Nelson Asaytono

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Nelson Asaytono
Personal information
Born (1967-01-25) January 25, 1967 (age 51)
San Teodoro, Oriental Mindoro, Philippines
Nationality Filipino
Listed height 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Listed weight 215 lb (98 kg)
Career information
College University of Manila
PBA draft 1989 Round: 1 / Pick: 2nd overall
Selected by the Purefoods Hotdogs
Playing career 1989–2006
Position Power forward
Number 11
Career history
1989–1991 Purefoods Tender Juicy Hotdogs
1992–1996 Swift/Sunkist
1996–1999 San Miguel Beermen
2000–2001 Pop Cola Panthers
2002–2006 Red Bull Barako
Career highlights and awards
  • 3× PBA Mythical First Team (1992, 1993, 1997)
  • 4× PBA Mythical Second Team (1994–1996, 1998)
  • 2× PBA Best Player of the Conference (1997 All-Filipino Cup, 1998 All Filipino Cup)
  • 10× PBA All-Star (1989–1993, 1995–1999)

Nelson Asaytono (born January 25, 1967) is a Filipino retired professional basketball player who played for Purefoods, Swift/Sunkist/Pop Cola, San Miguel Beer, and Red Bull in the PBA during his 17-year career.

Collegiate / Amateur career

Asaytono is one of the best players ever to step up in a less-known university in University of Manila under the tutelage of former pro Loreto Tolentino, his coach at UM Hawks. His first national stint was being part of the RP Youth team that played in the 9th ABC Youth Championships held in Manila. He would become a member of the national team that same year in 1987 under coach Joe Lipa. Asaytono also played for coach Derrick Pumaren at Magnolia Ice Cream in the PABL and won three championships.

Professional career

Purefoods Hotdogs

Asaytono was drafted as the 2nd overall pick by the Purefoods Hotdogs in 1989. He played three seasons for the ballclub that has most of his former national teammates; Jojo Lastimosa, Alvin Patrimonio, Jerry Codiñera, Glenn Capacio and Dindo Pumaren. With Patrimonio at the starting forward, Nelson mostly would come off the bench. He won two championships at Purefoods. In his final season as a Tender Juicy Hotdog in 1991, he had a notable performances during the All-Filipino finals against Diet Sarsi.

Swift/Sunkist

In late 1991, Asaytono was traded by Purefoods to Swift in exchange for first round picks in 1994 and 1995.[1] He joined the list of PBA millionaires as he was signed to a lucrative pact by the RFM franchise. For two seasons with Swift, Asaytono made it to the mythical five selection and a decent run at the Most Valuable Player (MVP) plum. In 1993, he was second in the statistical race but would up third after the polls in a frustrated bid for the most coveted award.[2] With Vergel Meneses' first full season with Swift in 1994, Asaytono could only make it to the mythical second team selection but still performed well, averaging 18.6 points and 7.2 rebounds in 65 games.

After winning four championships with Swift/Sunkist, Asaytono was traded to San Miguel Beermen, his former team in the amateurs, in April 1996 for one-time MVP Renato Agustin.

San Miguel Beermen

Asaytono's trade to San Miguel proved to be the turning point of his career. He became go-to-guy in Coach Ron Jacobs's rotation as well as its franchise player. In 1997, he became one of the forerunners for the MVP award but he again came short to former teammate Alvin Patrimonio. Although he lost the MVP race, he led the league in scoring.

When the team drafted future MVP Danny Ildefonso in the 1998 season, his minutes was again reduced but still he led the team in scoring. He led Beermen to the finals twice in All Filipino and Commissioner's Cup in that season, but came up short in both occasions to the Alaska Milkmen. A year later, when Jong Uichico took over the coaching reins from Jacobs, he was relegated to the bench and was eventually traded to his former team, the Pop Cola 800s (together with hotshot William Antonio) for Dwight Lago, Boybits Victoria, and Nic Belasco.

Pop Cola, Red Bull, Career Milestone and Retirement

Asaytono's second stint Pop Cola was a forgettable one, as he started to slow down as he was still at the bench. He spent his last four seasons with the Red Bull Barako until the 2005-06 season.

On April 7, 2005, he passed Crispa great Philip Cezar for the fifth spot all-time scoring list after tallying with 17 points on 6-of-9 shooting. Currently, he is fifth in the PBA all-time scoring list with 12,268 total points in 796 career games, behind only Ramon Fernandez, Abet Guidaben, Alvin Patrimonio and Atoy Co.[3]

Non-inclusion in the 40 Greatest PBA Players of All-Time

Many basketball fans and even basketball experts and former PBA players are disappointed that Nelson Asaytono was not included on the 40 Greatest PBA Players of All-Time. Majority says that Nelson Asaytono's achievement should have been recognized by including him to the list. Asaytono is the fifth all-time leading scorer of the PBA behind only such great players Ramon Fernandez, Abet Guidaben, Alvin Patrimonio and Atoy CO

Statistics

Legend
  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 the 2005-06 season[4]

Season-by-season averages

Year Team GP MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
1989 Purefoods 56 19.7 0.526 0.222 0.832 4.6 0.5 0.2 0.4 11.7
1990 Purefoods 53 21.2 0.554 0.250 0.802 4.4 0.9 0.3 0.4 14.1
1991 Purefoods 54 22.8 0.554 0.143 0.842 5.0 1.0 0.2 0.6 15.6
1992 Swift 69 35.8 0.560 0.515 0.825 8.2 2.1 0.6 1.2 22.4
1993 Swift 68 35.9 0.569 0.276 0.792 7.7 2.8 0.6 0.8 19.3
1994 Swift 65 33.1 0.553 0.266 0.751 7.2 2.2 0.3 0.9 18.6
1995 Swift 68 26.3 0.574 0.222 0.801 4.5 2.0 0.3 0.4 14.0
1996 Swift/San Miguel 51 32.6 0.497 0.346 0.779 6.3 2.0 0.5 0.4 15.9
1997 San Miguel 61 40.7 0.431 0.290 0.813 7.1 2.7 0.5 0.6 23.1
1998 San Miguel 65 32.0 0.438 0.278 0.728 5.7 2.1 0.3 0.3 14.6
1999 San Miguel/Pop Cola 23 29.2 0.421 0.171 0.778 4.3 1.0 0.6 0.2 11.8
2000 Pop Cola/Sunkist 23 32.7 0.447 0.323 0.764 6.3 2.2 0.5 0.4 17.0
2001 Pop Cola 49 20.1 0.400 0.242 0.829 3.1 1.0 0.2 0.2 8.4
2002 Red Bull 22 9.4 0.489 0.308 0.600 1.5 0.6 0.1 0.1 3.2
2003 Red Bull 38 14.0 0.511 0.419 0.671 3.2 0.7 0.2 0.1 7.5
2004-05 Red Bull 53 16.5 0.458 0.238 0.810 3.0 0.6 0.1 0.1 7.6
2005-06 Red Bull 2 8.5 0.143 0.500 0.500 1.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 3.0
Career 820 27.5 0.512 0.284 0.794 5.5 1.6 0.3 0.5 15.0

References

  1. ^ "P 1-M fine for 'cap' violation". Manila Standard.
  2. ^ "Patrimonio named MVP anew". Manila Standard.
  3. ^ Badua, Snow. "Nelson Asaytono fumes over non-inclusion in PBA '40 Greatest Players' list: 'That's a lot of bull'". www.spin.ph. SPIN.ph. Retrieved 21 December 2014.
  4. ^ "Nelson Asaytono - Philippine Basketball".
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