Alvin Patrimonio is probably the greatest player to play in the PBA… if for some reason Ramon Fernandez just played another sport. The Captain is tied for first with the most MVP titles and had a bunch of accolades that could have been more if the Best Player of the Conference and Finals MVP awards existed at the start of his career.
Basically Alvin Patrimonio is awesome and whether you’re for him or against him, it’s impossible for folks to hate his contributions on Philippine basketball.
But here’s the thing – have you ever tried looking for his stats in the internet? Better yet, have you tried looking for former PBA players stat on the internet? While yeah, there are sites like PBA Online and Humblebola that give us in-depth looks with regards to player statistics, but it isn’t complete – especially if you try your luck to search for the pioneers.
I dare you to search for Dindo Pumaren’s career stat on the internet.
I once did an article called 100 Greatest Players of the PBA but when I was trying to update it, I realized that there are a bunch of names that are left unaccounted. I guess this is why we are low on most 80s stars like Manny Victorino, Ricky Relosa, Marte Saldana, and even players like Abe King, Arnie Tuadles, and Chito Loyzaga.
So everyday (or otherwise) I will upload the season-by-season stats of retired PBA players. You can also request it… or better yet, help me create a database of your favourite basketball legends.
Now Alvin Patrimonio needs no introduction. He owned a lot of basketball gold – team and individual. He also prospered because he remained healthy for most of his career (thus giving him the Iron Man tag). Purefoods also did their best to protect their prized possession… although I kind of blame the management for letting Ryan Gregorio bench him in times when he is well enough to help his team.