2016–17 PBA season

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2016–17 PBA season
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2016–17 PBA season
Duration November 20, 2016 – present
Number of teams 12
TV partner(s) Local:
PBA Rush (HD)
AksyonTV International
Top draft pick n/a[a]
Philippine Cup champions San Miguel Beermen
  Runners-up Barangay Ginebra San Miguel
Commissioner's Cup champions San Miguel Beermen
  Runners-up TNT KaTropa
Season MVP TBA
Top scorer TBA

The 2016–17 PBA season is the 42nd season of the Philippine Basketball Association. The league continues to use the three-conference format, starting with the Philippine Cup. The Commissioner's Cup and the Governors' Cup are the second and third conferences in the upcoming season.

The first event of the season was the 2016 PBA draft, held on October 30.[1]

Executive board

  • Andres Narvasa, Jr. (Commissioner)
  • Michael Romero (Chairman, representing GlobalPort Batang Pier)[2]
  • Ramoncito Fernandez (Vice-Chairman, representing NLEX Road Warriors)[2]
  • Richard Bachmann (Treasurer, representing Alaska Aces)[2]


Team Company Governor Coach Captain
Alaska Aces Alaska Milk Corporation Richard Bachmann Alex Compton Sonny Thoss
Barangay Ginebra San Miguel Ginebra San Miguel, Inc. Alfrancis Chua Tim Cone Mark Caguioa
Blackwater Elite Ever Bilena Cosmetics, Inc. Silliman Sy Leo Isaac Reil Cervantes
GlobalPort Batang Pier Sultan 900 Capital, Inc. Eric Arejola Franz Pumaren Billy Mamaril
Mahindra Floodbuster Columbian Autocar Corporation Tomas Alvarez Manny Pacquiao (Chris Gavina, interim) LA Revilla
Meralco Bolts Manila Electric Company Al Panlilio Norman Black Chris Newsome
NLEX Road Warriors Metro Pacific Investments Corporation Ramoncito Fernandez Yeng Guiao Asi Taulava
Phoenix Fuel Masters Phoenix Petroleum Philippines, Inc. Dennis Uy Ariel Vanguardia Willy Wilson
Rain or Shine Elasto Painters Asian Coatings Philippines, Inc. Mamerto Mondragon Caloy Garcia Gabe Norwood
San Miguel Beermen San Miguel Brewery, Inc. Robert Non Leo Austria Arwind Santos
Star Hotshots San Miguel Pure Foods Company, Inc. Rene Pardo Chito Victolero Rafi Reavis
TNT KaTropa Smart Communications Victorino Vargas Nash Racela Ranidel de Ocampo

Coaching changes

Team Outgoing coach Manner of departure Date of vacancy Position in standings Replaced with Date of appointment
GlobalPort Batang Pier Johnedel Cardel Demoted to assistant coach Preseason N/A Franz Pumaren November 25, 2016


Like several Metro Manila-centric leagues, most games are held at arenas within Metro Manila, either the Smart Araneta Coliseum or the Mall of Asia Arena, and sometimes, in the Ynares Center in Antipolo. Games outside this area are called "out-of-town" games, and are usually played on Saturdays. Provincial arenas usually host one game, rarely two; these arenas typically host only once per season, but a league may return within a season if the turnout is satisfactory.

Typically, all playoff games are held in Metro Manila arenas, although playoff and Finals games have been seldom played in the provinces.

Main arenas

2016–17 PBA season is located in Metro Manila
Smart Araneta Coliseum
Smart Araneta Coliseum
Mall of Asia Arena
Mall of Asia Arena
Cuneta Astrodome
Cuneta Astrodome
Filoil Flying V Centre
Filoil Flying V Centre
PhilSports Arena
PhilSports Arena
Metro Manila venues of the PBA.
Arena City
Cuneta Astrodome Pasay
Filoil Flying V Centre San Juan
Mall of Asia Arena Pasay
PhilSports Arena Pasig
Smart Araneta Coliseum Quezon City
Ynares Center Antipolo

Out-of-town arenas

2016–17 PBA season is located in Philippines
Cagayan de Oro
Cagayan de Oro
Iloilo City
Iloilo City
Lapu-Lapu City
Lapu-Lapu City
Davao City
Davao City
Batangas City
Batangas City
Provincial venues of the PBA that hosted one game day (red), and two or more game days (blue).

Highlighted are playoff games.

