9. Jojo Lastimosa
Lastimosa gained an immediate following by helping Purefoods make two straight conference finals in 1988. More than that, however, he embodied the new team’s fierce attitude to prove that he and his fellow rookies like Jerry Codiñera and, later, Alvin Patrimonio were more than just pretty boys, as they never backed down from the league’s veterans. He won Rookie of the Year honors that season, beating his other famous teammates.