Marc Pingris

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Marc Pingris
Marc Pingris - Gilas Practice.png
No. 15 – Magnolia Hotshots
Position Power forward
League PBA
Personal information
Born (1981-10-16) October 16, 1981 (age 36)
Pozorrubio, Pangasinan, Philippines
Nationality Filipino
Listed height 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Listed weight 215 lb (98 kg)
Career information
College Philippine School of Business Administration(2001)
Far Eastern University(2000)
PBA draft 2004 Round: 1 / Pick: 3rd overall
Selected by the FedEx Express
Playing career 2004–present
Number 16, 15
Career history
2004–2005 FedEx Express
2005–2008 Purefoods Chunkee Giants / Purefoods Tender Juicy Giants
2008–2009 Magnolia Beverage Masters/San Miguel Beermen
2009–present Purefoods Tender Juicy Giants / B-Meg Llamados / San Mig Coffee / San Mig Super Coffee Mixers / Purefoods Star/Star/Magnolia Hotshots
Career highlights and awards
  • PBA Champion (2006 Philippine, 2009 Fiesta, 2009-10 Philippine, 2012 Commissioner's, 2013 Governors', 2013-14 Philippine, 2014 Commissioner's , 2014 Governor's)
  • PBA Finals MVP (2006, 2013)
  • 14× PBA All-Star (20052018)
  • PBA Most Improved Player (2006)
  • 3× PBA Mythical Second Team (2006, 2013, 2014)
  • 3× PBA Defensive Player of the Year (2006, 2013, 2014)
  • 8× PBA All-Defensive Team (2006, 2008, 2010–2014, 2016)
  • PBA All-Star Game MVP (2011)
  • 42nd Member of PBA 1,000 offensive rebound club
  • PBA Grand Slam champion (2014)
  • PBA 40 Greatest Players

Jean Marc Pingris Jr.[1] (born October 16, 1981) is a Filipino professional basketball player for the Magnolia Hotshots of the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA).

Born in Pozorrubio, Pangasinan, Pingris started his career in the PBA at the 2004 PBA draft which featured James Yap, Gary David, Ranidel de Ocampo, Rich Alvarez and Nelbert Omolon. Pingris was drafted by the FedEx Express with the 3rd overall pick, but was quickly traded to the Purefoods TJ Hotdogs along with Egay Billones. It is with Purefoods that Pingris established his reputation as perhaps the best defender in the PBA today.

Early life and college career

Marc Pingris was born on October 16, 1981 to Jean Marc Pingris, Sr., and Erlinda Prado, a former saleswoman at SM Cubao. When Pingris was three years old, his father left for work in Morocco and separated from the family.[2]

Pingris idolized Michael Jordan. After his classes, he would study his lessons and do his homework then go to their barangay court to practice his "Jordan-like" skills in basketball. When he has no classes he would call up his friends and play basketball in other barangays. In high school, Pingris tried to play in their school try-outs but he was not accepted, but when he was in 2nd year he was finally accepted to their school's varsity team. During his collegiate years, he would go play for the varsity basketball team of the Philippine School of Business Administration. However, he started his career at the Far Eastern University, Manila where he was formally discovered.[citation needed]

He also played for the Cebu Gems in the Metropolitan Basketball Association.

PBA career


Pingris was selected by the FedEx Express with the 3rd overall pick in the 2004 PBA draft. The draft also featured two of his future teammates, Yap and Artadi from UE.

Pingris played a few games with Air21 prior to the trade that sent him to the Purefoods TJ Hotdogs.


He was traded to Purefoods after having played a few games with the Express. He was traded along with Egay Billones. In the 2005–06 PBA season, he was awarded with the Finals MVP in the 2006 PBA Philippine Cup as Purefoods defeated Red Bull, 4-2. In Game 2 of the Finals of the 2006 season, he scored 21 points to lead Purefoods to a 93-82 win. In the 2007–08 PBA Philippine Cup Finals, he grabbed a career-high 21 rebounds, leading to his new nickname, The Rebounding Demon.

Magnolia/San Miguel

When Purefoods center Rommel Adducul was diagnosed with nasopharynx cancer, Pingris was shipped to the Magnolia Beverage Masters for center Enrico Villanueva at the start of the 2008 PBA Fiesta Conference.

Pingris played his first game for Magnolia as a starter, going up against his former team, Purefoods.

Pingris-Santos trade

Before the 2009–10 PBA season began, Pingris and Magnolia teammate Ken Bono were traded to the Burger King Whoppers for superstar Arwind Santos and San Miguel's (formerly Magnolia) 2010 first round pick.[3]

In a Manila Bulletin interview, Burger King team owner Lito Alvarez further explained the trade: “The reason lang natagalan itong negotiation is we want a draft pick, not a player sa package because we already have 17 players including the three picks we’ll have in this Sunday’s Draft.”

