Apr 01, 2020

All-time scoring ladder: Santos eyes 10k club; Yap targets Top 10

One good season, and San Miguel Beer do-it-all forward Arwind Santos may well break into the elite 10,000-point club of the Philippine Basketball Association.

Two-time MVP winner James Yap of Rain or Shine is on course to making the Top 10 of the scoring ladder while Mark Caguioa of Barangay Ginebra still has a chance at improving his ranking in the Top 15.

But they all have to wait, with their respective bids shelved by the league's hiatus amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.

Less than 700 points away from becoming the league's 16th member of the 10,000-point club, Santos got off to a hot start in PBA Season 45, pouring in 18 points in their 94-78 conquest of Magnolia during the season inaugurals.

That raised his total to 9,334, getting him a lot closer to No. 19 Arnie Tuadles (9,430), No. 18 Vergel Meneses (9,453) and No. 17 Manny Victorino (9,596) in the ladder.

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At 38, the former FEU King Tamaraw is not showing signs of slowing down. Just imagine his averages of 9.4 points, 5.9 rebounds and 1.5 assists last season.

Yap is also 38 years old and posing a threat to move ahead of fellow former UE stars Jerry Codinera and Allan Caidic in the all-time scoring list.

Piling up 376 points on average of 11.4 per outing last season, Yap has now a total of 10,792 under his belt, 76 away from Codinera's mark at No. 11 and 927 from Caidic at No. 10.

Caguioa is at No. 15 with 10,071.

But he has a lot of catching up to do on No. 14 Francis Arnaiz (10,292) and No. 13 Benjie Paras (10,376), considering he's now playing cameo role at age 40. He was good for a total of only 65 points last season.

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But again, everything has to wait. No thanks to the health threat. (SB)