6. Wes Matthews
1991 Third Conference
Matthews was a legitimate NBA champion when he came to Ginebra, serving as Magic Johnson’s backup in the Los Angeles Lakers’ title runs in 1987 and 1988. He quickly lived up to his Hollywood credentials, winning the Best Import award and leading Ginebra to the finals, a run which included Matthews’ key defensive stop against Presto in the semis.
The team’s hot streak was foiled by the Alaska Milkmen, led by Sean Chambers and Jojo Lastimosa, in the championship, but by then, Matthews had already cemented his place in Ginebra lore.