Return to Purefoods

Pingris (left) watches his teammate James Yap drive against Aaron Aban of Talk 'N Text Tropang Texters

Barely 24 hours after being shipped to Burger King, Pingris was released to the Purefoods TJ Giants after Purefoods agreed to surrender its first and second round picks in 2010 to Burger King.[4]

Pingris' return to Purefoods was confirmed by board governor Rene Pardo in an interview with GMANews.TV: "We have agreed to trade our first and second round picks next year to Burger King for Pingris."

Burger King Whoppers' board representative and then-incoming PBA chairman Lito Alvarez said that he felt that the trade was good for both teams, as Purefoods needed Pingris more, while the Whoppers planned to rebuild with their future draftees.

In the Llamados' second game during the 2012 PBA Commissioner's Cup, Pingris grabbed five rebounds, making him the 42nd member of the league's 1,000 Offensive Rebound Club.[5]

For all his hardwork and contributions in B-Meg's 2012 PBA Commissioner's Cup championship run, Pingris was aptly nicknamed "Pinoy Sakuragi".

Star Hotshots

On October 14, 2016 Pingris was recognized during the PBA Leo Awards Night as he was named to the PBA All-Defensive Team.[6]

Personal life

Pingris is married to actress Danica Sotto, daughter of Vic Sotto and Dina Bonnevie. They have two children, a son named Jean Michael, and a daughter named Anielle Micaela.[7]

Pingris considers Slam Dunk as his favorite anime and its protagonist Hanamichi Sakuragi his favorite cartoon character, from which he earned the nickname "Sakuragi".[8] He and June Mar Fajardo, both of whom share a warm relationship on and off the court, are avid DotA players.[9]

PBA career statistics

  GP Games played   GS Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field-goal percentage  3P%  3-point field-goal percentage  FT%  Free-throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

Correct as of September 11, 2016[10]

Season-by-season averages

2004–05 FedEx 55 13.6 .569 .000 .548 3.1 .4 .4 .4 4.6
2005–06 Purefoods 57 27.9 .515 .000 .606 8.5 .9 .4 1.6 8.9
2006–07 Purefoods 24 29.0 .588 .000 .509 9.2 1.1 .5 1.3 8.1
2007–08 Purefoods / Magnolia 60 29.0 .538 .000 .603 8.1 1.2 .4 1.0 8.4
2008–09 San Miguel 40 22.4 .571 .000 .621 5.9 1.5 .2 .7 6.8
2009–10 Purefoods 61 32.0 .519 .000 .545 8.0 1.4 .6 .7 7.3
2010–11 B-Meg 34 32.3 .564 .000 .694 9.4 1.4 .7 .9 9.8
2011–12 B-Meg 59 28.4 .571 .000 .595 7.2 1.9 .4 .6 7.3
2012–13 San Mig Coffee 57 31.4 .563 .000 .623 7.8 2.5 .6 .9 9.2
2013–14 San Mig Coffee 68 32.8 .501 .000 .615 7.4 2.7 .7 .8 9.8
2014–15 Star 43 31.3 .538 .000 .631 7.2 2.5 .5 .2 7.9
2015–16 Star 35 31.1 .518 .000 .607 6.8 2.1 .4 .4 9.2
Career 593 28.4 .539 .000 .601 7.3 1.7 .5 .8 8.1


  1. ^ Anne, Dolly. " | Latest Philippine News for Filipinos". Archived from the original on 2010-04-20. Retrieved 2013-11-01. 
  2. ^ Almo, Alder (15 August 2014). "Pingris, French dad finally reunited ahead of game vs France". 
  3. ^ "Burger King gets Pingris, Bono for Santos | Sports | GMA News Online". 2009-07-28. Retrieved 2013-11-01. 
  4. ^ "Pingris back to Giants as PBA teams continue off-season buildup | Sports | GMA News Online". 2009-07-29. Retrieved 2013-11-01. 
  5. ^ Tulfo, Ramon. " | Latest Philippine News for Filipinos". Retrieved 2013-11-01. 
  6. ^ "PBA Leo Awards 2016 Winners & Nominees (Complete List)". PinoyBoxBreak. Retrieved October 18, 2016. 
  7. ^ "Danica Sotto and Marc Pingris celebrate 9th wedding anniversary", GMA News, March 3, 2016, retrieved November 22, 2016 
  8. ^ "#KuwentongGilas: Marc Pingris relaxes by watching Hanamichi Sakuragi in 'Slam Dunk'",, February 28, 2014, retrieved November 21, 2016 
  9. ^ Riego, Norman Lee Benjamin. "Pingris vows to get back at Fajardo through DotA". ABS-CBN Sports. ABS-CBN News and Current Affairs. Retrieved May 29, 2017. 
  10. ^ Player Profile at PBA-Online!

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