Arena City Date Match-up
Xavier University Gym Cagayan de Oro December 17, 2016 San Miguel vs. NLEX
Philippine Arena[3] Bocaue, Bulacan December 25, 2016 Mahindra vs. Blackwater
Barangay Ginebra vs. Star
Angeles University Foundation Sports Arena Angeles January 7, 2017 NLEX vs. TNT
University of San Agustin Gym Iloilo City January 14, 2017 Barangay Ginebra vs. Meralco
Hoops Dome Lapu-Lapu City January 21, 2017 GlobalPort vs. San Miguel
Quezon Convention Center Lucena February 26, 2017 Barangay Ginebra vs. San Miguel
Mindanao Civic Center Tubod, Lanao del Norte March 25, 2017 Star vs. GlobalPort
University of Southeastern Philippines Gym Davao City April 1, 2017 Barangay Ginebra vs. Phoenix
Batangas City Sports Center Batangas City May 6, 2017 Rain or Shine vs. Star
Ibalong Centrum for Recreation Legazpi, Albay May 20, 2017 Talk 'N Text vs. Alaska



  • September 10, 2016: Michael Burtscher officially announced his retirement after playing 5 seasons in the PBA.[4][5]
  • November 3, 2016: Jimmy Alapag officially announced his retirement after playing 13 seasons in the PBA.[6]
  • November 18, 2016: Yousef Taha officially announced that he left the country back to his hometown Kuwait, thereby ending his PBA career. Taha, though not officially retiring, said that he left for personal reasons and "he felt that it is best for him to not continue his PBA career". Taha played for five different teams in his 4 seasons in the league.[7]
  • November 19, 2016: Nelbert Omolon officially announced his retirement after playing 12 seasons in the PBA to focus on his agribusiness career.[8]
  • November 27, 2016: Eddie Laure officially announced his retirement after playing 12 seasons in the PBA to focus on new role as coach for UST.[9]
  • December 15, 2016: Rob Reyes officially announced his retirement after playing 8 seasons in the PBA.[10]
  • May 7, 2017: Eric Menk officially announced his retirement after playing 16 seasons in the PBA.[11]
  • September 2, 2017: Mick Pennisi officially announced his retirement after playing 17 seasons in the PBA.[12]

Coaching changes


Philippine Cup

Notable events


  • The Mahindra Enforcer silently changed their name to Mahindra Floodbuster. The team's new logo debuted during the league's annual draft.
  • November 14 – The PBA officially launched its own smartphone application named "PBA: The App" which is currently available on Google Play and Apple App Store. The app featured news articles, scores, schedules, stats of the games and profiles of the teams and players.[17]

Philippine Cup

Commissioner's Cup

  • The league took two week-long breaks during the Commissioner's Cup: first during the All-Star Week (April 26 to 30) and second during the Philippines' hosting of the SEABA Championship (May 12 to 18).
  • A different All-Star Week format was adopted for this season. Three PBA All-Star teams, one each with players representing Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao pitted against Gilas Pilipinas, the men's national basketball team. Gilas Pilipinas players played for the PBA All-Star team if they hail to the game's host region.
  • April 28 – After the Luzon leg of the All-Star Week, Gilas Pilipinas coach Chot Reyes announced the 12 man lineup that will compete for the SEABA Championship. Subsequently, the All-Star Game team lineups for the Visayas leg scheduled on April 30 were altered. June Mar Fajardo and Terrence Romeo, originally supposed to play for the PBA Visayas All-Stars were transferred to the Gilas Pilipinas team. LA Tenorio and Rabeh Al-Hussaini replaced them in the PBA Visayas All-Stars lineup.
  • May 28 – Barangay Ginebra San Miguel wore their throwback 1991 Ginebra San Miguel jerseys in honor of the team who won the 1991 First Conference championship coming from a 1-3 deficit.[20]
  • June 14 – Barangay Ginebra San Miguel wore their throwback 1996 Ginebra San Miguel jerseys.

Governors' Cup

Opening ceremonies

The opening ceremonies for this season was held at the Smart Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City on November 20, 2016. The first game of the Philippine Cup between the Star Hotshots and the San Miguel Beermen immediately followed.

The muses for the participating teams are as follows:

Team Muse
Alaska Aces Ciara Bachmann[21]
Barangay Ginebra San Miguel Kim Domingo[22]
Blackwater Elite Daiana Menezes and Janelle Olafson[22]
GlobalPort Batang Pier Valeen Montenegro[22]
Mahindra Floodbuster Sophie Rankin[21]
Meralco Bolts Maxine Medina[22]
NLEX Road Warriors Margo Midwinter[22]
Phoenix Fuel Masters Sofia Andres and Elisse Joson[22]
Rain or Shine Elasto Painters Justine Mae San Jose[22]
San Miguel Beermen Yassi Pressman[22]
Star Hotshots Kylie Verzosa[22]
TNT KaTropa Angelica Alita[22]

