A couple of months ago the Philippine Basketball Association released its 40 Greatest Players of all-time. It’s their list – and like it or not people should just learn to accept whatever guard, forward, or center added to the earlier 25 Greatest Players list.
But like I said – it’s their list.
This is why people are entitled to make their own list as well.
Four years ago, I posted an online article where I list down my Top 100 Best Careers. Up until now that article gets visits and while it’s a bit lengthy I’m happy that a bunch of dudes hovered on that novel-length mayhem. With how the masses reacted to the choices the select PBA committee made when they added an additional 15 from the original list, I think it’s an opportune time to refresh the list I made. Back then, I never really had much of the stats I have now. My stats aren’t that precise… but maybe I can use this as startup point for those chaps with the info I need.
This is the 2015 version of my Greatest Players list.
For those who don’t know me, I believe that actions speak louder than words. That is why I am going to do a stat-oriented list. With each set of statistic, award, or accomplishment, I have a multiplier.
And since this is my Greatest Players list, there’s a 250-point worth of freebies for the players whose ranks I want to increase. I gave 100 points to Samboy Lim and 50 points each to Hector Calma, Danny Florencio, and Bernie Fabiosa. My rationale for this is that these three never really had the awards and accomplishments unlike most of their contemporaries and I feel I need to help their grade since they are regarded as Hall of Famers (although Fabiosa has yet to get his HOF invite).
I will also try to sigh away from team accomplishments for the reason that I am on the lookout for the best individual performer. If there's a semblance of team-oriented statistic that will be part of the process, these are the players that were involved in the five grand slam eras.
I also devised an easier approach to provide my explanation on why a player is placed on the spot he is in. There are six positive and negative determiners on why a player is Ranked This High or Ranked This Low. For example, if a player has the stat monkey sign, it means he’s the type that would consistently get a “one or more” average from the five major statistical categories.
And finally, the list is exclusive to the players who played in the league for five seasons or at least 200 games. If the player got either or both… then they get to qualify. There are players out there that came and left the league far too early and for me, I just can’t say that what they had is a career.
For my next trick, I’ll give you a rundown of the players from “The Negative Zone”. This is how I call the players who have yet to reach five years or 200 games in the PBA. Some of these players will get their chance to escape this situation while there are some who’ll get stuck in this part for all eternity.
Who are these players?
To be continued!