly and he could be regretting it next season. Had he stuck with Alaska, he could have been a MVP candidate because he continues to be a great scorer, rebounder, and passer. His scoring dropped at least eight points because he was fighting time with the other scorers in Ginebra. He struggled at the start but come playoff time, he managed to do well. The problem is there is nothing constant in that Ginebra team because unlike with the Aces, a bunch of bad nights could lead you to the doghouse. Perhaps Miller is second guessing his decision? The only thing good about this scenario is that he won’t be forced to carry a team in his shoulders.

9 SOLOMON MERCADO / RAIN OR SHINE – Sure, Rain or Shine isn’t exactly knee-deep in terms of talent. This was evident during the team’s struggle to latch on wins at the start of the Philippine Cup. Mercado was coming off from injury and his wounds have yet to heal. But when his wounds healed, it was during the playoffs and it was winning time for the squad. His jaw-dropping performances in the playoffs almost catapulted the team to the semifinals. This continued onto the Fiesta Cup where he again made points easy for the squad. He was basically the ignition factor the Painters needed to make a statement on both conferences this season. The Soul Train tag is also a nice way to market Mercado.

8 JOE DEVANCE / ALASKA – Throughout the season, I am comparing Devance’s game to future Hall of Famer Bong Hawkins. Devance can shoot the ball in all parts of the halfcourt and he can dominate the inside if he wants to. Clearly the difference amongst the two is that Devance is more athletic than the Hawk. During his Alaska days, Hawkins was a perennial MVP contender and this looks like the path where The Speaker of the House is headed. Devance was consistent in both conferences and he engages on more rebounding battles than he did a second ago. I see bright things for this guy in the near future.

7 KELLY WILLIAMS / TALK N TEXT (FORMERLY STA. LUCIA) – After disappearing most of the 2009 Fiesta Cup fighting to be saved from a blood disorder, he all of a sudden became somewhat as the Realtors import in the Philippine Cup. At one point he was averaging 17 points and 13 rebounds which is a rarity for a local. Unfortunately for Williams, he didn’t have help in the frontline with Captain Dennis now with Coke. In the middle of the Fiesta Cup Kelly was in the news because Rajko Toroman and the rest of Smart-Gilas desperately wanted his services. He was traded to Talk N Text where he struggled adjusting to the team’s system. After the Texters were eliminated in the Fiesta Cup, Machine Gun Kelly will probably go full-time for Team Pilipinas.

6 GABE NORWOOD / RAIN OR SHINE – Mr. President found the start of the Philippine Cup hard. With Jay-R Reyes and Solomon Mercado either struggling or injured, he had the lonesome task to pick up the slack. Come playoff time his team managed to win the Wildcard Phase en route to a quarterfinal finish. With former college teammate Jai Lewis failing to produce the numbers to keep them on top of the Fiesta Cup, he worked double time anew and again ROS managed to end the conference via the quarterfinals after winning the Wildcard Phase anew. Norwood continues to be a great all-around player regardless of how weak his offensive intensity is.

5 ROGER YAP / BMEG – I thought for sure that the Best Player of the Conference for the Philippine Cup was given to the wrong Yap. Roger Yap’s contribution to their championship team cannot be denied. Dubbed the Rabbit by Quinito Henson (what the hell was he thinking… basic his moniker to a late 80’s live animation), he was orchestrating awesomely for the squad. There was a point where he was constantly having five or more points, rebounds, and assists. If he was a credible player to give the award too, then he’ll probably bag this award easily. In the Fiesta Cup, he mellowed but again he delivered the goods when it mattered. Sad to say, media votes would probably snub him and it’s a shame considering how he was an important cog to the success of Purefoods/BMEG.

4 ARWIND SANTOS / SAN MIGUEL – For the third straight year, Arwind Santos has the chance to win the MVP award. Unfortunately for him, this year is his bleakest moment to win the plum. While he had a great Philippine Cup run, his numbers significantly dropped when the Fiesta Cup ensued. The superb conference Jay Washington performed and his battle with Gabe Freeman in terms of stat-hugging were factors as to why his numbers dropped. Nonetheless he still gives San Miguel great numbers, still claiming at least a “1” in points, rebounds, assists, steals, and blocks although his scoring and board crashing were the most notable casualties.

3 LA TENORIO / ALASKA – Flying LA is the unanimously playmaker of the squad. He commands attention whenever he weighs what-to-execute-what inside the hardcourt. Unlike his Ateneo teammates, it seems that he has found a home in Tim Cone’s boot camp. Tenorio can score, pass, defend, and even board when he finds a chance! This season, LA played his best. It was further accented when Willie Miller left the squad. We saw how he grew as a player and the scary part is that he is still in his prime. While he is a distant second or third in the MVP race, to have Tenorio leading a squad that is not close to SMB, Ginebra, BMEG, and TNT in terms of personnel to consecutive playoff appearances is an awesome feat by itself.

2 JAY WASHINGTON / SAN MIGUEL – Actually he ranked 21st initially on my list but because he won the Best Player of the Conference plum for the Fiesta Cup, he gains an automatic seat on the top. He was injured most of the Philippine Cup and in the process; he missed a lot of games. However when he became healthy, he made it a mission to make up for lost time. With his impressive showing, the Beermen raced to the top of the pack and they made the finals by getting vengeance over BMEG. J-Wash can play the frontline positions with relative ease and I’m betting the Philippine Cup would have a different ending if he was healthy during those times. But nonetheless, at least he finished strong for the Beermen.

1 JAMES YAP / BMEG – Actually he is my hands down MVP in this season. While he started so-so in the Philippine Cup, he finished strong to not just seal the Best Player of the Conference but a title for Purefoods (perhaps the last title the brand will ever get in the league). Sure, King James is more known from his off-court battles with Kris Aquino but marital problems made his game even more powerful and dangerous. Yap was at his best during the Fiesta Cup when the first two BMEG imports aren’t offensive threats. He was the only true source of offense for the squad especially with Kerby Raymundo sidelined. Even when Tony Washam was brought in to replace Clif Brown, he was still tasked to score buckets of deuces and troikas. You know that he’s trying too hard when he is now also rebounding and defending rabidly. A quitter would probably hot rock bottom with all the obstacles he had to endure but Yap remained steadfast and resilient which makes him the perfect candidate to win the MVP award.


I am rooting for Yap to win the MVP award while I can see Washington, Tenorio, Santos, and Yap gaining prominent spots in the Mythical Team.

Will my predictions prove right?

Actually this and the Leo Awards are different entities.

One is real and one is make-believe.



This is me trying to save face if my list falters!

Game over.

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