2016–17 Philippine Cup

Elimination round

Pos Team W L PCT GB Qualification
1 San Miguel Beermen 10 1 .909 Twice-to-beat in the quarterfinals
2 Alaska Aces 7 4 .636[b] 3
3 Star Hotshots 7 4 .636[b] 3 Best-of-three quarterfinals
4 TNT KaTropa 6 5 .545[c] 4
5 GlobalPort Batang Pier 6 5 .545[c] 4
6 Phoenix Fuel Masters 6 5 .545[c] 4
7 Barangay Ginebra San Miguel 6 5 .545[c] 4 Twice-to-win in the quarterfinals
8 Rain or Shine Elasto Painters 5 6 .455[d] 5
9 Blackwater Elite 5 6 .455[d] 5 Eliminated
10 Mahindra Floodbuster 3 8 .273[e] 7
11 Meralco Bolts 3 8 .273[e] 7
12 NLEX Road Warriors 2 9 .182 8
Source: PBA.ph
  1. ^ The 2016 draft composed of two draft pools: the Gilas pool, which consists of players from the Gilas Pilipinas program and the regular pool. The pick order for the Gilas draft was not revealed and the regular draft started on the second round. Therefore, there is no official first overall pick for 2016.
  2. ^ a b Alaska wins tiebreaker against Star via head-to-head record.
  3. ^ a b c d TNT wins tiebreaker against GlobalPort, Phoenix and Barangay Ginebra by highest quotient. TNT is 1.09; GlobalPort is 1.00; Phoenix is 0.96; Barangay Ginebra is 0.94.
  4. ^ a b Rain or Shine wins tiebreaker against Blackwater by winning the seeding playoff for 8th seed.
  5. ^ a b Mahindra wins tiebreaker against Meralco via head-to-head record.


  Quarterfinals     Semifinals
    (#1 twice to beat)                        
  1 San Miguel 98    
  8 Rain or Shine 91    
            1 San Miguel 4    
    (Best-of-3)       4 TNT 3  
  4 TNT 2  
  5 GlobalPort 0    
    1 San Miguel 4
    (#2 twice-to-beat)     7 Barangay Ginebra 1
  2 Alaska 81 97  
  7 Barangay Ginebra 85 108  
            7 Barangay Ginebra 4
    (Best-of-3)     3 Star 3    
  3 Star 2  
  6 Phoenix 0    

Finals results

2017 Commissioner's Cup

Elimination round

Pos Team W L PCT GB Qualification
1 Barangay Ginebra San Miguel 9 2 .818[a] Twice-to-beat in the quarterfinals
2 San Miguel Beermen 9 2 .818[a]
3 Star Hotshots 9 2 .818[a] Best-of-three quarterfinals
4 TNT KaTropa 8 3 .727 1
5 Meralco Bolts 7 4 .636 2
6 Rain or Shine Elasto Painters 5 6 .455 4
7 Phoenix Fuel Masters 4 7 .364[b] 5 Twice-to-win in the quarterfinals
8 GlobalPort Batang Pier 4 7 .364[b] 5
9 Alaska Aces 4 7 .364[b] 5 Eliminated
10 Mahindra Floodbuster 3 8 .273 6
11 Blackwater Elite 2 9 .182[c] 7
12 NLEX Road Warriors 2 9 .182[c] 7
Source: PBA.ph
  1. ^ a b c Barangay Ginebra wins tiebreaker against San Miguel and Star via best head-to-head record. Barangay Ginebra is 2–0; San Miguel is 1–1; Star is 0–2.
  2. ^ a b c Phoenix wins tiebreaker against Alaska and Globalport via best head-to-head record. Phoenix is 2–0; Alaska is 1–1; GlobalPort is 0–2. GlobalPort then won the seeding playoff for 8th seed against Alaska.
  3. ^ a b Blackwater wins tiebreaker against NLEX via head-to-head record.


  Quarterfinals     Semifinals
    (#1 twice to beat)                        
  1 Barangay Ginebra 96    
  8 GlobalPort 85    
            1 Barangay Ginebra 1    
    (Best-of-3)       4 TNT 3  
  4 TNT 2  
  5 Meralco 1    
    4 TNT 2
    (#2 twice-to-beat)     2 San Miguel 4
  2 San Miguel 115    
  7 Phoenix 96    
            2 San Miguel 3
    (Best-of-3)     3 Star 1    
  3 Star 2  
  6 Rain or Shine 0    

Finals results

2017 Governors' Cup

Elimination round

Pos Team W L PCT GB Qualification
1 q – Meralco Bolts 9 2 .818 Twice-to-beat in the quarterfinals
2 q – TNT KaTropa 8 3 .727[a] 1
3 q – Barangay Ginebra San Miguel 8 3 .727[a] 1
4 q – Star Hotshots 7 4 .636[b] 2
5 q – NLEX Road Warriors 7 4 .636[b] 2 Twice-to-win in the quarterfinals
6 q – San Miguel Beermen 7 4 .636[b] 2
7 q – Rain or Shine Elasto Painters 7 4 .636[b] 2
8 q – Blackwater Elite 5 6 .455 4
9 e – Alaska Aces 3 8 .273[c] 6 Eliminated
10 e – GlobalPort Batang Pier 3 8 .273[c] 6
11 e – Phoenix Fuel Masters 2 9 .182 7
12 e – Kia Picanto 0 11 .000 9
Source: PBA.ph
e – Eliminated; q – Qualified to the phase indicated.
  1. ^ a b TNT wins tiebreaker against Barangay Ginebra via head-to-head record.
  2. ^ a b c d Star wins tiebreaker against NLEX, San Miguel and Rain or Shine by highest quotient. Star is 1.04; NLEX is 1.01; San Miguel is 0.99; Rain or Shine is 0.96.
  3. ^ a b Alaska wins tiebreaker against GlobalPort via head-to-head record.


  1. ^ Deadlines for PBA Rookie aspirants set, Randolph Leongson, PBA.inquirer.net, August 30, 2016
  2. ^ a b c Beltran, Nelson (November 5, 2016). "PBA eyes avenues to broaden fan base". The Philippine Star. Retrieved November 20, 2016. 
  3. ^ Castillo, Musong R. (November 28, 2016). "PBA to play Christmas Day games at Philippine Arena". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved November 28, 2016. 
  4. ^ Acosta-Delacruz, Angelo. "Former PBA journeyman Michael Burtscher retires from basketball". AADC Sports. Retrieved September 10, 2016. 
  5. ^ Post on Facebook
  6. ^ "Former PBA MVP Jimmy Alapag announces retirement - this time 'for good'". spin.ph. November 3, 2016. Retrieved November 11, 2016. 
  7. ^ Ramos, Gerry (November 18, 2016). "Journeyman Yousef Taha bids PBA goodbye to 'return home to my family'". spin.ph. Retrieved November 18, 2016. 
  8. ^ Ramos, Gerry (November 19, 2016). "SMB veteran Bitoy Omolon retires at age 36, opts to focus on his agribusiness". spin.ph. Retrieved November 19, 2016. 
  9. ^ Eddie Laure finally steps away from PBA at 39, focuses on new role as coach Reuben Terrado, spin.ph
  10. ^ Ulanday, John Bryan (December 15, 2016). "End of the road for PBA journeyman Rob Reyes". Fox Sports Asia. Retrieved December 15, 2016. 
  11. ^ Ramos, Gerry (May 7, 2017). "As Eric Menk calls it a career, Al Chua looks back at phenomenal rise of 'Major Pain'". spin.ph. Retrieved May 7, 2017. 
  12. ^ Ramos, Gerry (September 2, 2017). "Mick Pennisi calls it quits after 17-year PBA career to focus on poultry business in Thailand". spin.ph. Retrieved September 2, 2017. 
  13. ^ PBA: NLEX signs Yeng Guiao as head coach, Paolo del Rosario, CNN Philippines, October 7, 2016
  14. ^ Chito Victolero replaces Jason Webb, takes over as new Star head coach, Gerry Ramos, spin.ph, October 14, 2016
  15. ^ Nash Racela officially gets TNT KaTropa coaching post, Gerry Ramos, spin.ph, October 22, 2016
  16. ^ Franz Pumaren starts calling shots for Globalport in Philippine Cup debut against Mahindra, Gerry Ramos, spin.ph, November 25, 2016
  17. ^ Leongson, Randolph (November 15, 2016). "PBA launches mobile app to bring fans closer to the game". PBA.inquirer.net. Retrieved November 20, 2016. 
  18. ^ Philippine Arena eyed as venue for Christmas Day game between Ginebra and Star, Gerry Ramos, spin.ph, November 28, 2016
  19. ^ San Miguel wins Perpetual trophy at the expense of Ginebra, Paul Lintag, ABS-CBN Sports, March 5, 2017
  20. ^ Modern-day Ginebra players take pride in wearing retro jersey of iconic 1991 team, Gerry Ramos, spin.ph, May 28, 2017
  21. ^ a b A parade of beauty in PBA Sunday Opening, PBA.inquirer.net, November 18, 2016
  22. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Ginebra eyes Kim Domingo, two other teams name FHM cover girls as muses in Season 42 opening". Sports Interactive Network Philippines. November 17, 2016. Retrieved November 17, 2016. 

External links

  • PBA Official Website
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